FabIndia Neem Tulsi Skin Toner Review

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.
fabindia neem tulsi skin toner
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.

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42 thoughts on “FabIndia Neem Tulsi Skin Toner Review

  1. Nice review Bhumyka, even I use it and had written the review as well, was bout to sent it and today mng its here. I agree with most of the points :waytogo:

      1. Good morning Shivani!! 🙂

        Sorry me a bit dizzy…not well since past 3-4 days!! 🙁

        Got drenched in rain on saturday..got nasal congestion..now its melting and I am getting really annoyed coz of all the internal itching inside my ears and throat now!! :((

          1. yeah…got some antibiotics!! 😛
            And had to take lots of steam and hot water too.. 😐 Now feeling a bit better..just a lot irritated!! 😛 Yesterday pestered my hubby so much with my cranky mood that he took me for a movie to pacify me down!! 😛

            1. Alopathic medicines are so bad 😐 😐 😐 😐 i feel nauseating after having them but sometimes cant do without them :worship: :worship: :worship: Hahaha…….thats d best bart of irritating mood, bf’s and hubby’s pamper so much 😆 😆 😆 😆 which movie did u watch?

    1. no, mine is oily, but feels hydrated after use. you can check ingredients list – it has lots of moisturizing ingredients too. 🙂

  2. Lol thanx for explaining the ingredients, cz m pretty lazy to open wiki! I was almost lyk wat d *beep* is urea doing in a skin toner?!! :yikes:

  3. Good review :thumbsup: When I had last visited the store me wanted buy it, but seeing suitable for oily skin, me kept it back and didnt buy, anyways so you saying online shopping is promt so may think of going for that, and yess shipping charge for one tonor is pretty high 🙁

        1. hehehehehhe……. yes yes kimi…..its morning only 😛 but kisi aur country mei :stars: :stars:
          hows u feeling now?? aaj office gyi ya home?

          1. Aaj office mein hoon..ghar par waise bhi mera dimaag kharaab hone lagta hai…..I am much better today…sipping hot water since morning..and sneezing!! 😛 but its better than having a blocked head, nose and throat!! 🙂

  4. I have only used their hair conditioner……looking forward to visiting their store for more !! Great review :thanks:

  5. I have been using this skin toner regularly for almost two weeks now…
    And I must say its really amazing !!!…
    although its smell is really pungent …it does make me feel as if i am using some soap !!…
    it really keeps my skin very soft and moreover after using it I have realised that the blemishes and pimples on my skin have reduced 🙂 which is a good sign ofcrse !!

    the best part is that it keeps my skin oil free throughout the day !! 🙂 🙂

    but if i apply it before going to bed…. then what I see next morning is that my skin is even more oily 🙁 🙁 🙁

    i wonder why its so !!!….

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