laurel whole plant organics | transform daily facial balm

laurel whole plant organics transform daily facial balm

Though balms aren’t usually my thing in the summertime, during extreme weather changes (it was in the 60s in Kansas City this week…), my skin needs a little comfort from the changing temperatures.

That’s why I’m thankful to have various face balms in my beauty arsenal, but one that really stands out to me is Laurel Whole Plant Organics’ Transform Daily balm.

laurel whole plant organics transform daily facial balm

{I purchased Laurel Whole Plant Organics’ Transform Daily. It costs $80 for a 30 ml Miron glass jar.}

If you read my review of Laurel’s “Restore Nightly” Balm, you know I’m for real when I say how much I love her balms. I recommend them constantly, and have purchased the full sizes of both the day and evening balms for my skincare collection.

So that answers the whole “repurchase” question up front. Yes, these are staples.

What’s not as clear, though, and I struggled with this myself, is this: Do I really need both of these facial balms?

In short, probably not, but I did purchase both because I truly appreciate the formulations behind each of these balms.

Here’s the difference in ingredients:

(Yes, I really did put her ingredients into a spreadsheet and over-analyze them.)

laurel whole plant organics face balm comparisonAs you can see, there’s a few different ingredients strategically selected for daytime vs. nighttime application.

For the daytime balm, Laurel included organic red raspberry seed and cranberry seed oils, which are known for their natural sun protection properties.

Her evening balm includes tamanu and pomegranate, which help with acne, heals damaged skin and delivers vitamin A. These are perfect for your bedtime regimen, especially the vitamin A-rich pomegranate!

And while your skin may be repairing itself all day long, it’s pretty easy to understand that if your skin is shielded from the elements and in a low-stress, low-activity setting (aka dreamland), it can more efficiently heal itself.

Essential oils of neroli, carrot seed and lemon balm brighten up the herbal base of the daytime balm, while essential oils of myrrh and rose in the evening balm lull you to dreamland with their comforting aromas.

laurel whole plant organics transform daily facial balm

Each balm contains Laurel’s famous in-house biodynamic blend of ingredients designed to protect the skin. It’s quite amazing how many thoughtful, active ingredients she packs into these balms (and her entire line) without it ever feeling — or smelling — like overkill.

Here’s everything inside Laurel Whole Plant Organics Transform Daily Facial Balm:

Jojoba Oil˚, Shea Butter˚, Rosehip Seed Oil˚, Red Raspberry Seed Oil˚, Borage Seed Oil˚, Cranberry Seed Oil˚, Almond Oil˚, Evening Primrose Oil˚, Sesame Oil˚, Beeswax˚, Sea Buckthorn Oil˚, Rosemary Extract˚; in-house biodynamic proprietary blend of Gotu Kola˚, Calendula˚, Comfrey˚, Nettle˚, Chamomile˚, Licorice˚, Red Clover˚, Lemon Balm˚, Astragalus˚, Yarrow˚, Elderflower˚, Horsetail˚; essential oils of Sandalwood˚, Neroli˚, Carrot Seed˚, Lemon Balm˚ ˚signifies certified organic ingredient

Like the nighttime balm, Laurel’s daytime balm has the most perfect texture and consistency. It doesn’t take much to have it melt into your skin and glide effortlessly over your face and neck.

You can build it up to your skin’s liking (my oily skin just needs a thin layer), or apply it just to your cheeks or other dry patches on your face.

I touched on the scent earlier, but this herbaceous blend does have that “brighter” scent thanks to neroli and lemon balm; it’s by no means citrus-y, but it does perk your senses more, especially when you can directly compare the daytime and evening balms side by side.

Scent aside (which is typically how people, including myself, choose what to buy), it’s a pretty difficult choice between the two balms. The evening balm does cost $8 more, but if you’re already spending 80 bucks, does it really matter? Get the one you want, price aside.

If you’re not really into oils on your face during the day, a daytime balm probably isn’t going to be your thing, so I’d go for the evening balm. But with that said, there’s no one stopping you from using the daytime balm at night and the nighttime balm during the day.

That, my friends, is why it all comes down to ingredients — and why you’ve now stopped laughing at my spreadsheet screenshot and are over-analyzing it just as much as I was. Choose the ingredients that speak to you, or the ones that you know work well with your skin.

Quite honestly, with Laurel’s balms, you can’t go wrong.

Which balm would you choose and why? Have you tried anything from Laurel’s collection? What ingredients work well for your skin during the day and at night? Tell me in the comments section!


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  • Gurl…re: that screenshot, you’re the bee’s knees. Great idea, though seriously. I haven’t used oil balms for some time now, but I love the hues of Laurel’s (that beautiful golden yellow)–my mum is a huge, huge fan of her Healing Balm (and now is totally hooked on May Lindstrom’s Blue Cocoon). xx

    • Hehe, thanks Jade! I knew you would appreciate that :) I looooove balms so much. Oils are my favorite, but balms are next. Creams aren’t really my thing, but I do have a few that i like. Laurel (and May!) make some great balms. Blue Cocoon smells sooooooo good. I like to use that for redness and irritation. xx

  • Stacey

    I love her night time balm. It totally tamed my highly exacerbated over inflammed skin around my mouth and nose area. I’m not even exaggerating when I say the area was bright red and very sensitive for about a year. Nothing helped until i tried her balm. I did use other products in conjunction but I really think her balm healed my skin. I was so impressed I even emailed them. I’ve since purchased other products that I love. I may try her day time balm after I’m finished with her night time balm. They last forever even with me slathering that baby on my skin when it was particulary bad.

  • I need to try LWPO! I haven’t tried her products, but they always get rave reviews. this balm looks wonderful ♥

  • Kelly

    Currently using her antioxidant serum and sampled her balms, all amazing. I love all the care she puts in making her products.

  • Marcella Tam

    I’ve been dropping myself hints to just buy a darn Laurel Balm already and your spreadsheet made it so easy to choose, ahh! Balms are so intense and concentrated – I’ve been shying away from them because it might be too much for my combination acne-prone skin (which gets clogged really easily). But I can see why they’re fantastic for skin. The night balm would be fantastic with my skin but the bright citrus scent of the day balm would win me over! Day balm it is.

  • LWPO’s ingredient lists are truly stellar and swoonworthy. All their products are so beautifully composed and I really must try more from them!

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