Herbivore Botanicals Luminous Plant Based Body Oil – Cardamom & Vetiver

I generally prefer body oils to lotions because I think they absorb more quickly, and they seem to suit my skin better. I like using them right out of the shower, and after a day or two of use my skin feels amazing — super hydrated, smooth, and almost firmer.

I recently came across a new-to-me brand, Herbivore Botanicals, which is a 100% handcrafted vegan line. As a fan of all natural brands, I was super excited when they offered to send me some samples to try out. As the winter months settled in, and NYC became a veritable snow globe, I’ve been using the Luminous Cardamom & Vetiver Body Oil.

First up, the scent is something different from what I usually go for. The cardamom gives it a bit of a spicy, warmer feel — think gingerbread, or all-spice — and it’s a pleasant change for the colder months. There’s a wisp of vetiver underlying it, as well, a bit of ethereal smokiness that’s nice right out of the shower. But the thing I like most about the fragrance is that it doesn’t really last beyond the application process, which makes it feel more like a spa treatment. I’m a fan because it doesn’t conflict with any fragrance I want to use later.

Loaded with Apricot Kernel Oil, Jojoba Oil, Rosehip Oil, and the essential oil blend that gives it a touch of allure, this is a body oil that really delivers. It has a very nice consistency, and has some nice weight to it. I’ve used body oils that were too watery and made a mess, but this one still has some chutzpa so it goes exactly where you need it to. I start with the legs and use 10 pumps each, and then about 5 pumps for each arm, depending on how much I have left on my hands.

Jeff Smith

Jeff started in photography and short format video, and he's been at the forefront of the web tv movement. He’s worked on haute couture shoots in Paris, shot street style in Milan, and is currently developing a steady roster of beauty, fashion, and digital clients in NYC.