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Old 03-16-2010, 03:14 PM   #1
 
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I have found many great things for my hair and skin in my local indian markets, for super cheap prices

Vatika oil
Alma powder
Whole dried Alma
Fenugreek powder
Coconut Milk
RoseWater
Neem Face Soap

I was just wondering what other goodies you Ladies have found??
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You ain't said nothin' but a word. It was at an Indian grocery store that I got the inspiration to go natural: seeing all of these herbs, oils that are so good for one's hair and body available right there for a STEAL compared to other products. I like to pre-poo with brami amla infused oil I found there (ONLY to pre-poo; the smell is out of this world!), all manner of herb-infused coconut oil, henna (cosmetic grade), bhringraj oil (my hair loves oil so I geek out about that) and any number of things to mix into a treatment.
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I can't find amla oil or vatika oil without mineral oil in it!
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The light green bottle of Dabur vatika oil does not contain mineral oil. It contains coconut oil, neem, amla and lemon oils, I think. All of the the products Dabur sells in dark green bottles have mineral oil - what's up with that? Anyway, that seems to be the cheapest one I see on the shelves and they always seem to have it.
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The light green bottle of Dabur vatika oil does not contain mineral oil. It contains coconut oil, neem, amla and lemon oils, I think. All of the the products Dabur sells in dark green bottles have mineral oil - what's up with that? Anyway, that seems to be the cheapest one I see on the shelves and they always seem to have it.
ohhh I didn't know that. ok so I have to find the one with the light green bottle?

Got it.

How have you been btw? there's a natural hair meet up tonight. I prolly won't go cuz it's all the way in long beach and my homegirl can't make it.
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I am good. The work day is almost over lol!

I can't do Strong Beach tonite. I look totally busted. But if I pull myself together I will pm you to get the details.

I don't know where in LA you are located exactly, but have you gone to Artesia (Little India is all up and down Pioneer Blvd.) to look for products? It's right off the 91...one of the largest Indian communities in SoCal. They have a couple of markets where you can practically get anything you need in its powdered form and infuse your own oils, since I know you like to make your own products. It has been a looong time since I have been but I know it has only grown. They advertise on local cable now.
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Indian groceries are great (Jamila henna for $2.50 Hesh Amla for $1.49), but only if they have what you need in stock. They are very inconsistent with their inventory. One moment they will have Amla powder and Vatika oil over flowing on the shelves. The next time you visit it is gone and may not show up again for 6+ months. So frustrating. I keep about 11 Indian groceries (I live in the SF Bay area, so there are a ton of them around here) on rotation but even then, I still have trouble finding all that I need. Thank goodness for ayurnaturalbeauty.com They are double the price of the groceries but everything I need is always in stock.
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I am good. The work day is almost over lol!

I can't do Strong Beach tonite. I look totally busted. But if I pull myself together I will pm you to get the details.

I don't know where in LA you are located exactly, but have you gone to Artesia (Little India is all up and down Pioneer Blvd.) to look for products? It's right off the 91...one of the largest Indian communities in SoCal. They have a couple of markets where you can practically get anything you need in its powdered form and infuse your own oils, since I know you like to make your own products. It has been a looong time since I have been but I know it has only grown. They advertise on local cable now.
Girl I'm in South Central. I can get to Artesia tho. I forgot all about Little India. I'mma have to hit that up!

and the meet up starts at 6pm so if you tryna pull it together its gotta be within the next hour!
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I can't find amla oil or vatika oil without mineral oil in it!
Come see me. The indian store by my house has vatika that is coconut based

Umm I'm all over the Indian store for food as well as beauty(henna, vatika, coconut oil). I LOVE the intensely flavorful cusines of India. I used to be intimidated to cook them because you need like 50-'leven spices and they all cost $5 for half an oz at the grocery store. At my Indian store you get two pounds of some stuff for $2.
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Cali Chik look for this Dabur Vatika Coconut Oil:



No mineral oil. Just about every other oil from Dabur has mineral oil in it, so if you are looking to avoid it, the above one is your safest bet.
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@Ekua Soul: Thanks for posting that pic. I could not figure out how.
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I can't find amla oil or vatika oil without mineral oil in it!
Come see me. The indian store by my house has vatika that is coconut based

Umm I'm all over the Indian store for food as well as beauty(henna, vatika, coconut oil). I LOVE the intensely flavorful cusines of India. I used to be intimidated to cook them because you need like 50-'leven spices and they all cost $5 for half an oz at the grocery store. At my Indian store you get two pounds of some stuff for $2.
Oh fa sho! Thanks. Cuz the one by my house is wack. Its pretty much a restaurant with a limited store in the back.

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Cali Chik look for this Dabur Vatika Coconut Oil:



No mineral oil. Just about every other oil from Dabur has mineral oil in it, so if you are looking to avoid it, the above one is your safest bet.
Ha! that's what it looks like. i don't think I saw that in the store by my house. I'm gonna have to try the shop by afrikurl's house.
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where do you guys live, I don't know of any indian markets in my area
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Cool thread! I bought some Vatika oil from an Indian grocer weeks ago and I have no idea what to do with it. It smells so horrible I'm having trouble forcing myself to experiment Do any of you ladies have tips or techniques?

@Jessie I live in a pretty well connected metropolitan area so the Indian stores are abundant lol There's an online indian store locator http://diggsamachar.com/grocery/grocery.htm that lists addresses and phone numbers if you input a zipcode. Good luck!
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Cool thread! I bought some Vatika oil from an Indian grocer weeks ago and I have no idea what to do with it. It smells so horrible I'm having trouble forcing myself to experiment Do any of you ladies have tips or techniques?

@Jessie I live in a pretty well connected metropolitan area so the Indian stores are abundant lol There's an online indian store locator http://diggsamachar.com/grocery/grocery.htm that lists addresses and phone numbers if you input a zipcode. Good luck!
I oill my scalp and hair with it. When I straighten I use a little bit for shine instead of serums with silicone. Also, I am wondering what kind of Vatika oil you have if it stinks. Mine smells of coconut and lemon oil.
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Cool thread! I bought some Vatika oil from an Indian grocer weeks ago and I have no idea what to do with it. It smells so horrible I'm having trouble forcing myself to experiment Do any of you ladies have tips or techniques?

@Jessie I live in a pretty well connected metropolitan area so the Indian stores are abundant lol There's an online indian store locator http://diggsamachar.com/grocery/grocery.htm that lists addresses and phone numbers if you input a zipcode. Good luck!
I oill my scalp and hair with it. When I straighten I use a little bit for shine instead of serums with silicone. Also, I am wondering what kind of Vatika oil you have if it stinks. Mine smells of coconut and lemon oil.
The brand is Dabur and the bottle says "Export Quality". I've done a little research and discovered that the kind with mineral oil by the same brand (maybe what you have?) smells much better. I know MO has a bad rep--sometimes deserved--but I'd rather that than this smell.
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Cool thread! I bought some Vatika oil from an Indian grocer weeks ago and I have no idea what to do with it. It smells so horrible I'm having trouble forcing myself to experiment Do any of you ladies have tips or techniques?

@Jessie I live in a pretty well connected metropolitan area so the Indian stores are abundant lol There's an online indian store locator http://diggsamachar.com/grocery/grocery.htm that lists addresses and phone numbers if you input a zipcode. Good luck!
I oill my scalp and hair with it. When I straighten I use a little bit for shine instead of serums with silicone. Also, I am wondering what kind of Vatika oil you have if it stinks. Mine smells of coconut and lemon oil.
The brand is Dabur and the bottle says "Export Quality". I've done a little research and discovered that the kind with mineral oil by the same brand (maybe what you have?) smells much better. I know MO has a bad rep--sometimes deserved--but I'd rather that than this smell.
Oh, absolutely not. Mineral Oil is the devil to me. I won't use anything with mineral oil. My guy at the shop special orders me several at a time. You know what though? I am thinking that I might just be more tolerant of scented products. I have eczema and I use straight neem oil in some treatments for my scalp and skin. Maybe it doesn't bother me because I have a tolerance for and know what to expect from ayurvedic remedies.

What I meant is: is your oil still good? I have noticed that I do have to check carefully for expiration dates on all things I purchse at Indian stores, because a couple of times I have gotten expired stuff. I did wonder if you had the one with mineral oil in it, which you answered for me. Did you get the almond base (orange bottle) or the coconut base? Vatika is the brand name; they have two different oils under that line. I have the coconut base (green bottle)

I also should have added: You can always pre-poo with it. Massage into scalp and hair and let it sit for at least an hour before you shampoo.

OK: One other thing: I see in the new packaging, they have added a couple of herbs that are not in my old formulation (different bottle and everything - purchased in March). I think that's the source of the stink. The Brahmi - it's not in my old formulation as a key ingredient. I am glad you made me do some research - I will smell test next time I purchase.
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Again, to help clear up the Dabur Vatika Hair Oil confusion:

This one most certainly has mineral oil in it:





These are pure coconut oil with herbs infused in.



I ask and re-ask about this all the time. The difference between the two is the packaging and 3 ingredients (Dugdha (milk), Sugandhit Dravyas (an oil combo for aroma/scent) and Nariyal Tail (coconut oil) which is pretty much the same as before just listed in a different order as far as I can tell.

When hitting the Indian grocery stores definitely be aware of expiration, but also be mindful that many of the products from India DO NOT print an expiration date on them. The date printed on the packaging is actually the manufacture date of the product. Somewhere on the information piece of the product will be the wording - "Use within 24 months of date of manufacture." (sometimes its 36 months, but the wording is similar)

I get this sometimes and its understandable because I'm used to an actual expiration date being printed as well. Its just the way they print the dates.

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BUMPING! because I know someone mentioned Fenugreek powder on this thread. How do you all use this?? Most of the info I've found online seems to relate to the seeds..is there a difference between the ways to prepare the herb in its different states? Do you boil it? Mix it with anything? Hellllllp! Lol I have so many questions
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I pretty much buy most of my groceries from 3 local Indian grocery stores since we cook South Indian food more often than not around here.

Also, just wanted to subscribe to find out how the fenugreek powder is used
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