Face balms are my newest skin addiction. I might love them even more than facial oils because I love the feeling of it melting under the heat of my fingers. Today I have three of the natural skincare world’s most popular face balms to share with you, some of them have reached absolute cult favourite status.
May Lindstrom The Blue Cocoon (US$180 for 50mL, or $3.60 per mL) is one of the internet’s most popular skin balms. When May Lindstrom increased her product prices, this was the one that caused the most outrage. I was first introduced to The Blue Cocoon when I made my first May Lindstrom order where I received a very handsomely sized sample of this beautiful blue balm. It contains blue tansy, a prized blue oil that is fantastic at calming sensitivity, irritation, and redness. The Blue Cocoon is known to treat everything from dehydration to acne to congestion and everything in between.
The Blue Cocoon is my number 1 to go skin treatment for when I have any kind of skin irregularity, for example if my skin is feeling extra flakey, or once a few weeks ago when I was trying out a new moisturizer and my skin became completely congested and dry at the same time (how does that work, right?). Just two nights of this magical balm and my skin had returned 90% back to normal. In addition, this product smells AMAZING. It smells like a dream, as in full of beautiful light botanicals that come together to create the most incredible experience ever. I can’t stress how much I love this smell, and one whiff of this smells just calms me down and releases all of my worries and stresses. The scent lasts for at least a few minutes, lingering up for a few hours on the skin, so if you’re not a fan of it, you’ll be in for an unpleasant surprise.
Since the first time trying this, I’ve gone through one sample jar, and also purchased a full size. I keep a sample jar with me on all of my travels because it is so good at calming airplane air.
Mahalo The Rare Indigo (US$110 for 30mL, or 3.67 per mL) is another internet cult favourite. It’s the one that is a purple-ish in colour. I received a generous sample of this from a friend of mine who is also obsessed with artisanal natural skincare brands like May Lindstrom. She was curious to see my thoughts of The Rare Indigo when compared to The Blue Cocoon, as she prefers The Rare Indigo. It uses a base of hemp seed oil, which is rich in protein and omega acids, and of course it also contains indigo extract, which is where the product derives its name and its beautiful purple-blue hue. In addition to the beautiful essential oils, it also contains coenzyme Q10 (which is also present in May Lindstrom’s Youth Dew but not The Blue Cocoon), and vitamin C.
After a few nights of using this, honestly I still prefer The Blue Cocoon. I could tell my skin had an immediate glow effect after using The Blue Cocoon, which was slightly lacking in The Rare Indigo. I also felt that it wasn’t as healing or moisturizing as The Blue Cocoon. In terms of scent, it is a lot less floral compared to The Blue Cocoon, with a light minty hemp smell. If you’re not a fan of florals (like in The Blue Cocoon), you may want to look into this one. It does still have a light aromatherapy effect on me.
Precious Skin Elixirs 24 Karat Gold Restorative Balm (US$160 for 50mL or $3.20 per mL) is one of my newest discoveries. I first learned of this brand through Instagram, and I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the products are also mixed in small batches with love. The 24 Karat Gold Restorative Balm is one of their most popular products, containing Argan, which is rich in Vitamin E and essential lipids that nourish skin and encourages more resilient skin while healing sun damage; marula, which is high in Vitamin C to help repair skin, brighten age spots, and firm; colloidal gold, which promotes firmness and elasticity whiles improving circulation and carrying nutrients down into the dermal layers of skin for deeper absorption; pomegranate – Improves skin’s elasticity and provides a powerful dose of antioxidants; seabuckthorn, which is high in vitamins and phyto-nutrients for rapid cellular renewal and faster healing of acne, scaring, and hyper-pigmentation; arnica, a potent anti-inflammatory that helps soothe the skin and increases healing; and rose, which soothes troubled skin and stabilizes emotions. The balm is a pretty gold colour, which looks rich and luxurious.
My first impression is that I really do not like the way it smells. I reached out to Marissa, founder of Precious Skin Elixirs to inquire about the scent, and she says it comes from rose essential oil, seakbuckthorn berry and cranberry seed oil. That sounds pretty good but for some reason it translates to smelling like Chinese medicine under my nose, like a very herbal medicinal scent. What I do love about this balm though is that is quickly transforms into a beautiful oil upon my touch, which just melts into the skin. I use half a pea size for my face and neck, and it’s fluid enough to cover that entire area. It absorbs very quickly, and I do feel like my skin is hydrated, calmed, and less sensitive after a few nights of using this. Will it ever replace my beloved The Blue Cocoon though? Unlikely.
Finally, in the order of preference, my loves are definitely May Lindstrom The Blue Cocoon, and the Precious Skin Elixirs 24Karat Luxe Restorative Balm. I don’t really understand the hype behind the Mahalo Rare Indigo, but I will keep trying it out to see if I get an epiphany. Price-wise, the Precious Skin Elixirs is the most affordable – it was actually the same price of The May Lindstrom before she had a big price increase. Mahalo looks like it’s the most affordable, but you get 2/5 less product compared to the others. If I had to recommend just one balm, you need to pick up The Blue Cocoon.
May Lindstrom The Blue Cocoon ingredients: *Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil, ***Butyrospermun Parkii (Shea) Butter, ***Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter, ***Sclerocarya Birrea (Virgin Marula) Oil, Calodendrum Capense (Yangu) Oil, *Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Oil, *Tanacetum Annuum (Blue Tansy) Oil, **Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Oil, *Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, **Boswellia Carteri (Frankincense) Oil, *Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium Rose) Oil, *Vanilla Planifolia Co2 Total Essential Oil, Schisandra Sphenanthera Co2 Fruit Extract, *Helichrysum Italicum (Immortelle) Oil, Ravensara Aromatica Oil.
* Certified Organic
** Wild Harvested
*** Fair Trade, Raw & Unrefined
Mahalo The Rare Indigo ingredients: cannabis sativa (hemp seed) oil*, astrocaryum murmuru butter*, orbignya oleifera (babassu) butter*, sclerocarya birrea (virgin marula) oil*, vitis vinifera (grape seed) oil*, camellia japonica (thea seed) oil*, aleurites moloccans (kukui) oil*, euterpe oleracea (acai) oil*, in-house biodynamic proprietary infusion (astragalus, chamomile, comfrey, gromwell, hibiscus, indigo)*, polygonum tinctorium (indigo) extract, achillea millefolium (yarrow) oil*, matricaria chamomile (chamomile) oil*, helichrysum italicum (immortelle) oil*, cananga odorata (ylang ylang) oil*, citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot fcf) oil*^, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil*, boswellia frereana (frankincense) oil*, rosa damascena (rose) oil*, ubiquinone (coenzyme Q10), daucus carota (carrot seed) CO2 extract*, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate (vitamin C ester), non-gmo mixed tocopherols, vanilla planifolia (vanilla) oil, rosmarinus officials (rosemary antioxidant) CO2 extract, iris pallida (orris butter) oil
*clean ingredients: organic + local and/or wild harvested (when available)
^Bergamot fcf is free from bergapten, it has no photosensitizing effects
Precious Skin Elixirs 24 Kara Gold Restorative Balm ingredients: *Vitellaria nilotica (shea butter), **Argania spinosa (argan) oil, **Sclerocarya birrea (marula) oil, *Borago officinalis (borage) oil, *Punica granatum (pomegranate seed) oil, *Vaccinium macrocarpon (cranberry seed) oil, *Hippophae rhamnoides (seabuckthorn berry), *Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary), Colloidal gold, *Calendula officinalis (calendula), *Arnica montana (arnica), *Rosa damascena (rose). *certified organic / **wildcrafted
I received the Precious Skin Elixirs 24K Restorative Balm for review consideration, May Lindstrom Blue Cocoon was a sample I received with a previous purchase, and the Mahalo Indigo Balm was a sample my friend gave me; all opinions are my own.