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  • What is wrong with this handcrafted balm?

    Posted by Bungeye on February 4, 2024 at 8:12 pm

    This formula seems to be missing some key ingredients…what are they?


    Organic ingredients of Plaintain, Hempseed, Wheatgerm, Borage, Rosehip, Evening Primrose, Black Seed, Neem, Flaxseed, Seabuckthorn, Tamanu, Chickweed Botanical Oils, Aloe Vera, Babassu, Argan, Cocoa, Kokum Botanical Butters, Chrysanthellum, Colloidal Oatmeal, Salicylic Acid, MSM, Vit B3, B6, C, D3, Licorice, Grapeseed, ZInc, Honey, Feverfew, Green Tea, Burdock Root, White Clay, Aloe Vera, AHA Fruit Acid, Olive Squalane Botanical Extracts, Tea Tree, German Chamomile, Helichrysum, Lavender, Cade, Celery Seed, Juniper Berry, Manuka, Niaouli, Patchouli, ROsalina, Karanj Seed, Kunzea

    Margaret replied 3 weeks ago 4 Members · 7 Replies
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  • Bungeye

    February 6, 2024 at 7:50 pm

    Lack of preservatives??

  • chemicalmatt

    February 7, 2024 at 11:46 am

    Is this a trick question?😁 Answer: everything, including critical thinking.

    • Bungeye

      February 7, 2024 at 1:35 pm

      Apparently…it is reliant on a synergistic effect between carrier and essential oils. This will determine the fate of this “waterless” balm…

      • This reply was modified 3 weeks, 4 days ago by  Bungeye.
  • ozgirl

    February 7, 2024 at 3:14 pm

    This looks like a list of every possible ingredient they could find 🙄.

    I don’t think there is any right with this list.

  • Margaret

    February 10, 2024 at 6:39 pm

    My guess is they are missing a wax because I don’t see how all of those oils are going to form a semi-solid product, and most balms I’ve seen are quite solid because of wax (usually beeswax). It should also have a hard butter in there like cocoa butter to add to the hardness.


    It just looks a tragic WASTE of ingredients, as written, to MY eyes, but I could be wrong (and often am).

    • Bungeye

      February 11, 2024 at 12:17 am

      I don’t know about you, but I don’t see the word “water” in the formula. I mean, wouldnt you need a special type of emulsifier to incorporate water soluble ingredients into an anhydrous balm?

      And if there WAS water in the balm, they should’ve added a solubilizer to the INCI to accommodate the Essential oils.

  • Margaret

    February 11, 2024 at 10:55 am

    As far as I know, a balm does NOT have water in it, it is ANhydrous = NO water in it. There is probably an omission or error in the list of ingredients.

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