Khadi natural: Chocolate soap and Kiwi Soap with Loofah

Hello, let me quickly walk you through the land of natural skin care soaps from Khadi natural.

I bought three soaps from Khadi along with Shampoos from their website. I wanted two but since chocolate soap only comes in pack of two I ended up with three soaps; two chocolate soaps and one kiwi loofah soap. Since two months I’ve been using Khadi natural soaps, first month was chocolate soap and in the next month I started with Kiwi loofah soap.

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First impressions; flimsy packaging, expensive, weak fragrance. When I opened the package the shikakai shampoo fragrance from was so overpowering, to my disappointment the soaps have very weak fragrance.

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Chocolate soap smells less like chocolate more like coconut, even when the ingredients don’t have any mention of coconut. Fragrance will be gone as soon as one steps out of shower. It foams decently and leaves skin dry.

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The loofah soap will sure catch attentions, it is two-in-one product for innovations sake. It works for quick exfoliation but you can’t use it daily, remember over exfoliation is never good, twice a week is more than enough. Over exfoliation ages your skin so careful how often you exfoliate.

Kiwi soap claims to be SLS and paraben free (God only know what else goes into the soap, as we can see only key ingredients). Fragrance is very light and doesn’t last. You will end up using a lot of soap while exfoliating as loofah will come out of soap only after a few usage. The loofah is natural, I think it is plant dried gourd ?

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There are very few things to like about Khadi natural, and more to dislike:

  •  Khadi has natural tag but a lot of chemicals go into their products, not 100% natural
  •  Ingredients list is not complete on any product, only key ingredients are mentioned
  • Very weak and ambiguous fragrance
  • Soaps have to be stored with care, they will become leaky if left in wet place after use
  • Minimum order value is 500 Rs for free shipping from Khadi naturals site. But Khadi products are available on almost all other online shopping sites

Chocolate soap Rs 130 for set of two.
Kiwi loofah soap Rs 115 for single unit.

Have you used Khadi soaps, which natural/herbal soaps do you recommend?

Zaina
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Online shopping with Jabong.com

Hello from wet Bangalore, last evening city witnessed torrent of rain! What do you do when you’re stuck in house and cannot go out for shopping, why shop online of course. Online shopping in India has boomed in last couple of years, while everyone raved about how easy it is to shop online I always had my fears. It took a long time for me to get comfortable with shopping online. I now shop a lot from virtual stores than real, my confidence was built with some good experiences in the start of my quest.

Jabong is the known name in India for fashion shopping. When I look at the name Jabong the first thing which comes to mind is great discounts, but with my recent purchase from them I became aware of its literal meaning 😀

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The site is easy to navigate, neatly categorized and includes good pictures of products. There are a lot of options from almost all known brands, some international brands exclusively available. There is something more about the site than shopping like The Juice, a fashion and lifestyle magazine. I genuinely like anyone who helps promote all sports(other than cricket), hence Jabong gets brownie points for associating Basketball festival NBA Jam 2014.

 

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Last week I ordered two Street Wear Color Rich Ultra Moist lipsticks, I’ve been trying to get them since their launch earlier last quarter but they were not available on any online store. To my luck I spotted them on Jabong, though not all shades are available even here but they had the two shades I wanted. I ordered, Berrylicious and Riveting Rouge on Sunday night and it was delivered to me on Tuesday after noon. Everything was smooth in online order, the real issue occurred in delivery. I gave my office address for shipping as most of the day I’m in office and this is the address which I use for all my online shopping, but unfortunately the package was delivered to another branch of my office in different location. Since it was already in my other office’s mail-room I couldn’t even ask for re-delivery to correct address mentioned on package. So anyways I went all the way to other office and picked package myself, and sent a  complaint on twitter.

Let’s see the bounty now:

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Street Wear Color Rich Ultra Moist lipsticks in Riveting Rouge and Berrylicious (Exited for colorful next post!)

The following list of hits and misses is entirely based on my experience of shopping various products from Jabong in last one year; home furnishing, ethnic wear, shoes and most recently make-up.

Hits:

  • Heavy discounts, special discounts for occasions. Do check out Navratri Offers and Diwali Special Offers
  • Careful packaging
  • Quick response from customer care for complains/queries via mail and social media

Misses:

  •  Uncertain delivery(such as in my lipstick order)
  • No option for express/one day delivery

Which is your favorite online shopping site I should give a chance?

Zaina
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Homemade pizza from scratch with loads of mozzarella

Hello from a cooler Bangalore, we are slowly progressing towards winter season(my second favorite season after rain and before summer, summers in India are not pretty). In our recent trip to Coonoor I bought some locally made cheese from Gray’s Hill, which are made from 100% vegetarian sources(as per the description on the package)!  Gray’s Hill cheese are free from preservative hence the shelf life of soft cheese is relatively less. I had to use mozzarella asap and thought what better way apart from a pizza. I’ve had a lot of pizza but baked only a few (very few) and never made the crust myself (10 Rs per crust in Reliance fresh guys).

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Most of the recipes on internet for pizza crust are all of very awkward proportions; 3 1/4 cups flour, 2+1tbsp flour etc. Hence my recipe is not from any particular source but i worked it out myself reading different suggestion for flour, water and yeast proportions. For the toppings the mozzarella had to be hero of the pizza so only tomatoes and garlic.

Ingredients:

Pizza crust

  1. Flour – 2 cups
  2. Water – 3/4 cups warm
  3. Active dry yeast – 1 tsp
  4. Salt – 1 tsp

Toppings

  1. Red tomato sauce – 1 cup
  2. Mozzarella cheese – 1 1/2 cups (grated)
  3. Tomatoes – 1, finely sliced
  4. Olive oil – 1 tbsp
  5. Oregano – 2 tsp (dried herbs)
  6. Red pepper flakes – 2 tsp

Method:

Crust first

  1. Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup of warm water until fully mixed, rest it for 2-3 minutes
  2. In a mixing blow, mix flour and salt. Make a well in the middle and pour yeast and water mixture, mix with hand
  3. Mix flour and add remaining 1/4 cup of water  gradually to form a dough (you may not require full water, stop adding water when dough is smooth)
  4. Knead dough until smooth and there are no lumps
  5. Let it rest for 2 hours (the volume will double as yeast ferments)

Baking

  1. Preheat oven at 220 degrees Celsius
  2. After 2 hours the flour would have fermented, knead it slightly again (to remove access air)
  3. Divide in two part and make balls to roll the crust
  4. Roll crust on floured surface into any shape and the thickness you want (mine came around 8-9 inches in diameter)
  5. Prick the rolled crust using a fork, leave sides without pricks
  6. Spread little olive oil onto the crust using fingers(or if you have brush you can brush the oil)
  7. Spread 2-3 tbsp tomato sauce(recipe is in my lasagna post, linked in ingredients)
  8. Spread 3/4 cups grated mozzarella, leaving 1/2 inch on sides (as cheese will melt and spread)
  9. Add sliced tomatoes on top
  10. Lastly sprinkle some chilli flakes, oregano and little salt
  11. Bake for 15-16 minutes in preheated oven at 220 degree Celsius or until the crust starts to become light golden brown
  12. Slice and eat hot, melting and dripping cheese
  13. Repeat the same steps for another dough ball

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Guys making crust at home is simple and cheap and fresh, try it. What is your perfect pizza crust recipe?

Ciao!