I came across this fairly new brand a couple of months ago, and was intrigued about the range due to their different approach to skincare. Samaya make products based on Ayurvedic principles, and my skin recently feels more balanced and nourished by using my suited Samaya Ayurvedic hydrating cleanser.
A bit about the brand : Samaya, founded by Abida Halstenberg, is a natural range of skincare products based on the principles of Ayurveda. After moving from India, where she grew up surrounded by Ayurvedic culture, Abida settled in London. Seeing a gap in the market, she later got together with a chemist to create a brand of Ayurvedic skincare, using high quality ingredients. The brand has 3 ranges, each specifically suited your Dosha (your being and lifestyle). The 3 ranges are Vata, Pitta or Kapha, each designed to help bring samadosha, or “perfect balance” to your skin, depending on which type you fit. The ingredients are all natural botanicals, and are free from ; parabens, sulphates, phthalates, petrochemicals, mineral oils, silicones, synthetic fragrances and colours. There’s no testing on animals, and the products come in clean, attractive looking packaging (shown below), that is fully recyclable.
Ayurveda practice is based on holistic medicine, treatment for the whole being, to balance life force as a whole, including the mind, body and spirit. For skincare suited to your dosha, you simply answer a few questions to find out which type you are, by using the ‘discover’ click through system on Samaya’s website. Out of the 3 types, my dosha is Vata, and here’s the description taken from Samaya…
Vata : “Energetic and creative in balance, but worried, tired and indecisive when out of balance. Often of slender build and suffers from cold hands and feet. Tends to have delicate dry skin and hair, which may need extra moisturising and nourishment to keep it glowing and healthy.”
This is so befitting to me, and I find the Vata cleanser suits my delicate, sensitive and dehydrated skin really well.
Samaya Ayurvedic Hydrating Cleanser (Vata)
This cleanser is beautiful, simply melting into the skin, with its hydrating and purifying natural ingredients. It has an exquisite blend of botanicals and oils that can be applied to dry skin, where it treats as well as cleanses. It feels and smells divine to massage in, allowing the product to remove grime/makeup, and dissolves away so easily with a face cloth and warm water. It can also be beneficial to fine lines and the surface texture of the skin.
Ingredients : Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Almond) Oil, Glycerin, Aqua, Sucrose Laurate, Glyceryl Behenate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Extract*, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Oil, Ocimum Sanctum (Holy Basil) Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Herb Extract, Withania Somnifera (Ashwagandha) Leaf Extract, Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium) Flower Oil, Leptospermum Scoparium (Manuka) Extract*, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice Powder*, Boswellia Neglecta (Frankincense) Oil*, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Saccaride Isomerate, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Limonene+, Linalool+, Citral+, Geraniol+, Citronellol+, Farnesol+
* Organic. + Naturally Occurs In Essential Oils
The product comes in a chic, glass bottle and has a pump dispenser. It takes a little time to pop back up, so if you’re impatient like me, you get a tiny amount dispensed. Although, you don’t need much for efficacy, and if you’re in a hurry… have a little patience and breathe, improving your dosha.
When it comes to the actual product itself, it’s exquisite. The texture is silky, creating great slip on the skin and enabling massage to improve the circulation, plus the skin’s surface texture. It’s not simply a cleanser, but a skin-nourishing cleanser, more a treatment product to enjoy as part of a skin ritual. The Vata cleanser has a very gentle fragrance. I get a hint of the Damask Rose, standing out ever so slightly amongst the other beautifully blended botanicals. It really is very pleasantly subtle.
As you can see from the above images, the texture is light and delicate, a silky lotion loaded with luxurious oils, that enable hands and fingers to glide across the skin with ease. I take time to massage into my face and neck, enjoying the ritual. I find it removes all traces of makeup and doesn’t irritate my sensitive eyes or broken capillaries. After rinsing off, my skin is left soft and calm, plus the texture is smooth and fine lines look relaxed. I really enjoy cleansing with Samaya’s vata cleanser, it’s a pleasurable indulgence for a skincare junkie like myself. It’s blend is gorgeous to use on the skin, calming as well as leaving it soft and highly nourished.
I might be enjoying using it a little too much, as I’m almost half way through my bottle. Although, I have been using twice a day, almost every day for about 6 weeks now, and indulging in the product whilst I’ve been trialling. I’d say average use of 2-3 pumps on a twice daily basis, the cleanser should last around 3-4 months.
The Samaya Ayurvedic Hydrating Cleanser is a considered purchase at £69 for 100ml, but if budget allows and you are a skincare connoisseur, the high quality ingredients of this product could be worth splashing out on. It works beautifully on my vata skin giving good results, not only as a cleanser, but as a hydrating treatment. Skin is left looking and feeling smooth, nourished and calm, ready for the next steps in my routine. I simply love the experience of using this product every time I cleanse.
Head over to Samaya to discover your dosha, then find a cleanser, oil or moisturiser (or maybe the full ritual), to suit your type, and get Ayurvedic products tailored to balance your skin.
Have you used Ayurvedic skincare products before, and what was/is your experience of them?
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