Herbivore Botanicals LAPIS Balancing Facial Oil

Review: Herbivore Botanicals LAPIS Balancing Facial Oil ★★★★.☆

Herbivore Botanicals LAPIS Balancing Facial Oil

Herbivore Botanicals LAPIS Balancing Facial Oil is a gorgeous blue oil with Blue Tansy as its main ingredient. Named after Lapis Lazuli, a favorite stone of ancient Egypt, this oil contains Azulene which acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial that aids in reducing redness and clarifying the complexion. Formulated for combination, oily, and blemish-prone skin types or any skin in need of relief from inflammation.

From Herbivore Botanicals:

Facial Oil for Oily Skin? Often times when we over-wash our skin and do not moisturize thoroughly, it overcompensates by producing more oil and sebum leading to oilier skin and clogged pores. Our facial oils are made with 100% natural and pure plant oils that will thoroughly hydrate your skin without clogging pores so that it can stop producing excess oil and find the balance it needs. In short, yes, oily skin needs moisture too and is often dehydrated, leading to dry patches and the overcompensation of oil and sebum.

Key ingredients

  • Blue Tansy: High in Azulene content giving them a deep, inky-blue color naturally. Azulene is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial that aids in reducing redness and clarifying the complexion. Additionally, blue oils are excellent at balancing oily skin without drying.
  • Kukui Nut Oil: High in linoleic acid to balance sebum and oil production in oilier and blemish-prone skin types. Absorbs into skin for hydration and nourishment at a deep level.
  • Jojoba Oil: Amazing moisturizing capabilities due to the similarities in structure to our skin’s own natural sebum. Helps other oils absorb more deeply into skin.
  • Squalane: Our Squalane is derived from a vegetable source — olives to be specific. Vegetable-derived Squalane has excellent emollient properties and acts as a light protective barrier to keep moisture in the skin. It also protects the skin against hyper-pigmentation and premature aging.
  • Jasmine Sambac Oil: Comes from the night blooming variety of Jasmine. It is a sweet and exquisite oil that has been used in skincare and perfumery for centuries with good reason — the scent is intoxicating and the oil itself works to increase the skin’s moisture content and increase its elasticity.


Amaranthus Squalane Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Capric Triglycerides (Fractionated Coconut Oil), Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Nut Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Tanacetum annuum (Blue Tansy) Leaf Oil, Jasminum Sambac (Jasmine) Absolute, Rosa Damascena (Moroccan Rose) Absolute

Herbivore Botanicals LAPIS Balancing Facial Oil

How to use:

Apply 3–10 drops to cleansed and toned skin morning and night. Massage in and allow to absorb for 1–3 minutes before applying makeup. Store at room temperature and out of direct sunlight.

Herbivore Botanicals LAPIS Balancing Facial Oil

Skin type:

Combo, sensitive, oily nose and chin, prone to redness and dehydration. I was never a fan of facial oils. The ones I’ve tried in the past just sat on my skin so while my skin looked dewy and greasy, it actually felt tight and dry. The more I use the more fine lines started to set in. That was when I decided that facials oils are not for me. However, fast forward a couple of years later, cosmetics technology has improved by leaps and bounds. Facial oils are gaining hype again, So I decided to give it another chance.


The cardboard outer packaging had a velvety finish with black and gold font. I really like the whole minimalistic yet luxe design.

Herbivore Botanicals LAPIS Balancing Facial Oil

1.7oz / 50ml of marine blue oil came in a clear glass bottle with a dropper dispenser. The use of a clear glass bottle is brilliant due to the unique color of the facial oil.

The picture on the top left shows how much facial oil is dispensed in one drop. That single drop was more than enough for the back of my hand.

On my face, I use a maximum of 3 drops. 4 drops turned out to be way too much, leaving me with an icky, greasy sensation. With 3 drops of oil on my palm, I’ll rub both hands together and gently press the product into my entire face. The leftovers go to my neck and elbows.

Image credit: Herbivore Botanicals

I’ve been testing this product for the past 2 weeks. It’s the last product that goes on my skin after my evening routine. Since my face do get oily in the day, I prefer to use this at night. This lightweight oil absorbed very quickly when used on cleansed and toned skin. However, as my skin is prone to dehydration, layering on hydrating toners and essences is necessary. Even then, I still notice my skin absorbing the oil in 5 mins. Immediately, my skin felt soft, smooth, and intensely moisturized. The effects would last till the next morning.

As for longer term results, the most obvious improvement is the lack of redness in my skin in the mornings. I never thought I would be rid of this issue, my skin has always looked red the moment I wake up. I’m attributing this effect to the presence of the Azulene-rich Blue Tansy ingredient in this facial oil.

I happened to have a ring of breakouts around my chin while testing this oil. After gently pressing in most of the product into my skin, I’ll get a half drop and draw circles around the blemishes. This helped the blemishes to heal and fade faster than normal.

The price of this facial oil is a little steep. However, a little goes a long way if you have combo skin like me. Using only 3 drops a day, I’m going through the bottle at snail’s pace. I’m guessing the entire bottle will last me at least a year. That amounts to only 20 cents a day ($72 / 365). Even with such a tiny amount used, the effects are still obvious. That’s how potent this facial oil is.

The only issue I have with this facial oil is the scent. It’s hard to describe but if I really have to, I’ll say it’s a sharp menthol fragrance. Aside from that, I’m impressed with this facial oil and and am glad this changed my mind about oils. I’m a happy convert! Check out more Herbivore reviews here.

$72 at Amazon, Sephora, Dermstore & Birchbox.

Go be beautiful!