As the weather turns colder, it's important to switch up your routine to incorporate products that will soothe and protect your skin. Oil-based balms are occlusive, meaning that they form a barrier between the outermost layer of the skin and the elements, locking in moisture and preventing it from becoming dry and/or chapped.
I am a big fan of Nathalie Bond's balms. Handmade in small batches at their studio in the Peak District, each one is formulated with a blend of apricot kernel oil, jojoba oil and calendula-infused sunflower seed oil and then scented with distilled essential oils. They do also contain beeswax which, depending on personal preferences, may make them unsuitable for vegans. There are three balms in the range (one of which is fragrance-free for particularly sensitive skin), my favourite being Rose Geranium & Patchouli.
I like to apply it to slightly damp skin after a hot bath. The warmth of your hands melts the balm into an oil which is easily absorbed when used in small amounts. If you apply it too liberally it can get a little greasy, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing – spread a thick layer on your feet and put on some socks before you go to sleep and you will wake up with incredibly soft soles. The 60ml jar will last from autumn to spring.
60ml | £15.50 | nathaliebond.com
Review sample kindly provided by Nathalie Bond Organics.