How is Seed Soft Balm different from other natural skin care balms?
Last week, we shared the amazing benefits of new Seed Soft Balm, as well as all of the different ways to use it.
Today, we're sharing 5 ways Seed Soft Balm differs from other natural skin care balms on the market. Keep reading, and we do specific product comparisons.
1. Most skin balms on the market are not plant-based. They nearly always contain beeswax, which is not vegan. We are committed to making sure, as we always have, that each and every Seed product is vegan.
2. Abyssinian seed? A horehound infusion? These are unique to Seed Soft Balm. We experimented, researched for a very long time, and worked hard to create a formula featuring a blend of precious oils and butters that truly deliver.
3. Double butter recipe. Shea butter is our #1 ingredient. We also use an abundance of skin pampering cocoa butter. Choosing high quality rich, decadent butters and putting them right at the beginning of our ingredients list was important to us -- because these natural butters are of importance to your skin.
4. Balms are designed to provide your skin with intense hydration. Seed Soft Balm is not "just" a balm, though. YES, it moisturizes and does so extremely well, but it also delivers antioxidant protection and skin healing benefits -- myriad benefits -- making it an expert multitasker!
5. Yes, Seed Soft Balm is a luxury skin balm. While there are other luxury body balm products out there. they tend to feature long ingredients lists that include “everything but the kitchen sink” -- a long ingredients list doesn’t equate to a better product. It has a greater chance of causing skin reactions, and that is something we are very mindful of here at Seed.
Looking for specifics? Keep reading~
There is a method to our madness. Have you ever noticed that "everything but the kitchen sink" approach to formulation that I mentioned above? When you look at labels, there are something more than 20 ingredients in a single product! More doesn't equal better. Actually, the truth is that when you throw in many different oils and botanicals, they can counteract each other's effects, reducing the benefits. We don't want that. They also are MUCH more likely to cause an allergic response.
We are very purposeful when we create new products. The ingredients need to have an impact and make a real difference in your skin. Otherwise, those ingredients are just unnecessary fillers. When there is an ingredient in a Seed product, we want you to know WHY it was chosen, WHAT it will do for your skin and HOW it works.
Here are some popular natural body balm products available today.
BALM 1 - Badger Balm (Original, $7.99 for 2 oz. or just under $4 per ounce)
Ingredients: Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), *Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, *Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Extract and *Gaultheria Procumbens (Wintergreen) Leaf Oil.
BALM 2 - One Love Organics Waterless Skin Savior Balm ($49, 1.8 oz = cost of $27.22 per ounce)
Ingredients: Cocos Nucifera (virgin Coconut) Oil*, Glycine Soja (sweet Soy) Seed Oil*, Cera Alba (beeswax)*, Simmondsia Chinesis (jojoba) Seed Oil*, Jojoba Esters, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (orange) Peel Wax, Mangifera Indica (mango) Seed Butter*, Salvia Hispanica (chia) Seed Extract (and) Rosmarinus Officinalis (rosemary) Leaf Extract*, Avena Sativa (oat Kernel Oil), Limnanthes Alba (meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract.*
BALM 3 - Kahina Giving Beauty ($48, 1 ounce = cost of $48 per ounce)
Ingredients: Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil*, Apis Mellifera (Beeswax) Wax*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Nut Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Nut Butter*, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Nut Butter, Daucus Carota (Carrot) Seed Oil, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil*, Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot) Peel Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil, Citrus Paradisi (Pink Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Leaf/Flower Oil*, Backhousia Citriodora (Lemon Myrtle) Leaf Oil, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Leaf Oil, Santalum Spicatum (Sandalwood) Wood Oil, Melissa Officinalis (Balm) Leaf Extract, Vetiveria Zizanioides (Vetiver) Root Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Bud Oil*, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract*, Cuminum Cyminum (Cumin) Seed Oil, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*
OURS: Seed Body Care Soft Balm ($19.95, 2 ounces = cost of $9.98 per ounce)
Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Copernicia prunifera (Carnauba) wax, Crambe Abyssinica (Abyssinian) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice Bran) Oil & Marrubium Vulgare (Horehound) Extract, Tocopherol
with Lavender Essential Oil: Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Essential Oil
with Peppermint Essential Oil: Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil
How do they compare?
While one of these products is very affordably priced, it lacks precious butters and oils to pamper the skin. While it is in no way a bad product, it lacks any special skin care and pampering benefits. It also contains wintergreen oil, which is contraindicated in nursing and pregnant moms, those with aspirin allergies, strawberry allergies, asthmatics, and those with epilepsy.
The other two balms both contain beeswax. They are not vegan friendly. One of them contains more than 20 ingredients, making it much more likely to cause an allergic response. More ingredients does NOT make a product better. Plus, when it comes to the cost, neither of the more expensive balms contains ingredients that would justify a cost of nearly $30 and $48 per ounce, respectively.
You do not have to spend a fortune for high-end caliber skin care. Be an informed consumer. Have you tried Seed Soft Balm yet? Let us know your thoughts!
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