Organic September Day 22: Herbfarmacy Mallow Beauty Balm, Eye Cream & Body Oil
Herbfarmacy Organic Credentials
Herbfarmacy is a Soil Association certified organic brand. The standard set by the Soil Association is that at least 70% of a beauty product’s non-water ingredients must be organically grown and harvested. As well as this the ingredients must be sustainable, not use pesticides (of course), any extracts extracted without chemical solvents, all non-organic ingredients must have a non-GM certificate and pass strict toxicity and biodegradability criteria, must not contain any nanoparticles or irritating or potentially toxic chemicals, and manufacturers must pass an annual inspection and keep detailed production records.
The Herbfarmacy Mallow Beauty Balm is made with 100% organic ingredients. Since we received our review samples, Herbfarmacy has undergone a rebrand and reformulation. Our Herbfarmacy Just Eyes review product and the new Refining Eye Cream both contain 83% organic ingredients. Our Nourishing Body Oil contained 95% organic ingredients, whilst the Enriching Body Oil is 99% organic!
Herbfarmacy Mallow Beauty Balm
I do love a good beauty balm, and Herbfarmacy’s one is fabulous. When used on the face, marshmallow and mullein flowers contained in the balm, work in synergy together to soften fine lines and wrinkles. This is in part thanks to mucilages, or glycoproteins, contained in the mullein flowers.
Herbfarmacy likes to consult their consumers, and this beauty balm has converted some of their cream believers to using this balm regularly instead of cream. One trialist also claimed to see a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles after just one use!
The fragrance that dominates is rose geranium, but grapefruit and ylang-ylang are also in the aromatic mix. There’s a blend of vitamin E rich sunflower seed oil, hydrating jojoba seed oil, nourishing shea butter and humectant beeswax.
As well as using as a face moisturiser, I’ve utilised this on my hands and feet overnight as an intensive moisturisation treatment, on elbows and knees at dry times, as a cuticle nourisher and also before getting on a plane to fly long haul to keep skin hydrated. A great multi-tasker if ever there was one!
The fragrance of this Herbfarmacy Mallow Beauty Balm is simply divine. It’s a combination of sunflower, jojoba, shea butter, rosemary, rose geranium, ylang-ylang and quite a few other ingredients. All of them are 100% organic. This beauty balm is definitely in my top 10 for Organic September, possibly even in my top 5!
I also love how you only need a very small amount of this product and it just melts into the skin, making it very easy to use. My face immediately felt very nourished and very soft. It does take some time to absorb, which is why it’s especially great to use this balm on those extra dry patches of skin and areas such as your knees and elbows.
This facial balm is great. There’s so much product and you need only a little. This was my first time trying a face balm, as I’ve always opted for light moisturising creams and I was extremely surprised by how well it worked. This product takes a while to absorb as its very rich and thick, but when it did, it left my face feeling soft throughout the entire day, and almost gave the same effect as my favourite moisturiser by Dr Organic!
The size is so handy to carry in your makeup bag or purse whilst you’re out and about and want a touch up on some dry areas. I also think this is soft enough to use if you have young children or babies that may suffer from dry skin or eczema.
Herbfarmacy Just Eyes (now Refining Eye Cream)
This cream is so potent! The directions say to dab a tiny amount on the delicate eye area, and it’s true; you only need the smallest amount. As a result, the eye cream lasts for ages.
The formula contains arnica which helps to reduce dark circles, and cornflower to soothe and reduce any irritation, plus Siberian Ginseng to firm the eye area. My eye area is definitely my primary concern when it comes to signs of ageing, and I did find this product effective at reducing my dark circles. I’m not the only one, there are so many positive reviews about this beauty benefit of the product!
Just like the beauty balm, this eye cream smells great. But since I’m only 23 years old I don’t use or need to use an eye cream. I did try this product a couple of times and because it is so fresh and cooling it is very uplifting. This cream is definitely great for those days when you need a little extra help waking up.
However, shortly after using it my eyes did become sensitive and a bit itchy. But I’m not entirely sure if it was the cream, tiredness or just my hay fever picking up again.
Herbfarmacy Nourishing Body Oil (now Enriching Body Oil)
This is a super-rich oil, great for dry and tight skin. It’s really heavy duty and takes a while to absorb into the skin. That said, it’s also highly recommended for massage, and has the right consistency on the skin for you to take your time over the whole massaging process.
If wanting to use as a body oil, definitely apply straight out of the bath or shower to help with absorption, and don’t use too much!
The fragrance is a bright floral citrus, with ylang-ylang and orange dominating, backed up with more herbal notes of lavender and rosemary. The other oils in this product are sunflower seed oil, sweet almond oil, evening primrose oil and hemp oil, all fabulous oils for the skin.
Unlike the other Herbfarmacy products, I’m not a big fan of this body oil. As Rebecca said, it’s a heavy duty oil, which means it’s great for massage or to use on extra dry skin. Even for a body oil, it is very thick and I don’t really like the texture and how it feels on my skin.
I also wanted to mention the packaging of these Herbfarmacy products. The brand recently changed to look of their products and in some cases even the name of the product (‘nourishing body oil’ became ‘enriching body oil’). Obviously, a brand is free to do this whenever they feel the need for an update or upgrade, and although these products still look pretty cute, I prefer the “old” look (which you can see on our photos).
This oil is very rich and you don’t need much at all. It has a gel-like consistency and I’ve found that it takes a while to absorb into the skin even after a shower or bath. I didn’t find this oil moisturising just sticky on the skin. The fragrance reminds me of the Saaf Organics Enriching Hair Oil but slightly stronger. Like Rebecca mentioned, I feel like this product would be perfect for massages but not for everyday use. I wouldn’t use this again as I prefer most of my oils to be very light and quick absorbing but this wasn’t. The packaging, however, is very sleek and luxurious and would look great on your vanity or bathroom shelf.