Forest Essentials Ayurvedic Herb Enriched Head Massage Oil Japapatti Review

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We all know the importance of a good oil champi! So let’s talk about a hair oil today.

Forest Essentials Ayurvedic Herb Enriched Head Massage Oil Japapatti Review

Price: Rs 1195 for 200 ml

Product Description:
Rich Coconut Milk with pure Coconut Oil infused with Hibiscus and Japapatti leaf infusions is highly beneficial for thickening and restoring shine. While the oil penetrates deep into the hair follicle, the herbs soak easily into the scalp, ensuring that the hair is well nourished, glossy and lush.
This Japapatti Head Massage Oil contains Sesame & Coconut oils which have been used since ancient times documented in the Vedas or ancient Indian texts. Nourishing properties of these oils with essential vitamins and fatty acids are quickly absorbed into the skin and make the head deeply relaxed and also help balance the body’s energy flow. The Hibiscus flower and herbs including Brahmi, Lodha, Amla and Reetha help to improve hair growth, quality and colour.

My Take on Forest Essentials Ayurvedic Herb Enriched Head Massage Oil Japapatti:

The oil comes in a simple plastic bottle. It’s leakproof but I still find it a little bulky for travelling. I bought it online and there was just one size available, so a travel size is doubtful. It smells of coconut, not that strong though as it has a hint of some warm smokey smell too. That’s what I could make out!


The oil looks pale green in the bottle but comes out clear when you apply it. The directions say that you have to warm it a little before use. What the directions do NOT mention is that you should shake it before use. There is some kind of black powdery-fumey thing that settles down at the bottom of the bottle, which gets dissolved the moment you shake it. I like seeing those black fumes getting dissolved in oil :P. But I noticed it after 2 uses!

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Now for the longest period of time, I have used only homemade concoctions of oils as I don’t like using just one plain, simple oil for hair. I take coconut oil/olive oil as the base oil and add whatever I want! But last month I went to mom’s place for a week and saw her using this. I used it, liked it and bought it! The ingredient list has some really good things your hair will love, but the base is coconut oil. Japa is hibiscus, so the main ingredient is hibiscus leaves and I have heard some great things about hibiscus in haircare.

The oil is light in consistency, lighter than your Dabur coconut oils and heavier than the Bajaj almonds drop oil. I warm it a little and apply focusing on the roots, massaging for 15 minutes or more. The oil absorbs real quick; you almost feel like your scalp is drinking up the oil! I ended up using too much when I first used this. I think people with dry scalp won’t like this oil much. I like it for being lightweight as it absorbs nicely as I said and washes off quickly too. You know how with some oils, you have to shampoo again and again; I feel what is the point of oiling when your hair has to go through that rigorous, endless washing. I does more harm than good, right? Post washing, I do need a conditioner as my wavy/curly hair needs some extra moisture at the ends.


One thing I have noticed is that my hair is less frizzy and much tamed after drying. That’s the best thing about this oil I guess. My curls look more soft and defined (yeah that sounds weird but that’s true!). And I have to say that it DOES add a little shine to hair, not that glossy shine but a healthy shine. It has definitely worked on hairfall too, though I don’t suffer from grave hairfall condition. So if you want an oil solely for hairfall cure, this is not for you. My hair feels smoother and looks healthier; when I say healthier, it means it doesn’t look straw-like damaged, which it usually looks when I don’t use the oil. A friend yesterday told me that my hair looks thicker and asked what special I have been doing. So I don’t know whether it’s the oil or some other blessing showered on my hair! I have been using this for a month now and my hair returned to its usual state (dry, frizzy), when I skipped this once pre-washing. But that was just after a couple of uses. So I’ll get back to you on its long-term uses.

This is not some miracle oil; it doesn’t target any particular hair issue per se. But I believe it is a good hair potion for the overall health of your hair.

Good Things about Forest Essentials Ayurvedic Herb Enriched Head Massage Oil Japapatti:

• Simple packaging.
• A great ingredient list
• A light oil that absorbs well.
• Makes hair smooth post washing, tames frizz up to a good extent.
• Imparts a healthy shine; hair looks healthier after every use.
• Washes off easily; hair does not appear limp after wash.
• No strong smell.

Not-so-Good Things about Forest Essentials Ayurvedic Herb Enriched Head Massage Oil Japapatti:

• Priced on the higher side.
• Doesn’t address any particular hair need.
• As it’s so light, one may end up using too much.

IMBB Rating: 4.1/5

Would I Repurchase/Recommend Forest Essentials Ayurvedic Herb Enriched Head Massage Oil Japapatti?
I won’t repurchase as I like trying new hair oils and I haven’t yet found anything worth repurchasing! It’s recommended for those who are not dealing with any particular hair issue. It’s a good massage oil for those weekly haircare sessions.

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