What LUSH says: “A powerful decongestant for your pores, Herbalism is best suited to those who have tried everything under the sun to clear up their oily and blemish prone skin. Fear not! Herbalism’s heroic blend of rosemary, nettle and chamomile are here to tame problematic skin. Ground rice bran acts as an effective exfoliant, while kaolin (also known as China clay) reaches deep down into pores to clean out dirt and debris. Use this cleanser in combination with Grease Lightning for balanced, even skin.”
I felt like I needed to switch up my beauty routine recently, and what better time to do that than Spring! I asked my boyfriend to pick me up another container of Dark Angels and instead of getting Aqua Marina again, I asked for Herbalism. I tried Herbalism last summer, and absolutely adored it, so I couldn’t wait to have it again. Nothing has changed, I still love it, and it is still one of my absolute favorite cleansers that LUSH makes.
This cleanser’s main purpose is to clean out clogged pores and help reduce breakouts. I was suffering from particularly nasty breakouts last summer, mainly because of bad makeup and bad ingredients in my hair care, (little did I know) but this cleanser seemed to really help heal them quicker. It’s not like other cleansers for acne that strip your skin and leave it with absolutely no moisture, instead, this helps take away the grease, tones your skin and leaves it feeling balanced. It’s mildly exfoliating because of the ground rice bran, though not as much as Dark Angels, and the kaolin clay helps it reach deep down in your pores to help pull out whatever gunk is in there. I did find this to be a little irritating at the end of last fall, but I think it was just because it was nearing the end of its expiration date and my skin was severely wind burnt and chapped. I’m happy to report that my skin has no issues with it now!
Here’s how I use it. I take a tiny chunk off of Herbalism, no more than two pea sizes, and then take my other hand to lightly drip three water droplets onto my little chunk of Herbalism. Then, on my slightly damp face, I massage it into my skin in circular motions with both hands for a minute. Lastly, I take my Clarisonic and make sure to really buff it into my skin and then I rinse it off with warm water and follow up with my Vanishing Cream moisturizer.
You definitely need this cleanser along with Dark Angels if you are oily and breakout prone, but even if you suffer from a little oil and minor breakouts, this would still be a great summer cleanser for you. If you are more sensitive skinned, I would stick with Aqua Marina, just because it is more moisturizing. I can’t wait to have clear skin all summer long, and with LUSH in my arsenal, I definitely think I will!
Ingredients from LUSH online: Ground Almonds (Prunus dulcis) , Kaolin , Glycerine ,Chlorophyllin Water (Aqua) , Nettle, Rosemary, Rice Vinegar Extract (Urtica dioica, Rosmarinus officinalis) , Rice Bran (Oryza sativa) , Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides) , Rose Absolute (Rosa centifolia) , Chamomile Oil (Anthemis nobilis) ,Sage Oil (Salvia sclarea) , Perfume
Where to buy: online at LUSH and in stores for $13.96-$29.95
P.S. I know there are a lot of links in this post, but it’s easier for me to reference my other reviews by posting those links so everyone can get a clear view on what I’m comparing this to. If you have any questions about comparisons, please ask away!