Ananda in the Himalayas is a destination spa housed in the palace of the Maharaja of Tehri Garhwal which is nestled in the foothills of the majestic Himalayas. I have been longing to go there since ages but for some reason, that trip hasn’t happened yet. To my absolute delight, they have now launched their own spa products! So even if Dollie can’t go to Ananda (though that trip should hopefully happen soon now that the kids are older), Ananda can come to Dollie 😉
If you follow me on Instagram, you would know that I was recently sent some of their products to try out – the Grounding Salt Scrub, the Grounding Oil and the Aloe Gel and Rose Distillate Hydrating Facial Mask. While I haven’t tried the latter as yet, I have been using both the former ones twice a week. So here’s the …
Ananda Spa Grounding Body Scrub and Grounding Body Oil Review
Ananda Spa Grounding Body Scrub
“Natural sea salts infused with Sandalwood, Rose and Vetiver pure essential oils renowned for their balancing, cooling and nourishing properties. It stimulates the skin, lymphatic and circulatory systems, flushes and removes excess fluids from the body grounds the mind and balances the being. Body scrubs remove the dead skin cells and debris which allows the skin to breathe.”
How I wish I could be at Ananda In The Himalayas, in one of their mountain view treatment rooms having a masseuse massage this scrub on me to “balance my being”. Oh well….
Among all the body scrubs that I have used till now, the Grounding Body Scrub from Ananda Spa has the best texture. It is dry, like very fine-grained salt and mixes well with whatever medium you want to mix it with. While the instructions mention mixing it with the Grounding Oil, I have also tried mixing it with water and lemon juice, with my body wash, and with milk and each time, it works fabulously! I like to see how well the scrub works with various combinations and my personal favourite for when I am in a rush is with my body wash. When mixed with the Grounding Oil or any of the other mentioned mediums, it has to be showered off, which adds to the bath time. So when I’m in a hurry, I simply make a paste with my body wash to get a foamy scrub that I can simply rinse off.
If your skin is feeling extra dry, you could also shower first, then use the scrub mixed with the Grounding Oil and simply rinse with water. Your skin will feel like silk! Though this isn’t the right kind of weather to use the scrub this way, it is perfect for winters.
While I love roses, I am not a big fan of rose scented products because most of the times, that rose fragrance is a strong, sickeningly sweet, synthetic fragrance. I was surprised at how much I loved the rose-vetiver (khus in hindi) blend of this scrub. My nose is unable to detect any sandalwood notes however.
The scrub comes packaged in a plastic jar with a screw on lid. Since it is a salt and you have to ensure that it stays dry, I avoid carrying it with me into the shower. Instead, I take out the required quantity in a glass bowl, mix it with whatever I feel like using and take that into the shower.
Ingredients: Sea Salt 47.85%, Sodium Bicarbonate 25%, Borax 25%, Margosa extract 1%, Vetiver 0.8%, Rose 0.2%, Sandalwood Oil 0.15%.
Priced at ₹845 for 100gms.
Ananda Spa Grounding Body Oil
“A fusion of pure essential oils of sandalwood, rose and vetiver, known in India as the oils of tranquility and sensuality, blended in rich, nourishing sunflower and wheatgerm oil. The Wheatgerm oil is naturally rich in Vitamins A, D and E and also contains Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, Vitamin F, essential fatty acids, protein and minerals making it a powerful anti-oxidant with regenerative properties.
In today’s highly stressed lifestyle, this fusion of sedative oils brings calm, sensibility and normality into one’s life. it’s powerful anti-stress capabilities work holistically to bring the mind, body and soul back into balance. Best used late evening or night time. Great to bring calm to mind and body pre-interview or presentation or any stressful event. “
A versatile oil, the Ananda Spa Grounding Body Oil can be used in multiple ways. This is a lightweight yet nourishing oil and is good for pre-shower massage, post-shower moisturising (in winters especially) as well as for mixing in the Grounding Salt Scrub or any other DIY body scrub. Since it is so lightweight, it can also be used on the face though I haven’t tried that yet.
The calming nature of this oil means that it is mainly intended for use in the evenings. However, most of us with our busy, stressful lives can also do with some calming down before we leave the house to face the day’s battles, right? Surprisingly, the fragrance of this oil, while similar to that of the scrub, is milder in intensity and thus, doesn’t linger too noticeably on the body. Which is great because then it doesn’t interfere with any perfume you might want to wear. I use it as on my hands and feet each night before bed, if not the whole body, and I love the faint whiff of fragrance from my hands as I sleep. When used at night along with a scrub, it is truly a great way to de-stress and relax and of course get into a romantic mood with your skin feeling like silk….
The Ananda Spa Grounding Body Oil comes in a plastic bottle with a screw on cap and a tight inner stopper to prevent spillage. The stopper can be a bit cumbersome to open especially when you have gel nails like me. So I have transferred some of the oil into an empty bottle with a dropper which makes it very easy for me to dispense the right quantity. Even when I want to use it on my body, I just need a couple of drops from the dropper. I wish this bottle came with a pump or a dropper (like pediatric medicines) to make it easier to dispense.
Ingredients: Wheatgerm Oil 0.3%, Vetiver 0.8%, Rose 0.2%, Sandalwood Oil 0.15% and Sunflower Oil qs (Quantum Statis, meaning amount that is needed.)
Priced at ₹1,170 for 200ml.
Luxurious Ayurveda is the perfect term to describe these Ananda Spa products. After all, the spa itself is super luxurious! Both, the Grounding Body Scrub and the Grounding Body Oil are outstanding and I can see myself using the body oil more frequently in the winters, though I already use it each night on my hands and feet. While the products might seem expensive, they will last you quite a while, especially the oil, since you don’t require much per use. I only wish that the oil came with a dropper or a pump.
Have you tried any Ananda Spa products yet? Have you been to Ananda In The Himalayas? Do let me know in the comments. And hey, the Korean Sheet Mask giveaway is still on so don’t forget to click here to enter it 🙂