Living Libations: High Vibe Heaven

I recently came to a realization that I have a minor obsession with the California Hippie. I don’t think that this is an “official” name, but you all know the type: mystical herbalists Scott and Nitsa of Sun Potion, lifestyle guru and skincare brand founder Shiva Rose of the Local Rose, the groovy parents and chocolatiers Zen and Bunni of Zenbunni and, of course, the founder of Moon Juice Amanda Chantal Bacon –  a woman who created a successful wellness brand and ended up the subject of an Internet bullying campaign. All of these folks are about as far from the “unwashed hippie” archetype as you can get. They are groovy and elegant, mystical and practical, spiritual and educated and they embrace high vibes and quality control with equal passion. Living Libations is the most quintessentially California Hippie brand I have ever come across (they even have a freestanding store in Venice – the epicenter of CH cool). The twist? They are Canadian.I remember when I first stumbled across Living Libations. Somewhere in my Internet wanderings I saw an over-enthusiastic comment exchange about their shampoo. An intrepid green beauty explorer, I immediately followed the link… And immediately freaked out. The site looked like it was made by an unhinged member of the Polyphonic Spree: disconcertingly colorful, with a groovy 60s font that looked too childlike for comfort, crowded with seemingly endless categories of products and staggeringly florid prose, it was everything that made my cynical New Yorker blood run cold. I threw a bottle of shampoo into my cart, checked out as fast as my typing fingers would carry me and hightailed it out of there, vowing never to return again. And then, after the seemingly interminable journey from the Canadian wilds, the shampoo arrived. And so began a life long love affair.

Libations Shampoo

Since the Seabuckthorn Shampoo was what started my Living Libations journey of discovery, it makes sense that I review it first. As I might have mentioned before, I have terrible hair. It’s super-fine, thin and oily. Actually, since I had it bleached its texture changed and I can now avail myself of all the green beauty hair bounty. That is because until Josh Rosebrook recently released his Balance line, the overwhelming majority of green hair products out there were formulated for the drier/thicker hair types. I managed to find things that sort of worked, but I missed that super-cleaned feeling and the hint of volume (can’t hope for more than than, really) that I used to get from conventional shampoos. Enter Living Libations.

The first shock was the bottle. I was disappointed in the way it looked on the website: too basic and Etsy-esque for my taste, but in person, the gorgeous color of the shampoo seems to glow from within and the simplicity of the bottle actually seems elegant. The shampoo smells divine: sweetly herbal and elegant – an absolute sensory delight, and it was perfect for my hair! It was left perfectly clean, bouncy and shiny, with a load of volume and in no way stripped. It has become a constant companion of my bathroom and I will never be without.

Now, since I fried my hair I find the Seabuckthorn shampoo too intense, but here is where I introduce you to the Shine On conditioner. I never used conditioner before (it made my hair too limp) and I am so grateful to the Gods of Processed Hair for allowing me to enjoy it. And Shine On is a joy! It smells even prettier than the shampoo, in the same sweet-but-not-too-sweet, herbal and somehow fresh way and leaves my hair soft, silky, manageable, yet in no way weighed down. I think I’m going to have to bleach my hair again, if only so I can keep using this beauty.

Libations Spirulina Shampoo

I didn’t think it was possible to improve on the perfection that are Seabucktorn and Shine On, but by Jove, Living Libations did it with their True Blue Spirulina Shampoo and Conditioner. Aside from the nutritional powerhouse spirulina, both products contain the azure-rich, anti-inflammatory powerhouse trio of my beloved blue tansy, German chamomile and Yarrow. They make my hair feel, well, perfect: hydrated, soft, full of volume and health. Now, I haven’t tried either product on my hair in its natural state and think the conditioner might end up being too rich, but I think the shampoo will work a treat. The best thing about this magical duo? The scent. If you are a fan of May Lindstrom’s Blue Cocoon, imagine washing your hair with it. The shampoo and conditioner have the same warm, sweet, calming scent of blue tansy, with an added herbal age. It turns even the quickest of showers into a mini-spa experience, leaving me calmer, more centered and with pretty, shiny hair.

Libations Seabuckthorn

In what is a bit of a departure for me, the bulk of this review will be for body care, probably because so many of the Living Libations formulas are unusual and incredibly special. But if there is one product from the Living Libations lineup without which no review would be complete, it’s their legendary, cult Best Skin Ever – Seabuckthorn oil. Now, to call this oil a product for the face would be unfair, since it’s a true multitasker: it can be used as a cleanser, a moisturizer and a body oil (its price is so reasonable as to not make this an impossible luxury). Sea buckthorn is probably my all-time favorite skincare ingredient (what do you expect – I’m Russian, I used to drink this stuff in tea and as a jam!) and it is bolstered by jojoba, coconut oil, skin healing tamanu, as well as lavender, vetiver, grapefruit and palmarosa – all essential oils with proven skincare benefits that also combine into a gorgeously earth, herbal, yet sophisticated scent. Are you noticing a pattern, by the way? Even the briefest exposure to Living Libations products makes it clear that its creator, Nadine Artemis, is a brilliant scent alchemist.

BSE is perfect as an oil cleanser: it leaves my skin perfectly clean and hydrated. And the formula is simple, yet sophisticated enough even for a skincare maximalist like me, making it a true all-in-one product. For the sake of an experiment, I had used it alone on a couple of occasions, abandoning my complex, multi-step nighttime routine and woke up with clear, hydrated and glowing skin. I sometimes feel guilty for only recommending expensive products and while BSE isn’t exactly cheap ($50 for 110 ml), it’s a remarkably reasonable price considering the quality of the ingredients and its multitasking nature means that it could well be the most sensible skin investment you ever make.

Libation Dews

Living Libations is a brand that knows its essential oils. Nadine and Ron’s (her partner in life and business) acumen goes past skill and straight into witchcraft. Nowhere is this more evident than in the line of Dab blends for various skin concerns. Dew Dab and Zippity Dew Dab (that name!) are the superhero duo to address your skin’s every freakout – from random redness, bumps and coupe rose (Dew Dab a mix of EOs of rose otto, cape chamomile, cypress, frankincense, immortelle and lavender) to the angriest pimples (Zippity Dew Dab – niaouli, carrot seed, immortelle, rosemary, blue tansy and thyme lynalool, the mixture of which make it smell divine). I do not exaggerate when I say when their power is nothing short of nuclear. I have applied Zippity Dew Dab to some truly epic spots, only to watch them disappear overnight. This is powerful stuff and must be used judiciously, but these blends are an absolute must for anyone who has anything other than perfect skin.

Libations Dew Dab

The last in the Dab collection is the Jewel Dab, a blend of the most luxurious essential oils (rockrose, sandalwood, myrrh, immortelle, roman chamomile, palmarosa, chamomile, carrot seed and turmeric), created for the mature skin types to help strengthen the skin’s protective barrier, increase firmness and hydration and help address all other signs of aging (however much we might welcome the aging process itself). This and all the other Dabs can be used as spot treatments or mix with carrier oils or your existent skincare to boost their activity. In writing this post I actually found out that the collection includes BeDew Dap (is this new? How did I know about it?) – a cooling and anti-inflammatory blend that is next on my must-try list. If it’s as good as the other three, it’s bound to have a pride of place in my beauty collection.

Libations Aroma Blends

The Living Libations collection of essential oils is truly spectacular and they carry a number of very special, single ingredient oils, but it’s in the EO blends where the skill of the makers truly shines. One of my absolute favorite blends is Love Wine, though I cannot for the life of me figure out how to use it. It smells like the most divine of desserts mixed with… I dunno, the essence of great sex? It’s magical. Apparently, you can actually use it in food, although I found the flavor too soapy when mixed with drinks and when I tried to use it as perfume (or, you know, rubbed it all over myself) the strong EOs were a bit too active for the skin on my neck, so until I figure out (suggestions are welcome!) I will continue using it as I do now: opening the bottle, taking deep sniffs and making wildly inappropriate noises of contentment.

My other two favorite blends are slightly less orgasmic, but still utterly delicious and much more practical. The two Living Libations sleep blends, Bedtime Story and Sweet Sleep Serum are both incredibly effective in that “did I just take an Ambient” way that powerful EO blends have and are both so delicious and sweetly comforting that they would be perfect to lull a fussy baby to sleep.

Libations Inhaler

Using essential oils for health is fairly common, but I have never done so before Living Libations. Their Immune Illume and Lungevity blends (aptly and perfectly named) are magnificent on their own, but they truly shine when added into the Living Libations Salt Pipe Inhaler. I never even knew such a thing existed until I saw the slightly odd-looking, porcelain contraption on the Instagram of Nitsa Citrine – the gorgeous and talented half of the Sun Potion duo and the quintessential California Hippie. The idea is to fill the bottom of the pipe with large Himalayan salt crystals (included with the purchase) and, ideally, add a couple of drops of one or both of the above blends (I used both) and to use yogic, alternate nostril breathing through the pipe’s opening.

If I am perfectly honest, I thought the whole concept was a bit of a crock. Sure, it couldn’t hurt, especially because both Immune Illume and Longevity not only do not smell medicinal, but are, in fact, completely delicious-smelling. Still, it’s some damn salt and oils in a magic lamp-looking doohickey. How much good could it possibly do? Plenty, it turns out. I spent almost the entirety of last fall with a nasty cold that  eventually turned into walking pneumonia and subsequent, interminable bronchitis. My lungs, in short, were a mess. Eventually, after several rounds of gut-destroying antibiotics I managed to kick the infection, but my lungs refused to get better. We went away for a weekend at the Catskills with friends and despite the crystal-clear air, I was a cough-y, phlegmy (sorry) mess. I happened to bring the salt pipe along and took the necessary 20 minutes to inhale the sweet-smelling salt air before going to bed. The next morning I felt 100% better.

Of course, the inhaler didn’t cure my pneumonia or bronchitis – that, sadly, took strong antibiotics and steroids – but it certainly help support my weary lungs and clear lingering congestion. Salt air therapy has been gaining in popularity in recent years (I myself am a fan) and the Living Libations inhaler is a great way to experience some of its benefits without finding a halotherapy studio and paying for sessions. Plus, just lookit: ain’t it adorable? Seriously, it looks great on my nightstand. Speaking of nightstands: a few drops of Illume or Lungetivity in your bedside diffuser make for a fabulous, lung-clearing and immune boosting nighttime blend that will make your bedroom smell like a dream.

Libations Pits

Speaking of things that smell nice, let’s talk armpits! Giving up conventional deodorant is probably the first step towards becoming a hippie (or at least as far as American society is concerned). If clean deodorants like Soapwalla, Schmidt’s, Agent Nateur and my beloved Meow Meow Tweet, all of which use coconut oil and either baking soda or magnesium to kill bacteria, as well as clays or powders like arrowroot to control wetness are Hippie 101, then Living Libations Poetic Pits Underarm Charms (!) are definitely Advanced Hippie. There is no pretense of absorbing moisture or killing bacteria: these little roll-ons contain nothing, but sandalwood essential oil and, depending on the blend, a few other essential oils, seemingly picked far more for their scent, than any anti-bacterial properties. The idea is that the warmth of your body helps to open up the scent, which then works with your body chemistry and, yes, sweat to help make your natural odor a pleasant one.

I am currently completely and utterly obsessed with Palo Santo and so I chose the namesake Poetic Pits, which contains a mixture of two of my favorite woods (Palo Santo and sandalwood), as well as muhuhu bark (African sandalwood), cardamom and lemon myrtle essential oils. This little vial smells… Well, divine! Granted, you must be a fan of Palo Santo, but if you are, you will fall in love (though you might still do so even if you don’t have any strong feelings about the sacred wood). The smell is warm, woody, soft and plush – like a being wrapped in the plushest cashmere blanket in front of a fireplace, while drinking a hot buttered rum. Sounds  deliciously wintry? Maybe that’s because I wouldn’t suggest using this in the summer, unless you have a true hippie’s laissez faire attitude towards body odor.

Simply put, the Underarm Charms won’t stop you from sweating and there really isn’t anything in them to prevent that sweat turning stinky once you do. So is it a good idea to use them in New York in July for a full day in the office, while wearing a polyester shirt? Probably not. Again, all this depends on your personal chemistry, but I would urge caution and common sense. That being said, I still recommend this product wholeheartedly. Why? It just smells so. damn. good! One of my favorite ways to use it is actually when I go to SoulCycle. The class is so sweaty, that there is pretty much no way to stay dry through it, at least for sweaty old me (and on that note, could SoulCycle PLEASE get rid of those hideous Secret deodorant aerosols in the locker rooms? I die a little every time someone coats themselves with the stuff and I get a hearty lungful), but Poetic Pits means I smell amazing while I sweat buckets – and I always shower immediately after anyway. So: are you ready to go Full Hippie?

Libations Yoni

I suppose I might as well stay on the subject of personal grooming, but move it a little further down south. Hmmm… How does one talk about a product called a Yoni Serum in polite society? How do I avoid mentioning that that word “yoni” is one of my least favorite words, seeming at once pretentious and cringe-worthy and patchouli-scented in the worst, white-girl-dreadlocks kind of way. But how can I not talk about these products, when they are just this fantastic? Then again, as the woman who shared some of more intimate benefits of coconut oil, I suppose I am uniquely qualified to talk about yoni serums. The “yoni collection” consists of the Petal Primer and the Petal Soother serums. The former is specifically formulated for pregnant women to help avoid perineal tears (in combination with massage) and, more broadly, to help tone, firm and support the feminine tissues; while the latter is made to soothe and calm any tenderness, irritation, inflammation or itching.

The Soother is a personal favorite of mine: it really does work and although I never would have thought that peppermint oil is a suitable ingredient for a product designed to maintain the lady garden, it provides immediate, cooling relief. Here, however, is my favorite thing about these two products: they encourage self-care and self-love. As women, we are constantly bombarded with messages that make us embarrassed about our womanhood. From Vajazzling (vom) to vaginal rejuvenation and from Brazilians to bleaching, we are made to feel that the goal is to look like a perfect doll, with smooth, perfect, plastic, non-messy parts. Living Libations tells us its OK to love our perfectly imperfect bits, bruised though they may be by childbirth or age or anything else, and to take the time to take care not just of our faces, but of our whole beings. It’s a beautiful message and it resonates with me so much, it almost makes me ok with the whole “yoni” thing. Almost.
Libations Love Butters 2

You know, I used to get upset that my dad doesn’t read this blog. Small mercies, eh? Now. Should we talk about the Love Butters? Radiant Love Butter is a pretty simple product, containing just four ingredients: virgin coconut oil, cocoa butter and vanilla and cinnamon essential oils, but good heavens, is it more than the sum of its parts! For starters, it smells amazing: perfectly delectable and warm, almost citrus-y, though it doesn’t contain any citrus (a reviewer on the LL site describes the smell as “those decadent little orange chocolates I used to get on vacation” and I think its a perfectly apt description) and both sensuous and comforting at once. As for its effects… I won’t go into details, since this is a family show, but let me put it simply: are you the type to use sex as a weapon? Then this is your nuclear warhead.

Of course, the Love Butter is fabulous for so much more than just hanky panky: it would make a fabulous moisturizer, massage balm (that warming cinnamon!) and lip balm even hydrator for thick and dry hair (as per another reviewer on the site), but its prowess in the bedroom is unparalleled. If you are in the mood to experiment, the Love Butter comes in two other versions. Lucky Love Butter smells like an After Eight and has the fun tingle of peppermint, making it a delicious and fun twist on the original. Languid Love Butter is the more floral version, featuring ylang ylang, jasmine, ginger, schisandra and nutmeg for a warmly luxurious, and addictively sensuous scent. I adore all three, but if I had to pick a desert island favorite, it would have to be the original Love Butter – if only because it comes in a large size.

Libations Hand Cream

Right! Should we take it down a notch? Let’s talk about hand cream! It’s not the most glamorous of products, but an essential one, especially if you, like me, live in a place with cold winters and are prone to eczema. Living Libations Hooray Hand Creme is, unsurprisingly, fantastic. It’s rich and lush, yet fast absorbing, so that you can apply and go about your business almost immediately. It also has a delightful smell (do you detect a pattern here?) and is just a pleasure to apply. This is one of the few products I would have both by my bed (rich enough to heal and nourish hands overnight) and on my office desk (fast absorbing and non-greasy enough to keep my fingers from slipping off the keyboards).

Libations Lips

Living Libations seems to have a lock on unusual products you never knew you needed, but cannot live without once you discover them. Another such product (or, rather, product category) is their line of shimmering lip glosses called Shimmer Lips. You may wonder what is so unique about lip shimmers, but these are far from your basic Bonne Bell, despite their admittedly basic packaging. First, there is, again, the smell. These stick shimmers (I own Shimmer Lips in a dark bronze Moccasin Flower and a golden Fire Lily) smell incredible and not at all lip gloss-like. The scents are sophisticated, complex and floral and are, in fact, so distinctive that I find them to not be quite right for lips because I am very sensitive to taste in my lip products. If you do not share my sensitivity, both of these give a gorgeous, sexy shimmer and have ingredients like jojoba, beeswax (vegans beware) and seabuckthorn to nourish and protect lips. My favorite way to use them, however, is a as quick and easy highlighter. A quick swipe on the cheekbones gives a light and delicate shimmer and that gorgeous scent. Throwing one of this in your bag and applying a few strategically placed swipes before going out after work is the easiest way to make yourself look awake and glowing after a long day in the office.

I think it’s a testament to the incredible prolificacy of the creators of Living Libations that having written one of my longest blog posts ever, I have barely scratched the surface of their offerings. One thing is clear: of all the Living Libations products I tried, there wasn’t one that I at the very least didn’t enjoy and most of them I loved. This line is filled with magic and heart and a true communion with nature and a deep love of people; it’s the very definition of high vibe skincare. I may be a cynical East Coaster, but when it comes to Living Libations, I am happy to be a California Hippie.

46 responses to Living Libations: High Vibe Heaven

  1. Hi Lola,

    Let me applaud you first for putting an effort in writing such an extensive review, second for making it so enjoyable. This brand has been on my radar for very long but every time I visited their site I was left overwhelmed with the choices. But now I can safely make some purchases. Thank you again for the wonderful review, I loved it.

  2. Penny

    I really love their perfumes… They are the only ones I’ve tried that make my headaches better instead of worse. And the Everybody Love Sunshine body oil is amazing! I’m a really really pale chica but when I used this all last summer it gave me beautiful, hydrated, glowing, golden skin. I’ve never felt more confident in my life. My whole family kept looking at me with bug eyes saying stuff like “wow! You look amazing” and my aunt kept asking why a beauty like me couldn’t get a boyfriend. 😂 I know you are a little afraid of sunlight but it’s so good I have to recommend it anyway.

    • TheHermesHippie – Author

      Oh no! I’m only afraid of sunlight on my face – I’m currently peeling like a python because I went a little hog wild with the sun and not enough sunscreen 😂 I’ve had my eye on Everybody Loves Sunshine for a while – may need to sprig for it after all!

  3. Sarah

    I always get so excited when you post something new! But I know you put so much thought into each one that I *guess* i will be patient until the next one.

    It’s funny that you found the green hair care products geared toward thicker/drier hair than yours… I always thought they were designed for thinner/oiler hair than my own 🙂 I think I am sold on the True Blue conditioner though because BLUE TANSY! I don’t think I would even care if it didn’t give me amazing hair because it would at least give me an amazing way to start the day.

    Also, thanks for being the voice of cynical New Yorkers everywhere. Though I have never lived in NYC, I generally prefer pubmed to divine inspiration… but there’s room for a little hippie dippie in us all ❤

    • TheHermesHippie – Author

      Thank you for being patient with me 🙂 I am so with you on blue tansy! Pretty sure it’s my crack. And honestly, it’s what I love about brands like Sun Potion, for example, when Scott talks about tonic herbs and Ayurvedic and Taoist principles, he then quotes Pubmed articles in the same breath (and his favorite sources are Pubmed and the NIH). Call it practical dippieism 😁

  4. I can’t wait to give some of these a try! I am obsessed with Palo Santo too so that Poetic Pits will be mine!! 🙂


  5. Emily

    I wish I’d had a good experience with this company. My one and only purchase of EO smelled like gasoline and I have still not gotten any meaningful response from the company. I even offered to send it back on my own dime for their review. Instead, just canned responses telling me I must not be used to high quality products and then nothing.

    So buyer beware, no returns at any time for any reason!

      • Emily

        It was the carnation.

        Since that time, I’ve read several other reviews on other sites from people unhappy to discover that carnation oil doesn’t smell much like an actual carnation. A number of people also noted the same chemical, gasoline smell that I perceived as well.

        So that was why I offered to send it back at my own expense for their review. The smell in real life was nowhere near how they described it on the website.

        They’ve lost a customer forever because I won’t support a company that can’t be bothered to have decent customer service. At the very least, they should have spoken with me about it and offered an exchange of some sort for another product rather than insulting me by telling me how gauche I must be not to appreciate their “fine” products.

        So just be sure you’ll like the product or you feel OK with tossing it and losing the money because those are your only two options with Living Libations.

    • Candice

      Gotcha. Ya the absolutes are super expensive. I’ve only stuck to the regular essential oils. You should try using it with another oil.. lavender is affordable and will mix well with the carnation.

      The most expensive oils I’ve bought are frankincense and immortelle (helichrysum). With both I was really disappointed with the scent, but they have proven to be incredibly healing topically. I like the frankincense scent a lot more now. I still can’t get into the immortelle but it has helped my skin a ton so I just deal with it.

      You should write a review about the carnation scent because it will be helpful for others. I find that the comments/reviews aren’t very critical overall.

      LL are very strict with their return policy. And I agree, they’re lacking in customer service.

  6. aliciafreed

    Awesome review and post HH! I’ll share on our Facebook page 🙂 Keep the the great content coming! Much love,

  7. By golly Lola, what a great bunch of reviews and how fun it was to read it all. I totally get what you mean about being enamored with the California hippie vibe (I’ve caught that bug as well). I’ve tried some of their dental products and Everybody Loves the Sunshine. Totally agree about the scents–divine. I need to get on their Dew Dabs. xx

  8. I love this! It’s time for me to transition to more natural products (especially face wash), and this post is just what I was looking for to make an informed decision and move forward. Thank you for sharing.

  9. Love your initial reaction to the website.The first time I visited, I wasn’t sure if I had the right place or if I’d stumbled onto a children’s band of some sort. But all the glowing reviews plus your post will have me going back for sure!

    • TheHermesHippie – Author

      Hah! Yeah – it’s a bit disconcerting (and it looks better now than when I first visited it). The products really are lovely though.

  10. Martine

    Two weeks ago I found out about this brand and after searching on the web I stubled upon your great review. Thanks!
    And you know, the european webshop, where they have almost the whole collection, is based in The Netherlands (where I happen to live…) That I don’t call an coincidence anymore so I put in an order yesterday for the seabuckthorne oil shampoo and the firelily perfum….
    I cann’t wait for the mail man to arrive.
    Thanks for this review, it really helped me to just try out something.


    Dearest Lola, this is the most sublime and hilarious LL range review that anybody has ever, or will ever, come up with.
    *bites fist to suppress some very excited Runglish swearing*

  12. Carrie

    I was curious how LL compares to Vitner’s Daughter? I’ve been using LL for years with great results! I’m not a hippie girl but love natural products. I’ve found most other natural products make no difference in my skin. For example, sad to say – I never saw improvements with tata Haper’s products. Everytime I venture out and try something else I’m always disappointed. My favorite LL product is “cell serum”- I did not see that reviewed here… But in their whole line that one’s my favorite for anti aging. One other natural product , which I noticed actual results is a serum from a little herbal company in Los Angeles – King Roads Apothecary – a rose serum with wild crafted herbs, vitamin C and hyaluronic acid. I’ve tried kypris, odacite, tata Harper, but not sure about Vitner’s daughter- if it could live up to these more “humble” products!

    • TheHermesHippie – Author

      You know, for some strange reason I haven’t used too many LL facial products, so there isn’t anything I’ve tried that compares to Vintner’s Daughter. I certain haven’t tried the Cell Serum. I honestly don’t think that the most expensive products work the best – if you are happy with LL and see results, there’s no reason why you’d make the switch 🙂

  13. Edith P.

    I just read your review and I have a question about the Petal Soother, is it safe to apply peppermint? Does it burn? Do you apply it around the vagina or do you actually apply it it to the lips of the vigina? I’m new in natural products so I have a lot of questions. ^_^

    • TheHermesHippie – Author

      Hah! Makes sense 🙂 Yeah, I think the peppermint is safe. I mean, I haven’t read studies as to its safety, but I’m pretty sensitive and had no issue. It doesn’t burn at all, but it does tingle. I like it, personally. And you apply it alllll up in there (though probably not… *up* in there?) 😁

    • Candice

      Chrys, I’ve used the seabuckthorn shampoo before, and it has a burning sensation similar to what mint would give. This was after dilution.

      I use Dr. Bronner’s Organic castile liquid soap sensitive/baby, diluted and sparingly. Or just bathing with salts is great as well, finishing with a bit of coconut oil.

  14. Nima

    i purchased their cell serum because it has a high content of broccoli seed oil (which i was told is similar to a natural silicone and therefore wanted to use as a natural alternative to primer) and cumin seed oil (good for acne). it’s alright, ive been using it for ~2w. not sure if it compared to dr. alkaitis nourishing treatment oil. it does not enhance foundation application more than any other oil and doesn’t compare to what silicones can do (i have acne scars, the difference is really noticeable!)…silicones are the only non-natural product i still use! i figure since they are used as treatment for burns and scars they can’t be all that toxic…

  15. Hi! I like to write honest reviews because I believe that this is the only way to protect others and to help each other. The last 11 months I have been using a couple of LL products, some of which are really worth the money and the glory, but others maybe not so much… To begin with, my first order was BSE Seabuckthorn which on my skin was very clarifying and made my cystic acne gone in 2-3 weeks. It has antibacterial properties and it did an amazing work on my oil cleansing method. But when applied as moisturizer, the texture of my skin after each application, was a little disappointing. It felt kind of sticky (not oily, but it felt as if I had rubbed a banana peel on my face, especially on my forehead) and it wasn’t really hydrating. My skin wanted much more hydration than that and the texture was not what I had expected from all the absolutely amazing reviews on the LL site! Yes, it fought my acne but as a moisturizer, I only used it at night to kill bacteria. So it never became an all-in-one skincare product for me. A few months later, I ordered the BSE Sandalwood and a serum, the All Season serum. To my surprise, BSE Sandalwood is MUCH MORE hydrating than BSE Seabuckthorn!! Also, it doesn’t leave on my skin any kind of stickiness, but gives a healthy glow on the T-zone, in comparison to BSE Seabuckthorn which was leaving my T-zone kinda dry for hours (as if I needed no powder at all to reduce the shiness). I know that some of you would like that though! Both of them have + and -, but it depends on what you want to achieve at the end. The BSE Sandalwood has also powerful antibacterial properties and it also keeps my acne away. The All Season serum is a nice product, it gives me a nice amount of hydration, but still it’s not enough moisturizing. I even use it over the BSE Sandalwood, but I trully see not much difference from when I use BSE Sandalwood alone as a moisturizer! Right now I am seeking for a natural, organic moisturizing creme that doesn’t break out my acne prone skin and I would really appreciate it if you could suggest me some! If LL has one that I haven’t noticed, go ahead and tell me! My goal is to be as minimal at my skincare products as it gets and all-in-one products are my go to. Thank you..!

    • TheHermesHippie – Author

      Hi! Thank you so much for that review – I think it’ll be super-helpful to a lot of people. The trick with skincare is that it very rarely works for everyone across the board. At least I’m glad LL worked for you to an extent. I think LL has a bunch of creams, or at least a couple, but I have only used Vitamin D (which I really enjoy). Check out Earthwise Beauty – they might be a good bet for you. And Heart of Gold. I happen to absolutely adore In Fiore’s creams, but they are really quite pricey. Let me know if you’ve any other/further questions 🙂

    • MM

      Dear Eris, you posted a long time ago but reading it I had the exact same experience. The Seabuckthorn smelled amazing but my face couldn’t stand the coconut oil in it and as a moisturizer it just felt heavy on the skin. So I tried the sandalwood one which is the only without coconut in it. Since then, about 2 years ago I can’t live without it. It’s multi use but I also think that on the long run it just misses the hydration part so I found the perfect method by purchasing their rose frankincense serum or the grapefruit one which contain aloe Vera and provide the missing moisture. That’s what I am doing till today and I bought plenty of their other products as well. I really tried a lot of natural brands and honestly I thought that those unrealistic raved reviews about LL were fake since that’s also possible today but I can truly say that there is not one brand out there that is this pure and also works amazingly. I exclusively just use their things and I love th fact that their never use glycerin or any other fillers on their products. It’s hella expesince but for me that’s with it. Their perfumes are also really unique and was different than commercial perfumes.

  16. nina

    I love LL but I have always been a bit weirded out by the overly raving reviews on their site. I might have found proof that those are – in part at least – sadly fake. Check the reviews for the Mint Condition Lipbalm. Theres the exact same review made by two different people a couple of months apart. I hope I am wrong, as this kind of shakes my confidence in the brand…

    • Candice

      Ugh.. that’s weird. I’d like to add that I gave reviews for an essential oil, and a carrier oil (and maybe another product?) and they’ve been taken down. They were positive reviews but short, and not nearly as poetic as the other reviews seem to be.
      I have good results with their products, but I really can’t respect a brand that can’t handle real reviews. Also, their new free shipping with a $150 minimum is outrageous. I thought their previous minimum of $100 was brutal.

      • nina

        That is so unnecessary and damaging to the brand. The products are really really great so I don’t understand the need to edit/delete/fake reviews… I’m about to place another massive order but finding those weird repetitive reviews and hearing about your experience leaves a bad aftertaste…

    • Candice

      I checked out that mint condition lip fix review. One review is from Mimi from October 27, 2018, and the other is from Dotty from August 16, 2016.

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