Urban Veda – Review!
I first came across Urban Veda in a Cruelty Free Beauty Box – this was with their Radiance Body Scrub – and was instantly on their website. I loved it, and couldn’t wait to try out more of their collection. They are not your average skincare brand, they combine the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda with a modern 21st century twist.
“The Urban Veda ranges are designed to be suited to different skin care types which in the principles of Ayurvedic medicine are associated with ‘doshas’. This is the Ayurvedic term to describe the physical and emotional tendencies in our mind and body.”
What’s Your Dosha?
If you’re anything like me when I first saw this I had absolutely no idea, but fear not! They have a “questionnare” that will tell you this, and then you’re off!! Of course because I am never simple I am mix (Tri-Doshic) and they have kindly sent me a combination of products to try out. So let’s dive in!
“Originating 5000 years ago in the Himalayas, Ayurveda’s holistic health and wellbeing system is based on the therapeutic properties of plants. Brimming with plants rich in vitamins, antioxidants, essential fatty acids and phytonutrients, our products are uniquely formulated to help maintain skin’s natural balance. Our key ranges help to harmonise environmental factors, to purify, soothe, revive and add radiance. We believe in the value of nature and source natural, fresh, and pure ingredients to create our holistic products.
All our packaging is recyclable, and our bottles are made out of post-consumer recycled plastic. Recycling is like Karma, what goes around comes around. We’re proud of our sourcing provenance and all of our cartons are Forest Sustainability Certified.
Belief in the value of nature means valuing plants as nature intended- all of our products are free from Genetically Modified ingredients, and none contain parabens, artificial colours or Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS).
All of our products are certified as ‘vegan’ by the Vegetarian Society. As a holistic brand we don’t, and will never, test on animals.
Inspired by the principles of Indian Ayurveda, lovingly manufactured in the UK”
Daily Purifying Facial Wash
Neem + Botanics RRP £12.99/150ml
“Our Daily Purifying Facial Wash has been naturally formulated to cleanse and purify oily and acne-prone skin. The key ingredient is Ayurvedic cold-pressed neem oil. This is an excellent antibacterial and antiseptic tonic to help treat blackheads, in addition to reducing excess sebum, breakouts and toxins.
Infused with antioxidant-rich ingredients to minimise pores and reduce shine, Purifying Facial Wash is perfect for treating spots and mattifying oil-prone skin. This Ayurveda-inspired purifying cleanser is packed with clarifying witch hazel and astringent quassia. It also contains antiseptic tea tree and refreshing eucalyptus to cleanse congested skin.
Purifying Facial Wash has a natural, uplifting and refreshing scent. It is a detoxifying cleanser which gently removes makeup and also balances an oily t-zone for a healthy, clear complexion.”
This cleanser makes my skin feel SO clean! It’s strange because it almost feels squeeky clean, but so soft at the same time. It removes any and all make-up and leaves nothing behind. It smells delicious, I have nothing but good things to say about this product!
Soothing Exfoliating Facial Polish
Sandalwood + Botanics RRP £13.99/125ml
“Gently buff away dead skin cells with our Soothing Exfoliating Facial Polish. Supporting healthy skin cell renewal, Soothing Facial Polish is the perfect texture to reveal fresher-looking skin.
Enriched with calming sandalwood, this gentle facial scrub exfoliates delicate skin with the natural mildly abrasive exfoliant of pumice stone.
With healing and detoxifying geranium, hydration-preserving palmarosa and harmonising ylang ylang, this cooling facial exfoliator balances and de-stresses aggravated skin.
Soothing Exfoliating Facial Polish is specially formulated for the most sensitive skins, nourishing, hydrating and protecting as it deeply cleanses the pores.”
Even though this is not technically in the same collection as the Daily Purifying Facial Wash I feel like they are the perfect cleansing duo. The teeny weeny grains in this are so gentle and – as the name suggests – soothing, but this product gives such a gorgeous glow and makes my skin feel 10 years younger! Who doesn’t want that!? Plus it smells incredible!
Radiance Day Cream
Turmeric + Botanics RRP £18.99/50ml
“Soothe uncomfortable, tight dry skin with our turmeric-infused Radiance Day Cream. Lightweight yet deeply hydrating, this vitality-enhancing moisturiser helps to brighten your complexion and is designed for those with dehydrated, dull and lack-lustre skin.
Enriched with brightening turmeric extract and anti-inflammatory Ayurvedic herbs and botanicals, this natural day cream keeps skin hydrated all day long. Improve signs of hyperpigmentation and lock in moisture with this blemish-fighting blend of natural ingredients. Radiance Day Cream envelops your skin in softness with its luxuriously creamy texture and indulgent formula. It also contains Ayurvedic arjuna extract which has been clinically proven to moisturise and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.”
This is the most expensive out of the products I have tried from Urban Veda (so far!) and I have to admit I can 100% see why. This is life. This has the prefect balance of being hydrating enough without being overly greasy. It manages to keep any oils away throughout the day making it perfect for under makeup or just to wear all day without turning into a grease ball. It has a lovely light scent and soaks straight into the skin. Literally stunning.
Reviving Body Wash & Reviving Body Scrub
Rose + Botanics RRP £12.99/200ml
“Add a touch of luxury to your shower or bathing routine with our nourishing Reviving Body Wash. Skin conditioning plant extracts help to gently yet effectively cleanse without stripping skin of its natural oils.
This hydrating and creamy body wash is specially formulated to respect your skin’s natural moisture barrier and pH level. Cleanse and refresh dry skin with this enriching shower gel – hydrating rose damask, moisturising evening primrose, soothing geranium and repairing rosehip work in synergy to nourish tired and mature skin.
Lather up with our SLS-free formula and drift away with the delicate natural scent of rose and jasmine. A gentle and enriching body wash helping to restore suppleness and promote skin repair.”
“Support healthy skin cell turnover with our exfoliating Reviving Body Scrub. Microbead-free, we instead have used natural milled peach seed powder to gently slough away dead skin cells, revealing smooth, fresher-looking skin.
Massage in using circular motions to boost circulation and improve the appearance of the skin. A gentle formula which won’t strip your skin of moisture, our Reviving Body Scrub is a shower essential for silky smooth skin.
Replenishing rose damask, essential fatty acid-rich borage and regenerating pomegranate work in synergy to leave skin feeling soft, clean and cared for. The perfect blend of omega-rich botanical extracts to pamper dry, tired and mature skin.”
This pair are a match made in heaven. They have a stunning scent and gently cleanse leaving the skin so soft and silky! I say gently cleanse, I have used these before applying fake tan and it was perfect! It removed any traces of old tan or dead skin and gave the best smooth base!
Soothing Body Lotion
Sandalwood + Botanics RRP £14.99/250ml
“Soothe uncomfortable, tight dry skin with our fast-absorbing sandalwood-based Soothing Body Lotion. Heavenly hydrating, this body moisturiser is specially formulated to calm, care for and protect dry skin.
Enriched with irritation-relieving myrrh, blemish-healing orange, hydration-preserving palmarosa and harmonising ylang ylang, Soothing Body Lotion is a treat to the skin and the senses.
Inspired by the ancient principles of Ayurveda, this calming concoction helps to de-stress aggravated skin and helps to diminish the appearance of redness and inflammation. This gentle formulation helps to smooth and soften delicate and sensitive skin, leaving it feeling refreshed and hydrated.”
Here I have, completely unintentionally, left my favourite until last. (I say my favourite but I wouldn’t actually want to have to choose between any of these). It may be the scent – as with the Exfoliating Facial Polish from the same collection I am obsessed with this scent! But aside from that, for someone who is not normally that excitable by body lotions, I am in love with this. It is heavy enough to deeply nourish the skin, but soaks straight in without leaving any residue behind. It may just be me but I also feel super glowy after using this! Its just heavenly.
So! Overall, I think it is safe to say regardless of which collection will suit your skin type and lifestyle these products will not let you down. They aren’t necessarily the cheapest, but they have a ridiculous amount of gift sets and trial sized products to get you started. I love the concept of what Urban Veda are doing here and what they stand for, and I can’t wait to get my hands on more of their collections to try!