You know I am all for some organic goodness, so was rather swayed when I saw these in action. Many many moons ago (2009!) I tried the MOA balm when it was a thick green paste and liked it. 6 years on, the brand is almost unrecognisable.
The packaging is SUPERB (ok, who uses that word apart from teachers?!) but that is the only word I can think of. It’s right up my street; high quality, recyclable, retro, cute, funky.
The concept of the brand is that the skin care line is inspired by herbal folklore and includes the herb Yarrow (I always wanted a dog called Yarrow). Yarrow has healing properties which is why it has been infused in to the range. It is also made in England, if you want to support British businesses!
The range now includes the balm, facial oil and bath potion. The dark green heavy glass jars – I adore. This is totally my kind of packaging (I already said that but I wanted to emphasise how much I like it!). It looks retro and more expensive than it is.
The Fortifying Bath Potion (£27.50 for 100ml) isn’t actually a potion, it’s a bath oil! It contains a strong smelling herbal blend; peppermint and fennel in particular it is quite a masculine, clean, green, intense smell. I LOVE IT because it is head clearing, invigorating, refreshing and great for sore joints – however, I can understand why some won’t like it. If you don’t like masculine, minty or herbal scents, and prefer girly vanilla cupcake bath foams, then this is not your bag.
I adore it. I use lots of things with this kind of scent though because it helps me clear my muggy head. You need just 2-3 capfuls of this in a bath, it is very concentrated.
The Green Balm (£12.50 for 50ml or £4.99 for 15ml) is 100% natural and has healing properties. The list of what it can do is huge, so as an example, you can use it on:
Added to waterloo gargle for sore throat
There are no parabens, perfumes, alcohol etc. I would feel fine using this on the toddler.
The texture from what I kind of remember has been improved – because I was expecting a typically hard textured balm and it’s not – it very soft (it doesn’t need to be warmed up first) and spreads nicely without leaving a greasy slick. It smells like tea tree to me.
Anyway I reached for this when i had a really annoying insect bite on my hand – doesn’t sound like the end of the world but I react badly to bites so basically it itched none stop for 2 weeks and I got worried that it would scar. I reached for this and it helped SO Much with the healing by removing the itch and hydrating the area.