Monday, March 3, 2014

Balanced Guru Balm Me Up

RATING (out of 5 stars): 3 stars

COST: $45 for 4 ounces

THE SKINNY: For starters, let me just say this. Balm Me Up Organic Sweet Cocoa & Tangy Body Balm works wonders for rough, dry skin. You can see results after one use.

But there’s a few things off-putting about this skin balm, made with a blend of cocoa and shea butter, babassu oil (an organic vegetable oil from the Amazon) and essential oils from oranges and limes.

The first is the smell, which is a little sweet and a lot like plastic.

The second is the price. Holy cow! Thank you, Ipsy, for the sample. But $45 for a small tub? Yikes.

And third is an abstract sense that this product is a lot of work to use.

This balm, as you would expect, is thick and gritty and waxy. It’s a pale yellow and looks organic. Rub a little of the product between your fingers or into your skin and it turns to an oil that takes a minute to soak into the skin. I found it was most effective at night, when I didn’t have to worry about getting oily residue on my clothes.

So even though my hands are winter chapped, I find myself reaching for a thick lotion instead of this balm, even though I know it won’t work quite as well.

KEEP OR TOSS: Keep. It works wonders on my elbows and the winter rough spots on my feet.

CHECK IT OUT: Balanced Guru offers certified organic products.

-- Tested by Shay