Today’s product review spotlights some unique skincare products made exclusively in Canada. Reese and Luke certified organic baby balms were developed to fill a family’s need for a balm that was natural, effective and cloth diaper safe.
Shea butter is a traditional and very soothing skin remedy which contains beneficial vegetable fats. I learned that the shea butter used in Reese and Luke formulations is fairly traded and sourced from a tribal co-op in Africa. Additionally, it has been harvested using traditional methodology so it’s very nutrient dense, as opposed to the refined shea butter that’s found in many products you buy at the store.
In addition to shea butter, both balms contain olive oil, cera alba wax, jojoba oil, St. John’s Wort extract, calendula flower extract and lavender oil. The Original balm also has a small amount of tea tree oil. Here’s what you won’t find in these creams: parabens, sulfates, petrolatum or petroleum by-products or phthalates. Nor are they tested on animals.
I like the two different sustainable packaging options. The glass jar holds 3.5 ounces and is perfect for home use. Only a small amount is need to emulsify between your fingers before applying to the skin, so it lasts a long time. The small tin holds 1.3 ounces and is ideal for your purse or diaper bag.
Reese and Luke balm is a pale, creamy color and the texture is super smooth. It’s not grainy at all, like some natural ointments I’ve tried before, and that’s good because a gritty texture can irritate already inflamed skin. The fragrance is mild and slightly sweet.
Erik, who is teething (again) right now, has been getting the typical loose stools that come with the territory and so his red bum has provided a good testing ground for the balm.
The Reese and Luke balm has worked perfectly to soothe the redness caused by Erik’s teething stools. It has also rinsed cleanly from his diapers (we use mainly flats and fitteds made of natural fibers) with no residue, staining or buildup. There was one area of his skin that actually blistered; after using the balm for a few days on this trouble spot, there wasn’t much improvement, so for that I actually had to get a prescription ointment. So I would say that for your “typical” diaper rash, Reese and Luke’s is a good, natural choice, but you may or may not need something else for more serious issues.
I’ve also found the balm to be very useful for other minor skin problems like itching, chapped skin on the face and lips and even things like dry/cracked skin on hands, feet, etc. I think the fact that it contains calendula makes it that much more soothing. Just to give an example, after piddling around in my flower garden, two itchy red patches broke out on my right arm and right leg. After applying the Reese and Luke balm, the redness and itching completely vanished within 15 minutes.
Reese and Luke has very generously offered to send one of my readers that same two products reviewed – a 3.5 ounce jar and a 1.3 ounce tin of their wonderful balm!
UPDATE: Reese and Luke is going to send two more readers each a 1.3 ounce tin!