GREEN BEAUTY REVIEW: Herbivore Botanicals Lapis Balancing Facial Oil

/ Herbivore Lapis /

a lightweight facial oil with NATURAL INGREDIENTS:
blue tansy, Squalane, kukui nut + jojoba.


What is the 'Lapis' Balancing Facial Oil?

Herbivore focuses on plant based, organic food grade products. That means they make noncomedogenic, vegan, cruelty-free skincare. They are one of the most popular green beauty brands out right now, known for their minimalist packaging and therapeutic products geared towards millennials. I haven't tried much of their range but so far I've tried 1 (out of 3) of their facial oils, Lapis, named for its blue hue. The oil is formulated without silicone or gluten so it's great for reactive, sensitive skin and won't clog your pores (in fact- Lapis reduces their appearance). It's said to be beneficial for those with skin concerns: acne, redness, large pores, and hyper-pigmentation. As with all natural products, it breaks down in hot temperatures. Store this in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.

What does it contain?

  • Blue Tansy: a non-drying anti-inflammatory with antibacterial properties that reduce redness and irritation to bring back clarity to the complexion.
  • Squalane: plant based protective barrier improves the moisture balance of the skin. It's used to help diminish eczema, psoriasis and other skin ailments while reducing the appearance of acne and hyper-pigmentation.
  • Kukui Nut Oil: contains essential fatty acids and linoleum acid to provide nourishment to the skin and balance the production of sebum. 
  • Jojoba Oil: has soothing anti-bacterial properties that help regulate sebum and control bacteria down to the pore level to fight against acne.  

Ingredients: Amaranthus Squalane Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Capric Triglycerides (Fractionated Coconut Oil), Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Nut Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Tanacetum Annuum (Blue Tansy) Leaf Oil, Jasminum Sambac (Jasmine) Absolute, Rosa Damascena (Moroccan Rose) Absolute

My personal thoughts on Lapis:

This oil worked best during my 'combination skin' moments when most of my face is dry with hyper-pigmentation while my t-zone is overproducing oil. I normally have dehydrated, sensitive skin and it didn't disrupt my face like most products do during my 'vulnerable' skin state (unfortunately, Sunday Riley 'Luna', that other blue tansy oil broke me out in painful cysts). I noticed a change in my skin as it reduced breakouts, balanced-out my oily zones as well as sooth and moisturize my dry patches. I noticed after immediate use, it calmed and began to heal my blemishes, evened out the discoloration along my jawline (ugghh hormonal acne!) and gave me a more even glow overall.

I don't like a greasy feeling oil, and luckily, this wasn't one of those! It absorbs quickly into the skin and feels thin and silky to the touch. I applied this at night by placing a few drops into the palm of my hand and tapping it onto my forehead, temples, cheekbones, chin and neck to nourish my skin. A little goes a long way! Tip: cup your palms together and breathe this in through the nose to open up your passages. It smells like an herbal medicine, some people might not love the smell, but I enjoy it even though it reminds me of a remedy my mom used to use on me when I was a kid and I hated it back then! The Lapis oil makes me feel relaxed while I clean and care for my skin. I felt comfortable using this in my morning routine, right after my toner and 5 minutes before I apply a moisturizer.  I usually never put an oil on my face in the morning other than jojoba or argan oil, but the Lapis actually absorbs better into the skin than Argan oil without leaving it looking oily. Although expensive at a $72 price tag for 1.7oz (it's definitely a luxury product), I really love this oil and highly recommend it to WOC looking to balance out their skin and to help lighten and fade dark spots / discoloration / hyper-pigmentation without resorting to any harsh chemicals. It's such a beautiful product.

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