Boots Botanics Organic Face Super Balm Photos + Review!!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Hello chummies!

So apparently I was one of the last to know that good old Target now carries No7 and other Boots products (a quick Google search told me this was news back in 2007, yikes!), but I had my own little party regardless.  I'm not sure how on Earth I had missed the Boots section in the past, but now that I've found it, I made sure to buy and try a varied sample of the products offered.

Now, I will just start by saying that my skin has been a bit indecisive of late.  It can't choose between normal, oily or combination, so I'm left with an oily center, a few completely normal bits, and the odd dry patches.  It is for the dry patches that I purchased the Face Super Balm (pretty superhero-ey name, no?).  Now, I'm not sure why I thought this, but I was under the impression that this product would smell like oranges.  I don't know if it was the packaging, or what, but in reality it smells like absolutely nothing.  Not the worst thing it could smell like, mind you!

In terms of effectiveness, I would have to grant it full marks.  It shoots moisture exactly where you apply it, and definitely leaves the skin less flaky.  Where it gets a little confusing is in the "where do I apply this?" department.  On Boots' website, they claim that this shea butter and argan oil balm is ideal for use on elbows and knees.  Hold on, isn't this called a FACE Super Balm??

The bottom line is, wherever you apply this, you'll get a nice surge of added moisture.  I have been dabbing it around my eye area at night to see if it could act as my new eye cream.  For obvious reasons, I wouldn't use this during the day, however the balm does seem to be improving my under eye area a tiny bit.  My dark circles are not as noticeable, and while this may just be down to better eating and more sleep, I wouldn't put it past the magic of the Super Balm!  I have also been applying this in between my eyebrows where I get inexplicably dry this time of year.  It has made the area noticeably smoother after only a short time, and I have less visible flaky skin (gross, I know).

While this may just seem like a souped up version of petroleum jelly (it certainly carries a heftier price tag at $8.99 for just 15g/0.52 oz!), it is definitely not as greasy.  It also contains some things called "active plant extracts" which make it a little rougher than vaseline, and which give it a milk-in-hot-tea appearance (you know, when the milk becomes like undissolved bits?).  I haven't been able to fully discover what exactly the appeal is behind the active plant extracts, but I can imagine it has something to do with the organic-ness of the product, ie; it contains very little to no synthetic ingredients (it does say "95% organic" on the label).  It washes off easily in the morning with even a gentle cleanser, and doesn't leave you overly oily nor disappointingly dry.  Additionally, a little goes a very long way, and although this is a decidedly small product, I'm sure it will see me through this winter, if not through the next one as well!

What products have you found that work best for dry patches?



  1. I really like CO Bigelow Salve (natural and effective) although I think it may be discontinued. I swear we have the same skin haha my skin is a mix between really dry and really oily plus the eyebrow flaking ...happening just now that winter started haha

    Following you :)

    1. Oh wow, thanks for the recommendation! I've found it, and it looks like they have a rose scented one? I'm so there! xx

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