Muscle Relief Bath Bombs? Now, fight ailments as you shower
Cold and Flu Bath Salts, a Muscle Relief Bath Bomb and an Adult Vapour Rub? Taskeen Bassam’s medical range of handcrafted bath and beauty products sounds like a fun cocktail of self care-meets-health care packaged in a handy glass jar. And her list of essential oils ranges from a fragrant lavender (that you find in her Headache Balm) to relaxing frankincense blended into a Whipped Sleepytime Rub (to be rubbed on the soles of your feet if you have insomnia) — each oil serves a purpose to remedy an ailment.
The Bengaluru-based mother of two handcrafts each of her products while her kids are away at school. “I have a three-year-old and an eleven-month-old, so the rest of my day is pretty hectic,” says the 30-year-old. So of course, we’re bamboozled when she says, “Since I started my brand TAS in August, I have expanded my range to 75 products — that cover 11 different lines. We have lip scrubs and balms, toner/mists, masks, lotions, milk baths, bath teas, scrubs, lotion bars and medical.” She even started a selection for men inspired by a showcase at her husband’s apparel store Studio BAS. Think shaving butters that moisturise as you go and beard balms to keep that foliage slick, styled and smelling of lemongrass.
Ironically, the muse for this homegrown empire in the making began with an offhand request from her daughter, Aleena. “She wanted to try to my lip balm,” recalls Taskeen with a smile. Not wanting to give her a product riddled with chemicals or preservatives, Taskeen set out to make her own. Presently, Aleena has a delectable range to choose from, covering everything from popular favourite Nutella to Chai Coconut, Coffee and Goats Milk!
Flu remedies and beauty apart, this mompreneur tells us that her hottest seller is in fact a mosquito repellent. “I use a concoction of citronella (which keeps the mosquitoes at bay), lemon, lavender, eucalyptus and coconut oil,” she shares her recipe with no hesitation. Personally though, we can’t wait to try her peppermint-meets-activated charcoal toothpaste, which she recommends in mini doses for “instant whitening guaranteed”.
Products last three to eight months depending on ingredients. Prices: Rs 200 to Rs 800. Details: Facebook page Studio Taskeen or Whatsapp 998081-8008.
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