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Hey hey it's Monday! Dance a little in your chair (or not). Today I have a product review for you of something that will likely excite the natural beauty enthusiasts out there: Odylique's Ultra Rich Moisture Balm.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with this brand, here's a little background: Odylique is a British brand that launched over 30 years ago (whoa!) and just recently launched in North America. Their focus is on natural, eco-friendly/non-GMO products that are free from common allergens like tree nut oils, wheat, dairy, lanolin, soy and so on. All of their products are made in the UK and are cruelty-free, which many that are also vegan—the one I'm reviewing today isn't because it contains beeswax, but if you're of the vegan persuasion they do have a number of products to choose from.
Ultra Rich Moisture Balm product description:
Providing intense hydration for very dry skin and skin prone to eczema, Ultra Rich Balm supports the skin’s natural barrier function and helps protect it from the drying effects of heat, cold and wind, without blocking pores. Apply anywhere on the body, and sparingly on the face, as a dry, flaky skin moisturiser. It’s also as an excellent intensive treatment for dry hair ends and cracked heels. Great when ski-ing, or to protect ultra-sensitive skin from chlorinated pools.
In other words, this is a multi-purpose barrier cream/balm. I would most likely use something like this to treat dry skin on my body, but you could certainly use it on your face and hair if you're prone to dryness there.
Olea europaea fruit oil*, Butyrospermum parkii butter*, Cocos nucifera oil*, Cera alba*, Hippophae rhamnoides fruit extract (Extra virgin olive oil*, Raw Fairtrade shea butter*, Coconut oil*, Beeswax*, Sea buckthorn fruit extract*) --- *Organically grown & produced (100% of product)
The ingredients are simple, but packed with plant-based emollients and beeswax (which I assume is in there to act as an occlusive, locking moisture in). Sea buckthorn is rich in Omega 7 (Palmitoleic Acid), which supposedly helps rejuvenate dry skin. I would like to note that olive oil and coconut oil can be very comedogenic in some people—they're the types of ingredients that will either make your skin look amazing or break you out like crazy. They don't seem to break me out at all, but YMMV! Test the product on a small patch of skin first if you're not sure.
Ultra Rich Balm is available in two sizes: 6.17 oz ($37 on the North American website) and 1.76 oz ($19). Pricing on the UK website is £9.50/£19 and 13.50€/23€ on the French website.
The balm is housed in a fairly simple plastic jar with an inner plastic lid to help keep things tidy. It's not much to look at, but apparently the jars are made with 100% recycled materials. Cool!
OK, now let's talk about the most important part: The balm itself. When you first open the jar it looks pretty solid, but dip a finger in and it will quickly melt from your body heat. If you scoop a bit out, it looks like this:
Rub it into your skin for a moment and it will turn oily, then sink into your skin completely after a little while.
I tried this on my hands/knees/elbows several times and thought it made them feel softer. Decent enough results, but I wanted to really put this product to the test, so I enlisted the help of my mother. She's 66 years old and has very dry and sensitive skin, so I thought she'd be the perfect candidate for some ultra-rich moisture balm-ing. This was the basic evolution of her experience:
Start: "I put it on and my skin feels oily!"
5 minutes in: "My skin still feels oily, is this normal?"
10 minutes in: "Oh my god, my hand feels so soft now! I'm going to rub this on my face and feet."
20 minutes in: "Oh mah GAWWWWD, my foot is so f***ing soft right now!"
A way with words, she has. She continued to dab it on herself, and the next day she couldn't stop raving about how soft it made her skin feel and how it made the dry flaky patch on her face nearly disappear. She also did an actual happy dance when I told her she could have the rest of what was left in the jar. Conclusion: This product is suitable for dry and sensitive skin, and is especially good for moisturizing flaky patches and cracked heels. And making older ladies happy. F***ing delightful!
One final thing I have to note: This stuff smells... interesting. My mom didn't notice it until I prompted her to sniff the jar closely, but it has a strong (almost savory?) olive oil scent. I wouldn't say that it smells bad, but if you're expecting this to add a lovely bit of perfume to your skincare routine... don't.
Bottom line: If you're prone to dry, flaky skin and like products that are cruelty-free and made with organic ingredients, Odylique's Ultra Rich Moisture Balm is worth checking out.
What do you think of Odylique Ultra Rich Moisture Balm? Could you deal with an olive oil-esque scent in exchange for soft skin?
Disclosure: The product featured in this post was provided to me for review purposes, however any opinions expressed above are honest and my own. I did not receive any other form of compensation. This post contains affiliate links. For more information, check out my full disclosure policy.