For the first time a while, I’m really happy with my skincare routine, and a lot of that is thanks to the products in this Herbivore Botanicals Hydrate + Glow Skincare kit.
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I heard about Herbivore Botanicals from a friend who loves their True Blue Clarifying Duo–she has oily/acne prone skin and said it was really clearing up her skin. Even though I have dry skin, I was interested in the brand, so when they came out with this new hydrating mini set I figured it was worth a try–I love it when brands offer small trial sizes because you never know how your skin will react to new products.
I enjoy all of the products in this kit, but the two that stand out for me are the Pink Cloud Rosewater Moisture Creme and the Pheonix Facial Oil, and I’ve already ordered both in full sizes because I don’t want to run out.
The Pink Cloud Rosewater Moisture Creme has rose water, aloe water, kukui oil, white tea extract, and sodium hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid) and claims that it hydrates, plumps, and smooths skin, leaving it with a glowing and slightly dewy finish.
I agree with the claims–the moisturizer has a cloud-like, moussey consistency, it leaves my skin smooth and slightly dewy (but not shiny or greasy), and it absorbs quickly (1-2 minutes) with a light finish that’s perfect for under primer/foundation. I apply it in the morning after washing and toning my skin/before doing my makeup and usually in the evenings as well before applying the Pheonix Oil. It has a bit of a weird scent (it’s supposed to be rose but doesn’t really smell like rose to me?) but it’s not bad. Because of the natural ingredients, it also does separate a bit.
The Pheonix Facial Oil contains a mix of botanical oils and CoQ10 (something I learned about recently that’s supposed to help regenerate skin at the cellular level) and is intended for dry or mature skin. It comes in a small dropper bottle, which I prefer to roller ball applicators because it seems more sanitary and it’s easier to get out the right amount product. I love how this oil feels on my skin–it’s light and easy to rub in, but it also feels very hydrating. Sometimes my skin absorbs it quicker than other times (depending on how dry my skin is), but regardless of how long it takes, I find that it doesn’t transfer to my glasses lenses as much as some other facial oils I’ve tried (does anyone else have that issue with oils?)
The kit also comes with a Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Hydrating Face Mist, which I’ve been using after cleansing in the mornings and evenings, and their Brighten Pineapple + Gemstone Glow Mask. I don’t use the Glow Mask as often as the other products–so far I’ve been using it once or twice a week. It has a liquidy consistency–you apply a thin layer to the skin, leave it on for 10-20 minutes, and then rinse it off with warm water. It feels slightly tight and tingly while it’s on, and I haven’t noticed any drastic results from it, but I’ll continue to use it because it doesn’t irritate my skin (as some face masks do), and that extra skincare step is nice to mix in.
My skincare needs are products that are vegan, hydrating, not irritating, with bonus points for natural ingredients or anti aging benefits, and these products check off all of the boxes. I think it’s kind of hard to tell exactly how well skincare is working since there are so many factors that affect your skin like stress, diet, makeup etc., but all of these products feel nice when applying, and my skin looks/feels more hydrated than ever, so I’m happy! I’ve even felt comfortable wearing no foundation makeup looks lately, something I haven’t done in a while.
In addition to my positive experience with these products, I appreciate that Herbivore is an all vegan/cruelty free skincare line and that they’re available at Sephora. The only cons I see to these products is that they’re quite expensive, and Herbivore isn’t Logical Harmony approved yet (I hope they decide to become Logical Harmony approved.)
Have you tried any Herbivore Botanicals products? What did you think? Also if you’d like me to do a full skincare post with all of the products I use let me know!
Update February 2020: I have repurchased the Pheonix Oil and Pink Cloud Moisturizer multiple times over the past couple of years, though I’m not using the Pheonix anymore right now since I’ve simplified my skin care and don’t use any serums/oils, and I’m planning on trying this Versed moisturizer from Target next instead of Pink Cloud since it’s less expensive/also vegan and cruelty free/I’ve heard great things about it. Please let me know if you’ve tried it!