Biotique Shopping Spree.


I got a bunch of products from Biotique for my hair and a undereye cream.

Suffering from bad stress induced hair fall. My fine, thin, silky hair is getting finer, thinner and rough! ¬†I have some undereye fine lines….not very bothered about it. Call me crazy but I kinda think it is cute ūüėõ ¬† Crows feet are a strict no, no though. Thankfully, don’t have any at the moment.

Time for something…..anything! And that is where Biotique comes in.

Hope I come around to reviewing these ūüôā

Why Biotique?

1. It is trusted Indian brand in Ayurvedic products. It has been in the Indian market for as long as I can remember.

2. Had used some of its products as a teenager and had satisfactory results.

3. Claims to be “organically pure and preservative free”.

4. No animal testing; a special bonus for all the animal lovers.

5. Cheaper, if you compare with the other  similar products in the market like Shahnaz Hussein, Lush and The Body Shop.

BUT ¬†and a big but here is they claim that their products are good to go for 3¬†years which I find hard to digest when propped up with claims of being preservative free. How an organic product can last for 3 years sans any preservative is beyond my understanding…..
I mean, take the example of Lush that claims a similar profile. It has a short time period within which the product should be used (usually a month or so or may be 6) and they won’t even deliver some products outside U.K. citing the extremely short shelf life making it unsuitable to be exported outside U.K.

And here is a snapshot of the stuff I got……

From top-bottom, left-right:

1. BIO MUSK ROOT. Fresh growth nourishing treatment mask; Intensive hair growth treatment. INR 199 for 230gms (USD ~4.47 for 8.11 oz.).

2.BIO HENNA. Fresh powder hair colour for dark hair.  INR 199 for 90gms (USD ~4.47 for 3.15 oz.).

3.BIO THYME. Fresh sparkle hair conditioner for fine and thinning hair. INR 159 for 210ml (USD ~3.57 for 8 fl.oz.).

4.BIO KELP. Fresh growth protein shampoo ; Intensive hair growth treatment. INR 159 for 210ml (USD ~3.57 for 8 fl.oz.).

5.BIO GREEN APPLE. Fresh daily purifying shampoo and conditioner; For oily hair and scalp.  INR 159 for 210ml (USD ~3.57 for 8 fl.oz.).

6.BIO BHRINGRAJ. Fresh growth therapeutic oil; Intensive hair growth treatment. INR  159 for 120ml (USD ~3.57 for 4.2fl.oz.).

7.BIO ALMOND SOOTHING AND NOURISHING EYE CREAM. For drylines, dark circles and puffiness. INR 199 for 16gms (USD ~4.47 for 0.6 oz.).

Hope these things work out for me. Will write a review after an appropriate time of usage.



Vichy Normaderm Purifying Cleansing Gel.


I have been using the Normaderm range from Vichy for the past 4years off and on to battle my oily, acne prone skin. I got back to it recently and thought why not write a review about it?

So here I go, starting with the  cleansing gel.

Here is the 100ml flip top version that I have. They also have a pump bottle version (200ml) but as you can garner, it will be impossible to carry around in your handbag.

Here are the INGREDIENTS (Please zoom to read).

Since the ones at the right side are unclear, I am writing them down……from top to bottom : PEG200, PEG120, Cl42053,sodium citrate.

Since there is no mention of the concentration of Salicylic acid, which is the active component of this, I ¬†mailed the CC to enquire about the same and was told that it is o.5%. The website states these three as it’s active ingredients¬†viz.Glycolic acid, Glycadone,Dermostim. I fail to see any of these 3 mentioned in the tube though, unless they are synonyms for one of the above components.


Ingredient Innovation:
Together Salicylic Acid 0.5% + Totarol, a new purifying active ingredient, limit the proliferation of propionibacterium acnes, the bacteria responsible for acne, and thus prevent the formation of imperfections. Eperuline, a new soothing ingredient of natural origin, helps regulate inflammations. Glycyrrhizinate Acid soothes skin and helps reduce redness. In a lightly scented refreshing gel.

Double purifying and anti-irritant action.

Dermatological Standards:
Allergy tested. Soap free. Tested on sensitive skin under Dermatological control. Non-comedogenic.Hypoallergenic. Tested on sensitive skin.

Action : Removes dead cells and unclogs pores.
Result : Opens pores,cleanses and purifies skin from deep within.

It is a transparent gel with minimal greenish hue. (Try as may, I am unable to click a nice pic of the gel, so I will just let it be!)

: INR490 (USD ~11).

: 3weeks now.


– Cleanses very well. Removes all the dirt and oil I have accumulated in the whole day. Can’t say about make up as I don’t really wear any.¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†
– My skin does not feel dry / tight after using this, but then again I have a super oily skin.
РHelps keep my acne at bay (I am using this in conjunction with other Normaderm products which might be a major                                           contributing factor to this).
-Washes off completely. No sticky feeling that lingers with some face washes.
-Smells lovely. Very light flowery fragrance.
– No allergic reaction noted.
РJust a little amount (around 50p) is moooore than enough for one wash. I reckon my 100ml tube will last 5 to  6months easily.

CONS :  

-None for me, but may be very drying for people with normal skin.
-People quote Vichy as expensive, but I think it is decently priced for the results that it gives.

: Yes! Yes! Yes!

Planning to review the rest of the Normaderm range soon………..