Brand Review: Herbivore Botanicals
I spotted Herbivore Botanicals products for the first time at the Blue Hill at Stone Barns farm store. I was immediately drawn to the minimalist and clean packaging. I mean really, look at it. It’s so beautiful. Intrigued, I decided to do a little more research about the brand.
Herbivore Botanicals is a natural skincare brand created by husband and wife dream team, Julia Wills and Alex Kummerow. (Fun fact: The brand started out of their Seattle kitchen in 2011). All Herbivore Botanicals products are made of natural ingredients, free of any fillers or chemicals. This means that every single ingredient is an ‘active’ ingredient, making each product a potent mixture of highly concentrated plant-based ingredients. Herbivore Botanicals does not test on animals.
Knowing all of this, I decided to try a few products out for myself. Aside from looking instagram-worthy in my ever-expanding medicine cabinet, Herbivore Botanicals products do not disappoint. Here are some thoughts I had about the five products I’ve been trying out over the last few months. Per usual, the products I love the most are listed first.
Pink Clay Gently Exfoliating Floral and Clay Mask: I’ve written about this mask in a previous post. And I love it even more than I did last winter. My skin has a love/hate relationship with exfoliation. If I exfoliate to much, I start to break out. If I don’t exfoliate enough, I start to break out. Basically, it’s just difficult for me to find products that exfoliate just enough to scrub away dry and dead skin without causing a catastrophe. This mask does it so damn well! It contains French Pink Clay, which is awesome for gentle cell turnover (hello, baby-soft skin). Additionally, this mask contains Rosehip (great for repairing damaged skin) and Chamomile Flowers (nature’s skin soother) I use this mask at night when my skin is feeling a little lackluster. The next morning, my skin feels so soft and nourished. Pro tip: Mix the mask with rosewater or essence for a little added hydration!
Phoenix Facial Oil: When I first started using Phoenix Oil, I wasn’t the biggest huge fan. I was still combatting a lot of hormonal acne and oily skin… and it just seemed too heavy. However, after some discussion with my dermatologist, I upped my dose of Spironolactone in an attempt to get my skin looking flawless for my wedding. Note: Spironolactone decreases oil production = fewer breakouts = drier skin. Suddenly, I was frantically searching for anything to nourish my (now combination) parched skin. I decided to give Phoenix Oil another chance, and added it to my PM routine. It is a rich cocktail of so many wonderful oils: Rosehip Oil (lotsa Omegas!), Sea Buckthorn Oil (Vitamin A), CoQ10 (helps with Collagen production), Meadowfoam Oil, Neroli Oil, Jojoba Oil, the list goes on… Basically, I reach for this whenever I’m feeling like my skin needs a little more TLC than usual. It does an amazing job at revitalizing and hydrating my skin. It has helped even out my skin tone, and diminish some fine lines as well. It’s an anti-aging and skin-repairing power product. I wake up with a noticeable glow every time I use it!
Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Hydrating Face Mist: I love rosewater. It’s calming, soothing, and cooling. I’m pretty sure I have three different rosewater sprays sitting in my medicine cabinet at this very moment. This is one of the most refreshing face mists I have ever used. Yes, it does the usual job of hydrating and soothing my skin. But the added Coconut Water and Hibiscus makes this face mist the most divine-smelling rosewater spray in my collection. Highly recommend if you’re looking for a pamper moment!
Blue Tansy AHA + BHA Resurfacing Clarity Mask: Personally, I’m not mad at this mask or anything. It just didn’t ‘wow’ me as much as some of the other products. This mask is definitely geared more towards congested and blemish-prone skin. While I did find it to be a nice chemical exfoliant (AHA = alpha hydroxy acids = fruit enzymes, BHA = salicylic acid), I didn’t find that it did much else for my skin. Now that my skin is a little more on the dry-combination side, I think I’ll be passing this on to my younger sister who will probably benefit more from this product. If you have congested, acne-prone, or oily skin, this treatment mask is probably more for you.
Orchid Facial Oil: This is a beautiful blend of oils. I just don't think it's my favorite oil for my skin at the moment. There’s a lot of ingredients that are geared towards hydrating and nourishing the skin, which is definitely a good thing. But personally, I prefer the Phoenix Facial Oil which I found to be much for effective in addressing my personal issues (repairing acne scars, uneven skin tone, fine lines, etc..). I add a few drops of this oil into my body lotion, because it does do a great job and moisturizing and it smells wonderful. If your only skin concern is that you have very dry skin, this would probably be a great facial oil for you.
Final verdict: Herbivore Botanicals gets my seal of approval! If you're looking for a natural and cruelty free skincare line, I'd definitely check them out! I know I'll be keeping an eye out for new products! Have you tried any Herbivore products? What's are some of your favorite 'natural' skincare products? Leave them in the comments - I'd love to know!