I have been on the hunt for a good facial oil for some time and although I practically lusted after Sunday Riley’s Luna facial oil, it was waaay too high up there in price for me even remotely justify. Come on, $135CAD for 1 OUNCE of product (30ml)? Absolutely ridiculous. For an idea of exactly how expensive Luna is compared to other oils, is that it’s $4.50 per ml. In comparison, The Ordinary’s 100% Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula Oil is $9.90CAD for 30ml, making that $0.33CAD per ml. That’s right, you read that right: 33 cents per milliliter. Then again, your average face oil is usually around the $40-60 range so taking an average of that range- a $50 facial oil for 30ml of product still comes down to $1.67CAD per ml. Hopefully, by this point, you get just how ridiculously priced the Luna oil is.
Anyway, I was in the market for a new facial oil. At that point, I had already tried out a bunch from my mother’s arsenal (she’s very into rose hip oil though and not much else), which is beside the point. I looked online at Sephora, looked at what my local Shoppers and drugstores offered, and decided to invest in the Herbivore Botanicals Lapis Facial Oil that was miles cheaper than the Sunday Riley Luna, but still a pretty penny for someone like me.
I’m not going to lie, the packaging is what drew me in at first. I’m a huge sucker for minimalist geometric packaging with select accents, and the entire Herbivore Botanicals was exactly that. The bonus also is that the brand allegedly does not believe in “fillers” in their skincare items, meaning that “almost every ingredient in [their] products is an ‘active’ ingredient”. Additionally, all products from the brand are supposedly without:
Sodium laurel sulfate
Taking one scan from the ingredients list from the Lapis Oil did indeed confirm there was no indication at all of the above ingredients/treatment.
Before you read on to see what I thought of the Lapis Oil (hint: I love it), feast your eyes on these beautiful photogenic pictures of the packaging, design, and the product itself:
First off, let’s get the details out of the way. The ingredients list as you can see, is surprisingly short; the Lapis oil is indeed only comprised of 8 ingredients total, them being:
- Amaranthus 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
The one ingredient that pops out at me right away is Tanacetum annuum leaf oil, which is also known as Blue Tansy oil. This is the reason Lapis and Sunday Riley’s Luna both have their famous azure shade: they both share this key ingredient. Blue Tansy, in general, is high in azulene, which gives them a natural vibrant indigo-like colouring, and they are known to be effective for combination-skinned people, as they reduce redness and hydrate without clogging the pores (contrary to popular belief about oils). One thing I noticed about the difference between the Luna and Lapis is that the Blue Tansy ingredient is further down the list in Luna (8th ingredient out of 15) than it is in Lapis (6th out of 8), which may possibly mean that there is a greater concentration percentage of Blue Tansy in Lapis than Luna.
Enough with the comparisons and onto the review and my thoughts! Herbivore Botanical is spot on with the design, packaging, AND product. The first impression that I got of it was extremely pleasant- minimalist, sleek lines and graphics take me a long way, and it’s even better when the product itself performs amazingly. The scent was light, not too strong but definitely earthy. If you have tried their Blue Tansy AHA + BHA Resurfacing Mask, you’ll definitely recognize the scent as it is the exact same.
As most facial oils do, Lapis Oil does come in a dropper bottle. It’s sizable and the product itself is quite substantial, given that a little goes a long way with facial oils. I am a little finicky about dropper bottles and packaging in general because I have quite a history full of negative experiences with them; the oil will somehow leak through the dropper handle, or it won’t pick up as much product despite squeezing the dropper, etc. However, this seemed to be generous with the dispensation, and it wasn’t messy at all either. I did not experience any leaking with this, and the bottle packaging, as well as its glass material, makes it hard to accidentally knock over (thanks to its weight). The design just allows for mess-free, easy dispensation, and I appreciate that a lot.
I tested this product out for over a month, using 3-4 drops nightly on my face as a sealant and the last step to my skincare routine. Before using a facial oil, I had just been stopping at using a PM moisturizer, but I can see the clear difference with how it changed my skin and retained the moisture and all the skincare products I had been layering on before the oil. I can also attest to the effect of the Blue Tansy itself because I have never woken up with such clear and un-red skin before. I had also previously woken up with greasy skin in the mornings, but this changed my skin and allowed for my skincare products (including the oil itself) to absorb better into my skin, that I woke up with fresh non-greasy skin. Once again, just a reminder, I am not paid to write this review and the product was purchased with money from my own pocket. That being said, this was an absolute game changer.
Herbivore Botanical’s Lapis Oil has since been a staple in my skincare routine, and I bring it with me wherever I go, no matter what. It has made such a positive difference in my skin, and I am a firm believer in Herbivore Botanicals. This product has also made me appreciate blue tansy, the ingredient, and has become a valued ingredient in skincare products I browse on a regular basis.
Application: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ (8/10)
Value: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ (7/10)
Packaging: ★★★★★★★★★★ (10/10)
Overall: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ (8.5/10)
Let me know what you think about this product, and whether you’ve tried the Lapis oil or any other facial oil in general. Also feel free to let me know whether you have any recommendations as for Herbivore Botanicals’ (or any other natural brand’s) products that you yourself love!