Wednesday, 9 May 2012

My Online Shopping experience with Soulflower India and Shopping Haul

Hello Friends!
Recently during surfing the Soulflower India website, I checked their special offers section and found there was a Romantic Weekend offer where flat 50% discount was given on:
-Rose Geranium Soap Bar
-Roseship Oil
-Rose Geranium Bath Salt.
Earlier I wanted to buy several products from their site, but could not do so as they did not offer COD service to my place. This time I purchased many things using my Net Banking service and got all the stuff within 4 days.

About Soulflower:
Surround yourself with the beauty of contemporary handmade design.
Choose from our handcrafted range of aromatic candles, hand moulded ceramics, artificial flowers & natural handmade spa products.
You can mix & match to create unique one of a kind gift baskets for your friends & family.
Light up your home, render it beautiful &unique, an atmosphere you will love to live in!

Artificial Flowers
Create your own sense of style. Choose from our abundant mix & match range. Transform any space into a virtual bouquet of flowers or ask our flower specialist to help you create a one of its kind floral fantasy.

Aroma Candles
Soulflower candles are made with the finest natural wax & essential oils, available in tantalizing aromas

Essential Oil Potpourri & Sachets
Fill your desired space with a choice of aromas
Walk in the Woods
Orange Sunlight
Very Berry
Fresh cut Lemongrass

Handmade Ceramics

Oil diffusers
Candle holders
Tea light holders
Potpourri holders
Incense stick holders
Incense cone holders
Aroma oil dispensing flower containers
Aroma diffuser gift sets

Natural Handmade Spa Products
100% vegetarian& vegan soaps, body butters, massage oils, bath salts, essential oils, carrier oils, salt scrubs and many more

Natural spa ingredients
The enormous wealth of natural eco-systems makes a botanical treasure trove. The medicinal qualities of much of abundant plant life have, for centuries, formed the backbone of health & beauty therapy throughout this exotic continent.
Soulflower uses these ancient herbal remedies to make its range of Spa at home products.
SOULFLOWER makes effective products out of fresh fruit and vegetables &the finest essential oils without animal ingredients.
SOULFLOWER is firmly committed to a policy which not only precludes testing its products and ingredients on animals, but also uses a part of the revenue for the care and treatment of street animals. Thus providing a better and healthier life for them. This policy is unique in its field and is the Soulflower proactive way of living.

We Believe:
No Animal Testing
Stopping all animal testing is something Soulflower cares passionately about. We have worked towards this for years and been at the forefront of the campaigns to prevent cruel, unnecessary testing. We believe that there is no way to justify testing cosmetics or any of their ingredients on animals.
Handmade& Fresh
All products made at SOULFLOWER, are made by hand. The soaps are hand poured into moulds and hand cut. All ingredients used are procured fresh and used as soon as possible.

How to use our Spa Products?
Soulflower soap comes in large bar sizes; you should cut how much you need,and store the unused soap in a cool dry place. This way you can make your soap last for a long time.Keep the soap in a soap dish, so that water drains away & the soap is dry when not in use. Does not contain artificial hardeners & preservatives.  Store in a cool dry place for longer shelf life.

Bath Salts
Add just 2 capfuls in your warm bath for a well balanced nutrition & moisture for the skin. Or dip a towel in a tub of bath salts & hot water & place over aching muscles. 

Massage Oil
Use as an all over body massage oil or add a few drops to warm bath water. The rich blend of jojoba, olive & rice bran oil stimulate blood circulation & improve the circulatory & toxic removal system of the body, while sesame oil is excellent for body ache. Vitamin E easily permeates into the skin leaving it radiant & healthy from the inside.
Aroma Massage Techniques
Pressure point massage
Why not make sure you've released some tension and stress by discovering pressure point massage therapy.
By applying acupressure and massage-like techniques to the feet or hands, you can positively influence all other parts of the body with reflexology.

Essential Oil
Add a few drops of essential oil to a cotton ball and place it in closets and drawers to scent linens and repel moths and insects.
Place a few drops of essential oil on a wet cloth or dryer sheet to deodorize and freshen your laundry.
Diffuse essential oil in Soulflower ceramic oil burner to set the mood for a social gathering.
Add few drops of essential oil to bath water to calm your mind, body, and spirit after a hard day’s work.
Add few drops to Soulflower potpourri to enjoy aroma.

Because essential oils are so concentrated, it is usually best to dilute them with a neutral carrier oil, such as grapeseed, wheatgerm, hazelnut, avocado, sweet almond, jojoba, coconut or olive, to avoid irritating the skin. Add 1 or 2 drops of essential oil to a teaspoon of your chosen carrier oil & blend well. Do not use directly on skin. Please consult with physician before use. 

Carrier Oil
Blend carrier oil with a few drops of any Soulflower essential oil & use as desired For best results use 1 to 5% essential oils say about 5 drops essential oil in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil.

There is a range of different carrier oils, each with a various therapeutic properties. Choosing an oil will depend on the area being massaged, the presenting conditions & the clients sensitivity & requirements.

For massage, viscosity is a major consideration; for eg grapeseed oil is typically very thin, while wheatgerm oil is much thicker. Avocado & hazelnut have viscosities midway between these extremes. Carrier oils can be easily blended to combine their properties of viscosity, acceptability, lubrication, absorption, aroma & so forth.

Blend your chosen carrier oil with a few drops of Soulflower essential oil & use as desired! For best results use 1 to 5% essential oils. 

How to use our Decor Products?
We use natural thai clay that has high HRA (heat retaining agent) property,Which means that our diffusers are stronger, don’t discolour & don’t absorb aromas.In addition, our diffusers are heavier & thicker, thus can withstand more heat.So, you can use them for a long long time. Enjoy with different Aromas! 

Trim the wick slightly before use.Do not keep unattended burning candle.Burn In a closed room and out of air draft for maximum aroma & longer life.

Open the potpourri and fill in a bowl or any container.Or,punch a few holes in the potpourri bag and enjoy the aroma. 

Every Soulflower flower can be molded and twisted to attain the desired look in your choice of display. Clean with a dry cloth.
 You can register with their site and get a coupon worth Rs 150 for shopping.

You can check out their blog HERE 
You can Join their Loyalty programme where you get Soul points with each purchase. These points are redeemable.

Register at their site and get a coupon worth Rs 150 instantly.

Once you enter their site, you can view several horizontal tabs. After clicking the tabs , you get the sub categories mentioned under them. All products are divided into the following sections:

 -SPA-This section is sub divided into:

 >Bath Salt

>Massage Oil

>Essential Oil

>Carrier Oil

>Gift Set

-DECOR-It has the following subcategories:




>Gift Set:

-MAKE YOUR OWN SOAP-Here you can choose your own ingredients and make personalized soaps. Its a fun-filled activity which is open only on invitation.

-MOODS-It has categorized products based on different moods.

-SKIN-This section has categorized products based on different skin types.

-OFFERS-This section has subcategories like:
>Special Offers

>Gift Vouchers

>Gift Ideas
There are some useful topics mentioned in the website too:



One can add up several products by clicking the tab given 'Add to Cart' beneath each product. Once you are done with adding up products to your cart, click the option 'BAG' at the upper right corner. You can view your whole cart and then click on 'Check Out' option to place an order.

Several payment options are available for shopping.COD Service is also available at several cities. Do click on the state you belong to and then check the pin code they cover under COD. They do not offer COD to my place :( Hope they will add up my place under COD soon. However for availing COD Service, Rs 50 extra will be charged. One gets free shipping on minimum purchase of products worth Rs 250.After confirming your order, click on the option 'MY ACCOUNT' at the upper right corner to view your current order status and list of previous orders placed. You get the invoice in your mail box too. I really loved their range of soaps and bath salts and intend to purchase again from this site.

Plus Points:
>Wide range of Spa products are available under one platform.
>Every now and then, they have some offer going on.
>You get coupon worth Rs 150 on registering.
>Products based on different skin types and moods are available to cater to everyone's needs.
>No harmful preservatives, additives, colors are added in their products.
>Their products are organic and made up of high quality natural ingredients.
>They have wide range of payment option available- Net Banking, Credit Card, Debit Card, COD etc.
>They offer COD to several places in India.
>I liked their colorful website a lot.
>They offer Free shipping on minimum purchase of products worth Rs 250, which I find quite reasonable.
>You can check the status of your order under' My Accounts' section.
>I got my parcel within 4 days.
>The customer care is quite responsible and helpful.
>Several health benefits and tips are mentioned in their site.
>Several gift sets are also available which can be gifted to family and friends.
>Gift vouchers of different amount are also available which can be purchased and given to winners of blog giveaways or to your friends and family.
>They do not conduct animal testing.
>Their products are free from animal ingredients.
>Till now I have used their 'Sandalwood Geranium Shampoo Bar, 'Hair Conditioner Bar; and 'Watermelon bath salts’. I Liked each and every product, just I have mixed feelings towards their hair conditioner bar though.

Minus Points:
>They offer COD service in few selected cities.
>They charge Rs 50 extra if you avail COD Service.
>They do not accept payment by all debit cards operated in India.
>Considering the quantity provided, I feel some products are overpriced.
>Body butter is only available with gift sets and cannot be purchased separately.
>The 'Make Your Own Soap' section is open only on invitation. :( Hope to get invitation soon. :p
>The special offer gets over within few days always. :(
>I have received my order, but still my order status is showing 'Pending'  in the 'My Account' section.
>I feel few products do not serve the purpose as mentioned. For E.g- Their Hair conditioner bar did not condition my hair at all, rather my hair was frizzy and I had to use another conditioner to tame it down.(Review coming up soon)

Will I shop again from their site? I have seen several sites these days are stocking up Soulflower products and selling them at good discounts but their stock is not that good.So if I do not find any other site with good stock and great discount I will continue shopping from Soulflower India site.

My Shopping Haul:

Guys do enter my First International Giveaway to win several makeup goodies and a Soulflower Coupon worth Rs 350.Check HERE 

Which product would you like to be reviewed first on my blog?

p.s I used the coupon code worth Rs 150 given at the time of signing up.