Delving deep into science-certified, easy to make and all natural recipes, Indian brand, Global Beauty Secrets, revives effective, undisclosed treatments from around the world to achieve that flawless skin
By: Nikita Vivek Pawar
Posted on: April 15, 2020
LF Says: ★★★
Beauty and skincare was easier and therapeutic during our grandmothers’ times. But the inexpensive, effective and free from side-effects recipes and concoctions were not valued much then. With the wound-up and stressful lives that we lead, there’s often no time left to indulge in these time-honored remedies and treatments. Global Beauty Secrets (GBS), an Indian brand, makes it simpler to take advantage of some of those potions. This young brand is on a mission to ferret out the beauty secrets that different cultures around the world created ages ago, and serve them on a silver platter to its customers.
Founder and owner of GBS, Aishwarya Sawarna Nir got acquainted with the richness of nature at quite an early age. Ms Nir was introduced to the Panchamitra (an elixir made of five ingredients - milk, honey, curd, ghee and jaggery), a composition used for deities at home, by her grandmother, who often let her apply this mixture on her skin, resulting in smooth, supple and glowing skin. The Business Administration Post Graduate then learnt the science behind the rituals to further understand the elements and nuances of making the perfect blend to address a certain flaw. Thus, in 2018, Global Beauty Secrets began its journey to enrich our lives with their mystical products.
Close to Culture, Closer to Nature
Hidden in a treasure box (very durable and luxurious), GBS send its products placed among some wonderfully smelling potpourri flowers. I tried GBS’ Japanese Adzuki Bean Face Wash, the Greek Yogurt And Lavender Body Moisturiser, the Turkish Rose and Mint Shampoo and Conditioner, and the French Plum Butter Soap. Ingenious, easy to use and travel-friendly, GBS checks all the boxes there. However, the packaging lacks a luxe feel. Even then, the product inside makes up for it.
The black bottles and tubes look smart and the motifs add a well-thought touch for each culture representation. Vegetarian, cruelty-free, vegan and sans Parabens and SLS, the brand aims to shed light over the rich, diverse and amazing cultures that we have and should take pride in. Every product has a small handbook highlighting the culture, the indigenous ingredients used, their cultural timeline and some unknown facts!
The Adzuki Beans from Japan
With the recent surge of Korean products in the beauty industry, it wasn’t long before we have the best of Japan taking over the world as well. With quite a different lifestyle, Japan offers a unique and refreshing take on beauty rituals. Tracing back to as early as the Nara Period (710-794 AD), powdered Adzuki beans have been used to remove dead skin and purify the skin.
Originally a part of the royal beauty regime, the powder works wonders as a skin cleanser, deep cleaning the pores as they are rich in anti-oxidants. The facewash includes a foaming agent called saponin that also tightens pores. The Japanese Adzuki Bean facewash comes in a clean, simple and easy-to-use black tube with a scenic Japan landscape. The gel-based formula is light, foams easily and clears the skin without drying out the skin. I found it to be a great cleanser to remove makeup and to deep clean the pores. It made me feel sans any dirt or heaviness. The product does its job to perfection and is suitable for every skin type!
The Yogurt from Greece
Aphrodite, Athena, Medusa, and many more, Greece has been a testament of beauty and grace for centuries. The Greeks have been obsessed with the way they look and thus have over 8000 years of beauty routines and unique ingredients that are still used. The Greek women loved fair, tight and glowing skin and used yoghurt as it was considered a miraculous ingredient owing to its soothing and nourishing properties for the skin.
GBS’ Greek Yogurt and Lavender Body moisturizer comprises of ace ingredients like Lavender Essential oil, Mint oil, Shea butter and Cocoa butter to add that much needed goodness to the skin. The packaging of the moisturiser is same as the facewash but with different colour text and motif of a Greek lady alongside the Greek landscape. The milky-white cream doesn’t have a very runny texture, but is on the thinner side, which quickens the time required to be completely absorbed in the skin. The application is simple. Not greasy or sticky at all, the moisturizer hydrates the skin for a good couple of hours which makes it great for the cold weather in tropical countries. The mild fragrance and lightness makes it perfect to be a great moisturizer all year long. And since you don’t need much for every application, it will last you for quite some time.
The Roses from Turkey
The Turkish Rose and Mint shampoo and conditioner was my favourite product of them all. Ruled by three great empires - the Roman, the Byzantines and the Ottomans - the Turkish culture is influenced by all of them. The Turks inculcated the Roman common baths but with a few changes of their own. Called hamam, which is actually an Arabic word meaning bath, is a gently heated, tiled room with a heated marble slab called göbek taşı (tummy stone). Visitors lie on the stone slab and are scrubbed for exfoliation, then massaged with oils and finally washed clean with hot water. Roses were an essential part of this ritual, majorly for its enriching and cleansing properties. Mint, also a great cleanser, keeps the scalp clean and dandruff free.
A unique combination of ingredients gives effective results and amalgamating the shampoo and the conditioner reduces an extra step in the shower routine. The very hard pump was the only down side of the otherwise smart and functional packaging. With a mild fusion of the rose and minty fragrance, the texture is translucent and quite thick. A pea size dollop is enough for every wash result. The shampoo makes the hair look healthy, bouncy, shiny and smelling great, just like what they would look like after a great salon session!
The Plums from France
French are known for their minimalistic yet very attractive make up looks, and flawless, clear skin. Along with great skin, the French obsess over perfumes and smelling nice all the time, for which they combine unique ingredients and essential oils. The use of honey, Shea butter, flower and fruit extracts and eating well form the basis of every French beauty routine.
Due to their beta carotene content, French plums are one of the most potent cleansers. The high amount of antioxidants in it provide a shield against free radicals and assist in protection against UV radiation. The French Plum Butter Soap from GBS is a product that delivers as well. The soap doesn’t strip any moisture from the skin. The Glycerine, Shea butter, Cocoa butter powered soap creates a rich lather and leaves the skin smooth and soft.The inclusion of butter is evident during usage and it smells heavenly. For anyone who loves soaps would definitely enjoy this product!
Adopting good skincare practices is the first step to attaining the glow from within. Global Beauty Secrets makes it easy by using all natural products and reinventing ancient beauty regimes that give us the best of cultures from around the world. It would be exciting to see what other revelations and mystical ingredients the brand will introduce in the future.
LF Says: ★★★
Available at: Global Beauty Secrets website store