Thanks to everyone who read my humble blog and emailed me about reviewing Nalpamaradi Thailam. I have been using it for a month, and I think it is a good time to comment on how it worked for me. In fact, I used up the bottle! NOW.IS.THE.TIME *wink*
About Kama Ayurveda Nalpamaradi Thailam - Prescribed in Ayurveda as a natural skin illuminator and de-tanning oil for face and body, Nalpamaradi Thailam consists of numerous effective ingredients such as Sesame Oil, Vetiver, Turmeric, Gooseberry and Indian Madder.
Packaging - Kama Ayurveda Nalpamaradi Thailam is packed in a sealed bottle with a dropper. The oil comes out easily, but I have seen it drip from the sides so, keep it in a proper place when you use it.
Fragrance - As it is devoid of fragrances, this does not smell good. As I use many natural products, I was least bothered.
Texture - Heavy oil with herbal ingredients in Sesame oil base. The mixture blend is nice, and the herbal ingredients do not settle on the base.
Oils with Turmeric - One thing one must do to get the full benefit of any oil is to let it get absorbed. Also, this contains turmeric root which aims to improve skin texture and color. The main reason that turmeric might not work is that you used soap. One must not use any soap while using it. Another enemy of turmeric is sunlight. Turmeric might burn/darken your skin if you face sunlight after that. (Turmeric is such a moody b***)
How I Used Nalpamaradi Thailam - To please turmeric, I used it every day after I returned from office. Keep it for half an hour (to an hour at times). I used to watch TV shows etc. while being wrapped in a purple towel (to avoid staining my mint bathrobe). I used homemade ubtan or Patanjali body scrub (100% natural with powdered lentils, etc. ). I tried my best to use as little soap or shower gel as possible. #LotOfDedication
- Remove the insect bite marks on my leg and feet.
- Improve skin texture of hands.
- Make elbows and knees lighter.
- Possible/Cheaper Dupe for Kumkumadi Thailam.
My Nalpamaradi Thailam Diary
Day 1 - When I used it for the first time, it really stained my skin – thanks to turmeric roots. I was as yellow as a Simpson’s character!
Day 2-5 - I analyzed the ingredients list and found that the major oil is sesame oil. As I already had organic sesame oil fro the same brand (Kama), I mixed them together and used it. The staining issue was a lot reduced. My legs felt a bit dry by next day. I have to use pure sesame oils after baths and before going to sleep. I didn't found any improvements
Day 7-13 – I reduced the amount of sesame oil. The straining issue was almost gone. I was using The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Radiant Oil after bath on legs and arms. The radiant oil is kind of dry oil so, I used it right after the bath. Also, the smell of the TBS range is very relaxing so, I decided to use it only for weekends. I started using sesame and at times almond oil at night. The interesting change I saw was that my skin felt supple. Another interesting observation was that some fine lines on my belly started to disappear (and I thought nothing would make them go away!). I got excited and used it on the face. Faced no issue on day one but woke up with pimples on next day #NotForFace
Day 14-20 - The following weekends, along with radiant oil, added the body butter from Argan Oil range to help my dry legs. Other than that, I used almond oil after the bath or right before sleeping. The drying issue was completely gone.
Day 21-30 - I started to realize that only the areas where I used Nalpamaradi Thailam and Almond Oil where showing improvements now. For example, the marks on my legs were gone whereas the ones on my feet (where I didn't use almond oil) is still there after one month. My elbows (which are bit lighter) looks smoother only on days I use almond oil.
Day 37 - My bottle is over. #ThankGodCozItIsTiringToWearJustATowelInWinter........and I am still waiting to see any improvements.
Kama Ayurveda Kumkumadi Thailam Vs Kama Ayurveda Nalpamaradi Thailam - While I thought it might be the poor girl's Kumkumadi, it surely is not suitable for face. While Kama Kumkumadi Thailam is a miraculous fluid for skin which shows results from the very first use, Kama Nalpamaradi Thailam gave me pimples on the very first day. Kama Nalpamaradi Thailam took almost two weeks to show improvements whereas Kumkumadi does wonders in a day. I think I should not have compared them. Kama Kumkumadi is for Rs 1350 for 12 ml whereas Kama Nalpamaradi Thailam is for Rs 475 for 100 ml.
Final Verdict - Not worth the hard work required to make it work. And when I say that...you have to agree. I do not give up easily on natural skincare because I know they need the patience to show results. But, the fact that this oil can stain your sheets if you do not remove it properly and the fact that you cannot wear something while we are keeping it on your skin makes the whole process exhausting.
I saw some good changes only after two weeks of continuous use....and too when I was not using any soap or shower gel.
Maybe it will work better or show better results with troubled skin. I saw skin lightening and tan removal only when I coupled it with Almond Oil. (Maybe it is just the almond oil! I am used it alone now and will get back to you later on that).