My previous post was on the journey of Jhelum Biswas Bose. In the interview, she’d told me how she’d thought of using the title, “Miss J” to name her brand – a tribute to her nickname amongst colleagues at Harper’s Bazaar. “It was my way of giving back to the company that taught me so much,” she says, “but, I stuck to Jhelum Loves because I felt the masses would relate to it better.”
Well. I personally think the nickname packs a real punch, as do the good things in small packages that Jhelum loves (now you get it); and wants others to benefit from as well.
What Jhelum Loves – for what Thinking Totty Needs.
There’s a reason why I call myself a ‘thinking totty’ – I think, which is fabulous, I think too deeply, which can be understandable. But then, my deep thinking becomes overthinking, when the intensity of the thinking is totally out of context. As a result, I tend to tie myself up in knots, beat myself up about things out of my control; and consequently upset myself. I poured my heart out to Jhelum, condensing an autobiographical monologue as much as I could to fit the duration of our meeting.
Like a kindly fairy godmother, Jhelum separated my wants from my needs, and made the necessary additions to the products I now consider indispensible to my regime.
The Jhelum Loves Purifier (Facewash)
This contains pure honey, lemon essential oil and crab apple Bach Flower Remedy (BFR). It has a gel-like consistency, and you can see beads of tea-tree oil floating in the bottle. Honey and lemon are great as antibacterial cleansing agents, having an effective impact on acne and acne scars; in conjunction with the tea-tree. The crab apple BFR is for invasive feelings of negativity and diminished feelings of self-love/pride, which in turn increase reactivity to surrounding situations, I was told.
To complement this, and based on my heart-to-heart with Jhelum, my face wash has walnut BFR, for serenity during and protection from tumultuous effects of change – be they controllable or uncontrollable ones. There’s also olive BFR, for relief from exhaustion, and star of Bethlehem BFR, for allieviation from distress and an increased sense of comfort.
I recall I texted Jhelum immediately after using it for the first time. As soon as I’d applied the face wash, I felt like someone had rested a comforting hand on my forehead and pulled my face in for a hug. I even exclaimed with an, “Aaaaaaaah!” so loud, it alarmed my husband and my feisty Shih-Tzu on the other side of the bathroom door.
The facewash foams well, and leaves a squeaky-clean radiance on the face. If your daily routine causes dust, dirt, grime, or sweat to accumulate on your face, this Purifier will leave you asking for more. Don’t get too over-excited chasing that squeaky-clean feeling though. As much as I love the sensation myself, I’ve found it increases the propensity for sensitivity and redness.
One month in, I notice a dramatic change in the general cleanliness, smoothness, and illumination on my face. In fact, people were complimenting me, even when I’d only used it for a week. You don’t need more than a squeeze of the bottle per application, so even this tiny bottle goes a long way – and is worth every penny of the INR 475/- I paid.
The Jhelum Loves Rejuvenator (Face Oil)
Out of the products I tried, this one was my absolute favourite! And this is coming from someone squeamish about using face oils. To say that I’m obsessed with it would be an understatement, and I’ve to fight off the temptation to apply this more than twice a day. The oil comes in a cute dropper-style bottle, which ensures you don’t squeeze out more oil than you need. A drop is enough, really. I use it primarily at night, right before bed-time. In the past month though, I’ve been carrying it around in my bag to keep at bay the inevitable dryness London weather induces, with its oscillating nature. Still, stick to night-time application.
It’s a lifesaver. The general sense of wellbeing it imparts, not to mention the radiance again (possibly because of the geranium essential oil) is unbelievable. The odour is pleasant, and it’s not a heavy/greasy/sticky oil at all. The holly BFR is to help revive feelings of self-love, and make the mind and soul more inviting for Divine Love. Mine also has cypress, for its skin tightening properties. This is a great option to try if you’re looking for something effective to replace that super-expensive serum you’re using right now; although I’m sure that has its own benefits, of course. I’m a face oil convert, and at INR 775/-, a very happy customer.
The Jhelum Loves Soothsayer (Face Mist)
Fellow Rosacea victims, and all ye of the generally high-strung disposition – when told to calm down, use this! The lavender essential oil in it makes for an instant hit of soothing freshness. The hornbeam BFR will work for you, if you’re struggling to cope with daily pressures and feel you need a boost of mental, if not physical energy. Spray on, and crack on. This handy travel companion costs INR 475/-.
The Jhelum Loves Divinity (Face Cream)
Jhelum’s pamphlet uses words like “creme brûlée,” and “custard” to describe this cream. I agree! It’s light, has a softly decadent fragrance, and is cooling on application. The aloe gel, saffron, rose, and vanilla essential oils work in perfect tandem, resulting in a very obviously clear, glowing, well moisturised, and almost translucent complexion, with daily, diligent use. Like the other products, it comes in a small tub, but at INR 950/- it works faster and better than the bigger, fancier bottles you’re picking up at your local drugstore, for the same price.
In addition to these, and moreso as a conclusion to my personal conversation with Jhelum, I was recommended two more products by her:
- A specially customised Massage Oil, aimed at dissolving blockages in my Heart and Throat chakra a.
- A Tonic-Style Remedy, a few drops of which I take in a cool glass of water daily. Besides the crab apple, olive, and holly BFRs, it has cherry plum BFR to help me control emotional outbursts and an occasionally volcanic temper; and white chestnut to calm the precipitating worrying thoughts. There’s also vervain BFR, to prevent self-combustion at the hands of my own passionate demenaour. Totally relate to this one.
I massage the chakra oil as instructed by Jhelum. I muse definitely be a vervain personality, for this remedy serves as an instant pick-me-up. Since I take ACV and Ayurvedic concoctions when I wake up, I save this for late morning/early afternoon. I’ve gotten used to a general heaviness on my temples, which I didn’t realise until this remedy took care of it.
It could be the massage oil, or it could be me getting old, but I’m generally more placid and physically ‘settled’ on a daily basis; as opposed to the panic-stricken Energiser Bunny I was, until not too long ago. I also feel the need to justify myself less, and internally, there’s no urgency to do so either. This is an astounding and a rather quick, if not sudden development.
Here’s a picture of me, after using these products for a little over a month, taken in direct sunlight. If you’ve been following my beauty posts, bear in mind I’d forgotten to pack my daily arsenal of ACV and honey on my London trip; nor did I feel the need to buy any there, thanks to these products.
I’ve always been a brisk, happy person, inspite of people and circumstances. For a while now, I’ve struggled to revert to that original state of mind. I have to say, meeting Jhelum was no coincidence.
Thanks to her, it feels good to be back.
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