From Vaseline to tins filled with lip salve, we've seen plenty of versatile ointments, but the Paul & Joe Rose Treatment Balm ($30) blows away the competition. The pretty tin is decked out in the brand's signature print, and it twists open to reveal a rich balm that's a blend of organic jojoba seed oil for an emollient and damask rose honey to moisturize. The undeniably feminine scent makes you want to use the product in every way possible. And that's a good thing, because it's perfect for rubbing into dry hands, cracked heels, or roughened elbows or knees, and you can even apply it to your hair to treat split ends. Pop the portable tin in your bag to keep yourself hydrated from head to toe no matter where you go this Winter.
Attention all of you body-balm fans out there. This post is chock full of products that I know you'll love! I first became addicted to body salves about a year ago when I discovered this amazing wonderbalm. The smooth, hydrating, and soothing formulas are a great panacea for dry-skin issues since they can be used on your knees, elbows, lips, hands, and cuticles. It was love at first use and ever since I have been collecting more and more in search of the absolute bomb-diggity of balms.
For a while I swore by the pint-sized Smith's Rosebud Salve, but when I was introduced to Liz Earl's Superbalm in November, I became addicted for five months straight. I still think it has the best scent of them all, but my latest acquisition is the Bobbi Brown Extra Soothing Balm ($55).
Bobbi Brown has always been a brand I turn to when I'm looking for good quality basics. This rich, avocado, rosemary oil, beeswax, and geranium enhanced balm has been my saving grace during the cold weather of the past few months. I love the dense texture and because it contains shea butter, it is extra conditioning.
I hate wasting good product on my feet, but I will say that rubbing a little bit into the skin around my toes and heels has really helped keep my pedicure looking fresh. I know that sounds strange, but try it — it works! What's your favorite body balm?
Welcome to my final installment of strawberry beauty products. Those of you who missed the reading about strawberry body creams, scrubs and cleansers, have no fear — you can find everything here. These three goodies are smooth lip smackers to help soothe, condition and impart shine to your lips. And not only do they smell like strawberries, they taste like them too!
Smith's Strawberry Rosebud Lip Balm ($4.49) is the latest launch in the Smith's salve family. This all-purpose balm isn't restricted to lip love only; I use it on my cuticles, hands, knees and even my eyes sometimes. This strawberry version smells of roses and strawberries mixed together — it's amazing!
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Liz Earle calls this product Superbalm because it comes to the rescue in a million different ways — much like Superman! This salve is a great remedy for dry cuticles, chapped lips, scaly heels, rough elbows and hands, frizzy hair, and as a barrier cream against extreme weather conditions. It is made from 100-percent pure plant oils and waxes, echinacea, vitamin E, soothing lavender, softening rose hip, and moisturizing avocado. Now you can understand where its amazing and calming aroma comes from!
Using Superbalm is easy: Just massage a little bit into your hands and spread it on your body. Be warned that a little goes a long way, so if you plan to use it on your lips, you really won't need much. Consider Superbalm your new and improved version of that jar of Vaseline that's been sitting on your bathroom shelf for ages. The formula is less greasy and even the big tub is light to tote around. Superbalm is available in a 1-oz. jar for $26.50 and in a .1-oz. mini container for $8. I can't wait to hear what you think!
When it comes to Summer makeup, I like a flawless finish without much foundation, and the DuWop Smoothset ($32) offers everything you need to create a natural-looking face from start to finish. This long, sleek compact — about the size of two business-card cases — contains a pair of great products: a priming balm and an oil-controlling translucent powder.
The balm can be used underneath foundation or alone with the powder to minimize pores and fine lines. It delivers nutrients like Vitamin E to the skin while preventing your face from looking oily. A little bit goes a long way; simply smooth it on your skin.
After applying the balm and foundation (if you choose), dust the sheer powder all over your face to set your makeup and even out your skin tone. It feels incredibly light and is perfect for those of you with sensitive skin. The Smoothset is available in three desert-inspired shades: Sahara (translucent light), Mojave (translucent medium), and Kalahari (translucent dark).
For our inaugural BellaSugar Beauty Mark It challenge last week, I asked you guys to share your most bomb body balms with me. Since I am in love with my Boots Mediterranean Olive Almond & Sage Wonderbalm, I figured that you might have some secret salves stashed up your sleeves too!
You can see all of the body balm Beauty Marks on TeamSugar; thanks to everyone for your enthusiastic participation! Here are three of my favorites:
Beauty Mark #1: BadgerBalm Unscented Healing Balm ($6.50), found by SFKitkat. This looks like a great product for anyone with sensitive skin, because it contains no fragrances or additives. It can be used to treat cracked fingers, dry skin, and chapped lips, as well as to help heal boo-boos.
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This Mediterranean Olive Almond & Sage Wonderbalm by Boots ($8.99) is the bomb of all balms! The light and pleasant-smelling organic salve is the perfect solution to dry, chapped, or rough skin. It’s not sticky, so it never leaves an icky residue, and the balm is nourishing and long-lasting. You can buy it in the U.S. in Target stores nationwide.
I love this balm so much that I wanted to share it and see if you could share one of your favorite all-purpose balms with me too! How about you all go Beauty Marking to find even more bad-ass balms? To learn what a Beauty Mark is and how to create one, click here. Let me know when your Beauty Marks are up, or just tag your bookmarks with the phrase "body balm."
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