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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Lush Herbalism Review

Herbalism is another facial cleanser from Lush catered towards those of us with oily/acne-prone skin.  I don't have really big issues with acne, I get a pimple every once in awhile, but it's not a huge problem for me; however, I definitely I have oily skin.  It's sooo oily, my face just feels yucky after a few hours after cleansing.

So I had been using Dark Angels for about a month or so and I saw some real improvements at first; however, as feared, my skin slowly started going back to its normal oily self. :( So I made the decision to try out Herbalism.

A lot of people have issues with the scent of Herbalism, but it doesn't bother me at all. I really don't think it smells strongly of vinegar, like most say, I think it has more of an herbally/green scent than anything else.

It does have a couple different oils in it, and you can tell because it takes a bit of massaging to get the product to mix with the water in order to create a paste to apply to the face.  However, I think the oil in Herbalism helps to cling to the oils in your face, drawing it out and cleaning it away.  It doesn't leave your face feeling squeaky clean, dry, and tight, which is great.

This product is a little more difficult to work with on your face because of that oil, I believe, it just doesn't glide on like other cleansers, you have to work at it to keep all the bits on your skin from falling off.

In all honesty, however much I do love using Herbalism, I really haven't seen any improvements in my skin.  It didn't drastically reduce my oil on first use, like Dark Angels did.  I enjoy cleansing with it, and I haven't seen any negative reaction, but it hasn't helped my skin either.

Overall, I think it's a good cleanser and I like it, but it hasn't improved the oily condition of my skin.

So... bottom line, I am still on the hunt for a cleanser that will actually help my oily skin over time. :(

Thanks for reading!


  1. Just found your blog today, was reading through some of the posts and noticed a consistent theme of trying to figure out your oily skin.. I thought I would give you my two cents, maybe it will help. For most of my life I suffered with oily skin (along with rough texture/flakes/acne/blackheads), I'm talking so oily I could wipe my hand across my forehead and it would be covered in oil.. only an hour after I washed it. I really couldn't wear makeup.. it would simply melt off especially in the summer. I would have to blot and powder every couple of hours, and reapply my shadow half way through the day. Two years ago I decided I had enough and started doing research trying to figure out how to fix it. Basically it boiled down to the fact that my skin produces oil to moisturize, all that oil is your skin screaming at you that it is dehydrated...and that is the best moisturizer.. oil. I tossed every skin product I had and bought a big bottle of evoo and that is the only thing that touched my skin for a month. It was honestly a miracle, I had new skin. It was less oily, completely smooth, no acne, all my blackheads disappeared. As time has gone on I've made adjustments but this is the basic routine: PM I clean with evoo, just pour some in your hand and rub it in. This will also remove all your makeup. Wipe it off with a disposable wipe or wet cloth. I use a very mild toner (Avalon Organics @ Walmart) to get any little bits left behind, then wash my hands and apply clean evoo.. don't be shy with it. Let sit for a few minutes then wipe off any excess with a dry tissue/cloth. AM I use the toner to get any dirt/oil left behind, and then a very light gel moisturizer (Garnier moisture rescue is a good one), you don't want anything that will leave oils or silicones on your skin. Apply a light layer of Milk of Magnesia anywhere you get oily, even your eyelids. It will leave a light cast but any foundation/bb cream you apply will take it away. If I'm not going to wear foundation I put on Black Radiance Complexion Perfection primer (for oily skin, contains kaolin clay). Apply makeup as usual. A good powder is Black Opal invisible oil blocking powder (also contains kaolin clay). Both these products are marketed towards dark skin tones, but are colorless. I can go all day without touching my makeup, and it looks the same as when I put it on.. I live in S. Louisiana so it is very hot and humid here almost year round. The only other thing I do is exfoliate a couple times a week during a shower with a wet terry towel. No soaps, cleansers, masks, scrubs, etc, etc.. nothing else to dry or irritate your skin. If you really want to use a scrub to exfoliate I would suggest baking soda, it's very mild and has no cleaning agents like prepackaged scrubs. Depending on your skin you may be able to get away with sugar scrub as well which is coarser. Hope some of that helps you.

    1. Thanks so much, I definitely will be taking some of your advice. I'm so glad you've taken the time to help me out and hopefully help others who will come across this too! :)