November 19, 2012

beauty scoop | zum rub moisturizer frankincense & myrrh

Get ready for some company, tea tree oil and jojoba oil: I’m ready to induct another natural beauty product into my acne-fighting hall of fame.

Zum Rub Moisturizer in Frankincense & Myrrh has been my go-to nighttime acne treatment of choice for the past two weeks, and I’ve experienced some phenomenal results.

zum rub frankincense and myrrh kimberlyloc acne treatment

{I bought Zum Rub Moisturizer in Frankincense & Myrrh for $9.50 at my local Whole Foods Market. Photo Courtesy Indigo Wild}

First, frankincense, like tea tree oil and lavender, is known for its antifungal properties as well as its astringent and anti-inflammatory benefits.

Myrrh, frankincense’s usual partner in acne-fighting crime, has these same properties and is most well-known for its ability to treat wounds.

These two complexion-clearing oils come together in an amazing base of sunflower seed oil, grapeseed oil and coconut oil to create a light moisturizing treatment that stopped the onset of a cystic acne pimple on my chin.

Seriously.

Typically, when I feel an under-the-skin pimple forming, I can do nothing more than dab tea tree oil on it every night and hope for the best. I’ve never successfully prevented a cystic pimple from forming with this approach, but I’ve usually been able to keep it from becoming infected.

However, when I used the Zum Rub Moisturizer in Frankincense & Myrrh liberally on my chin when I felt the beginning of the cyst forming, it took just three days of continued use to go from a small knot under the skin to nothing at all.

The cystic pimple never ballooned up in size and caused that painful, unsightly bump on my face.

In addition to stopping acne flareups in their tracks, I like that Zum Rub Moisturizer in Frankincense & Myrrh is one of those inexpensive, easily accessible, multipurpose products that just happens to made right here in Kansas City.

Points for being a local!

It also wins skincare points with me because though I tend to be a pure oil addict when it comes to skin moisturizers, I like that Zum Rub Moisturizer in Frankincense & Myrrh basically just solidifies (thanks to coconut oil, beeswax and shea) my favorite effective skincare oils, like grapeseed oil, into an easy-to-apply, no-mess skin treatment that works.

Let’s take a peek at the other oh-so-good-for-your-skin ingredients:

Certified organic sunflower oil, grapeseed oil, coconut oil, beeswax (natural, not refined or bleached), carnauba wax, shea butter, goat’s milk, essential oils, fragrance oil & vitamin E.

The only drawback to Zum Rub Moisturizer in Frankincense & Myrrh? Your nose may not love the scent. I find the aroma of frankincense and myrrh quite soothing, though; it’s a woodsy sort of spice that reminds me of a morning hike and lots of fresh air.

If you’ve got problematic skin, I think you should give Zum Rub Moisturizer in Frankincense & Myrrh a try. Report back and let me know how it works for you!

(Another Zum product on my list for total-body breakout prevention: Zum Bar in Frankincense & Myrrh)

Have you found any holy grail, natural acne treatments? Please share them in the comments section!

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  • http://www.mimiandchichi.com/ Jess

    Man I need to get some of this!

  • http://www.kimberlyloc.com kimberlyloc

    @jess it’s awesome! totally recommend.

  • Tina

    KIM! After reading your review on this product, I HAD to buy it … like right away … as in yesterday as soon as I read your blog post, haha! Anyways, so I had one of those cystic acne, like where my entire chin felt swollen. So I treated it with the zum rub last night, and lo and behold, it LITERALLY disappeared OVERNIGHT!!! I’m recommending this product to EVERYONE I know now and will be linking back to your page for the full review!!! Thanks for sending me a lifesaver!

  • http://www.kimberlyloc.com kimberlyloc

    @tina i am so happy you read my review, tried it and liked it! it makes me so happy to read comments like this, and even happier to know that you’ve taken my word for it and reported back happily! :) this frankincense & myrrh rub is the bomb. definitely a “holy grail” product. enjoy!!! xo

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  • mangomadness

    I just purchased Zum Rub Moisturizer in Frankincense & Myrrh. I hope it helps with my treating my occasional cystic acne break outs.

    • http://www.kimberlyloc.com kimberlyloc

      @mangomadness i hope it does, too! it is a lifesaver for me. let me know how it works/how you like it!!!

  • http://beautyandthebibliophile.blogspot.com Tara (@BandtheBBlog)

    I struggle w/ acne & love the smell of this! I’ve bought other Zum products in this scent for a friend, so I know I’ll be fine w/ the scent. :)

    • http://www.kimberlyloc.com/ kimberlyloc

      How has it been working out for you, Tara?

  • Rhonda

    I’ve used Zum Rub solely on the balls of my feet. After pregnancy weight-gain, I had the usual dry, cracked feet. I’d soak, scrape and moisturize, repeat for YEARS. My friend makes her own moisturizer, but we live 7 hours away so I can’t get hers. I was in the store and saw Zum Rum. The ingredients are JUST like my friend’s! So I bought it KNOWING how it works and within 3 weeks, I had the feet of a 1 year old baby and still do! Just a dab all over the bottom of your feet and no more scraping. I didn’t know it worked for acne, so will have to try it when I find another supplier because where I bought it no longer carries it.

  • http://www.kimberlyloc.com kimberlyloc

    @rhonda that’s an awesome story! zum rub by indigo wild is awesome. it really is a multipurpose product with SO many benefits. i hope you find a new supplier soon! xo

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  • http://beautyandadreamer.blogspot.co.uk/ Chloé Elizabeth

    Do you still depend on this for spot treatment, or have you found something better? Thanks :)

    • http://www.kimberlyloc.com/ kimberlyloc

      This is my holy grail! I pretty much use this every night, all over my face, because it’s a moisturizer + acne preventative :) I have a separate spot treatment (Osmia Organics) that I use if I have a REALLY big problem on my face, but Zum Rub pretty much keeps me clear. :) Highly recommend!

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  • Phuong Nguyen

    I just ordered this without a second thought!

    • http://www.kimberlyloc.com/ kimberlyloc

      I hope it works for you, Phuong! Please keep me updated. I know how you feel!

      • Phuong Nguyen

        I just received it in the mail yesterday and used some last night. I really layered it on and I am seriously so amazed by it already! I wasn’t greeted by new breakouts this morning as I have become accustomed to!

        • http://www.kimberlyloc.com/ kimberlyloc

          oh happy dance!!!! this is going to be your new holy grail :) i’m glad you’re already seeing results. truly amazing product.

          • Phuong Nguyen

            Happy dance party! I am truly amazed! Thank you so much! I would never have found this without you. I’ve never used anything with such quick results! This week, I have definitely gained some confidence in my appearance again, it was that bad!
            Since using it this week, I didn’t get any cysts, just some small pimples that went away quite quickly. I’m sure in the next week or two, my skin will make a full recovery :)

            I don’t know if you have tried before, but are the other scents of Zum Rub as effective as frankincense and myrrh?

          • http://www.kimberlyloc.com/ kimberlyloc

            I am so thrilled it worked for you! I never doubted it, of course :) It is magical! I actually had a cyst // knot forming on my nose this week, slapped on some Zum Rub and it was gone the next day. I’m telling you! :) I hope you enjoy it and it helps you get back to the beautiful skin I’m sure you have!

            I haven’t tried many of the other scents from Zum Rub. I do have the lavender rub and keep that at work for calming moments. Lavender is supposed to be very beneficial for breakouts, too, but I stick with frankincense and myrrh because I know it works! What do you think about the scent?

          • Phuong Nguyen

            Thanks Kim, I think they would make great gifts too!

            I think the scent is quite sexy! Definitely could double up as a perfume. I am just always curious when I see many yummy options! When I need to stock up on frankincense and myrrh, I’ll get a couple more to do a tiny experiment. I’ll definitely get back to you on its effectiveness!

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  • Kelli W

    So I just purchased Zum Rub Moisturizer in Frankincense & Myrrh :) and have been using it along with their Lemongrass gentle cleanser, Lemongrass gentle toner, and Lemongrass gentle scrub for the last 2 days. How much do you apply of the Rub? Do you use F&M moisturizer during the day? I have been applying it all over my face, but I think I am being too conservative as I am always afraid of new products as much as I want to believe they will work for my skin. I have PCOS and have been struggling for 5 years with this out of control hormonal acne. Would love to find a organic solution to helping my skin heal and maintain clear. Would love to hear more of your thoughts on what I have going on. You got me convinced to try this new series of products. Especially the F&M rub since I was researching putting Frankincense with my straight organic coconut oil, but loved how these products included all the oils I had been reading about for acne/healing. Thank you, Kim!

    • http://www.kimberlyloc.com/ kimberlyloc

      I’ve had facialists use the Lemongrass cleanser on me, and it’s quite nice! Smart of you to snatch that up … I’m very sporadic with cleansers, so I haven’t purchased it myself just yet.

      For the rub, I apply it ALL OVER MY FACE! :) I am prone to breakouts basically everywhere, though it’s typically my chin, forehead and sides of my face by my sideburns and high cheeks.

      I have also spot-treated, but with this rub, it’s also great moisture, so I have no issue using it everywhere. I am also heavy handed with it … I only use it at night, so there’s no issue with being a shiny mess :)

      If I use it during the day, it’s ONLY to spot treat because it is greasy/shiny. I have a small sample tin of the lavender rub; I need to get a small tin of F+M because little treatments throughout the day would help (the lavender doesn’t really do much for me…but at least it’s antibacterial so I suppose it helps to a degree).

      I’m not sure what’s going on with your system … I really can’t speak to that! I’m assuming PCOS messes with your hormones a lot, so you get hormonal acne :( I get it too just based on how my body reacts during the regular cycles of the month. I’d say just be patient with it, and see if you can uncover patterns in your skin’s health throughout the month. Also, talk to your doc and make sure s/he knows you want to a gentle, natural solution to dealing with your breakouts! Some docs are more open to the holistic approach than others … you may be surprised!

      Let me know how this works for you! It has been a gem at clearing deep, cystic acne for me and very active red pimples. I used it last night on the mess going on on my chin and it calmed it down very nicely.

      xoxo

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