Forest Essentials Night Treatment Cream Jasmine & Patchouli


The thought of choosing a night cream for summers gives me the shivers- yes, shivers of anxiety as to how the cream would work on my oily skin in the horrid hot months of May- June and the equally horrid hot and humid months of July to September. My biggest concern is that my face is not a veritable oil pan by the morning.

Last April I picked up Forest Essentials Night Treatment Cream Jasmine & Patchouli and the 1st thing that totally floored me was its divine smell. I have smelt Jasmine ( Chameli ) earlier but this little jar was something else. Add to that the claims and promises of the extremely lightweight cream and I was sold out. What FE says about their night creams-

“These intensive night treatments encapsulate high-performance herbs, enzymes and hydrators to deliver vital nutrition to the skin. Olive Oil is a source of anti-oxidants and neutralizes free radicals that damage the skin and accelerate the aging process. Olive oil is moisturizing and skin-rejuvenating. Kasturi Manjal is used extensively in Vedic Texts for it purifying and anti-septic qualities. Almond oil from sweet almonds is the most nutritious. It adds glow and deeply moisturizes. Sev contains natural antioxidants that protect and repair skin. It improves skin firmness and elasticity and boosts skin’s natural hydration levels. Kokum Butter is composed of beneficial compounds that help to regenerate and nourish skin cells. Apricots oil softens and improves skin elasticity. Anantmool is very effective for pigmentation; it evens skin tone and smoothes texture. NagKesar has skin retexturising, toning and firming properties. Jasmine is mood uplifting, tones the skin, neutralizes oil production and evens skin tone. Patchouli is grounding and balancing. They work most effectively at night while the skin is at rest.”

Specifically about this cream it says (on the box) – “Pure Jasmine and Patchouli oils, renowned for their therapeutic qualities, soothe the skin, neutralize oil production and give it an even tone. Natural olive oil extracts target premature ageing while stimulating rice bran oil retains moisture and elasticity.”

Unfortunately, the cream fell short of the tall claims. My face was not oily or dry in the morning and that’s about it. And yes, the divine fragrance. Other than that, I saw no evening out of skin tone, improvement in suppleness or elasticity of the skin or any affect on the pigmentation. Over all, quite a let down.


  1. Great smell but some may find it too strong.
  2. Very light texture so suited for oily skin people. It does control oil production.
  3. Because of its light texture, it should not break you out but was not helpful in preventing or calming acne either.


  1. Claims regarding evening of skin tone, soothing the skin, being effective on pigmentation, improving skin suppleness did not hold true for me at least. I used it regularly and devotedly from April to October and nothing.
  2. EXPENSIVE- I picked up the 50gm jar for Rs 1275/- and now FE has hiked the price to Rs 1595/-!! For Rs 1600/- this one is quite a dud. At this price, I’d expect somewhat better results. The Kama Rejuvenating & Brightening Ayurvedic Night Cream I picked up after this fared much better in all respects. I’ll talk about that soon.

Interestingly, when I was looking at the ingredient list, all the ingredients ( Sweet almond oil, nagkesar, genhu, kasturi manjal, sev fruit extract, olive oil derivatives, kokum butter, anantmool etc ) add up to about 22.5% only. What is the rest of it?? Base QS??

Why Yoga can be quite a bitch and being a “yogi” not so easy…


Yeah that’s very “unyogic” language to start with but if you thought yoga was going to be a panacea for all your life’s woes, I have news for you-yoga can be quite a b**** instead and here’s why-

  1. Like most things in life, what you get from yoga, depends on what you put into it. Only that yoga, essentially, is not simply asanas ( poses) or the strength or flexibility that goes with it. As ever newbie yogi knows, there are 8 limbs of Hatha yoga alone ( yama, niyama, asana, pranayam, pratyahara, dharana, dhyan, Samadhi) not to mention the other “types” of yoga- Raja Yoga, Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and Gyana Yoga. Too much? And you thought that by “nailing” the shoulder stand and talking about vata, kapha and pitta  you had got it. Not quite. It follows logically from above that yoga isn’t simply asanas but a way of life- everything from your thoughts to habits to eating and sleeping patterns. It’s a holistic approach to life and living. You want to be a “yogi”. Lululemon pants and Manduka mats aren’t enough.
  2. Why did you join yoga in the 1st place? Health reasons when the doctors forbade everything except yoga or because you wanted to be able to get into those awesome looking poses ? The good news is that whatever be the health benefits that you seek to reap are not going to come by an hour of practice for a month. Yes, we all have heard of miraculous cases where people have recovered from broken backs or are leading a normal life despite MS due to yoga, but what we don’t see are the hours and years of dedicated, consistent practice that has gone behind. And you though your cervical pain would vanish with an hour of erratic practice!
  3. Okay so you are one of the blessed ones- you have no injury, have a strong, flexible body and after a few months can slide into a “lizard pose” or go up into a headstand with ease. Instagram and Facebook have been flooded with your “selfies”. So you feel quite justified in calling yourself a yogi? Have you gained any amount of control over your thoughts and mind or does yoga still end for you as your class ends? Or is this aspect of yoga nowhere on your agenda?

If you are one of the few interested in deeper aspects of yoga and not simply weight loss or sexy looking asanas, are you willing to adopt a way of life and thought that yoga asks for? Yoga, you see,can suck you in, suck you up in ways that you could not foresee. Instead of presenting readymade answers and solutions, it throws up more. Are you ready for a journey within and all that it entails? If yes, yoga has promise for you; if not, well, yoga can be a quite a bitch and keep you hooked just to a great looking ass in sexy lululemons !


My Favourite and Not So Favourite Hair Oils

I’ve been talking so much about hair and oiling that am beginning to feel like a bit of an oily, slippery, slimy person! But while I am on this topic, thought I might as well compile a list of my favourite and not so favourite hair oils as well as those that I doubt can be called hair oils at all.

So here it goes…

My Favourite 5 Hair Oils (In random order and all reviewed in detail earlier)

  1. Forest Essentials Bhringraj Hair Oil


The sophisticated cousin my other favourite, Patanjali Divya Kesh Taila, this is a best seller from the Luxurious Ayurvedic brand and rightly so. Enriched with goodness of Bhringraj, this ought to sort out most of your hair concerns. Expensive at Rs 925/- for 200ml but that’s how all their products are priced

2.Patanjali Divya Kesh Taila



This is the poor country cousin of the above rock star but helped save my hair post pregnancy. Not for the faint hearted, the smell and “chip chip” quotient being very high, but if you are truly desperate, this is your answer. However it may not suit all scalps as the ingredients are very “garam” and can cause small breakouts on the scalp. Rs 80/- for a 100 ml bottle- can it get any cheaper?

3.Kama Bringadi Intensive Hair Treatment

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The only oil I have come across that has Indigo as an ingredient and thus helps maintain the black colour of the hair. A great option for dark hair ladies as it helps with the colour and has all essential ingredients for healthy hair as well, bhringraj being the primary one. This is the one I’m definitely using in winters to reduce the repetition of henna-indigo. Once again an elite oil at Rs 450/- for 100 ml.

4. Fabindia Sesame Hair Oil

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The first of the “branded” hair oils I picked up couple of years ago, it still is my favourite for its no frills goodness. Sesame oil is the base oil for most of the above oils and this is pure sesame oil. A great option and pocket friendly too at Rs 300/- for 200ml.

5. MABH Fast Growth Hair Oil



My current favourite that had my jaw drop with the picture of the gorgeous hair on its bottle. Made and sold exclusively by Lancy of Makeup And Beauty Home, it promises to be a one stop shop for all your hair problems. While I’m still checking out its fast hair growth claim, it’s a great oil in itself. Available only on line through Makeup and Beauty Home at Rs 400/- for 100 ml, it is expensive.


Not So favourite Hair Oils-

1. Biotique Bio Flame of the Forest –


I tried this oil a long time back and it was nothing but a disappointment.

2. Forest Essentials Sugandha Hair Oil


A dud from the big brand itself hurt my pocket as much as it hurt me. Did absolutely nothing for my hair and left me depressed over a 1000 bucks gone down the drain.

3.Kesh King Hair Oil

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I tried it after hearing praises from few friends but somehow could not take to it- felt somewhat synthetic and the smell was a bit overpowering. Could not bring myself around to trying their shampoo and conditioner even though it came free with the oil.

4. Sesa Hair Oil


Some love the smell, I hated it- period.



Are these even hair oils?

1.Matrix Biolage Root Nourishing Oil

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With chemical like Limonene, Hexyl cinnamal, Coumarin, Linalool, Butylphenyl methylpropional, Benzyl alcohol, Hydroxycitronellal, Amyl cinnamal, Geranoil, Alpha-isomethyl ionone, Isoeugenol, Benzyl Benzoate, Cinnamyl alcohol etc etc, how does this even qualify to be called a hair oil? Really now…

2. L’Oreal Mythic Oil Nourishing Oil

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It has avocado oil and grapeseed oil but is more of a styling serum than “oil”. Loaded with silicones and many chemicals

3. Kerastase Elixir Ultime

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Same as above- good hair serum and pre styling tool, but not“oil”.Again is chemical based .