A few months ago I spotted a post on Facebook by Formula Botanica about a graduate success story. Graduates Elsie Rutterford and Dominika Minarovic are founders of the Clean Beauty Co and a brand called BYBI Beauty which currently has a range of five products. They have also authored a natural beauty recipe book called Clean Beauty that can help you whip up your own products using everyday ingredients. These ladies are killing it!
At the time of my discovery, BYBI had only two products on the market so I decided to give their debut product, a multitasking beauty balm called Babe Balm, a try first. I love a good multi use product and the ingredients really hooked me in. Having been a student of Formula Botanica myself, I am always keen to try products with interesting ingredients.
The main base for the balm is kokum butter which is a healing, hydrating and anti oxidant ingredient from an indigenous South Indian tree. Babe Balm also features Coenzyme Q10 which is a strong antioxidant as well, and helps to fight free radicals whilst protecting the skin’s collagen and elastin supply. To top it off, there are some great oils in the line up including camellia, sunflower, coconut and pequi oil, which is where the balm gets its delicious smell. It’s 100% natural, vegan and cruelty free.
So what do you use the Babe Balm for? Sometimes, multi use products can have too many uses and you end up not really knowing what to do with them. The peachy coloured Babe Balm is marketed as a highlighter, moisturiser and cleanser. I think it’s too nice to use as a cleansing balm so I typically use it on my arms to treat keratosis pilaris (see my past post for more on this), on my face as primer before foundation, a highlighter, to set my brows in place, as a lip balm, for cuticles, hands, feet, knees and elbows.
What always draws me to it is the smell and how soft it makes my skin. I keep the jar on my bedside table and before I go to sleep I slather it anywhere I need a bit of extra hydration. I sometimes leave it on my face overnight as a sleep mask and wake up with the softest baby skin. I think it says a lot that I am half way through the jar and it has only been 3 months. This never happens with multi purpose balms.
The glass jar packaging is not particularly portable but thankfully it has been repackaged into biodegradable tubes in 30ml and 60ml versions. I’d love to be able to take it with me in my handbag or for travelling. I think that’s where a multi use product would come in really handy, when you don’t want to pack too much and need something that does almost everything!
I purchased the Babe Balm at Content Beauty which is a UK retailer with free shipping to Australia. It took a while to arrive so lucky for us Queensland based Clean Beauty Market will be stocking the whole BYBI range on their online and brick & mortar store which are set to open on the 29th September.
I love the Babe Balm and I think the ingredients, packaging, colour and texture put this product ahead of others. It’s fresh and unique in every way. I hope you enjoyed my review and I would love to hear about your favourite multi purpose balms. Leave a comment below, email me or connect with me on Instagram and Facebook.
Next week: A natural serum foundation review.