What the heck is Kawakawa Balm?
Kawakawa is a native New Zealand bush whose leaves have famously anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and analgesic properties. Treebrush Apothecary balms infuse these leaves into a skin-nourishing carrier oil, then blend with natural butters and waxes, a few choice essential oils, and packaged in convenient, reusable tins/jars. It can help soothe all manner of angry skin – bug bites, dry or cracked skin, chapped lips, cuts, scrapes, abrasions, eczema & psoriasis, razor burn, overwashed hands, and so much more.
This insane-smelling kawakawa balm owes its delicious scent to kawakawa-infused extra virgin coconut oil and deeply fragrant cocoa butter. Despite being extra creamy thanks to these ingredients, it will glide even further than the rest of the Treebrush Apothecary range of kawakawa balm – a little goes a long way!
Adding to the fragrance are floral notes from candelilla wax and sunflower wax: this balm is vegan!
To replace the usual beeswax, this formulation also features babassu oil (a wonderful emollient), safflower oil (beautifully lightweight and moisturising), and meadowfoam oil (also lightweight, forms a moisture barrier on the skin). A healthy splash of mānuka essential oil is the cherry on top of this slick, healing tin of awesome.
Why Wayfarer instead of Thuck, Thun, No Regerts or Mellow? This balm is perfect for long-distance application, with its component oils melting readily at skin temperature and gliding easily before absorbing into the skin completely. If you’re treating a large area, rehabilitating angry lips or your skin just adores coconut oil, this is the balm for you. It’s also ideal for anyone desiring a balm with no beeswax; this product is vegan-friendly.
Note: some skin types absolutely thrive on coconut oil. Some find it can be a little drying. If you’re not sure how yours responds to coconut oil, consider trialing a Wayfarer Mini!
Which size to choose
One of the big differences between Treebrush Apothecary’s offerings and the rest of the pack, aside from superior texture and divine creaminess, is size options. Seriously. We understand that sometimes you just want to try a bit of everything, and sometimes you want to share a tub with the whole family!
10mL “Mini” tin: Aside from fear-of-commitment sized, our 10mL Minis are pocket-sized, lip balm-sized, whoops-there-you-are-sized, glovebox-sized, Santa mode-sized, take-on-an-adventure-sized! The most popular size sold. Grab this if you want to try before committing to a bigger vessel, compare products against each other, or want several to share around as gifts.
30mL tin: This is the one to get when you’ve got a favourite in the range, or want some mileage beyond just lips! If you’ve got quite a few places you like to load kawakawa balm onto, or you’re sharing, 30mL will last you a wee while. It’s also perfectly sized to slip into hiking packs, beach bags, or handbags for busy people and adventurers.
60mL amber jar: The serious business size. Some folks absolutely swear by kawakawa balm and use it in all manner of places. Some use it as a massage balm. Some have a pot for the whole family. In every case, this size is the one filling these boots!
To use: take a small amount of balm and gently massage into the affected area until it absorbs. If the balm is cold, you may find it easier to run your fingernail across it backwards. It can also be used as a lip balm – a little goes a long way.
Ingredients: Kawakawa and horopito infused hemp seed oil, beeswax, honey, soy lecithin, cetyl alcohol, stearic acid, meadowfoam oil, benzoin styrax, amyris essential oil, ginger essential oil, cedarwood essential oil, vitamin E.