Apr 27, 2011

Lotus Herbals Professional Phyto-Rx Herbocomplex Daily Protection Lotion SPF 15 (Review)

Some time back, Lotus Herbals Professional launched a new range - PhytoRx Botanical Prescriptions - potent organic formulations with higher concentration of active botanical ingredients in each product to provide safe and natural care effectively.  The products are free of chemical preservatives, artificial fragrance and colour.  I got to try out the Herbocomplex Daily Protection Lotion with SPF 15 from this range.


lotus herbals professional phyto-rx herbocomplex daily protection lotion spf 15 review
lotus herbals professional phyto-rx herbocomplex daily protection lotion spf 15 review


Ingredients:  True to the claims, Lotus has put in a lot of natural ingredients into the product - extracts of chamomile, rose, aloe vera, and wheat.  Liquid paraffin does figure quite early in the list, but I did not have any breakouts with this - so I am okay with it.  The sun protection agent used is titanium dioxide - a physical sun blocker - I much prefer this to chemical sunscreens with which I usually get pimples.

Here's what Wikipedia says on titanium dioxide:
  • Strong UV light absorbing capabilities and resistance to discolouration under ultraviolet light. This advantage enhances its stability and ability to protect the skin from ultraviolet light.
  • Sunscreens designed for infants or people with sensitive skin are often based on titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide, as these mineral UV blockers are believed to cause less skin irritation than chemical UV absorber ingredients.
  • The titanium dioxide particles used in sunscreens have to be coated with silica or alumina, because titanium dioxide creates radicals in the photocatalytic reaction. These radicals are carcinogenic, and could damage the skin.  (I do hope that's taken care of by Lotus!)
lotus herbals professional phyto-rx herbocomplex daily protection lotion spf 15 review

Product Claims/Usage:  I have used it only in the day time, since it has SPF.  I have sensitive, oily-combination skin that tends to breakout for just about any reason.  Meant for normal-oily skin types, this left an almost matte effect on my skin with oiliness starting to show in about 3-4 hours and only if it's very warm.  I cannot vouch for how effective it is at healing, but this product seems so much like calamine lotion, I feel it would be soothing on irritated skin :D

lotus herbals professional phyto-rx herbocomplex daily protection lotion spf 15 review

Packaging: 
The packaging consists of a pump for dispensing the lotion, and my problems with this lotion are all related to this!
  • There is no cover for the pump which leaves it open to gathering dust.
  •   There is a small white ring which goes in at the base of the pump, keeps the pump from getting accidentally pressed and leaking.  I am a very careless person, and even with making an effort to keep everything intact till I finish with the review, I have misplaced the ring at least twice! 
  • The pump itself - at least in the bottle I got - didn't work properly.  The first few days whenever I tried using the pump, the lotion would just leak out of the base of the pump instead of the nozzle.  It was messy and horrible and I started opening the cap and taking the lotion directly. After some time, though, the pump started working - no idea what solved the problem - it still is a bit stiff, but I am just glad I don't need to open the cap every time :D
lotus herbals professional phyto-rx herbocomplex daily protection lotion spf 15 review
 lotus herbals professional phyto-rx herbocomplex daily protection lotion spf 15 review

The product itself is a light pink lotion that reminds me of calamine lotion.  It smells like a herbal-rose water mix but nothing offensive.  It spreads easily enough, but perhaps because of my darker skin tone it leaves a detectable whitish cast that is not very obvious in natural light but more noticeable under artificial lighting and could cause a whitish cast in photos.  This is not a problem for me but might be something to remember if you are planning on spending some time under artificial lighting.

lotus herbals professional phyto-rx herbocomplex daily protection lotion spf 15 review
 lotus herbals professional phyto-rx herbocomplex daily protection lotion spf 15 review
lotus herbals professional phyto-rx herbocomplex daily protection lotion spf 15 review
The arrow is supposed to show the whitish cast/line between the portion where I
applied the lotion and rest of my arm - it didn't show up that well in the pic, though :|

Overall, I liked this lotion.  It didn't cause any breakouts, and it provides a good enough sunscreen for someone like me who does not have too much sun exposure on a daily basis.  Lotus does need to work on the packaging, though, and I would recommend anyone buying this to check if the pump is working properly while at the counter.  The availability of this product is limited to specific salons which makes it not so easily accessible (check availability here).  I think Lotus is working on a website for this range, and it would be great if they include an online shopping option.  If you have dry patches, this can make them more prominent - it is meant for normal-oily skins after all :D

Cost:  Rs. 225/100 mL

Product provided by brand.

131 comments:

  1. This looks cool and useful...but if its like lacto calamine that unfrotunatelly i had the displeasure of putting on my face :| (no offense for those who louu it) i will pass :|

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  2. that arrow was really helpful :|

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  3. Priya :spank: :spank: is not seen in photo but is there like whitish cast thoda thoda :((

    Debb - Calamine didn't work for you? Oh this is like calamine = "looks like" calamine. It's not the same ingredients :D

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  4. you serious Rads? it was supposed to :|

    I hate that thing so much...it is sticky and dont go for me as moisturizer as it stops anything from blending and the smell i tried the purple and the green if there are any other me not aware...just smell nastyy :(

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  5. Deb :D :D
    Wikipedia: Calamine is a mixture of zinc oxide (ZnO) with about 0.5% ferric oxide (Fe2O3).

    Those ingredients are not there in this product so this is definitely NOT calamine - just looks the same colour :D

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  6. i just love calamine..its like my HG...if i have any skin problems...i will put it overngt...next day skin will be muchhhh better...sure gonna give this a try rads ...:)

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  7. now that u pointed it out more...i can see the difference :D
    not for me...dry skin+dark skin....i will def look like a flaky ghost :P

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  8. Vashini - it doesn't have the same ingredients as a regular calamine lotion, but this didn't irritate my sensitive skin, so I like it :D

    Priyaa..not for you, of course!! Is normal-oily skin types..they might have something else for the dry skin types too I think :)

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  9. ohhh okiesss :D
    i am just finding reason to buy things..hehehe

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  10. :| :| You won't need Thann to be thrown out of the house :D

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  11. God Forbid Calamine...i had two bottle and threw it after second application :D lol good it was only like 30 bucks but that s&&*% not even for free now :D

    Hey me then try this na Rads, also i got a Giovanni chota vulcanic ash pack to try...i tell you by far the best face pack i ever tried for oily skin...me and hubby using we lou :D

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  12. I saw it at Spar the other day..is nice? Now I go searching I wont find it...:(( Me wanted to get it that day..cos it looked so black and dirty :D But only big tube..where did you get small pack from?? :spank: :spank: :spank: :spank: I think naaa Deb you allergic to something in the calamine lotion....is so strange because generally docs recommend it for skin rashes naa..but even I used to think it's too thick for my face :D

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  13. Ahh Rads, I have no idea and dont think i am missing out much as its a hell lotta prods out there me lou :D

    Ohh me found on helath and glow, me like it chota cause...well its chota and it smell good and its organic and not a painnnnnnnnnn in the ass to apply and remove like those biotique ones...btw other thing i hate, biotique face packs... :D...anyways lol my skin felt great after i removed it and non strechy which generally i feel even after my facewash...so me like...but problem its 500 for choti ki you use like 3 times a week...but me hubby gives moi :D :D lolllzz

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  14. Oh you got it at HG..okay..ya I prefer smaller packs too..bigger packs take ages to finish and it's a headache if I don't like it..or I get bored with it. 500 for small pack! The bigger pack is cheaper then!!!!!

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  15. hehehe rads :D ...
    Rads me forgot to tell you...me got lush oatfix...:D

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  16. You liked it? I have oily kinds skin so never bought that..

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  17. dis lookss good to me...
    ru u going to use dis like evryday rads coz u toh already hav soo much lush wush naa... :|

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  18. rads its like...after washing it off...i found my face to be lil oily but then fresh....me confused...i wanted to buy cupcake one...but then was confused again...so got this :D

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  19. Noopur - I don't have Lush ka face cream. I use Lush Dream Cream for the night (that's actually a body cream but it works for my face..so me put it :D) and this for the day time.

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  20. rads me ate mocha cake....:D :D :D...jus now..yummy...my team mate's bday...me grabbed huge chunk and ran away

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  21. Varshini - Cupcake is for the acne problem skin, so maybe this is better for you..my favorite for when my skin is normal is Crash Course in Skincare and when I have oily skin/pimples Cosmetic Warrior :)

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  22. :spank: :spank: :spank: :spank: :spank: - you ate you have to tell also!! :spank::spank::spank:

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  23. ohhhzzz.... i thot i wud mak u realiz tht u wont be using it much so prolly u cud send it to ur frandssss :evil grin:

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  24. Heheee..you changed your name too noofurrr!!! :D

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  25. Hiii KK :P :P I kind of felt that's what noofurrr meant :P :P

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  26. If Katrina doesn't mind a thoda thoda used item..me have something else to send :P :P :P

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  27. hi rads,,, i love ur blog,,,can we b frends???? :rose:

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  28. I DIED!!! You know my maid is here..and she is giving me really strange looks cos she hears these loud laughs and me staring at computer :| :|

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  29. oh, noopur is kinda busy so i thot i shud typ for her

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  30. Katrinajeeeee..have you met Mr. Pattison..you can take the :rose: :P :P

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  31. Oh Rads, me go buys some lushes na...but me newbieee and me no liking talking much with they nebaah understand me inglish...so me go all knowledgeable na you teach me what should i ask for haina?? :D

    Rads Consultation :P

    My skin is combo to drier, but i have huge frigging pores and me want new facewash, and a de-tan and if they have a skin refiner pack :D

    bolo bolo :P

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  32. Facewash - Me don't know what will suit your skin :| Fresh Farmacy can be a bit drying, and I have read so can their other black wala soap - you get something like Dove face wash for your face...sasta and easy to try out.

    Face pack - try Brazened Honey - has turmeric honey so might work better for tanned skin - get smaller quantity..they won't tell you unless you ask but my sis bought 50 g saying she wants to try out before she buys a full 100 g :D

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  33. And try Crash Course in Skin Care too - is very hydrating with yogurt but don't know about detanning..

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  34. Prays Pattison disappears from www for a while :|

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  35. This is a pass for me!!! Dry skin !!! Nice review rads

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  36. oh me no goes with Dove maam, dries the hell of me and my bodyy :| me louuuuss the packs packs me want good smelling thing me try to find lush here buy it and tell ya later :D

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  37. hi rads,,,i got to know from noopur dat u hav real gud exp wid lush products...can u plz suggest somthing for me..my skin is all dry/dull thz days...

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  38. so that is what is affectiog ur acting Ranbeerji?? :angel:

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  39. hi debb.... can we talk on skype? or u got a cam?

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  40. Dove face wash..comes in a tube..not the soap bar Deb :D

    Ranbeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeer....I LOUUUU YOU....you skype skype meeee...I have GOOD camera :P :P :P

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  41. Maria - Not for dry skins..thats true :D

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  42. d feeling is mutual rads... plz add me on skype..
    my id is onlyyourstowelia
    :D :D

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  43. me gonna bake mocha cake soonnn...me gonna make uuuu feelll greeeeennn...hehehe

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  44. Me copycat it soon as you post :D :D :D

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  45. nooffurrrrrr...puchhi....err...can u cm back as brad pitt :P

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  46. Heheheee...you saw...onlyyourstowelia!!!!!

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  47. lol...ya....she is awesome !!!

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  48. I wanted to buy this..but you have dampened my spirits Rads..Lacto calamine even the one for dry skin makes my skin more dry..:-(

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  49. OMG what confusion - it LOOKS like calamine, Prachi - not the same ingredients!

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  50. Dry skin so i'll pass.... but this looks very good... can't they come up with a similar one for dry skin too :( most of the sunscreens don't suit me....i'll check for titanium dioxide in sun screens next.... thx Rads :)

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  51. I guess they have something else for dry skin types - like a cream (?)

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  52. hi priya.. i called u up last night, but ur husband picked up the fone.. giv me a missed call tonight, when he hs slept...
    brad's last blog post- "when will someone adopt me"

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  53. Scandaloussssssssssss...so that is why Priya has taken off from work!!!

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  54. Radhika :| :| :| I should hve just copy pasted the review.... :| :| Let me read now and chraao some points. :P :P

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  55. And change the review now...at least 5-6 times :D :D :D

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  56. Oh okay!! No doubt I like the gel creme more than this one.. for me toh direct comparison no.. I no see whitish cast.. may be you could mix it with a little foundation and use it. i do it that ways.

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  57. Hihihiihihi.. i have to add that whitish cast point , then the pump bottle thingy *silly* *silly* hihihihihih

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  58. I tho stay at home na Rati...me no mix anything..but it's not too much of a pain..but sometimes ppl wont notice and take photo and look odd later na..so thot will mention.

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  59. haan good. :D :D i have never used lacto.. does that leave whitish cast?

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  60. not on my face..not used..but I seen it used for rashes and stuff...but that tho will leave whitish cast naa..cos it will be slathered on so thick :D

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  61. lacto calamine first time i thought it was like danone yogurt..then looked like pinkish cement, smelled like aunties panties and i threw it the hell away from me :D

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  62. I love Danone :| :| Why you going around smelling aunty panties, though :P :P :P

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  63. me lou danone, not on my face though :|

    family tradition :P

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  64. Ya not on my face either....hehehee..family tradition :D :D :D

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  65. bradddd pitttt...omg....will u adopt me *puppy face*....

    ewwwwww...family tradition...lol

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  66. i would feel a lil better reading the posts if i dnt get to read at the end"product sent by brand"
    :smug: :smug:
    i hate u :smug :

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  67. Pretend it's not there...or I could put it on top of the post :P

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  68. wht donchu write it in white so dat we cant read it :evil grin:

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  69. :| :| what did u eat for bfast today...is superevil day for u naaa

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  70. Cali was saying this one is too good but whitish cast?! :(

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  71. hehehhe.... wen i am in dis mode my bhabhi says did u eat a crow today ...khikhihkhi

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  72. Maha - not too much but it is there slightly...thought I will mention it. Might be because I am darker na...is like how you would get with most sunblocks actually...

    Nooooofurrrrr...ate a crow!!!!!!!!! Heheheee :*

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  73. Me too dark skinned na. Thats why I asked :(

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  74. I find the whitish cast is not obvious in day light..but in yellow light (bulb) its seen slightly. Actually is not a problem if you aren't going to put any other foundation over it..but if you put a foundation with SPF over it..it might look ashy ..I feel..I don't knowww

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  75. Rati was telling to mix this with a foundation and use..it seems it looks nice..me try and tell :)

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  76. i didnt hav crow.. i had tinda vegetable brunch mei :D
    n now in dinner gheeeyaa... :) :)

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  77. I also want ..nice nice dinner and lunch and breakfast :|

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  78. oyii, u too consider gheeya nice nice kyaa?? :D
    i love gheeyaa ki veggie.. i can eat it evryday... happy dance

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  79. Is lauki na? Me like it..mom makes awesome dish with it..and koftas..but my hubby hates it..eats it like it's some medicine kinds..and is not like I cook it bad or anything. You saw the new Cadburys ad.."whats for dinner"...mom says lauki..and slowly ppl start running away from the house..my hubby was like seeeee I am not the only one who doesnt like lauki!!!!

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  80. yes yes lauki....
    even we make thoz koftas wid it but i toh love it simple, wid tomato thiny runny gravy... or sometimes just dry wid mustard seeds+kari ptta...
    thr r a lot of ppl who dont lik it , i kknw..

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  81. my mom even used to make halwa wid gheeya... :( i miss it :(

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  82. Mom makes that only..the tomato thin gravy sabji..and mommmy makes golu molu hot hot pulka and ghee and gives me yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

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  83. Kofta is once in a while only.

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  84. Halwa?? Oh I have seen recipes..will be nice?

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  85. lucky u :) :) :) :-* :-*
    god bless

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  86. d halwa is awesome if some1 can cook it well...
    we also make salted pancakes with gheeya.. :P
    u knw like grating lauki , ading it to chickpea flour/ besan... we call cheela/pooda here in north

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  87. Me know cheela..but never eaten it..not a proper version anyway..for breakfast if we didn't want egg, we could order this besan version ...me didnt like it..but don't think thats the actual cheela naa...

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  88. u can try wid variation naa, like u can grate potatoes, carrots, capscicum, add onions, tomatoes to it.. it comes out well..tastes really gud.. do try it

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  89. Will definitely try..I think it will be good with grated veggies in it..rather than just plain.

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  90. oh yesshh, n i forgot to mention cabbage...evn dat tastes good,,,, all d veggies r nice wid dis..i personally just avoid potatoes coz of the whole carbs/starch thing... otherwis it tastes grt even wid just grated potatoes in it

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  91. It would taste like oil-free pakodas kind me thinks :D

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  92. bang on.... u knw my nutrionist reccod me this... :)
    she asked me to try moong ki green daal ka flour for even low fat version :|
    i havent tried it yet but i think it wont taste dat bad

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  93. Is Andhra cuisine - pesarattu (moong dal dosa) - and my sis loves it..I haven't tried it though so no idea.

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  94. oh grtt...!!!
    i got to try it for sure now, but for dat i ll hav to search for moong green daal flour first :|

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  95. No flour...soak broken moong dal with chilka and grind...not nekkid yellow moong dal..you get broken one naaa...with green clothes on that one...me search some link and put ...

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  96. The guy is atrociously funny but his recipes are usually quite good...havent checked this recipe, but it might be good :D

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LeLnymiBVo

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  97. oh yess yesss.... dat wud b super easy... i can do this... n i knw broken green daal... we call it moong chilka... :D
    n yellow is just moong ki daal...n whole moong is our sprouts...
    u see, my basics r clear abt food if not abt makeup ..
    khikhihhki

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  98. Me tho dependent on the Great Google for everything :D

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  99. oh yess yess... google google all d way... :)

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  100. who is making lauki ka halwaa...me wantttttt

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  101. I make and send phor you..you wait :evil grin: you taken off naaaa..me send for you to complete your vacation grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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  102. heheheh...pls send some non so chicken looking pakodas and that yummy cake tooooooo :P

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  103. :spank: :hunterwali: me send you black black pakoda...with extra mirchi :|

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  104. did u see all the saree phootuuuusss...everyone is so amazing....when u sending urs :D

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  105. Me have mirror at home..and reasonably good eyesight and kind of reliable brains...so me no sending photeee....:D

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  106. lol....no re...u will look so pretty pretty....wear the same saree which FNU took....they will now take ur pic toooooo :D

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  107. No blouse for that one...if I wear..Jomol will take for her world-famous site :D

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  108. oh u wear nice similar color cloth piece wrapped around...thats how anyways everyone wears..no stiched an all ...*runs*

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  109. Peeereeeeyaa...ohhh so that's how everyone (=you) wears...:P :P :P

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  110. which is why i dont wear sareeeeeeeee...hehe

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  111. Rads brains burned out with overwork - Priya no blouse no sari?????????

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  112. *spank* *spank* ya too much overwork this is...u working isit ??? not left?

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  113. No left no right..me working.

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  114. Oye Radsu...quick question...do you know where in bangalore i could find natural/pure cranberry fruit or the juice?? =/

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  115. My lotus sunscreen has red and yellow ferric oxide :| And I guess that is what works as a sun protector but then I feel its the ferric oxide only which causes the stain on my clothes :/

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  116. Must be!! But that's bad if it causes stains on clothes naaa...switch to something else :|

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  117. hey is it like a foundation cream oh like a lacto calamine cream?

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  118. Nice review Rads..But it didn't cause any whitish cast on me..er..donno..but I felt it gave me complete natural finish...but may be I use very little amount ...

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  119. Plus it might match your skin better, Cali, since you have clear and lighter skin tone :) It isn't very obvious anywa, but it is there on my face at least...ya you might be right naa...maybe I use more :D

    Debashree - Sorry for the late reply, but its a moisturizer, which resembles lactocalamine in it's appearance only. It's not a foundation - is a regular moisturizer with SPF.

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  120. is there anyway of ordering this and where in banglore could i find this.. can i order online..please help out

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  121. I don't think you can order this online, Sam. A list of the locations could be found in this spreadsheet - just look for locations in Bangalore:
    https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?hl=en&hl=en&key=0AnKRAJC5r6hcdHB2R2tXMkxiaE9qSjR4S1BScmxGWHc&single=true&gid=0&output=html

    (I have written this in the article too, but you might have missed it..hope this helps :) :) )

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  122. Is is good to use during winter season???

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    1. Hi Shivani! This product tends to mattify/soak up the oiliness from the skin, so if your skin gets slightly dry during the winters, this will dry it out some more and make your skin look too dry/flaky. You might want to look for something more moisturizing for the winters.

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  123. can anyone suggest me from where i could buy this product from..i searched online but was unable to do so as well as nearby stores..i live in pune

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    1. Hi..did you check the link I have added in the post for finding point of sales in your city? click on the "here" in the post. There is one address in Pune.

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