Let’s get past the fact that this product is aesthetically pleasing with its dressing top worthy packaging and pretty blue colour… Instagram loves it… okay… done.
So now let’s move onto the product itself. Since their official launch in 2011 Herbivore have come out with some impressive botanical skincare products for both face and body. The brands founders are passionate about producing results driven skincare made with powerhouse ingredients without the inclusion of synthetics and other nasties, so Herbivore is about beauty with a purpose.
This Lapis Oil has Blue Tansy at the heart of it, and the Azulene content is what provides the pretty blue colour; more than that, it is known as a skin soother and balancer. Now back to the oil itself- this is formulated for combination, oily and blemish prone skins and is meant to provide balanced hydration as well as soothe any irritation, plus it’s antibacterial. Now if you have any of these skin types you’ll know that you can’t just slap any old oil on….you need a blend that includes oils that provide targeted nourishment, repairing and protection, without blocking the pores….and this delivers.
I liked the way that this oil was easily absorbed by my combination skin, leaving it smooth and hydrated without any oily residue. I’m not prone to inflammation, but with the summer weather my skin can sometimes be less smooth than usual, but this was under control while I was using it. In terms of texture, this is almost a ‘non oil’ – it goes on more like a serum than a typical oil and vanishes into the skin like a whisper!
What’s in it
Blue Tansy: High in Azulene, which is a deep, inky-blue color naturally. Azulene helps to soothe dry irritated skin, reduce the appearance of redness and balance oily skin.
Kukui Nut Oil: Naturally high in linoleic acid to balance oily and combination skin. Absorbs quickly into skin for hydration and nourishment at a deep level.
Jojoba Oil: Jojoba is an incredible natural moisturizer and is able to penetrate deeply into the skin due to similarities to our skin’s own natural sebum.
Squalane: The Squalane is derived from olives. Squalane has excellent emollient properties and acts as a light protective barrier to lock moisture in the skin. It also protects the skin against the appearance of hyperpigmentation and premature aging. Find out more about Squalane in our Ingredients Index post.
Jasmine Sambac Oil: Comes from the night blooming variety of Jasmine. It is a sweet and exquisite oil that has been used in skincare and perfumery for centuries with good reason — the scent is intoxicating and the oil itself works to increase the skin’s moisture content and boost elasticity.