Hey everyone! Today I’ve got a review for you of Indigo Banana‘s new cuticle balm! I was really excited when I first heard that she was going to be coming out with a balm. Andrea is something of a mad scientist, always rambling about the science behind polish, pigments, packaging and…damn, drawing a blank on a ‘p’ word for ingredients. But anyways, she’s been working on creating a balm on and off since mid-2012, tweaking it a bit each time. She’s always thinking about the smallest detail of her products. First, I’m going to give you the info on the product and then I’ll talk about my feelings on it. First, her description:
Indigo Bananas cuticle & nail balm is a high quality butter, oil & wax based balm that will result in softer skin, and healthier nails and cuticles! This balm absorbs quickly into your skin, has a mix of oils that are great for your skin, and leaves a powdery feel on your fingers in about 30 seconds – so you don’t leave grease spots everywhere! (This was important for me in avoiding greased up tablet screens and keyboards).
This recipe was developed after a year and a half of tinkering with various oils, butters and waxes. The ingredients in this include greasy and deeply penetrating butters, emollient (skin softening) butters, dryer oils, great occlusive (barrier forming) ingredients, oils with Vitamins A, B1, B2, C, E, lecithin, as well as ingredients that have anti inflammatory and wound healing effects. I managed to get a bunch of friends testing this particular formula for a good 5-6 months and it’s held up well over the summers both in the northern hemisphere and the southern.
Again: this balm absorbs quickly and leaves a powdery afterfeel, and that includes looking less shiny than oils or other balms if you are taking pictures if your hands (at least in my experience) – woohoo!
The balm currently comes in three different scents: lemon, apple & plain and they currently retail for $8 for an .67 fl oz tin.
Now, typically for cuticle care I try to use coconut oil every day and a couple of times a week I do a more intense moisturizing routine with Poshe AHA Cuticle Care and No Lift Nails Cuticle oil, so those are what I have to compare IB’s balm to.
First off, can I just say how sleek the packaging looks? I love it! I know packaging isn’t the most important thing about a product but come on, we all like nice-looking stuff, right? I also love that the top screws on securely, makes it safe to throw in your purse.
I ordered the lemon scent, and it’s quite pleasant. It’s very subtle, so I don’t think this would be the type of product to give anyone a scent-related headache. I can’t smell it unless I’m putting my fingers right near to my nose, and then it smells great. I just might look like a crazy person sniffing my nails all day, haha!
The product itself is really nice. Soft to the touch, the texture kind of reminds me of a much harder coconut oil. Not gritty at all and applies smoothly. Once you massage it in, it starts to turn to a powdery finish. Although it’s not greasy, I would probably still wipe my fingertips off just once before touching a tablet/touchscreen because those things pick up any tiny bit of grease! But that’s all I need to do with this stuff, whereas with coconut oil, etc you have to massage and wait a really long time for that to sink in. But this stuff sinks in right away and doesn’t leave your fingers looking greasy at all either. It’s quite moisturizing, too.
Really convenient for daily care and easy to use at your desk at work/school/whatever. I would definitely repurchase once I run out of this stuff!
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