How we made Black Balm even better — an inside peek.


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We thought we'd share our internal formulation notes for your reference. Black Balm is the go-to tool we developed to repair, nourish and heal damaged skin leveraging powerful bioactive compounds, antioxidants & organic plant oils. See Black Balm here.

Excerpt from Akamai Basics Google doc: Black Balm Specification Notes 4.2.20 — Copyright 2020

GOALS: reduce cost, improve healing power

UPSHOT? Very subtle shifts — most people will not notice the changes aside from a better price. Here they are:


1. More oils with great cost/benefit ratios:
Tamanu Oil — intense healer (organic) e.g. this peer-reviewed study indicates a plausible role it can play as a potent therapeutic wound healer for cutaneous wounds.
Geranium Essential Oil — healer (nearly impossible to source organic)
Lavender Essential Oil — healer (naturally pest-resistant. Low-risk of contaminants in non-organic)
2. Candelilla Wax (similar to beeswax, but vegan)
3. Shea Butter
Upgraded to (raw, unrefined) vs (refined) giving increased nourishment/healing power.
Increases moisturization capacity
4. Increased sorbitan olivate
Allows components to stay mixed (holds FMC liquid better)
Increases moisturization capacity


  1. Beeswax (Why? Not vegan. Cutting this out eliminates issues where not all beekeepers and sources harvest in a way that prioritizes the health of the bee colony — e.g removing too much wax, pollen and honey. Learn more here.)
  2. Blue tansy essential oil (Why? Cost-benefit ratio too high vs other botanicals with similar impact. Simply too expensive). Aside— not a good scent combo with frankincense and fulvic acid.