Saturday, July 30, 2011

Turmeric for Sore Throat {DIY}

Ok, so this is such an awesome and super quick remedy that I have become a big fan of turmeric now. As I told you that I am suffering from cold and I had this sore throat a few days back which I had to treat super quick, so I was just googling for remedies and then I came across this and tried out. And, it worked like a charm!!! So, if you get a sore throat ever, you should definitely try out this remedy before you go to anything else (even medicines and a doc). We have been trying out turmeric for skin, now try for sore throats.

  • Hot water (preferably as hot as you can drink without burning your throat and blistering your tongue)
  • Table spoon of Turmeric
  • Honey (optional)
Mix all the three and drink as fast a possible. Or, better, take large gulps of the drink. Trust me, its not very tasty so I had put honey too and honey is also said to be good for throat. I had taken it twice - once in the night and another in the morning and I was sweating all night and in the morning, my throat pain was considerably better. I think this drink helps with fever too but I am not very sure but I was sweating really badly so guess you can try this for fever too. 

If you take my advise, I think one should take this drink the moment person feels the irritation in the throat which comes as a sign of cold. I think that would stop the cold then and there coz bearing full cold is really tedious.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Face Pack for glowing skin {Reader's Tips}

Hey All!!! I thought I would be doing an MIA silently but it seems I can't stay away from this platform long enough :) So, today, I am posting a recipe for glowing skin from Puspendu from Kolkata.
Use 2tbsp full of ata(wheat flour)+ 1-2tsp full of lemon juice + raw milk (as much required to make a paste) and 2tsp beetroot paste (boil the beetroot and smash it) now make a fine paste using all these ingredients and apply it on your face and neck, keep it for 5-10 minutes and wash it everyday...after 7 days you will feel the difference....hope to hear from you guys......see you!!!
Thanks a lot Puspendu for your kind words. They have made my really bad day and trust me, bad was worse than horrible today :) So, thanks a lot!!! And, I would try to try out this recipe soon.

Miss Haiti 2011 is Anedie Azael!!!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Eucalyptus Oil for Cold {DIY}

Oh yes, I am most definitely ad very uncomfortably suffering from cold so you are suffering from a barrage of cold related posts. Yeah, I stick to Eucalyptus Oil during cold but I didn't try taking bath with it ever. So, try this out. Let out really hot water (which might make your skin dry), add a tablespoon of eucalyptus oil to a bucket of water (change the proportions accordingly) and take bath with it. Make sure you bathe in really hot water. It will give immense relief and the experience is even better when the water is steaming hot so it releases eucalyptus oil vapors. Your bathroom will smell of the oil for hours later on and it will give a little bit of relief surely. Otherwise, taking bath while having cold feels really tiring.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Lemon Juice and Honey to ward off cold {DIY}

Well, the season is changing and many of you might be suffering from cold, cough and fever. So, what is the best way to get rid of it. Ok, I am just prescribing something which might help along with your medicines and other things. So, what do you need?

  • Lemon
  • Honey
  • Warm - Hot Water
Squeeze lemon in the hot or warm water (enough warm that it should feel good while going down your throat) and add a table spoon of honey or to taste (depending on your preference). Keep drinking it in intervals.

I always felt that lemon aggravates the bad condition of the throat but nope, it in fact helps to improve the condition and get rid of the irritation which you feel while you have bad cough and cold. So, next time you get a cold, don't be afraid of lemons :)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Biotique Mountain Ebony Fresh Growth Stimuating Serum {Product Review}

This is one of the few hair range products from Biotique which I absolutely would recommend to anyone especially if they have sensitive scalp or suffer with scalp issues.

Price: 159 INR for 120 ml (little pricy, I guess!!!)

Ingredients - Neem, Licorice Root powder, Long pepper, Safflower, Pudina, Mountain Ebony (in order of listing)
My Experience
Ok, so let me start with its smell. Really weird and very herbal but not very offensive so nothing to worry about. Now, the look and feel. If you read the ingredient list, you can find that the main ingredient of the product is water so yup, it is watery. Entirely watery and not a gel or a fluid or even a slight bit viscous. When you pour the product on to your hand, it runs and escapes almost like water. So, that becomes a problem with the product. Since its so watery, the application is a little difficult so you have to figure out the exact method on how to apply. My favorite way is to use the Wella hair developer which I use to apply hair oil too. That way, you can be sure you have covered every area on your scalp and the product doesn't go waste coz it gets applied on the scalp. And, while applying, you would automatically need to massage the product in otherwise it will run off the scalp. Now, let me talk a little about the product now. 

Biotique says "This intensive serum helps stimulate new and healthy hair growth. Leaves scalp feeling exhilarated, free from dryness and irritation". When you apply it to the scalp, it feels very cool and soothing to the scalp. It is very good for the scalp which is pretty sensitive and itchy. It calms the scalp on the days when your hair is paining or scalp is aching. Well, regarding the hair growth claims, I am not completely sure but I am not even ruling it out coz I have definitely seen some changes but since I am not entirely sure, I will talk about this claim if I see any positive proof of this claim. One more thing which I would add to the positives of this product is that it relives the dryness and oiliness of the scalp. Yes, it can do both. I don't know how it is possible but I think it balances out the oil production. The proof for this is that I have dry scalp sometimes which is easily cured when I apply this. And, once I had applied this after oiling my hair since I didn't wash it that day, my scalp looked almost oil free after a while. 

A word of caution is that this product is only for the scalp and not the hair so it shouldn't be applied on the hair. And, massaging the product in improves blood circulation too. And, after applying this product, do not comb your hair because the scalp is little wet with the product and hairs may break if you try to comb. I always apply this product at night and this can be applied everyday without fail. It doesn't make the scalp greasy or anything so one need not worry about that. This product is suitable for every kind of hair type and scalp type.

My Recommendation
Yes, absolutely coz it is very effective and not that expensive.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Himalaya Herbals Revitalizing Night Cream {Product Review}

Night Creams are supposed to be contain rich and revitalizing nutrients for the skin so as to repair the damage done to the skin in the morning. So, let us see how this one fares.

Price: 90 INR for 25gms


xMy Experience
This small sample of 25gms was sent to me for review but you need so less to cover the face and neck that this tub would last me around two months if I use it regularly. The cream is light in consistency and not very thick and gets absorbed into the skin very easily. Now, it is very important to apply the right amount of the cream otherwise it will create a layer and sit on the skin and do nothing for the skin. One thing which is pretty noticeable after applying the cream is that the skin feels toned up. In the morning, you wake up with a very smooth and soft skin. I wouldn't say that it has any effect on the fine lines though coz I haven't seen any changes in them. 

My Recommendation
A good and inexpensive night cream for skin which just needs preventive measures not curative ones.     

PS: Product sent by brand for consideration.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Scrub for the Back {DIY}

Have someone definitely help you with this :) Back is not very easily accessible and it needs to be cleaned now and then. So, here is a simple scrub to keep the back soft. 

  • Masoor Dal (Red Lentil)
  • Almond Oil
Grind masoor dal till it is fine. Pass it through a sieve and separate out the bigger granules and softer ones. Mix the softer ones with almond oil and apply it to your back for 15 minutes. Scrub with a light hand and wash off. 
The skin will be extra soft and clean. This will also prevent back acne.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Classic Face Pack Remembered {DIY}

Ok, so, I am not sharing anything new today. But, just reminding you all of the classic face pack which costs a zilch and the results are far better than any pricy product and this one has the simplest of the ingredients and is an answer to almost all the skin problems. 

  • Multani Mitti
  • Curd / Yogurt
Mix them both and apply the pack on the face. Wait for it to dry. It might take long time, though but the wait is worth it. So, try this on a day when you can laze around. In the mean time, keep two chilled tea bags with you and apply them to your eyes and relax. After the mask gets dry, wash it off and rinse your face with green tea (warm or cold, anything). 

A really fresh, hydrated and supple skin is revealed. It brightens the complexion in an instant, controls oil production and removes the dead skin cells. Multani mitti is great for oily skin and curd is great for troubled skin. But, this mask doesn't dry the skin at all. But, if you have dry skin, make sure to include honey as a precaution. But, even dry skin people should use clay masks once in a while coz it detoxifies the skin. So, a face pack which answers all the troubles of your skin and this can be done every alternate day by oily, combination and normal skin people and once in a week by dry skin gals (or guys!!!).

Thursday, July 21, 2011

SLS / SLES in Lush {Ingredient}

If you are a brand conscious and ingredient conscious consumer, you would have noticed that the solid shampoos of Lush have SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate) as one of their ingredients. I was a little disappointed with this revelation as I had put hopes on Lush for being a SLS-savior on the shampoo front for me. Then, later on, in one of the sites I had read a comment by the reader. She said that she was told by the Lush sales girl that the SLS used in Lush products is natural. Now, I was boggled by that statement and did some research on that.
SLS and SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulphate) are chemical products and not vegan or organic ingredients. Though both SLS and SLES are derived from coconut or palm oils, they have to be reacted with sulphuric acid and ethylene oxide respectively. So, comparatively SLES is a gentler ingredient of the two but when ever SLES is used, you would generally find another ingredient in the list called 'Cocamidopropyl Betaine' which is used to make the SLES even more milder so as to reduce irritation due to the ingredient. (source
I have checked two or three products which list SLES as their ingredients and have found Betaine to be another of their ingredients. And, regarding the usage of SLS / SLES in Lush, I had sent a mail to the US office regarding my concern and this is their response:
Thank you for writing to us.  We use sodium lauryl sulfate in our solid shampoos, and we do not consider this ingredient to be a natural one. Although it does originate from coconut materials, it does undergo some changes which deem it a synthetic material by our view.
We do list our full ingredients on our website, in our stores, and in our catalogue, and we aim to be as transparent as possible so that our customers can select products they feel comfortable with. Please let me know if you have any further questions or concerns and I’d be glad to help!
So, next time you go to a Lush store and find these ingredients, please note that there is nothing natural about SLS / SLES and not all products in Lush are vegan coz they have parabens and other chemicals too. And this is not a bad thing at all.

Kat Burki’s Natural Body Cremes and Organic Soaps {Product Information}

After a long day perfecting our tans at the beach, our sun-kissed skin can often become sensitive, dry and damaged.  Even simple tasks such as taking a shower or wearing tight fitting clothes can suddenly become extremely uncomfortable or even painful. But, thankfully, you can achieve gorgeous golden-brown without the dry, flaky skin. Kat Burki’s organic soaps and moisturizers use the finest all-natural ingredients to soothe, moisturize and ease the effects on the skin from a day spent baking in the sun. 

Skin exposed to the sun in the summer needs all of the therapy it can get, so make sure to start in the shower with a natural therapeutic soap and continue through the day with soothing moisturizers for preventative and soothing effects.  And what better way to treat your skin than to let it seep in all of the natural benefits of these 3 soothing flavors by Kat Burki, custom designed to bring maximum benefits to just about every skin type:

1) Indulge in the soothing benefits of White Tea Soap and Body Crème with its subtle, soft fragrance incorporating soothing scents of pine, mandarin, palmarosa, white-tea extract and oils of olive, coconut, and palm. White tea is packed with even more anti-oxidants than green tea to keep skin healthy and youthful while the delicious scent will soothe the senses leaving you feeling refreshed and relaxed.      
White Tea Organic Soap ($18.00)
White Tea Body Crème (6oz. $52.00 or 2oz. $15.00)
2) Ignite your skin’s freshness with Freesia and Pink Grapefruit, another delicious summery scent which will leave you feeling clean, fresh and smelling delicious for those lovely, long summer nights. Grapefruit is renowned for its anti-oxidant properties and its scent is known to invigorate the mind and awaken the senses. The perfect pick-me up after a hot summer day.

3) The airy combination of Avocado and Cucumber is the perfect scent for skin suffering from sunburn or heat rash. Cucumber has long been recognized for its incredible cooling effects while avocado is a rich moisturizer. The combination will instantly cool down and moisturize skin while its enchantingly elegantly crisp and clean scent will have you so relaxed you’ll quickly forget about any discomfort you were once in!

Avocado and Cucumber Body Creme (6oz. $52.00 or 2oz. $15.00) 

No matter how minimal or extreme your skin is suffering from sun damage this summer, Kat Burki organic soaps and body crèmes are the perfect remedy to leave skin feeling refreshed and moisturized during these hot, hazy summer months.

About Kat Burki: Kat Burki products are designed for the chic individual to relax and unwind with her clean, soothing and sophisticated scents of candles, soaps and cream’s made from the finest natural ingredients which are carefully selected and fine-tuned by Kat Burki herself. The full Kat Burki Collection is available online at

PS: Information sent by PR.

Dermalogica Skin Renewal Booster {Product Launch}

Dermalogica launches Skin Renewal Booster
PS: Information sent by the brand.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Homemade Body Polish {DIY}

I have used this once till today and the results have been better than any scrub I have ever used. And, at a pinch of a price. 

  • Salt (preferably any Dead Sea Salt, Rock Salt or Epsom Salt)
  • Sugar (preferably Cane Sugar or Jaggery)
  • Honey
Mix salt and sugar in equal quantities enough for the entire body and mix them in honey to make a gooey paste. After your shower, scrub or polish your skin with this mixture until the salt and sugar dissolve which will take some time. If you still have time and mood on hands, leave it on the skin for 15-30 minutes in a hot bathroom. Wash off and follow with moisturizer. 

Amazingly soft skin and the difference is very much visible in one time. When I tried it out, my friend couldn't stop raving about my skin and asked me what did I do. I used this on the face too. And, my skin was glowing literally. And, as I am writing this, I feel like going and doing this again. 

Skin Type
Not for sensitive skin (might irritate) and for people suffering from breakouts. Also, make sure you don't have any wounds or cuts anywhere on your body coz you are using salt. Otherwise, all skin types can use this polish from dry to oily.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Biotique Carrot Protective Lotion {Product Review}

I have already said that I am a fan of Biotique products but the 'fanhood' is limited to some ranges only. So, I was and have been since a really long time in search of a herbal sun screen which is equally effective and less harmful as compared to its chemical counterparts. I have already used the sandalwood one from Biotique too. So, I'll just review both of them together.

Price: 280 INR for 210 ml

How do 1% and 3% ingredients do their work??
My Experience
I have same thing to say about both the sunscreens. They both are really effective when it comes to protection. But, the main problem arises when you apply. I found them really sticky and in case you are living in a humid climate, these are definitely not for you coz your skin will just feel sticky and damp and oily. But, I have applied this lotion in hills too where I found that the lotion did not feel sticky at all. It got absorbed very easily into the skin and it protected well from the sun which was surely never a question. But, these sunscreens are strictly for the body and not for face. I did make a mistake of using them again and again on face but they just make the face oily but they work well there too. So, if you have really dry skin or staying in really cold climate, you can definitely use this in place of a moisturizer and a sunscreen. Otherwise, I just wish they had not been that sticky and I would have been really glad to use them. 

The one question I always have for Biotique products is that what it the base cream which they use??? Does that come under the listing process of Biotique or they just buy the base material and make their own Ayurvedic formulations on top of the base material because of which they do not have to list down the ingredients of their base material. And, also, how can a product stay for so long as 3 years without any preservatives or does the base material come with preservatives too. I would definitely love an answer for that. But, their products do work (some don't though)!!

My Recommendation
Kinda tricky coz I would love to recommend it as a safer sunscreen but its pretty sticky for most of the skin types. So, in case you are a dry skin type or live in colder climates (only in hill stations and not winters in Delhi), this might work out.

Blog Awards

This award was presented to me by Ikky of Makeup Monologues. You should check out her blog. Its interesting specially the posts on her pet brother :D He is really cute and he is called by Zorro. Thanks a lot for the award, Ikky :)

Now, these are the rules I have to follow:
  • link back to the person who passed you the award
  • share seven random things about yourself
  • award 15 blogs and let them know about it
Ok, the hardest thing is to write about myself!!! I am really not that fun so it might be pretty boring for you. 
  • I am a die-hard Victorian romance novels fan apart from adoring Agatha Christie and Jane Austen.
  • I have never been able to read 'Gone with the Wind' even though its a classic love story. 
  • I am pretty afraid of public speaking!!!
  • I had never visited a beauty parlor till 2 years back and I still don't get my eyebrows done :O
  • My first crush was Tom Cruise.
  • I never used to like Harry Potter till a year back when my friend showed me the movies forcibly.
  • I had to think for half hour to write the above six points!!!
 Ok, so the hard part over and let us proceed to writing down the blogs. Ok, I would definitely not be able to list down 15 blogs but whichever come to my mind go down here:
I am sorry but I can think of only these blogs right now.So, congratulations to all the bloggers and thanks a lot again, Ik.

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Baviphat Paprika Whitening Hand Cream {Product Review}

Baviphat is a very popular brand in Malaysia and Singapore and Korea too. Its a Korean company. So, this was one of the goodies I won in a giveaway I mentioned sometime back. I have no idea about the price or ingredients list coz my pack didn't mention any.

My Experience
I love the small yellow capsicum tub and the smell of this cream is even more awesome though I can't really describe it. I have never used a hand cream before so I am not gonna give a comparison account but I'll say that it is very non-sticky and gets easily absorbed into the skin. I hate the creams which make my hand sticky and almost all do that so I avoid applying any cream and I am used to often washing my hands. Its a phobia with me but since I have started using this cream, my hands are comparatively softer and don't get dried up as they used to. And, this cream also moisturizes my nails and cuticles. So, yup, this one is a great product but unfortunately not available in India. But, they do have a website but its in Korean!!! Check it out here.

My Recommendation
Oh!! yes, definitely!!! And, I guess its a drug store brand so its not outrageously expensive or something.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Lakme Perfect Radiance Fairness Facewash {Product Review}

This is one of my few products from Lakme. I am not much fan of it but then who can resist interesting colors and new products. So, the color of the packaging is really nice. 

Price: 80 INR for 50 gms


My Experience
This is a normal face wash. Foams a lot so a tiny bit is enough. I have a combination skin and this one doesn't really dry the skin nor does it make it oily but the oil returns within an hour of washing the face so not much help there. Regarding the fairness claim, I would say that it instantly brightens the face and the brightening effect doesn't really go away so if you regularly use it, you might find the face is little brightened. But, as to the fairness claim, it doesn't really lighten the skin tone in case you are wondering. And, it doesn't even remove tanning which is even worse. So, it is a normal face wash which can be used without much expectations and it is costlier than the other brands like Ponds and Himalaya so one can give it a skip too. 

One positive thing about this face wash is that it doesn't have SLS / SLES which is a good thing but it really foams a lot so if you are looking for a less foamy face wash, this wouldn't be of much help. Btw, another great thing is that it doesn't leave any film on the skin like some cleansers and face washes. And, I have stayed without applying moisturizer in a humid place for almost two weeks without applying any moisturizer and my face didn't really feel dry or stretchy. 

A very big disadvantage is that it is not travel-friendly. No, I am not talking about the size but the face wash leaks!!! Yeah, I did realize it when I saw that the face wash was coming on to the cap and some of it was oozing outside and then I had to keep it in a plastic cover to save my other things but that's a very big disadvantage for people who travel constantly. Well, this might be just my face wash problem or this might apply to the entire packaging which I am not too sure. 

My Recommendation
You are not missing out something if you pass on this one.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Episoft Cleanser {Product Review}

This post is more of a recommendation than a review. 

I don't have a HG face wash so I do keep experimenting and if someone asks me to recommend some, I would say Episoft cleanser which I have used and have discontinued using coz of its cost and availability issues but it is really good and better than Cetaphil actually and I am speaking for this coz I have used both of them and have seen the difference. So, in case you are in search of a good face wash, you can try it out. 

Regarding the cost, both cetaphil and Episoft cost the same. 

The cleanser is really light weight and non-greasy and leaves the skin just as it is (not dry or oil but clean). I have compared their ingredient lists too and did find that the Episoft ingredient list was better and gentler. And, comparing the cleansers, Episoft is gentler. I have used some 2-3 bottles of this cleanser on and off where as I have used Cetaphil only once and never went back to it. 

Regarding the availability, you can ask for it at Apollo pharmacy and they will definitely get it for you in case you do not get it at other drug stores. They might or might not have stocked it so that it a hitch in being regular with this cleanser. 

One more thing I would add is that I had this cleanser prescribed by a dermatologist whom I didn't much like and she had prescribed this one for my dry skin problem on my hands which had developed weird dry patches. When I used this cleanser over those patches, the condition normalized gradually in sometime so I can safely say that it is a damn good cleanser for people with such issues.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Biotique Avocado Body Massage Oil {Product Review}

So, confusion about the ingredients in Biotique products has always existed. Similarly, it exists with this one too.

Price:135 INR for 210 ml

Rai Tail (0.5%), Badam Tail (1%), Neem Tail (0.5%), Til Tail (5%), Arandi Tail (7%) [castor oil], Dudhal Mool Kwath (1%), Ankurit Gehun Satva (2%) [Wheat Germ Oil], Vegetable Oil (Base)
As you can see above, there is no mention of avocado any where in the ingredient list and whats up with vegetable oil??? Which vegetable oil or is there some standard oil called 'Vegetable Oil'? When I searched for it, the wiki gives a list of oils which includes almost every edible oil. 

My Experience
This smells mainly of camphor. No camphor in the ingredient list. The oil feels cool on the body as opposed to warm being a massage oil which I am not sure if it is meant to feel like that. There is no drawback as such but I did not like the oil very much and I wouldn't really recommend it to anyone for any purpose.

My Recommendation
Doesn't make sense to write this review coz I don't really have anything to say about the product but I have written it coz I wouldn't recommend any one to buy this one coz it really does nothing frankly so its a waste of money. You can probably go for carrot oil in place of this though I haven't used that one and I have no idea how it is.

Lotus Herbals Pomegranate and Plum Skin Polisher {Product Launch}

Ok, so I am late in putting this up. So, here it is and I have been eying this since it came. 

What does Lotus say about it?
If you are looking for a gentler way to scrub your skin and get that youthful appearance, look no further! Lotus Herbals has introduced Pomegranate & Plum Energizing Skin Polisher that ensures smooth, flawless and younger skin. This innovative skin polisher protects from pollution, dust and exposure to the harsh rays of the sun and helps in restoring the natural glow of the skin.

Lotus Herbals Pomegranate & Plum Energizing Skin Polisher is enriched with active ingredients such as pomegranate, which has skin renewal properties that help increase collagen and plum that infuses powerful anti oxidants into the skin, making it soft and supple. It contains ultra fine granules that are non-abrasive and gently rejuvenate the skin by removing dead skin cells. This skin polisher therapeutically exfoliates and cleanses the skin of toxins and other impurities while protecting against environmental pollutants. Suitable for all skin types, its deep detoxification re-energizes the skin, reduces fine lines and offers wrinkle protection. Now regenerate your skin to a new level of vitality for a more youthful, healthy and radiant appearance, all day long.

Lotus Herbals Pomegranate & Plum Energizing Skin Polisher is attractively priced at Rs 155 for 50gms and Rs 245 for 100 gms and is available at leading beauty and departmental stores across the country.

Now add a breath of fresh air to dull, tired skin by making this luxurious skin polisher a part of your skin care regime!
PS: Press Release sent by the brand. 

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Svaztha Neelini Natural Hair Oil {Product Review}

Svaztha is a ayurvedic brand. Check out their website here. They have a whole range pf products and are widely available in Kerela. I used this hair oil when I went to my relatives house and I have used it just twice but it was just so awesome that I have to write about it. I don't know about the price.

Indigofera tinctoria (400mg), Aloe vera (400mg), Hebiscus rosa (100mg), Eclipta alba (650mg), Emblica officinalis (350 mg), Azadirachta indica (100 mg), Cow milk (1ml), Seasamum oil (1ml), Pongamia pinnata (3.75mg), Psoralea corylifolia (3.75mg), Terminalia belerica (5mg) - from the website
My Experience
Since I have used it only twice, I don;t know whether it promotes hair growth or not but one thing which is noticeable immediately is that it makes the hair really soft. I mean it literally. It made my hair unbelievably soft. And, it did not induce any hair fall which happens sometimes with some of the products when used for the first time. My hair is definitely a lot softer even after a week of using the hair oil and that does mean something, right?? So, if you are planning a visit to Kerela, do check out the brand and its products. Don't worry about the availability. They are present in every shop. 

My Recommendation
Do I really need to say anything???

PS: The best part of this oil is that it was able to soften my hair which had got really rough when I had colored my hair two months back. And, now my hair is soft again!!! Yay!!!!!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Remedy for Sunburn {Reader's Tip}

So, Tanveer posted this remedy as a response to my post yesterday on "How to treat Sunburns?".
"I find applying either a 10% vitamin c soln or a zinc oxide cream brings down the redness inflammation quite rapidly"
You can read this post on how to make a 10% Vitamin C solution on Tanveer's blog and for a Zinc Oxide cream, she uses Rashfree by Pfizer which was recommended by a dermatologist so if you are suffering from any skin problems or are already on medication or something, you should consult a dermatologist before starting with any cream of drug grade.

Btw, just sharing what I know. Zinc Oxide is found in Boroline cream too but the quantity is only 3% so I am not really sure how much it helps with sunburns. Or, it is also found in Lactocalamine. Ok, not that these will help with sunburns but the two easily available products with zinc oxide in them. And, I have tried to get the powdered zinc oxide from the medical stores but it wasn't so easy. So, in case you might just ask them for a cosmetic graded zinc oxide.

New Footwear causing Blisters {Tip of the Day}

New shoes and slippers almost always tend to cause blisters on the feet or eat away the skin. And, if you have skin as sensitive as mine, this happens every time you wear any different footwear's. So, a simple remedy which I came across is to use unripe papaya juice on the feet to calm down the skin. I haven't tried it but I felt it is worth trying out so do comment.

PS: I have been absent from the blogging world for quiet sometime now. I had scheduled the posts but wasn't moderating any comments. I have published and replied to all the comments today and thank you all so much for your support. It keeps me going even when I am tired and I don't have the energy or will to put up a post.

Monday, July 11, 2011

7 Faktor Membuat Orang Tuli

1. Ear bud atau ear phone pada pemutar musik (music player)
Ear bud membuat suara menjadi lebih keras, sehingga untuk waktu lama dapat memekakkan telinga. Selain itu, ear bud juga membuat perubahan dalam sistem pendengaran. Bila orang terbiasa mendengarkan suara dari ear bud yang dekat dan keras, maka besar kemungkinan ia sulit mendengarkan suara pada level normal atau lembut.

2. Mobil terbuka (openkap)
Mengendarai mobil openkap membuat orang harus mendengar suara dengan level 88-90 Decibel (Db). Sebagai perbandingan, percakapan normal berada kisaran 50 Db, jalan lalu lintas sekitar 70 Db, mesin pemotong rumput sekitar 90 Db. Paparan berulang dari suara di atas 85 Db diketahui dapat menyebabkan kehilangan pendengaran permanen.

3. Obat-obatan
Salah satu efek samping yang kurang dikenal dari beberapa jenis obat, seperti obat nyeri, antibiotik tertentu dan obat kemoterapi berbasis platinum, adalah gangguan pendengaran.

4. Rokok
Satu pembuluh darah melayani koklea, yaitu organ telinga bagian dalam. Nikotin, vasokonstriktor yang menyebabkan pembuluh darah sedikit menyusut, dapat memiliki dampak yang luar biasa pada kapiler kecil yang melayani telinga.

5. Pekerjaan
Bidang pekerjaan seperti musisi, buruh pabrik, pekerja konstruksi dan pemadam kebakaran adalah beberapa orang yang berisiko tinggi untuk terpapar konstan terhadap suara keras.

6. Diabetes
Diabetes dapat menyebabkan penurunan aliran darah ke telinga. Pembuluh darah sempit atau abnormal akibat diabetes dapat mencegah darah mencapai koklea, juga dapat mencegah proses pembersihan racun. Ini memiliki potensi untuk merusak sel-sel lembut di dalam telinga.

7. Anemia sickle cell
Orang dengan anemia sickle cell sering mengalami kelelahan dan sakit karena sel-sel darah merahnya cacat yang berbentuk sabit tidak bulat. Padahal aliran darah normal penting untuk mencapai telinga.

Keunikan Mata Hewan

1. Tupai
Mata Tupai terdapat di kedua sisi kepalanya, dan berada pada kedua pipi-pipinya yang bentuknya melandai ke depan dan menyerupai kerucut. Dengan demikian ia memiliki pandangan yang tajam ke arah depan. 

Burung Hantu memiliki mata yang letaknya tidak seperti mata burung pada umumnya yaitu di kiri kanan kepala, akan tetapi di bagian depan mukanya. Penglihatannya sangat tajam dan dapat mengamati mangsanya dengan jelas dalam keredupan maupun dalam kegelapan malam. 
Akan tetapi letak mata itu cukup dekat dengan pangkal kepalanya sehingga melalui kepalanya itu sambil lari memanjat pohon ia dapat melihat melalui punggungnya apakah ada yang mengejar atau tidak.

Atau sambil lari di atas tanah ia dapat melihat ke atas untuk mengawasi burung elang yang mengejarnya. Akan tetapi disamping kelebihannya itu ia mempunyai kelemahan yaitu tidak dapat melihat dengan mudah ke arah samping.

 2. Burung Elang
Mata Burung Elang memiliki ketajaman penglihatan yang luar biasa untuk berburu. Ia dapat melihat seekor kelinci yang melompat-lompat diantara semak-semak ribuan kaki di bawahnya.

3. Kelinci
Akan tetapi si kelinci yang diburu itu memiliki mata di kedua belah kepalanya yang tempatnya sedemikian rupa sehingga dapat melihat elang yang memburunya dan yang sedang menukik untuk menyambarnya. Sekarang tinggal binatang yang mana yang beruntung.

4. Burung Hantu
Akan tetapi untuk menentukan tempat mangsanya ia lebih mengutamakan pendengarannya. Ia dapat menentukan dengan tepat posisi tikus dari suara dedaunan yang terusik oleh gerakan tikus mangsanya itu.

Burung hantu sebagai pemburu pada malam hari memiliki mata yang besar sekali, sedemikian besarnya sehingga bola matanya tidak dapat digerakkan di dalam rongga matanya itu.

Untuk menengok ke samping ia harus memutarkan lehernya dan ia dapat melakukannya sampai menengok ke belakang sekalipun. Selain dari pada itu matanya itu tajam sekali sehingga di dalam cahaya redup, dimana mata manusia tidak dapat malihat apapun, ia dapat menemukan mangsanya.

5. Burung Robin
Burung Robin, sejenis burung Murai yamg ada di Eropa tidak dapat melihat sesuatu dengan jelas yang berada beberapa cm di depannya. Agar dapat medilihat jelas, mangsanya itu harus berada pada jarak yang agak jauh.

Untuk dapat melihat mangsanya, misalnya seekor cacing, ia berdiri tegak dan menggerakkan kepalanya ke arah belakang, sehingga matanya itu ada pada jarak “dapat melihat”.
Rupanya seperti orang yang rabun dekat, untuk melihat benda dengan jelas (misalnya untuk dapat membaca) orang rabun dekat itu harus menjauhkan benda itu beberapa cm dari padanya.

 6. Kucing
Kucing adalah binatang piaraan yang sangat kita gemari. Ia termasuk binatang “noctural” yaitu binatang yang memburu mangsanya baik pada siang hari maupun pada malam hari.

Oleh karena itu mata kucing bisa menyesuaikan diri baik untuk siang hari maupun untuk malam hari. Biji matanya (pupil) tidak bundar sebagaimana kebanyakan binatang- lainnya, melainkan lonjong (oval). Pada malam hari bentuk yang lonjong itu terbuka melebar sedang pada cahaya yang kuat atau terang mengecil sampai menjadi bentuk celah. 
Mata seekor kucing akan berpijar (seperti menyala) bila disoroti cahaya lampu yang kuat, karena dibagian belakang matanya itu terdapat lapisan selaput yang bekerja seperti cermin yang memantulkan kembali cahaya yang mengenainya. Selain daripada itu didalam matanya itu terdapat sel-sel yang sangat peka terhadap cahaya yang redup. Akan tetapi sel-sel itu tidak dapat membedakan warna alias buta warna.

7. Ikan
Kedua mata kita itu merupakan suatu kesatuan, melirik bersama-sama ke arah yang sama dan melihat benda yang sama pula. Demikian pula pada mamalia dan burung. Akan tetapi tidak demikian halnya pada ikan, terutama ikan yang pipih, yang matanya itu terdapat di kiri dan kanan kepalanya.

Pada kelompok ikan (demikian juga pada bunglon) kedua mataya itu bekerja masing-masing dengan bebas, tidak tergantung satu sama lain, misalnya mata kiri mengarah ke depan sedang mata kanan mengarah ke belakang.

Dengan demikian penglihatannya itu dapat mencakup jarak dan daerah pandang yang luas, karena dapat melihat kepada dua arah yang berbeda secaara simultan. Ikan tidak memiliki kelopak mata, jadi tidak dapat berkedip (selalu melotot). Dengan demikian air selalu dapat membersikannya dan karena itu matanya selalu bersih.

8. Laba-Laba
Mata laba-laba merupakan suatu gabungan beberapa mata. Setiap mata memiliki lensa dan sel penerima berkas cahaya sehingga tampak seperti faset yang terpisah-pisah dan biasanya tersusun dalam kelompok-kelompok atau rumpun-rumpun pada punggung kepalanya.

Laba-laba yang menangkap mangsanya dengan jaringnya dan menunggu mangsanya terperangkap, tidak begitu bergantung pada penglihatannya seperti laba-laba pemburu. Oleh karena itu baginya tidak menjadi masalah sifat rabun dekatnya itu.
Laba-laba pemburu mempunyai rumpun mata yang terdiri dari delapan buah mata yang terdapat pada punggungnya. Tiap-tiap mata dilengkapi lensa dan sel-sel yang dapat menangkap berkas cahaya.

Walaupun tidak ada seekor laba-laba yang dapat melihat dengan jelas suatu benda yang letaknya pada jarak lebih dari 30 cm, laba-laba pemburu itu dapat mengikuti gerakan sekecil apapun dari bayangan mangsanya yang berpindah-pindah dari satu mata ke mata berikutnya.

Tomato for Vitamin C {Tip of the Day}

Tomato is a versatile vegetable which can be used in any cuisine or for any beauty routine too whether as a hair pack or for brightening the face. Another great advantage of tomato is that it is extremely rich in Vitamin A and C. For daily need of Vitamin C, consume two medium-sized tomatoes. 

Beautiful Birds of Paradise in the World

1. Lesser Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea minor)

2. Raggiana Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea raggiana)

3. Astrapia Ribbon-tailed (Astrapia mayeri)

 4. Blue bird of paradise (Paradisaea rudolphi)

5. Riflebird Paradise (Ptiloris paradiseus) 

6. Red Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea rubra) 

7. Lawes’s Parotia (Parotia lawesii)

8. King of Saxony Bird of Paradise (Pteridophora alberti) 

9. Wilson’s Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus respublica) 

10. Princess Stephanie’s Astrapia (Astrapia stephaniae)

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