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.
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!)
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
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
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.
|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
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