I purchased this ubtan last year in 2010. The condition of my skin was not good. For the first time in my life, I had experienced acne and it just refused to go. My skin was oily and stressed out. I read about forest essential products online and visited their website. I was rather impressed as I am typically drawn to natural and herbal products. When I visited the store, the SA recommended this ubtan to me and I purchased it. Out of all three products that I had purchased, a cleanser, a moisturizer with spf, and the ubtan, I liked the ubtan the best. Let me tell you more about the product.
What the website says about it: An ideal treatment for blemished and acne-prone skin, it has a high content of pure Multani Mitti which is a rich alkaline soil, Jadhikai, Sandalwood and Green Gram powder. Its alkaline content corrects imbalances and neutralizes skin tone. It is mineral-rich and anti-inflammatory, thereby being the perfect remedy for acne and blemishes. Its deep-cleansing action unclogs pores, lifts excess oil and impurities and purifies the skin, leaving it clean and fresh. Suitable for blemished and acne-prone skin types.
Ingredients: Sandalwood powder, fenugreek, lentils, multani mitti, manjistha, neem leaves, turmeric
Each of the ingredients is a gem and I gained a lot of confidence in the product. The price was Rs. 595 which was fine compared to the obnoxiously high prices of the other products I had purchased from them.
Directions for use: mix it with rosewater and wash face with it. Though, the directions on the box say that wash face with it, to me it seemed like more of a mask at first and hence I began keeping it longer on my skin, as long as 40 min! That was not a good thing to do on my part, yet the product didn’t react on my skin in a bad way. Only the good effect was lessened. Lesson learnt: follow instructions on the box .
My experience with the product: I found the product very effective in cleaning the skin and making it radiant. Whether I used it as a face mask or washed my face with it, I experienced such a refreshing feeling that I never felt like using soap! However, due to my bad habit of doing too much of a good thing, especially where skin care is concerned, problems did creep up. First of all, I don’t think this is meant to replace soap/facewash. At the end of the end, it is a scrub, more of an exfoliater. Thus from personal experience I would recommend using it once a day or better still, once in two days. When I used it each time I wanted to wash my face, eventually my face started feeling raw and tender. Secondly, I made the mistake of not moisturizing my face after washing face with this stuff. That led to my skin becoming very dry and overproducing oils, leading to pimples! See, I said too much of a good thing…So lesson learnt: always moisturize after using this product.
Packaging and fragrance: the fragrance is lovely. Like sand mixed with water…I feel like eating this stuff sometimes! I quite like the packaging is quite nice and convenient. Doesn’t take up too much space, you can carry with it as you travel. The quantity is awesome: 100g/ 3.5oz and it has lasted me forever.
Overall, I feel it is a fantastic product. I mix it with rosewater, milk, or even aloe Vera gel sometimes. The only cleansers-exfoliators that come close to it in efficacy are home remedies like besan-turmeric. None of the commercial scrubs for sure.
Pros of Forest Essentials Multani Mitti Facial Ubtan:
1. Excellent cleansers; help discourage acne, blemishes, make the skin clean, refreshed and healthy.
2. All natural ingredients like sandalwood and neem.
3. An award winning product – Elle beauty awards 2010 winner.
4. Doesn’t irritate the skin or cause breakouts. Can be used on sensitive skin.
5. Value for money: 100 g last forever in Rs 595.
Cons of Forest Essentials Multani Mitti Facial Ubtan:
1. Can dry out the skin if you do not moisturize after using it
2. Should be called an exfoliater as the term ‘ubtan’ can be misleading. Also it should be mentioned on the product on how many times it can be used in a week.
Would I recommend it? Yes!
Would I purchase it again? Yes .
Rating: 4 stars (-1 for lack of clear instructions about usage)
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