by Stephanie 

Tammy Fender Intensive Repair Balm ($130) is thick and almost pure white. I expected it would be quite hard to apply, but not so - it actually spreads easily and feels quite refreshing on the skin.

Though labelled as chamomile and helichrysum, the overriding scent is of lavender essential oil. It's a classic, authentic and pleasant scent, and not too strong.

I found that it wears well on warm days - a very important criterion for me. It hate that sweaty, slippery feeling that some creams create, and this one does not do that. So far, so good.

Being a substantial cream it does feel quite moisturizing. I found it to be especially good as a base for mineral powder foundation, which sticks to it very happily and creates a smooth, glowy effect that's quite flattering - at least for the first few hours.

By the end of the day I did find I was a little shinier than ideal - enough that I would not choose this as an under-makeup cream under most circumstances. I also found it slightly occlusive, with one or two minor 'blocked pore'-type pimples appearing reliably within 8 hours of application.

Because of the cream's heaviness I also tried it at night. It was fine and comfortable, but again there was a tendency to wake up with a minor pimple or two.

As for assisting with scarring, it's too soon to tell. I would expect that with the herbs and oils listed in the ingredients that it could be quite beneficial to the minimization of scarring. I have not been able to wear it regularly enough to truly test this out (on forehead scars) as it's a bit too heavy for me for everyday use.

In conclusion, Tammy Fender Intensive Repair Balm is very natural, quite pleasant and not far from earning its "intensive repair balm" description. Perhaps "intensive calming and soothing balm" would be more accurate. I'd recommended it for older skins and following treatments which can make skin sore, such as acid peels and Tretinoin. I think it could be really very helpful for that.

Ingredients in Tommy Fender Intensive Repair Balm: Aqueous Extracts of *Chamomile Flowers, *Scullcap, *Green Tea, Marshmellow, (and) Peppermint, Shea Butter, Glycerin(Vegetable Source) (and) Glyceryl Polyacrylate (Plant Source), *Bladderwack (and) *Kelp Extract, Algae Extract, *Sunflower Seed Oil, *Rose Hip Seed Oil, Jojoba Oil, Aloe Butter, *Calendula Officinalis Extract, AlkpolyGlucoside (and) Polyglyceryl-2 (Plant Source), Carrageenan, MethylGluceth 20 (Plant Source), Oilve Oil, Essential Oils of Lavender, Helichrysum, Chamomile Roman, Chamomile German, Dehydroacetic Acid (and) Benzyl Alcohol, Oleoresin (Rosemary).

*Certified Organic