I have an affinity towards balms, for cleansing, calming and moisturizing just about everywhere — body, face, hands, feet, lips, etc. The ritual of balm-ing (you can make anything a verb) is a natural relaxer. Especially when you’re breathing in essential oils and massaging healing nutrients into skin. It’s the skin care equiv of a Xanax. There’s this whole world of underground balms – ones you’ve never heard of with a powerful list of ingredients that will have you doubting that jar of Vaseline. As I explore new balmy territory, I’m going to share it with you. Here’s what I’m excited about at the moment.
Like so many balms or ointments, REN Mayday Mayday Rescue Balm is a multi-tasker that can be used anywhere you have dry or irritated skin. What sets it apart is the absence of petrochemicals, like mineral oil and petrolatum (the two main ingredients in Aquaphor) which act as a barrier on skin, making it impossible for oxygen to get in.
EOS Smooth Lip Sphere’s are the cutest little lip balms there ever were. I use these constantly during the day for a refresh or under lipstick. You can find them at almost every drugstore for about $3.
Ever since I read Beauty Huile’s thoughts on Shea Moisture’s 100% Organic Shea Butter with Hibiscus and Coconut, I’ve been meaning to seek it out on my next trip to Target. Think it’s on the official weekend itinerary! And because I can’t manage to stay focused at the Tar-jay, I’ve added it to my physical handwritten list. I’m old school on grocery runs.
I discovered African Botanics Marula Intense Skin Repair Body Balm a few weeks ago. This brand is super luxe (you can find it at Space NK) and incorporates the antioxidant-rich Marula, indigenous to South Africa, into all products. I massage this into my neck and chest – basically the areas of skin exposed to sun and visible with clothes. I massage it on at night after a steamy bath and wake up with incredibly soft skin. This would be the perfect treatment to use for stretchmarks, scars or directly on sun-damaged areas. The ingredient list is insane — aloe, shea, calendula, honey and other strong antioxidants and anti-inflammatories.
Omorovicza is a Hungarian brand that just popped on my radar and the Thermal Cleansing Balm is at the top of my wish list. I perked when I read that it smells of orange blossom and love the idea of slathering Hungarian mud on to wash my face. It’s would be a major splurge, and what I don’t know yet is if it’s splure-worthy.
For more adventures in balming, follow my daBalm.com board on Pinterest and let me know if you have any balm suggestions!
*note: I received a sample of the African Botanics Marula Balm for editorial consideration.
Thanks for lifting the veil on underground balms, Laurie! I totally agree about them being the skincare equivalent of Xanax! There’s something magical about smoothing on that balmy goodness at the end of a long day after washing off your makeup. 🙂
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Kristen, Oh, yes, #balmpower! Love ’em!
Love this post and your Balm Board on Pinterest! Balms are the creme de la creme of skincare to me. Lotions and creams simply don’t compare to a balm’s potency. And they simply can do everything….thanks for educating on balms.
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Suzanne, YES! I so heart a good balm. nd you happen to make a pretty incredible one, too:)
Let me know if you get the Shea Moisture! Funny as we talked about the brand in Scottsdale with a few beauty pro’s. Everyone agrees it’s such great value for the bucks! I’m taking this tub with me to India!
Yes, I did, N.K.!! There were quite a few at the Target by me — it’s a good find. Thanks for intro-ing it to me:)