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Beauty Notes: Balm Hunt

Posted by Joy Rothke, Tuesday, June 03, 2008 7:05 PM (Eastern)

I'm a sucker for balms--always looking for something to deal with my chronically dry cuticles, or the scrapes and cuts and bug bites that seem to find me. I like to use organic/herbal and essential oil-based products, which means I use stuff you won't find in CVS or Target.

I bought my first Aroma Borealis Herb Shop balm when I spent a winter week in Whitehorse, Yukon. If I lived in Whitehorse, I'd be running up major bills in this sweet little shop run by herbalist/aromatherapist Bev Gray. They sell a variety of medicinal skin preparations, skincare, lotions, herbal teas and (some of the world's best) lip balm.

My favorite is the Green Aid Ointment (CAD$14.95 for a 60 ml tin), recommended to me by a longtime Yukoner as the best all-purpose skin fix-it she'd ever used. It's made of a variety of local herbs, including Yukon wild fireweed, organic goldenseal, echinacea, burdock root, calendula, chamomile and chickweed; lavender, tea tree, thyme and other essential oils; in a base of vitamin E, sunflower, olive, grapeseed and St. John's wort oils , shea butter and beeswax. The small tin is the perfect size to carry in your purse or pocket. If you're not lucky enough to find yourself in Whitehorse, you can order at Aroma Borealis' site.

Prairieland Herbs is a small woman-run family business in the central Iowa town of Woodward. Donna Julseth and Maggie Julseth Howe, mother and daughter, have been operating Prairieland for almost 10 years; I've been ordering from the ladies for the past couple of years. They grow all their herbs and flowers on their farm. I like many of their products, and a particularly good one for this time of year is their Healing Wand. The all-purpose salve relieves all sorts of scrapes and rashes, and works especially well on mild sunburns. It comes in .15 oz (lip balm size, $2.50) and .5 oz. ($7.00).

The wand is made of St. John's Wort, calendula, lavender and tea tree oils in a base of olive and vitamin E oil and local beeswax. According to Maggie, it works on dogs as well.

If you're planning to do any active outings this summer, I recommend investing in a bottle of Dremu Extra Strength Pain Relief. It's part of the product line of Dremu, an emu oil-based line that's received a ton a attention from magazines (as well as an Oprah imprimatur) for their anti-aging skincare. I have a couple of those products that I'll be reviewing in the future. Dremu also sent me a bottle of their Extra Strength Pain Instant Reliever ($38 for 4 fl. oz).

It's a lot pricier than Aspercreme or Ben-Gay. Is it worth it? It's received endorsements from the AARP of Florida and Arthritis Update magazine, among others. It's a simple and elegant formulation with one active ingredient--0.03% Capsicum--in a base of 40% triple refined emu oil, sweet almond oil, arnica, methyl salicylate, menthol and camphor, eucalyptus, rosemary, clove and lavender oils. It has a mild, mostly menthol-y scents, and the light emu oil absorbs quickly when massaged into joints. I tried it on my aching lower back and it did relieve the ache, if not instantly, within five to eight minutes.

I'm surprised but Egyptian Magic ("The Ancient Kamitians' Secret, Magical Skin Cream") actually works! I've seen this stuff in Whole Foods and read about it in innumerable sites and women's magazines. Apparently Madonna won't leave home without it, but I was still unwilling to spend $34 for product made of prosaic ingredients like olive oil, beeswax, honey, bee pollen, royal jelly and propolis extract.

And there's the whole story of how the CEO of Egyptian Magic, who calls himself Lord-Pharaoh ImHotep-AmonRa, discovered this ancient formula (etc., etc.) According to Egyptian Magic and its fans, you can use this product for everything from diaper rash to third-degree burns. It's a moisturizer, hair balm, lip gloss, personal lubricant, eczema and psoriasis treatment, lip balm for both humans and animals. Kind of a Middle Eastern Dr. Bronner's.

I've been testing Egyptian Magic for the past week and I am hooked. It healed a scrape on my upper lip in 36 hours; controlled the "frizzies"; helped reduce a small pimple in a matter of hours. I've used it as and cream and cuticle treatment, and on my heels. Egyptian Magic kept delivering. My jar is still about 99% full, so I expect this jar to last a long, long time.

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June 4, 2008 3:40 PM, Blogger Reese said...

Next time you are at Kiehl's try some of their new Superbly Restorative Argan Skin Salve; I just got some this week and it is wonderful. Great on cuticles, feet, shins, knees, elbows and hair. A new holy grail product for me.


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