Vaadi Herbal – Est, 2006, Indian Ayurvedic hair and body care product manufacturer
True to its USP, Vaadi Herbal’s products do have “natural and Ayurvedic” roots with global flavour combinations. I say flavour, as the ingredients used can almost all double as edibles, saffron, mint, rosemary, sandalwood. The brand has been around for over 10 years, but perhaps it is gaining more visibility of late – at least outside of NCR.
Although they are actually hair and skin care products, Vaadi Herbals itself in four distinct categories by use for- face, body, hair and feet. These products come in interesting mix of 2 or more ingredients, Saffron-Sandalwood, Tea Tree – Lemon, Lotus-Honeysuckle.. The R&D team has indeed done a good job researching “what goes with what” to come up with such enticing parings. I was drawn like a bee to honey to its Rosemary and Lavender range, and was intrigued by the chocolate and mint soap.
Available online on Vaadi Herbal website (5% discount), on retailer sites, like Nykaa, Amazon, Flipkart, Bigbasket and seen in several gourmet and multi-brand Ayurvedic shops. Vaadi claims that all its products are plant based, natural and paraben or SLS free (the packaging lists only core ingredients but does not give a breakdown of the full jimmy).
Here is my review on the two products I tried –
Lavender and Rosemary Shampoo : Overall rating – 6/10
A lavender and rosemary profile actually has the potential to linger around for ages, and I thought a wash with it would leave my hair smelling like the Andalusian countryside… alas, it didn’t. There was a vague hint of lavender at best, but nothing very memorable. However, it does wash clean, and is gentle enough for daily use. Since its a clear concoction, the possibility of conditioned and silky hair is minimal (even if it does contain coconut oil as well). I used it both with and without a conditioner – a day after the wash, my hair was ok, clean and not dry. Will I buy it again – maybe not, but I will try out 1-2 of their other Shampoos.
- Use and wash – Satisfactory clean wash, no residue, lathers easy and rinses well
- Fragrance – Mild but does not linger – can do better with higher grade essential oils
- Cost – Reasonably priced ( INR 64 /110 ml)
Tempting Chocolate and Mint Soap: Overall rating – 8/10
WOW! Vaadi’s “Tempting Chocolate and Mint” soap smells great even as its sitting innocently in its packaging. Tempt me it did – I just loved it ! The look and feel of this product is on par with Lush’s chocolate and mint combination soap – both in terms of fragrance and heavenly smoothness. It’s a rare treat to find a soap this good in its price range. Vaadi has done the justice to a chocolate-minty experience, that transforms an ordinary bath to a mini spa. The only problem with this soap is that it tends to “breathe and bleed”, the natural cocoa butter seeps out in a warm room, so its best to bring it out of the bathroom and use a well-drained soap case to contain it. You bet, I will be buying a lot more (and frequently) of this particular soap. And I also look forward to trying out other Vaadi soaps soon.
- Use and wash – Excellent, lathers well, skin comes out smooth and silky
- Fragrance – Outstanding, lingers on without overpowering
- Cost – Tab bit pricey, but total VFM (INR 50 for a 75 gm bar)