As soon as the net price of my skincare line up rivaled my mom's, I knew I had a problem. Now, she also has the whole of the Jo Malone line perching on her vanity, but she does have a steady paycheck (unfortunately, mine is determined by babysitting money, birthday gifts, and a generous grandma.).
But I wasn't willing to sacrifice effectivity for a lower price tag. What beauty obsessive is, even if it means swapping a lunch date for Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair?
My adventurous and perfectionist nature gained momentum and I was on the search for cheaper alternatives to my previously loved costly bottles; and, no, we're not talking about finding cheap wine.
Somehow, through the grapevine, I heard about Herbivore Botanicals: an Etsy shop that stocks some loot at Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie. Yet their clientele isn't the most exciting part. Their packaging? Dreamy, but still not the most heart-pang worthy.
Their beauty ingredients initiate Cupid to shoot the most beautiful arrow, concocted with handmade care and mineral and plant-based concoctions.
Their philosophy proved to be my ally, as well, "[bringing] skin care that is truly 100% natural and effective, [the makers--the Julia and Alex dream duo] don't believe that you have to sacrifice one for the other."
Browsing (in bed, très chic), I came across their Blue Clay Soap--a lavender and mint scented, vegan bar. Formulated, principally, with Cambrian Blue clay (characterized by its clarifying and skin balancing properties) the bar is also made with saponified olive, sustainable palm, and coconut oil.
In description, it sounds amazing. And when I actually rubbed my grubby hands all over it and slathered it on my face, I was left stunned.
After wetting my hands, I swish the bar around my palms and fingers, then massage onto my skin. Adding more and more water as I lather, the texture becomes milky, and then I rinse it off.
For barred soap fearers, this variety doesn't leave the skin feeling stripped, yet a tacky residue may reside (but it's not annoying and I don't even notice it anymore).
Feelings aside--in Chuck Bass fashion--it's the appearance of the skin afterward that wows: more toned, less red, and pimples (if I have them, which is a rarity as of this application) are minimized.
So, after a few philosophical ponderings, I also realize that the insides and inducements of this bar are strangely similar to that of it's three-times more pricey counterpart: the REN ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser. Oui, the beloved blue-accented bottle that has been my only cleanser for the past year.
But even if your not after this cheaper counterpart or don't boast a combination, spot-prone complexion (lucky you), Herbivore Botanicals has a soap for you. And this is when I redirect you, to spend the rest of your day, on a browsing journey.
Mom, your skincare routine is going down.