Forest Essentials Soundarya Advanced Serum (Price 3395 for 25 ml)
Skin care is a very essential part of daily routine. Most of us do not even have a clue about our skin type, its flaws and requirements. I for one have taken my skin for granted till a few years back. A light moisturiser for the summer and a cold cream for winters had been the only products I used. It is only in the past 3-4 years that I have started paying attention to my skin requirements and taken care of them. Thankfully I have been blessed with a normal to combination skin with minimal issues. But years of neglect and aging did start showing its signs in the form of pigmentation on my cheeks and nose, uneven skin tone and dry patches. I searched on the internet for home remedies. They did help, but only temporarily. I have always been mortally afraid of putting chemicals on my face, so was looking for natural products. That is when I got introduced to the Forest Essentials Brand. I was very impressed after using the Kashmiri neem and saffron facial cleanser, so decided to try more products from the range. When the SA at the FE store suggested this Forest Essentials Soundarya Advanced Serum I was very apprehensive owing the price, but I decided to give it a try.
About the Product
According to the brand it is
“A traditional unique Ayurvedic serum which contains anti-ageing herbs and 24 Karat gold bhasma to lighten and brighten the skin tone along with targeting skin pigmentation from the deepest layer of the skin to make the skin younger and more nourished, supple and glowing.”
Key Ingredients – Cold pressed sesame seed oil, Clarified Butter, Cold pressed sweet almond kernel oil, Milk, Liquorice root extract, Turmeric Extract, Saffron Flower Infusion, Sandalwood Oil, Ashwagandha Root Extract, 24 K Gold bhasma.
Packaging – The serum comes in an opaque compact gold capped bottle with a pump for dispensing the product. The packaging is sturdy and attractive and travel friendly. The pump dispenses the right amount of product required for a single use which is an advantage given the price. The only con in the packaging is that you cannot see how much product has been used.
Texture – Forest Essentials Soundarya Advanced Serum is in an orangish brown colour. It is of medium consistency, neither too thick nor too runny. Gets absorbed into the skin easily without making it feel too tacky. One pump is enough to cover the entire face, more than that might make the skin feel greasy. The serum smells divinely of sandalwood and saffron. One bottle can last upto 3 months with regular usage.
Like I already mentioned I have normal to combination skin. I use Forest Essentials Advanced Soundarya Serum as a night cream after spritzing my face with rose water. The next day I wake up with a plump, soft, hydrated and glowing skin. With the first use itself I could see the glow and hydration on my skin. Over the months it has improved my skin texture, reduced the pigmentation and pores, hydrated my dry patches, and also evened my skin tone.
Since I don’t have lines and wrinkles apart from those under my eyes, I cannot comment on the effects of this serum on the same. It has become an essential part of my daily skin care. I must say if I stop using it for a week or so I can see the dullness creeping back into my skin. But as soon as I get back to this, my skin bounces back. I am on my second bottle and I love this product as it doubles as serum and night cream. People with oily and acne prone skin may have to think twice before buying this product. I would suggest getting a sample from the store and trying before splurging on the same.
Forest Essentials Soundarya Advanced Serum is definitely a Holy Grail product for me, and will stay in my skin care routine till I find anything equivalent to this. Price is definitely on a steeper side, but I don’t mind shelling out a little extra to pamper my skin. People, who prefer Ayurvedic and natural approach to their skin needs, will definitely love this.
Rating – 4.75/5
*Written by Lavanya