Forest Essentials brings you products that help you follow 9 ancient Ayurvedic beauty rituals followed by Indian brides through the ages until today…
A bride anywhere in the world is the epitome of beauty – her wedding day marking her transition into womanhood. In India, for thousands of years, sixteen ‘shringars’ or ceremonial rituals of beauty and adornment have been performed on her wedding day. The practices have endured even till today – oiling and washing the hair, polishing and exfoliating the skin, applying nourishing masques and creating elaborate bathing rituals.
Vedic scriptures list the details of a beauty regimen for brides in the three weeks that precede her big day and Forest Essentials suggests its traditionally formulated oils, pastes and other products for best results.
The bride is massaged with floral perfumed oils. Forest Essentials’ has a wide range of fragrant body massage oils that are cold pressed. The oils have a cold pressed, unrefined, nutriet rich, pure sesame oil base. This is blended with pure essential oils, each with their own unique properties. The massage tones, relaxes and nourishes skin and muscle tissue and helps flush toxins from the body. Massaging with the oils brings lustre to the skin, increases body heat and enhances circulation.
In the cold of winter, the bride was bathed with Sweet Almond and other rich oils while in the summer, a mix of rose petals and khus and lighter oils bring freshness. Today, you can choose a bath and shower oil in a fragrance of your choice. The base is water-soluble which scents your skin and bathwater, leaving your skin moist, non-greasy and with an enchanting fragrance that lasts all day.
Available fragrances: Mashobra Honey & Vanilla, Madurai Jasmine and Mogra, Kashmiri Nargis, Indian Rose Absolute, Bengal Tuberose.
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In The traditional process herbs like Amla, Shikakai, Bhringraj, Neem or Japapatti are infused in a base oil of pure Sesame, Coconut or Almond Oil which is massaged into the hair. Then it is time to apply a paste of Shikakai, Nagarmoth and Kachura on the well-oiled hair. This is washed off with Reetha that cleanses and conditions the hair. Finally, the hair is dried with scented incense over a burning coal brazier to perfume it.
The tradition of oiling your hair is a pan-Indian reality even today. But while a head massage a relaxing, pleasurable experience, many herbal oils used in hair care in India though beneficial can have an unpleasant aroma. Forest Essentials adds naturally distilled, pure essential oils like sandalwood and vetiver to not only improve the aroma but also enhance the healing qualities of the oils. Their 100% natural, organic, cold-pressed virgin coconut and sesame oils are infused with a variety of the finest-quality herbs to arrest hair loss, promote the growth of healthy new hair, thicken the hair and improve its overall texture. Bhringraj, Sugandha and Japapatti are amongst the most effective Ayurvedic hair oils.
The Forest Essentials Shampoos have been derived from Ayurvedic formulae and are free from harsh sulphate cleansers. Their gentle cleansing is powered by Amla Juice, Ritha, Soya Protein, Coconut Oil and herbal infusions that bring natural shine, movement and fragrance to your hair. Ritha provides natural colour and a silkiness to hair while it deals with excess oil and promotes hair growth. Shikakai, popularly knows as ‘fruit for the hair’ has a naturally mild pH that cleans without stripping the hair of its natural oils. It also strengthens the roots. Henna is a natural conditioner and root strengthener. A conditioning rinse after shampooing will leave the bride’s hair glossy and smooth.
This ritual entails covering the face, neck and bare shoulders with a thin layer of sandalwood paste which firms, tones and adds glow to the skin. To complete this ritual use the Forest Essentials Sandalwood and Nagkesar masque, a nourishing Facial Pack where the main ingredients are mixed with nourishing herbs, flowers and fruit.
Sandalwood has purifying, cooling and soothing properties and helps retain moisture. Nagkesar is an anti-ageing ingredient that helps re-texture the skin, tones and firms because it contains several anti-oxidant compounds that instantly revitalize dry, dehydrated and mature skin. Turmeric is also a b anti-oxidant, healing and prevents ageing, evens skin tone and gives the skin a healthy glow.
Years ago, women moistened their lips with Beeswax and Kokum Butter mixed with the petals of the Kusumba flower. Forest Essentials moisturizing Lip Balms are made with that same Kokum Butter, rich in healing ingredients, vitamins, minerals, proteins and a unique fatty acid profile. Honey replenishes moisture in the skin leaving it soft and supple. Organic Beeswax deeply nourishes, restoring elasticity to the skin. Sweet Almond Oil is also nutritious – sealing in moisture, soothing chapped lips and leaving them smooth and glossy.
The bride’s hair and body are adorned with sweet flower garlands or gajjraas.
After all the preparation, the bride is finally allowed to look at herself in the mirror to regard her perfection and ward off evil spirits with a small mark of Kohl.
FOREST ESSENTIALS RECOMMENDS – Ayurvedic treatments for a bride-to-be
Follow these simple, quick routines for a bridal glow.
For Facial Skin:
1. Cleansing – Mix Soundarya Ubtan with fresh cream, milk or pure rose Water and apply the paste to your face. The powder is a hand-pounded combination of 52 potent Ayurvedic sun-dried herbs including saffron and turmeric which helps reduce tanning and gently cleanses your skin.
2. Toning: Spritz your face with the Pure Rosewater Facial Tonic Mist to stay refreshed and rehydrated with steam distilled floral waters of the Desi Gulab.
3. Pre-Moisturize: Dab the lightest veil of Sanjeevani Beauty Elixir, a potion that resembles natural sebum to attract moisture to the skin.
4. Moisturizing: Soundarya Radiance cream is infused with 24K Gold and with its SPF 25 is ideal to wear in the morning. At night, add a few drops of Soundarya Advanced Serum with 24k Gold along with the Eternal Youth Formula Date and Litchi Cream and moisturise after cleansing and toning your skin. There’s something magical about using Pure 24k Gold Bhasma and the purest freshest ‘Rasas of Dates and Litchis’ to herald the new dawn in your life.
Take time out every other day to gently exfoliate your skin with the Almond, Pistachio and Honey Facial Cleaning Paste. Finish the ritual with the deeply nourishing Madhulika Honey Lep with the goodness of Raw Organic Honey.
And don’t forget to regularly use the Hydrating Hydra Eye gel with Steam Distilled Pure Rose water and Cucumber Extract to soothe tired eyes and keep you refreshed for your big day.
Chill in the fridge for optimal results.
For Body Care/Hair Care/Wellness
Massages tone and firm and air circulation. Use products like the Extra Rich Sandalwood and Vetiver Body Massage Oil that contains all the goodness of Organic Sweet Almond Oil. The Sandalwood and Turmeric (Haldi Chandan) Body Polisher is decadent and luxurious, a gently exfoliating body polish with raw cane sugar that leaves the skin incredibly smooth and buffed. Sandalwood retains moisture levels, tones, purifies and cools the skin. Turmeric is a super food, a powerful anti-oxidant that prevents the ageing of the skin.
Don’t forget to massage your scalp regularly with Bhringraj Head Massage Oil for smooth, silky hair.
On your wedding day spritz with your favorite body mist to stay fresh and fragrant all day long.
The Forest Essentials Skin Regimen For Brides-to-Be
Ayurveda treats skin as ‘alive’! Indian traditions incorporate several practices and rituals that are both pleasurable and authentic – the luxury Ayurveda treatment.
What to use: At her wedding, the bride is looked upon at the epitome of the iconic Indian beauty. Forest Essentials highly recommends the Tejasvi Lightening and Brightening Massage treatment with a Hand Pounded Organic Fruit Scrub for an immediate glow. Fortified with Aged Cow’s Milk Ghee and fermented dates, peaches and apricots, this indulgent ritual will leave you feeling like a princess – with radiant skin instantly!
How to use: First cleanse the skin. Take a small amount of the emulsion and massage it into the skin with firm upward strokes for at least fifteen to twenty minutes or for as long is convenient and comfortable. Damp skin absorbs better or dip your fingertips into water while massaging. Dip a towel in warm water, wring it out and wipe the remnants of the emulsion off.
Now, take a little Hand Pounded Scrub and massage onto the skin. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and then cold water. If you have a very dry skin you can skip this step.
With regular use, this process guarantees a radiant bridal glow.
When to use: In ancient times, these treatments used to start weeks in advance, with unguents, oils and Ubtans. However, with modern day busy schedules, Forest Essentials recommends starting pre-nuptial beauty rituals at least a month prior to the wedding to give the pure, potent Ayurvedic herbs and oils enough time to bring their magic to your visage.
Remember, there is no ‘quick-fix’ road to beauty.
Diet and Lifestyle Tips:
1. Figure out what your Dosha is and then eat small meals at regular intervals keeping your physical make-up in mind.
2. Hydrate your skin internally drinking 6 to 8 glasses of warm water, all day. Add tulsi and a slice of lemon whenever possible.
3. Start cooking some of your meals with a little ghee to give your skin extra nourishment and build up upon your ‘Ojas’.
4. Try and get most of your protein from vegetable sources. If you eat meat, opt for lighter, white meat and avoid shellfish and egg yolks. Don’t eat between meals and let your body digest one meal before you have the next one. Eat smaller meals more often.
5. Seasonal fruit, fresh salads and sprouts should be included regularly in your meals. Try trading white sugar with gur to sweeten your food.
6. Choose naturally cooling drinks like pomegranate juice or buttermilk in the summer. In winter, ginger tulsi tea will bring a warm glow to your skin.
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