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

Tabitha James KraanTabitha James Kraan (or TJK for short) was one of the first brands I reviewed on this blog. Recently, Tabitha’s husband Dennes sent me some of their new products, including their Dry Shampoo Compact for Dark Hair and Golden Citrus Hair Perfume, to review.

For those who are new to the brand, TJK is an award-winning line of ‘clean’ professional haircare products from England. Tabitha is a passionate advocate of sourcing the best local organic ingredients to create products that are both gentle and effective. View Full Post

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I love multi-tasking products, so I was really excited when I saw this 4 in 1 Contioner on I Am Natural Store. The brand claims that this product can be used as a traditional conditioner, a nourishing scalp cream, a leave-in conditioner and a high performance styling tool.

This is my first product from Tabitha James Kraan, and I bought the trial 60ml size. Tabitha James Kraan (let’s call the brand TJK from now on!) is a London-based label that focuses on organic haircare. Its eponymous founder, some research revealed, believes in reducing the use of harsh cleansers and using organic oils to nourish the hair and scalp. Her star product is her dry shampoo (available in two shades for dark and fair hair). According to her website, she advocates ’employing her organic dry shampoo as part of a cunning care routine, stretching the time between shampoos, and allowing the hair to enjoy the enviable rewards of regained natural equilibrium – high gloss, bounce and healthy body.’ I’m now really curious to try her dry shampoos, but I’ll try not to digress too much and talk about her conditioner instead! View Full Post