Mira Kulkarni – India

Meera Kulkarni

Mira Kulkarni

Mountain Valley Springs India Pvt. Ltd.


Mira Kulkarni graduated in Fine Arts from Stella Maris College, Chennai. With interests varying from painting in watercolours, journalism, organic plants and herbal culture, she has been exposed to the Ayurvedic way to life early in life having a home in the Tehri Garhwal region of Uttaranchal which is the Ayurvedic hub in India.

She used her knowledge of Ayurveda and natural products to source local herbs, oils and medicinal roots from the Tehri Garhwal region for many years which were then made in Ashrams according to ancient Ayurvedic formulations. She had realized a gap in the market for user-friendly Ayurvedic products as against the traditional Ayurvedic products available, which were too strongly scented and though effective, not very pleasant to use.

Mrs. Kulkarni worked for many years with Vaids and modern Biochemists to produce a range of products, which while keeping the inherent properties of Ayurveda intact, are wonderfully scented and pleasurable to use. The products range from handmade soaps made with pure essential oils and natural spring water to sensual body oils which are not only delightful to use, but actually work to firm and tone the body, to many high performance facial care products based on traditional Ayurvedic recipes.

In 2008, Forest Essentials formed a strategic alliance with Estee Lauder Companies where the latter acquired a minority stake in the brand Forest Essentials. This formed a relationship of great significance in the India beauty market, being the first Indian company to have interest from a global beauty conglomerate of that size and pedigree.

As a successful entrepreneur and leader, Mrs. Kulkarni has been repeatedly honoured with prestigious awards and commendations including, Fortune India’s ‘Most powerful women in business’ for consecutive years since 2011 – 2016.

About The Brand

Forest Essentials is an Authentic traditional, Luxury Ayurvedic skin care Brand with its foundations in the ancient science of Ayurveda. A pioneer in the Luxury Ayurvedic segment, today it has become the quintessential Indian Beauty Brand where secrets of ancient Ayurveda have been brought to life through pain-staking research and made available to modern day customers.

It is the only Indian brand which is involved in the conception, formulation, manufacturing, bottling and sale of the products in its own Company owned stores.

Forest Essentials is also the leading supplier to the majority of the Luxury hotel chains in India including the iconic Taj Group of Hotels and The Oberoi Hotels. Today, since its inception in the year 2001, Forest Essentials retails from 44 Company owned retail stores across the country.