One good thing that has come out of this pandemic is that a lot of Indians have realized the power of Ayurveda and our native spices. Be it the ubiquitous “Corono Kadha” or the Ashwagandha and Turmeric capsules that a lot of us have been consuming, it is great that we are revisiting our ancient medicinal practices and realizing their efficacy in the modern context. Turmeric is one such ingredient that is a quintessential part of every Indian household. It is a powerful antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory agent, which is why its consumption helps the body fight against a variety of infections. But did you know that 30 different species of turmeric exist in India? Out of these, white Kasturi Manjal or wild white turmeric, also known as musk turmeric, is considered the most effective for topical skincare.
The Shesha Beauty White Kasturi Manjal, is your chance to experience this ingredient at its purest. Here is my review of the product.
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What Is The Shesha Beauty White Kasturi Manjal?
The Shesha Beauty White Kasturi Manjal contains 100% pure white musk turmeric in powdered form. Musk turmeric is a variety of turmeric that is creamish in colour, unlike the other kinds of turmeric whose rhizome is yellow from the inside. This species of turmeric is considered superior for topical skincare applications because it does not sting or stain the skin. According to my research, the test of purity of this ingredient is that it should have a musky scent instead of a pungent turmeric scent and should not stain the skin at all. The Shesha Beauty White Kasturi Manjal passes this test with flying colours.
Unfortunately, there are very few cultivators of this variety of turmeric at this point, which has made pure Musk Turmeric a rare ingredient. So, when you pick up a jar of this product, you will also be playing a part in preventing a species from going extinct.
What Does The Shesha Beauty White Kasturi Manjal Do For The Skin
The Shesha Beauty White Kasturi Manjal is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. When used as a face mask (mixed in with water, rose water or curd as per your preference), it will soothe your skin, brighten it and calm any active acne. With repeated use, it will add a glow to your face and will also prevent breakouts due to its antibacterial properties.
Because it does not stain the skin or tingle on the skin, it should suit all skin types in my opinion. However, a patch test is always recommended before using any skincare product for the first time.
I feel that those with oily and acne-prone skin can benefit the most from this product.
Shesha Beauty White Kasturi Manjal vs Shesha Beauty Yellow Kasturi Manjal
Shesha beauty also has a Yellow Kasturi Manjal which contains yellow wild turmeric. The key difference between that variant and the White Kasturi Manjal is that the former stains the skin yellow while this one does not. With the yellow Kasturi Manjal, the stain fades on its own overnight or can be easily removed with a mild cleanser. With the white Kasturi Manjal, there is no staining at all. Also, the yellow Kasturi Manjal may not suit those with sensitive skin, as I have heard that some people experience a tingling sensation with it even though I personally do not. The yellow variant also contains orange and lemon extracts which may not suit everyone.
The Shesha Beauty White Kasturi Manjal is 100% white musk turmeric with no other ingredients. It is milder, and will therefore suit a broader range of skin types. I personally prefer using the yellow Kasturi Manjal as a spot treatment on active acne and the White Kasturi Manjal all over the face as a brightening face mask.
Price and Availability
Since the Shesha Beauty White Kasturi Manjal is made from a rare ingredient, it is slightly more expensive than the yellow variant. It is priced at INR 799 for a 50gm jar that should last you for months if stored properly. You can also use my coupon code MRINALINI to get 15% off on this product which makes it a sweet deal. I will highly recommend this face mask if you are struggling with dull and irritated or acne-prone skin. The brand has a limited stock of the product, so head over to Shesha Beauty to pick your jar now!