I have almost finished using the cleanser and conditioner combo that I got from Forest Essentials. So I believe, Now is the right time to review it for you and let you know how I liked it
Forest Essentials description of the product:
Hair Conditioner Indian Rose Absolute: “Conditioners are enriched with Shikakai, Henna, Indian spikenard or Jojoba oil for smooth and glossy hair.
• Restores Gloss • Shine
Our Conditioners are enriched with Shikakai, Henna, Indian Spikenard, Jojoba Oil, leaving hair glossy and smooth.”
Hair Cleanser Indian Rose Absolute: “These gently cleansing shampoos with Amla juice, Ritha, Soya protein, Coconut Oil and herbal infusions give natural shine, swing and fragrance.
Nourishing • Shine Enhancing
This clear shampoo contains Amla Juice, Reetha, Soya Protein, Coconut Oil, Herbal Infusions and Rose Essential Oil. Gives natural shine, swing and fragrance.”
Price : INR 680 for 200ml (Hair Cleanser) and INR 780 for 200ml (conditioner)
How it fared:
Since mostly I leave my hair open, the basic requirements in a shampoo and conditioner for me would include good frizz control and easily manageable hair. Most of the products, I tried from forest essentials are from the Indian Rose absolute range.
The packaging of both the products is simple , sturdy and travel friendly. They have the signature gold covered caps; the downside being that it starts to peel off after sometime.
The shampoo is a deep honey coloured one and has the consistency of a thick fluid. It has the typical rose water fragrance attributed to the range. The cleanser itself is a very mild one and does not foam excessively. If you have oiled your hair, then a single round of shampooing would not do much in terms of removing the oiliness.
The conditioner is creamy and has a slightly thicker consistency than the shampoo. It spreads easily on to the hair. Unlike the silicon based conditioners, you wouldn’t notice any sliminess associated with the conditioner which I like. Post shampooing, I leave the conditioner on for about 3-5 minutes before washing it off completely. The conditioner has the exact fragrance of its shampoo counterpart.
Okay, Now the visible results from the combo! I find that both the cleanser and conditioner works better when used as a pair rather than standalone The first few times I used the products, I noticed absolutely nothing impressive. I was almost on the verge of giving up but since I had invested in it I thought of giving it some more time. I am glad I did ! Over a period of time, I noticed that my hair has become much healthier and the texture had also improved a lot. Nevertheless, I am not sure, if the effect should be attributed to the silicon or sulfates free factor or the shampoo itself. In terms of frizz control, there was not much help on that front. It certainly did not make the hair any frizzier but not much lesser too. But since overall hair texture and manageability showed positive improvement, the frizz part was also under control. I don’t have any noticeable hair fall at the moment or during the period that I have used the cleanser. So I am not in a position to comment on that part except that the usage of shampoo and cleanser has not initiated any such condition.
- Improvement in hair texture
- Manageable healthy hair
- Mild fragrance that lingers for a day or two
- Silicon, sulfates and SLS free
- Did not cause any hairfall
- Expensive for a cleanser and conditioner
- Not much effect on frizz control
- Mild cleanser and hence ends up in use of more product
- Works better as a combo than standalone
Overall, the shampoo and conditioner has worked for me. Over a period of use, my hair has become much better in terms of texture and manageability. These might be one of those products that I will repurchase from Forest essentials,.Not essentially the same range, but I would love to try the other variants too.
If you are looking for some immediate results, then these might not be for you. But for those in look out for a mild cleanser and conditioner combo packed with minimal chemical load and have the patience to let the products work the magic, then “way to go”.