Fresh Find: Sahajan Ayurvedic Organic Skincare
Have you ever looked at a label on a skincare or healthcare label that said "Do not use while pregnant or breastfeeding." and thought, "if that's dangerous for a fetus, should I really be using it?" Well, that's sort of how entrepreneur Lisa Mattam felt when she saw her two-year-old daughter slathered in her face cream. At first, she writes on the website for her beauty line, Sahajan, she laughed, then she started worrying about what the ingredients and chemicals would do to her daughter's sensitive skin.
Mattam's family is from Kerala, India, where she writes that natural ingredients are often used in skincare and medical treatments. "In my research I found there was more to these home remedies. When I was told to put coconut oil in my hair, or turmeric on a pimple, there was science behind it. A science that’s thousands of years old," she writes.
So Mattam turned to the natural ingredients and science and philosophy of Ayurveda that was such a rich tradition for her family to develop a skin and haircare line. If you're not familiar with Ayurveda, "Ayurveda is quite simply the “science of life,” a 5000-year-old system of medicine, developed in ancient India, and practiced to this day by over 80 per cent of the population. But it’s so much more. Ayurveda is a philosophy and a practice for balancing the body and mind," writes Mattam on sahajan.com.
The line consists of five products: Nourish Face Cream, Restorative Eye Cream, Protective Face Serum, Nurture Hair Oil and Ritual Body Oil. Plus, you can buy a Discovery Kit featuring sample sizes of each product. Ingredients in the range include almond oil, vitamin C-rich amla (or Indian gooseberry) oil, honey, gotu kola, an herb that supports collagen production, neem and sesame oil. The line is all-natural and contains no toxins, chemicals or artificial colours.