03.25.2013
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Herbalism
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3.5 fl. oz. for $13.95
Category:Skin Care > Scrubs > Scrubs
Last Updated:03.25.2013
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This very abrasive scrub contains ground almonds to exfoliate skin, but the amount of clay makes it difficult to move over skin. This isn’t nearly as elegant as many other scrubs, the almonds can scratch skin, and almost all of the plant extracts and oils it contains do nothing but irritate skin. This is a natural product, but it clearly proves the point that natural does not automatically, or even frequently, equal great skin care.

Claims

Herbalism has China clay to remove excess oil, ground almonds and rice bran to exfoliate away dead skin cells, sage, chamomile and marigold to soothe inflammation and rosemary and sage to banish nasty microbes. As well, the combination of the clay and rice bran leaves a matte finish to the skin.

Ingredients

Ground Almonds (Prunus Dulcis), Kaolin, Glycerine, Chlorophyllin Water, Nettle, Rosemary, Rice Vinegar Extract (Urtica Dioica, Rosmarinus Officinalis), Rice Bran (Oryza Sativa), Gardenia Extract (Gardenia Jasminoides), Rose Absolute (Rosa Centifolia), Chamomile Oil (Anthemis Nobilis), Sage Oil (Salvia Sclarea), Perfume

Brand Overview

Lush At-A-Glance

Strengths: None… OK, they do offer complete ingredient lists on their website.

Weaknesses: Almost every product contains at least one potent skin irritant; no sunscreens to be found, nor are they recommended by the company; no products to address common skin conditions such as acne, hyperpigmentation, or eczema; jar packaging; this isn't skin care, it's fragrance dressed up with food ingredient posing as skin care!

With its beginning in England in the late 1970s (the company that later  became Lush sold their first products to none other than The Body Shop!) this line captured consumers' attention with the promise of hand-made cosmetics, and since then has had its share of ups and downs. After closing down for a few years (when they were known as Cosmetics to Go), they reemerged in England as Lush, and now have a global presence and booming mail-order business. Not bad for a shop whose layout and displays look more like a grocery store's than a slick cosmetics boutique.

"Natural" is a major theme here, and we mean major. Essential oils and perfumes are infused into everything; walking into one of these stores will knock you over if you have allergies or a sensitive nose. The unique angle you'll find here is that Lush sells skin-care products the way grocery or health food stores let you shop for bulk food items. You can scoop the stuff up yourself from bins and tubs, or buy prepackaged items, some of which are refrigerated to supposedly ensure freshness (though cold is no more helpful for skin-care formulas than heat is).

Even more eye-catching are the shapes, sizes, and decorations for the numerous Lush bar cleansers. These are nothing short of artwork and are either beautiful or fetchingly cute. As clever as all that is (and some of the product names are adorably witty), none of it is at all helpful for skin. Lush's lineup for facial care is one of the most disappointing, lacking, and problematic. Most of their products are prime examples of "natural" not being inherently better for skin. Lots of natural ingredients (including many antioxidants, such as green tea or pomegranate) are good for skin. Why Lush overlooked almost all of the beneficial options in favor of harmful ones is a question worth asking, but don't expect a straight answer. The staff at Lush stores eagerly supports the company's claims that lemon and lime can decongest oily skin, or that tiger lily can "tighten skin tissues," among other far-fetched, unproven assertions. It seems that at Lush all you need for healthy, radiant skin are fragrant oils wrapped up in beguiling stories of how the product came to be or what else it's good for (it is suggested that one of their moisturizers can also be used as fragrance). The lure of the natural is strong for many consumers, but the siren song Lush sings isn't a tune your skin wants to hear.

For more information about Lush, call (888) 733-5874 or visit www.lush.com.

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03.13.2015
utter garbage

The girl working at lush put this crap on my hand, 15 minutes later my hand was itching and peeling, thank god I didn't put this stuff on my face

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Madeline
03.09.2015
Smooth scrub

This is a smooth scrubing/ cleasing product. I use it day and night and it leaves skin feeling soft and clean bit not tight por Itchy. I'm acne prone and it didn't break me out. The scent is really off putting. I won't repurchase.

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ana r.
03.04.2015
Lifesaver

Agree with the other reviews that the person who reviewed this clearly hasn't tried it. I tried EVERYTHING for my acne prone skin, and I was never able to find anything that could control hormonal breakouts until herbalism. Maybe the available science can't explain why it works, but it's hands down the best cleanser I've ever tried.

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Carrie B
02.05.2015
Works well for combination, acne prone skin

I was surprised by the negative reviews on Beautypedia. My skin would breakout monthly (hormonal...), and using herbalism had a significant, positive impact on my skin. It was the only product (I'm now using a cleanser from PC that is also working well) that prevented breakouts and evened out my skin. It is a bit messy to use, but well worth it, IMO. The product lasts a long time, and it was a game changer for me.

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Katherine
12.09.2014
A very gentle cleanser

this scrub is SO gentle, I don't even know if I can call it a scrub. I've tried both Lush and paulas choice and both are good but I have to say I prefer lush more as it has done better for my skin. Herbalism has done a pretty good job with controlling my acne :)

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Aimee
10.20.2014
Herbalism- best thing I've ever used!

I have tried everything under the sun for my oily, acne prone skin. From the most expensive products to drug store, to prescription based products. Nothing has worked as good as this little pot of gold! This product, Herbalism from Lush, has changed my skin- for the better. I get compliments on how smooth and clear my skin looks. I am forty and have finally found my holy grail cleanser!

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Marilo
09.10.2014
It's a mild exfoliating cleanser, not a scrub!

Herbalism is a pot of little green granular goodness that becomes a smooth paste when mixed with water - there is no lather and it's less abrasive than the fluffy towel you use to dry your skin after cleansing! I prefer to use it in the shower as it can be a bit too messy for the basin, unless you like green splotches everywhere. I decant batches from the pot into a smaller container so I don't use too much product. A little goes a long way and it's very easy to waste if you're not careful.

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Cecilia A.
07.11.2014
Great cleanser

Whoever wrote this review probably has never used Herbalism. It is a very gentle exfoliating cleanser. It's not abrasive at all. In my personal experience, Herbalism has kept my acne-prone, combination skin clear and balanced. I have only had a good experience with it.

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Jenna
06.09.2014
Abrasive, really?

I have and use this cleanser, and it's about as abrasive as wet paper towel. It definitely isn't irritating in the slightest for me. It's about the only one I've used that is for oily skin but doesn't turn mine into the Sahara Desert. With that being said, it's kind of a pain to mix up (especially in the shower) and I'm not a fan of finding little bits of rice bran all through my hairline.

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