Most beauty products are designed with a specific target in mind, a beauty bullseye of sorts. Rich moisturisers for thirsty skin. Hand cream for dry mitts. Lip balms for cracked lips. But, not all are a one hit wonder; some are particularly clever when it comes to their functionality and serve multiple purposes on multiple parts. Enter the Beauty Balm. A gloriously handy ointment to salve your beauty soul in times of despair (read: chapped lips, flakey skin, sketchy cuticles). Not confined to one mission, these trusty tubes and pots are suitable for topical application on a myriad of areas, and for a myriad of uses. They have also swung back into fashionable favour thanks to some clever marketing from Glossier; with the very pink, very chic, and now very sparkly Dotcom Balm catapulting the humble salve back into the beauty stratosphere, introducing it to a whole new generation.
And whilst those now iconic tubes are still not avaiilable in Australia, here are six of the greatest to appease your ailments – far and wide. Meet the Beauty Mrs Fix-Its.
LANOLIPS 101 OINTMENT MULTIPURPOSE SUPERBALM
Meet Lanolips’ hero, the 101 Ointment. As its name would suggest, this skin superstar works from top to toe, quite literally. Made of a dense, lanolin balm that seals in moisture, its uses transcend those of the superficial variety, including: dry cuticles, cracked heels, dry nasal passages, windburn, cold-chapped cheeks, dry brittle nails, paper cuts, insect bites, even keeping stray brows in place. This little miracle worker, that holds 200% of its weight in water, is just the thing to break out in case of emergency.
Lanolips 101 OINTMENT MULTIPURPOSE SUPERBALM, $15. SHOP NOW
tHE BEAUTY CHEF BEAUTY FIX IT BALM
The ultimate multi-tasker, this Certified Organic, natural balm does it all (almost). Carla Oates’ Beauty Fix combines nourishing botanical oils with a unique fermented coconut extract and a blend of seeds and grains, for an ointment rich in amino acid peptides, vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids that works to soothe, smooth and soften. Of course, The Beauty Chef ’s unique bio-fermentation process, Flora Culture™, is involved, and super-charges the formula, helping to hydrate skin and synthesise collagen. Be it on lip, under eye, as a daily moisturiser or skin salve for dry hands, nails, feet, heels, knees or elbows; this little pot of magic will fix it– whatever it may be. It also smells – and tastes – delicious, should you accidentally palate it. Don’t worry, it’s so natural, it doesn’t bite.
THE BEAUTY CHEF BEAUTY FIX IT BALM, $25. SHOP NOW
AMAZONIAN SAVIOUR MULTI-PURPOSE BALM
With superhero cape on, this multi-tasker not only intensely nourishes severely dry skin, revives the appearance of tattoos and improves scarring, it also has a philanthropic backbone. Every sale of the Balm is used to help build Bio-Bridges around the world, to support conservation and help communities to live more sustainably. Inspired by its namesake, the 100% natural-origin formula is enriched with potent oils and waxes like Community Trade organic babassu oil and andiroba oil; ingredients different societies in the Amazon have relied on to nurture damaged and tattooed skin for centuries, and now, in our own.
Amazonian Saviour Multi-Purpose Balm, $20. SHOP NOW
RMS BEAUTY SIMPLY VANILLA LIP AND SKIN BALM
The natural skincare brand has cultivated somewhat of a cult following of the years (Miranda Kerr is a fan), and this versatile balm is a knight in their shining armour. Spiked softly with pure vanilla, this multipurpose balm combines Shea butter and Argan oil to heal and hydrate patchy, problem skin, unsolicited cuticles, dry lips and even fill any laugh lines or crows feet – gentle enough to use around the eye area. Simply Vanilla, and simply splendid.
RMS Beauty Simply Vanilla Lip and Skin Balm, $36. SHOP NOW
LA ROCHE-POSAY CICAPLAST BAUME B5
For the French pharmacy brand, sensitive skin and epidermic conditions, such as dermatitis, are its beauty bread and butter. Highly efficacious and immensely soothing, this baume is a saviour for those sensitive souls. Combining Panthenol with Madecassoside, it repairs and soothes dryness, cracks, redness, roughness, even superficial burns, and can be applied anywhere, such is its tolerance to all skin types and conditions. This guy doesn’t discriminate, and will have you healing in no time.
La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5, $36. SHOP NOW
JOSIE MARAN COSMETICS INFINITY INTENSIVE CREAM OIL
A wonder-worker, this cream-oil hybrid takes multi-tasking to the next level. From alleviating sunburn, to deflating under-eye puffiness, to hydrating dry skin, to fighting the frizz; this balm is packed with natural oils, butters, fruit and nut extracts. It even doubles as a primer and highlighter, with a lustrous, colourless sheen for those times you need a makeup pick-me-up, too.
Josie Maran Cosmetics Infinity Intensive Cream Oil, $40. SHOP NOW
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