I love finding cool new products and was very excited to come across a whole new brand called Tammy Fender when I was hunting for a gift in ABC Carpet & Home. For some reason, I honed in on a pot of something called Intensive Repair Balm. I wasn’t the only one, the sample pot was completely empty and the assistant told me it was flying off the shelves. Since it cost $130, this was quite something. Thoughts of the gifts I needed to buy relatives in England where abandoned instantly. I was going to have to buy this for me, ME, ME.

Intensive Repair Balm is billed as a "powerful cell regenerating, pain reducing, anti-inflammatory healing crème.” Apparently, it not only repairs tissue damage but assists in the healing of surgical and acne scars, strengthens capillaries and fades under eye circles. That sounds like hyperbole, but the components are there.

Certainly the ingredients, almost all botanical and organic, are at the soothing end of the skincare spectrum starting with chamomile. The plant’s flowers are rich in flavonoids (namely apigenin, quercetin, patuletin and luteolin), which contribute to the ingredient’s anti-inflammatory, anti-erythema (reddening of the skin) and anti-pruritic (itchiness) properties that all help improve the speed at which damaged skin heals.

I believe that skullcap contains flavonoids including baicalin, an anti-inflammatory and analgesic. Bladderwrack is a seaweed that has a high amount of vitamin C. There is also alginic acid, which is insoluble in water and swells by absorbing water up to 100 times its weight. Rosehip, green tea, aloe and wheat germ provide antioxidants.

According to the lady at ABC, Tammy Fender spends a great deal of her time overseeing the formulations. I can believe it (although the pictures on her website of her in sunny gardens wearing diaphanous white garments look a little like an ad for personal hygiene products) as her products show an intelligent attention to detail right down to the natural food grade preservatives.

*Aqueous Extracts of Chamomile Flowers, Green Tea, Marshmallow, Peppermint, Scullcap in Water, Shea Butter, Glyceryl Polyacrylate (Plant Source) (and) Glycerin (Vegetable Source), Algae Extract, *Bladderwrack Extract, *Kelp Extract, *Sunflower Seed Oil, *Rose Hip Seed Oil, Jojoba Oil, Aloe Butter, Wheat Germ Oil, Calendula Officinalis Extract, Alkypoly Glucoside (Plant Source) (and) Polyglycery l2 (Plant Source), Carrageenan (Sea Algae), Methyl Gluceth-20 (Plant Source), Oleoresin, Olive Oil, Essential Oils of Lavender, Chamomile, Matricaria, Dehydroacetic Acid (and) Benzyl Alcohol, Colloidal Silver (Natural Food Grade Preservative System).

*Certified Organic