The lotus flower is feted the world over for its purity, despite the paradox that it emerges from the dirty and muddy bottom of a pond. And yet remains pristine in its grandeur. According to tenets of Hinduism and Buddhism, it is said to symbolise the enlightened human who rises from the darkness of the world into a new way of thinking and living. The Egyptians considered the lotus flower symbolic of creation and rebirth, symbolic of the Sun. The flower has been used since ancient times in beauty rituals and various brands are incorporating it into skincare products. This is because a lotus is very soothing and super hydrating and also an antioxidant, that helps fight free radicals, and hence delays ageing. Products containing lotus extracts intensely hydrate parched and mature skin while also promoting a more elastic complexion, fading brown spots and erasing fine lines and wrinkles. Also, the root of the plant is plentiful in vitamins B and C and iron—which are all beneficial for maintaining healthy skin. Which is why I was more than eager to try two products sent to me by Nyassa from its ‘Divine Lotus‘ range.
Nyassa Divine Lotus Handmade Soap (150 gm)
There is something raw, rustic and natural about handmade soaps. Indulge in the floral and delicate fragrance of the Divine Lotus Handmade Soap! The first thing that impresses after opening the clear packaging is the absolutely divine aroma of this pretty pink soap. (My shower smelt heavenly all day long!). The texture is rich and one feels the oils that may have gone into it – perhaps the Almond Butter that is a major ingredient lends it this texture. High in Vitamin E and Omega-6 Fatty Acids, Almond Butter moisturises and nourishes your skin. Paired with lotus extract (that tones and moisturises) in the soap means skin feels clean and yet supple and moisturised after a bath. It literally glides on the skin like butter. It lathers up nicely so it does its job of cleaning the body well. The fragrance lasted me till almost noon–which was really impressive.
The fragrance is definitely relaxing. After the harsh winters, my skin needed some pampering. And this soap made the flakes go away after just a couple of days of regular use. The soap is priced a tad steep (Rs 350 for 150gms) but quality does come at a price. The bar is a little bigger than regular soaps but I cut the soap into two pieces to avoid wastage. The best bit is that it is chemical free and a natural way to keep your skin looking and feeling clean.
Nyassa Divine Lotus Shower Gel (Rs 450 for 145 ml) fared far better than the soap. Probably because of the price factor. The soap lasted me a couple of days short of a month, while the shower gel is only half empty after a whole month. I also use it cleverly – just one or two pumps on a loofah or bath mitt rather than directly on my skin. The same alluring fragrance of the lotus greets you as you work up a lather using a loofah and water. The additional ingredient in the shower gel is beetroot extracts that hydrate your skin by replenishing the lost moisture.
So the Lotus Extract is a natural moisturiser and it also acts as a toning agent that keeps your skin taut and younger looking while the moisturising beetroot extracts promote skin rejuvenation. The SLS, SLES and paraben free shower gel is gentle on the skin and makes medium to mild lather.
To sum up, these two products from the Divine Lotus do exactly what its name signifies – make you feel oh-so-divine.
Go ahead and pamper yourselves like mythological goddesses and ancient queens with these products from the Divine Lotus range from Nyassa.
Text and images by Aarti Kapur Singh