I am going to make a small confession and I have to sheepishly admit that a few months ago, I too fell into the “fairness fad” and “burnt my fingers”, more literally “darkened my face” in the process. Though I am not obsessed about getting fairer, I am not ashamed to admit that I do want to get a “brighter” complexion and I think there is nothing wrong in it. Moreover “fairness” is such a misinterpreted and controversial word. I know how we all snigger at matrimonial columns publishing ads such as these, more so if we are dusky or dark. For instance,
27 years/5′-10″ Dhindsa Canadian citizen handsome, having rural and urban property, looking for beautiful, tall, fair, well educated girl. Boy pursuing for Canadian Police.
Well settled Khatri Parents living in USA, seek Professional, Engineering, Medico match for Engineer son 6′ Plus, 27 yrs. born and educated in USA. Girl should be fair, slim, beautiful, sincere to family values willing to settle in USA.
This “fair” word is a much abused word in these “Bride Wanted” columns, but I can completely understand people with darker complexion wanting to get a “bright” complexion if not “fair.” For many people in India, beauty is definitely skin deep. In other countries, “fair” may not be an issue because most of the races are either completely black or white, but Indian skin tones have so much variation and so many shades, that fairer shades are always seen as a better and prettier option.
There is nothing wrong in wanting to look “bright”, but the thing is that it should not backfire. There is an old malayalam saying that goes like, “velukan thechathu pandu ayyi.” When translated, it means that “someone tried to become fair, but ended up having vitiligo.” This saying came true in my case, but instead of vitiligo, I ended up with a blackboard complexion. My mission to become fair in 2 weeks fired so badly that even though I did not end up with vitiligo, my face darkened so badly that I had to scrub and apply papaya+honey on a daily basis to get back my original colour. At one point, I had even thought of scrubbing with a metal scrubber that we use for washing utensils to get the snoot off my face.
I had to write this post and review about this Lotus Herbals product, which claims to make one fairer in just 2 weeks because Lotus Herbals is such a reputed company with its sunscreen, detan, lipsticks, and gels, but this particular product called “Lotus Herbals Cocofair Ginseng Fairness Crème” is a complete dud from the company and for someone using Lotus Herbals for the first time, it can put the entire company’s reputation at stake, so I had to write this post to warn people against using it.
WHAT THE LABEL CLAIMS:
This unique formula lightens complexion making it fairer, while bringing out a radiant glow to the face. (2 weeks to fairer skin).
DIRECTIONS OF USE:
Cleanse face and apply lavishly all over. Before stepping out at daytime top it with safe Sun Sunscreen lotion/cream/gel. Should be used regularly for at least 2 weeks for best results.
Extracts of Ginseng, Coconut, Tulsi and Lemon Peel. Also contains Milk Enzymes. There are no other ingredients listed, no list of preservatives or added fragrance. It is very easy to mislead someone into buying this thing without giving out the complete list of ingredients.
Ginseng root and plant.
From wiki: Both American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) and Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng) roots are taken orally as adaptogens, aphrodisiacs, nourishing stimulants, and in the treatment of type II diabetes, as well as Sexual dysfunction in men. This ingredient may also be found in some popular energy drinks: usually the “tea” varieties or functional foods. Usually in these food products, ginseng is present in subclinical doses and does not have measurable medicinal effects. It can be found in cosmetic preparations as well, but has not been shown to have clinically effective results.
PRICE: Rs. 260 for 50 grams.
MY EXPERIENCE WITH Lotus Herbals COCOFAIR COCONUT GINSENG FAIRNESS CREME:
I had ordered this fairness crème through indiayogi.com along with other Lotus Herbal products and by the way the web site described this one and the “2-weeks to fairness claim,” I fell for it pretty easily. When I got this tub of crème in hand, I thought this light creamish bulky tub full of crème would turn me from the snooty Cinderella to the “fair” Cinderella in 2 weeks time. Very haphazardly packed into this tub is a very pasty but lovely smelling crème (reminds of me good old Afghan Snow), that is a little bit on the thicker side. I did smooth it on lavishly on the very first day that I got it and even before applying the crème, I marked out 14 days from that day to see a new myself. But, 5 minutes into applying the crème, my face started to sweat profusely like a pig and to think that I had stepped out with the cream applied lavishly all over and everyone was asking me whether I was sick!!!!!! And please note that I am not at all exaggerating. The second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh day, I applied the crème bravely topping up with sunscreen and being careful not to step out in the sun. By the end of the seventh day, I felt that one more day of this crème, and my face will die of dehydration!!!! By this time, from the 80% constitution of water in my body, around 40% got evaporated through my face because of the extreme sweating this crème brought on. I do not know what ingredient was responsible for this sweating. At the end of 1 week, people did start asking me seriously whether I was working in the coal mines of Bellary Reddy Brothers. My face was such a mess with skin color so darkened that for the next few days, I had to go for a professional facial at a parlour, then follow it up with regular scrubbing, use of papaya+lemon+lime, and Kasturi manjal to get back to the complexion that I started with.
I do not think my oily skin had a role in it, because the label specifically mentions “for all skin types.” This is one product I won’t think of gifting even to my enemies, not even to Rads.:P I had to write this post in order to warn those readers, who may be getting ready for important functions in their lives and may opt for this crème for a quick transformation. My advice to them would be to stay away from this.
WHAT I LIKE ABOUT COCOFAIR GINSENG FAIRNESS CREME:
Huh, maybe just the smell as it reminds me of good old Afghan Snow, that’s it.
WHAT BUGS ME ABOUT COCOFAIR GINSENG FAIRNESS CREME:
Everything, but I would like to list it.
- The price of Rs. 260 for 50 gram.
- The false 2-weeks to fairer skin claim.
- Your face will probably die of dehydration if you don’t chuck it out at the correct time.
- Darker blackboard complexion in just 1 week.
- Complete list of ingredients not mentioned, just tulsi, coconut, and Ginseng are listed.
WILL I BUY IT AGAIN:
Do I need to even answer this, it’s a big NO, and I am warning others against buying such a dud.
IMBB STAR RATING: Minus rating.