I’ve been using two different Herbivore Botanicals skincare products that are carried in Sephora. I’ve had the Orchid Facial Oil since December, which I started using over the winter, and the Pink Cloud Rosewater Moisture Creme, which I started using about a month ago. Herbivore is a Seattle-based brand founded in 2011 that emphasizes organic and food-grade ingredients as well as luxurious glass bottles and jars. On the Herbivore website, they say, “Knowing that everything we put on our skin quickly absorbs into our bodies, we ethically source the finest raw natural materials the earth has to offer.”
I had put the Orchid Facial Oil on a wishlist and received it for Christmas, so I hadn’t played around or sniffed it before acquiring it. The first thing I was surprised by when I took it out of the box was how much oil it is—a 1 oz. bottle is fairly standard, and this is nearly twice that. It feels like a lot. The other thing that took me by surprise is how intensely fragrant it is. It’s a jasmine bomb. It’s nice, but it’s a lot.
The oil itself is really thin and absorbs in the skin really effortlessly if you use a moderate amount of 4 drops or so. And, you have a lot of control with the dropper, which dispenses extremely small droplets. Because the oil is so lightweight, I find I can use it both morning and night if my skin is feeling very dry, although these days I’m exclusively using it at night.
I wouldn’t say this is necessarily my favorite oil I’ve ever tried, but it feels like a surprisingly good deal considering the quantity you get, and it’s been a pretty flexible moisturizer through about half the year. And, it has a luxurious quality to it.
Ingredients: Capric Triglycerides (Fractionated Coconut Oil), Cymbidium Grandiflorum (Orchid) Flower Extract, Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Olive Squalane Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Jasminum Sambac (Jasmine) Absolute
I get the sense that the Pink Cloud cream is one of Herbivore’s most in demand products, as it has stellar reviews on the Sephora site and it’s currently out of stock on the Herbivore site. It’s supposed to be formulated for all skin types and has rosewater, aloe, and white tea extract to “moisturize, soothe and reduce appearance of redness.”
It has a detectable oil richness to it (which is something I want in a moisturizer, personally), but it also slips over skin in a very light, thin texture and wears well under makeup. It has a pleasant but subtle rosewater scent that isn’t anywhere near as potent as the jasmine in the Orchid oil. I don’t really notice the scent once it’s massaged into the skin.
To me, this cream is nice, but I don’t think it’s exceptional. I occasionally have issues of pilling when layering over other skincare, and can’t quite figure out what the problem is. And, I don’t think it performs any special service to my skin that I can’t get from other options at a similar or lower price point. This market of $50-something creams is pretty saturated and there are tons of comparable options to weigh, and I find I can get a better match for my skin from brands like Kiehl’s and Dr. Jart+. My skin is a little bit oily in the center of my face and dry everywhere else, and I suspect that people that have more “normal” skin with fewer needs to balance will enjoy the cream more than I do.
I’ve been using the cream twice a day, and what I have found that I really enjoy is that at night I’ll mix 4-5 drops of the Orchid oil into the Pink Cloud cream in the palm of my hand before applying to create a custom night cream. To me, that’s Pink Cloud at its best.
Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, diheptyl succinate, cetearyl alcohol, glyceryl stearate citrate, Populus tremuloides (aspen) bark extract, Rosa damascena (rose) flower water, Aleurites moluccana (kukui) nut oil, glycerin, cetyl palmitate, Cocos nucifera (coconut) extract, Oryza sativa (rice) seed extract, Butyrospermum parkii (shea) nut butter, glyceryl caprylate, propanediol, capryloyl glycerin/sebacic acid copolymer, xanthan gum, sodium anisate, Myrothamnus flabellifolia extract, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, Camellia sinensis (white tea) leaf extract, Eclipta prostrata extract, Rosa damascena (rose) flower oil, melia azadirrachta leaf extract, moringa pterygosperma seed oil, sodium hyaluronate, sodium phytate, alcohol, ascorbic acid, citric acid
Have you tried either of these? What do you think?