Last month I went out shopping in my favourite part of the city, and was disappointed to see that the Fabindia Store wasn’t there anymore. I was so looking forward to buying my first Fabindia product! I found their website and thought of trying their online shopping portal. I bought their Neem Tulsi Skin Toner since I have oily skin and it was promptly delivered within four working days.
Price: Rs. 150 for 200ml
Packaging: It’s a sleek transparent bottle with a white flip cap and a green sticker around it. I love the packaging because it has a distinct all herbal kind of feel, but looks elegant at the same time.
Complete Ingredient List (from website): Purified Water, Neem Leaves Extract, Reetha Extract, Rose Water, Aloe Vera Extract, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Glycerine, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Imid Urea, Cocoamidropropylbetaine, Allantoin, Tulsi Oil.
We all know about neem, reetha, rose water, aloe vera, glycerin and tulsi.
Here is a little info about the less familiar ingredients from wikipedia:
Hydroxyethyl Urea: It is a skin moisturizer derived from animal fluid, but it may also be produced synthetically. Fabindia does not say from where they derive it.
Polysorbate 20: Often used in cosmetics, it helps other ingredients to dissolve in a solvent in which they would not normally dissolve. They also help to form emulsions by reducing the surface tension of the substances to be emulsified.
Phenoxyethanol: It is a bactericide.
Imidazolidinyl urea is an antimicrobial preservative used in cosmetics. Some people have a contact allergy to imidazolidinyl urea causing dermatitis. Such people are often also allergic to diazolidinyl urea.
Cocoamidropropyl betaine: is used as a surfactant in bath products such as shampoos and hand soaps to reduce irritation which purely ionic surfactants would cause.
Allantoin: has a moisturizing and keratolytic effect, increasing the water content of the extracellular matrix and enhancing the desquamation of upper layers of dead skin cells, increasing the smoothness of the skin; promoting cell proliferation and wound healing; and a soothing, anti-irritant, and skin protectant effect by forming complexes with irritant and sensitizing agents.
What’s on the bottle:
My experience with Fabindia Neem Tulsi Skin Toner
I found my face remains oil-free for quite some time after using this toner. It feels light on my skin, which is refreshed and cool after applying it.
I like the fact that it has neem and tulsi, which have great antibacterial properties. This is wonderful for summer months when i tend to get pimples. Now I don’t need to worry about impurities in my skin.
But what I didn’t like was that it smells a lot like some neem soap, perhaps Margo?
Reetha, which is a natural lathering agent, is mentioned in the ingredients list. Maybe this helps clean the skin, but somehow it makes me think of soap, especially with the neem-tulsi smell. And there are always a lot of, LOT OF bubbles on the top of the liquid, even when the bottle hasn’t been shaken. I don’t like it, because again, it reminds me of soap lather!
Pros of Fabindia Neem Tulsi Skin Toner
1. I love the pricing! A very decent quantity at a reasonable price.
2. It is supposed to be alcohol-free, and has natural antibacterial and germ-fighting ingredients like neem and tulsi. If you like nature-based stuff, then you will like it. The IMBB review of Fabindia Tea Tree Toner pointed out the presence of a possibly harmful agent, propylene glycol, in the ingredients. But this one doesn’t seem to have that.
3. I love that it has rose water, glycerin and aloe vera extract. Skin feels hydrated but not oily after use.
4. It lives up to its claim of removing dirt and impurities. So far, I have managed to avoid breakouts with regular use of this toner.
5. It’s easily available at all Fabindia stores and online.
6. The packaging is sweet!
Cons of Fabindia Neem Tulsi Skin Toner
1. I hate the smell, though this may be a personal thing. I feel reminds me way too much of margo soap.
2. It lists only key ingredients on the bottle. I had to look up the full ingredients list from the website.
One drawback of buying online from Fabindia is that they charge shipping on beauty products! I paid Rs 50 as shipping fee for the toner. Almost everyone does free shipping nowadays, so I don’t see why they need to charge.
Will I repurchase? No, but ONLY because I hate the smell. I will try Fabindia Tea Tree Toner.