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Herbivore Botanicals Review: Lapis Oil, Blue Tansy Mask, Rose Hibiscus Spray

I remember when Herbivore Botanicals first came to Sephora. (Seems so long ago now!) I was so excited to try their products because I’d heard so much about them when they were only on Etsy. They’ve come a long way, and I’m glad to have them as regular members in my skincare lineup.

Lapis Oil

I recall being the most excited to try the Lapis oil due to its extraordinary color and my love of all things blue tansy. I was hesitant to make the purchase because it’s a bit on the expensive side and I already had a lot of oils in my rotation. But what I didn’t realize then was that no other oil in my collection fills the niche Lapis does.

The Lapis Oil is not your run-of-the-mill moisturizing oil. Which is not to say it isn’t moisturizing: just a glance at its ingredients (especially the squalane and kukui but oil) would prove otherwise. But what I appreciate about this oil is its ability to calm and soothe over-exfoliated, acne-prone, or otherwise irritated skin. I sometimes go overboard with my Clarisonic, or I’ll have some weird episode of hormonal acne, or I’ll try a new product that leaves my delicate eye area red and inflamed (This happens to me a lot.) When that happens, I inevitably reach for the Lapis Oil, and I generally see improvement within a few uses.

Additionally, the oil contains tocopherol, a form of vitamin E that is especially useful as an antioxidant and is often recommended for healing damaged skin (Ointments containing vitamin E are often recommended for new cuts or abrasions and sometimes tattoos as well.)

The scent does take some getting used to. It isn’t my favorite, but it doesn’t deter me from using this oil at all.

I prefer to use this oil at night, as I do feel like I sometimes have a blue tint when I apply. That might be my imagination but I’d rather err on the side of self-confidence!

Overall rating: 4.5 out 5 

 $72 at Sephora and Herbivore Botanicals


Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarity Mask

Masks are a guilty pleasure of mine, and while I don’t think they are a necessary component of a beauty routine, I do indeed enjoy the indulgence. While most of the masks in my rotation are hydrating, this mask is actually an exfoliator.

Blue tansy is one of my favorite ingredients for its anti-inflammatory properties. The blue tansy makes this product gentler than it otherwise might have been. It does tingle a bit upon application, but not nearly as much as other acids in my rotation. (I am an avid user of both Sunday Riley’s Good Genes and the Ordinary’s AHA/BHA peel.) I usually reach for this mask when I start to notice that my skin has started to peel (usually due to previous use of a peel or AHA) but I’m not quite ready to do another round of something harsher. I’ll let it sit on my face for about 20 minutes before I wash it off with a soft cloth.

Overall, I appreciate having something different at my disposal when it comes to masking, but I generally prefer to use deeply hydrating masks. Because I already have a number of chemical exfoliants in my rotation, I don’t choose this as often as I could. However, for those looking to add gentle chemical exfoliation to their routine, this mask might be a solid addition.

Overall rating: 4 out of 5

Blue Tansy Mask retails for $48 on Amazon

Rose Hibiscus Spray

Now for the bummer portion of my review. While I don’t really have anything bad to say about the Rose Hibiscus spray, I just don’t have anything to rave about, either. The smell is nice; it’s a bit peppery, actually, which I find interesting but not what I’d prefer in a rose facial spray. (And my favorite rose perfume is currently Le Labo’s Rose 31, which is also quite peppery!) The spray mechanism is quite nice: sometimes sprays aren’t fine enough and your face just gets drenched, but this has a nice, fine mist. The thing is, I just don’t find it does anything more for my skin than the Mario Badescu rose spray, which is less than half the price for the same amount and whose fragrance I vastly prefer. This one’s not a repurchase for me.

Overall rating: Somewhere between 2.5 and 3 

Rose Hibiscus spray from $16 at Herbivore Botanicals

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