Let's start with what exactly 'all-natural' means.
An all-natural body oil is one that’s a super clean formulation, meaning it only contains herbs and natural oils, with no chemicals, additives or added fragrances.
A highly effective body oil would also contain only rare and wild-crafted herbs that are beneficial in more than one way for your skin; like hydration, cleansing, glow-enhancing etc.
In addition to it, to prove the oil’s quality, it would also have to pass premium-quality QC processes.
You must have noticed how body lotions and body oils, even though they say it’s natural, contain some amount of chemicals or preservatives. But sometimes it won’t be explicitly mentioned, like if you see a “dry” oil, that means the oil is treated and is actually no longer natural.
The holistic science of Ayurveda takes this concept of ‘all-natural’ a notch higher by making sure that not only the ingredients are 100% natural, but also that the oil itself is prepared by cooking together the ingredients at the right temperature rather than just mixing or blending them. Through this technique, each ingredient’s bioavailability significantly increases, and in turn, it optimizes the effectiveness of the oil on your skin.
For this, Ayurveda also taps into the traditional Indian kitchen shelves, to curate the most effective polyherbal body oils using rare and lesser-known ingredients such as Black Gram.
Black Gram has been a staple food source in Indian cuisines since as early as 5000 years ago. It’s even mentioned in Charaka Samhita, the ancient text in Ayurveda, that rice cooked with this lentil is a strengthening and refreshing tonic for promoting health as it’s highly nourishing.
Black Gram is an ancient medicinal food that can work wonders for skin, hair and the body itself!
It’s truly no surprise that Ayurveda recommends Black Gram for everything from:
For all these reasons and more, this humble bean is nicknamed the ‘utter-nourisher’ that nourishes all 7 ‘dhatus’ or tissues in the body! Its unctuous nature imparts intense moisturization, all the while soothing the skin with optimum levels of hydration.
So, while shopping for your perfect all-natural body oil, make sure that it contains a highly nutritious key ingredient like Black Gram that’s also a great natural emollient, for your skin.
The effect of any natural body oil should last a long time, at least throughout the day or night, keeping your skin moisturized and perfectly hydrated and not looking dry or rough.
If the effect of the oil is long-lasting, it’s an indication that it’s rich enough to carry nutrients deep into the skin layers by absorbing quickly without leaving any sticky traces or greasy look but only a subtle radiant glow.
Ayurveda says that this lasting effect is integral to the functioning of natural body oils as it creates more sustainable support for your skin compared to other chemical-based cosmetic products that moisturize but dry out your skin too soon.
Such quick moist-dry cycles can also negatively impact the overall health of your skin.
That’s exactly why Ayurveda recommends to look for this specific ingredient called Himalayan Rock Salt while you’re on the lookout for the best all-natural body oil.
Familiar with the Himalayan Pink Salt Crystals at Trader Joe’s?
Well, let's say this ingredient is its cousin! The only difference between the two is in their mineral make up.
Himalayan rock salt is considered gold in potency, in Ayurveda, due to its innate ability to help retain moisture in the deeper layers of your skin and maintain hydration levels. It’s also a natural exfoliator to wipe away dead skin cells and other debris from the surface of the skin to produce a silky-smooth texture.
Besides, Himalayan Rock Salt is also known to create a firmer and more defined appearance due to its wonderful toning abilities for a rejuvenated and youthful look.
This means that your all-natural body oil should ideally be made for different kinds of uses. From an everyday alternative for body lotions, to an enriching massage oil during weekend spa sessions and more, it should be well adaptable to fit your needs in at least two or three ways.
Unless you need any specific concern addressed, go for an all-purpose general all-natural body oil that you can easily and comfortably add to your daily wellness routine according to your preferences.
Versatility and ease of use should definitely be one of your important priorities while looking for a good all-natural body oil.
Most often, the words ‘hydration’ and ‘moisturization’ are thrown around so casually that we take them to mean the same.
But did you know that there is a significant difference between these two functions?
Hydration may make your skin feel soft but without moisturization, it will allow the moisture to escape easily and dry out your skin.
And, generally, your skin requires both these to happen effectively to maintain a smooth, shiny appearance and a healthy feel.
The best natural ingredient that perform this function is – Himalayan Rock Salt. This pure traditional Ayurvedic ingredient is what makes this body oil stand out as Himalayan Rock Salt contains essential minerals and nutrients that can lock in moisture and protect your skin barrier without losing any of the sealed moisture content, and even keeps out irritants.
Besides, this ingredient is also highly revered for giving a rosy, plump look and an illumined glow while it deeply soothes tired skin muscles.
This exotic and intensely rejuvenating Ayurvedic ingredient must definitely be a go-to one in your all-natural body oil.
If you feel like you lather on lotion every night, but your skin is still dry, it might be time to switch to an all-natural Ayurvedic body oil. Lotion only absorbs into the skin while body oil seeps deeper and seals the moisture in your skin and can help improve the natural barrier.
But how different are they really?
Lotions contain 60-90% water, thereby diluting the potency and strength of other integral ingredients used. Because of that, it also needs a preservative because bacteria can grow in water-based formulations.
Ayurvedic body oils are cooked in a base oil and do not contain any water and so the potency and effectivenessof each ingredient is retained. So, Ayurvedic oils are the most original, concentrated formulations. And as there is no water content, Ayurvedic oils are free from preservatives too!
Lotions and creams are only a medium to get the essential ingredients to your skin, and do not support or help your skin in any other way. Most of the essential ingredients are also present in only small quantities, so you're not getting much benefit from them.
Oils, in fact, are an essential ingredient in themselves that can protect and benefit your skin in many ways. It also mimics the natural sebum and other skin conditions to seal moisture in the safest way possible; because let’s face it, skin glands produce oil and not creams or lotions!
Most often, creams and lotions only create any extra layer of film over your skin that can literally make your skin cry from all the extra baggage.
Oils actually possess the unique ability to pull out the oil-soluble dirt and debris from deep within your skin, and cleanse it on top of the moisturizing effect too.
Besides, oils provide a naturally dewy sheen and velvet-like moisturization to the skin due to their unique light texture that creams or lotions can’t as they’re thicker. And so, all-natural body oils should be sufficiently hydrating enough to be used instead of a chemical-based body lotion or cream.
It’s always best that body oils contain the very best and most effective ingredients only, especially those that have been tried and tested for generations. Ayurvedic body oils take this very seriously as they usually contain only a few ingredients, that too each targeted towards a specific concern like enhancing the texture of your skin, brightening its look or deeply moisturizing, and only those that are proven to be effective in this regard.
Make sure that the few ingredients your all-natural body oil contains are all powerful and protective as they need to be efficient enough to do the job of providing your skin moisturization and keeping it well-protected.
Also, the fewer ingredients your all-natural body oil contains, the lower is the chance that you may develop irritation, that is if you have sensitive skin. Plus, that’ll also mean no preservatives and chemicals too! This is especially true if you’re a newbie to all-natural body oils and don’t really know much about herbal ingredients.
For starters, also look for an all-natural body oil with a light familiar aroma so you can gently ease yourself into the world of natural skincare.
The texture of the oil is very important because this indicates if it’s quick-absorbing or not. Oils that are light not only absorb and seep into your skin faster but also do not leave a greasy residue and make you wait an eternity before wearing clothes lest you risk staining them!
While selecting an all-natural body oil, get a weightless oil that spreads easily because it makes all the difference in the world while massaging them every day. Not only does it save you a lot of time, while getting ready in the morning or before bed, but it is also significantly more useful in giving an instant moisturized look with a subtle glow.
If you’re looking for an all-natural body oil for dry, dehydrated or rough skin, it’s best to get one that supports mature and aging skin types with special attention.
While massaging an all-natural body oil, your dry skin mustn't feel thirsty anymore, nor should it feel weak or emaciated. With the right oil that contains ingredients that are revered for their youth-booting properties or ‘Varnya’ as Ayurveda classifies, your skin will not feel ignored or uncared for, but it will be doused in love.
Lastly, just because all-natural body oils have exotic ingredients or give you a luxurious experience, doesn’t mean that it should cost you an arm and a leg. If truth be told, you should be able to give your skin the best of best without ripping your pockets.
Looking for an all-natural Ayurvedic body oil that satisfies all these conditions?
Balaayah’s key ingredient is Black Gram that lends its immensely nourishing properties to strengthen your skin and improve its texture. Its signature effect of strengthening and fortifying your skin barrier, a seldom seen but crucially essential quality, is well-captured in Balaayah by way of strict Ayurvedic preparation methods.
With black gram blended in an exotic mix of other potent Ayurvedic ingredients such as velvet bean and nutsedge to accentuate the moisturizing effect, Balaayah’s is an extraordinarily unique formulation that’s so potent that all you need is a few pumps for an everyday massage!
Pro Tip: That’s exactly how you know any oil is all-natural. You don’t have to slather your whole body with the product but only need as little as 2-3 pumps, if it’s for your body. When it comes to effective body oils, and especially with Ayurvedic ones, less is more!
To maintain optimum levels of hydration, Balaayah contains Himalayan Rock Salt.
This leaves your skin with a veil of hydration, that shows a subtle glow and is long-lasting to bring out the best possible effect.
Balaayah’s rich balm-like sensation soothes your skin in the most satisfying way to leave it feeling strong, supported and cared-for throughout the day and even through the night.
If convenience is your jam, Balaayah will be your mainstay for healthy skin that’s rejuvenated and glowing from the inside!
This ALL-IN-ONE formulation can be used:
Balaayah has a unique formulation that actually provides the dual effect of both hydration and moisturization because it contains – Himalayan Rock Salt that makes the skin look more supple, radiant and smooth all over while cooling, calming and relaxing the entire body.
Balaayah really takes moisturization from a chore to a full-blown enjoyable experience.
Balaayah comes in an enriching base of sesame oil along with essential oils of Frankincense and Vanilla in an only-oil formulation with 0% water and can be a great alternative to usual body lotions.
This super-healthy, undiluted nourishing combination of carrier/base oil + essential oils make it a holy grail for dry, rough and dehydrated skin types.
Balaayah has an active and absorbent blend of just 8 potent Ayurvedic ingredients - Country Mallow, Black Gram, Nutgrass, Castor, Pluchea lanceolata, Velvet Bean, Dill Seeds and Himalayan Rock Salt - and has a very soothing aroma of meditative frankincense with notes of warming vanilla to create the perfect intoxicating after-scent, neither too much nor little, perfect if you’re new to the world of Ayurvedic skincare.
Country Mallow [Abutilon Indicum], Sesame oil [Sesamum Indicum], Black Gram [Vigna Mungo], Nutsedge [Cyperus Rotundus], Castor [Ricinus Communis], Rasna [Pluchea Lanceolata], Velvet Bean [Mucuna Pruriens], Dill seeds [Anethum Sowa], Himalayan Rock salt, Frankincense Essential Oil [Boswellia Serrata], Vanilla Essential Oil [Vanilla Planifolia].
VEGAN. NO MINERAL OIL, PARABENS OR CHEMICALS. 100% NATURAL AYURVEDIC SUPPORT. NOT TESTED ON ANIMALS.
Quantity: 100 ml/ 3.38 oz
Lightweight oils like Balaayah also improve moisture retention in the skin, making it look more smooth, supple and youthful. And what’s best? After using Balaayah, you only have to wait less than 5 minutes or so before putting your clothes back on.
That’s less than the time it takes to pick the outfit in the first place!
A pure Ayurvedic herbal oil brew like Balaayah with a rich oleating nature, takes care of your skin’s needs especially like the appearance of signs of aging like wrinkles, fine lines, age spots and even skin that looks ‘crepey’ or saggy, you can enjoy a firmer, more toned and defined appearance along with velvety-smooth skin!
Massaging your skin with Balaayah is the next best thing to enjoying a tropical vacation or spending a day at the spa as your skin soaks up its amazing ingredients for a youthful vibrance that’s full of energy every day.
It’s also perfect for the dry seasons of fall and winter when your skin screams for a little pick-me-up!
And that makes iYURA Balaayah Black Gram Body Booster a perfect choice in every regard!
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Yes, Balaayah is not an unattainable dream at all but a very real and equally effective Ayurvedic all-natural body oil!
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