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This set is meant for oily, combination, and acne-prone skin, and will calm blemishes, reduce redness, balance oily skin, and resurface the skin.
I’ll be doing a comparison post later on between this set and the popular Sunday Riley Luna Oil and Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment (both in the Power Couple Set), so stay tuned for that!
But first, what’s the deal with blue tansy and why is it so awesome to use on the skin?
Why is Blue Tansy So Good for Skin?
Blue tansy is an herb that belongs to the Daisy family. The essential oil you get from distilling blue tansy is a beautiful deep blue color (hence the Lapis name). Remember the blue azulene oil you would put on your skin after you did an at-home wax? Blue Tansy oil contains the similar compound chamazulene, which is where the blue color comes from! (Yes, I am a science nerd so I like researching this stuff!)
Blue Tansy oil is known for being anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antibacterial. Also, it contains antioxidants, which means it’s great for anti-acne AND anti-aging! Perfect for those of us suffering adult acne.
Herbivore Lapis Oil Review
If you’ve read any of my other skincare posts, I talk a lot about facial oils for oily and acne-prone skin.
If you have the same skin type as me, please don’t shy away from putting oil on your face! I’m a big believer in using facial oils to help balance out your skin’s natural oil production. And no, they don’t make you break out more. I didn’t believe using facial oils would help me for the longest time, but once I tried it, I was hooked.
Of course, your skin may respond better to some oils than others, so you may have to try different ones. But seriously, facial oils have made a BIG difference for me! My skin is less oily and also less dehydrated!
Herbivore Lapis Oil is the newest addition to my facial oil repertoire, and I really love the 100% natural ingredients. Here are the ingredients: Olive Squalane Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Capric Triglycerides (Fractionated Coconut Oil), Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Nut Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Tanacetum annuum (Blue Tansy) Leaf Oil, Jasminum Sambac (Jasmine) Absolute, Rosa Damascena (Moroccan Rose) Absolute
Pros of Herbivore Lapis Oil
There are so many great ingredients in here! Squalane is naturally found in your skin’s sebum, but you lose some as you age. Squalane oil helps with skin dehydration and protects your skin from oxidative damage (so it’s great for anti-aging as well as anti-acne!). Jojoba oil mimics skin’s natural sebum and helps to regulate oil production. Kukui nut oil also regulates oil and provides deep moisturization for dehydrated skin. Tocopherol (Vitamin E) helps protect your skin from free radicals that can damage and age your skin.
Jasmine oil not only smells great but has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, making it great for breakouts! Moroccan rose oil is great for spot healing with its concentrated antioxidants and anti-bacterial properties. And of course, the awesome blue tansy oil as mentioned above!
With all these amazing ingredients, I didn’t hesitate to apply a generous amount of Herbivore Lapis Oil to my face. I love the mild herbal scent, and there is no added fragrance.
Applying directly after my shower while my face was still moist helped the oil to spread and absorb into my skin. I’m happy to report waking up with super soft, smooth, and moisturized skin. And after multiple uses, I don’t think it has contributed to any new breakouts. I will continue using this and keep you updated if I notice more results!
If you use this under makeup, let it absorb for a few minutes first. I was pleasantly surprised my foundation didn’t dissolve by midday when I put the Lapis Oil on underneath (versus my usual oil-free moisturizers). Big plus!
Cons of Herbivore Lapis Oil
To be honest, not very many! I mentioned the natural herbal scent above. Even though it’s natural, some people may not like the scent so I encourage you to try it in store first if you can!
The ingredient I am a little iffy about is the fractionated coconut oil. Coconut oil (even fractionated) can clog pores, which can be bad news for those of us who are prone to breakouts! Now, I’ve used extra virgin coconut oil right out of the jar to remove makeup and it didn’t break me out, but I’m still going to monitor my progress with Lapis oil and keep my fingers crossed!
I’d prefer that Lapis Oil did not contain this ingredient, but for me, it’s not a deal breaker. If your skin tolerates coconut oil well, then great! If you’re curious, here’s a great article from Byrdie discussing coconut oil and pore-clogging.
Herbivore Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarity Mask Review
Herbivore describes the Blue Tansy Mask as a cooling gel mask that “gently exfoliates, smooths, and resurfaces skin with a blend of Fruit Enzymes, Willow Bark and Blue Tansy Oil.”
Here’s the ingredient list: Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Leaf Juice, Hydroxyethyl Ethylcellulose (Plant Derived), Glycerin, Glyceryl Caprylate, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Tanacetum Annuum (Blue Tansy) Flower Oil, Ananas Sativus (Organic Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Carica Papaya (Organic Papaya) Fruit Extract, Carica Papaya (Organic Papaya) Leaf Extract, Jasminum Sambac (Jasmine) Flower Oil, Leuconostoc / (Leucidal) Radish Root Ferment Filtrate
Just like the Lapis Oil, I love all the natural ingredients in the Herbivore Blue Tansy Mask. I try to use a treatment with alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) and beta hydroxy acid (BHA) a few times a week to help unclog pores, shed dead skin, and to lighten my dark spots from old acne. These ingredients are a must for me. If you want to find out my complete skin regimen for acne, get my free guide below!
Pros of Herbivore Blue Tansy Mask
Willow bark extract is naturally high in salicylic acid (which is a BHA), while pineapple and papaya extracts naturally contain AHAs. These are the “resurfacing” ingredients to help you get smoother, softer skin! Aloe leaf juice also naturally contains salicylic acid.
The mask is easy to use. I apply a small glob with a spatula and spread it over my face. Let the mask dry for about 20 minutes (you feel a tingle at first, but that goes away), then rinse off.
The verdict? My skin was indeed softer and smoother after the first use. My pimples seemed to shrink a bit too. I used it several times, alternating between this and my Glow Recipe Watermelon Sleeping Mask. I do think this product is effective, but if my skin is pretty congested, I like a little higher concentration of BHA/AHAs (like Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel). Just depends how bad your breakouts are and how congested your skin is.
Cons of Herbivore Blue Tansy Mask
This does come in a jar packaging, so be careful not to contaminate the product. Make sure you use a clean spatula every time!
For sensitive skin types, Herbivore recommends leaving on for only 5 minutes instead of 20. If your skin still can’t tolerate it, I would suggest something milder like the Glow Recipe Watermelon Sleeping Mask I mentioned above. This mask contains AHAs too, but it’s very gentle and you can leave it on overnight and wake up to baby soft skin! Check out my review on it here.
Herbivore True Blue Skin Clarifying Duo
All in all, I think this is a great set of products that you can definitely consider if you want to banish breakouts, regulate oily skin, or just want to improve overall skin texture and appearance. The anti-acne and anti-aging benefits will help a wide range of skin types.
Instead of purchasing the Herbivore Lapis Oil and Blue Tansy Mask separately, the True Blue Skin Clarifying Duo is a much more affordable way to try out these products before you commit to a full-sized purchase. I highly recommend it.
The True Blue Skin Clarifying Duo sells for $29, while the full-sized Lapis Oil sells for $72 and the Blue Tansy Mask is $48.00. I did the math…you get your money’s worth ($36.70 worth) for the amount of product in the set!
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