The package indicates the Nupur brand is manufactured in kulhariwala village with a PO box in Barotiwala. Barotiwala is in Himachal Pradesh state in Northern India. This gives us an idea of where the constituent herbs come from. Nupur Henna is the perfect blend of strengthening, conditioning and cleansing Ayurveda herbs.
The ingredients in Gorej Nupur Mehendi are made up of either dried and ground leaves, pods or flowers of:
- Lawsonia inermis (henna)
- Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera)
- Azadirachta indica (neem)
- Centella asiatica (This is Gotu kola, wrongly labeled as brahmi – bacopa monnieri)
- Eclipta alba (synonym Eclipta prostrate – bhringraj)
- Emblica officinalis (official name Phyllanthus emblica – amla)
- Hibiscus rosasinesis (jaswand – hibiscus flower)
- Acacia cocina (shikakai)
- Ardostachys jatamansi rhizome (spikenard root a.k.a muskroot)
- Trigonella foenum-graecum (fenugreek a.k.a methi)
Since I’ve profiled most of these herbs individually I had pretty good intelligence on how my hair would react to this mud. I decided to create a moisturizing mixing medium using a tea from lavender and nettle. Any herbs of your choice will work here. I will attempt to use mucilaginous herbs in my next mix.
- 2 tablespoons stinging nettle
- 2 tablespoons lavender
- 3 cups of water
- Let leaves steep in boiled water for about 20 minutes
I used about 125g of the henna and added 3 teaspoons of amla oil (see amla oil video here).
- Nice creamy consistency that clings really well to hair strands
- Easy and consistent mud to work with
- Strong aroma – I don’t mind it. To me it smells like freshly mowed grass
- Surprisingly light weight despite having large proportion of henna
- Rapid dye release – I mixed it 20 minutes before using and by the time I was done with the application my gloves were completely dyed
- Bright orange dye molecule – would probably make for awesome highlights
- Requires fast cleanup otherwise it stains
- Effortless rinsing
- Beautiful curl definition on post rinsed hair
- Post rinsed hair felt strong but on the dry side – deep conditioning recommended
- No visible highlights – My goal was not to use the powder as a dye. If you would like to use it as a dye: use citrus liquid to mix and leave it in a warm place overnight. Saturate hair, cover and leave to infuse dye for at least 6 hours.
Final Thought: This is a really good and balanced mud if you can’t be bothered with trying each herb individually. The bulk of the mix is strengtheners (henna, bhringraj , gotu kola and jatamansi), conditioners (aloe, amla & methi) and cleansers (neem, hibiscus & shikakai). For me it’s the perfect go-to mud when I am not exploring individual herbs.
I recommend using a moisturizing mixing medium with this mud because strengthening herbs tend to dry hair out. Examples – coconut water, coconut milk, herbal teas, plain yogurt, light conditioners (like V05) and deep conditioners. You could also use additives like glycerine, honey and oils as well.
PS: I am not sure why the packaging says 9 herbs because I counted 10. My guess is mehendi (henna) doesn’t count since it’s the main ingredient so the count is for the enhancing herbs. Find the link to Gorej Napur mehendi on the sidebar.