A couple of months ago, when I was on the hunt for an HG natural fragrance, I received a timely package from Julisis containing their fragrances. As most of my regular readers already know, Julisis is one of my absolute favourite skincare brands: I think their products are peerless. Like their skincare (which are divided into day and night products), their fragrance line includes a day fragrance (L’Elexir Du Jour) and a night fragrance (L’Elexir d’Amour) to address your round-the-clock fragrance needs.

L’Elexir Du Jour starts with fizzy bergamot. During this phase, the effervescent bergamot molecules feel like they are dancing on my skin. Julisis use four different types of bergamot from different parts of Italy to achieve this effect. Calabrian blood orange, Moroccan lime, pink grapefruit and Tunisian neroli join the bergamots to create an explosion of positivity and exuberance. To me, it smells like happiness. It smells like beautiful sunny days where you feel like anything is possible. As the fragrance settles, it assumes a greener character, before revealing its soothing, grounding base of rosewood and ho-wood. View Full Post

Some of my trusty travel companions

I’ve been spending the last week or so with my family in India. My first week here has been rather eventful.  There was a sudden cyclone in Chennai just before I landed, and everything was in a state of chaos when I arrived. The roads were blocked and dotted with fallen trees and fences. The cyclone had disrupted mobile, TV and internet networks, as well — so I had a hard time getting in contact with anyone.

To add to the confusion, the government had recently demonetised 500 and 1,000 rupee notes without any warning, so there was a shortage of cash everywhere. India is a cash economy, and a number of shops don’t accept cards. The places that accepted cards often had network issues and the ones that had machines that worked didn’t always accept foreign cards! While I was getting frustrated with all these glitches, the lovely and ever-patient Chennai locals seemed to consider it all a normal – if inconvenient – part of everyday life. Such things happen, they shrugged. You just can’t help it. I heard no one complain when we had to wait almost 2 hours to get 2,000 rupees from an ATM, and no one seemed as disappointed as I was when the machine ran out of cash before we got to use it.  View Full Post

I’m off to India tomorrow to visit family, and I’ve been spending the last few days planning what skincare items to take along with me. I don’t know if it’s the heat and the humidity, or the stress of being around family, but my skin always breaks out when I’m in India. Needless to say, I’ll be taking as many decongesting products with me as I possibly can! After a lot of planning, I’ve zeroed in on the following products to (hopefully) keep my skin (and the rest of me) zen and balanced:

In-flight Skincare:

I’ll be taking Rodin’s Cleansing Powder with me, just in case I feel like washing my face on the plane. Since it’s a powder, I won’t have to worry about liquid restrictions and such. In addition to the cleanser, I’ll be taking African Botanics Intense Skin Repair Balm, Ambuja’s Wanderlust Elixir, Julisis Eyemulsion, Yuli Cocoon Elixir and  Slip silk eye mask with me in my carry-on.

A few weeks ago, when I happened to discuss my travel plans with Julia Noik of African Botanics, she recommended that I use their Intense Skin Repair Balm on the flight. Its thick balm-to-serum consistency will be perfect for countering the drying effects of the stale plane air. Ambuja’s Wanderlust Elixir is a recent discovery.  The coconut water- based serum, with its outstanding list of ingredients, instantly plumps and lifts my skin and makes me look like I’ve had a good night’s sleep. I’ll need this not only on the plane but also when I land in India, when I’ll most likely be tired and jet lagged. I’ll do a full-length review of this product very soon. I decided to take the Eyemulsion with me because I remember Julius mentioning that he always travels with it. I still think it’s the best eye cream I’ve ever used. View Full Post

julisis-mask-review-justaskarjunThe best thing about being a green beauty blogger is connecting with all the passionate people that make up this community. One of the most inspiring people I’ve had the pleasure of connecting with is Julius Eulberg, the founder of German brand Julisis. A true alchemist, he has this unique ability to transform natural ingredients to create the most elegant, effective and luxe skincare I’ve ever come across. I’m in awe of Julius and his brand, and every product I’ve tried from the line so far has consistently surpassed all my expectations.

Rose Pearl Hydra Mask is one of the newest products from Julisis. Developed for chronically dry and dehydrated skin, it instantly quenches your skin’s thirst by flooding it with moisture. It restores plumpness, bounce and luminosity, while reducing redness, irritation and the appearance of fine lines. The mask contains high concentrations of rose extracts (French rose and hybrid Bulgarian/Persian rose), cold-water seaweed and Julisis White Pearl Essence to strengthen skin’s defences and improve its moisture-retention properties. View Full Post

Julisis Gold EmulsionI think of Julisis as a beauty insider’s brand. The German skincare line is popular among a very select clientele who are passionate advocates of founder Julius Eulberg’s unique creations. Whenever I talk about the line on Instagram, I get comments from people like Alexia Inge of Cult Beauty and Julie Elliott of In Fiore sharing their love for the brand. The more I use Julisis products the more I’m convinced it’s one of the best skincare lines money can buy.

I’ve used a number of products from the line, and Gold Emulsion Day is one of my top picks. It may even be my favourite daytime product ever. As I mentioned in my previous Julisis post, the line has two main offerings: Gold and Silver. The Gold day products (containing patented liquid gold essence) work in synergy with the sun and the Silver products (with patented liquid silver essence) support the detoxification process of the skin at night. View Full Post