First Dabble with Forest Essentials That Led to HUGE HAUL

May 27, 2015

Forest Essentials Haul

Forest Essentials opened their new store in Kolkata last month. They invited me to visit the store but I could not as I am keeping real busy these days. I mean, I am not even blogging or posting on Instagram! Anyhow, I managed to visit the store last week just to check it out. Frankly speaking, I had my doubts about the brand. The products are priced high, they deny to give samples and the ingredients list is not complete. All that changed when I went to the Kolkata store. I found that the 
  • price is quite justified for the ingredients list
  • most products have a travel size option
  • the SA provided me samples of products that I wanted to try like the Soundarya Serum and others
  • the ingredients list is complete. I didn't see Base QS for anything that interested me
[EDIT - I realised later that though they removed Base QS, most ingredients now say 'Key Ingredients' instead of ├Źngredients. So, they are still hiding from us!]

All in all, I was so delighted with what I got from my first visit that I re-visited the shop and did a major haul. Most for my wedding trousseau (the lame excuse that I am using these days for my shopaholic tendencies! LOL). 

Forest Essentials Floral Makeup Remover
Forest Essentials Floral Makeup Remover

Forest Essentials Floral Makeup Remover (Rs 495) is something that I wanted to try. I use almond oil or coconut oil for removing makeup but you need to be careful with them. This is better, less messy and smells heavenly. I got another one on my second trip to the store.

I have heard a lot about the Forest Essentials Delicate Facial Cleanser (Rs 275). I got the Mashobra Honey, Lemon & Rose Water. They are real serious when they say 'delicate'. This is the least foaming face wash that I have tried. But, I am still on the fence if I should get the full size of this or get the Kama Ayurveda Rose Jasmine Face Cleanser.

Forest Essentials Luscious Lip Balm Sugared Rose Petal* (Rs 595) has the cutest packaging! It even has a mirror inside it.  I have not started using it. Still in love with Kama Lip Balm :P

Forest Essentials Bath and Shower Oil Madurai Jasmine and Mogra 

I always wanted to try bath oils. I got the trial size of Forest Essentials Bath and Shower Oil Madurai Jasmine and Mogra (Rs 475). This is the first time that I tried one and I absolutely love it. It smells great. Also, the smell gets intense as you warm and massage it. It is such an interesting product to try. I can ditch body lotions forever for this. Obviously had to get the full size (Rs 1500). 

Forest Essentials Cologne Intense Madurai Jasmine

After loving the smell of the Floral Makeup Remover and the Bath oil, it didn't took me long to realize that I truly love their Jasmine and Mogra smell. I jumped at the idea of Forest Essentials Cologne Intense Madurai Jasmine (Rs 3200). I tried it in the store on the first day and I loved it.

Forest Essentials Cleansing Shower Butter Nargis
 Forest Essentials Cleansing Shower Butter Nargis* (Rs 1350) is another unique product. It is a low foaming butter which cleanses without bubbles. I am yet to get the hang of this.

Forest Essentials Advanced Soundarya Age Defying Facial Serum with 24K Gold, Soundarya Beauty Body Oil

On the first day, the SA was happy to provide me a sample of the Soundarya Serum. I used it for 3 days and I felt the difference. After the price hike of Kama Kumkumadi (read about the hike here. They provided a funny explanation and when I asked for an explanation, they deleted their comment!), the price of everything seems reasonable! So, on my second visit, I picked up a bottle of Forest Essentials Soundarya Facial Serum (Rs 2950 for 25ml) and another for later. Also, I am doing almost nothing for my skin and body these days so, got the Forest Essentials Soundarya Beauty Body Oil (Rs 2295 for 200ml). I hope it helps me and does not turn out to be as disappointing as Kama Nalpamaradi Thailam.

Edit - Forest Essentials Soundarya Beauty Body Oil Review
Forest Essentials Soundarya Facial Serum Review

 The SA also gave a sample of Forest Essentials Soundarya Ultra Rich Body Lotion and few more...


So, here is the entire haul...

Forest Essentials Skincare Haul

This is the biggest haul I ever did from a single store :)

Lesson Learnt - Keep discovering new things! I had plans to fill my skincare box with products from Kama Ayurveda but now, as you can see most are replaced by Forest Essentials :)

Anything that you wish me to review first?


*Products marked with asterisks was provided by Forest Essentials 

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