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I was happy to be sent a few products from the line to try out. Keep reading for what I thought of everything...
All Purpose Salve
Since salves are what started it all for this company, I was most excited to see what this little glass jar could offer. It contains a powerful blend of herbs - organic calendula, comfrey, plaintain, chickweed, St. John's wort, burdock and thyme - infused in non-GMO grapeseed oil and blended with organic coconut oil, beeswax, vitamin E, and essential oils of rosemary, thuja, and tea tree.
The very top layer was a little more firm, but once you break through that, it's the creamiest, butteriest salve I've had the pleasure of using. It's also suprisingly non-greasy - unless you use a ton - and sinks in really easily. And, it works super well too! Dry, chapped hands were no match for the salve and itchy skin quickly fled as well. It smells great too - fresh and herbal, but also a little sweet - and in a pinch, it even works as a lip balm.
Basically, just a good, all-around functional product to keep on hand! The smaller, one ounce jar is the perfect purse size to carry with you too.
Ingredients: Grapeseed Oil (non-GMO) Infused With Organic Calendula, Organic Comfrey, Organic Plantain, Organic Chickweed, Organic St. John’s Wort, Organic Burdock And Organic Thyme, Organic Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Vitamin E And Essential Oils Of Rosemary, Thuja, And Tea Tree.
Chai Spice Lip Balm
I can't imagine a better fall/winter lip balm flavor than this Chai Spice, which is a yummy blend of cinnamon, cardamom, clove, and ginger. The lip balm formula is ideal for winter too, as it's a thicker balm that does a great job protecting your lips against the elements. And, if your lips are already chapped, it's a good choice too. It contains the same herbal infusion as the salve and I've noticed it really speeds up the healing process, leaving my lips feeling soft and supple. I will say that, personal preference, I wish the balm had a little more slip to it. On the flip side, the thicker, waxier consistency is what helps it last so well on your lips, and it also means it's completely matte and shine-free, which will certainly appeal to some.
Ingredients: Beeswax, Grapeseed Oil Infused With Organic Calendula, Organic Comfrey, Organic Plantain, Organic Chickweed, Organic St. John’s Wort, Organic Burdock And Organic Thyme, Organic Coconut Oil, Vitamin E, Essential Oils and Spices Of Cinnamon, Cardamom, Clove, and Ginger.
One of the last "dirty" products I held on to was a vanilla body powder from The Body Shop, so I was extra excited to receive the vanilla-scented option here. Perhaps because I had TBS one in the back of my mind, I was a little gutted to discover how lightly scented Ora's version is. The vanilla really is barely detectable here.
Scent aside, it's a great silky soft, finely milled powder with a multitude of uses. I've enjoyed dusting it on top of other deodorants and I've used it as a dry shampoo too. I imagine it would also work well for diapering, chafing, and anything else you'd use conventional baby and dusting powders for.
Ingredients: Kaolin Clay Powder, Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda), Maranta arundinacea (Arrowroot) Powder, Plantago major (Plantain) leaf Powder, Organic Raw Vanilla planifolia (Vanilla) Bean Powder.
The Bottom Line
Ora's Amazing Herbal uses high quality, natural ingredients and sustainable, ethical business practices and is a company I'd feel confident recommending. The salve was the star of the show for me, but I've enjoyed using the lip balm and body powder as well. I do wish the powder had a bit more scent to it, but it isn't anything that will stop me from enjoying the product as is.
The price point, across the entire line, is also very reasonable, with lip balms ringing in at $3.99, powders at $10.99, and salves at $8.99 (1 oz.) and $18.99 (4 oz.)
Disclosure: Product provided for my honest review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review in return for free product, nor was I compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.