If ever there were an ultimate slow-beauty product, the balm would have to be it.  Balms- healing, hydrating, luxuriously thick with oils - are the true opposite of the spray-on-sink-in-quick-dry-chemically-propelled and fractionated lotions that crowd the conventional market.  A mix of oils, waxes, and sometimes butters, balms generally contain no water and have been used for centuries to heal, soothe, moisturize, fragrance, and smooth skin.  Many are thick and occlusive enough to create a protective barrier for skin, almost like a band-aid but decidedly more pleasant.


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