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Most people associate comfrey with the healing of broken bones however it is also said to be a good skin healer. I bought a pot of comfrey ointment several months ago when some dry cracked skin of mine wouldn't heal and the one that was the most readily availbale was this one made by Bio-Health.
The pot contains 42g of the ointment and cost me £5.49 online, it is available from a number of websites and the price does vary a little bit here and there so do shop around.
One of the first things I did was read the ingredients and I'm always surprised when natural products contain both alcohol and parabens as they can actually irritate the skin rather than soothe it. This ointment contains both but I decided to give it a try anyway. It also contains sweet almond oil and hardened coconut oil which are both said to be good for the skin.
The ointment is actually a sort of beige colour, I was expecting green or white but no, it's a dirty light brown colour. It smells odd if I'm honest, a bit like sour herbs which also isn't great. It doesn't colour the skin where it is applied though so it doesn't really matter what colour it is, but the scent remains however so anyone getting a whiff of it won't thank you for that! It really is an unpleasant pungent odour.
The ointment is also unlike other ointments and is actually closer in texture to a cream. It isn't very oily or balmy and doesn't leave much of a protective layer on the skin which was a downside for me with my dry skin problem. It does feel soothing though when initially applied which I liked. The problem with this being more like a cream and less like an ointment means the soothing qualities don't last and the product is easily rubbed off by clothing or washed off just with plain water. I was looking more for something that left an oily barrier on the skin so it would protect and need minimal reapplications so this didn't suit my needs at all. I did persevere with it though but 3 weeks later it hadn't made any difference to my skin so eventually stopped.
Overall I'd say this is more like a cream, doesn't smell very nice and doesn't do a very good job on dry skin. I can't actually think of any skin condition this would be suitable for unfortunately so I can't really recommend it for anything. Also if you do want to try it remember it contains both alcohol and parabens so isn't ideal from that point of view either.
Soothing ointment / Aqueous (light creamy) ointment containing approved cosmetic preservative to ensure stability / Well proven and suitable all age groups and most skin types / Free from Lanolin, perfume and artificial colourants / Not tested on animals / Base containing natural oils / Sweet Almond and Coconut.