Review: Lush’s Herbalism


***This review is not sponsored. Everything written is our own opinion, and if you are to use this product remember YMMV.


Bottle says, “Gentle herbal cleanser with ground almonds to exfoliate and rice vinegar to mop up excess oil. Help has arrived for troubled skin!”

Even though we are Asian Beauty addicts, we have always had a weakness for Lush products. If you have ever been in a Lush store, then you know just how enticing it can be. You walk in and you just want to smell and touch everything. Well after being enticed by one to many products, we have found that one of our favorite products from Lush is their Herbalism face wash. The look of the face wash itself is not all that appealing, since it is a glob of crumbling green stuff, but the results we get from it are too good to ignore. Herbalism is made for those with oily, acne-prone skin, which we both have, and it has been a pleasure to use it. It’s not a holy grail product, but it is certainly one that deserves recognition.


Sorry my name is in the way!

**Paula’s Choice Ingredient Dictionary used as reference.

Here are the magical ingredients:

  • Glycerin-A moisturizer that has skin repairing properties
  • Kaolin- Clay mineral that is used mostly in clay masks to help with oily skin.
  • Rice Vinegar-brightens skin
  • Matricaria Chamomilla (Chamomile leaves)-Antioxidant with potent skin soothing properties.

Here are the cursed ingredients:

  • Matricaria Chamomilla-has an acne trigger of 2.

For the full list of ingredients and analysis, click here.

**Product contains almonds! If you are allergic, please don’t try this product!**

How to Use:

Click on images to view larger and to read captions!

What Lush says to do:

  • Dampen skin with warm water
  • Break off a piece of your cleanser, mix with warm water to create paste.
  • Massage onto your face and body
  • Rinse thoroughly

What we do:

  • After removing makeup and using an oil based cleanser
  • Leaving skin damp, break off a dime-sized piece of the cleanser
  • Gently massage onto our face and other problem areas (such as chest or back)
  • Rinse and follow up with hydrating toner

How it Worked for Us:

If you look at the pictures above, you’ll see that the herbalism cleanser is a green crumbling paste. While it’s a bit messy, the overall functionality of the product is amazing. We really enjoy the more natural aspects of this cleanser as opposed to the usual chemical cleansers we experience. The gentle exfoliation and natural emollients of the product leave our skin feeling clean and soft without any astringent side effects. The down sides of this product are really the downfall of most, in which is it not suited for everyone. The smell is very…herbal. Not ginseng herbal but rather, “I just took some pine nuts, dirt and leaves and washed my face with it” herbal. We enjoy the forest smell, but it seems to be a smell that a lot of other people have a problem with. The other big factor is that one of the main ingredients are almonds. The ‘light exfoliant’ that makes up most of the paste you’d be slathering all over your face is really just pureed almonds, so if you have any aversion or allergy to nuts you really shouldn’t be putting this anywhere near your body.


  • Natural ingredients
  • Vegan and cruelty free
  • Cleans skin without it feeling tight or dry
  • Gently exfoliates to remove dead skin and dirt from pores
  • Acne has shown improvement
  • You can choose your own amount of product at Lush Store


  • Contains almonds
  • Some may think it has an unappealing smell
  • Only a 4 month shelf life
  • Messy
  • May be a bit hard to rinse off completely
  • Can be a bit pricey

Final Rating:

  • 1-Bad, had a reaction, would not buy again
  • 2-Did not work
  • 3-Worked, but nothing special
  • 4-Great product, but has the potential to be replaced
  • 5-Holy Grail, it’s the cat’s meow!

Noona 4

This is one of our favorite cleansers to keep in rotation, and we definitely think it’s worth giving a try if you have acne-prone or oily skin!

Where you can buy:

  • Lush, starting at $13.95 for 3.5 oz.

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