Hello people! This post will be seeing the light of the day after a long time. LUSH as a brand has always been a fascination for me. A self-proclaimed bath-&-body-products’ addict, as I am, LUSH has been like a fairyland, wherein I can immerse myself in their distinctive aromas and textures. So when I could get my hands on a couple of products from Lush, I was ecstatic beyond words!
I badly wanted to try LUSH. It was a difficult task to make up my mind about the choice of products. So much so, that I remember spending a few sleepless nights dreaming about the products.:P Imagine my euphoria when I actually got them in hand! I had shared my LUSH haul on Instagram as well, and Herbalism is the first product from the bunch I’m reviewing. So, this post is really special for me. 🙂
About LUSH Herbalism :
(All information from LUSH UK website)
Nettles, rosemary and rice bran vinegar work to cleanse the skin, removing dirt and grease, leaving bright and beautifully clean skin. Chamomile blue oil and rose absolute are used for balancing skin tone. Rice bran and ground almonds will gently exfoliate the skin and when mixed with water, the almonds create a soft cleansing milk. Our chlorophyllin is extracted from alfalfa, which is rich in vitamins and minerals and is great for revitalising the skin.
List of ingredients:
Ground Almonds, Kaolin, Glycerine Chlorophyllin Water, Nettle, Rosemary, and Rice Vinegar Extract, Rice Bran, Gardenia Extract, Rose Absolute, Chamomile Blue Oil, Sage Oil, Perfume.
Price : $16.95 on LUSH US website, for 3.5oz.
My Experience with LUSH Herbalism:
I had purchased the 100gm tub of this cleanser. It comes neatly packaged in the signature LUSH Black tub, with a screw lid. All details are mentioned clearly on the labels. One interesting feature which I never found in any product before, was that the label also features the name of its maker!:) What a great way to acknowledge employee efforts, LUSH! My love for LUSH grew a manifold, thanks to this approach and the noble idea.
I would describe the texture of Herbalism as a moist, slightly gritty powder bearing a green colour. The fragrance is a strong herbal. You may even find it a bit medicinal. However, a whiff of Herbalism reminds me of wet grasses and rain soaked soil. I love how natural this smells, and gets me so much closer to nature, but at the same time I understand this fragrance may not be everybody’s cup of tea. 😉
To use Herbalism, you need to break off a tiny piece from the green mass with dry fingers, and dilute it with water. It will form a paste, that can be usedon the face or body. Yes, Herbalism can be used as both a face and a body cleanser. I usually use it for my face. I love how gentle it is, the exfoliating action is extremely mild, so much so that you can use it once every day.:-) Herbalism does not lather at all, yet leaves the skin squeaky clean. However, it does not have rigorous cleansing action like a purely chemical cleanser, given that the product is made up of solely naturally-derived ingredients. Also don’t expect it to remove makeup. I do not wear a lot of makeup all the time, but when I do, I prefer using Herbalism as a last step of cleansing.
Herbalism does not make my skin dry or parched. It does not have very distinct exfoliating particles (most of it dissolves while making the paste, and the remaining grains are quite mild). Thus it is not very effective in removing stubborn blackheads. It did help me with a few whiteheads though, with a regular usage. I do not use a separate exfoliator on the days I use Herbalism, leaving it for those days that I use a foaming or gel cleanser. The only thing to be very careful about is to NEVER use this cleanser with wet hands.
At times I wet my face, and use a broken piece of Herbalism to cleanse and exfoliate. That is, without diluting it. In that way, it has a better scrubbing effect.
The shelf-life is rather short, just 4 months. 🙁 I so wish it lasted for at least 6, but then I’m glad I didn’t purchase the bigger size! I love it quite a lot you see. Also this product is completely vegan, contains no SLS or harsh chemical additives/preservatives. LUSH is also a major cruelty free brand, just like my other favorite TBS. 🙂 Their containers too, are totally recyclable!
The Final Verdict:
LUSH Herbalism is a very unusual cleanser. I have used cleansers in every form: gel, foam, powder, and Herbalism. It is by far the most unique of them all. The texture is granular that turns non-gritty in the paste,and cleanses amazingly well. Additionally it does not strip off natural oils from the skin, thus leaving it clean and refreshed. It works wonderfully as both a face and body cleanser. The fragrance might be bothersome for a few, but I enjoy the natural freshness and vigor of the same. On washing off, the fragrance does not linger. So, sensitive noses who wish to try Herbalism can definitely do so. It works well for my oily combination skin type. If you are looking for a gentle, non-abrasive, regular cleanser with a twist, Herbalism is your call!
My Rating : 4.25/5
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