I can't live without a soothing a nurturing balm in my routine, they have so many different uses and are perfect for sensitive skins. Whether you want something to alleviate patches of dry skin or to protect your skin from the elements all of these balms have been tried tested and loved:
Odylique Calendula ointment (£14 for 50 grams) The colour of this beautiful yellow balm is from calendula extracted using the CO2 method, to capture the full benefits of the plant. The balm is 100% organic and certified by the soil association and the packaging is recycled plastic which used to be a milk bottle. This is a nice light balm, not too firm but is brilliant for dry patches of skin, sore noses and even cuticles, the ingredients are designed to soothe and nourish with olive oil, coconut oil, camomile and calendula. Although it's not marketed as such I love this as a cleansing balm when my skin is feeling particularly raw and dry, it soothes and hydrates and leaves skin so soft and comfortable.
Waxelene (£10.45 for 57 grams) This multi-purpose balm has minimal ingredients and is very budget friendly, it comes in jars or several sizes of tubes making it portable and convenient. I love Waxelene as an inexpensive simple balm that is very smooth and with no real scent to it, it only has four ingredients making it great for those that can't tolerate complicated skincare and it is also nut oil free and of course mineral oil free. It uses organic Soy bean oil and Vitamin E and is Buav approved as cruelty free. This would make a great multi-purpose balm for mums too.
Botanicals soothing salve (£15.95 for 50 mls) This balm stands out to me for several reasons, not
only do I love Botanicals ethos and ingredients (they are soil association certified organic and free from all animal ingredients) as well as the gorgeous packaging but it is one of the few vegan balms I have tried that get's my full seal of approval. I love this balm for my hands, dry patches of skin anywhere on the body and even the face. The scent is beautifully soothing with chamomile and lavender and the Shea butter base is smooth and wonderful to use. I have also used this successfully on marks from light burns and it often comes out to heal sore knees when my son falls over.
Suti Purity balm (£26 for 50 mls) This balm from Suti is one of the more luxe offerings on the list, both in terms of price point and performance but I will admit to having a real soft spot for the lavender and chamomile scent. Originally created for using on babies, I use this happily on my son thanks to the 99% organic ingredients and unrefined Shea butter which melts on contact with the skin. I love to use a thick layer of this all over my face before getting in the swimming pool, since doing this my skin doesn't dry out from the chlorine and feels soft and supple when I get out and shower.
Balmology Comfort balm (£18 for 50 mls) Another balm featuring calendula and chamomile, but I find these ingredients so effective on my sensitive skin. With avocado, rosehip and Shea butter this balm will calm and moisturise even the driest of skins and makes a fantastic barrier in cold weather. If you are looking for something a little different then I highly recommend the Nourish balm (£26 for 50 mls) which contains some gorgeous ingredients such as pomegranate oil and is perfect for an intensive overnight treatment for dry skin.
What are your favourite soothing balms?
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