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

 

 

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:


ADDED:

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

REMOVED:

  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.