I’m a big fan of oil-based balms for my skin, both for my face and my body. So, I was really happy to be able to try the balm by Taui, who make a simple product with organic and sustainable ingredients. This is a balm formulated with organic extra virgin olive oil, beeswax, propolis, bee pollen, and royal jelly, and everything’s handmade in Portland, Oregon by a two-person team. A little bonus is that the balm is available in both a 2-ounce glass jar for $20 or a 1-ounce plastic tube for $13, which means I have a jar that lives in my bathroom cabinet and a tube that lives in my travel bag for weekend trips.
The last time I purchased from Innisfree, I took a chance on a couple of products that were new to me and were on a buy-one-get-one-free offer. This foaming cleanser from their Olive product line was one of them, so I ended up with two big 150 ml bottles of a cleanser for just $12. The Olive line is intended to be moisturizing and nourishing, and I’d previously tried and loved Innisfree’s Olive Real Serum as a moisturizer to layer under a cream. Normally I’d steer clear of foaming cleansers because they can be drying, but since I think Innisfree tends to make lovely moisturizing skincare I decided to trust them.
This past spring when I ran out of night cream, I ended up taking advantage of one of The Body Shop’s many sales to purchase two products from their Nutriganics range: the Smoothing Night Cream and the Smoothing Eye Cream. I’ve never tried the Nutriganics products before but have enjoyed The Body Shop’s moisturizers in the past, and was excited to try some of the brand’s fancier products. They’re both under $30 so even though they’re more expensive than other TBS skincare, they’re definitely still within reach for me, and they’re an even better deal on sale.
I have three thick, multi-purpose skin balms that I think make for interesting points of comparison. It all started with Egyptian Magic, which I’ve previously praised on the blog, and I later branched out to trying other less expensive but similarly conceived products from Alaffia and The Honest Company to see if I could save some money while treating my skin. These are all natural products with simple formulations that nourish the skin, including face, lips, and body. I ended up with distinct thoughts about all three of them, so I wanted to lay them all out.
I have a Japanese facial oil to talk about today, which has just recently been released in the US. The Vegetable Oil by Black Paint, which I believe will be launching in the US as the Age Eraser Moisture Boost, is a blend of 10 organic botanical oils and can be used to both remove makeup and moisturize and nourish skin.
The Honest Co. first caught my attention while browsing through Target, where I remember seeing a big display dedicated to the brand’s many products, including baby, bath, body, home, and more. It wasn’t until I saw their a couple of products pop up at Costco that I first purchased, and I’ve since been trying out their Honest Sunscreen Lotion with SPF 30 and multipurpose Organic Healing Balm.
I picked up the SheaMoisture body lotion with olive and green tea at Target when I needed something to help me cope with the changing seasons because I was such a huge fan of their raw shea butter body wash. I tend to get dry skin especially on my arms and legs, and SheaMoisture has many products formulated with an abundance of natural, hydrating ingredients.
The Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream is one of these products that’s gained a cult following and is (supposedly) loved by celebrities like Madonna, Kate Hudson, Brooke Shields, and Emily Blunt. To tell you the truth, I hadn’t heard of it until my mom offered me a jar. She had found a two-pack at Costco, and apparently sister wasn’t terribly fond of it.