People often turn to ritualistic acts to find balance during chaotic times - like whipping up old recipes or organising everything to the T. Off late, many of us have begun to find solace in a multi-step skincare routine. A good old routine not only provides some semblance of structure during uncertain times, but is also a great way of pampering oneself while salons and spas seem out of reach. Simply put, skin-care is self-care, and self-care is good for your mind, body and soul.
While there’s a slew of ingredients that have become trendy off late, we’re here to give you the lowdown on the good stuff. Welcome to the shelf-help section, where we introduce you to the beauty and wellness brands at Le Mill. Each of these brands employs standout ingredients, interpreting them in their own unique ways to give you the best results.
Scroll on to get a dose of wellness, quite literally, at your fingertips -
Skincare at Saga of Soam is about creating mindful beauty rituals by combining ayurveda rooted in ancient wisdom with aromachology, the effect of fragrances on our emotions.
An underrated superfood, arctic cloudberries have 2-4 times more Vitamin C as compared to oranges. Cloudberries are loaded with phytosterols, kalium, magnesium, Vitamin C and E, zinc, beta carotene, antioxidants, and omega fatty acids.
Found in - ‘Incandescence’ - a light, absorbent and non-comedogenic oil that deeply hydrates the skin, minimizes fine lines, and simultaneously inhibits melanogenesis (pigmentation and dark spots), by providing your skin with a megadose of Vitamin C.
Chilean Rosehip Oil
A nutrient-rich oil that delicately hydrates and heals the skin. Unlike retinol, which is known to cause skin irritation, rosehip oil is naturally rich in trans-retinoic acid which promotes skin cell rejuvenation, helps reduce wrinkles, and minimizes age spots. It is anti-inflammatory, rich in vitamin A and C, boosts collagen formation, and gives the skin a translucent glow.
Found in - ‘Apsara’ - a blend that rejuvenates skin skin and prevents aging with an ambrosial blend of Chilean rosehip, Spanish neroli, and jasmine sambac.
This label was born out of a desire to reconnect city dwellers with nature through the sensorial experience of wearing precious oils and fragrance oils.
The extraction process is extremely gentle and is managed by hand from start to finish. Since the coconuts are not exposed to high heat or the use of any machinery, all the living properties and benefits are preserved, resulting in a product that is extremely high in vitamins A and E.
Found in - 'Coco Milk Oil' - a lightweight formula which absorbs easily, suited for the face, hair and body. Smells like the beach.
White Ginger Lily
A flower native to the Himalayan region of India, white ginger lily has an intense, rich and considerably complex floral note with fruity and spicy undertones of ginger. The scent has a hypnotic quality.
Found in - 'White Ginger Lily Perfume Oil'- a musky, comforting scent.
Founded by a mother daughter duo, Secret Alchemist is a holistic wellness and self-care brand rooted in aromatherapy.
Acquired through steam distillation of flowering tops and leaves, clary sage relieves muscle spasms and soreness. Aromatherapy uses the power of scent to calm the mind and reduce feelings of anxiety.
Found in - ‘Tone Massage Oil’ - a founder favourite, the Tone massage oil is routinely used by Anikta Thadani. The oil aids in relaxation and boosts circulation to improve the appearance of your skin.
An aromatic herb of the mint family, hyssop has a plethora of therapeutic properties. It cleanses skin and reduces the appearance of large pores, aids in easy respiration, regulates menstrual flow, and has antiseptic and antiviral properties as well.
Found in - ‘Breathe Cold Reliever Oil’ - a blend concocted to provide relief to colds and ease congestion. The oil opens your airways, reduces mucus build-up, and assists in breathing well. Just what the doctor ordered for morning meditation sessions.
An ayurveda inspired beauty brand founded by two women, SOVA combines modern science with natural ingredients to create products that heal, protect and nourish hair and skin.
Hydrates skin to make it appear softer, plumper and more radiant. As a result, lines and wrinkles appear diminished. A great ingredient for those with ageing skin. Its antioxidant properties shield against pollution and other aggressors as well.
Found in - ‘Shea Butter and Kumari Body Lotion’ - a lightweight body lotion that soothes the skin, giving it a youthful and radiant appearance. Not that age is an issue, but we’re happy delaying the process (if we can).
Hydrolysed Silk Protein
Replenishes hair with cysteine, which is one of the four amino acids needed to produce keratin. This compound improves elasticity against breakage and forms a protective barrier on the hair, offering protection and moisturisation.
Found in - ‘Yava & Rosemary Intense Repair Hair Mask’ - a deeply nourishing hair mask that helps bring dull, dry hair back to life. Goodbye frizz.
This business works with small-holder farms across India with a focus on natural, non-toxic, cruelty-free and sustainable beauty.
Various parts of the Moringa Oleifera tree have been used across cultures over centuries. In ancient Egyptian, Roman and Greek civilisations, the oil extracted from the Moringa seed was believed to help protect the skin from damages and infections and was also known to work as a natural moisturiser. These civilizations also used the oil extracted to turn it into a perfume. The varied uses of the different parts of the Moringa Oleifera tree are documented in folk remedies from across the globe.
Found in - 'Cold Pressed Oil for Skin and Hair', recommended for dry or dehydrated skin and hair types. The oil absorbs easily into the skin, without leaving the skin feeling oily and contains anti-bacterial and anti-Inflammatory properties.
Are packed with antioxidants, vitamin C, and about 15 times more potassium than bananas. It also has calcium, protein, iron, and amino acids, which help your body heal.
Found in - ‘The High Vibe Exfoliant’. Rooted in South Asian beauty traditions, the product combines the three holy grail ingredients from our kitchens - besan, turmeric and neem with moringa leaf powder and makes the perfect natural face exfoliant. Think of it as your grandma's homemade mask recipe, but made modern in 2021.
Being the first ‘farm to face’ venture in India with its own farms and research lab, Ras offers 100% pure and natural products fit for a luxurious beauty regime.
Unlike rose oil, which is extracted from rose petals, rosehip oil is pressed from the fruit and seeds of the rose plant. Known for its valuable healing benefits, rosehip oil is loaded with skin-nourishing vitamins and essential fatty acids. It also contains phenols that have been shown to have antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties.
Found in - ‘Luminous Skin Clearing Elixir’ - a face oil that can be massaged on the face and neck, with light, soothing movements using a beauty tool. The elixir can be used as a moisturising primer, be added to creams, mixed in foundation or highlighter. ‘Oh-so Luxe Liquid Lip Balm’ - this rich treatment moisturises, plumps up and deeply nourishes the lips. The balm also reduces pigmentation.
Our most recent addition to the beauty corner at Le Mill. The bedroom essentials brand founded by a couple, My Muse aims to make intimacy easy, approachable and fun for individuals.
Jojoba and Avocado Base Oils
typically, coconut or olive oil is used as base for body oils. My Muse uses cold-pressed jojoba and avocado base oils. Jojoba is known to be lightweight, and suitable for acne prone skin (as it mimics our natural sebum consistency). Avocado oil is known for its deeply hydrating and skin rejuvenating properties, which makes the two an ideal combination.
Found in - ‘Glow Relaxing Massage Oil’ - a unique formula created with natural essential oils that help you unwind and de-stress. This luxurious oil is ideal for both daily hydration and intimate experiences. Don’t know about you, but with words like ‘unwind’ and ‘de-stress’, we feel seen.
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