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Forest Essentials Mashobra Honey, Lemon & Rosewater Face Wash
I like the brand Forest Essentials; they are one natural brand where the products feel and look natural. You know what I mean; the products don’t look slick, smell natural and also feel refreshingly nice. Only if their prices weren’t sky high.
I had a run in with Forest Essentials three summers back when I had a gift to pick up for Mom and Forest Essentials was the only store in Inorbit which had standing space. I had never heard of Forest Essentials before. As is with the case of most new brands I thought it was safe to pick up the soaps and picked up some 5 soaps of theirs and got them gift wrapped. They gift wrapped it pretty nicely too with dried flowers and pretty cellophane paper.
Since my Mom loved the soaps especially their Musk soap (it’s quite something, the whole bathroom gets awash with that lovely scent), I ventured to find out more about them. Forest Essentials is founded by Mira Kulkarni and began its operations in 2000; it is based out of Delhi. They use only steam distilled essential oils and organic fruits and vegetables in their products. Also they majorly supply across five star hotels and spas across the country. Of course now they are in the realm of Luxurious Ayurveda, ever since Estee Lauder bought a stake in them.
In fact a friend of mine had showed me her sample of the Forest Essentials Aloe Vera Shower Gel that she had picked up from her stay at the Taj. She had loved it so much; she had asked the hotel for one more of them and carried it with her. I too had tried the shower gel – on my face and it smelled wonderful, and felt extremely luxurious and soft. I loved the shower gel so much that I went back to their store to look it up, and disappointingly didn’t find it. I think they make it especially for their hotel line. And guess I will just have to book myself at the Taj sometime to get a bottle.
But though I didn’t get the shower gel I found this little gem of a face cleanser and that’s how I ended up picking the Mashobra Honey, Lemon and Rosewater Face wash. This really is one product both me and Mom love. You will always find half an empty bottle of this in my bathroom. When I had first picked up this face wash it was expensive, in the range of Rs.400/- now it retails at close to Rs.700/- which I must say is quite expensive for a face wash, but believe me in this case it’s quite worth the moolah.
So down to reviewing it, let’s start with the packaging:
Product Name: Mashobra Honey, Lemon & Rosewater
Price: Rs. 625/-
Packaging: The packaging is a sheer glass bottle rectangular in shape with a convenient pump. The label is a no fuss white. Of course after Estee Lauder has picked up a stake in them, they call themselves as Luxurious Ayurveda and there is a tag attached to that effect.
The Product: The product actually looks like honey with water like consistency. There is something very fresh and natural about the look of this product.
The ingredients if you see, are all natural without any chemicals whatsoever, how often does that happen eh? The ingredients as mentioned are: Steam Distilled Rosewater, Lemon Juice, Organic Honey,Royal Jelly, Nagkesar, Anantmool & Kumud.
The Fragrance: Love this fragrance, so natural and so fresh! It smells of rosewater with just a hint of honey and some subtle traces of lime.
The Feel: Forest Essential Delicate Facial Cleanser lathers quite nicely and really leaves you feeling fresh with skin of refreshing rosewater. The best part is it doesn’t dry out the skin or makes it feel stretched, which happens to me with other face washes.Your browser may not support display of this image.
This product doesn’t really disappoint on any count. Even the lather is mild, not rich and foaming, but leaves skin so clear and fresh you really wish it weren’t so expensive. The good part however is that the bottle comes in the quantity of 200 ml and just a little is enough for one wash. So one bottle generally lasts for around 2 to 3 months, which I think is quite a long life for a face wash.
Overall, I love this product though I think it is ridiculously expensive, but we all have our strange quirks, and what with mom and me jointly using it, it feels like having a partner in crime!