Now beauty balms have really become a staple for me ever since my youngest son, H2 started having eczema flare ups (primarily on his face) and moisturising him is just so so so important. I even asked nursery to make sure his has some cream on in the day even though he’s not there that often because if I don’t moisturise every hour or so, you know about it. One reason I like balms (sometimes alone, sometimes on top of a water based cream as a ‘seal’) is because they really sit on the skin. For very dry skin, this really is a blessing.
I was sent a HUGE tub of Odylique Ultra Rich Balm (£19). I have used a few things from Odylique and I have to say, I have enjoyed everything I have tried so far. The brand has a natural philosophy which I like, but the products are effective too.
Now usually, when I get sent balms to try, they come in purse size tubs (with the exception of the Burts Bees’ baby balm I sometimes use which is also huge). This is 175g, and it’s a massive tub – in fact, I got some travel sized tubs and scooped some of this out so I could carry some in my purse, in the baby bag, in the car etc. It’s good value for money.
This balm looks like this – a yellowish soft balm – I dislike balms that require warming up to use and thankfully this is nice and soft.
There are little ‘bead’ like dots in there – this is common in natural products (I know because I used to make hand made lip balms etc.) and it not harmful and they melt in to the skin easily so don’t worry about that.
The product has no scent which is how I like it – if you have sensitive skin why would you want perfume in a moisturiser?!
It is rich and of course, for people with DRY skin, dry patches or have a need for a balm (for example, to protect the skin from chafing etc.) it isn’t a product I would use all over on my self. I would use it for dry patches, and actually I used some on my upper back where I have eczema, and around my ears. It worked wonderfully to hydrate and protect. Mostly I use it on the kids and it does a stellar job.
The ingredients are simple and clean: Extra virgin olive oil, Fairtrade Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Sea Buckthorn extract.
You can also buy this in 50g form if you prefer a more compact handbag size or just want to try it. Odylique do tend to offer trial sizes which is great for trying things out.