Earthwise Beauty Tigress Face Balm

januar 11, 2018

Are you ready to roar?

Meet Tigress. She has a strong presence. Intense, yet calm and centered. She knows how to wait. Powerful behind a comforting exterior. Wild.

Tigress is a first facial balm from Earthwise Beauty and it is mind-blowingly amazing. When you think of a face balm the first thing that probably pops into your mind is that they are for dry skin. It was the same for me but let me tell you that I was proven time and time again that they are not only for dry skin. Not. At. All. Tigress is such a good example of that becase it was especially created for acne prone skin. Yes, you heard me right. This balm is everything you would wish in a balm if you have congested skin - it's really lightweight (especially for a balm), it is healing and repairing, moisturizing. Very unique & innovative.

I am in awe of the ingredient list. First I have to say that it looks like your typical facial balm. It has a very smooth, soft and creamy consistency that melts on contact with skin. But looks can be deceiving. Tigress is created with so many unique and beautiful ingredients that I can't even handle. I'm exaggerating slightly but I'm not really sure how to express my adoration for this product. There is no Shea or Cocoa Butter, and no Beeswax. These three ingredients are pretty much always a part of facial balms, either one or all three of them. Well, not here. (And please don't think I bash other balms, you know I love them!) Tigress is based on Kokum Butter, which comes from cold-pressing mangosteen kernels (interesting!) and is non-comedogenic, pore minimizing (astringent), and rich in vitamin E, and Ucuuba Butter which supposedly is one of the most healing butters. It is an herbal medicine closet, healing to acne and other microbial skin issues, eczema, and psoriasis. Ucuuba renews collagen and promotes skin tissue regeneration. There is also an array of oils and extracts, like Passionfruit, Babassu, Sapote, Tamanu, Turmeric and more. Find the whole list of ingredients here.

There are two ingredients I was a bit confused to see: polyglyceryl-6 caprylate [emulsifier] and polyglyceryl-3 palmitate [emulsifier]. I wouldn't be me if I wouldn't annoy Ava with questions about ingredients and I was like how come there is a palm oil derivative in the balm? It turns out that Usnea Barbata Lichen Extract or Beard Moss comes with these two additions, as Ava said. She tried extracting Usnea herself, "but the extract wasn't as nice and potent, and with strong medicinal plants, it is safer to go with a standardized extraction from a manufacturer (theirs is from Western Europe) that specializes in such. This way the strength and safety of the product can be measured and tested. The total amount of the Usnea Extract in Tigress is 0.5%." I was reassured with this answer but perhaps in the future a simpler version may be available which would be wonderful. I've never heard of this ingredient before but the Usnea is a group of lichen used by herbalists internally for bronchitis and other microbe-related illnesses. It has antimicrobial benefits and speedy healing and drying up of acne breakouts.

What about the scent? Well, it is not my favourite but I very much appreciate Ava's description of
it and its energetic impact. It's all on their website here but to sum it up, the scent is deep and animalistic but that quickly fades into something soft and mind-quieting & energy-healing. To be more precise, after talking to Ava, I mainly smell Helichrysum. Not sure how to describe it but it is earthy, spicy and almost curry-like.
This ochre-coloured balm is like I said, lightweight and non-comedogenic. It is in fact healing, skin repairing and balancing. It melts instantly and is quickly absorbed into the skin leaving it radiant and glowing, but not greasy or oily. I said that it was created with acne-prone and congested skin types in mind (also psoriasis, rosacea, damaged, mature skin) and let me tell that it sure does wonders on my skin. My skin is more even, I have less tiny bumps & blackheads on my skin and I just adore it. It is also beautifully moisturizing and just oh so stunning. It works great at reducing spots and to some extent even redness. I've been using it in the evenings for about two months or so and it really delivers. I can't rave about it enough!

Tigress Facial Balm is cruelty free, vegan, handcrafted, 100% natural, preservative-free. It is expensive so I recommend a sample first. If you want to order it, you can use my affiliate code "Loveliness" to receive 15% off your order. Get it here.

P.S. Ava is working on one or two new balms so Earthwise Beauty will have a selection of balms for all skin types. Exciting!

With love,

Jana xx

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