May 24, 2014

Iraya Saffron Elixir : Review

Iraya Saffron Elixir (Rs 695/ 50 gm), available online at,, and at Iraya Store
 in DLF Promenade in New Delhi.

Kumkumadi in a water-based gel, perfect for daily use
For Normal to Oily skin

Prescribed in Ayurveda as a ’Miraculous Elixir’ for the skin, saffron elixir is a handy gel based adaptation of Kumkumadi an absolute classic! This revered formulation contains pure Saffron and precious Ayurvedic herbs that have been relied upon through the ages to lighten and brighten the complexion.
Usage:Gently massage with fingertips onto clean, moist face and neck with upward motions, Leave it onto the skin.
Ingredients:Pure Saffron and 25 precious Ayurvedic herbs

The Iraya Saffron Elixir was a part of the gift set that I received during the Iraya Event about which I blogged HERE. The Saffron Elixir looked way too tempting to resist and I decided to start using this product just days after the event and here's my review on it.

The Iraya saffron Elixir comes in a round glass jar with a matte silver screw top cap. The packaging looks nice but I won't call it travel friendly as I am quite clumsy at handling glass jars. The contents inside are sealed with a foil and only after you tear out the foil can you get access to the product inside. I really like this part because I am always doubtful of someone having touched the product inside if it is not sealed.

The Saffron elixir is a orange colored gel, that is not wobbly but sits pretty tight. The gel takes a bit of time to get rubbed and absorbed into the skin. It does get completely absorbed though. However, post application, there is a some stickiness left behind, I don't know how to explain that. It is like you applied some glue to your face and though it is dry, your skin still feels dry and stretchy. It was quite funny the first time I used it because in the direction that I rubbed this gel on my face, my eyebrow hair got stuck on to my facial skin in a weird angle, and the eye area felt stiff. 

The gel is indeed moisturizing, and cooling for a while as well, but that weird stretchy feeling got the best of me, and I have ever since decided to use this product only as a cooling and soothing mask, for when my skin feels too irritated and wash off with cool water after a few minutes. It hydrates and cools my skin, and has never broken me out that way.

For the review, I decided to apply this gel on a very dry portion of my hand and show you through a picture how well it moisturizes. The instructions on the jar says that it can be applied and left on to the face, whereas in my case, I would never again dare to do that because of the irritating stretchy feeling it leaves behind. 

Since I use it as a mask , in a way that I mentioned above, apart from the hydration part, it does not do anything miraculous for my skin as is claimed (lightened and brightened skin!).
Overall, The Iraya Saffron Elixir has not lived up to its claims as I tested on my skin, and therefore I don't recommend it for any of the claims that the company puts up. I use it as a mask, on my irritated skin days and it works well that way. However, I'm sure I can find a better product for my specific need within that price range and therefore this gets a big thumbs down from me!

*Press Sample

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