Sunday, April 17, 2016

Matka - natural water cooler

The earthen pot or ‘Matka’ has been a center of kitchen from generations. These traditional pots were used for the water storage in houses, community centers and even on roads where people can stop and drink the water.

Water taken out from ‘Matka’ or ‘Surahi’ is not only refreshing but also health beneficial. It is ideal for drinking and pH balanced. Though health experts advice to take certain precautions yet they suggests that people must drink water from earthen pots and should avoid water from fridge or water coolers, especially after entering in the house from the direct sun light.


Water in the earthen pots remain on a balanced temperature about 12 to 15 degrees Celsius because of the tiny pores that is the natural quality of clay. Apart from refreshing flavor the temperature of the water is also ideal for health. It is not that warm and not too chilled which provide ease to the throat and guts.

Water from ‘Matka’ could be healthy as it provides necessary minerals to the body. Sand or clays are natural purifiers; these two elements soak the impurities and make the water uncontaminated. But before storing water in ‘Matka’, one should boil and filter the water first.


Sometimes we are not sure that tap water is coming from the right source or not. If we are bucketing chlorinated water in earthen pots than it could get chemically charged while being in contact with clay.

Another benefit of clay water pots is its alkalinity. If there is any sort of acidity remains in water due to contaminated water source that ‘Matka’ makes the water properly pH balance, which is good for health.


So this summer be cook with Matka Water :) 

Thank you for reading

Mugdha 

Monday, April 11, 2016

Review of Bioderma Photoderm SPOT SPF 50+

Hi guys today I am reviewing Bioderma Photoderm SPOT SPF 50+ (a SUNSCREEN Lotion). I am reviewing the product after using it for a while and the review is personal, how it affected my skin and may vary for another skin type.

I got a sample size product in one of the beauty subscription boxes and I thought lets give it a try. So here's the review! 

Normally I cannot stand the feel of sunscreen on my face, but this product was so tiny in the size, I thought it would be cute to carry it during office hours. Now my job is kind of uneasy as most of the time we need to remain out in the sun. 



I used this product on the trial base, in the month of March. It feels bearable that time. The place where I live has this extreme weather conditions. In March the weather was fine and the products works well. 

I kept using it every now and than but in past one week when the sun was hot and unbearable, this product not only works but works so well. Before sharing my own review, lets read what Bioderma has to say about it...

The maximum anti-UVB efficacy and unmatched "extreme anti-UVA" performance of Photoderm SPOT safely protect against sunburn, prevent sun intolerance reactions and combat premature cutaneous ageing.

The melting texture of Photoderm SPOT leaves the skin feeling comfortable and extremely soft. Perfectly colourless when applied, Photoderm SPOT spreads very easily, leaving no oily film or white marks. Photoderm SPOT is fragrance-free and is water resistant.

Above text is available on their website and other review sites.

My review: 

~ Full size product would cost you around 1400 rupees which made it less accessible to the mass. 

~ It fulfills the cost because it is expensive but GOOD! 

~ I have oily skin but it does not made it greasy or sticky

~ It do make an outer cover which I think all the sunscreen should do so that our skin could remain protected

~ It gives my face a little sheen but not too odd



~ Texture looks creme but sets very well

~ Packaging says paraben free and fragrance free which is good but I do able to feel a little fragrance just a bit of hint

~ Last longer than other sunscreens. On my skin it lasted for about 6-7 hours (in roasting hot sunny days)

~ I will buy it again. It worked great!

~ I recommend to those who are willing to spend a handsome amount

~ I am not sure about dark spot removal, although I did feel that it covers the spots. I'll update the post if I am wrong about it. 

~ It's not for moisturizing!

I hope you all liked the review. Soon I'll come back with more reviews. Thank you for reading! 

Mugdha 

Friday, April 8, 2016

Happy New Year in month of 'Chaitra'

Chaitra is fist month of the Hindu calendar. First day of Chaitra is celebrated across India with different names such as Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra, Chaitrai Vishu or Puthandu in Tamil Nadu and Ugadi in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, beginning of Chaitra Navratri in North India, Cheti Chand among the Sindhi people etc.


The Marwari celebrate the same day as their new year day Thapna. The Hindus of Bali and Indonesia also celebrate their new year on the same day called Nyepi. Kashmiri Pandits celebrate their New Year’s Day on the first day of the month of Chaitra and known Navreh.

First day of month is also observed in North-East state of Manipur where it is known by the name Sajibu Nongma Panba Cheiraoba and the month is special for Punjabi as one of their important festivals, Baisakhi falls in this month.


Chaitra which usually falls in English month of April is considered as spring season in India. All the associated festivals are some what related with the harvest reason as during this month one can see farms full of wheat, barley and other such crops. 

On the festive day, courtyards and interiors of the house swept clean. Many decorate the entrance of their houses with fresh mango leaves. The spring cleaning includes rangoli designs on doorsteps, the vibrant colours mirroring on walls, decoration with the burst of colour associated with spring. Everyone dresses up in new clothes and organized family gatherings.


People prepare awesome food to marked the day such as Maharashtrian families make shrikhand and Puran Poli on this day. Traditionally, families eat the leaves of the neem tree. Sometimes, a paste of neem leaves is prepared and mixed with jaggery and tamarind. 

In Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, people prepare pulihora, bobbatlu and Pachadi. In Karnataka too, similar preparations are made but called puliogure and holige. Konkanis make Kanangachi Kheer and Sanna. 


Those who observe fast in Navratri eat food that is acceptable in fast including, sabudana khichdi, samvat rice khichdi, kuttu ki khichdi, singhare ki poori, aloo paneer kofta, dahi aloo etc.

Thanks for reading guys :) stay tuned for more! 

Mugdha