Textual content by Avani Thakkar. Images by Joshua Navalkar
If there’s one factor most Indian grandmothers have in frequent, it’s their secret magnificence concoctions of turmeric, besan, rose water, yogurt and different kitchen elements which can be fastidiously guarded and handed down like a treasured household recipe. Sandalwood, or chandan, commonly options on this checklist; in actual fact, it’s the star element in a lot of my very own grandmother’s nuskas (formulation).
Sandiva is the home-grown magnificence label giving this ingredient’s detoxifying and anti inflammatory advantages the highlight they deserve. Based earlier this 12 months, the Chennai-based model belongs to the home of Gokul Santol – the nation’s main producer of sandalwood talcum powder. Armed with a long time of experience in procuring and processing pure sandalwood (a notable achievement in India since it’s a managed commodity), Sandiva’s emergence as a skincare model is justified – even when the market is at a saturation level.
The parents at Sandiva at present procure the sandalwood within the type of logs or chips from the Tamil Nadu and Kerala forest departments throughout authorities auctions of useless wooden harvested from reserve forests. The model’s long-term plans embrace in-house sustainable sandalwood cultivation with a small mannequin plantation situated in Tamil Nadu. However till then, experimenting with new formulations that abound with waterproof elements resembling zinc oxide, and match into Indian ladies’s every day skincare routine is their precedence. And they’re undoubtedly making headway on this regard, as the sweetness model’s sunblock vary is game-changing.
In terms of solar safety, discovering a sunscreen that doesn’t go away white streaks might be tough. That is the place Sandiva’s tinted sunblock, which is formulated to cater to a wide range of Indian complexions, steps as much as the plate. To not neglect their mattifying SPF top-up unfastened powder that acts as a further defend to boost the facility of a “common” cream-based sunscreen.
Right here at Verve, we determined to place these two merchandise to the check and gauge how properly they fare on contrasting pores and skin varieties all through the day, come rain or shine….
Swati Sinha (31), Senior Designer, Mumbai-based digital camera fanatic, all the time on the hunt for good lighting
What’s the first picture that involves thoughts if you hear the phrase “sandalwood”? I’d most likely have drawn the frequent psychological image of incense sticks and old-school face packs…till I attempted Sandiva’s magnificence merchandise. I’ve been utilizing the model’s tinted broad-spectrum SPF 35+ sunblock in shade 22 in addition to the unfastened powder as a part of my skincare routine for every week now. The powder is especially nice for setting your make-up in a sizzling and humid metropolis like Mumbai.
For context, I like to start out the day early, juggling work and family chores in equal elements. On the skilled entrance, my job requires me to continually step out within the solar on sourcing journeys and check shoots. So, belief me once I say that sunscreen undoubtedly falls below the “necessities” class in my life.
The dimensions of the Sandiva bottle is basically useful, so I used to be simply capable of carry it round wherever I went, and it additionally is available in a properly designed field with a foil-stamped emblem that grabs your consideration instantly. The sunblock is distributed utilizing a pump mechanism, however I personally favor tubes in order that one can management the quantity to be utilized.
I first did a patch check of the sunblock on my knees and the again of my hand. After guaranteeing that there was no allergic response or irritation, I went forward and examined it on my face that has an oily T-zone aka the oh-so-tricky mixture pores and skin. The sunblock glided on superbly, offering gentle, even protection to my uneven pores and skin tone (the results of Mumbai’s moody climate). The perfume just isn’t overpowering – the sandalwood scent may be very earthy and subdued.
The one downside? The feel of the unfastened powder might not go well with these with extraordinarily dry pores and skin. However the sunblock feels mild on the pores and skin and fulfils its function of offering safety, for those who bear in mind to re-apply each few hours.
Avani Thakkar (23), Author, Bengaluru-based night time owl with a scarcity of Vitamin D
Full disclaimer: I’m prejudiced in opposition to making use of something that’s even barely scented on my face. This private coverage activated nervousness mode once I heard I needed to check out a magnificence product that was all about sandalwood – one of the crucial distinct scents on the market. I’d quite have a candle that emits the musky perfume than a sunblock.
However, I used to be pleasantly shocked as a result of Sandiva’s main ingredient, which I had been so cautious of initially, turned out to be soothing and understated in its olfactory impression. And as somebody with acne-prone pores and skin, I had additionally anticipated to really feel some form of tingling or burning sensation, however there was none, a lot to my reduction. The outcome? An on the spot no-make-up make-up look that forgoes the necessity for cakey basis or concealers – and that’s a win-win as a result of, apart from magnificence gurus, who actually desires to spend greater than 10 minutes prepping their pores and skin?
Nonetheless, this tinted sunblock isn’t designed to supply protection, like one would anticipate with a basis, so don’t rub it in too vigorously or construct it up with a number of coats like I did.
I attempted out shade 11, which was most undoubtedly the one and regarded like a second pores and skin; my mom couldn’t even inform that I used to be sporting a tinted sunscreen. You might be questioning why on earth I’m slathering on sunscreen once I spend most of my time typing away on a laptop computer within the abyss of a sunlight-scarce bed room. As each dermatologist and the web will declare: sunscreen ought to be an important a part of your skin-care routine even when it’s pouring exterior and gray clouds loom above with out a single ray of solar peeping by means of (which is mainly a synopsis of Bengaluru’s climate proper now). Sandiva’s sunblock will guarantee most safety not simply from UVB rays but in addition UVA rays (that always make their method indoors by means of glass home windows) owing to its PA++++ score.
For the most effective outcomes, I’d suggest utilizing Sandiva’s SPF unfastened powder to seal within the sunblock – it really works like magic to offer the proper of completion. I do know an influence duo once I see one.