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I was so happy to be approached by Urban Veda skincare. I’d already been introduced to a product from the brand in the LoveLula beauty box. Naturally I jumped at the chance to try a selection of this vegan, cruelty-free skincare range.
Urban Veda skincare is based on the principles of Ayurveda. For the uninitiated, Ayurveda is an ancient Indian philosophy for health and wellbeing. Ayurveda defines 3 doshas, or types from which we are comprised. The types are vata, pitta, and kapha. This skincare aims to identify the characteristics and needs of your skin by these doshas.
The brand was founded six years ago by Sheilesh Shah, whose father was an Ayurvedic practitioner. These roots, plus Shi’s curiosity, led him to using plants like turmeric, neem, sandalwood, and rose on the skin for the benefit of beauty and wellbeing. How exciting it must’ve been to develop a range of skincare in line with Ayurvedic principles and the dosha types that underpin the understanding of human health!
Now, the aim is to promote the widespread health benefits of Ayurveda in skincare. The brand has come a long way in 6 years, with more team members all sharing the same passion for Ayurveda in skincare plus numerous awards earned along the way.
Now we know more about Urban Veda, let’s learn about their skincare.
Urban Veda skincare
Choose from 4 skincare ranges. I recommend starting at the Urban Veda skin test. This will advise your most likely dosha and recommend your skincare range.
I tried the Soothing range, which is recommended for the Pitta dosha type and works best for normal or sensitive skin.
Let’s take a look at it now.
Soothing Facial Oil
This is my favourite product from the Urban Veda skincare range. The oil promises to hydrate and harmonise aggravated skin. It contains calming sandalwood, healing avocado, balancing Ayurvedic shatavari along with anti-ageing omega-rich organic sea buckthorn.
This oil is indeed very soothing, but also warming. The oil is very light, non-greasy and clear in colour. It smells beautiful which adds to its charm. My skin feels soft and looks dewy after use and I am sure it will bring about long term benefits in my skin.
Urban Veda Soothing Facial Oil
Soothing Exfoliating Facial Polish
I also really enjoy using the Soothing facial polish. I use chemical exfoliants daily and use a manual exfoliant less often – say once a week. Urban Veda Exfoliating Facial Polish hopes to gently buff away dead skin cells to support healthy skin cell renewal. Key ingredients include calming sandalwood, pumice stone, geranium, and palmarosa.
I love the fragrance of the scrub – like all the Soothing products it is warm but refreshing. My skin is really soft after using it, and feels really clean – without any scrubbiness or irritation.
Urban Veda Exfoliating Facial Polish
Soothing Body Lotion
Urban Veda Soothing Body Lotion promises to soothe and hydrate tight dry skin. It’s formulated to relieve irritation and help heal blemishes with myrrh, orange, palmarosa, and ylang ylang.
I love this silky light lotion. It sinks in really quickly and leaves such a lovely fragrance. My skin feels hydrated without being greasy.
Urban Veda Soothing Body Lotion
Soothing Body Scrub
This scrub promises to stimulate circulation while adding a luxurious element to your bath or shower routine. It’s full of antioxidants to protect against skin damage and using it supports healthy skin cell renewal.
This scrub is a definite winner for me. It comes in a gel base and seems to foam slightly. I really love the clean and soft feeling it brings to my skin.
Urban Veda Soothing Body Scrub
Soothing Body Wash
A soothing body wash to clean even the most delicate skin, with fragrant sandalwood. This body wash respects the skin’s natural moisture barrier and pH level.
This wash is a real treat for me every morning, especially in winter. It feels creamy and cleans well without stripping my skin.
Urban Veda Soothing Body Wash
Daily Soothing Facial Wash
Urban Veda Soothing Facial Wash is designed to cleanse and remove makeup whilst balancing sebum production – soothing inflamed skin, and diminishing the appearance of redness.
I find this facial wash controls my skin’s oiliness, which works out great when I’m suffering a hormonal breakout!
Urban Veda Soothing Facial Wash
Soothing Day Cream
Urban Veda claim this day cream helps you immerse yourself in a spa-like experience while nourishing and enveloping the skin in softness.
I love that it contains sandalwood, anti-inflammatory rosemary, and harmonising ylang ylang.
This is a very light cream which, being completely honest, didn’t feel quite moisturising enough for my “normal” skin. I gifted it to my mum who is really loving it on her 50+ skin!
Urban Veda Soothing Day Cream
Soothing Hydrating Toner
The toner from the range promises to clarify and refresh sensitive skin. It removes impurities, hydrates, and balances the skin’s pH level while protecting it with antioxidants.
Although I appreciate the lovely ingredients in this toner, this is my least favourite product from the Urban Veda Soothing range. It feels like the alcohol levels in it are too high for my skin. Although I didn’t suffer any irritation, my skin felt a little taught after use.
Urban Veda Soothing Hydrating Toner
Final thoughts on Urban Veda skincare
I absolutely love the theme of this skincare and how it perfectly captures the spirit of Ayurveda. All those fantastic Ayurvedic ingredients that have been used for centuries as part of a holistic healing system. And how the ingredients have been carefully chosen to suit not just my skin but my whole being according to my dosha.
On my list of dislikes: the use of alcohol in some of the products. It does appear high up the list of ingredients, meaning there’s quite a high proportion of it in the formulation. Also note some products contain phenoxyethanol, which some natural beauties avoid – a “controversial” ingredient.
To learn more about Urban Veda and view all the ranges, visit urbanveda.com.
Will you try Urban Veda? Let me know in the comments!