The Balm to the Rescue!
The Balm range is a retro-look range very similar to Benefit - which also coincidentally hails from San Francisco.
Marissa Shipman, the Founder and CEO realised that she wanted a few products that could do a LOT of things - figured other women would want the same - and so she made her own. As you do.
The Balm to the Rescue is a vegan lip treatment that gives ALL net profits to Pug Rescue - Marissa's dog; Eloise 'Wheezie' Shipman is given her own title as Chief Pet Officer on the Balm website.
I have a few confessions to make:
1. I'm not vegan
2. I'm not vegetarian
3. I'm not even a lacto-vegetarian
4. I think pugs are overrated - if you want a dog - get a DOG
5. I'm a cat woman (well, person - not like Batman, you know what I mean...)
Regardless, I'm all for any charitable works and hate cruelty of any nature - so the ethos is fine by me - also - rather hypocritically, I remember being repulsed years ago when I worked for Aveda and they launched their Uruku lipstick with the USP that the average woman EATS 12lbs of lipstick in their lifetime. Vile.
So nice to have a product that you COULD eat - if you were that way inclined...
The product itself comes in a very nice and useful silver compact with a good sized mirror.
The Balm feels nice going on and the 'micro-exfoliating crystals' don't really feel obtrusive and DO soften the lips. It contains a mix of 10 oils and waxes including peppermint which keeps it fresh but doesn't make it KAPOW on your lips like some.
I even spread it up towards my nose this week when the constant blowing/sneezing/wheezing took hold - attractive I know.
It has been the perfect balm to have around the house while my entire family have been suffering from spring colds and/or hayfever.
In fact, it has been commandeered by Mr Mouth. So much so that when I took it back to write about it he said 'where's my dog balm gone? It's MINE.'
The 'dog balm'.