Friday, 12 September 2014

Napiers Herbal Skin Nutrition Camelina & Chamomile Organic Body Balm (review)

Napiers Herbal Skin Nutrition Camelina & Chamomile Organic Body Balm
This is a rather unusual product. It's a solid balm for moisturising the body and using in massage, presented in a giant wind-up stick. I've never used anything like this before, so I was very intrigued. It's available in three varieties, all of which are organic without any artificial ingredients and they are reasonably priced at £7.50 for a long-lasting 75 g.

If you want a product as close to nature as possible then you can't beat this. It is made with pure plant oils, butters and beeswax and nothing else! It is part of Napiers Skin Nutrition range, created in-house with input from a nutritionist and medical herbalist. There's no organic certification, but with over 150 years of natural healthcare and herbal medicine under Napiers' belt, I'm not worried.

Firstly the packaging... it looks quite good and feels high quality with a strong, reliable wind-up mechanism. My camelina and chamomile version is suitable for very sensitive skin types and it smells nice, too, with a hint of beeswax coming through on application. The balm itself is a pale primrose yellow, it's firm and feels dry.

It doesn't feel dry for long, though. When you apply it to your skin it soon warms and glides effortlessly as you manoeuvre it around. The only trouble is joints – over knees and/or elbows it gets fiddly. I only used it as a moisturiser not a massager but it's firm enough to be effective, I'd imagine.

The moisturising qualities are impressive. The balm does leave a slightly tacky trail on your skin, but it can be massaged in with hands, which doesn't take long and gives your skin a satiny sheen. The nourishment feels pretty deep on my normal-oily skin, and that's with only a light application. On other skin types, with a little more work, I can see this being very effective at caring for skin that's parched and dry. All those plant extracts are very nourishing.

It's not very quick, though, it's much faster rubbing in a little light lotion, but these are rarely as natural and aren't as travel friendly. As the balm is solid it can be taken on aeroplanes and doesn't take up much room in your bag. It's a really ingenious way to take a nourishing body product with you. Light and compact, what could be better than that?

Because it lasts such a long time I also think it's great value, and that, combined with all the other qualities – especially its inherent purity – mean I can highly recommend it to anyone! It might be a product you have to try before you can truly appreciate its desirability, but it's worth a shot. I'm really glad I tried it.

Something else...

If you'd like to read more about Napiers extensive history, please click HERE, I found it to be a very interesting read. There's a lot more information about their ethos, certifications and where you can find their clinics, too.

Works better than I expected; very nourishing
Quite time-consuming for the whole body
Most natural product I've ever used

Good value for money

Air travel friendly


Brand: Napiers


Size: 75 g
Price: £7.50 (£10.00/100 g)

Manufactured: United Kingdom

Ingredients: Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Seed) Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile Flower) Oil, Camelina Sativa (Camelina Seed) Oil, Borago Officinalis (Starflower Seed) Oil


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