Herbivore Botanicals PRISM Exfoliating Glow Potion

Herbivore Botanicals launched a new serum called PRISM Exfoliating Glow Potion. I had a lot of fun photographing it. Let me tell you about it. Details per Herbivore Botanicals:

A super lightweight serum featuring a rainbow of natural fruit acids and botanicals extracts to exfoliate, hydrate, even appearance of skin tone, smooth + clarify. For your best skin yet, naturally.

Bilberry Lactic, Sugar Cane Glycolic, Orange Peel Citric and Apple Malic Acid pair with Vitamin C rich Kakadu Plum to gently brighten and clarify skin.

Rose Water, Aloe Water and plant-derived vegan Sodium Hyaluronate combine to soothe appearance of redness, visibly plump and hydrate dry skin.

Directions Apply 4-8 drops to clean skin and massage in as a leave on treatment. Use daily or as often as needed. A tingle upon application is normal, especially during first few uses. When using during the day, follow with SPF. If redness or irritation occurs please discontinue using.

$62 for 1 oz/ 30 ml

Truly Natural. Vegan. Cruelty Free. Herbivore products are truly natural, vegan, and cruelty-free. They contain no synthetic ingredients— this includes no dyes, no fragrances, and no synthetic preservatives. Additionally, they are concentrated blends containing no fillers and using the minimum amount of ingredients necessary to achieve the maximum results.


Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, Sodium hyaluronate, Rosa damascena (rose) flower water, glycerin, Malus fructus (apple) extract, Populustremuloides (aspen) bark extract, Salix nigra (willow) bark extract, Terminalia ferdinandiana (Kakadu Plum) fruit extract, Vaccinium myrtillus (bilberry) extract, Saccharum officinarum (sugar cane) extract, Acer saccharum (sugar maple) extract, Citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) fruit extract, Citrus limon (lemon) fruit extract, Hibiscus sabdariffa flower extract, Sodium levulinate, Sodium anisate.

Ingredients in bold are Certified Organic.

Lets start with the gorgeous heavyweight glass packaging. This has a dropper style dispenser and while not my favorite, it does the job. I’m quite clumsy so I knock things over. I can see myself spilling this trying to put the dropper back in the bottle. I adore the minimalist style of Herbivore’s packaging. Prism has a very fluid texture. It’s not like water but it’s a very thin serum. It’s not even gel serum thick. This allows it to sink into the skin beautifully and quickly. It’s lightly hydrating, has a straw like color and a very faint fruit scent. This has a really nice texture and it’s easy to layer. It plays well with everything. If Prism came with a pump it would be perfect.

Prism is a hydrating & exfoliating water based serum. It’s oil free. Prism has a base of aloe, rose flower water, vegan sodium hyaluronate & glycerin. This is the hydrating and soothing base. It will help add moisture in addition to just being an exfoliating serum. Prism contains willow bark extract which is a natural form of beta hydroxy acid (BHA). BHA is what unglues your pores and cleans them out. This helps keep break outs at bay and ultimately leaves your skin clear. Herbivore also threw in kakadu plum which has a very high natural vitamin C content. This will help lighten spots, even skin tone and build collagen.

Prism has a 5% natural fruit acid blend aka your alpha hydroxy acids (AHA). AHA help exfoliate the top layer of the skin plus stimulate cellular renewal and increase turnover. This helps improve skins texture and tone. Sugar cane is a natural form of glycolic acid (gold standard acid for exfoliation). Sugar Maple has tartaric acid (antioxidant, mild acid). Bilberry extract is a vegan form of lactic acid (more gentle than glycolic, hydrating). Orange and lemon are your citric acids (weak acid, hydrates, astringent, pH adjuster). Apple is your malic acid (exfoliates, hydrates and helps build collagen).

The best part about Prism is the lower concentration of AHA. At 5% you can use this daily without much irritation or side effects. Sensitive skin people should start with 1-2x a week and move up if it’s going OK. Too many brands put out these strong power house exfoliating serums and toners and make consumers think stronger exfoliation is better (the debate over how much exfoliation is too much is always ongoing). Sometimes slow & steady wins the race. I like a 5-8% concentration of AHA in general for my skin. That’s my sweet spot. I normally avoid disrupting my skins natural moisture barrier when I stick within that range. I used this daily for about four weeks and loved the gentle exfoliation without any irritation. I found it lightly hydrating as well. Don’t forget using AHA increase your chance for sun damage so wear sunscreen daily when using Prism. Overall I quite enjoyed PRISM the serum, essence, acid potion.

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