leahlani skincare | bless beauty balm

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In a care package filled to the brim with Hawaiian goodies, Leahlani Skincare’s Bless Beauty Balm immediately captured my attention thanks to its pretty pink color and sweet, floral-citrus citrus scent.

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{Leahlani Skincare sent me a sample of its Bless Beauty Balm. It costs $48 for a 30 ml glass jar.}

Described as a “delicate, silken moisture melt for your skin” Bless Beauty Balm could not be more succinctly articulated. This softer-than-pudding face balm has a unique texture that combines the density you look for in a balm with the spreadability you look for in a cream.

It smells lightly of cocoa, orange and flowers for a fresh, island punch aroma that is extremely addictive. That’s thanks to an interesting blend of cocoa butter, neroli, blue tansy and orchid. What a combination!

Though it’s waterless by design, Leahlani Skincare’s Bless Beauty Balm feels extremely hydrating; it’s a treat to use after a healthy dousing of moisturizing toner to help lock in the goodness of these skin-moisturizing ingredients.

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Organic cold pressed argan oil (Argania spinosa), organic cold pressed camellia seed oil (Camellia oleifera), organic Shea butter (Butyrospermum Parkii), organic cocoa butter (Theobroma Cacao), organic cold pressed maracuja passionflower oil (Passiflora Incarnata), organic cold pressed moringa oil (Moringa Oleifera), organic cold pressed marula oil (Sclerocarya Birrea ), cymbidium grandiflorum orchid extract, wildcrafted blue tansy oil (Tanacetum annuum), neroli oil (Aurantium Dulcis), organic rosehip fruit (Rosa Moschata), rose clay and LOVE.

A base of argan oil, camellia seed oil, shea butter and cocoa butter keep the beauty balm feeling balanced with just enough slip and thickness. These oils and butters are high in oleic acid, which is especially beneficial for dry skin types, as oleic acid offers a richness that helps keep skin feeling petal soft.

Which leads me to my intrigue around the inclusion of cocoa butter in this formula. I have fond memories of my mother using cocoa butter all over her body to stay soft and stretch-mark free.

But, I’ve always found cocoa butter to be too thick for moisturizing my combination-oily, acne-prone face (seriously, I’ve tried straight cocoa butter on my face before — just no).

Leahlani’s Bless Beauty Balm has me reconsidering. I’ve been applying half dime-sized amounts overnight to my cheeks, which can develop dry patches, and have not seen any irritation or congestion.

Though I’m quite conservative with how I use Bless as a moisturizer, I’m a complete lush when it comes to using it as a cleansing balm.

Many cleansing balms have a thicker or even coarser texture that make you work at warming them in your hands before applying. Other balms transform into liquids almost immediately.

With Bless, the buttery soft, slow-melt-into-oil texture has you ready to apply it straight away without worrying about it becoming too liquidy before you’ve had a chance to enjoy its consistency.

This is an absolutely indulgent way to use Bless; I scoop out a quarter-sized amount and massage my face for as long as possible (like, 10 minutes) so I can truly wind down and enjoy the beautiful aromas.

This jar won’t last for long if I keep this up, but I think it’s worth it. Leahlani’s Bless Beauty Balm is unlike any beauty balm I’ve tried, and I appreciate the complex scent that’s captured in this creation. This is easily a repurchase for me thanks to its multipurpose function and beautiful form.

What have you tried from Leahlani? What are your favorite cleansing balms and moisturizing balms? Do you use cocoa butter on your face? Tell me in the comments section!

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