Get Your Paws On These Organic Skincare Products For Pampered Pooches

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Skin Sense has locally produced, handmade, organic-certified products designed specifically for doggies.

A Dog’s Life

For Bangalorean Payal Sarda Rajendran, who trained in soap making in New York, her devotion to pet Labrador Neo was the inspiration for a line of natural, vegan cosmetics for dogs. Her first product — a hypoallergenic shampoo containing coconut, neem, olive and castor oils — was developed specifically for Neo’s skin issues, but was so popular with his city-based groomer that it was tweaked and developed for use on other dogs.

The range now has two kinds of shampoo {Cooling & Healing, or Anti Tick & Flea}, which are free from artificial colours, fragrances, parabens and alcohol. They contain USDA-certified organic ingredients, many of which are from South Indian farms, making them particularly suitable for pets with sensitive skin. Cold-pressed massage oils are another staple of the range, designed to take pet pampering to a whole new level. Apart from calming and anti-flea, there’s also an oil specifically for pain relief, which harnesses the power of ginger, peppermint and marjoram essential oils, and is particularly good for keeping older pets with conditions like arthritis comfortable, according to Payal.

Pucker Up

More in the way of alternative therapy is available in the form of Golden Paste – a mixture of coconut and turmeric which has anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial properties, useful for naturally treating ear infections, yeast and fungal infections. For something a bit more indulgent, Skin Sense also has patented paw balm and snout butter. Yup, that’s right. That’s essentially lip balm and foot/hand cream, but for your four-legged friend. The former has organic shea butter as a key ingredient while the latter uses patented organic vitamin E oil.

Good Enough For Two

If, like us, you like the sound of the range, you’ll be happy to know that Skin Sense also has a similarly luxurious line of organic, natural and vegan cosmetics for humans. It includes lip balm, shaving gel, hair oil, face masks and an amazing aloe vera gel which we swear by. So there’s no excuse for not pampering yourself a bit, too.

Where: Wags & Wiggles Pet Salon & Spa, Koramangala; Tail Lovers Company, Markham Road & Indiranagar; Cessna Lifeline Veterinary Hospital, Domlur; Online at

Price: INR 199 upwards

Contact: +91 9900173941

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A freelance writer and social media consultant, Maegan came to India for a short term project in 2010, but never left. For the last three years she's been living in Bangalore with her husband and cat, and can usually be found baking, reading children's books or writing about the city she now calls home.