If you are a reader of we heart this, you know we truly love Julie Hewett Los Angeles. From creating the perfect red lipstick for every complexion to her continuous offering of multi-use palettes to the best Twilight influenced make up on the market, the cosmetic gurus at JHLA have something for everyone. So, it’s kind of surprising, we have yet to discuss Julie’s most versatile item, the Camellia Balm, a coveted cult product of makeup pros.
We’re excited to be reviewing this wonder product from Julie Hewett today, Green Monday as JHLA’s is now only made in Organic form! This blend of essential oils, including rose, orange and camellia, is rich in vitamins A, B, D & E, and not only soothes but promotes the healing of chapped skin. Camellia Oil, an ancient Chinese beauty secret, contains Oleic acid and is the oil that “is closet to human skin” so it absorbs deeply and works “as no other product can.” Green beauty lovers will be pleased to find in addition to being organic and free of parabens and petroleum; the balms are free from animal testing as well.
Our entire review team had a chance to check out this winter savior of lips (and so much more) that is available in three sheer shades. Whether you’re a moisturizer and chapstick type of girl (reach for Natural, their sheer shade), more of the Just the Basics, simple and polished type (you’ll want to use Rose, a soft and shimmering “bouquet of pink petals”) or a full-on make up diva (in which case, you’ll love Ruby, “a ravishing rouge tint”), you’ll soon find the perfect shade of Balm to help you survive the harsh winter months.
The JHLA Camellia Balm is a stand out for a number of reasons. First, I love the consistency, which is almost more of an oil then a balm. Normally, I am not a fan of potted balms (I hate getting the product under my nails) but have no issues with this pot of goodness. There is no waxy build up that creeps under your nails when using this balm. Just lightly rub the pad of your fingertip over the balm for a couple of circles and you have just enough product to apply wherever it’s needed! The warmth of your finger picks up and then evenly applies the balm to lips, cuticles, cheeks – anywhere your skin needs some tlc.
You will soon find a second reason I adore the Camellia Balm; you can use it almost anywhere! I have had a pot of Camellia Balm on my nightstand for years. I rub some on my cuticles, the backs of my hands, my elbows and that weird dry patch on my shin, right before bed. When my hands feel especially ragged during the dead of winter, I’ll keep another pot on my coffee table and apply while vegging in front of the television.
If you are eyeing (or already own) the new tinted Rose and Ruby shades, you’ll want to stick to using them on your face only. But the pink and red hues will work wonders for skin when used on cheeks and lips while adding some pretty sheer color and a healthy glow.
Finally, no matter what shade you choose, you’ll adore the scent – a crisp, slightly sweet orange that never fails to cheer me up! All three balms smell like freshly picked oranges, and while never overwhelming, the scent lingers for hours (and leaves lips sweet as well). I find that it’s a very cheerful smell while soothing my poor, chapped skin during the coldest of months.
All in all, I think this multi-purpose, fab smelling, skin soothing pot is a definite five star product, that has now been perfected with the all organic formula.
Testers, do you agree with me? Readers, How many uses have you discovered for JHLA’s Camellia Balm?[ratings]
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