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A review of Herbivore's Coconut Milk Bath Soak

Herbivore Coconut Milk Bath Soak: An Honest Review

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Just like my former 4-year-old self, I love a bath and am often found zoning out amongst a barrage of bubbles and soothing essential oil sniffs (admittedly the essential oils I didn’t add until well into my 20s – I wasn’t a particularly sophisticated 4-year-old).

And while baths have been shown to be good for everything from reducing blood glucose levels to lowering blood pressure, there’s another reason I love them – because they offer so many more options than just your run-of-the-mill shower gel.

While salt or sugar-based scrubs can get fiddly in an often teeny shower setting (and occasionally pretty hazardous if you’re overzealous with the oily scrubs, which I definitely am), they fit perfectly into the luxurious laziness of a bath. Similarly, the bath soak – one of my all-time favourite products for sheer self-indulgence – only works when you have a body of water to, well soak, in.

And, one such product from my regular line-up of oils, exfoliants, creams, and lathers that serve as a sort of permanent decoration around the sides of my bath, is an all-natural one; Herbivore’s Coconut Milk Bath Soak.


Herbivore Coconut Milk Bath Soak

Containing powdered organic coconut milk to hydrate, as well coconut pulp for more moisturising action (and for its yummy scent), this is my go-to bath soak post work.


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Because, as well as smelling lovely (if not a little on the subtle side – it’s not a strong scent), the coconut milk powder here is both seriously hydrating and soothing. Meanwhile, the addition of coconut pulp CO2 adds further hydration, while vanilla fruit oil boosts the light scent.

Created by Seattle-based, natural brand Herbivore, their milk bath is vegan, cruelty-free and made without dyes, fragrances, or synthetic preservatives. Herbivore says it also tries to reduce the number of fillers used in its products and keep ingredient lists to a minimum.

The glass tub Coconut Milk Bath comes in and offers a glimpse into the brand’s sustainable values, with most packaging glass or paper and only recyclable plastic used where necessary. Herbivore has also committed to eliminating 100 per cent of all virgin plastics from its packaging by 2025.


How to use it

A handful is generally enough, and to get it to disperse properly I prefer adding it to running water before mixing it in a little by hand. 

Just a warning though, the scent here is so subtle that if you add this water just as you start running the bath most of the scent will have dissipated before you get in, so I tend to do this just as the bath is almost ready.


On the skin

Seriously delivering on its claims to hydrate and soothe skin, Herbivore’s Coconut Milk Bath Soak leaves my skin softer too – almost like I’ve already applied a light moisturiser.  As an added bonus, it also seems to offer a gentle cleansing effect; meaning I can skip my normal shower gel when using this.

The scent really is very subtle though, so anyone hoping to use this as a post-long day/pre-bed unwind may be slightly disappointed.  One workaround is to add a few drops of something like vanilla essential oil to water once the bath is run.



What other people have to say

The reviews are a bit mixed for this bath soak, with one customer on the Cult Beauty website saying “I was a little weary of getting this, as other reviews said the smell didn’t last once added to the bath, but my experience was completely different.

“Left my bathroom with a lovely coconut scent and super soft skin. Not a favourite is how slippery it made my tub, someone with mobility issues could get injured trying to get out of the bath.”

While another writes “So disappointed with this, I love coconut but this doesn’t smell of anything! It didn’t change my bathwater at all, a waste of money.”


The takeaway

Although I do really enjoy the gentle cleansing and nourishing hydration from this soak, I’d probably enjoy it even more if the coconut scent was stronger (and the overall price was a little cheaper).

As a slightly less pricey and more adaptable alternative, you could just buy some organic powdered coconut milk and throw a handful into a running bath for similar results (with optional added vanilla essential oil for scent).

Great for: Bath fans, moisturising, and anyone with sensitive skin that doesn’t get on with regular shower gels.

Not-so-great for: Budget beauty, as this luxury buy definitely works out at more than a DIY bath milk would.

Herbivore’s Coconut Milk Bath is from £18 for 226 g from Cult Beauty UK and from $22 for 8 oz/ 226 g from Herbivore US


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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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