Review: Lush Herbalism Facial Cleanser

ImageMy Experience With Acne:
Throughout high school I had nearly perfect skin. I had maybe one or two pimples a month, and they were generally small and unnoticeable.

THEN I WENT TO COLLEGE and everything changed. My personal theory was that I was dehydrated and had a very limited diet with few fruits or vegetables to keep my skin healthy. Also, college classes brought on a whole new level of stress that I wasn’t used to. All of a sudden I had acne all down the sides of my face and along my chin. Nothing I did would get rid of it. I tried salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and even gentle cleansers like Purpose. Nothing really worked.

My face is not oily. It’s not dry. I have normal skin, so most acne products are not aimed towards someone like me.

My Experience with Herbalism:
I really enjoyed this product. There are a few things that really stand out to me.

  1. This product contains all natural ingredients including ground almonds, nettle, rosemary, rice vinegar extract, rice bran, rose absolute etc. It is vegan, meaning that it does not contain any animal products.
  2. It does have an expiration date. It only lasts three months from the time it was made. That makes me feel better, knowing it’s not full of preservatives and nasty chemicals.
  3. It exfoliates, cleans, and really helps with my acne without drying out my skin, unlike many other face washes aimed towards oily, acne-prone skin.

The only downside is the price. I got a .19 pound slice and it cost me $9.88. However, knowing that this product came from a cruelty-free brand with all natural ingredients, I feel like it was definitely worth every penny. If you’re lucky enough to have a store near you, you can have the employees cut you a slice within your price point. If not, you can purchase it online in two different sized tubs at two different price points.

As you would expect, Herbalism has a very herbal smell as well as a hint of vinegar. Some people may not enjoy the scent, but I like it. The vinegar smell fades quickly after washing and I cannot really smell the face wash once I’ve rinsed it off.

As much as I enjoy this product, I know that the scent can greatly affect how each person individually views a product. If you cannot stand the smell, then you might not be able to use this product.

How To/Texture:
Herbalism starts out with the consistency of moist clay. It’s solid but not hard. Start by taking a pea sized amount in your hand. Next you add warm water, drop by drop, until you can form a paste. Apply the paste to a wet face. I like to apply the paste in globs on my face and then blend it all together. I like to rub the face wash in a circular motion all over my face. It contains ground almonds that make this product a very gentle yet effective exfoliator. When you’re finished, just rinse and pat dry. It leaves your face feeling very smooth and fresh, and I personally feel extra special because I know everything in the face wash was all natural.Image

Brand Background:
Lush is a fantastic brand for many different reasons.

They use “fresh, organic fruits and vegetables,” few preservatives and simple packaging. One hundred percent of their products are vegetarian and they have a large variety of vegan products as well. They focus on ethically sourcing their ingredients, so that the product is not only good for your skin, body, or hair but the workers who harvest the ingredients are also being treated fairly.

Lush is a cruelty-free company that does not test any of their products on animals. They also have products in “charity pots” that gives every cent of the price, including the tax, to the charity labeled on the pot.

They include great little details that make the products feel really special and luxurious. Each product is handmade and contains a sticker with the face and name of the person who personally made your product.

For me, all these little details make this brand worth the extra money. Knowing that I’m getting a quality product made with love by a person, not a machine means that even a cheap college student like me can see the value in spending a little more money on it.

If you have problematic acne-prone skin, give this a try! It’s from a great company with fantastic morals and all natural ingredients. It has really helped my skin and exfoliates wonderfully. It was worth every penny I spent on it and when I finish mine at the end of this month, I’ll definitely be repurchasing.

And if this product isn’t for you, check out some of their other products. They’re all just as natural and amazing!