We’ve officially spent a good three months in lockdown and only with the bare essentials. That’s a huge achievement considering there are no salon visits, no extra Vitamin C bottles, and no Insta-worthy gel nails. We are now embracing our natural hair colour, loving home pedicures, and making sure the nearest face mask is in our fridge. Thankfully, the time has come to move from bare essentials to the beauty brands that have started delivering to a few select cities and towns.
We made a list of beauty brands that are now delivering to you.
The Crowd-Favourite: Nykaa
The number one beauty destination in India is now delivering across certain pin codes. That means all your grooming products in one place and a few interesting oils and masks for indulgence. Log in to the website and put in your pin code, and the app tells you whether they deliver to you. But remember, perks come with a price so unlike before, shipping is not completely free.
Any order less than Rs 1,000 comes with universal shipping charges of Rs 99. Considering all your beauty needs are in one place, that hardly seems like an issue, right? The con: offers on luxury products and big discounts have dwindled, so it’s about making the most out of what you got.
What to pick up: A big bottle of Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair and the Kama Ayurveda Organic Hair Colour Kit, and even your daily stash of Vitamin C, thanks to Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate.
Basic and Affordable: Amazon
The country’s sweet spot for everything affordable and budget-friendly – Amazon is now delivering a little more than essentials. Shampoos, hair colour, grooming and skincare products, but not full-fledged makeup and discounted luxury labels yet. The deliveries are also few and far in between. The delivery dates are not specific to a day or two, so your order might come anytime between 7 days to a week.
Luxe Essentials: Bath & Body Works
Things that get your spirits up high at a time like this are beautiful candles with excellent ingredients. When we say candles, can Bath & Body Works be far behind? The label once again surprises us with amazing discounts on candles, hand sanitisers, mists, hand soaps, and shower gels. Look out for their Aromatherapy range and their new Gingham range; both come with amazing aromas, ingredients, and beautiful packaging.
Clean Beauty Stop: Sublime Life
Clean beauty is the need of the hour, and that means that we are looking at niche brands that are making a mark. If trying out new clean labels and indulging in vegan and cruelty-free options is your thing, then Sublime Beauty should be on your speed dial. The new and upcoming online store is now delivering only essentials – from shampoos to sanitisers to body washes and hand soaps, there are a few interesting indie labels to choose from. Here are a list of essentials, they are shipping.
The Farm to Face Beauty: RAS Luxury Oils
If you, like us, are a big fan of the handcrafter RAS luxury oils, this is the time to indulge in their award-winning products. The products range from facial oils (The Infinity oil is a must-try) to mists to their face rollers and even their new lip balm. The label, despite all odds, is operating with limited staff under WHO guidelines and sanitation. The products are shipped from Raipur, so there could be a slight delay due to slower shipping. The label has donated their sanitisers to local clinics and AIIMs, and the local communities around them. And with every order, you get their Tea Tree and Lavender hand sanitiser free.
The Next Big Beauty Destination: Boddess Beauty
The new and exciting beauty space has a few interesting labels and a whole lot of social media support. Throughout these hard times, this space keeps its Instagram interesting with fun beauty tips and pro skincare ideas. From skin care to body care and hair care, this online e-tailer has you covered. Pick from labels like Laneige, Innisfree, Pure Sense, and The Body Shop. What we loved were the affordable brands and well, the freebies (our order had a few interesting pouches and samples included in it, hoorah!).
The Discerning Beauty Stash: Purearth
The most luxe products on earth delivered to you in just the right time. Our sustainable pick this season is, of course, Purearth. The brand just started deliveries all over India and globally too. We love the label because its clean skincare and wellness are rooted in ancient Ayurvedic wisdom, resulting in contemporary products. The label is vegan, cruelty-free, fair trade, and ticks all the boxes in sustainability in a jiffy. Born in the Himalayas, it is all about wild harvests, great ingredients, and simple products.
Try their newest Kwansha gua sha coin, and you will be surprised how your skin will love it. The patent-pending alloy of high grade, purified copper, and tin comes with healing properties while balancing the bioelectric, magnetic, and energetic prana fields of our body. It firms, lifts, tones, and gives your skin a beautiful glow. If you have ever wondered how indulgent the products are, pick up a few, and experience the true power of minimal, clean beauty.
India’s most popular e-commerce site is now open for beauty essentials and with Mantra all checks are in place. Protective masks and personal care items are on priority and there is contactless delivery, multiple checks, temperature checks, safe packaging and mandatory sanitisation. The site is right now only taking pre-paid orders only. With men and women’s essentials are available – but most importantly, grooming tools are now up for delivery which is a relief. That means, hair trimmers, beard trimmers and grooming kits.
India’s largest retail destination for personal grooming, Health & Glow is known for affordable and budget-friendly options. Now, during Covid, they have decided to deliver personal essentials and we’re glad. The site is updated with the latest grooming essentials for men alongside oral health care products (much needed at this point) and shower essentials.