Finding genuinely natural products that work effectively and that don’t cost the earth isn’t easy, and so I was intrigued to try out Lyonsleaf Beauty Balm that is 100% natural and preservative free, to see how it compared to other products on the market. It’s a multitasking product that works as a cleanser, and also hydrates and nourishes the skin, and with the ever increasing number of beauty products available, trying to streamline what you use is a wise decision. With the added bonus of using ones that have fewer chemicals it’s all the better for the skin.
Recently I’ve been testing a few multipurpose products, and as regular readers know, I have a pretty high bar in terms when I test products. Among the criteria I look for are:
- A small amount should be used and reapplication should not be necessary
- The product should do what is says within a reasonable amount of time
- Is affordable to use regularly
- Doesn’t leave a greasy or oily residue (this goes for all products!)
I’ve chosen not to review some products recently because either the results weren’t as good as other products, or I found that compromising on the fact it was an ethical or natural product simply wasn’t good enough. The Lyonsleaf Beauty Balm is also handmade using homegrown herbs, and comes in a traditional brown glass jar to help preserve the product, so how did it fare when I tested it?
Rating and verdict
I love this product not only because of the ingredients and the ethics behind the brand, but because the product works and is affordable in comparison to the performance of similar products on the market. There is a slight herbal and medicinal scent, but is light and not over powering. The texture is a smooth, and light buttery balm that on contact with the skin transforms into an oil.
To use it as a cleansing balm in the evening simply massage into the skin and it dissolves makeup, then rinse off and follow with a facial cleanser. The product is concentrated so you really don’t need much, although I’m not a fan of using fingers (especially with long nails) so I use a spatula or my knuckles to get the product out of the jar. I also like to use it around my cuticles and knuckles instead of using either a hand cream or cuticle oil to soften and protect my hands. Try using it at night, and allow the balm to absorb into the hands overnight, especially during winter to keep the cuticles from flaking. If you do have dry patches or a rash it can also act as an emollient and help heal the skin. There is no oily residue either, and the product absorbs quickly without the need to reapply.
The balm is 95% organic and contains shea butter and almond oil—two of my favorite ingredients. This makes it ideal for those who are looking for vegan products or ones that are 100% natural, but does contain macadamia nut oil as well and so won’t be suitable for those with a nut allergy. Lyonsleaf is based in Somerset, England and is run by Ben and Vicky Lyons who use a water free policy, which means they don’t use preservatives such as parabens. This makes the products ideal for those with allergies, or that are looking to use products that are natural or organic. The couple run their own farm, where the majority of the ingredients are sourced, and it’s refreshing to see a company that has ethics, and who are able to combine their passions and to make it into a business.
A 55 ml jar costs £12.95 or comes in a handy trial set priced at £3.99 (8 ml tin with a cleansing cloth) and is a handy product to have around the home. Buy online directly from Lyonsleaf, or through LoveLula, alternatively there are a number of independent stockists (https://www.lyonsleaf.co.uk/lyonsleaf-high-street-stockists) in the UK.
Lyonsleaf Beauty Balm ticks all the boxes in terms of quality, performance, and value for money with the added features of being organic, and 100% natural. It’s the best £12.95 you can invest in, and you won’t regret it, trust me, and I have tried hundreds of products!