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It’s a good, chunky bath bar. It’s also natural, made by hand and does minimal harm to the environment. The packaging’s the same – It’s one piece of cardboard that is wrapped around the soap, it’s biodegradable, the inks are safer than the normal ones we are used to seeing and the branding is enhanced by embossing it right onto the pack. Read more about it here on their site.

What I liked more was that the site also gave some genuinely good tips on how to reuse the packaging. Use it to store earrings and small knick-knacks. Or (my favourite) pop it into your linen drawer. I’d also cut it into long strips and use them as bookmarks. Mark your favourite poem with a favourite fragrance. La.

Meet Arrev on FB here. Buy Areev here.

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It’s the vintage green, chocolate brown and white combo that had me flat. That, and the fact, that this is packed and manufactured in a very Anglo-Indian part of Bangalore – Langford Town.

Showing a neatly starched, crisp white shirt on the cover ensures the bais know what this is used for. The powder within is held in a thin plastic pouch, ensuring reusability without too much fuss.

The packaging is thin cardboard and looks like it’ll melt into the ground the minute it’s discarded. Friendly.

Pic: Pii.

Available: At Nilgiris, Brigade Road, Bangalore.

When what you pack inside is colour-blocked Channapatna toys, then what you pack it with should look just as traditional, contemporary and young as what’s within. N’est pas?

Order one here to receive this lovely box with lovelier things inside.

Picture courtesy: The Varnam FB page.

It’s a big waste of money and a bigger  waste of paper. But hell, it’s a wedding and you only get married a coupla times, so go ahead and make at least one of them special :)

p.s – Templetree. This place is what a friend and I dreamt of doing when we were in college. Sigh.

Picture from their FB page here.

Yay! A brand new boutique filled with handbags and accessories. And they love detailing as much as we do.

From the carefully chosen pieces and well-crafted bags featured here on their FB page to the really cool owners (Jayanti & Zeeshan Rehman) TLB can only get better.

Visit their site here and like them here.

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