Seed Soft Balm Review

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Okay, my friends. You all know how much I love Seed Face & Body Care. I have mentioned them dozens of times ever since I first tried their products not long after their 2009 launch. I love everything about the company - the products quality and ingredients, the story behind the brand, and then integrity of the company founders.

I cannot believe I haven't yet mentioned their newest release yet  -- Seed Soft Balm -- and after I just massaged it into my dry cuticles, I felt compelled to write up a review.




What is it?

I have long been a lover of skincare balms. 

The dictionary defines a balm as an "ointment or preparation used to heal or soothe skin." Many brands refer to balms and salves and vice versa. The terms are synonymous.

Balms offer intensive moisture for the driest of skin types. They tend to be waxy and offer protective benefits. Over the years, I have been sent many balms to review in every price range and I can honestly say that this Seed Soft Balm is second to none. The ingredients are superior to other balms on the market and, unlike most balms, this is vegan.

This balm comes in two options: a white metal tin or in an eco-friendly paperboard tube. What I love about this product is that it has so many uses!



1. I use Seed Soft Balm as a cuticle treatment. I apply a bit around each cuticle and massage into the nails.
2. Dry ends? I apply Seed Soft Balm to the ends of my hair. As a bonus, they help tame flyaways!
3. My 13 year old has kind of bushy eyebrows. I apply a tiny bit to keep the brows tame.
4. I use Soft Balm on my own brows to set them.
5. I massage into my heels and they are super soft!
6. I apply Seed Soft Balm into my knees and elbows, too.
7. I apply over Seed Lip Oil at night as a rich lip balm.
8. I apply to crow's feet to help soften fine lines around the eyes.
9. I apply as a neck and decolletage moisturizer.
10. Do you have a nearly empty lipstick tube? I mix a bit of leftover lipstick with the balm to make a tinted lip moisturizer.

Those are just 10 ways I use Seed Soft Balm. I know there are more. In fact, Seed shares that many men use Seed Soft Balm on their beards. That is great for No Shave November, don't you think?

I have the Fragrance Free product, which is lovely because it has the natural aroma of cocoa butter, which is a muted chocolate scent to my nose. Seed NEVER uses artificial fragrances, but they offer essential oil alternatives for those seeking a scent. You can choose from Fragrance Free, Peppermint or Lavender. 


Cost:

The 2 ounce tin is $19.95 right now (regularly $24.95) and the tube is .3 ounce tube is $9.95 (regularly $12.95). A little goes a long way and these last quite a long time. While this balm is more expensive than Badger, for example, I find that the quality of Seed Soft Balm is superior. 

If you are comparing the types of high quality ingredients used in Seed, comparable products that I have tried for review before would be Shiffa Healing Balm ($106 for 1 ounce), One Love Organics Skin Savior ($49 for 1.8 ounces) and Tammy Fender Intensive Repair Balm ($65 for 1.7 ounces).



Ingredients In-Depth


  • Shea Butter is rich is skin pampering oleic and stearic acids, deeply hydrates, helps heal cracked skin and leaves skin supple and velvety soft. It also is believed to possess anti-aging benefits and skin strengthening characteristics.
  • Cocoa Butter contains healthy fats that form a protective barrier on the skin. It locks in moisture, holding hydration onto the skin. It can also give skin a firmer, smoother appearance.
  • Apricot Kernel Oil is rich in Vitamin K and Omega 6 fatty acids to deeply nourish the skin. It is non-greasy, fast absorbing, and skin clarifying.
  • Grape Seed Oil is a potent antioxidant, shielding skin from UV damage and defending against free radicals. Known as an anti-aging ingredient, grape seed may also soften fine lines and promote a more youthful glow.
  • Avocado Oil contains an abundance of vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids to deliver superior hydration to the skin. It moisturizes deeply without feeling greasy and leaves skin feeling velvety soft and pampered. It also contains antioxidant Vitamin E to help protect skin from environmental elements.
  • Abyssinian Seed Oil is rich in both Linoleic and Linolenic Acids, which are anti-inflammatory, skin conditioning, and cell regenerative. While it is highly moisturizing, it is fast absorbing and never sticky on the skin. Rough skin? Abyssinian oil’s unique molecular structure allows it to sink right in, immediately softening dry areas.
  • Olive Oil has a high antioxidant content to protect the skin from environmental contaminants and UV rays. It is naturally antibacterial and provides essential moisture to the skin.
  • Horehound extract is a bitter herb derived from a perennial bush. This member of the mint family has been used for centuries to treat various health ailments. It also boasts remarkable skin care benefits thanks to the presence of tannins and flavonoids. It is known to calm even the most sensitive types of skin, easing redness, inflammation, and irritation. Its antiseptic properties are also believed to help with wound healing. Many with eczema report that it helps to alleviate skin itching and dry patches. 
  • Rice Bran Oil is an ultra gentle skin oil that can help fade age spots and lighten other issues related to hyperpigmentation. It also penetrates deeply to hydrate the skin without greasiness and has a reputation for its positive impact on nourishing skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Rice bran is a natural source of squalane to firm and tighten sagging skin, too.
  • Tocopherol -- or Vitamin E is perhaps the original antioxidant used in skin care. Highly protective, Vitamin E helps combat pollution, is a wonderful moisturizer, and provides anti-aging benefits.
  •  Carnauba Wax is also on the ingredients list. This is a vegan-friendly alternative to beeswax.
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