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Herbivore After Sun Skin Soothing Aloe Mist review

An Alternative to Herbivore’s Skin Soothing Aloe Mist for Post-Sun Soothing

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While I don’t tend to spend much time laying out in the sun (partly to protect my skin and partly because I find half an hour is about the point when I go from pleasantly warm and relaxed to sweaty and frazzled), I still like a product to cool me down post-heat.

And that’s because while after-sun/face mists aren’t a) particularly good value or b) an actual necessity, the immediate cooling effect they offer immediately makes me feel less Monica-in-Barbados and more Giselle-on-a-beach-shoot.  A girl can dream anyway…

But seriously, since I have the hair of Cher circa 1983 when it’s exposed to more than half an atom of moisture, plus the skin tone and general sun aversion of a vampire, it takes a little extra something to pull my look together post-beach.

Otherwise, the result is basically an enormous-haired, fairly sweaty me for the rest of the day (and I’m not willing to inflict that on passing small children/easily-startled dogs/any particularly observant wildlife).

So a refreshing after-sun mist it is. I enjoyed using Herbivore’s now discontinued After Sun Skin Soothing Aloe Mist, so I decided to try their Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Mist.



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The alternative to Herbivore After Sun Skin Soothing Aloe Mist

Herbivore’s After Sun Skin Soothing Aloe Mist contained aloe water and witch hazel to soothe and lightly hydrate, as well as lavender and spearmint oils to provide an instant cooling sensation as it dries.

And their Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Mist also contains Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water, with the addition of Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, and Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Powder.

Aloe is perfect for soothing sunburn and cooling the skin, with Healthline saying it “is perhaps one of the most widely used herbal remedies for topical skin conditions. This is because the gel-like components of the plant are known to heal the skin from a variety of minor ailments.

“In fact, you might have even used aloe in the past for sunburn, minor cuts, or small abrasions.”

Coconut water forms the base of the mist, with high levels of replenishing amino acids and lauric acid, while rose water steam distilled from thousands of petals per ounce, no less, adds hydration not to mention a gorgeous scent.

Like all products from Seattle-based Herbivore, this is alcohol and synthetic fragrance-free, as well as vegan and cruelty-free.


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On the skin

Absolutely gorgeous applied post-shower – or pretty much any other time – the Rosa Damascena Flower Water here does a great job of providing an instant hit of cool to soothe.

The soothing action continues further as the coconut water and aloe start to evaporate, leaving me nicely refreshed.

But while that’s all lovely I have to say that in terms of hydrating this doesn’t go anywhere near as far as my normal pure aloe gel (although it is about the same price as the one from my local store).

I also suspect – given the really thin texture here – that it’s just plain old H2O (the first ingredient on the product’s list) doing the bulk of the heavy lifting refreshment-wise.

On the other hand, I really like how non-sticky this is compared to normal aloe (making it particularly great for the face), plus its spray format *definitely* makes it quicker and easier to apply (and simultaneously makes me feel like I’ve properly got my life in order when I whip this out on the beach).

In fact, Mayo Clinic advises that, if you are unlucky enough to get sunburnt, “Apply aloe vera lotion, moisturizing cream or a nonprescription 1% hydrocortisone cream to the affected skin several times a day.

“Try cooling the product in the refrigerator before applying for extra soothing comfort. Avoid products containing alcohol, which can further dry out skin.”

Unlike their After Sun Skin Soothing Aloe Mist, Herbivore’s Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Mist is much more targeted to hydrating rather than soothing, however, the natural ingredients do a great job of both – making it a double-whammy product for hydrating and cooling the skin.

It’s also a great alternative to using a finishing spray, giving your skin a hit of hydration and natural ingredients as well as keeping your makeup in place.


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What other people have to say

Customers on the Cult Beauty website are loving this mist, with one saying “I absolutely love Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Mist. It is a really gentle and light spray, that can help to revigorate and refresh, and just feel like a little bit of a boost to skin and wellbeing!”

Another writes “I’ve purchased this spray countless times and it’s always on my list of re stock items!  Having been a huge fan of the Omorovicza face mist for years I didn’t think I’d switch to anything else.  So light and refreshing and has never caused any clogging on my acne prone skin which anything with coconut oil or water often can, this is a lifesaver throughout the day.

“I spray in between each skin care step in the morning and then last thing at night.  Even on its own it makes my skin feel less sore and red when I’m having a bad breakout!  Love love love it!!”


The Takeaway

Is this £29 for a 120ml hydrating mist a necessity? No, absolutely not. Is it pleasingly refreshing enough to perk you up after the beach, keep your makeup in place, or hydrate throughout the day? Yes, probably.

Great for: Light hydration without any sticky or tight feeling once dry (like I can sometimes find pure aloe gel does). Really fine, wide-spraying mist, making application easy. Setting makeup. Hydrating on the go.

Not-so-great for: Full-on moisturising, as this isn’t as hydrating on my skin as a pure aloe gel or body cream, and I find it’s intended more as a quick, easy (and yummy-smelling) way of soothing skin. Also, while I’m super pleased to see a glass bottle here, it doesn’t make for an ideal travelling mate so be really careful how you pack this one.

Herbivore’s Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Mist is from £29.00 for 120 ml, Cult Beauty UK/£36.00 on the Herbivore US website



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Sally Underwood is a journalist, *serious* beauty fan, and Editor-in-Chief of Live That Glow. Formerly Editorial Director of one of Europe's largest newspaper groups, Sally has been a beauty obsessive since her teen years spent dragging her long-suffering (but immaculately-groomed) friends around every beauty counter in London. She now leads Live That Glow's editorial operations.

Expertise: Skincare, Body care
Education: University College London

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