Is Herbivore Worth the Hype?
Like most people I’m a big fan of any products that are both seriously effective and a total luxury to use.
Throw in some chic minimalist packaging as well and my credit card is pretty much yours.
Which leads me neatly to Herbivore, a natural ingredient-based US brand which will already be familiar to anyone who has spent more than three minutes of their lives browsing Instagram’s beauty pages.
I’ll admit I’d pretty much fallen in love with Herbivore even before I tried so much as one product…
Was it the high quality natural ingredients? Well yes, mostly. Was it also the ridiculously attractive packaging? Ahem, perhaps.
So during what turned out to be the first of many Herbivore purchases I started pretty small, picking up the brand’s Coco Rose Lip Polish, the Coconut Milk Bath, and the Rose Quartz Illuminating Body Oil.
Herbivore Coco Rose Lip Polish (£12 for 5 ml, Space NK)
As a sucker for a lip scrub I felt pretty confident that the Coco Rose Lip Polish was going to work well as soon as tried it.
With fine, smooth grains of sugar in an emollient shea butter and coconut oil base, this scrub is gentle on lips rather than tugging or tearing like some harsher scrubs.
I also don’t have to use too much of this to get a good exfoliation going since the moisture in the base makes the sugar granules spread well. After using small circular motions to scrub I need just a tiny amount of water to dissolve the sugar, leaving my lips soft and flake-free.
Great for: Some skincare luxury, since the soothing, Turkish delight-type taste and smell also lends a luxury feel to the experience that I really appreciate.
Not so great for: Ease of use since this is a pretty solid scrub. That means it lasts longer than others but can be slightly difficult to work with. To work around this I use a small beauty spatula to remove the product without getting nails involved, but for the price to be honest there are cheaper alternatives which are simply easier to use.
Herbivore Coconut Milk Bath Soak (from £16 226 g, Space NK)
I also have pretty similar thoughts about the Coconut Milk Bath Soak.
While I find this genuinely hydrating and also gently cleansing, this is definitely on the expensive side and really doesn’t smell much of coconut once the product has dissolved in hot water.
Containing powdered organic coconut milk to nourish skin, as well coconut pulp for more moisturising action, I definitely feel like my skin has been hydrated when I use this, and I can easily skip the post-bath moisturiser. The slight cleansing effect on my skin means I can also use a little less body wash with this.
But is this a favourite? Well really I think that comes down to how much you like a bath…
For me (a total bath addict, especially at the end of a long week), I’m happy to reserve this for the times when my skin really needs a hit of soothing moisture. And I definitely think of this as a treat rather than a daily skincare product.
For anyone who isn’t so much into the whole bath thing but was instead hoping for a coconut experience, this possibly isn’t for you since the scent is really not a strong one here.
Great for: Hydrating and soothing.
Not-so-great for: Real coconut fans since this really doesn’t smell of a lot once it’s in the bath. To get the full benefits of the fragrance though you could always do what I do and add some extra essential oil to the water just before getting in.
Herbivore Rose Quartz Illuminating Body Oil (£38 for 120 ml, Space NK)
After my bath, and on nights when I’m going anywhere exciting, I like to use the Rose Quartz Illuminating Body Oil.
While I do love a shimmery oil and normally go for any golden shades guaranteed to make me look less vampire-like, the unusual shell pink shade of this oil caught my eye for days when I want something a little more subtle.
Containing camellia seed oil, orchid flower extract, squalane and jasmine flower extract, this product is basically a beefed-up body version of Herbivore’s gorgeous Orchid Facial Oil (even smelling quite similar) but with added shimmer.
I say beefed-up because the addition soybean oil and shea butter make this super moisturising.
I’ve included the full list of ingredients of this (and all the products I’ve reviewed here) at the bottom of this post.
Housed in a glass bottle, I was surprised to find this product has a pump nozzle, rather than a spray. The combination of this and the oil’s fairly runny texture means I find I have to work quite quickly as I apply this otherwise I can end up spilling it.
Aside from that, though, this is one of my favourite body oils, not least because of its unusual pale glow effect, which I can only describe as moonshine-like (not in a make your own alcohol sort of way, more in the ethereal sort of way). Anyone else looking for a subtle shimmer effect might also like this unusual shade too.
Like the other Herbivore products though, this is also quite an investment, especially since this does take 10 minutes or so to absorb fully, meaning I have to wait before getting dressed after applying.
Great for: Subtle shimmer.
Not-so-great for: Fans of a glitter look, since this offers more of a subtle effect.
So overall, are these Herbivore products worth the hype? Well I think that depends what you’re looking for really.
These all offer a touch of luxury, as well as a soothing combination of botanicals which would probably suit even the most sensitive types (as long as they can tolerate essential oils). For me personally, despite the lack of coconut scent, I particularly enjoy the bath soak (although I do wish it was cheaper).
My skin seems to love its gentle cleansing action and soothing hydration, and I also thinks it’s a fairly unique product from a beauty brand (although you could replicate most of the effects with shop-bought powdered coconut milk).
The lip scrub, while lovely, I could possibly do without since there are so many brilliant alternatives from other brands.
And finally the Rose Quartz Oil…If you’re someone who loves a shimmering body oil but wants to steer away from the usual gold tones this certainly offers a fairly unique shade and is a brilliantly moisturising oil. But again, there are some cheaper alternatives out there, like Sol Body’s Rose Sol Glow Body Oil ($15/£12.80 for 104 ml, Colourpop).
The full list of ingredients:
Coco Rose Lip Polish: Organic Sucrose, Hydrogenated Soybean oil, Cocos Nucifera Oil, Butyrosperum Parkii Butter, Limnanthes Alba Seed Oil, Rose Damascena Absolue, Tocopherol, Red Iron Oxide
Coconut Milk Bath Soak: Sodium Bicarbonate, Dehydrated Vegan Coconut Milk, Coconut Pulp CO2, Vanilla Planifolia Absolute
Rose Quartz Body Oil: Capric Triglycerides, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Cymbidium Grandiflorum (Orchid Extract) Flower Extract, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Olive Squalane, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Jasminum Grandiflorum (Jasmine) Floral Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide, Eclipta Prostrata Extract, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax