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Reviewed by Asya
I was very happy to receive the 100% Pure Super Fruits Night Balm ($32), a combination of powerful plant oils and extracts. I find that botanicals are quite suitable for night time, when you would like to moisturize with something more rich and nourishing than you do during the day.
Unfortunately my enthusiasm didn’t last long… Upon opening the container, I realized that I was in for a disappointment – the product was solid. Not only was it solid, but it refused to melt! It took me about a minute to warm it up on my hand because it had a bizarre grainy texture and the tiny bumps of oil in it were melting at different speeds. Even when warm, it remained so thick and sticky that it was impossible to apply to the face without excessively pulling and tugging. I finished by rubbing it on my hands, and I have to say that it made a great hand balm.
It quickly absorbs into my hands, repairs, hydrates and softens. I don’t know if it will have an anti-aging effect in the long term, but it’s surely keeping my hands in tip top form (it did miracles after a day of bare-hands gardening). I still tried to rub in some of the excess oil on my face, but it is just a pain to spread evenly. Maybe someone with very dry skin can have some benefit out of it, but it didn’t quite work for my normal to combination skin.
I checked the 100% Pure website to see if the consistency of the balm was correct. Well, there it was, described as a “rich and buttery night cream” which it isn’t – it is not a cream, it is a solid butter. It reminded me very much of my Occitane Pure Shea Butter, which is also solid at room temperature and meant for the body. It is not a big surprise actually that the balm comes in this form, because when you look at the ingredients list, shea butter is the second ingredient and the first is avocado oil (both can be solid at room temperature). There is also acai and pomegranate oil and the total lack of emulsifiers.
I also didn’t quite like the smell – it was slightly rancid. In any case, I can’t recommend it for facial use. It does, however, make for a great hand/body moisturiser, but the people behind its branding as a face cream have definitely missed the mark.
Ingredients: Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii Fruit (Shea Butter), Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Euterpe Oleracea Pulp (Acai) Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Extracts Of Coffea Arabica (Coffee Cherry) Leaf/Seed, Aristotelia Chilensis (Maqui Berry), Punica Granatum (Pomegranate), Lycium Barbarum Fruit (Goji Berry), Euterpe Oleracea Fruit (Acai Berry), Malpighia Punicifolia Fruit (Acerola), Sambucus Canadensis (Elderberry), Vitis Vinifera (Muscadine Grape) Skin And Garcinia Mangosteen Peel (Mangosteen), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A)