It started on Instagram — Herbivore Botanicals’ clean-lined packaging and brightly colored products are like gold for the platform, no? What’s inside is just as good. Founded by a couple in their Seattle kitchen, the brand creates natural, non-toxic products from scratch that are packed with active ingredients to be ultra effective. I was overwhelmed at first by the site (read: wanted it all) so I picked out a set to try out. Here are my favorites.
Jasmine Body Oil: This smells divine and not at all too strong. My favorite ways to use this are all over after showering before my skin is completely dry, or to smooth a bit on my décolletage and arms before I go out. The oil absorbs really quickly and just leaves the skin slightly dewy.
Pink Clay Mask: I limited myself to two of Herbivore’s masks (for now) and am loving both. Given the ingredients, I thought this one would smell more like roses but the results far outweigh any disappointment there. It’s an equally gentle and effective exfoliator that leaves my skin soft and soothed.
Blue Tansy Mask: I have borderline too many face masks so it takes a lot for a newcomer to stand out. This mask is the big guns I bring in if my skin has reacted badly to a new product I’m testing. I notice a little tingling and a big improvement right away. Do heed the instructions to apply a thin layer or it can get messy.
Sea Hair Mist: They’ve bottled a tropical vacation. This spray adds that effortless ocean texture without making my hair at all oily or stiff. The scent is hard to describe — heavily coconut but more refreshing than sickly sweet.
Rose Hibiscus Face Mist: I was hesitant to try this because coconut oil and my skin do not get along but evidently coconut water is fine. I’m equally addicted to face mists and rose water, so once I got past the coconut scare, this was a fast favorite. I rotate the travel size bottle between bags and got the full size to keep on my desk — it’s the perfect skin refresher any time of day.