Pevonia Botanica’s Soothing Balm
I just found out that Pevonia's name is meant to originate from the flower peonia (whitsun rose), prized in Greek mythology for its ability to cure “the skin of every goddess”… There you go.
We received a bottle of the Soothing After-Shaving Balm directly from the manufacturer and, as it came in Pevonia's signature bottle, I anticipated the same problems I had with the Easy Glide Shaving Emulsion. Happily, this was not the case. The Balm has a much thicker consistency and its application is totally trouble free. Better than that, the cream is so… creamy that it is a pleasure to spread it on the face and that you always appear to be able to spread it from one point to the other, however little is on the cheeks.
Like the Shaving Emulsion, the Soothing Balm is scented. I must raise my dilemma here. Being something of an “average Joe”, I never uses cologne or, God forbid, perfume. Moreover, Pevonia Botanica men's products have this rusty, woody smell that reminds me of aftershaves sold in the seventies. It is definitely has a masculine connotation, but it is too obvious and mainstream to be remotely appealing. I consoled myself with the fact that the scent is quite light and appears to evaporate relatively soon. It was enough however for my wife and one of her girlfriends to congratulate me on my “lovely” smell! Now, if Pevonia has inadvertently found the miracle elixir that attracts women… that changes everything and you have me registered as Pevonia’s greatest fan ever.
Pevonia Botanica Soothing After-Shaving Balm works remarkably well. It indeed soothes the skin immediately (not that much irritation is left from Pevonia’s excellent Shaving Emulsion, but it is a delightful feeling nevertheless). The face is smoother, feels healthier.
I believe many of the excellent botanical products included in the Balm help towards success, namely allantoin, a chemical compound that comes from the extract of comfrey plants. Highly regarded for its skin soothing, healing and keratolytic (ability to remove excess skin) properties. It helps shed the outer layer of the epidermis and promotes healthy tissue formation. It also softens the skin and enables it to absorb more moisture. It’s particularly effective at treating wounds, burns, skin ulcers, eczema, and any other abrasion in the skin. There’s no evidence of anti-aging effects, but that is not the main point here.
One of the great things is that there is no fatty residue (no marks on the shirt collar at all) and no shine. A true feat and a perfect complement to the Emulsion. A reason for this may be the inclusion of dimethiconol, a silicone. Like most silicones, this ingredient has a unique fluidity that makes it easily spreadable. When applied to the skin, its known for creating a subtle gloss that feels smooth and silky to touch. It also acts as a mild water repellent by forming a protective barrier on the skin, and can fill in fine lines/wrinkles on the face, giving it a temporary “plump” look.
The balm also contains tocopherol (or undiluted Vitamin E), which is rare as cosmetic companies often use tocopheryl acetate instead because it is considered less acidic. This absorption is probably helped by caprylic/capric triglyceride, a dispersing agent, which helps enhance the delivery of vitamins, pigments and other active ingredients contained in a solution so that they become evenly spread out and fully absorbed by the epidermis. In addition, glycerin an emollient, dispersing agent and solvent. In any case, tocopherol is natural and I welcome all the Vitamin E I can get.
The only ingredient that may raise some concern is the last on the list (thus probably the one in smallest quantity). Methylisothiazolinone, or MIT as it is sometimes known, is a preservative used in cosmetics and beauty products. It is a powerful biocide, or “chemical substance capable of killing living organisms, usually in a selective way.” Although many connections are made between methylisothiazolinone and Alzheimer’s disease and other conditions, research by CTFA.org and News-Medical.net shows that the concentration levels found in cosmetics and beauty products are so low that there is no risk in using products with this preservative. Please read TIA’s articles on Preservatives and Are They Safe and Why Products Need Preservatives.
Methylisothiazolinone is only approved for use in rinse-off formulas and at low concentrations. And I guess that if there is one thing you are not meant to do with such a Balm is to rinse it off immediately, isn’t it the kind of product that should stay on and in your skin all day?…
An additional quality of the Pevonia Botanica’s Soothing Balm is that its impact appears to be long lasting and the skin feels good all day. No abrasion or irritation remains from the shaving. That remained true even when I had to use an old, blunt razor blade during a business trip, quite an achievement.
I found a consumer reviewer on some retail site stating that Pevonia Botinanica’ Balm is the “best product I've ever found and I've used it for over 7 years”. This is a strong statement but quite believable, as I also thought the Balm to be this good.
I was a little shocked though when realized that this tiny 1.7 oz bottle retails for $46 online! Remember that the excellent Shaving Emulsion from Pevonia contains three times as much for “only” $36, that the Dermalogica Soothing Shave Cream is half price for the same quantity and that the Dermalogica Daily Defense Block SPF 15 that we reviewed very positively on this site “gives” you twice as much for 25% less!!
Water, Glyceryl Stearate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Portulaca Oleracea Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Arnica Montana Flowerhead Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glyceryl Glucoside, Sorbitol, Allantoin, Dimethicone, Hydroxyethycellulose, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Leaf Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Lippia Citriodora (Lemon Verbena) Flower Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Methylisothiazolinone.