Review of Iraya Saffron Elixir | Comparison with Iraya Kumkumadi Oil and Kumkumadi Balm | Which one should you go for?

Hi all,
The weather is so perfect here in Bangalore nowadays, very cool and breezy and am enjoying it. Hope the weather’s good in your place too as the monsoons have started. Anyway, today I will be reviewing a product which I was using throughout the summer – Iraya Saffron Elixir. I have used many Iraya products, their hair oil, body wash, body lotion, depigmentation pack, almond skin food and the most popular Kumkumadi oil and kumkumadi balm – and not even one product have disappointed me. I would say they are total value for money. So today am going to review the Iraya Saffron Elixir and also compare it with the Kumkumadi oil and balm. Let’s jump into the details.




Product claims

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. Easily absorbed, light-weight and effective, perfect for daily use!


Sandalwood Extract (Santalum Album), Red Sanders Wood Extract (Pterocarpus Santalinus) , Manjishta Extract (Rubia Cordifolia) Vegetable Glycerine, Saffron (Crocus Sativus), Xanthan Gum,Grapefruit Seed Extract (Citrus Grandis),Phenoxtethanol.


Rs.695 for 50g.




IBeautySpy spies

Iraya Saffron Elixir is a gel-based moisturizer with a reddish-orange color. It looks and smells like some Indian dessert ????, very sweet and pleasant scent. Since am a dessert lover, the scent is so tempting for me ????. And the color of the product is just delightful.

Iraya Saffron Elixir has a thick consistency but spreads easily and gets absorbed quickly. It smooths out skin immediately, so can be used like a primer before makeup. It also soothes and cools my skin on application. There is no oiliness or stickiness thereafter. I have dry skin and so I feel the moisturisation is not enough and I apply a facial oil before applying this. But oily skin people will love this.

We all know the benefits of saffron in skincare. But till now we have only kumkumadi oils which oily skin people are little hesistant to try. Though kumkumadi oil doesn’t clog pores, it is a slightly heavy oil and can make your face appear oily. So, oily skin people who don’t want to go for kumkumadi oil can try this Iraya Saffron Elixir which is a similar formulation in gel form.

Coming to the long term effects of Iraya Saffron Elixir, it brightens skin and lightens uneven complexion and pigmentation. For dark spots and acne scars, it faded mine very slightly, not much. Maybe you need to use it for a longer period. It also made my skin soft, smooth, hydrated and so supple. The instant glow effect can be felt everyday. Whenever I apply this to office, I can feel my skin looks brighter, radiant and glowing. And when I mean glowing and radiant, it is 100%. You have to try it for yourself to see the results. Also, I observed, it minimized the fine lines on my forehead. So I would say its a good anti-aging product as well. What else can you ask for in a moisturiser? Am totally satisfied with Iraya Saffron Elixir and going to stick with it for a long time.

Now coming to the comparison, Iraya has 3 variants – this Saffron Elixir, Kumkumadi balm and Kumkumadi oil. If you are looking to specifically fade dark spots and acne scars, then Kumkumadi oil will be your best choice since it is the most concentrated form. The other two will show results slowly only. But if you are just looking for bright, radiant and glowing skin, then you can try either Saffron Elixir or Kumkumadi balm. Saffron Elixir will suit oily, combination skin types and Kumkumadi balm is for dry skin types. Or you could use Saffron Elixir as a day time moisturizer and Kumkumadi balm as a night cream. Kumkumadi oil is the most expensive one, though not as pricey as the Kama Ayurveda one. So I wouldn’t recommend going for the oil, unless you have dark spots and pigmentation issues.




Does it satisfy all its claims?

Yes, it satisfies all its claims.

What I like?

* Gel-based, light texture which gets absorbed easily.
* Doesn’t make face oily or greasy.
* Instant smoothing effect so can be used as a primer under makeup.
* Soothes irritated skin.
* Hydrates skin and makes it soft and supple.
* Brightens skin and lightens uneven skin tone.
* Gives radiant, glowing skin with regular use.
* Good anti-aging gel as its works on fine lines and wrinkles.
* Smells like some delicious Indian dessert.
* Free from parabens and silicones.
* Cruelty-free.

What I don’t like?


Would I recommend?

Yes, definitely.

Would I repurchase?

Yes, it has become one of my HG products.

Value for money?

Its pricey. But worth every rupee for the results that it gives.

Availability: You can buy online from here or here (It is currently out of stock as its their bestseller product. You can subscribe to email notification to get updated once it comes back in stock. And be sure to purchase it immediately when it is in stock. I have experienced this 3-4 times, I get notified when its in stock in big basket coupons, I wait for 3-4 days and then it goes out of stock again 🙁 )

IBeautySpy Rating: 5/5 (yes, that’s how much I loved it! )

True to what it claims, Iraya Saffron Elixir is a ‘Miraculous Elixir’ for skin. Kudos to Iraya team for coming up with such a product. If you feel Kumkumadi oil may not suit your oily skin, you can try this one. Though little expensive for the quantity provided, it is definitely worth it. I hope my comparison of this Saffron Elixir with their Kumkumadi balm and oil was helpful to you. If you need any further clarifications on which one to choose, you can comment below or mail me.

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  1. Sonali

    I would like to try this once I earn a decent amount. After going through these high end brands I realise how poor I am.

  2. Madhu

    This one looks like a must have product. I will soon order it when I empty the ones I am using. Thank you for all the comparisons and review.

    1. admin (Post author)

      Thanks Madhu 🙂

  3. Zeba Noor

    The product has such a gorgeous color! Btw never heard of this, surely gonna try it… Free from parabens, silicones, contains saffron!! What else is needed!! ????????????????

    Thanks for such a nice review..

    1. admin (Post author)

      Thank you 🙂 Do share your experience after using…

  4. sneha Rane

    Hey! How useful is this for acne prone skin?

    1. admin (Post author)

      Hi Sneha, this is good for oily skin as well as its gel based and doesn’t clog pores.

  5. Anita Singh

    Aapke review se to ye product bahut accha dikh raha hai ????????, great one

    1. admin (Post author)

      Thank you 🙂

  6. Ghazala Naseem

    Nice and detailed review , the product seems excellent , haven’t tried it yet , will check it 🙂

  7. khadija Beauty

    Wow sounds like an amazing product. The word elixir make me feel it to be a luxurious one

    1. admin (Post author)

      Yes, it is luxurious though not as pricey as Kama Ayurveda or FE. Good for starting…

  8. Sangeeta

    This sounds very effective for brightening the skin.

    1. admin (Post author)

      Yes it is, Sangeetha. Do try it…

  9. Aditi Das

    sounds like a great skin brightening product!!! I would love to try this for sure..:-)

    1. admin (Post author)

      Yes, it is. Do try it. Am sure you would love it…

  10. Nisha Malik

    Seems like a really nice product. I have tried de-pigmentation lep from the brand and it was a decent buy too. Thanks for the review.

    1. admin (Post author)

      I too tried the de-pigmentation lep and its a great product as well…

  11. Megha

    This was something i was looking for…the comparison.
    I think i can now zero down on oil and balm since i have oily skin and i was using kama and khandige ones till now

    1. admin (Post author)

      If you have oily skin, try the saffron elixir, Megha!

  12. Preeti

    Hey i have acne dark spots on forehead and cheeks but i have oily skin too… So should I go for kumkumadi oil or kumkumadi balm..?? A little confused.. Please help with what should be more Preferable….? ????

    1. admin (Post author)

      Hi, for oily skin try their saffron Elixir which is gel based. And night time you can use 2 drops of kumkumadi oil. Don’t go for the balm.

  13. Richa

    Great comparison 🙂 Even I was confused which one to go for, zeroed down on saffron elixir and have been using it for several years now, works fantastically on my combination sensitive acne -prone skin 🙂

    1. admin (Post author)

      yes, I love the saffron elixir too…

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