You Might Be A Balm Lover + Not Even Know It February 25 2015, 28 Comments
Sometimes we get so used to reading and hearing about something that we start to think that we actually know what it is. Such is the case of balm. Yes, balm. Sure, to define it you might say things like, “it’s dense” or “it’s heavier than a cream” and you know what? You’d be correct, but what exactly makes a balm a balm and not a cream or a lotion? Well, it’s actually pretty interesting and having this information might help you come to the conclusion that a balm might be just the thing your gorgeous, yet winter-worn skin has been in need of this season and beyond.
What A Balm Isn’t
Well, let’s start by defining what a balm isn’t and what makes it different from a lotion or a cream. A lotion, as you may know, has a super light consistency and is designed to moisturize the topical layer of the skin. They’re popular in warmer months due to the fact that they have a lower viscosity than body creams. A cream is a bit heavier than a lotion and is great for skin hydration. Now, what both lotions and creams do have in common is one little ingredient: water. Water, when mixed with oils, creates an emulsion that allows the lotions and creams to penetrate more deeply into the lower layers of the skin which makes them excellent for hydrating the skin. But when you add water to a product, a preservative is then necessary to help prevent any kind of bacteria, mold or yeast from growing. Balms, on the other hand, contain zero water. That’s right, zero. So, how exactly does a lack of water also benefit the skin?
The Thing About Water + What A Balm IsBecause balms contain no water, all you’re getting with a balm is 100% highly concentrated, active ingredients. Balms are fantastic for healing and protecting the surface layers of the skin by creating a barrier that prevents water loss from the outer layer of the skin. This makes them excellent in cold weather and in areas with high pollution. Balms also moisturize, are great for lips, face and on the body, whereas body lotion and creams are for one specific area. In addition, a little goes a long way and balms last a lot longer than creams. Used correctly and sparingly, balms are your friends.
Why I Created It
Simply put, I needed one. For years I had a small patch of eczema on the back of my neck and no matter what I tried, nothing was able to heal it. I began to research herbs and oils and two super healers that really stood out to me were Tamanu Oil (a Polynesian oil that has powerful healing and regenerative properties) and Calendula Extract (an anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antifungal). So, I mixed the two of them together and was thrilled to find my eczema had cleared up after a few short days. The only problem I now had was that Tamanu is a heavy oil with an odd smell and I wanted something that would be more user-friendly, like a balm. After mixing in a few of my other favorites like Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Kokum Butter and host of others, my velvety nyl Body Balm was born.
When To Use A Balm
The great news is that balms are multitaskers, so you’re getting a few products in one. nyl Body Balm is great for soothing dry and cracked feet and hands, as a spot treatment for dry patches, for cuticles and nails and especially on skin that that will be exposed to the cold. I’m absolutely thrilled when customers tell me that they’ve discovered new uses for my balm like relief from minor sunburns and taking the itch out of bug bites. Used sparingly, it’s also great for the nose and face and can also be used as a mask. Use my organic balm to tame brows, tuck away stray hairs and used on top of blush, it’ll give skin a fresh and dewy look. So, if you feel as though your moisturizer just isn’t cutting it this winter, a pure balm filled with organic super-healing oils and extracts might be just the thing your green beauty kit is missing.
nyl Body Balm
Organic Kokum Butter
Organic Shea Butter
Organic Meadowfoam Seed Oil
Organic Tamanu Oil
Organic Calendula Extract
Organic Rosemary Extract
Organic Vitamin E Oil (non-GMO from 100% sunflower seeds)
Organic Essential Oils
Thank you for stopping by. I'd love to hear your thoughts and comments below. — Carol