Friday, 8 October 2010

Product review - Peace Be Still Body Balm from Temple Spa

Hi everyone.  Today I'm going to do a little review of Peace Be Still balm from Temple Spa.  I've blogged before about some of their products, which I think are very lovely.  I'm lucky that my Mum gets lots of their goodies for free from her frequent cruises (nice for some isn't it?) and gives them to me and my sister.

I had two 50ml travel size bottles of the Peace be Still balm in my beauty basket, and I've used one as body cream, which I thought was pretty good, but not a Holy Grail body cream.  I noticed that my boyfriend also had a further bottle of the balm in the bathroom cupboard (we went on a 2 day mini cruise with my folks and looted all the products we could) and he uses his as a facial moisturiser.  The blurb on the bottle and the website says that it is gentle enough to use it on the face, so I tried it out myself once when I had run out of moisturiser.  And surprisingly, it suits my usually very picky skin, so I'm using my second bottle on my face.

According to the Temple Spa website:

"With natural plant extracts, antioxidants and a fusion of relaxing essential oils, this delicious formula will sink into the skin immediately and leave the skin ultra-smooth and settled."

The cream is supposed to be a moisturiser and aromatherapy product in one, including in its ingredients, corriander and nutmeg.  I can't really detect either ingredient in the smell, but it does have a fresh, and unisex scent, that is quite light, and doesn't linger. Despite the unusual mix of ingredients, it really is a very gentle balm that doesn't irritate my sensitive skin at all, which is unexpected.

The balm itself is just the right formula for my skin, not too heavy, but moisturising enough for my dry bits.  It's hard to describe, as with my skin it is so difficult to find a moisturiser which gets the right balance.  If something's too heavy, I break out, or too light, it just feels tight and flakey.  There are very few moisturisers that hit that delicate balance.  Saying that, I layer moisturisers in the winter, and I've bought Clinique Moisture Surge to layer on top, as I know that the Peace Be Still balm is not enough on its own as the weather turns colder.  But, on its own as a summer moisturiser, or as a first layer underneath a more protective cream, it is perfect!

I'm not sure why it's called a balm, as it looks and feels exactly like other moisturisers, and it's a white cream, that you massage into your skin, and is absorbed, just like other moisturisers.  The word 'balm' makes me think of a thicker product, not this cream.  I suppose it must refer to the gentleness and soothing nature of the cream.

So this is full marks for me.  I'd definitely buy it myself, but I'll try and be first in the queue when my Mum dishes out the booty instead!  Peace Be Still Balm is available from the Temple Spa website at £5.50 for a 50ml travel size or £17 for a 150ml full size.  Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems to work out cheaper to buy 3 travel sizes (which are still a good size and will last for about a month each), rather than a full size???  See, more money saving tips from The Bristol Beauty Blog!  The full size has different packaging and would probably look more stylish on your bathroom shelf, but as I keep my moisturiser hidden away, I'm not too worried about that; the travel size still has attractive khaki/dark green packaging.

I do love all the Temple Spa products I've tried, and I would highly recommend them, especially if you have sensitive skin.  I'm not affiliated with them at all, I just really like them!

Have you tried anything from Temple Spa?

Thanks for reading!  xx


All Made Up said...

Lovely review! Havent tried anything from Temple Spa but I've decided to order a travel size bottle of this balm. My skin varies so I like a have a lighter moisturiser for when it's a tad more oily than usual and judging by your review this would be perfect! :)

behindtheshoes said...

Great review :)

Rachelle Xxx

TheBristolBeautyBlog said...

Thanks to both of you!

@All Made Up - let me know what you think of the balm - I'll be interested to know!



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