Botanical Balms for Body and Soul
Balms are the ultimate one-product-wonders, to hydrate, comfort, heal, soften and protect. Made from pure plant oils, butters and waxes and free of fillers such as water, preservatives or emulsifiers, balms are a natural way to gain instant moisture for skin and hair.
“Balms function as ‘skin food,’ because they contain concentrated amounts of vitamin and antioxidant-rich plant oils and botanicals that restore the skin,” said Mary Ashby Brown, owner and founder of Salve Sister. Whether for use as a body moisturizer, facial serum or makeup remover, these beauty multi-taskers will renew skin and elevate the senses.
With the sweet smell of fresh squeezed oranges infused with a hint of vanilla, this balm is sure to uplift and inspire. Packed with antioxidants, plant oils and Vitamin E, it will not only feed your skin without stripping its protective layer, it also will moisturize and tame tousled hair. Mix with a sprinkle of your favorite mineral powder to create a custom foundation that will give your skin a flawless, dewy look. $68, oneloveorganics.com
Crafted with richly aromatic and sustainably wild-harvest frankincense and myrrh, this fair-trade balm encourages relaxation. The phytosterols in cupuaçu butter stimulate collagen production, reduce inflammation and increase moisture retention, leaving skin gorgeous and silky smooth. Enjoy as an eye makeup remover or a hydrating balm for nail beds and cuticles. For best results, apply to damp skin following a bath or shower and apply to any place nourishment may be needed. $42, salvesister.com
This pure, 100 percent raw, organic, unrefined balm brings essential hydration to all skin types. Made with shea butter, tamanu oil and rosehip seed oil, the anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties make it a healing necessity for those who suffer with eczema or psoriasis. Its antioxidant content makes it a powerful night cream for the face, neck and chest. $25, sequoiabeauty.com
With over 22 uses for face, lips, hair and body, this portable product is the ultimate multi-tasker. Enriched with a blend of grapefruit, mandarin, lemon and basil scents, this USDA certified organic balm improves skin texture, helps prevent stretch marks, primes skin for makeup, smoothes flyaway hair, relieves chapped lips and even protects from weather exposure. $22, revolutionorganics.com
Use as a nourishing balm for dry skin, as a rich cleanser and gentle exfoliant, or as a full facial treatment to decongest the skin. With high levels of wild rosehip oil, an antioxidant proven to smooth, repair and firm, this balm is a home-spa wonder. Comes with a luxurious organic muslin cloth to buff the balm and beautify the skin. $56, us.nyorganic.com
Specifically designed with children in mind, Monkey Balm’s “no-stingy” formula prevents discomfort upon application, giving instant, fuss-free comfort to even the most sensitive skin. Packed with organic sea buckthorn oils — clinically proven to improve symptoms of eczema, extreme dryness and minor burns and rashes — this no-mess application will make life easier for you and your little ones. $15.95, monkeybalm.com
A superfood for all skin types, moisturizing and hydrating the driest dry skin. Containing organic extra virgin olive oil, beeswax, honey, and bee pollen, it will restore and condition the skin from harsh weather, insect bites or minor abrasions. $19.95-$29.95, sweetbeemagic.com
This natural petroleum jelly alternative has uses from healing diaper irritation, eczema and chapped lips, to taming brows, rejuvenating dry hair and removing makeup. Created in a wind-powered facility and packaged with 100 percent recycled boxes and recyclable glass jars, Waxelene’s Healing Balm is a trusted product that’s great for use on the whole family. $6.99 – $15.99, waxlene.com