It is time for my very last cosmetics review of 2016. Wow. Doesn’t it feel strange that 2016 is almost over? I have all the blogposts for the rest of the year planned and I have a hard time sharing everything I want to. As always… anyway.
Let’s have a look at the Indian cosmetics brand Khadi. I think you can find Khadi more or less all over the world. The design looks slightly different in each country and here I will share the German Khadi products with you. In Germany you can find Khadi products in various onlineshops for natural cosmetics and on indien-produkte.de. Khadi sells a variety of shampoos, showergels, body and face oils, and herbal hair colors. From what I found out so far, I think they are most known for their all natural herbal hair colors (at least here in Germany).
I haven’t heard of Khadi before I saw them on an organic trade fair this fall (I shared a little bit about it HERE). I actually got attracted by the brand when I saw that their oils come in glass bottles and their face masks come in a metal case. As most of you know, I try to avoid products which come in plastic because I have a hard time reading about how our oceans and our planet get destroyed by plastic – all while I am using tons of it myself.
Okay, but now to the products.
When I was looking through their online shop, I avoided all products which come in plastic; hence I ignored shower gels and shampoos. However, I was very curious about the face masks, the body and face oils, and especially the herbal “shampoos” which comes as a powder.
Let me start with the face masks. I tried the Vetiver Facemask and the Neem Facemask. Both are cleaning masks which help fight impurities and help clean out the skin. I love both! As with healing earth and clay masks, the powder needs to be mixed with a few drops of water to make a paste. Every time I use the face masks, I use a lot more than what is recommend on the packaging, simply because I always add too much water to the powder. Does this happen to you too when you use powdered face masks? Anyway, except for the fact that I have to pay more attention to how much water to use, I really love using both the Vetiver and the Neem face mask. My skin feels super soft and a lot cleaner immediatly after using it. The masks helped me a lot when I came back from the Phillipines and my skin went crazy when it suddenly faced the cold weather and the dry heater-air instead of the hot, wet weather on Boracay.
Other products that I tried have been different herbal powders which can be used as an alternative to conventional shampoo. I stopped using shampoo around four or five months ago and I wash my hair with rye flour ever since (I made a blogpost about it HERE). I am super happy with the rye flour and I do not think I will ever go back to shampoo. However, I was curious about other “no poo” options so I really wanted to try those Khadi products.
Compared to rye flour it is quite a thing to make “shampoo” out of the khadi powders. The powder need to be mixed with boiling water and left on the hair to act for 10-15 minutes. When using rye flour I just mix it with some cold water, put it on my hair, wash it off, and ready I am. So when I read the instructions for the herbal powder I was a little disappointed. I never shower for 10 minutes so the powder was’nt an option for everyday use. However, I now really love to celebrate my special hair care rituals when taking my sunday night bath. I mix up one of my herbal powders, let it sit on my hair while I am in the bath tub and wash it off afterwards. And I love the results.
The herbal powders do somehow clean better than the rye flour does. When I use oils on the hair beforehand, I always have to wash twice when using rue flour. With the Khadi powders, once is enough. My hair feels and looks great after washing it with the powder. Similar to when I use rye flour, it has a lot of volume and looks healthy.
The herbal powder has quite an intense smell of… herbs… obviously. Some may like it, some may not. It is not my favorite smell but I am okay with it. The Amla poweder which is one of favorite does not smell at all. Amla prevents hair loss and premature graying. Also it is one of nature’s highest source of Vitamin C and helps slow down the ageing process.
The Reetha powder is said to be the most natural cleaner available – it is made from the Indian soap nut and can be used for both hair and skin. I find the whole topic of soap nuts really intersting and I am currently experimenting with washing my clothes with soap nuts…
Finally, to the face and body oils. On the trade fair back in october, I got the viola oil which is for normal skin. Now I also wanted to try the pink lotus oil which is for combination and impure skin. I love the smell of both oils, especially the viola oil. I used the viola oil as a body oil and really enjoyed how soft my skin felt afterwards. I currently use the pink lotus oil as a night care and so far I cannot say anything bad about it. My skin feels soft and nice in the morning and I do not have any problems with dry parts (which I often have in winter).
Now this was a long review about a whole lot of products. All in all I really enjoy in the Khadi products that I tried and I can especially recommend the face masks. In case you are using a normal shampoo and you want t0 try something differnt but you think using rye flour is a little crazy, then go for the herbal powders!
Now, there is one big downside that I do not want to hide from you. Remember I wrote that I was super excited that the products come with almost no plastic? Well… every single product was wrapped in a plastic foil! I immediatly send a question to the German Khadi brand and asked why, when I opened my package, but they could not tell me since the products come from India. I was pretty disappointed and I guess this is the only reason why I would not repurchase Khadi products. Except for, when they change their packaging police of course 🙂
I hope you enjoyed this review! I will be back on Wednesday with my very first sustainable Christmas gift guide. I am already super excited about that one.
Have a wonderful week ahead everyone!