The early days....
Our very first conversation was what feels like ages ago in a London restaurant on one of Tejal's visits back from the US. We had met years beforehand on the trading floor of a US bank and had bonded over our obsession with beauty products.
We loved the natural, holistic approach..
It wasn’t until I was in Jodhpur for Tejal's wedding that I experienced some incredible Indian wellness rituals firsthand and became enthralled by Ayurveda. That was when I saw the opportunity to bring these time-honoured traditions to modernity in a way that would complement the stressful lives we lead. We were aware of the incredible benefits of Ayurveda’s beauty and wellness traditions but hadn’t found anything that suited our lifestyles or captured our imaginations. So, we decided to figure it out ourselves!
So Malavara began..
We have been hands on at literally every step. Our initial research trip to India was for 4 weeks, where we met with Ayurvedic experts, visited yoga centres and checked out the products in department stores and boutiques to try and understand what modern India expects from beauty products. Back home, we spent months sourcing everything ourselves: we visited trade shows for packaging and factories for bottles; we travelled to Grasse in France to visit perfume factories and worked with an expert to develop our fragrance; we followed numerous recommendations in our quest to find our brand designer and became experts in fonts, colours and typeface. We have taught ourselves about some weird and wonderful things, from how to formulate a body lotion to how design a website to a rudimentary knowledge of European import/ export laws. Not forgetting of course, the complex task of understanding principles and rituals of Ayurveda.
But that's just part of the story - Ayurvedic Rituals...
What is Ayurvedic beauty all about?
As if that's not enough - Ayurvedic rituals...
We believe in our mantra of beauty through wellbeing. We genuinely believe we are delivering something that’s different from the typical hair and bodycare offering and highly relevant to our chemical-laden modern lifestyles. We believe in the power of our rituals and products. We haven’t seen any other beauty or personal care companies with ‘How to Use’ sections that are as elaborate as the Ritual tabs on each of our product pages. Most brands are solely focused on product, but with hair and body care especially, the ritual truly activates the product and maximizes its potential benefits.
Our focus on quality and tradition has kept our product line minimal, offering the most necessary and pure products to compliment you in your rituals.
Hair Elixir - Undo the stripping effects of washing, colouring and styling, by oiling, massaging and wrapping. It’s hair care - Ayurveda style. The Ultra Luxuriant Hair Elixir is an Ayurvedic hair oil that makes hair grow stronger, thicker and silkier by nourishing strands from root to end.
Body Oil - A dry body oil spray with a citrusy woody aroma that sprays on a silky-light blend of nutrient-rich Moringa and Apricot kernel oils for replenished, nourished skin that turns heads and smells amazing.
Lotion - Heal, hydrate and soften your skin naturally with creamy Kokum butter and juicy Aloe Vera, blended with an elixir of fragrant essential oils to make you smell as good as you feel as good as you look.
Body and Hand Wash - A non-stripping, gentle cleanser that hydrates and conditions with plant-oil humectants and an elixir of fragrant essential oils including cardamom, baies rose, bergamot, orange, mandarin, lemon, clary sage, vetiver, patchouli and cedarwood. No sulfates, phthalates, parabens or synthetic dyes.
So which are our favourites?
Tejal: Ultra Luxuriant Hair oil: I had regular hair oil massages throughout my Indian childhood and really noticed the nourishing effects fall away when I moved abroad to study in my teens and abandoned the ritual. A long battle with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) brought me back to oiling and now the thick silky hair of my teens is steadily returning with the help of our supercharged Hair Elixir. Check out the powerful natural ingredients we use in this product here
Alix: Lime Vetiver Dry Silk Body oil. Since childhood I have been a swimmer and have always had dry skin from the effect of the chlorine and chemicals in the pool. Discovering Body oils has been a game changer for me: they are so much more hydrating than lotions, and are generally natural too, so I know I am avoiding putting even more chemicals onto my skin, which is crucial for a leave-on product. Now that I am training to be an Aromatherapist, I sometimes make my own and add in a few drops of one of my essential oils, depending on what extra boost I am after on the day.
And another thing close to our hearts...
Female child education and conversation in India are two causes that are very close to our hearts. We have a tree-planting project we support in Nashik, India and we pay for the schooling of 10 young girls at the Kanyashala Trust School in Mumbai.
Oh, and one last thing...
we wish we looked this young now :)