I’ve been working my way through Lush’s Herbalism facial cleanser while I’m traveling. Herbalism is part of my tour through the brands range of cleansers, and I was happy to bring it along while on the road because like most of Lush’s cleansers, it’s a dry product rather than a liquid. It doesn’t weigh much, and it doesn’t come with the risk of spills.
Herbalism is a bright green grit heavy in herbs which can be mixed with a little bit of water to create a gently exfoliating paste. The website says that it’s perfect for oily, blemish-prone skin, but the sales associate I spoke with thought it would work well for my combination skin, especially in the warmer months.
The ingredients list isn’t too long:
I smell the rosemary in it, mostly. I like the use of ground almonds as exfoliants over a lot of other gritty ingredients because they aren’t that rough and I never feel like my skin (which has become more sensitive in the last couple of years) is irritated after washing. There’s a bit of oil in the mix and my skin always feels very comfortably moisturized afterwards, too – never dry and tight.
Using a drier paste as a cleanser can be a little messy, but I think this one is fairly easy to use. the consistency is very even and the grit is pretty fine, so I don’t end up with chunks falling down the drain as I try to spread it on my face. I really enjoy the herby smell but don’t notice it hanging onto my skin after I rinse the cleanser off (it is an earthy smell, so it may not be to some folks’ taste). I don’t have acne-prone skin, so I can’t speak to it’s efficacy as a treatment for blemishes, but I generally find my skin is clear and balanced after having used this for around 2 months.
You no longer have to buy Lush’s cleansers by weight in deli containers, as they are now packaged in the brand’s standard black pots – love that. They’re sold in both 3.5 and 8.8 oz. sizes, but I always go for the smaller one. In addition to wanting to try a handful of different types, these fresh products also go bad in a few months’ time. I would only buy the larger size if I was sharing it with someone else. It’s the only way I’d have a fighting chance at finishing it up at a reasonable rate. If you’re not already familiar, Lush does have a program where you can return five of their empty black pots for recycling and receive a free Fresh Face Mask of your choice for free (and their masks are really great!).
My skin has been getting along great with Herbalism and I’d definitely consider grabbing another pot when I run out (which won’t be long from now). I won’t re-buy it immediately as I’d still like to try out some of Lush’s other offerings first, but I haven’t had any complaints and my skin has been feeling happy and calm. It’s been harder to keep up with blog posts while I’m traveling, but at the very least I’m trying to keep up with the products I’m running through and this is definitely one of them! It’s been a good one to have these past couple of months.
Herbalism costs $13.95 for a small 3.5 oz. pot or $33.95 for a larger 8.8 oz. pot. Have you tried it? What cleansers have you been enjoying lately?