When I was studying Ancient Indian Culture in college, I was deeply fascinated with the importance given to one's daily grooming. Special pastes were made for cleaning the teeth, the face, the body, the hair. Fragrant incense was made which was then fumigated over the garments to scent them....oh, how I longed to get hold of some of those recipes. And more importantly, to have that kind of an indulgent ritual, if not daily, then at least weekly, but without the hassle and mess of grinding and mixing all the various ingredients. Forest Essentials seems to have read my mind because it has just the product I want, the Rupam Extra Rich Body Cleansing Paste which has pistachio, orange peel and fresh jaggery.
I wish technology allowed us to share fragrances along with the pictures. Because the fragrance of Rupam Body Cleansing Paste is exactly how I would imagine the ancient beauty pastes to smell. One whiff of this and I can imagine the famous courtesan Amrapali being massaged with this to make her skin soft and smooth and glowing.
Doesn't it look like I have a bit of "Badam ka sheera" on my hand? That is exactly how the texture is, thick, soft, gooey with a little abrasion that comes from the crushed nuts. You would be forgiven for trying to attack it with a spoon because even in the pot, it looks exactly like sheera or halwa. It is exfoliating but not harsh and abrasive.
I prefer to rinse off the Forest Essentials Rupam Body Cleansing Paste with just water and it leaves my skin soft, smooth and hydrated. I don't even need to apply a body lotion after it in the Bombay weather. Perhaps I would need to in drier, colder climates though.
Here's what Forest Essentials says about the Rupam Body Cleansing Paste:
A deep cleanser for the body, this combines the benefits of sweet almond oil along with nutritious kokum butter that leave essential nutrients and vitamins for the skin to absorb. Organic oils, herbs, sea salt and jaggery uniquely blended to gently cleanse your skin without depleting its natural moisture levels. Freshly ground orange peel and black sesame paste gently exfoliate and remove dead skin cells, adding sheen to the skin and leaving it with a natural glow.
The Forest Essentials Rupam Body Cleansing Paste comes in a plastic tub with a gold lid. Though the tub is plastic, the entire packaging looks and feels very luxe. I know the tub packaging can be unhygienic but I can't imagine this product being packaged in a tube. You will understand why I feel that when I tell you more about the texture. But I don't mind the tub because the SA at Forest Essentials gave me a beautiful wooden spatula (looks more like a dessert spoon- wish I had thought to take a picture of that too) to scoop out the product.
The fragrance is very mild and totally natural. Like something you would experience at Taj Jiva spa. If I had to describe it, I would say it has an earthy sweetness to it. Like the gentle fragrance of a mithai being made with the purest of ingredients. Not everyone might like it, but to me, it is calming and indulgent.
And now for the texture. Take a look at this picture....
A body scrub at any good spa costs well over ₹2000 and if you go to any of the high end spas like Jiva, Kayakalp etc, be prepared to shell out above ₹5000. And that is for one session. As compared to that the price tag of ₹1975 for 200gms seems very affordable. I have used this Body Cleansing Paste three times and you can see how much product is still left. Another 4-5 uses at least (I use it once a week) Definitely very good value for money!
The Forest Essentials Rupam Body Cleansing Paste is one of the best products I have discovered in 2013. It has won the Best Body Scrub award at the Elle Beauty Awards 2013 and I feel that the award is truly well deserved. Love it and highly recommend it.
By the way, have you seen the Forest Essentials 2012 commercial "Beautiful Things Make Beautiful Things"? It is fabulously shot and transports me to ancient India. Have a look.....