Herbivore Botanicals is a skincare brand that has started to gain some major exposure and recognition in recent months, being picked up by both Sephora and Urban Outfitters. The line was founded originally in 2011 by the creators in their Seattle kitchen (shout out to the PNW!). Their goal was to create safe, natural, and effective skincare products. They place a lot of emphasis in natural and highly effective ingredients. With that mission, and their stunningly minimalistic packaging, I was very intrigued by this brand, and picked up a few items to give it a try.
The two items I purchased were the Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Hydrating Face Mist, and the Brighten Pineapple Enzyme + Gemstone Instant Glow Mask. I chose those two items since I absolutely love facial sprays, and the mask because facial masks are my ultimate pamper item. Continue reading below to see my thoughts on these items!
The first item I acquired is the Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Hydrating Face Mist. Quite the mouthful of a title, but I absolutely love face mists, especially in the summer. The Caudalie Beauty Elixer and the Mario Badescu Aloe and Rosewater Spray are two of my all time favorites, but I was currently sans spray, so decided to give this one a try. This item is a hydrating toner with coconut water, Bulgarian rose, and hibiscus. It claims to tone, hydrate, and soften all skin types. Consistent with their brand’s claims, this item contains no artificial ingredients, fillers, alcohol, animal ingredients, fragrances, artificial colors, or unnatural preservatives.
I used this item in lieu of a toner in my skincare routine, in addition to using it as a pick me up spray and a makeup setting spray. While this product may not be as effective as a cleansing or tightening toner as other items I have used, I really enjoyed it as a refreshing spray, and as a calming toner. This spray does deliver on it claims to hydrate and soften skin. My skin has been really acting up and been extra sensitive since we moved, I love this to help calm it down, and as an extra dose of hydration. I have also used this on occasion as a makeup setting spray, and found that is works pretty well. While I don’t think it helped with the longevity of my makeup, it did help to eliminate any cakiness.
While this item was on the more expensive side for a facial spray, I think that you get what you pay for in terms of the quality of the ingredients. There are not filler or artificial ingredients in this item, and it does deliver on its claims in my personal opinion. I have also been very impressed with the amount of the product- you get 4 ounces which lasts you quite a long time. Overall, I have really enjoyed this spray, and intend to keep it in my facial spray lineup.
The second item I got was the Brighten Pineapple Enzyme + Gemstone Instant Glow Mask. This mask is a brightening mask containing pineapple enzyme and gemstone to brighten, smooth, and exfoliate skin. I have to admit, when I saw the “gemstone” ingredient, I felt like I should just go purchase my snake oil next, but once I read a bit more on this mask, I didn’t feel quite so gullible. The gemstone aspect is actually micronized Brazilian tourmaline gemstone, which is used to help exfoliate the skin. I suppose if you need a natural source of physical exfoliation, crushed up rocks will do the trick. I do think that the gemstone helped to exfoliate, but I found that the mask separated in the jar, and needed to be stirred prior to use to incorporate the stone. This mask also contains pineapple and papaya enzymes to exfoliate, which I have found my my skin is very receptive to in terms of exfoliation. It also contains rice powders as another form of physical exfoliation, and aloe leaf to help calm the skin.
I wanted to enjoy this mask, but I found the consistency of this product to be a bit too thin to really stay on my face well. I had to lay down so it would not drip over everything, and found that to be annoying- since I don’t like to be completely incapacitated when I use a face mask. I also found it somewhat irritating that I had to mix up the product very thoroughly every time I used it, since the stone settled to the bottom, and had trouble incorporating it at times. My other main issue with this item is the size. Compared to the generous amount you got with the facial spray, this mask only contained 2 ounces. Not a huge turnoff of for me, but I found that in order for this product to really be effective and get a good “glow,” you couldn’t really get by with a super thin layer. Maybe some people could, but I was not one of them. This mask reminded me a lot of the Alba Botanica Good & Clean Pore Purifying Mini Peel, which is $8 for 4 ounces, and delivers a much more effective treatment using very similar fruit acids. This texture, formulation, and result of these two products is very similar, and in my opinion the Alba delivers a better result. Ultimately I don’t think I will repurchase this item again, and will stick with the Alba Mini Peel when I want a fruit enzyme mask.