Im going to be talking briefly about four balms I have tried throughout the year: The Super Blend by Maya Chia, Rare Indigo Balm by Mahlao, Vital Balm Cream by Josh Rosebrook, Tigress by Earthwise Beauty. The Indigo Balm is currently with my sister, but you get three pictures ;).

Green Beauty is becoming saturated with balms, and it can be difficult to find one for oily, comedogenic skin since most are simply too rich. I’ve tried these four popular options, and below are my opinions of them.

The Super Blend by Maya Chia ($105 for 50mL)

This balm (click here), first off, looks and smells wonderful- it possesses a very strong floral scent. Needless to say, I’m also a huge fan of Maya Chia’s packaging as it is both very luxe and functional. You only need a small amount of product since it’s concentrated- as is the case with all balms; this can offset the high price tag that often represents them. For the amount of product you are getting, 50mL, the price is actually one of the more economical out of the four mentioned in this post. The balm itself is formulated well, melting very easily and of a very rich feel. Unfortunately, I found The Super Blend to be a little too rich for my skin. Among a list of beautiful ingredients such as Babassu oil and Kokum butter, stands beeswax. That is a particular ingredient which does not work well with my skin. Also included is Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, an ingredient derived from coconut oil and glycerin, which can be a “moderately” comedogenic. I avoid anything ‘coconut oil’ like the plague because it’s another one of those ingredients my skin hasn’t reacted well to! Do note that “comedogenic” is quite a personal adjective, as each of our skins can react differently to the same ingredients/products. In any case, I soon became congested and I could not continue to use the balm anymore.

I’m not one to waste products, thus I gave the blend to my mom, since her skin is categorized as ‘normal and mature’ as opposed to ‘oily and congested.’ This was a great move, because she definitely liked the balm more than I did, remarking that you need very little and how it will absorb well into the skin while leaving a slight film. She prefers using the product at night, and on waking up in the mornings, her skin is nicely moisturized, plumped, and brighter. From this, I believe this will be a great choice for drier skin that doesn’t get congested easily. If you have oiler skin prone to breakouts, and are not bothered by beeswax, I suggest using The Super Blend at night since it’s too rich to use under make-up in the mornings. It’s still a beautiful product filled with many good ingredients, and is worth trying a sample as it may work very well for you.

Ingredients:*Orbignya Oleifera (Babassu) Seed Oil, Supercritical Chia (Salvia Hispanica) Seed Oil and Haematococcus Pluvialis Algal (Astaxanthin) Extract, *Butyrospermun parkii (Shea) Butter, Garcinia indica (Kokum) Butter, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C Ester), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (and) Lupinus Albus Seed Extract, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Polyglycerol-3 Beeswax, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (and) *Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow) Leaf Extract, *Savia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, *Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, *Utica Dioca (Nettle) Leaf Extract, Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q10), Mica, *Rose Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens), *Citrus Aurantium Amara (Neroli) Essential Oil, *Aniba Roseodora (Rosewood) Essential Oil, *Jasminum grandiforum (Jasmine) Absolute, *Roman Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis), *Lavendin (Lavandula hybrida), *Citrus Reticulata (Mandarin) Essential Oil, Rosemarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Botanical Extracts {*Organic or Wildcrafted (when available)}

Rare Indigo Balm by Mahalo ($110 for 30mL)

This is my least favorite balm (click here), which I wasn’t expecting as it has great reviews and does not contain waxes. I’m not a fan of the scent either, though look-wise there is no doubt the purple color is gorgeous. Once again, it is a balm that’s filled with amazing ingredients such as indigo plant extracts and acai, and it melts easily enough. However, for me, it did not absorb well into my skin at all. It looked and felt like I had a waxy layer on my skin, something actually remarked upon by family as well.

Again, since I don’t like wasting products, I gave this particular balm to my sister, since she has drier skin, so she could assess its effects. She actually likes the scent very much, commenting how it’s soothing and fresh. It does indeed hydrate her face, but once again she believes its thick and leaves your face looking oily and glistening. For this reason, she only uses the product and night. I recommend you try a sample of this balm (you can request samples at The Detox Market for this product) before committing in the case you also are not a fan of the waxy finish.

Ingredients: cannabis sativa (hemp)*, astrocaryum murumuru*, orbignya oleifera (babassu)*, sclerocarya birrea (marula), vitis vinifera (grape seed)*, camellia japonica (tsubaki tea seed)*, aleurites moloccans (kukui)*, euterpe oleracea (acai)*, proprietary infusion of organic herbs*, polygonum tinctorium (indigo), rosa damascena*, matricaria chamomilla*, achillea millefolium (yarrow)*, helichrysum italicum*, cananga odorata (ylang ylang)*, citrus aurantium var. bergamia (bergamot fcf)*, lavandula angustifolia (lavender)*, boswellia carteri (frankincense)*, abelmoschus moschatus (ambrette hibiscus), ubiquinone (coenzyme Q10), daucus carota (carrot seed)*, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate (vitamin C ester), non-gmo mixed tocopherols, vanilla planifolia, iris pallida  {*Clean ingredients: organic + local and/or wild harvested (when available); **Bergamot fcf* is free from bergapten – it has no photosensitizing effects}

Vital Balm Cream by Josh Rosebrook ($45 for 22mL)

This is definitely my favorite Josh Rosebrook product (click here). The aesthetic is on point: the light blue, fluffy balm looks so beautiful against the classic, white glass. I really think he really nailed a great formulation with this cream/balm hybrid. Imbued with a light, lovely scent, it is very moisturizing/plumping on the skin without the same heavy feeling I experienced with the balms mentioned before. Due to this, I can actually use it in the mornings as well before makeup and my skin is moisturized for the rest of the day. However, I still cannot apply too much of the product since it still is rich and can give my skin an oily finish.

Vital Balm Cream by Josh RosebrookMy sister uses this product as well after my recommendation- again her skin is combination, very dry with break-outs- and she agrees it’s very moisturizing and states that it has helped transform her dry, flaky skin into soft, healthy skin. She also likes how well her makeup applies over it. Thus, for both our skin types, this product is a winner. Before the Tigress Balm by Earthwise Beauty, this was actually my favorite balm.

Ingredients: *Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, *Mango Seed Butter, *Honey, *Indian Senna Seed Extract (Botanical Hyaluronic Acid), *Shea Butter, *Olive Oil, *Avocado Oil, *Jojoba Seed Oil, *Borage Seed Oil, *Evening Primrose Oil, *Sea Buckthorn Oil, *Vitamin E, †Broccoli Seed Oil, *Witch Hazel, *Ashwagandha, *Turmeric, *Rose Hips, *Goji Berry, *Calendula, *Black Cohosh, *Elderberry, *Bladderwrack, *Marshmallow Root, *Ginger, *Fenugreek, *Chickweed, *Licorice, *Raspberry Leaf, *Dandelion, *Sage, *Eyebright, *Milk Thistle, *Rose Petal, *St. John’s Wort, *Cat’s Claw, *Cinnamon, *Lavender, *Ginkgo Biloba, *Gum Arabic, §Xanthan Gum, §Potassium Sorbate, †Blue Tansy Essential Oil, †Ylang Ylang Essential Oil, †Lavender Essential Oil, *Vanilla Extract. {*CERTIFIED ORGANIC / †ORGANIC / ‡WILDCRAFTED / §NON-GMO PLANT SOURCED}

Tigress by Earthwise Beauty ($100 for 35.5 mL)

I have been using this product (click here) for a little over two weeks now, and it is 100% my favorite face balm already. I will do a more detailed review when I write up my second Earthwise Beauty post, but so far I can already state it’s the best balm I have thus tried. It looks and feels very rich, just as all balms do, but I was utterly surprised to observe how easily and well it absorbed into my skin the first time I used it. Even until now it still surprises me, especially considering it contains such a rich array of ingredients consisting of butters and oils. My skin doesn’t feel weighed down in the slightest nor look waxy/greasy and I can claim it is definitely non-comedogenic. I have experienced no breakouts from this product, and absolutely love how it can bathe my skin in healing butters and oils yet leave such a light finish. Thus wearing it at night and mornings under makeup is very convenient and presents no issues.I highly recommend you try this product if you are after face balms and are of the same skin type- Earthwise Beauty sells a sample size of this wonderful product on their website.

Ingredients: Cold-press unrefined Garcinia indica (kokum) kernel butter†, cold-press unrefined Virola surinamensis (ucuuba) seed butter†, cold-press unrefined whole-fruit Passiflora edulis (passionfruit) oil*, cold-press unrefined Attalea speciosa (babassu) kernel oil†, cold-press unrefined Pouteria sapota (sapote) kernel oil†, cold-press unrefined Calophyllum inophyllum (tamanu) nut kernel oil*, cold-press unrefined organic Rosa canina (whole-fruit rosehip) oil, cold-press unrefined Coffea (green coffee) bean oil*, vitamin E (from certified non-GMO sunflowers), supercritical co2 select Curcuma longa (turmeric) rhizome extract*, Boswellia carterii (frankincense) oil†, Nardostachys jatamansi (spikenard) oil† (Nepal), Pinus edulis (pinyon pine) oil†, Helichrysum italicum (Italian everlasting) absolute (France), Usnea (old man’s beard) lichen CO2 extract (Helianthus annuus [sunflower] seed oil, and polyglyceryl-6 caprylate [emulsifier], and polyglyceryl-3 palmitate [emulsifier] and Usnea barbata lichen extract*. {*Certified organic.  †Responsibly wildcrafted.}

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  2. sophia shaikh says:

    Have you tried may lindstroms blue cocoon.. would love to hear your views… i have both the mahalo balms n blue cocoon n love all 3.. earthwise is avrecent discovery. .. reading up a lot on it beforebi make my own informed decision on whatcto start is a big line… surprisingly. .. but can already see the products are all well thought out… just fyi .. i have dry combination skin.. some pigmentation. . N some bumps … trying to figure them out.. very occasional breakout…

    1. vsafaria says:

      Hi! 🙂 I have not tried the Blue Cocoon yet but I will eventually. It’s definitely on my list of future items to try out.
      Yes you are so right, I also love how Earthwise Beauty has so many products, each with their own personality and story behind them. I haven’t tried one product yet from the line that I do not like!
      My sister has your skin type as well (very lucky with no breakouts 🙂 ). The little bumps may possibly be due to the fact that you’re over-exfoliating, using comedogenic products, etc. In general, I highly recommend Josh Rosebrook’s Advanced Hydration Mask for dehydrated skin, as well as the Amazing Basic Moisturizer from Earthwise Beauty. I have emailed them for my personal inquiries on which products to use and Ava, the brand founder, is so wonderful at taking the time to respond and recommend products from her line she believes will suit you. From my own opinion, I suggest you purchase samples of the Amazing Basic/Marigold Fields moisturizers, Ambrosia del Cerrado toner, or Nap In The Meadow serum. Each has the potential to beautifully hydrate your skin without causing breakouts- it just depends on what kind of product you’re looking for (toner, moisturizer, or serum). To address any breakouts, I suggest Carrot-A-Day and the Tigress Balm. I have not yet tried their oils and thus can not give an opinion on them currently (but I’ve heard great things about them). The Catharsis cleanser is a favorite as well- I mix with Manuka Honey and use as a cleanser/mask. It’s very gentle yet decongesting at the same time. I hope this helped you! It may seem overwhelming to have so many products to choose from, but once you purchase samples and start realizing which products are best for your skin, it will be a wonderful discovery. 🙂

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