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My favourite thing ever: Lush Ultrabalm

So I have a lot of Lush posts coming up, for two specific reasons: (a) I was given a lot of press samples by the brand and (b) I happened to love an awful lot of those samples (as did my …

Thu, Nov 1, 2012, 14:30

   

So I have a lot of Lush posts coming up, for two specific reasons: (a) I was given a lot of press samples by the brand and (b) I happened to love an awful lot of those samples (as did my Mr, more on which later). I’m going to divide the posts up, as some of these items are more novelty than others – but in this case, Ultrabalm just happens to be a brilliant all-round chapped-skin-relieving moisturiser. A necessity, as they say.

Described as being “for bits that chap and chafe”, Ultrabalm is an all-purpose balm or moisturiser that contains jojoba oil, rose wax and calendilla wax. And, well, that’s it. No funny chemical-sounding ingredients, no numbers, no letters. Just three simple ingredients. And boy, do they work!

I decided to take it on its description and use it on my chafed bits. I had a slight patch of dermatitis on my forehead, and I also decided to apply it liberally to the balls of my feet and my elbows. And, like anything, results have not been evenly spread across the board.

My elbows are still a bit dry (although not as much as before). My feet are still a bit rough (although not as much as before). But the best result has been on my forehead, where my patch of dermatitis – which I had begun to think would never diminish! – has completely disappeared.

The pluses? This baby works. It won’t perform miracles, but I have seen marked improvement in dry patches, enough to make me a dedicated, loyal Ultrabalm fan. It goes on really easily and melts into the skin, without leaving any greasy residue. Its ingredients are really comforting (no smelly chemicals there!), and it’s not tested on animals.

The cons? This isn’t really a con, because it doesn’t bother me, but there is a slightly, well, natural smell. It’s hard to describe, but there definitely is an aroma and it is not necessarily a sweet, floral, pleasant one. I don’t hate it, but it definitely wouldn’t be in the plus bracket.

So there you have it! I will definitely be purchasing this when my current tin runs out. Have you tried Ultrabalm?

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