Tuesday, 23 July 2013

The Bodhi Birch Balms review: Mint the temple balm and Cacao cocoon lip treatment balm

 

I have another Bodhi  and Birch review for two of the most recent additions to the range, two multi-purpose natural balms. I love balms, they are so useful and due to the fact that they don't contain water they do not generally require preservatives. I went to a Bodhi event a few months ago (see my write up here to find out more) and these were two of the new products that launched. It didn't take long for me to succumb to Bodhi's charms and they soon found their way into my shopping cart and have been part of my life ever since.




First we have Mint thé temple balm this product is inspired by traditional remedies used by the founder Elijah Choo's family. It's multi-purpose, as the name suggests it is brilliant for headaches just take a small amount and massage the temples with it, I also love it on my neck when I get tension headaches especially from too much typing! You can also use it on insect bites and on your legs which feels heavenly after a long day on your feet! It can help to relieve nausea too, truly one of those products that every household needs. It has saved me from a migraine on a few occasions now, if I use the balm at the just the right time it manages to relax me and relieve tension without the need for painkillers.


When I say use sparingly I really do mean it, it has some really potent natural ingredients including White camphor, cajeput and Eucalytus all blended with Babasu oil and Shea butter. It has a light texture so there is no residual greasiness, quite honestly this is one of those products that you will wonder how you ever lived without it! It's fantastic for minor aches and pains and muscle soreness too.


Ingredients:
Butyrospermum Parkii (Organic Shea Nut) Butter**, Orbignya Oleifera (Babassu) Nut Oil, Menthol, Melaleuca Leucadendron Cajaputi (Cajeput) Leaf Oil, Cinnamomum Camphora (White Camphor) Bark Oil, Mentha Arvensis (Peppermint) Leaf Oil, Boswellia Carterii (Frankincense) Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Leaf Oil, Origanum Majorana (Marjoram) Leaf Oil, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Leaf Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Litsea Cubeba (May Chang) Fruit Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Bud Oil, Thymus Vulgaris (White Thyme) Oil, Citral*, Eugenol*, Citronellol*, Limonene*, Linalool*
*natural constituents of essential oils ** organic ingredient 





 Next up is the Cacao cocoon lip treatment balm, bit of a tongue twister there for you, try saying that after one too many Gin and Tonics! This balm is vegan which is actually quite unusual for a lip product as so many contain beeswax. It is a very light and easily absorbed treatment balm, is has a slightly spicy cacao scent, very pleasant, but it doesn't taste of anything in particular which is probably a good thing because other wise I may well eat it!

The balm is made up of Cacao butter, the exotic Illipe seed butter and Murmuru butter, all chosen for their nourishing and restoring properties. It actually feels like it's working deep in the layers of skin, not just sitting on the top, which makes it perfect for a night time treatment. The gorgeous colour comes from the sea buckthorn which is wonderfully nourishing and high in fatty acids and vitamins.


Ingredients:
Theobroma Cacao (Cacao) Seed Butter, Astrocaryum Murumuru (Murumuru) Seed Butter, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Shorea Stenoptera (Illipe) Seed Butter, Ribes Nigrum (Blackcurrant) Seed Oil, Rubus Idaeus (Red Raspberry) Seed Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Fruit Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cacao) Seed Oil, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Fruit Extract, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Oil, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Oil, Geraniol*, Citronellol*, Limonene*, Linalool*
*natural constituents of essential oils ** organic ingredient 

 All Bodhi products are Vegan and cruelty free, these balms are both 100% natural. I love the brand and find the selection of products available to be really good quality, these were a bit of a treat to myself and I have to say that they have been a worthy investment. The temple balm especially is very unique and a saviour for anyone who suffers from headaches.

You can see the full range on the Bodhi and Birch Website both balms retail for £15 for a 15ml pot which I think would last a really long time.



Ana x
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  1. Two of the products I had in my Bodhi competition win and when i had a migraine the weekend after receiving the products I was tweeting Bodhi saying I had a migraine. They advised using the Mint Temple balm and "Wow" what a difference that made. I couldn't believe the difference. I have classic migraines which I hate and have that awful fuggy thumpy head for ages after. This got in there and worked it's magic. And yes, you don't need much - it's potent stuff xx

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    1. lad it works for you too, out of the two products it's my favourite it really helps relieve tension. Xx

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  2. I love my temple balm, has certainly helped me through some hard times with my degree! The lip version is on my wish list, I'm a sucker for lip balms xxx

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    1. The temple balm is wonderful isn't it! I am sure you would love the cacao balm too Xx

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  3. oh Ana I think you are my saviour here: the sound of Mint thé temple balm is just perfect to my hears. I really would like to find a natural alterative to headaches and finding a balm that could help with that and tensions on your neck is great!
    This is definitely a "must try" on my list!
    Thanks for the lovely review :)

    Ila x

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    1. This should really help your headaches, thank you for your sweet comment, it's always lovely to hear a review is useful Xx

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  4. I love both of these but especially the temple balm :) x

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    1. They are both fab, but then I have yet to be disappointed by a Bodhi product. Xx

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  5. Great post Ana! The balms sounds lovely, particularly the lip balm. I am obsessed with keeping my lips moisturised. :-)

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    1. Thanks Ged! So important to keep your lips from drying out :) Xx

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  6. That temple balm really sounds amazing, I'm putting it on my birthday list I think. I suffer from headaches/migraines on a daily basis and would love to try if this can help a bit, as I don't use painkillers often (I don't want to drug myself every day with them as I take enough other meds already.) So I'm excited to try :) x

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    1. It's definitely worth a try, I think it works best for tension headaches rather than chronic ones, but it is definitely better than painkillers. Xx

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  7. These have been on my radar for a while and whilst a while ago I would have gravitated towards wanting the temple balm more (I used to get far too many headaches) the lip balm just sounds too wonderful to ignore!

    Gem x
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    1. I got both for that reason, they are both lovely I don't think you would de disappointed Xx

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  8. These products sound lovely and the brand is very appealing being cruelty free. I've been really into multi purpose balms lately, will defintiely check these out! xx

    xx

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    1. This is a great brand, thank you for your comment :) Xx

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  9. The mint temple balm sounds lovely and love the ingredients too! Bodhi is definitely on my list of brands to try out x

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    1. I adore Bodhi, I am sure you would the temple balm Xx

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  10. Ive been wanting to try the Rosemary and Chi Reviving bath therapy but these also sound great. Lovely post.

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    1. Thank you! Rosemary chi is one of my favourites too! :) Xx

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