Is Herbivore Botanicals Lapis Oil Worth the Hype–and the $72 Price Tag?


A few years ago, I probably would’ve laughed in your face if you told me how much cash I’d eventually drop on face oils. Spend money? To put more oil on my face? But here I am, getting emails from about suspicious “overspending in the Personal Care category” in the name of lubing up my skin. 

That’s beside the point, though. These days, we’re all well-versed in the benefits of oils for the skin (yes, even for oily skin). What we’re not well-versed in is which of the 732,091 oils on the market are worth the investment. 

Confession: I once spent over $200 on a single, 50ml face oil and was majorly let down, so I’m wary of investing my hard-earned cash in luxury products. (This $18 miracle oil proves that price has nothing to do with efficacy, anyway.) So when Herbivore Botanicals Lapis Oil started singing me its siren song — anti-inflammatory! antibacterial! clarifying! plant-based! — the $72 price tag gave me pause. Luckily, sample sizes.

Over two weeks, my little Lapis became my go-to daytime oil. Yes, that’s right, daytime oil. Normally, oils are too heavy/shiny/impossible to apply makeup over to include in a morning skincare routine, but Lapis has none of those problems. It’s light, soaks into the skin in the dreamiest way, and sits well under foundation. (I used it on my wedding day under NARS Sheer Glow Foundation. I will actually put this directly on my face, and then add a drop or two more to my foundation to up the glow-factor.)

Within just a few days of using Lapis, I could tell that it lived up to every one of its promises. It’s instantly calming — meaning it neutralizes redness (thanks to Blue Tansy), banishes dry patches (care of squalane and kukui nut oils), and softens the skin (with help from all of the above). NOTE: Not keep harping about my wedding, but my makeup artist for the big day remarked that my skin was the softest she’d ever touched while doing my makeup. Thanks, Lapis.

If you’re worried about clogging up your pores with an oil, don’t. The base of Lapis is jojoba oil, which mimics the skin’s natural sebum and ensures that your pores will soak that shit up, rather than reject it. Other benefits: It reduces acne scarring and discoloration, protects against premature aging, and increases skins elasticity. I’d recommend it for all skin types, but people with oily skin will especially love Lapis.

Finally, there’s the smell. THE SMELL. Lapis has no added or artificial fragrance, by the way, but one of the formula’s moisturizing oils — jasmine sambac — just happens to be the most intoxicating floral scent I’ve ever inhaled my life. It’s harvested from the kind of jasmine that blooms at night, and the simple act of unscrewing the bottle top instantly transforms me into a midnight adventurer in an exotic Indian garden (with amazing skin, of course).

All in all, is Herbivore Botanicals Lapis Oil worth the hype and the price? Yes. Yes it is. Get yours here, or try the trial size first.