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