Ed’s note: Today’s post comes from our contributor Andrea Reitano.
How many uses can you think of for an all purpose balm? My ingenuity only gave me two ideas, tops. Read ahead to see how wrong I was.
Brand/Product: Lush’s Ultrabalm (Vegan).
Price: $8.95 for 45g. Available in store at Lush or online.
Why we love it: Initially I only used the balm as a regular lip balm. It did its duty very effectively when it came to soothing my wind burnt lips. The recipe is simple and organic; a blend of jojoba oil, candelilla wax and rose wax. And it’s completely preservative free.
Jojoba is a liquid wax, so it gives the balm a waxy look, which wasn’t visually appealing. It’s the vegan alternative for beeswax. Because of this, however, the balm isn’t oily as it absorbs into your skin, mimicking your natural oils.
So if it’s an all purpose balm, surely there’s more than one use?
There’s a whole list of ways you can use Ultrabalm according to Lush. I tried out their recommendations and found a couple of their ideas surprisingly useful! If you’re trying out a DIY manicure, Ultrabalm can be use in place of cuticle oil. It softens and smooths your cuticles without that oily residue.
Got unruly eyebrows that refuse to be tamed? Ultrabalm can fix that. Just swipe a small amount over your brows to shape them as you please, and they’ll stay! It’s not oily so it looks completely natural.
Lush also recommends it be used to:
– Moisten skin around the eyes,
– Soften dry and cracked heels or elbows,
– Relieve sunburn,
– Soothe chapped hands,
– Helps with discomfort for scuffs and scrapes, and
– Relieves nappy rash for babies.
Verdict: Ultrabalm did as it promised, so it’s a yay for me! The little pot is small enough to fit into your handbag so you can have the little skin genie at your fingertips, ready to summon its magic on command.
If you’ve given it a go let us know if you’ve found any other useful ideas!
Ed’s Note: Andrea Reitano is a Communications student, computer whizz and ice-cream connoisseur who spends her spare time studying Grade 7 piano. That’s what I call one talented lass. Follow her on Twitter.