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Natural cleansing balms are really popular, and for good reason. They are great for all skins, from oily and combination to dry and mature. You need to make sure you get the right natural cleansing balm though - read my article on Natural Cleansing Balms which tells you about the pros and cons of using them and how to cleanse properly with them to avoid skin problems.
I was delighted recently to receive a jar of Lyonsleaf Natural Beauty Balm (the fragranced version) to try, and it has no beeswax in it. (For more information on why beeswax may be a problem read my article on Natural Cleansing Balms).
Lyonsleaf - the company
Lyonsleaf are an award winning natural skincare company based in the Mendip Hills in Somerset who produce 100% natural skin care products for even the most sensitive of skins.
Lyonsleaf Beauty Balm - the product
The product comes in a 60ml glass jar with an aluminium lid in a cardboard box. 60ml may not seem like a lot but you need very little of the product for each use. The 60ml jar lasted longer than some larger sized lotion cleansers that I have tried.
The product itself is pale yellow in colour and is soft and easy to get out of the jar with your finger tips. The balm has a very mild smell of palmarosa and is 100% natural. 98% of the ingredients are organic/wild harvest.
Lyonsleaf Beauty Balm - Ingredients
Shea Butter - a creamy butter obtained from the nuts of the African shea nut tree. Shea butter is deeply nourishing and rich in nutrients for the skin. It helps promote skin elasticity and healing.
Babassu Oil - Lyonsleaf supplies are wild harvested from fallen nuts in the rain forest and are not subject to chemicals whilst growing or processing. It is lightweight, non greasy, anti-inflammatory and healing.
Macadamia Oil - obtained from the nuts of a native Australian plant. Despite being quite a rich oil it does not leave the skin feeling greasy. It is great for mature skins as it contains high levels of palmitoleic acid, which is similar to the skin's naturally produced sebum which we produce less of as we age.
Jojoba Oil - actually a non sticky liquid wax very close to the sebum produced by the skin and a great oil to be using in a cleanser
Sunflower Oil - deeply moisturising for skin with a great blend of vitamin e and fatty acids
Vitamin e - used to help extend the life of a product naturally but also a fabulous skin conditioner and it helps boost the skin's regenerating properties
Essential Oils - palmarosa for cell regeneration, clary sage for inflamed or puffy skin, benzion for dry, red or itchy skin, rosemary for toning and patchouli for tissue regeneration, healing and help with acne
Marigold Flower Extract - one of the most healing ingredients I know. Great for calming redness and irritation as well as being a wonderful skin rejuvenator.
For full details on how to use this natural cleansing balm properly to avoid skin problems see my article on Natural Cleansing Balms.
You do need to use a cleansing cloth when you use a balm cleanser, just trying to wash it off with water won't work. I absolutely adore the Dual Action Facial Cloth by Baie Botanique. There are two sides to the cloth, the soft bamboo terry-like side is used to remove the cleanser and make-up and the cotton side is then used to gently exfoliate the skin. The cloth is reusable and easily washed. It costs £6 for one or £18 for a pack of three and you can Read my review on it here.
Overall Review - Lyonsleaf Beauty Balm
I have sensitive skin and I loved this balm. It cleanses and conditions the skin really well and leaves it feeling very supple. I had no reactions to this balm with essential oils, although they also do an un-fragranced version as well.
Because this balm does not strip the skin of oils you will notice that with frequent use your skin will look slightly more plumped up which then shows less fine lines and wrinkles. The oils also also help your skin by preventing water loss and I frequently don't use any additional moisturiser on my face at night after I have used this cleanser. This it is a great product to take with you when travelling and you want to pack light!
If you use mineral powder foundation you can apply it straight after cleansing with this balm without applying a moisturiser and get a superb finish.
You will also find that if you use natural cleaners such as this on a regular basis you will probably notice a massive improvement in the condition of your eyebrows and eyelashes.
Lyonsleaf also say that you can use the balm as a moisturiser if you use it very sparingly but I honestly wouldn't recommend this. Even though I thought the formulation unsuitable I did try it but it just didn't sink in (due to the amount of shea butter in it I suspect) and after a while I had to wipe if off with a tissue.
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