When a beauty product is natural enough to gargle, it’s probably a gentle choice for skin. Cue The Green Balm by Magic Organic Apothecary (aka MOA). Thanks to a healthy dose of yarrow (Achillea Millefolium), lauded for its ability to heal, soothe and repair, plus antiseptic tea tree oil, this 100% natural ‘miracle’ balm can be used to treat a range of ailments, from sore throats to scratches, burns and blemishes. It also contains nourishing oils to gently hydrate sensitive skin (and hair). But the best part? It comes in two sizes, which are modestly priced at £15 for 50ml or £6 for 15ml. Now we’re talking!
Combination skin. Or so I’ve been told. To be honest, it’s impossible to identify my natural skin habits because I’m permanently layered with serums, lotions, mists, oils, and more. I manufacture a dewy glow, which quite often needs to be knocked back with blotting paper or powder (particularly on my T-Zone). As for spots – they spontaneously appear, unannounced, and are few but ferocious. Time to simplify the routine and put things back in the hands of nature.
When I first tried this product, my skin was not at its best. Autumn was in full swing, and the fluctuating weather, comfort eating and late boozy nights had definitely taken their toll. I had just finished trialling a night cream (with not-so-great results), so when The Green Balm landed in my lap, I had a specific, twilight task in mind.
The product starts off as a rich balm, then melts into a light, fragrant oil as you massage it into skin. A little goes a long way, so I ended up using the excess for my cuticles. So far so good. Morning comes, and I’m impressed. My skin feels smooth, refreshed and nourished. Not overly hydrated, but healthy and plump. Plus, a pimple that was threatening to make an appearance has started to retreat. I’m officially intrigued. By day two, said blemish had completely disappeared. A few weeks down the line – after applying The Green Balm every evening – my skin looks clearer and more balanced than it has in ages. Angry hormonal lumps that usually signal that time of the month seem to have taken a hiatus, and even my lashes, eyebrows and nails are looking healthier. I’m hooked!
You know in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, when the dad recommends Windex to cure everything from psoriasis to a poison ivy rash? That’s me, but with The Green Balm. If cuticles start to look dry, out comes my little organic tub. If friends complain about chapped lips, I have the solution. Ingrown hair on my husband’s chin? A quick bit of tweezer surgery, and on goes the balm. I’ve recommended it for spots, cuts, blisters, burns, insect bites and even eczema, and the great part is, it works! My only criticisms are to do with makeup. The Green Balm claims to double-up as a cleanser, but I couldn’t get this to work. Well, it didn’t lift my Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation. If you lean toward tinted moisturiser, it might well do the job. Under makeup, I found the product a tad too oily, causing my foundation to slide off.
That’s literally it. I can’t poke any more holes in this product, however hard I try – hence why I’ve just ordered three more tubs.