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As we entered Amy Billimoria’s House of Design in Juhu, Mumbai, we knew we were not in Kansas anymore. The store exudes a happy feeling. From the décor of the store to the clothes housed within it, we could tell that this was going to be a departure from a traditional bridal makeover.

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We met at a common friend’s wedding in Lonavla, after which we started meeting almost twice a week with friends. We got along like a house on fire; it felt so comfortable talking to each other, it was like we were long lost friends. The initial courtship felt more like a game of hide and seek. We didn’t want to tell people yet as we were still getting to know each other.

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4 Feb

Boost your skincare routine with flowers

As we turn the spotlight on the benefits of flowers in body and skincare, embrace the goodness of floral ingredients in your grooming routines

Flower-based ingredients are pegged to be one of the most effective natural remedies for our skincare needs. “Some products help deal with pre-wedding anxiety, while others help maintain the elasticity of the skin and leave it well moisturised,” notes Dr Blossom Kochhar, Chairperson, Blossom Kochhar Group of Companies.


The first step is to identify an ingredient, which will play the hero in your skincare routine. “The top tree- or flower-based skincare ingredients are moringa, British rose, aloe vera, and hempseed oil. Moringa seed oil makes for an excellent active ingredient in skincare products as it’s rich in Vitamin C and nutrients and contains antioxidants, antibacterial and nourishing properties. British rose is infused with a soothing fragrance and emollient properties, which hydrate the skin. Hempseed oil, aloe vera and rosemary can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles and make your skin appear healthy and radiant,” lists Shikhee Agrawal, Head – Training, The Body Shop India.

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Floral-based products are natural, gentle and hydrating on the skin. “A natural astringent that balances and restores the pH level of the skin, rose water tightens pores and acts as a toner for oily or acne-prone skin. Its gentle cleansing and clarifying action helps in removing dirt while refreshing the skin. Mogra is a natural skin hydrator known to soothe dry and sensitive skin,” shares Dr Sharad Kulkarni, Ayurvedic expert at Kama Ayurveda.


When used well, flowers work wonders in skincare and healthcare. “Rose contains anti-fungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory proper ties that make it effective in preventing acne. Calendula is used to not only soothe the skin, but also to treat fevers, which was done in the 19th century by consuming calendula tea. Chamomile is rich in anti-inflammatory properties and is used to soothe the skin,” points Anuj Mishra, Education Manager, Kiehl’s India.

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Wondering how flowers can improve the condition of your hair? Aishwarya Swarna Nir, Founder, Global Beauty Secrets LLP, has the answers, “Iranian Sedr is an incredible cleanser. This floral ingredient, with its conditioning and cleansing properties, promotes hair growth and scalp health. Rose is also one of the best ingredients to add to your haircare routine. Rose oil was used in traditional Turkish hammam for cleansing, whereas rose water was used for hydration, soothing the scalp and managing frizz.”


Before you add some petal punch to your skincare routine, Dr Aneesh Sheth of Dr Sheth’s Skincare, cautions, “Often, we are not sure of the source, what allergens have made their way into the product (whether at the hands of dealers or in the form of pesticides, etc). So, it’s important to do a patch test before applying it.”

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