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Reviewing Herbivore's Coconut Milk Bath Soak, Rose Quartz Illuminating Body OIl and Coco Rose Lip Polish

A Review: Herbivore’s Coconut Bath Soak and Lip Scrub Alternative

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Like most people, I’m a big fan of any products that are both seriously effective and a total luxury to use.

Throw in some chic minimalist packaging as well and my credit card is pretty much yours.

This leads me neatly to Herbivore, a natural ingredient-based US brand which will already be familiar to anyone who has spent more than three minutes of their lives browsing Instagram’s beauty pages.

I’ll admit I’d pretty much fallen in love with Herbivore even before I tried so much as one product…

Was it the high-quality, natural ingredients? Well yes, mostly. Was it also the ridiculously attractive packaging? Ahem, perhaps.

So during what turned out to be the first of many Herbivore purchases, I started pretty small, picking up the brand’s Coco Rose Lip Polish and the Coconut Milk Bath.

Since reviewing, the brand has discontinued their Coco Rose Lip Polish but, fear not, I’ve found the perfect replacement.

 


 

This is new, up-to-date information. We updated this article in February 2024 to add further ways to use the product complete with updated prices.

 


Herbivore Coco Rose Lip Polish – the alternative

As a sucker for a lip scrub, I felt pretty confident that the Coco Rose Lip Polish was going to work well as soon as tried it. With fine, smooth grains of sugar in an emollient shea butter and coconut oil base, this scrub was gentle on lips rather than tugging or tearing like some harsher scrubs.

However, Herbivore’s Coco Rose Lip Polish has now been discontinued, so I began  my search for an alternative (you can still purchase this scrub in a body polish form here from Cult Beauty!)

Beauty Pie does a great alternative to this product, their Smooth Ahead Nourishing Lip Scrub (£20.00 on Beauty Pie UK for non-members/$25 on Beauty Pie US for non-members) is just as nourishing and hydrating.

It contains ingredients like organic sugar cane crystals to exfoliate naturally, and Vitamin E to soothe and protect, as well as avocado oil, hemp seed oil, and sunflower seed oil to nourish and soften the lips.

The brand advises to use “a fingertip to gently buff onto dry lips” and then “tissue off any crystals that haven’t dissolved” – you’ll have to stop yourself from licking the remaining sugar off, trust me!

This product feels really nourishing and it’s easy to use – a little really does go a long way.

The reviews stack up, too, with one customer on the Beauty Pie website writing “Love this. My lips have been peeling and dry recently, since using this beautiful balm which nourishes and stays supple for ages they are much better. A little goes a long way.”

While another said this product is “perfect for cold weather chapping” and it’s “easy to apply”.

Great for: Smoothing dry lips, buffing away dead skin, nourishing, and moisturising. It also lasts a really long time

Not-so-great for: It’s a bit pricey

 

 


Herbivore Coconut Milk Bath Soak

While I find this genuinely hydrating and also gently cleansing, this is definitely on the expensive side and really doesn’t smell much of coconut once the product has dissolved in hot water.

Containing powdered organic coconut milk to nourish skin, as well coconut pulp for more moisturising action, I definitely feel like my skin has been hydrated when I use this, and I can easily skip the post-bath moisturiser. The slight cleansing effect on my skin means I can also use a little less body wash with this.

But is this a favourite? Well, I think that really comes down to how much you like a bath…

For me (a total bath addict, especially at the end of a long week), I’m happy to reserve this for the times when my skin really needs a hit of soothing moisture. And I definitely think of this as a treat rather than a daily skincare product.

For anyone who isn’t so much into the whole bath thing but was instead hoping for a coconut experience, this possibly isn’t for you since the scent is really not a strong one here. For (much) more on Herbivore’s Milk Bath Soak, browse my full product review here.

And, although I didn’t find the smell to be very powerful, it seems other customers are loving the scent, with one saying “Really love the smell and having it in the tub, such a great product, gentle on sensitive skin (a must for me). Have bought so many jars of this stuff!!”

Another customer also commented on its smell and moisturising abilities “This is one of my absolute favorite bath products. The smell is fantastic and the moisturizing feel is wonderful. I could have a cupboard full of it!!”

Great for: Hydrating and soothing.

Not-so-great for: Real coconut fans since this really doesn’t smell of a lot once it’s in the bath. To get the full benefits of the fragrance though you could always do what I do and add some extra essential oil to the water just before getting in.

Herbivore’s Coconut Milk Bath Soak is from £18.00 on Cult Beauty UK and from $22 on Herbivore US

 

Herbivore Botanicals Coconut Milk Bath Soak

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The takeaway

These products offer a touch of luxury, as well as a soothing combination of botanicals which would probably suit even the most sensitive types (as long as they can tolerate essential oils). For me, personally, despite the lack of coconut scent I particularly enjoy the bath soak (although I do wish it was cheaper).

My skin seems to love its gentle cleansing action and soothing hydration, and I also think it’s a fairly unique product from a beauty brand (although you could replicate most of the effects with shop-bought powdered coconut milk).

While I enjoyed the Herbivore lip scrub, its discontinuation meant searching for an alternative. the Beauty Pie scrub is great for those who really suffer from dry and chapped lips, however, I could probably do without one.

 

 

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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.

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