You know when you discover a new brand and it feels like you've just made a new BFF?
Yeah well, that, with me and Herbivore Botanicals. I honestly can't stop waxing lyrical about this beautiful natural skincare range.
Created by husband and wife team, Julia Wills and Alexander Kummerow, out of their Seattle kitchen in 2011, all products are safe, non-toxic, and highly effective. Every ingredient in Herbivore Botanicals products is an active ingredient (i.e. no 'fillers') and all of their products are tested on people — never on animals.
Packed with Harry Potter-esque sounding goodies - think Brazilian White Tourmaline Gemstone, Blue Tansy, and Cambrian Blue Clay - Herbivore Botanicals creates amazingly effective products that combine essential vitamins, minerals and botanicals, to restore your skin to its optimum health and vitality.
In addition to creating products that give you noticeable results, Herbivore Botanicals also believes that daily skincare rituals should be a pleasure, so you can expect some seriously sublime scents and textures.
My favourite products:
Detoxifying soap bar
Bamboo Charcoal soap draws out impurities, giving an amazing deep clean, while also naturally exfoliating. It is gentle yet effective, and works especially well to clean and care for oily, combination, and blemish- prone skin types.
It's also great for travel, as you don't need to worry about liquids on planes.
Key ingredients: Bamboo charcoal; tea tree essential oil; bergamot essential oil.
Retails at $12 (4oz).
Pineapple enzyme + gemstone instant glow mask
A radiance mask that energizes the skin, giving you a fresh new. dewy glow. I use this whenever I need a little pick-me-up (i.e. hungover).
Key ingredients: Brazilian white tourmaline gemstone; pineapple and papaya enzymes; rice powder; rose distillate.
Retails at $48 (2.3oz).
Balancing facial oil
Lapis Facial Oil is named for the precious blue oil it contains, Blue Tansy, which holds something called Azulene, which acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent. It's like blue liquid gold!
Lapis oil significantly reduces redness and is formulated for combination, oily, and blemish-prone skin types, or any skin in need of relief from inflammation.
Key ingredients: blue tansy oil; jojoba oil; jasmine sambac oil.
Retails at 72 / $26.
Detoxifying treatment cambrian blue clay mask
This rejuvenating mask penetrates deeply into pores to draw our impurities and clears blemishes, while also helping skin to maintain moisture. Works brilliantly with the Lapis facial oil.
Key ingredients: Cambrian blue clay; rose geranium essential oil.
Retails at $22 (2oz).
Superfruit night treatment
This multi-tasking night treatment works its brilliance while you're Zzz-ing off, gently resurfacing your skin for insanely good results in the morning.
Moon Fruit is packed with vitamin-rich antioxidants, and infused with exfoliating fruit enzymes to restore a smooth complexion with a luminous finish.
This transformative treatment is my favourite of the favourites!
Retails at $58 (1.7oz).
Photography by Stephanie Dinkel