My skin is oily and blemished and I recently fancied trying out some new products. Herbalism is a fresh cleanser which according to Lush, contains nettles, rosemary and rice bran vinegar to cleanse the skin. Chamomile oil and rose absolute balancing skin tone, and rice bran and ground almonds exfoliate the skin. I thought this sounded like a good one to try out. It cost £6.75 for a 100g tub.
On first impressions, it looks like something you would find in a pond! It has a vivid green colour and smells very earthy. A small amount is removed from the pot and then you add water and rub on the face. When dry, the cleanser has a grainy, spongy texture which quickly becomes moist and easy to apply when water is added.
The cleaner is mildly abrasive thanks to the ground almonds and rice bran; this is not too gritty or rough on the skin. Throughout the whole cleansing process, my skin did not sting or feel irritated, even with angry spots. The product does tend to take a bit of washing off though, due to its grainy consistency - particularly around the hairline. Once washed off, my skin feels smooth and soft and is not tight or dry.
I have noticed that it does not really remove makeup from the face, so it is best to remove that first before using this - this also ensures that your skin can get maximum benefit from the natural ingredients.
I do feel that Herbalism helped to control the oil production on my face, as I was less oily on days that I used this. The only downside is that it needs to be used within a few months of purchase. I forgot about my tub and went to use the last bits of it and was confronted with a tub of white fluffy mould! :(
Overall, this is good natural exfoliating cleanser. I'm not 100% sure how effective it is at actually 'cleansing' the skin - as in removing dirt and grime. But the natural ingredients have a positive effect on oily/spotty skins. I will be repurchasing.
If you want to clean your skin and not use any chemicals and preservatives at all then this if for you.
I wanted to find something to clean my skin that would not be harsh and did not contain any chemical ingredients and preservatives and after some searching I found the Lush sold cleaners. I visited a Lush store and explained that I had oily skin which the odd breakout and I was taken to the herbalism cleanser. I looked at the ingredients and straight away I knew what all of them were. There is nothing with a long name that cant be pronounced and even worse, something which you have no clue where it came from.
The herbalism cleanser has the following ingredients,
Ground Almonds, Kaolin, Glycerine, Chlorophyllin Water, Nettle, Rosemary and Rice Vinegar Extract, Rice Bran, Gardenia Extract, Rose Absolute, Chamomile Blue Oil, Sage Oil, Perfume
All of the ingredients have a purpose for being there, they are not used to fill out the product like many other brands.
The ground almonds are used to help buff and polish the skin making it a mild exfoliator. The kaolin is an exfoliator and a mild cleansing agent, glycerine is moisturising, chlorophyllin water is an antiseptic, full of vitamin C and helps regulate sebum production. Nettle, rosemary and rice vinegar has many uses, it is antibacterial and full of iron, Vitamin A and Vitamin C. Rice bran is full of vitamin B and it is known to help the circulation and help cell growth which will give you brighter skin. Gardenia Extract is used to add colour but is also being researched for its anti inflammatory effects. Rose absolute is used to help calm irritated skin. Chamomile blue oil is used because of its Antibacterial, anti inflammatory and antiseptic properties and the sage oil is used for its antiseptic qualities and very fresh smell.
This cleanser is advertised as a cleanser that will gently exfoliate and calm any troubles which you may have with your skin. After trying so many different products at various price points I was a little sceptical that it would make any difference to my skin. Some products which claim to calm breakouts and oily skin can cost easily twice, three times and more than this product sells for, Currently £6.25.
The advisor showed me how to use the cleanser, a tiny amount in your hand, a few drops of water and rub it on your face, that's it.
Since I have used the herbalism cleanser I have not had one breakout and I know I am using something which is natural and full of ingredients which are good for your skin.
Next time you use something to clean your face, look at the ingredients first, do you know what they are and what they are doing to your skin? If not, look at lush and if there is anything you are unsure about either e mail them or ask a member of staff in Lush and they will explain everything to you. Definitely worth at try. preservatives
I have quite an oily complexion and it has the tendency to become greasy and to develop blemishes. I need to ensure that I cleanse my skin twice daily and that I do it properly to keep my skin in a good condition. I have tried a range of cleansers and the lastest one was Herbalism by Lush.
What does the product do?
The product is a cleanser which comes in a solid form. It has been designed to exfoliate the skin thereby removing the dead and dull skin cells from the surface of the face. This reveals the new healthy ones underneath and it prevents the dead skin cells from developing into blemishes. It also promises to remove grease and excess oils from the skin and to calm troubled skin.
How does the product work?
The product contains ground almonds and rice bran for the exfoliating effect, leaving the skin smooth and revitalised. Also included is Kaolin clay which is a natural substance and its this ingredients which absorbs those excess oils and grease leaving you with a shine free complexion. Rose and Chamomile are included to calm and soothe the skin while Chlorophyllin helps to regenerate the skin and to brighten the complexion. The product contains only natural ingredients so it is nothing but good for the skin. As such it comes with an expiration date and should last you around three months.
How do you use the product?
The product is to be applied to damp skin. You are directed to take a tiny pea sized amount of the cleanser and to place it in your hand. Then you need to mix this with some water to form a paste. You then need to apply the paste to the face, massaging it gently onto the skin carefully avoiding the eye area. Then you can rinse the product off thoroughly and dry the skin. You need to follow this up with a good moisturiser and then carry on with your usual make up routine.
Packaging and Price
The product comes in the standard black pot that you would expect from Lush. It has no detailing about from white writing, reflecting the purity of what's inside. You pull off the black lid and have full access to the product which means that you can easily control the amount of the cleanser that you use so there will be no wastage. It will cost you around £6 for about 100 grams of the product and it can be bought from your local Lush store or from their online website.
Aroma and appearance
The product is bright green in colour and looks a little bit like slightly damp sand in the pot. This little pot does not smell good at all which is a major disadvantage with something that you are applying to your face. It smells strongly of vinegar mixed with an earthiness and I don't like it at all. In fact, if I had bothered to smell it being purchasing, I probably wouldn't have bought it in the first place.
The idea of making your own paste out of a cleanser is a bit weird and it takes a little while to get the combination right so that it's not too runny. Once you've got the paste right, it is easy enough to apply to the face. The product is a very gentle exfoliator which is not harsh at all, even if you massage it in with some force. This makes it good for sensitive skin but not for those who like a thorough exfoliation. It feels gentle on the skin and didn't irritate my skin or cause me to feel any discomfort. It feels quite moisturising on the face. When it comes to the time to remove the product, I've found that a damp flannel works better and this gets pretty stuck to your face. A simple rinse of water after that gets all of the product off. You do get into a mess with this one and your sink and flannel will need a good clean after use which may annoy some people.
The product doesn't dry out my skin or may it feel tight at all. It does leave it feeling fresh and clean when I use the product in the morning. The exfoliating action does remove some of my dry skin and it feels smoother to the touch and looks brighter. My skin feels soft and smooth, and my face feels calmer and soothed. My complexion also had a certain brightness to it. It also makes my skin shine free but obviously the oils creep back during the day so I'm still shiny by the time I finish work. It hasn't caused me to develop any blemishes and I've noticed my complexion has been a bit clearer and I've had fewer blackheads forming.
So it certainly improves the complexion of my skin. As a cleanser however, it's not actually that strong. When I have used it as a night time cleanser, it hasn't managed to remove my make up properly which can result in blemishes in itself. In the mornings, when my skin is free from make up, it performs much better so I keep this one for the mornings. Because you only use so little of the product for each application, this one would be super long lasting but I don't think I'm going to get through the lots before the product expires.
All in all, this is a good product which clearers the skin of excess oils, offers a gentle exfoliation and brightens the complexion. It won't work well on those who wear lots of make up but as a morning cleanser it ticks all the boxes which a cleaner should... Just check if you can cope with the smell before purchasing.
Herbalism is an excellent natural facial cleanser. It's made up of 100% natural ingredients.
It's a solid facial cleanser for spot prone/ blemish prone skin.
It is a little messy to use. You have to get the hang of it. I simply place my DRY fingers into the tub, pinch off a small amount of it and roll it into a ball in the palm of my hand. I then add a little water, mix it to a paste and massage it onto my wet face. The smell is herbally but it's not too strong. It's actually a very pleasant scent. Herbalism is a little thinner in consistency compared to Angels but I prefer the thinner consistency as it's easy to work with. It's not the softest of Lush cleansers as it is a little grainy. However the grainy effect is really exfoliating and the cleanser helps to rid your skin of dead skin cells.
After using this for a few days (I was given a generous sized sample) I have noticed a positive difference to my skin. It's a lot less spotty and it feels a lot softer thanks to the exfoliating rice bran in Herbalism. It's also really calming and the added kaolin helps to absorb excess oil and grease. I would recommend this cleanser to people who suffer from oily skin. This cleanser really deals with excess oil, leaving you with a more matte complexion.
It also lasts ages. I have bought full sized tubs of this before (years ago) and they all lasted me around two months. Just make sure your fingers are dry when you reach into the tub as wet fingers can mash up the cleanser, leaving it squishy and not as exfoliating.
Lush - Herbalism Fresh cleanser
Recently I was lucky enough to attend a Lush event where we made our own fresh face mask and then we were treated to a free facial in the store. This gave us the opportunity to try products that we hadn't tried before and use them in the correct way.
I usually choose Lush products for ancient dry and lined skin as I am getting to that stage but I thought that I would take the chance of trying some different products and so instead of my usual '"Angels on Bare Skin" fresh cleanser I asked if I could try this one. I would like to add that I not only tried it in my facial in the shop but they also gave us a very generous sample of all the products they used on our faces to take home so I have a small pot of this at home too which I have been using in between my usual one.
This fresh cleanser is a very dark green colour and is a sort of crumbly mix, not dry, but not a cream either. It is made from ground almonds so if you imagine those mixed with other ingredients some wet and some dry you will have an idea of its consistency. It kind of looks like green sand but feels much softer of course.
This usually costs £5.95 for a pot containing 100g but my pot has about 20g in it but mine was free so I was quite thrilled. The usual thing applies if you buy this in the black pot, if you wash it and return five of them you can choose a free fresh mask or hair mask which I think is a great incentive to encourage people not to just throw these pots away.
This fresh cleanser is designed for those with sensitive skin or those prone to acne. Mine is sensitive but thankfully I no longer suffer from acne. Herbalism contains chlorophyll hence its green colour and that apparently helps both gently cleanse and balance the skin's sebum production. There is also nettle in this one which probably also contributes to the green colour.
The rose absolute and blue camomile both help to calm any skin sensitivity and soreness as well as both being good for healing scars and helping reduce lines in the case of the rose absolute.
This is a very gentle exfoliant and this job is done by the ground almonds and the rice bran. Both of these are not only very gentle scrubby products but they also both contain oils that are good for balancing the skin.
Into the mix is added rice vinegar which is a mild astringent thus helping reduce oils on the skin and also helping to close the pores. Finally the tea tree oil as everyone now knows is a wonderful natural anti bacterial product so this helps clean up any bacteria of the skin's surface so helping reduce acne.
This cleanser has a strange smell, you can certainly smell the vinegar, the tea tree and something grassy sort of smelling which is probably a combination of the nettles and chlorophyll. I can't say this is one I sniff and think, " Mmm that's nice" but it also isn't unpleasant either. It has a sort of medicinal smell but not in the same class as TCP by a long way!
The idea is that you take a small amount, just a bit bigger than a pea and put this in one hand. Add a little water and with a finger rub this into the palm of your hand until you have a softish paste . This wet soft paste is what you use to cleanse your face. I very gently, using just a little water rub this into my face in a circular and upward motion. You don't need to rub hard just really gently massage your face with this and then rinse it off with warm, not hot water.
Once you have cleaned all the 'Herbalism' off your face then pat your face dry and finish the cleaning process off by applying a gentle toner so that you close the pores and stop any dirt getting in. You can then apply whatever moisturiser you think your face needs; finishing off with makeup if you want to apply some.
I found this did a good job of gently cleansing and exfoliating my face leaving it feeling fresh and clean and in no way sore of irritated. I can't say I was too fussed on the smell but if I had skin that was acne prone that would not be a worry for me if the product worked; it wasn't unpleasant it just slightly medicinal and the name 'Herbalism' is rather appropriate as it does smell a bit like plants generally. It reminds me of the smell of a pile of plant clippings that I have trimmed, a sort of leafy, grassy smell mixed with vinegar.
Would I buy this again? Well yes but I think I prefer 'Angels on bare Skin' as it smells nicer and I think suits my skin better. I think this may be more suited for younger, sensitive acne prone greasier skin than mine. It isn't unpleasant and certainly didn't make my skin feel horribly dry and should Lush stop making 'Angels on bare Skin' I would be happy to use this but I just prefer 'Angels on bare Skin'. I would be more than happy to have both and alternate them depending on how my skin feels at the time which is what I am doing now.
I think if you do have problem skin then I would definitely pop down to Lush as they have very knowledgeable staff who can advise on good skin care. Sometimes people with spot prone skin try so hard to almost dry out their skin with chemically based products and this often does more harm than good. Your skin needs some oil and what you need to do is help it balance its sebum/oil production.
I would be happy to use this myself and would also happily recommend it to anyone with problem skin. It is worth a try as it contains nothing nasty and might be the 'magic' cleanser you need.
This is a good cleanser full of nice natural stuff with a rather 'interesting' smell but certainly one I would recommend trying.
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Herbalism is a herbal cleanser made by Lush. This cleanser is quite unusual as it is in solid form, and this unique factor really appealed to me. The cleanser is suitable for any skin type, but it is marketed as being a cleanser mainly for oily and acne prone skin. Herbalism's name came about because Lush were asked by some of their japanese staff asked for a cleanser that matched the needs of Japanese skin - a cleanser that would combat oiliness, remove shine and brighten skin tone. Lush decided to head over to Japan and added a few japanese ingredients into this cleanser, as well as a few European herbal ingredients. They came up with this, which is the perfect concoction for tackling oily skin, no matter what your nationality is!
Lush state that this cleanser is a great way to calm down troubled skin and they also say that it is a powerful aid in reducing excess oil, resulting in a much more clear and even skin tone. Another claim is that the product helps reduce acne and that it can even prevent acne! Herbalism is designed to gently exfoliate and remove grease, resulting in a lovely clear complextion. It is a brilliant alternative to my usual cleanser which only removes impurities rather than actually exfoliating and 'digging deeper'.
There's lots of gorgeous sounding ingredients in this. The one that stood out most to me was steeping nettle, which is soaked with rosemary herbs in rice vinegar for 48 hours. These, when mixed together, have many positive effects, including being able to be used as an anti-inflammatory and anti-septic. The mixture is also ideal to soothe spot prone or itchy skin. Kaolin, also known as china clay is a well known cosmetic ingredient. It adds absorbency, texture and bulk to the cleanser and acts as an exfoliator that helps get rid of dead skin cells. Another ingredient is chamomile blue oil, which is a gentle essential oil able to calm the mind, body and soul. It is able to soothe sore, irritated skin and also has antiseptic qualities. Another ingredient is ground almonds which exfoliate the skin gently. The entire list of the ingredients in Herbalism can be found on Lush's website. All of the ingredients are a hundred percent natural and suitable for Vegans.
**How To Use**
I don't usually describe how to use products in my reviews as I think that it could potentially come across as patronising, however as this is a very unique product and one of the only solid cleansers available, I thought it'd be sensible to give a brief run down in how to use this/how I use it. It is quite simple really, and I was given instructions by a Lush employee on how to use it properly (she wrote it down as I was worried i'd do it wrong!) To use herbalism, I simply place a blob of the solid cleanser in the palm of my hand, add around a tablespoon of water (don't add too much as it'll make it go goopey and gross) and then mix it with my fingers to create a milky, paste-like texture. This doesn't take long and once the texture is right I smooth it onto my face, I focus on my T zone, as this area is the one that gets the most oily (I have dry skin however from time to time do struggle with acne and greasy skin in certain areas of my face). There is no set amount of time to leave it on for but I leave it for around 5 minutes and then wash it off with warm water - easy!
**Price, Value For Money and Availability**
I think that Herbalism is quite well priced - it isn't too expensive (unlike alot of other Lush products!) and won't break the bank at £5.95 for a 100 gram pot. I only need a reasonably small amount to cover all of my face meaning that it lasts for a decent amount of time.. however, this cleanser needs to be used within one month after purchase which is one of the down sides. Too much of anything isn't good, and I certainly am not able to use a whole 100 gram pot in a month. Luckily though, I have had mine for 2 and a half months and it doesn't smell or look 'off', it's not mouldy or anything and it still works fine and so I think that a month is perhaps more of a guideline than anything. Herbalism can be purchased either in-store Lush or via their website.
Herbalism comes in the usual, instantly recogniseable black Lush pot. The pot has white font on it which has a brief product description. along with the green Lush logo. It is basic and definetly unisex, it's easy to open and close and there's not really alot to say about it to be fair!
**Smell and Texture**
Herbalism has quite a mixture of scents in it, but the overall smell is pleasant. At first, I found the smell of vinegar to be much too prominant however I now really like it. It adds a nice 'twang' to the usual floral smell, and it has a slight hint of lavendar and sage. It's a very fresh and natural smell which although strong isn't overpowering. It hasn't got a nasty undertone to it and the scent is well balanced. The texture is quite odd - it's got an almost clay like consitency but is softer, with a squidgy feel to it - a bit like play doh! It goes crumbly if you play about with it though rather than been smooth and stretchy in texture. It's not very moist at all although it's not too dry and it doesn't feel drying once applied to my skin. I usually scoop a blob of the mixture out and then follow the instructions provided on how to use it, and it soon turns much softer with a creamy, easily spreadable consistency. It's quite a gross product to look at and looks like slime/mud but honestly, don't let the appearence put you off.
I bought this just over 2 months ago as a friend had given me a sample of it and I really liked it. Luckily, I don't suffer too much with oily skin but get the odd oily patch on my T zone once in a while and have been breaking out in new spots around my chin almost every other day in the past few months due to bezerk pregnancy hormones! I love how unique Herbalism is and although it seems a bit of a faff using it from reading the 'how to use' part of my review it is actually so easy and quick and it's not too messy.. i'm not gonna lie, it does leave green traces behind in my sink but as long as you clean it straight away it doesn't stain. It crumbles quite alot however I apply mine in the bath room as my floor and sink are easy to clean after use.
I love the effects that the cleanser has on my skin and my skin feels soft, smooth and deeply cleansed after use. It doesn't feel heavy on my skin or like it's clogging up my pores and it is very lighweight. It doesn't dry too solid and is comfortable to use. It's classed as a gentle exfoliator, but I think it's more of an average/medium exfoliator - you can definetly feel it working and it is slightly uncomfortable/slightly scratchy, however it's not painful or unpleasant due to how finely ground the almonds are and it certainly does not irritate or damage my skin. It is a very thorough exfoliator and always leaves my skin smooth and silky, as well as looking bright and clean.
I do definetly think that it has an effect on spots and it seems to aid in making them dry up quicker than they would without using it. It doesn't magically make them dissapear but it seems to dry them up. This is not a moisturising cleanser (I don't think any are though), so I always use it before toning and moisturising. It definetly isn't drying though and I actually think it makes my skin feel much more hydrated, clean and 'nice' then any of my other cleansers ever have!
I think this is a really good cleanser that helps clear up spotty skin as well as keeping my skin looking and feeling healthy. It's affordable however there is one disadvantage - the use by date. The benefits outweigh the negatives though and I therefor highly reccomend it to anyone - particullary anyone who suffers with acne or oily skin.
Anyone who reads my reviews regularly will know I'm a huge fan of Lush and I'm slowly trying to work my way through all of their products. Recently I've been using a fresh cleanser of theirs called Herbalism. This cleanser is designed for oily and problem skin. I've got a slightly oily T-zone, so I hoped this product would help!
***What is Lush?***
Lush is a store that makes toiletries and cosmetics, using natural and organic ingredients where possible and minimising packaging where they can. It started out as a mail order company called Cosmetics to Go, but this failed and the new store, Lush, opened in Poole, Dorset. Later branches of the shop opened in London and beyond, and there are now Lush stores all over the world. As well as in store, you can also buy products from the website, www.lush.co.uk. There are similar websites for many different countries including the USA, Japan and Germany.
Lush buy ingredients only from companies that do not test on animals. All of their products are suitable for vegetarians and many are suitable for vegans.
Lush say: "We believe in happy people making happy soap, putting our faces on our products and making our mums proud.
"We believe in long candlelit baths, sharing showers, massage, filling the world with perfume and in the right to make mistakes, lose everything and start again."
The Herbalism cleanser comes in one of Lush's black pots (if you take 5 pots back to the store you can get a free Fresh Face Mask worth £4.99) and costs £5.80. It is made in the form of a squidgy roll, in fact it is rather like a paste. Herbalism is a rich dark green in colour and contains China clay to cleanse, ground almonds to exfoliate, rosemary to revive, nettle powder to purge dirt and oil and chamomile to soothe the skin.
The smell of this cleanser is fresh and herbal. It might not be to everyone's taste but to me it smelled a lot better than the Aqua Marina cleanser I tried recently! Appearance-wise, it is grainy like Angels on Bare Skin and Dark Angels. It is easy to scoop out a small amount (I use a piece a little larger than a pea on my face). To use the cleanser, I mix it with a little water, dab it on my forehead, nose and chin and rub it in with circular motions, extending the cleanser over the rest of my face as I do so. It feels slightly scrubby, but in a very gentle way, not like a proper facial scrub. I prefer to use the cleanser in the shower so that I can make sure I wash it all off - I have tried doing it over the sink a couple of times but always seem to end up with little bits of green everywhere!
I've been using this cleanser for over two months now, and haven't experienced any skin irritation of any kind. In fairness, I rarely experience any irritation with Lush products. In general I've noticed my skin is very soft, probably because of the exfoliating particles.
When I started using this product I had a couple of dry patches on my face which have now cleared up. However, for various reasons I don't think this product either caused or got rid of these dry patches. It seems to have been very gentle on my skin. Though it hasn't dried my skin out, it seems to have done a reasonably good job of helping to control the amount of spots I get, and I've also noticed that the shine I get on my T-zone has lessened somewhat.
Used once a day, the cleanser lasts around three months which is pretty good going and means it lasts a couple of weeks past the use by date. This is a fresh product and you do need to start using it pretty much straight after buying - it isn't the sort of cleanser you could buy and then stash away in a cupboard for a bit. I've read that keeping it in the fridge extends its life, but I haven't tried this myself.
Overall, this is a nice cleanser that is gentle on my skin and helps to keep it smooth and soft. It lasts a reasonable length of time too. It has helped to control the shine on my T-zone as well as lessen the amount of spots I get without drying my skin out.
I have only tried this one and the angles on bare skin cleansers from lush and I got this one in a lush goodie bag a while ago. I found this in my draw and it only has about just over a week until its expiry date, so I thought I would try it, instead of wasting it.
*About the product*
I got this in a goodie bag and it was the full size version of the product and I have been using this product for about 5/6 days and I use it a bit when I actually got it too.
It comes in the normal lush black pots, which are recyclable and the product comes in 100g sizes only. It is made from natural ingredients and it container is great for other items once the cleanser has been used too.
Ground Almonds, Kaolin, Glycerine, Chlorophyllin Water, Nettle, Rosemary and Rice Vinegar Extract, Rice Bran, Gardenia Extract, Rose Absolute, Chamomile Blue Oil, Sage Oil, Perfume.
*My opinion on the product*
I really like this product, there are hardly any bad points to this cleanser. I still like my angles on bare skin more (and it smells nicer too) but this one is great too.
It says on the pot, 'Join the cult and achieve beautiful skin. Clean, Control excess oil and prevent breakouts'. It is specific for oily/normal skins. My skin can get a bit oily in some areas, such as around my nose and it is not great and a lot of cleansers that I have tried before don't really help it that much. But this one did (not completely but a noticeable decrease) in the oiliness of those areas, which is great.
It is a bit more unusual compared to other cleanser (not other lush ones though)! This product is bright green in colour and it works in the same way as the angles on bare skin cleanser. To use you just:
1. Take a small amount of the cleanser (about a 20p size amount)
2. Mix with water in your hand until it has a paste like consistency
3. Massage all over your face
4. Rinse off well with warm water - I don't like to just rinse it off with water as some of the product may still be left behind, so I slightly dampen a flannel with hot water and then wipe the cleanser off my face with it and keep rinsing the flannel - just like the process for the hot cloth cleanser from liz earle (which is also good)!
It is a really good cleanser but everyone has different skin types and react differently to different products so try to get small samples of products before you buy the full size version.
Overall, I really like this cleanser, It leaves my skin really really well cleansed, soft, smooth and it also acts as a mild exfoliator (like the angles on bare skin one) which is really great and not too harsh either.
Just a few things I don't really like about this product is that it does smell quite strongly of herbs! I know it is natural and it does not actually smell bad (it is ok) but it is quite strong. Also due to the fact that it is made up of natural ingredients, it does not have a long shelf life, which means you can only keeps them for like 3 months I think and they are also a bit expensive.
I got this product as a full size version in one of the goodie bags and it can b bought from a lush store or from their site. It costs £5.50 which is quite expensive (considering that it only lasts for 3 months and I never use it all up in three months)!
*Smells quite nice - but it is quite strong and some people may not like the smell too
*It is bright green!
*It cleanses my skin really well, reducing the oil production in small areas, smoothes and softens my skin as it is a mild exfoliator
*Easy to use
*Does not react with my slight sensitive skin
*not tested on animals
*Does not dry my skin out or leave it feeling tight
*Short 'shelf life'
*A bit expensive
for more information: www.lush.co.uk
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I have recently had some problems with my skin and visited my trusted Lush shop to ask them to help. The problems I were having were that my skin was a lot dryer than usual and I had also started getting a lot of red spots thus this product was recommended to me.
The assistant in the shop demonstrated it on the back of my hand and explained that because of the ground almonds in this product it was a gentle exfoliator and should make my skin super soft. She also showed me that the products itself (although quite dry) contained water when pressed so it wouldn't dry my skin out anymore. As the spots I had were quite red, she also explained that because this product was such a green colour it would help to balance out that redness.
The product itself doesn't look too great, it's a green plasticine kind of product which comes in a black pot. The idea is to take a large pea size amount and mix it with a small amount of water in the palm of your hand, when it's of a liquid consistency you rub this over your face and neck. This needs to be done both morning and nights for best results.
After a couple of days of just using Herbalism (nothing else, no moisturiser, nothing!) my skin was looking much better, it was a lot less dry and most spots had gone, the ones left were a lot less noticeable.
I have been using it for a month or so now and have got about halfway through my pot so it definitely lasts a long time. The cost is £5.50 for 100g which I think is good value for the good effects and amount of time the product lasts for.
Available from Lush retail stores or Lush online.
Herbalism is one of Lush's skin care products. It comes in a little black pot which is 100g. It costs £5.50 per pot and if you keep the pot after use and clean it out once you collect 5 pots you can take them back to Lush and exchange them for a full size Fresh Face Mask.
Herbalism is supposed to be used on oily and problematic skin however my skin is fairly normal and only errupts into an outbreak of spots around PMT time. I tend to use it more around this time as it clears my spots up practically over night once I have. When I haven't got problems with my skin, I still use this every other day to keep my skin looking fresh so I don't agree with it being just for oily skin I just think it is the best suited product for oily skin.
Herbalism is green in colour. Sort of like a forest green. It feels squidgy to touch in the pot and when you mix it with water to begin the application it turns into a minty green coloured paste which makes it easier to spread on the face. It is made from powdered herbs and inlcudes the following for cleansing: kaolin, exfoliates with ground almonds, rosemary, nettle powder, chamomile and rice vingar which will explain the mint sauce smell that you get from Herbalism. Take note that the smell does not last once you have rinsed it off your face so you won't smell like a roast dinner for the rest of the day!
To apply, you simply scoop a tiny bit out of the pot with your fingers and mix it with a little bit of warm water to turn it into a paste. Once you have done this, you spread it all over your face (it is best to do a patch test on your hand or arm first). It does feel slightly messy but it is worth it for the results. I tend to massage it into my skin first, making use of its exfoaliation and then I wash it off after about 5 minutes. It does feel like it takes ages to wash it all off but it has never bothered me as it always leaves me with bright and fresh looking skin. Another thing I notice with Herbalism is that it reduces redness of spots if you have them which is always a bonus.
A tub of Herbalism lasts absolutely ages. I tend to get through a pot every 3 months or so. This makes it great value for money as a cleanser. I definately recommend Herbalism to anyone looking for a new cleanser as you will never look back after using this beauty.
I'm quite a fan of Lush's cleansers but the one thing that they tend to do like most cosmetic companies is make the cleanser for a specific skin type but they generally include ingredients which are also great for other skin types. When I came across Herbalism I wasn't actually looking to buy it but it wasn't until the Lush sales assistant commented that it is also great for problem skin, which thanks to pregnancy I am now suffering with! I tend to get tiny little spots on the top of the my cheeks and my forehead seems rather oily which makes it look a little inflamed, especially first thing in the morning. Not a look I'm wanting especially before I head off to work!
Lush don't always make the most attractive looking cleansers and Herbalism isn't pretty! It's a bright shade of green which would probably glow in the dark! As soon as you smell it you get hit in the face by a herbal, earthy scent which I guess is exactly what you would expect! I expected its texture to be quite like play dough but in fact it's slightly crumbly and a bit on the dry side which isn't always the combination you want when using a facial product.
Herbalism was created to be a deep cleansing, kaolin based (clay) cleanser which is generally for oily skin but people with blemish prone skin would also benefit from using it. Lush use powdered herbs so you don't have to worry about pulling petals/ leaves from it which some of Lush's products contain. Herbalism has quite a strong herbal scent (thanks for the sage, rosemary and gardenia) initially but once you break it down the soft scent of rose and chamomile soon make themselves known. Herbalism is also a great gentle exfoliator as it contains ground almonds and rice bran which give those dead skin cells a good scrubbing.
But what exactly do these ingredients do I hear you ask! Nettle, rice vinegar and rose are wonderful natural products which help draw toxins out of the skin whilst sage, rosemary and marigold are anti-bacterial and antiseptic so they manage to sooth skin as well as cleanse it thoroughly. Chamomile is ideal for blemises due to its natural calming properties as it calms down the inflammation. Ideal for people who suffer with spots.
For people like me who suffer with dry skin the ingredients in Herbalism work wonders as rose its great to soften skin, chamomile nourishes and marigold and nettle are ideal for eczema sufferers (again like myself) sooth and repair dry, flaky skin. Herbalism should be followed up with a moisturiser for those with dry skin. Even though I have found that Herbalism actually leaves the skin feeling quite moisturised after use I think dry skin always needs that extra something just to keep it well moisturised. I have noticed though on the warm days we've had that when I've used a moisturiser however light it may be my skin has felt a little greasy when the moisturiser is applied after Herbalism so learning from my mistakes I've stayed moisturiser free during the warmer, muggier days.
So how do you use Herbalism?! It is pretty simple really but when I first used a solid cleanser I didn't really have a clue! Best way is to follow Lush's instructions so I have found! Simply wet your face so its damp and just break off a small piece of Herbalism and with a bit of water make a thinnish paste add a little more water and start washing your face with the cleanser using your fingertips gently rubbing in a circular motion (ideal for exfoliation) which gets rid of dirt, make up etc. Once done simply wash off with warm water either with your face or flannel (using a sponge can be a bit too harsh) and pat dry with a towel. Simples!
I have to say that I'm quite fond of Herbalism but then any product which moisturises my skin and rids spots and blemishes is great in my book as it is hard to find a product which can actually do all of these things. I don't really have any issues with this cleanser whatsoever. Yes, it is a bit strange using a solid cleanser but it's simple to use and its results are great. After use my skin feels soft, supple and detoxed which is great. My little spots go quite quickly and my redness has soon disappeared. I try and use it a few times a week in between using Ocean Salt to even it out a bit and I soon saw the results.
What Lush say:-
"Detoxifying, purifying and exfoliating herbal cleansing roll wash for oilier and problem skin.
Herbalism is a sludgy green, squidgy, putty-like paste made from powdered herbs which are wonderful for the skin. Use it daily and your skin will improve. Herbalism deep cleanses with China clay, exfoliates with ground almonds, revives the skin with rosemary, and uses nettle powder to detoxify and chamomile to soothe the surface. Please also drink two litres of water a day, go for a three mile walk, don't smoke and eat your five helpings of fruit to keep your skin looking fantastic. Herbalism can do magic but it can't work miracles."
Ground Almonds (Prunus dulcis), Kaolin, Glycerine, Chlorophyllin Water (CI 75810, Aqua), Nettle; Rosemary and Rice Vinegar Extract, (Urtica dioica and Rosmarinus officinalis), Rice Bran (Oryza sativa), Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides), Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena), Chamomile Blue Oil (Matricaria chamomilla), Sage Oil (Salvia officinalis), Perfume
£5.50 per 100g
Herbalism is a solid cleanser, these were pretty new to me so I was a bit apprehensive of trying it. Lush describe it as "a green, squidgy, putty-like paste made from powdered herbs". I'd heard so many good things about it on the Lush forums that I decided it would be worth a try, even if it did seem a bit odd at first. A 100g tub will set you back £5.50.
I have combination/oily skin, still prone to spots even though I'm reaching my mid 20's and should be well past the teenage acne phase. I've tried plenty of products that claim to be the answer to my skin complaints but I've never had lasting results with any of them. I was hoping that the natural ingredients along with exfoliating particles would work their magic on my complexion.
Herbalism is a thick green paste, quite dark in colour and has a very strong smell. I was glad to note that the smell does not last once you've washed it off so there's no need for alarm! In stark contrast to most of Lush's sweet and fruity scents, this one is very vinegary and smells just like mint sauce! So, not appealing to me at all but I'm willing to use it if it clears up my spots.
To use, break off a small amount and add a little water to mix it into a paste...it should look similar to wasabi by this stage! Spread it onto your face and massage in small circular motions. I usually leave it to set for a minute or two, and then using wet fingertips, give another rub round for a bit of an exfoliating boost. While most of the mixture turns liquid, it also contains ground almonds and these particles give a gentle scrub that is not too harsh on the skin and can be used daily. Wash off with warm water and be quite thorough as this stuff has sticking power once it starts to dry.
It looks funny when you have the stuff on your face, it covers like a face mask and you get a lovely green glow, very much like famous greenies such as She-Hulk, Shrek, Grotbags...not a hot look, but it feels quite nice, not too sticky and it's not too drying once you've washed it off. My skin does feel stripped of oils and squeaky clean when I'm done. It really has helped to balance out the level of oils and I am noticing fewer breakouts of spots, especially around the chin which is my problem area.
This tub lasted me ages, it contained months of daily cleansing power, and I even carried on using it after the expiry date passed so as not to waste any. It became softer and a bit stickier but I've not noticed any adverse effects from continued use. It's hard work and takes several minutes to apply and wash off properly, and it can get very messy with bits dropping off onto the sink and working its way into your hairline. The results are worth it though, and I would like to try similar products to compare. Will be heading back to Lush to try Angels on Bare Skin next :)
This is a vegan product and Lush are against animal testing. If you clean out the black tub this cleanser came in and save up 5 tubs in total, you can take it back to the shop and exchange them for a free fresh face mask - bargain.
Ground Almonds, Kaolin, Glycerine, Chlorophyllin Water, Nettle, Rosemary and Rice Vinegar Extract, Rice Bran, Gardenia Extract, Rose Absolute, Chamomile Blue Oil, Sage Oil, Perfume.
I swear to you here and now, this product has honestly worked wonders for me who has suffered from mild acne for years, and my brother who has just hit puberty and had even worse spots than me. Some people dislike the scent, but I really like it, it does smell quite herby, and it's really easy to use in the sink or in the shower. I bought it originally for myself, and my spots cleared up so fast, and it really made a difference to the softness of my skin (it also exfloliates) and it made my skin less dull, so I leant it to my brother and although it's not completly cured his problem, it's made a significant difference to warant buying this product again. It's a little pricey, especially since two of us are using it in this household but if it works and gives you peace of mind then it's totally worth it in my opinion. A real winner for anyone thats struggled with spots and hasn't yet found a good product.
The initial things i would look for in a cleanser for my very very oily/combination skin is anything to soothe my irritation from spots and dab up any excess oil i get throughout the day. Enter Herbalism!
I had been on prescription cream for my acne for little short of 8 years when i decided i needed to nip my bad skin in the bud once and for all. After perusing many of the gorgeous cleansers Lush has to offer, i chose Herbalism for it's exfoliation (ground almonds), soothing properties (chamomile) and to get rid of any nasty toxins (nettle powder).
Initially, it can be quite odd to get used to as it is a putty-type substance. I tend to break a small amount off (about 2 pea sizes), place into the palm of my hand, add a little water and mix together using my thumb until it becomes a paste. Apply the product as you would a face mask and remove with small circular motions to give an extra scrub. (I'd reccomend always using your hands to put on and remove the cleanser as flannels can be too harsh on sensitive skin and they harbour lots of bacteria!!) Then finally, pat dry with a soft towel.
As i've said previously, it's of a putty texture, the colour however isn't that of the picture above, it's more of a dull lime-green colour. The smell may take some getting used to, to me it smells of a mix between vinegar and tea tree oil (both of which i like the smell of!)
After every wash with Herbalism, my skin looks noticeably less red and my spots feel a lot less tight and painful than they would if i'd have been using a chemical-ridden cleanser.
The product comes in a 100% recyclable black pot, which makes it relatively easy to scoop the product out. Also, Lush stores offer a service which, if you take back 5 black pots, you get a free Fresh Face Mask! Lush can also appeal to the sceptical as you can ask for free samples of their products to try at home before you buy!
Short term effects of Herbalism would be that my skin appears (and feels) a lot more soothed and very very soft. Long term effects, (bearing in mind i've been using this cleanser daily for about 2 months) would be a smaller amount of oil is being produced upon my skin, especially around my t-zone and chin and that my skin tone has very much improved. (I do also use a toner and moisturiser from their expansive range)
Some seem to think that some products break them out in spots but i'd suggest perservering with such as many cleansers work to remove any excess dirt and oil, therefore bringing it to the surface!
I hope you all have as good luck with this as i have!
Herbalism is a sort of green squidgy substance that you have to mix a bit of water with to make a paste. you smooth it over a wet face and you can use it to exfoliate gently. It is clay based but contains a lot fo plant extracts and has a subtle grainy feel to it, giving it exfoliating potential. It can be a bit fiddly to wash off but it's the most affordable washable cleanser I'm ever found for my problem skin. At one point, lush stopped selling it (it used to have loads of soggy flower petals in it but it changed after this point), so I wrote a letter of complaint to the website. I tried many other washable cleansers on my skin for the morning face cleansing but I found that all of them dried my skin but didn't quite do as good as job as herbalism (not even the more expensive brands). I really would recommend herbalism. I now stock up and make sure I have a couple of spare pots in the fridge incase they ever decide to discontinue because I love it so much.