Herban Lifestyle’s products are an eco skin care line that is committed to sustainability from sourcing quality fair trade and/or organic ingredients down to their packaging. What I love about this company is their ingredients are so pure and don’t contain any synthetic chemicals. Better yet, the products are produced in small batches to assure quality. Despite all their sustainability goodness, the products need to work. And, boy, I was not let down. Read on.
Just to give you some background about my skin. It has become very dry as I have aged. It is also extremely sensitive to many personal care products.
I swear. If I hold up a product in front of my face, it starts to redden immediately.
I am not exaggerating.
But before I am willing to try a skin care line, as I mentioned above, the company’s stance on sustainability has to be very clear. Herban Lifestyle is a green girl’s dream come true from their packaging, ingredients, and commitment. They promise:
• “To create wonderful smelling, highly effective, beautifully packaged bath and body products that are extremely enjoyable to use.
• To create high-quality bath and body products that are handcrafted with natural, organic, and Fair Trade ingredients, and infused with Love and Gratitude.
• To adhere to, and benefit from, the principles of people, planet, profit.
• To be a socially responsible business that contributes generously to charitable organizations.
• To be an environmentally responsible business that makes every effort to keep waste to a minimum, offsets 100% of our carbon footprint, and works with suppliers and service providers who are committed to environmental stewardship.
• To source ingredients from suppliers who ensure that their workers, and all those involved in the production of those ingredients, are treated fairly and humanely.
• To endorse the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and strive to buy only from suppliers who respect International Labour Organization conventions. Herban Lifestyle products contain pure oils, essential oils, and herbs, the majority of which are either certified organic, pesticide-free/chemical-free, ethically wild crafted and/or fair trade.
And since we also care about the Earth’s health and well being, we donate a portion of our gross revenue to non-profit organizations supporting people and the planet. Herban Lifestyle is certified member of Green America and Leaping Bunny, a signer of the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, and an Environmental Protection Agency Green Power Partner.”
I was a happy camper when I received my package in the mail. Many green companies haven’t figured out that packaging plays a part in sustainability. Some send me packages with bubble wrap or poly-peanuts.
Not this Company.
They uses paper to wrap up the contents. Even the soap was in a cotton bag. All of the containers were glass with the exception of the plastic lip balm tubes.
Herban Lifestyle Eco Skin Care Products Review
The company offers a selection of soaps, sugar scrubs, sumptuous body butters, lip cremes and men’s grooming products. I was lucky to try the following products:
- Adzuki+dulse Cleansing grains
- Lavender +Vanilla body butter
- Lime+coconut lip creme lip balm
- Orange Ginger Shampoo Bar
I pampered myself from head to toe starting with my hair down to my feet using the body butter.
Adzuki +Dulse Cleanings Grains
For years, I used an exfoliating scrub on my face. As I mentioned above, my face is super sensitive, so after exfoliation, my skin was always pink with periodic red spots. When I used the Aduzki +Dulse Cleansing Grains, it gently exfoliated my skin leaving it nice and smooth.
And guess what?
No red spots.
You might be wondering why do they use adzuki beans as an ingredient in their cleanings grains. For centuries, using adzuki beans was part of Japanese skin care regimen , which cleanse, exfoliate and brighten the skin.
I happen to cook with them since it is the only red bean I can eat. They are quite small as compared to kidney beans.
The ingredients in each 2 ounce jar are as follows:
Oryza sativa (rice) starch, Phaseolus angularis (adzuki bean) powder, Palmaria palmata (dulse) powder, certified organic Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) powder
The product is priced at $24.00
Refills will be available in lieu of purchasing another bottle.
Lavender +Vanilla body Butter
I have to admit. I ate the body butter. It smelled so good that I tasted it.
The cocoa butter in the product dared me to do it.
The butter smells so good with a hint of lavender and vanilla. And I adore anything with shea butter in it.
My dry skin just can’t get enough of this butter.
The ingredients in the butter are as follows:
Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter)*, Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil**, Prunus dulcis (almond) oil*, Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil*, Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter**, Maranta arundinaceae (arrowroot)*, Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil*, Vanilla planifolia (vanilla) absolute*, Mixed tocopherols (non-GMO vitamin E), Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) extract*
The product is priced at $24.00
Lime+Coconut Lip Creme
The lip creme tastes so good. I felt like I just licked a lime. My lips were smooth and hydrated. (Yes, I was licking my lips. The creme is yummy tasting.)
The ingredients for the 1.5 ounce tube are as follows:
coconut oil**, beeswax, olive oil*, sunflower oil*, lime essential oil*, vitamin e, stevia
The product is priced at $8.00
Orange Ginger Shampoo Bar
I am not a fan of shampoo and body bars, even though the no-plastic option is so appealing. I used an eco version once and absolutely hated it. It made my hair feel like straw. I color and highlight my hair, so it is naturally dry. I only wash it once a week.
So you can imagine how worried I was about trying the bar.
Plus, I was dumb enough to try it when I had a charity benefit to go to.
I was pleasantly surprised. It lathered well, and my hair felt better than with my regular shampoo. I didn’t even apply conditioner. I wanted to see how straw-like my hair could be.
So, I will reiterate.
No, straw hair. Nada. Nothing.
According to the Herban Lifestyles, I shouldn’t need conditioner. They state,
“Natural shampoo bars don’t strip the oils from your hair, so no conditioner is required. Some of my customers like to do a vinegar rinse 1x per month to make their hair shine. Just mix 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar with 3/4 cup water, pour over your hair, rub in, let sit for 2 minutes, then rinse. Voila!”
The Company indicated that you should get 40 to 60 shampoos out of each bar depending on the length and thickness of your hair.
The ingredients are as follows:
Sodium olivate (saponified olive oil)*, Sodium cocoate (saponified coconut oil)**, Sodium castorate (saponified castor oil), Aqua (distilled water), Essential Oils of Zingiber Officinate (Ginger)*and Citrus Sinensis (Orange)*, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) extract*
Individually priced at $10.00
The Company also offers a soap subscription. Each month one bar will be delivered to you for six months. (Priced at $51.00)
The star attached to the Ingredients are as follows:
*USDA Certified Organic
**Fair Trade and organic
Herban Lifestyle’s products are a great idea for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or end of year teacher gifts. Wouldn’t a six-month subscription to their soap be a great idea?
Herban Lifestyle is graciously offering a $150 gift certificate to one lucky US winner. You must be 18 years or older to enter. The giveaway ends April 28, 2015 at 12 am EST.
If you win, honestly, I feel sorry for you since you will have a devil of a time to decide which products you like the best.
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Green Sisterhood. I received products to review but was not compensated for publishing the review. Opinions are all my own.