For many years I had used petroleum jelly for a multitude of uses, from lip balm to soothing cracked heels, but over the last few years I've been trying to use more natural products, ones that don't rely on the oil industry and Lush Ultrabalm is definitely my go to product.
When dying my hair, instead of rubbing petroleum jelly around the hairline to prevent the dye (henna) from staining my skin, I use Ultrabalm. The results are just as good as the gloopier jelly, but not only does it feel and smell nicer, but it is also easier to remove.
Lips suffering the effects of the cold, wind or too much sun, gently rub your finger over the surface of the Ultrabalm and there's plenty to moisturise your lips and while not as pleasant as some lip balms it's a lot more pleasant than the ones from Vaseline
Spending much of my life barefoot, the skin on the soles of my feet is particularly dry and yes it does occasionally crack. Add psoriasis in to this mix and the doctor prescribes me a particularly unpleasant intensive moisturiser, that I rarely use. Instead I use Ultrabalm, needing the tiniest amount to cover my feet, I then put socks on and leave it overnight. I won't say the dry skin vanishes, but it does soothe and soften the skin. I also use this on other patches of dry skin, my knees, elbows and the patches of psoriasis behind my ears. Not a miracle cure by any means by at least as good as anything bar steroids my GP can prescribe.
As Ultrabalm only contains Jojoba Oil, Candelilia Wax and Rose wax rather than any nasty skin irritants or chemicals, I also use it on the rest of the family, in much the same way as I would petroleum jelly or an intensive moisturiser It's brilliant on my five year old son's eczema, helping soothe the itchiness and keeping his skin moisturised. It's also brilliant as a nappy cream, really good in fact, not only soothing but also creating a barrier against the pee and poop. Even better it is completely cloth nappy safe unlike most nappy barrier creams. I find if I use this at the very first sign of a slightly red bum, by the next nappy change it's done it's magic and the redness has vanished. Even with repeated uses, it hasn't affected the absorbency of the cloth nappies either.
Even with all these different uses a tin of Ultrabalm seems to last forever, I've had my current tin for around three months and at a guess I've used a quarter of the tin.
Although expensive, Ultrabalm is a fantastic, all-purpose balm and moisturiser. Gentle, yet hard-working it is one of a very few products that I simply could not do with out. So I've no hesitation in recommending it whether you need a lip balm, intensive moisturiser or even cloth safe nappy cream.
Ultrabalm is essentially the Lush version of Vaseline. It's made with just three natural ingredients and is presented in an attractive looking 45g tin. The balm is a multi purpose balm so you can use it for a whole load of skin complaints/ conditions. I use the balm as a lip balm when my lips are suffering from the drying effects of winter weather. The balm instantly soothes my lips, protecting them from the cold and wind. The balm isn't greasy at all, although it is very moisturising. It's nice to have a balm that is moisturising without feeling greasy and luckily this one fits the bill nicely.
I also use the balm as a barrier cream for applying hair colourant. The balm stops the dye from staining my skin and it is easy to remove from the skin after use. The balm can easily be removed with damp cotton wool. I also use the balm as a tattoo healing balm. Last summer I had a butterfly tattoo on my left hip and I used this balm on the tattoo following a recommendation from a friend. My tattoo healed within days and the balm kept it looking bright and vibrant from start to finish. It still looks good today, along with my other fifteen tattoos!
I also use it to tame my unruly eyebrows, condition my eyelashes and I have even used it as a night cream when my facial skin was especially dry. It worked a treat!
At almost £9 this balm may seem expensive but it lasts ages and the tin is just the perfect size to carry around with you. Just be careful with it as it can dent really easily, like mine has done before.
The balm is handmade, free from animal testing and suitable for all skin types. I'd recommend it. In fact, I couldn't live without it. It'd definitely be my desert island product!
A great all round natural balm.
When I bought my Lush legends gift set this was suppoed to have a 10g tub of this ultra balm inside, to my dismay mine was missing from my set. With that I emailed the manager of Lush Lincoln where I had purchased my item and was sent through to the Lush customer care where they replaced my missing items. When my package arrived they had sent full sized products rather then the ones that was supposed to be in the gift set with a few extra goodies too, my ultra balm balm ended up being a 45g tub with is considerably bigger than the 10g, yay.
At first glace to me I just thought this was a lip balm and nothing more because I haven't read up about the product or hadn't even seen it before. Reading up before using it, Lush state this is a multi purpose balm which can be used for the lips, any dry skin areas, for lashes and eyebrows and for lining your hair line when dyeing your hair. I'll admit I haven't tested this out in all the areas it says it can be used but I have done a fair few.
The ultra balm contains three key ingredients as to why it is so great and versatile, it includes rose wax, organic jojoba oil and candelilla wax. These ingredients are perfect for moisturising and this is a vegan alternative to paraffin wax. Candelilla wax can be found in other lip balms and creams to help sooth colds. Rose wax helps to soothe cracked skin and soothes skin irritations. Jojoba oil has anti-inflammatory properties and is great as a moisturiser. These three ingredients altogether make a really versatile product that works extremely well and it's completely natural.
When opening this product at first glace this seems just like a Vaseline type product, it is yellow in colour when the product is in the tub when when taking out a small amount on the finger it is more of a cloudy clear colour. I first used this on my lips, I dipped my finger int he top of this and rubbed it between two fingers and then proceeded to apply to my lips, this has a similar texture to Vaseline only I found that this was a little stickier and felt thicker whereas Vaseline is more compact in the tub and you have to rub it to get a sufficient amount on the finger.
I really didn't like the feel of this on my lips and no matter how little I put on I always felt that I was putting too much on, that being said it did exactly as it should. My lips were softened and I did have a little bit of dry skin but that soon went after using this a couple of times so it really did moisturise them however I don't use this on my lips anymore because I just can't stand to apply it and wear it because I am a little weird.
I have used this many other ways however, at work my hands can get very irritated what with all the different chemicals and various tasks I have to used my hands for and so far I haven't found a hand cream that would take the irritation and the itch away so i thought id give this a bash and it worked amazingly, I only used a tiny amount possibly and I worked the product all over my hands fingers balms and my wrists and this was where all the irritation is and it wasn't even a minute before the itch went away, my hands had been instantly soothed by this and it soaked in really quickly which meant I could just carry on with my work and tasks that had to be done.
I have read that people are using this to style hair, to line hair for dying, for sore noses during a cold and other various things that involved cracked and irritated skin. Overall I think this product will last me a really long time as next to nothing is needed at any one time but I won't be using it on my lips, the only way I would use it is when my hands start to flare up but this is a really great product and one I will consider buying again when it is all gone.
Ultrabalm is Lush's version of Vaseline, except that this version does NOT contain petroleum jelly.
This balm is made with just THREE natural ingredients and the 45g tin lasts AGES as a little goes such a long way with this beauty. The balm is clear and transparent in colour and it doesn't really smell of anything. It does look like Vaseline but this balm seems creamier in consistency and it's much better for the skin compared to Vaseline and Sudocrem. It lasts longer too.
Be careful with the tin though as it dents easily!
The balm can be used to tame eyebrows, soothe sore and/ or irritated skin, solve nappy rash, as a barrier cream for hair dye application and it can of course be used on hands and/ or cuticles to soften them. It is a great all-round skin balm that is versatile and great value. It does cost around £8 for one tin, which IS expensive, however the balm is 100% natural. It can also be used as a tattoo healing balm. I use it for this purpose as I am a huge fan of body ink. The balm speeds up the healing process and it leaves fresh tattoos looking bright, healthy and colourful!
Much better compared to Vaseline.
Ultrabalm is a multi purpose balm which can be used for an incredible amount of different purposes. The product is basically a moisturiser, however it can be used any where on the body. It's essentially a lip balm, nail and cuticle cream, hand cream, foot cream, etc all in one. Other uses include helping to soothe and heal tattoos, keeping eyebrows tame and in place, relieving discomfort from cuts, grazes and sun burn, moisturising dry skin and plenty more!
Lush don't make any silly or hard to believe claims with this product, they simply state on their website that Ultrabalm gives dry patches moisture and is a multi purpose product.
Believe it or not, this miracle cream only has three products, and not only are all of them are natural but they're organic too! Organic jojoba oil, rose wax and candelilla wax are all blended together and each has their own positive feature, for example jojoba oil is able to help balance oily skin, acts as a moisturiser and absorbs well. Rose wax basically creates a barrier on the skin to lock in moisturiser, and also helps to keep skin soft and smooth. Candelilla wax, an unusual sounding ingredient, is proven to help treat inflamed skin. I have used steroid creams for years with my eczema, and this stuff is pretty much the natural equivalent.
**Price, Value For Money and Availability**
This is priced at £8.25 for a 45 gram tin. The price did put me off at first, however I am glad that I bought it and in hindesight this is an absolute bargain and great value for money because not only is it an amazing product but because a tin lasts for ages! You seriously only need a tiny amount for effective moisturisation and results can soon be seen even after a few days! I've had my tin for around 6 months and it looks almost untouched, so I do think this is very good value for money. Ultrabalm is obviously a Lush product, so can only be found in Lush stores and on their website, however the odd one may pop up on places like eBay.
Ultrabalm comes in a generously sized 45 gram metal tin which looks just like a large lip balm tin. The tin's silver with a black sticker which fills the lid. The sticker has the product name in white font along with a brief product description and of couse the Lush logo. The lid is easy to get off and put back on, and the tin is full to the brim with product. The packaging is definetly unisex and it's simply but stylish, I don't think it's ugly and it doesn't look out of place on my dressing table. I love that the packaging closes securely and small enough to fit into my handbag as this way I can use it anywhere I want, I often take it with me when I go out as I would a lip balm or lip stick so I am able to top up on it when desired.
**Smell and Texture**
The texture of this is really nice, it's got almost the same texture as vaseline but it's slightly creamier without as much of a greasy feel. It also isn't as heavy feeling as vaseline and has a very lightweight feel to it, meaning it sinks into my skin much faster and doesn't leave any traces of greasiness or wetness behind which is a plus. The texture is easy to smooth onto my skin evenly and it doesn't drag on my skin at all. It doesn't have a distinct smell, and the smell isn't very strong, but it's pleasant. I can't put my finger on what it is but it's very natural smelling. It's not a scent that lingers and it really is barely noticeable unless you lift the pot right to your nose. I don't mind that the smell isn't prominant as that way I don't worry about it clashing with the scent of my body butter or perfume.
I bought this around 6 months ago. A friend had reccomended a product to be which supposedly helped get rid of dry and inflamed skin, as I suffer with eczema on my arms. I went into my local Lush store and an employee reccomended this to me, stating that it was a very versatile product so even when my eczema had cleared up I would still be able to use it for other purposes. I have been using this pretty much daily and have nothing but praise for it. It's a lovely alternative to vaseline and is much more effective too. It's a brilliant healing balm and reduces red inflammation succesfully too. I was a little concerned that if I used it on sore, inflamed skin that it may sting and make it worse, however this stuff is extremely soothing and I had no adverse reactions to it. With my eczema, I often have small scabs left behind that take a while to heal, but ultrabalm got rid of them ridiculously quickly!
I also use Ultrabalm as a lip balm, and it's brilliant! It sinks into my lips very quickly and doesn't leave them looking shiny or feeling greasy - it's very matte (yet still incredibly moisturising) so is ideal as a lipstick base to keep your lips hydrated. Another thing I use this for is moisturising my elbows and knees, as I find that this is more intense and effective than my body butters. I only need a tiny bit and it spreads evenly onto my skin and absorbs within a minute or so, leaving my skin soft, smooth and moisturised.
As I have already briefly mentioned, this is most certainly a unisex product, and despite it being a Lush product (which people often mistake as being a cosmetic type store for women), my boyfriend likes Ultrabalm almost as much as me! He used this stuff to help heal his new tattoo and keep the inflamation at bay, and he couldn't prase it enough! I also bought my mum a tin of this for Christmas, as she's always complaining about her nails and cuticles. I was going to buy her the lemony flutter cuticle cream however thought this was better value as it has multiple uses. She has been using it daily and when I asked her a second ago, she said she has definetly noticed an improvement and is proud of her nails now rather than wanting to hide them all the time.
I think this product is amazing, and I can't reccomend it enough! It is such good value for money and is extremely versatile. I love that the ingredients is completely natural and it's a lovely (and more effective) alternative to body butters and vaseline.
Lush is a beauty store that sells gorgeous handmade products that look and smell good enough to eat. For whatever beauty crisis you may be having, the answer can be found lurking in their shop. And this product seems capable of solving a whole host of beauty dilemmas.
Ultrabalm is a balm with a difference. Its purpose is to moisturise and replenish any area of your body that is excessively dry and in need of hydration. You can kiss goodbye to chapped lips, cracked hands, dry elbows, knees and heels once you've smothered them with Ultrabalm. It even helps to relieve discomfort on cuts and scrapes and soothes any irritations you may have on your skin. Lips are not able to produce any moisture of their own so they need a little help from you. This balm is like a modern day Vaseline... Only better.
This product is happily petroleum free. Petroleum isn't absorbed by the skin and performs only a quick fix to chapped skin which is short lived. Also it stops your lips and skin from breathing so it actually causes more damage. Petroleum literally means rock oil. It is a crude oil otherwise known as a fossil fuel. Not a good thing to be using on the lips or body and sadly is found in many beauty products that people use everyday.
Ultrabalm is made only using plant waxes which are naturally good ingredients and nothing else. They have mixed together organic jojoba oil and candelilla wax to form a vegan friendly alternative to beeswax. The balm covers your skin with a barrier which protects the area where it is applied and locks in moisture.
How does it work? As jojoba oil is similar to the oils which is secreted by our own skin, it is easily absorbed and tolerated by our bodies, including the bodies of people with sensitive skin. It is a light oil so there is minimum greasiness and it is highly moisturising. Jojoba oil promotes healing in many different ways and it discourages the growth of bacteria that may occur on cuts and scrapes. It also helps the skin to become less oily as it tricks your body into thinking it has produced enough oil already. Jojoba oil also contains many nutrients including vitamin E.
The candelilla wax is therapeutic and helps to treat inflammations of the skin and has been known to help with acne and psoriasis. Its other purpose is give the balm its consistency. The job of the Rose wax is to form a barrier which will prevent moisture from escaping from the skin and locking it inside. This wax is also said to have anti aging properties. Its main purpose in this balm is to sooth the skin.
This balm comes in a silver tin, similar to a Vaseline tin and the balm is honey coloured. It's not cheap and will set you back around £7 for 45g making it way more expensive than Vaseline and one of Lushes most expensive balms. As Vaseline contains petroleum, you'll have to decide between applying crude oil to your body or paying the price.
When applying this balm to the lips, it has a slightly gritty feel which is a little unpleasant but fades with time as the product is absorbed. It is not really scented which is unusual for a Lush product and really just smells like a waxy candle.
Although this product is expensive, it can be used to help you in so many ways that it is worth the price and it is fairly long lasting. It has helped my lips to become soft, smooth and they are no longer chapped. It has also made my knees and elbows softer than they've ever been. And as there is nothing but plant waxes in the product, you're skin will thank you too.
Organic Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis), Candelilla Wax (Euphorbia cerifera), Rose Wax (Rosa damascena)
I recently picked up a Cyclists' Repair Kit from Lush, and inside was a small sample tub of a new product, Ultrabalm. Ultrabalm is "lubrication for the nation", a balm for "bits that chap and chafe". Basically it's Vaseline.
By which, I mean it isn't - Vaseline is petroleum jelly, while Ultrabalm is suitable for vegans, and contains only three ingredients: jojoba oil, candelillia wax and rose wax. Like Vaseline, however, Ultrabalm is a multi-use product which you'll wonder how you ever did without.
The natural plant oils and waxes in the product all add to the effect of the balm. Candelilla wax and jojoba oil acts as a vegan alternative to beeswax, creating a barrier on the skin. Jojoba oil is light, moisturising and easily absorbed. Rose wax helps to soothe irritations.
I myself have found the following uses for Ultrabalm over the last few weeks:
1. Lip balm - I find the product is slightly too greasy to use as an everyday lip balm, but it's ideal to smoothe on lips before bed as an extra-moisturising treat, or after using a lip scrub.
2. Hair dye barrier cream - before dyeing my hair I applied some Ultrabalm along my hairline and it helped prevent the dye dyeing my skin.
3. Dry skin cream - I've used the product on my elbows, which have a constant dry skin problem, and my elbows have never been softer!
4. Sunburn soother - I'm normally very careful about the sun, but a few weeks ago I managed to get sunburnt on the tops of my feet, of all places. I applied Ultrabalm and left my feet overnight, and their condition had much improved by morning.
5. Eyebrow tamer - smooth a little over your eyebrows to keep them in place.
6. Eyelash conditioner - apply a little to your eyelashes to prevent them becoming brittle, as can happen if you use mascara.
7. Eczema soother - I get occasional eczema patches on my wrists and inside my elbows, and this product really helps to soothe them.
8. Cuts and scrapes - so long as they're not too deep, Ultrabalm really soothes them.
The product has a faint natural smell that I can't really place - it's not unpleasant, that's all I can say!
It's so versatile and useful that I can't imagine not having it around. Once my little tin runs out, I'll be taking it straight to Lush to get my £1 off the full-size tin! It's good for the environment too, unlike using petroleum jelly!
Ultrabalm costs £7.50 for the 45g tin (or £6.50 if you have the little tin you get in the Cyclists' Repair Kit!).
I bought Lush Ultrabalm on a whim, I love all of the lip balms that I have tried and even some of the solid fragrances work well with my skin, so when I read that Ultrabalm can be used in a variety of ways such as a lip balm, a cream to sore irritations and so on.
Ultrabalm is sold in a small metal tin, similar to the tins that the lip balms are sold in and the solid fragrances, though both of those products are sold in 10g tins and retail around £5. Ultrabalm can be found in 45g tin and retails at £7.50 so whilst it is quite expensive you are getting 4 times more product for your money but to put that into perspective when the tin is in my hand it is almost the size of my palm of my hand and about an inch high.
The tin itself is not very exciting; it is metallic in colour and circular in shape. On the top of the lid is a sticker which states clearly in white lettering on a black background the name of the product - Ultrabalm and then underneath it says "for bits that chap and chafe" and then once you have removed the lid, which is done by simply twisting it and pulling it at the same time, much like opening a tin of Vaseline, inside the first thing you see is a balm which is slightly darker in colour than Vaseline in that it is more peachy coloured.
When it comes to using Ultrabalm it is probably one of the most versatile products that Lush have ever produced. Since purchasing it over 3 weeks ago I have used it as a lip balm until I can decide which one I want to buy next, as a balm for my elbows where the skin gets quite chaffed, on the heels of my feet where I had a blister and it was quite sore, I've also used it as a substitute for my clear mascara and in the last few days I developed a rash on the top of my hand which is the result of an allergic reaction to some new soap at work and because I had nothing in my bad to stop the itching, I looked at the Lush website and saw that one of the ingredients Rose Wax is listed as soothing irritations and it worked perfectly and stopped my itching. With some thought into this product I am sure it can be used for many other purposes, but having only used it for 3 weeks those are just the few of the purposes I have used it for.
Many Lush products come with a list as long as your arm for ingredients used and in this case Ultrabalm has just three ingredients. The first ingredient is Candelilla Wax which is used in many lip balms and also in cold cream formulations, eye products such as mascara and eye liner. Next is Rose Wax which I have mentioned briefly already in that it helps soothe irritations, but Rose Wax also helps with cracks and irritations on the skin using its natural antiseptic to soothe and heal. The final ingredient is Jojoba Oil which acts as a moisturiser on the skin and works alongside the natural sebum your skin produces. Jojoba Oil also has anti-inflammatory properties which also work well on the skin to help soothe irritations and skin problems. So with all of those products together you are probably wondering what this products smells of, as was I when I first opened the tin. Sadly, for a Lush product Ultrabalm is one of the least smelliest of all the Lush products I have ever used, so for those people who don't like smelly Lush products this is a bonus for you. However, there is a slight aroma to this product but you really do have to smell closely to pick up the sweet scent which is also quite floral but not overly so and as I say unless you smell it closely enough you probably wouldn't notice an aroma at all, which in that sense makes it very similar smelling I think to Vaseline.
When you do use this balm, you apply it to yourself as you would with products like Vaseline or a lip balm. The balm itself is slightly greasy when you first apply it to your skin, but as soon as you massage it into the skin it dissolves into the skin and completely disappears leaving behind soft smooth skin. If you are using this as a lip balm and your lips are quite chaffed, I would advise that using a lip scrub to remove dead skin cells and loose skin from the lips before applying this balm. When applying it to any other body part such as your elbows, as I did, you might find you don't need as much as this balm as you anticipate you might need because this spreads itself quite well on the skin. Finally as a replacement for my clear mascara I found it works just as well in separating the lashes and whilst mascara often sends your eyelashes quite stiff, this balm doesn't but manages to keep them in place for the same amount of time and it produces a sheen on your eyelashes which if like me you have dark eyelashes it looks like you have applied mascara anyway.
I suspect this product will last me quite a long time but as ever with a product of this nature it does depend on how often you use it and how much you apply as to its longevity. Since purchasing this pot three weeks ago and using it fairy often for a lip balm I doubt I have even used a third of this balm yet.
For a product that I bought on a whim I have been overly impressed with it mainly because of it versatility and its ability to deal with different skin complaints in different ways. Whether you use it for dry, chapped lips, for a mascara replacement or to soothe irritations on the skin for me this product has been outstanding and is very likely to be a product that I always have in my cupboard and on my desk incase of emergencies because it performs so well as a substitute for many products and I love it.