My fellow blogger Ria was kind enough to send me a free sample of some vegan facial cleansing grains when she received two free samples from Herbolution. She let me choose between the strawberry cleanser or peppermint & sage facial grains. I’m a sucker for minty-smelling things, so I kindly requested the peppermint & sage. I promised I’d do a review of the grains once I tested them out, so I am (finally) making good on that promise.
What are cleansing grains?
Herbolution cleansing grains are just that – grains made to cleanse your skin. They are different from regular facial cleansers, because they come in powdered form, rather than a cream or foam. You add water to the powder to turn it into a cream. Cleansing grains are awesome because they are free of chemicals and preservatives, so there is no risk to your health when using them.
What’s in it?
Perhaps the best part of Herbolution’s cleansing grains is the remarkably short list of ingredients (most certified organic). The peppermint & sage contains only ground peppermint, sage, oats, almonds, green clay, sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), and essential oils of peppermint and sage.
Herbolution has this to say about these cleansing grains (I paraphrased):
Formulated for oily and normal skin to help clean, polish and mattify. Peppermint and Sage, having antiseptic properties, kill bacteria that forms pimples. Oatmeal, almonds, green clay and baking soda absorb and remove dirt and impurities, gently exfoliating dead skin cells to make it look and feel soft and renewed.
Not only that, but Herbolution’s homemade products are committed to being natural and chemical-free, organic, cruelty-free, earth-friendly, sustainable, energy efficient, free of synthetic preservatives and biodegradable.
This was a first for me – I’ve never used any facial cleansing product that didn’t have to be squeezed from a tube or a pump of some kind. I’m actually relatively new to the “natural product” arena as well, so it’s been fun experimenting. I felt a little awkward trying to use the cleansing grains at first, because I didn’t know how much water I should mix it with, or even how much of the product to use use in the first place. But a little experimentation is all that was needed to figure it out.
Here is the best way I found to create the perfect paste:
- I filled my little spoon with grains before beginning, in order to keep the package dry
- Then I splashed warm water on my face, leaving my hands wet
- I put the grains in the palm of one hand with the spoon
- Then further wetted the other hand, letting a few drops of water fall from my fingertips onto the grains
- I rubbed the grains with my fingertips until a paste formed, adding more water until it reached a consistency I could work with
I really liked the gentle exfoliating texture of the grains. The daily cleanser I’ve been using is supposed to be “anti-aging,” but I have a hard time believing that something without a little graininess to it is really doing the job when it comes to exfoliation (you have to get rid of those dead skin cells if you want to reduce the signs of aging). The grains have a light, but not overpowering minty scent; as I said before, I love the smell of mint, so this was a pleasant smell to me – nice and refreshing. And the scent fades almost immediately after rinsing, too.
After cleansing, my skin had a nice tightness to it – it felt almost like I’d just used a facial mask. A single use didn’t reduce the size of my pores, but I know that over time using an exfoliating product will do just that. I began writing this an hour and a half after cleansing, and my skin was still matte, but with a healthy glow. After ten hours, I have to admit, I still hadn’t had to apply any powder to my usually greasy face. My foundation usually starts to melt sometime after lunch, even when I’m in air conditioning all day.
Ready to try cleansing grains for yourself?
Herbolution’s cleansing grains come in 10 different “flavors” and they also have 7 different fruit ‘n berries dry facial cleansers. Check out their Etsy shop to find one formulated for your skin type. Learn more about Herbolution in Ria’s interview with the founders of the company, and visit them on Facebook and Twitter. I have been perusing their products, and am very intrigued by the Organic Facial Serum; I’m on the hunt for a natural wrinkle reducer…now that I’m in my 30′s I’ve been noticing more fine lines. It may be time to start doing something about it!