Móa The Green Balm
The name might be kind of odd, but the product is great! I ran across this all natural balm when I was looking for something to treat this nasty rash on my hands and arms. And I’m so glad I found it, not just for the rash but for lots of other uses too. It is great that you can use it in so many different ways, plus you don’t have to be worried about what you are smearing on yourself because it is made with natural products that aren’t going to harm you or make your skin feel even worse. It’s also pretty inexpensive, so it won’t harm your credit card balance either.
As I mentioned, I first tried this to address a nasty rash problem I was having. It turned out that eventually I had to pull out the big steroid ointment guns to get rid of the rash, but by then I was hooked on The Green Balm for a bunch of other reasons. I should say though that while it couldn’t get rid of the rash when it was out of control and spreading, once the steroids had beaten the rash into submission, The Green Balm helped me stay rash free and moisturized in a way that other stuff just wasn’t able to do without making the rash come back.
The Móa ingredients are great for your skin because they really focus on making it feel healthy and moisturized without anything scary or nasty. They use 100% natural ingredients, 100% organic herbs, no chemicals, no artificial preservatives, no parabens, no lanolin, no alcohol, and no perfume. They do not do animal testing either. Plus, if you’re a vegetarian, this is good for you too. I think the no alcohol and no perfume are two of the things that really work well for me. I have crazy dry skin that can be quite persnickety when it comes to added perfumes or scents. However, with this my skin just gets all lovely and soft and doesn’t get angry over weird ingredients. Here’s what they have to say about the ingredients:
Each pot of moa the green balm is crammed with organic Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) a herb renowned for its nourishing and healing properties. Combined with tea tree oil, nature’s powerful antiseptic, yarrow creates a miraculous healing synergy with endless therapeutic properties. Finally beeswax, coconut, sweet almond and soy bean oils help to soften, nourish and protect the skin, so you will be soft as a baby’s bottom! We do NOT test our ingredients on our furry little friends.
I’ll be honest, tea tree oil doesn’t smell great, and if there is a weakness with this balm, that is definitely it. It’s got this sort of medicinal scent that isn’t great. Luckily though, it does dissipate after you put it on. And of course, the results are so good that you’ll just put up with the smell anyway, or only wear it at night. All of the ingredients are good for various skin issues though, which means that you can treat a wide variety of problems with this one little pot of balm. I use it for rashes, minor burns, chapped skin, dry skin, cuts or scrapes, hangnails, dry cuticles or nails and general nail health, sunburn, acne, and blisters. I’ve heard you can use it on chapped lips but I’m not sure about that as I haven’t tried it myself. Here’s a list of some uses they claim on their website:
- Soothe dry and itchy skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis
- Treat cold sores and chapped lips
- Apply to sore, red nostrils when you have the sniffles
- Mix with a little hot water and gargle to soothe a sore throat
- Calm sun-burnt or weathered skin ailments; even mild frostbite, so they say
- Help heal minor cuts, sores, bruises and burns
- Use on minor burns from the camp fire
- Use on rope burns and blisters and avoid scarring
- Zap those pesky insect bites and stings
- Use between the toes to help combat athlete’s foot; it’s a ramblers dream-cream!
- Calm inflamed skin after shaving, waxing or threading
- Condition eyelashes and help them grow longer; apply moa everyday!
- Help fade stretch marks after pregnancy
- Soothe your new tattoos or piercings, whilst avoiding infection with anti-bacterial tea-tree
- Moisturise and nourish dry hands, nails and cuticles
- Revive dry ends; apply before shampooing
- Soften dry bits like knees, elbows, feet and heels
- Rub it into dandruff and leave overnight before shampooing
- Magic at removing eye-make-up; safe to use around the eyes
- Kiss goodbye to the dreaded coldsore
- Use Moa as a luxurious hot cloth cleansing balm
And if all of that wasn’t enough, you can use it for cleaning your face, with it being especially useful for those with oily skin, acne, or just dry and sensitive skin. The good thing is that it is safe around your eyes so you can use it to remove your eye makeup, as well as all of your other makeup. To use it as a cleanser, warm it in your hands until it turns into an oil and then massage it into your skin to cleanse. If you’re using it for eye makeup removal just remember to massage it away from your skin. They have a special cleansing kit that includes a bamboo cloth so that you can get the most out of your balm to keep your skin looking and feeling good. I haven’t tried the cloth, but I have used just a plain washcloth as they suggest post-balm cleansing:
- Dip your face cloth in hot water (not too hot), wring it out and press it to your face; steaming away the oil and impurities, whilst sealing in the essential oil goodness.
- Finish by dipping your cloth in cold water, and press the super-soft side to your face; to tone and close the pores…magic!
A little bit of this goes a long way, so don’t get a big bunch of it and try to treat just a little area. Because of the very creamy texture and the oils in it, the balm melts when it comes into contact with your skin and that makes it spread very easily and absorb into the skin quickly without leaving you feeling greasy or yucky in any way. Even when I use it on my face, I find that I don’t need to use very much to work and work quickly, even on clumpy mascara.
This is the perfect travel companion too because the little tub is pretty small – the big size is just 50 ml – and can do so much. I like to travel with multi-tasking products like this to make the most of my small allotment of liquids and gels. This is great for keeping your skin happy during and after flying, which my skin always seems to find as the perfect opportunity to turn to the driest thing on the planet. If I rub in a bit of this on the plane a few times, I find that my skin is feeling much better when I get to my destination. And once I’ve arrived, I use it to keep the dry hotel air from causing me problems too. I will definitely be including this in my kit when we go to New York.
I got my supply of Móa The Green Balm at FeelUnique.com for £9.00 for the 50 ml size. Or, you can get a 15 ml tub for £4.50 from them too. They also have the Móa Daily Cleansing Ritual for £14.99, this includes a 50 ml pot of the balm and a bamboo face cloth. All of the FeelUnique prices include shipping. The other alternative is to buy it direct from the source at TheGreenBalm.com where you can buy all the two sizes and the kit. Through them you can get the 50 ml tub for £9.99, the 15 ml tub for £4.99 and the Daily Cleansing Ritual kit for £14.99; free UK shipping on orders over £5.00. But really, no matter where you choose to purchase it, you should definitely pick some up. It’s great to have on hand for all of your skin health needs.
Just as an aside, the tea tree oil in this balm is super useful because it is a really effective antibacterial and antifungal, so it is good for little skin infections and irritations. I use this balm to keep my nails in shape, however, if you have a nail fungus problem, you can try a bit of 100% tea tree oil on a cotton bud/Q-Tip that you put directly on your nail, twice per day for six months to treat it in a way that is more natural than using something like Lotrimin. WebMD says: Topical application of 100% tea tree oil solution, twice daily for six months, can cure fungal toenail infection in about 18% of people who try it. It can also improve nail appearance and symptoms in about 56% of patients after three months and 60% of patients after six months of treatment. It seems to be comparable to twice daily application of clotrimazole 1% solution (Fungoid, Lotrimin, Lotrimin AF).