LUSH Herbalism Cleanser Review

lush herbalism cleanser

If you follow my blog, you may have seen my recent (and first ever) haul from Lush.  After hearing so much about their skincare, bodycare, and bath products literally everywhere – from Youtube haul videos to blog reviews – I decided to see what all the fuss was about!  Second to Lush’s bath bombs, I wanted to try out one of their skincare products.  I decided to go with the Lush Herbalism cleanser after another blogger recommended it to me, and I’m so glad I took her advice!  Keep on reading to find out why. 🙂

lush herbalism cleanser

What is Lush’s Herbalism?

Herbalism is a cleanser/exfoliator for both your face and your body.  It uses the ‘power of herbs’ to help treat your skin – oily and blemish-prone skin in particular.  As described on Lush’s website, Herbalism’s…

“gently exfoliating, deep-cleansing base of kaolin clay and rice bran mops up excess oils, and a toning blend of rosemary, nettle and chamomile leaves skin feeling fresh, clean and calm. This gentle green giant contains chlorophyllin, which is extracted from alfalfa plants: it’s rich in nourishing vitamins and minerals, and helps to balance out your skin’s oil production. Say hello to clear, balanced skin!”


Ground Almonds (Prunus dulcis) , Kaolin , Glycerine , Chlorophyllin Water (Aqua) , Nettle, Rosemary, Rice Vinegar Extract (Urtica dioica, Rosmarinus officinalis) , Rice Bran (Oryza sativa) , Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides) , Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena) , Chamomile Blue Oil (Matricaria Chamomilla) , Sage Oil (Salvia officinalis) , Fragrance.

lush herbalism face and body cleanser

Lush Herbalism Cleanser Review

Initially, I was using Lush Herbalism as strictly a facial cleanser.  Considering it’s unique formula, it did take some time to get used to – the cleanser comes in a solid form that’s rather crumbly, and requires some extra prep to get started.  Here’s a little bit about how to use it:

How to Use Herbalism

First, pinch a small amount (about 3-4 raisins worth) into the palm of your hand.  Then start to slowly add water, and mix it with the cleanser until it creates a milk-like consistency (which you’ll find photos of below).

Once you’ve got it all good and ready to go, simply massage the Herbalism mixture into the skin for a few minutes, and then rinse it off with water.  I like to use a washcloth towards the end, just to ensure I’ve removed all the ‘scrubby’ pieces (they tend to stick around on your skin and hair if you aren’t careful!).

Here’s what the scrub looks like as you add water to make a paste…(this also shows the amount of cleanser that I’ll typically use to wash my face).

lush herbalism face and body cleanser

lush herbalism face and body cleanser

How Herbalism Helps Your Skin

The Lush Herbalism cleanser does take more time to apply versus your average cleanser, but it’s worth it.  For me, it leaves my skin feeling so smooth, soft, and balanced.  What I love most about it is that it’s an all-in-one solution – it cleanses, exfoliates, moisturizes, and balances out skin.  It’s surprisingly gentle on the skin too, despite consisting of rather large granules, like ground almonds.

Since Herbalism is a face and body cleanser, I started using this in my showers and baths as a full body cleanser, and oh boy – it’s one of the best body scrubs I’ve tried! While most cleansers leave my skin feeling parched, Herbalism really balances out my skin, all over my body.  It exfoliates extremely well too, and leaves my skin feeling super smooth and hydrated.

It does however take a tad longer to rinse off from your body since the exfoliating granules are quite large and irregularly shaped.  They tend to stick to your tub too, but they rinse away easily enough.

lush herbalism face and body cleanser

The Scent

You’re either going to love or hate the scent!  Personally, I love Herbalism’s earthy, herbal-y aroma. It almost makes me feel like I’m opening up a can of freshly cut grass.  Its scent is even quite calming due to the chamomile blue and sage oil.  If the scent is not your thing though, don’t worry, it doesn’t leave a trace on your skin once it’s all rinsed off.

How Long Does it Last?

I purchased the largest container (8.4oz) out of the two sizes, and it’s been lasting me quite a while. After using it about 5 times on my face, and 3 times on my body, the jar was still about 90% full (Lush packs a lot in there!).  I will definitely be using this scrub past its expiration date (which is this month already, and 4 months after its ‘made on’ date from back in July.)  Will I purchase this again once it’s all gone?  Absolutely!

If you want to see Lush Herbalism in action, watch this video from Lush:

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