About HH

If Marilyn Monroe and Dorothy Parker had a baby, who was raised by Diana Vreeland and Christopher Hitchens… Goodness, that baby would have a LOT of issues. I would be her best friend.

I love beauty and skincare and I have a whole lot of opinions about it all. And all those opinions are mine – aren’t I a lucky gal? Unless otherwise specified, all products reviewed have been bought by me. The only thing that influences my reviews of products is the effect they have on my skin/nose/wellbeing/selfie quality. I do not accept payment for reviews and I do not welcome death threats for negative ones (please don’t send me death threats). Honestly, I just want to talk about the thing I am passionate about: clean, natural, good-for-you skincare and makeup. If you are reading this blog, you probably already know about why it is important to use clean products (and if you don’t, check out my resources page), but you may be wondering which of the many beautiful products out there are worth your time and money. Or perhaps you like to discover new, natural products that work as well as, or better, as their conventional counterparts. Or, maybe still, you want to know that if I think something sucks, I will tell you. Well, friend, you have come to the right place. I hope you enjoy and please: let me know what you think at lola@thehermeshippie.com. Because green beauty is a community of super-cool, passionate people and I love being a part of it.

Now that I have been around for a while, I also wanted to clarify my position on, well, money. Sorry, darlings: it’s ’bout to get uncouth up in hurr. I do not make money on this blog. Period. I do not accept payment for reviews, I do not use affiliate links and I will never use ads (I really do need to feel in control of my design aesthetic. It’s an illness). Plenty (if not most) of my favorite bloggers use their blogs as a revenue stream and their blogs are beautiful, informative and fun. I love them and wish I had the discipline and timeΒ to do the same, but, frankly, I kind of enjoy being the gentlewoman farmer of the blogging world. My posts are lengthy, well-researched and infrequent and I put all of my heart and passion in the writing I do on this blog. Sad, right? So I don’t want to feel the pressure to churn out posts simply because I owe them to someone. I’m a corporate lawyer, folks. I got enough pressure to churn things out πŸ˜‰ Maybe one day this will change. But for now, consider this a passion project. I always wanted to have one…

With love,
HHxx

62 responses to About HH

  1. Ecopoline

    I came across your blog a week ago and I was hooked! I do really appreciate your honest review about products and most of them I totally agree! I have been using natural/organic products for a long time and having strong passion as well. I will definitely read your review before splurging money. Absolutely love your blog!!

  2. sbgirl

    You are divine in your PJ’s and mask – how chic! I am so pleased to have discovered your blog. I adore your best friend’s parents, by the way – all four of them!

    As a former fashion editor who made a daily jaunt down the hall to the Beauty Dept., I am thrilled to see all things “green” (can we agree celadon is prettier?) in one spot. Now I am a mum, live in the country and don’t have time to check all the newest and greatest beauty treats in the city. (The top floor of Bergdorf’s does still have a strong pull, however)!) So your blog is perfect for this rural situation!!

    Looking forward to your charming musings and testing new products!

    • TheHermesHippie – Author

      What a kind, lovely thing to say! I’m so thrilled you enjoy the blog! And the beauty of green (celadon!) beauty is that it’s all so easily accessible online that a rural situation needn’t get in the way of finding gorgeus new products πŸ˜‰ Now if only we could figure out a way to get more of them into Bergdorf’s (though Kahina is a good start).

      Thank you again for your kind words! Xx

  3. Hello HH!

    You sure have cute PJs! πŸ™‚

    It is so great to find a green beauty blogger who is in NY and provides reviews to aid the winter skin against the cold here in the city! It would be great to know your skin type, and the current routine preparing for the upcoming freeze! πŸ™‚

    Thanks and keep up the great work!

    • TheHermesHippie – Author

      Thank you so much! Means a lot to know that you like the blog (and my PJs) πŸ™‚

      My skin is dehydrated, a little sensitive (though significantly less so now that I have made the switch to green beauty) with a congestion-prone T-zone. I also think it falls into the “mature” category even though I am in my late thirties because it’s rather thin and thus more prone to fine lines.

      At the moment, I am focusing on hydration and protection. During the day, I use the Odacite Beautiful Day moisturizer with the Odacite serum concentrates (Moringa Petitgrain and Camelina Chamomille are a must – I just did a review of the line), plus an eye serum – either Josh Rosebrook’s new Oculus or LBF’s Decouverte. When it’s really cold, I also use a balm (see my winter balms post), which is usually from either Laurel or LBF. At night, I use gentle cleansers, LBF’s Aria, Kypris Moonlight Concentrate on the T-zone (to help with congestion) and the Kypris Antioxidant Dew mixed with the Odacite serums and topped with a night cream from either Kahina or Grown Alchemist. Oh, and I always, always use a hydrating facial spray as the first step after cleansing. It’s a lot, but it keeps my skin pretty happy πŸ˜‰

      • I absolutely can’t believe our skin conditions are so similar! So so glad to know your routine! I had some freak out moments when the temperature dropped last week, and my skin still hasn’t recovered….. My focus is also on hydration, and am a firm believer that hydration is the cure for everything! Thanks so much for sharing your routine, I am definitely going to give them a try straight away!

        Currently I use manuka honey or ML the honey mud to wash my face, laurel’s normal/mature elixir (not as hydrating as expected), LBF barbary fig seed oil or Pai rosehip oil, follow by odacite’s Ca+C, EDOLO eye balm, and finish with Pollen & wax’s velvet cream. It’s not the ideal, but is getting me by for now. Would be great to get recommendations on a super hydrating toner.

        I am also seeking a body oil that will work for me. Water drinking and exfoliating are not an issue. I have tried Osmia, ML, EDOLO, organic bath, and Lina Hanson. They all unfortunately left my lower leg visibly flaky, parched, tight and unbearable. The most recent test is Laurel, I really hope it will work. If you have body oil/cream that you would recommend, that would be amazing!

        Thanks again and have a great weekend!

      • TheHermesHippie – Author

        Your routine is beautiful! I love sharing stuff like this because it’s like getting a peek in someone’s life and finding out about new products! πŸ™‚ I am SO sad Pollen & Wax seem to have disappeared. Praying she comes back someday. It’s hard to find a truly hydratingb toner spray. I find that the ones I reach for the most are Yuli’s Cocoon and de Mamiel Botaniques one. Yuli’s Metamorphic is also good because it has glycerin

      • TheHermesHippie – Author

        Arrrrrgh! I had written this loooong response and my stupid Wordress app somehow trashed it 😦 At the computer now, so should be safe (albeit shorter)! Your routine sounds lovely! I think the reason you might be finding that the Laurel is not sufficiently hydrating is because it does not have a humectant ingredient. You might want to try Yuli’s Cocoon Elixir (has vegetable glycerine) or Metamorphic Elixir (glycerine and sodium hyaluronate), De Mamiel Dewey Mist (glycerine and sodium hyaluronate) or LBF’s Jardin de Fleurs (glycerine and sodium hyaluronate). These are the ones I tend to reach for in dryer weather.

        As for body oils, I think you might be having a similar issue: enough oily stuff, not enough watery stuff πŸ™‚ I would suggest layering your body oils (I ADORE the Lina Hanson and EDOLO and I ultimately find that with body oils, the primary difference is smell) over a hydrating lotion. Have you tried CV Skinlabs? Their products are amazing and absolute godsends in winter. The Rescue Relief Spray is awesome for immediate relief and their lotion is fabulously hydrating. They also aren’t crazy expensive, so that’s a plus πŸ™‚

        Hope that helps. Have a wonderful weekend! xx

        P.S. Is the avatar your doggie? It’s adorable! xx

  4. SB girl

    I hear you loud and clear re the NY winter skin trouble! Yet even with the colder air and less humidity, I still seem to have congestion at the t-zone – and perioral dermatitis is rather active, too. I am thinking the next purchase will be yuli’s Cocoon Elixir. (As far as your dry skin, Cecilia, did you try pure almond oil on still-damp skin prior to another body product?) So grateful for all your posts, HH!! Always the highlight of the day! XO

  5. CecIlia

    Thank you HH and SB girl for all the wonderful recommendations!

    HH – yes that’s my do when he was 4mo old, now 10.5yrs old already! πŸ™‚

  6. Hello HH (or do u prefer Lola? :)). I want to let you know that I have you to blame about my obsession for odacite serum, lol! Just kidding – I can not thank you enough for the recommendation, as well as Yuli mist. They absolutely saves my winter hydration deprived skin!

    I was wondering if you have a routine recommendation for the spring, (lighter cream or lotion), and for a long haul flight ( I travel for work quite often, Middle East, south east Asia, Latin America, even Russia!) I think my skin is constantly in the shocking mode, lol.

    I just purchased joa cream and ego oil, can’t wait to try them both!

    Have a lovely evening!

    • TheHermesHippie – Author

      YAAAY! I am absolutely delighted you like OdacitΓ© and Yuli! Hearing this makes my day πŸ™‚ So if you like OdacitΓ©, their Beautiful Day moisturizer is my go-to for warmer weather. It’s super-light, hydrating and lovely. Also, SPF is kind of key when the sun starts being out a lot more (or always, really) and my fave moisturizer with SPF is the Josh Rosebrook (I’ve written about it). As for flying, face mists are absolutely key. Go for mists that are super-hydrating and smell nice (to counter nasty cabin air). This is a bit weird, but I actually inhale the mists as I spray to help soothe and moisturize my dried nasal passages πŸ™‚ Try to get nice facial wipes (Acure makes good ones), since a long haul flight is the only time it’s ok to use them on your face (they are also great for cleaning the hands/body). And bring your favorite rich oil. I like May Lindstrom’s Youth Dew or OLO’s Vit C Serum. They are both a tad too heavy for me for daily use, but great in air. Also LBF’s Decouverte is great (and portable) and obviously the OdacitΓ© serums. The Marula+Neroli is perfect for preventing moisture loss.

  7. Loving your blog/Instagram. I am slightly obsessed and still learning lots about green beauty. I’ve always loved makeup and products in general and I’ve made the switch to green and haven’t looked back.

  8. Hi Lola!

    Was wondering if you could email me at hello@bergamotbeauty.com when you have a chance? Wanted to ask you a quick question! (Sorry – would have emailed you directly but could not find an email address πŸ™‚ ).

    Thank you!

    Salwa

  9. Hi, Lola! I tried to e-mail you, but there was a mail delivery system error. I was just wondering if you’d be interested in being featured in the “20 Questions” interview series on my blog.

  10. […] I always love falling down the rabbit hole when it comes to discovering an amazing blog, and that is exactly what happened when I first encountered The Hermes Hippie. Lola instantly introduces you to her personality in this line on her About page: […]

  11. Today I bought Jao creme from a fabulous store in Westport, CT (Terrain) after which I came home to Google what I bought. Your blog came up and not only have I found a fab creme but love your blog. Keep us informed in CT as NYC is part of my monthly run.

  12. msalexcooley

    Hi! I wanted to email you, but couldn’t find your address. I figured since you are the skincare guru I would ask you…

    I’ve been transitioning to all green products over the past few (3-4) months. I didn’t throw any products out, but just replaced with fabulous green alternatives when the time came. I think I have one not-green product left that I use occasionally. Anyways, I never, ever (not exaggerating) have had a “breakout” before until the past few days. I found this article (http://blog.tataharperskincare.com/skin-detox-what-to-expect-when-switching-to-a-natural-skincare-regimen/) which makes sense, however, this breakout feels like weird timing (3-4 months after the start of transitioning).

    The two new products that I believe caused the breakouts are The Honey Mud and The Clean Dirt. I do not want to stop using them permanently, because I adore them. So I have a few questions for you (sorry for all the details)… 1. I’ve been taking it easy the past few days, in hope of it just naturally clearing up: a gentle cleanser, rose spray, followed by a moisturizer. 2. I was thinking of maybe using The Problem Solver tonight or tomorrow night. Do you think this is a good/bad idea? 3. Do you think I need to stop using THM and TCD? I have a hunch that I maybe just used them too often, too quick. 4. ANY general advice/tips! Thank you soooooooooooo much. As always, love your blog! Thanks πŸ™‚

    Alex Cooley

    -sorry if this duplicated, I don’t know if it worked the first time

    • TheHermesHippie – Author

      Hi! First of, the fact that you consider me a skincare guru is such a huge compliment that I am totally blown away! And though j am far, FAR from guru-dom, I think I might have an answer. So first things first, I hate to disagree with Tata Harper, but I don’t actually believe in “skin detox”. The term “detox” is woefully overused anyway, but your skin shouldn’t break out if you’re using correct products.

      As much as I adore them, the Honey Mud and Clean Dirt could certainly be the culprits. The HM can be a bit heavy if your skin leans towards oiliness/being clogged. If you are using it as your only evening cleanser, I’d suggest a double cleanse or perhaps using it as a mask. As for the Clean Dirt, I adore it and it makes my face glow like crazy, but it’s intense stuff. I would never recommend using it more than twice a week and that’s only if your skin is super-hardy, thick and congested. If you’re using it more often than that, the breakout could just be your poor skin screaming for help πŸ™‚ Taking it easy is definitely the best policy. While the Problem Solver is awesome for breakouts, *if* your skin is aggravated and irritated, it could actually compound the problem. Use a gentle cleanser, a healing oil (do you mind me asking which moisturizer you use?) and that’s it. I think a healing, anti-inflammatory oil might be better than a moisturizer because it can help balance sebum production. Sarita Coren has reactive, combo skin and she swears by Laurel’s Anti-Inflammation oil and I love it as well, but there are a few great options. Let me know if you need recommendations. I would say give your skin a chance to recover and use the Problem Solver a little later to help zap any remaining pimples. Hope this helps πŸ™‚ Good luck! Xx

      • You are the very best!

        My skin has cleared up since last week. Hallelujah! I have been using the HM as a mask 1-2 times a week and haven’t used the Clean Dirt again… yet. I am going to take your advice, and only use it once every week, or so.

        As far as moisturizer goes, the two I occasionally use are: Anakiri’s Restore Propolis Balm and Jao’s Face Creme. In the morning I normally just use Kahina’s Argan Oil. I am in the market for a few new *moistusizers* so i think I’ll look into the healing, anti-inflammatory oils! Thanks again! x

      • TheHermesHippie – Author

        It’s my pleasure! You might also want to consider a balm for the winter (because apparently it’s going to be a hideous one and I spent my weekend shopping for an Arctic warmth puffer) 😦 xx

  13. Cindy

    I know you’ve heard this a ton already but I want to say it anyway – I’m loving your blog! There is something incredibly cool and exciting about green beauty products and your reviews are interesting and really fun to read. A million gold stars across the board.

    Since it looks like this may be the place to ask for advice, here goes: I’m trying to decide on an eye cream. I read your post about Bottega Organica’s Eye Illuminate and it sounds amazing. My skin runs on the dry side and isn’t sensitive at all. Since this eye cream is a bit of an, er-um, investment, I thought I’d see if you had any other recommendations.

    Oh, I almost forgot. I’m also in the market for a new face serum/oil and am considering the following three:

    Vintner’s Daughter
    de Mamiel Autumn Facial Oil
    de Mamiel Winter Facial Oil

    I just signed up to follow your blog last night – literally – so haven’t had a chance to peruse all of your posts. So, if you have time, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

    • TheHermesHippie – Author

      Oh wow! Thank you SO much for your kind words – you’ve made my day! So the BO Eye Illuminate is utterly gorgeous and I highly, highly recommend it. That being said, it *is* quite spendy. I also adore the LBF Decouverte serum, but it’s an oil, so not sure how you feel about that. I’ve been using the Skin Owl eye gel and I’m really enjoying it as well (and it’s a lot less expensive). As for face oil, ooh! Tough choice. I’d say now that we are in winter, Annee herself would recommend the Winter Oil. As for choosing between that and Vintner’s Daughter, I’d suggest you look at the ingredients for both and see which speaks to you more. I’m using Vintner’s Daughter myself at the moment πŸ™‚ x

      • Cindy

        Hi again~

        A quick follow up. I ended up purchasing Skin Owl and I love it. It’s perfect for my puffy-eyed mornings. It turned out I also had a sample of LBF Decouverte and have been using that in the evening – and loving it, as well. Turns out that oil works great for the eyes. Who knew? I would gladly use it during the day. Thanks again for the help.

        I have another question. I received a sample of LBF Crema Virtuosa and really liked it. I also recently received a sample of BO Overnight Renewal. I know they’re both touted as night creams but I’m wondering if LBF can be using during the day? I mean, I know we can do whatever we want with them but I’m curious if there would be any reason not to based upon ingredients. I am (and I hate having to type this because it feels so untrue) a middle-aged (though very young-at-heart) woman with very dry skin.

        Thanks for the help! πŸ™‚

      • TheHermesHippie – Author

        Yeah, I don’t really see why you couldn’t use it for daytime. There’s nothing photosensitizing there, so you should be good!

  14. Renee Chambers

    Hi! I’m trying to convert to natural products and am loving your IG and blog! Im curious if you’ve ever tried Om Botanicals. A friend recommended it to me and I thought I’d ask you about it. I tend to have mild-moderately sensitive skin, normal with the occasional pimple. I live in Florida, so it’s high humidity, aside from the one week in January when it gets “cold”:). I’m kind of lost on where to start with this whole process! I wish every company had trial sizes! Can you help?

    • TheHermesHippie – Author

      Hi Renee! I’ve never tried Om Botanicals – never even heard of them, so thank you for putting them on my radar πŸ˜‰ The ingredients look nice and it’s a decent price point, so i don’t see why you wouldn’t try it, especially if you’ve heard great things. Your skin sounds not too dissimilar to mine and I am well familiar with Florida weather – we’ve a place in Miami. I would suggest that you need a gentle cleanser (check out my cleansers posts), a light, antioxidant oil (Yuli Liquid Courage and LBF Daily Elements Defense are both excellent and I think the Mahalo Vitality Elixirs checks both the anti aging and breakout-fighting boxes quite nicely) and a nice serum (True Nature Botanicals ones are excellent). I know that Yuli does have trial sizes of their products and LBF are great with samples. Good luck and let me know if you have any other questions! X

      • Renee Chambers

        Thank you so much for the response! Can’t wait to check those products out. I also saw a post/response where you referenced Odacite Pa+G for hyperpigmentation, which I plan to try.
        I appreciate you taking time out for me πŸ˜€

      • TheHermesHippie – Author

        My pleasure! I would also checking out Moss Skincare – it’s a new discovery and I’m in love (and will be doing a review soon-ish) πŸ˜‰

      • Renee Chambers

        Do I need a moisturizer after the light oil and serum or should those be enough?

      • TheHermesHippie – Author

        It really depends on what your skin needs. By way of example, it’s super-cold and bone-dry in New York at the moment, so tonight I’ve put on a Niod copper peptide serum (absorbs instantly, so doesn’t really count), a hydrating mist, eye balm, Hannes Dottie mineral serum (thin and watery), Bottega Organica anti-agog serum (thin and watery, avoiding t-zone), Aria oil and then a balm. But when I come to Miami, I’ll probably only use a light serum and oil because my skin is bound to react to the warmer weather/higher humidity.

  15. Taylor

    Hi, been reading lots on green beauty and seen you in Instagram, beautiful! Glowing gorgeous skin! I want! Just curious what your morning routine is? Some say cleanse am and some say not to. I been reading a lot and Moss skincare says no morning cleansing… Just curious on what other green beauties do and what products are used

    • TheHermesHippie – Author

      Ah! Excellent question! And also: oh my gosh, thank you so much – you are too kind! So while I think that an evening cleanse is mandatory, the morning one is more of an individual preference. I happen to like/need it to get rid of the night’s sweat, oil and dead skin, but some people think it’s too much for their skin. I think if your skin is especially aggravated (this includes sensitivity, acne, etc) you might consider skipping the morning cleanse. Try doing with and without and see what works better. One thing: because you don’t need to remove makeup/dirt, you can and should use a gentler/lighter cleanser in the morning than at night. Or it could be a good time to use your exfoliating cleansers.

      As for the rest of my routine, it varies just like the evening one, but there are some constants. I always use a mist after cleansing. If I’m dry, I might use a hydrating serum, like Twelve Beauty. Then I use an oil – during the day I prefer lighter ones/those that are high in antioxidants to help with sun protection/environments aggressors. I think follow won either a cream (currently loving Crema Supernova from LBF) or a balm in winter. Hope this helps, but let me know if you’ve more questions πŸ™‚

  16. Y

    hi! let me first just say I’m so happy to have found your blog! I recently decided to make the change to green beauty, and I’ve spent the past few days literally immersed in blogs, websites, and reviews, falling down that Internet rabbit hole…I love your voice, your transparency, and THE DESIGN! I’m kinda nitpicky when it comes to blogs I follow – if there are ugly ads distracting from content, it’s an immediate turnoff.

    Anyway, I have some questions I was hoping you could help me with/point me toward resources for:

    what products should I use after exfoliation with an AHA, like a mask? Should I not use products containing actives? I always thought exfoliation was supposed to boost the effectiveness of your skincare regimen (via getting rid of dead skin cells, etc)…so afterwards, is it okay to use a serum with vitamin c or rosehip oil, which has natural retinols? I’m thinking of buying the Yuli pure mask, and on the website it says you can use the elixir or serum afterwards.

    also (sorry that was a lot above…) what about using a serum containing vitamin c with something like rosehip oil? too much?

    • TheHermesHippie – Author

      Hi! I am so absolutely thrilled that you enjoy the blog and thank you so much for such lovely compliment – you’ve made my day! πŸ™‚ And I agree with you on the ads: it’s why I don’t use them. As for your questions, you should be completely fine using active serums after an exfoliating mask. The only exception would be an exfoliating serum, since that might be too much in one go. In terms of combining actives, it really depends on your skin. If it’s reactive/easily irritated, I’d take it easy. Honestly, the biggest advice I can give is to listen to your skin πŸ™‚

  17. Katie Haller

    Hi! I have been thinking about writing to you for a while now. I am hoping you can give me some skin advice. I am 38 and I feel like my skin is changing so quickly – my pores seem to be enlarging every day and wrinkles are setting in-yikes! I have a VERY minimalist routine and am super anal about using “clean” products but don’t know if I could be doing more to actually help my skin. I also have a dog walking business (in Michigan) so I’m out in the elements everyday. My skin is pretty sensitive and can be prone to dryness and break-outs.
    Currently, I wash my face at night with a washcloth and some natural, liquid all-purpose cleanser and then apply argan oil (usually mixed with a little tea tree to help with break-outs) and then apply that again in the am. And that’s it!
    I keep thinking maybe I’d benefit from a mask or exfoliator or an occasional facial but not really sure where to start. Would you be open to giving an example of a daily/weekly routine that may be helpful and narrow down some brands that are not crazy expensive but might help my skin? I love reading your blog and looking at your great photos but there are so many products and options I’m not sure where to start.
    Thanks for considering my request!!!! πŸ™‚

  18. Katie

    p.s. In case you received my last comment, I thought I should also add that most days in the spring/summer/fall I also use sunscreen. I only use natural sunscreen and have found zinc oxide-based sunscreens make me break out (allergy?) so I only use California Baby because it is titanium dioxide-based.

  19. Mar Priester

    Lola, I just wanted to let you know how I enjoy reading you. The words you use to describe your inner feeling are just amazing and every singe time I have a bit of time, i visit your blog to have some joyful moment. Thank you so much for being so honest and clean.

    Xoxo,
    Mar

  20. Hi there, wanted to reach out about information from Hannes Dottir regarding their alum crystal. Mitch, the creative director, explains below:

    Thanks for reaching out. We get this question all the time because there is a major fear of certain types of Aluminum, mainly aluminium chloride or aluminium chlorhydrate ( the antiperspirant types)… and aluminum in general.

    Our alum is USP food-grade certified, from elemental sources. There are traces of elemental Aluminum in the Alum Crystal but its far less amounts than you get even from eating a piece of salmon. Elemental aluminum is the third most abundant mineral on the earth and found in just about everything we eat in trace amounts (veggies, water, etc). The ion size of the aluminum in our product is large enough where virtually no aluminum can penetrate the bloodstream, where less that 1/100th of 1% can be absorbed through skin. Although the products are new to most, they have been on the market for 30 years and tested for safety.

    The benefits of the Alum are anti-viral and antibacterial so it naturally preserves the product while fighting acne-causing bacteria, astringent to shrink pores and tighten skin, making skin less susceptible to environmental pollutants.

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