Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Review: Móa rescue healing balm

I was sent the Móa 'Green Balm' with my September 2011 Glossybox and whilst I was intrigued by the fact that this product is organic, I hadn't heard of it before and I wasn't really expecting a great deal from it. I didn't use it right away, but once I opened the pot and caught a whiff of the clean tee-tree smell of this glorious little balm, I had to use it.

What are the balms uses? Móa says this:
  • soothe dry and itchy skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis
  • treat cold sores and chapped lips
  • apply to sore, red nostrils when you have the sniffles
  • mix with a little hot water and gargle to soothe a sore throat
  • calm sun-burnt or weathered skin ailments; even mild frostbite, so they say
  • help heal minor cuts, sores, bruises and burns
  • use on minor burns from the camp fire
  • use on rope burns and blisters and avoid scarring
  • zap those pesky insect bites and stings
  • use between the toes to help combat athlete's foot; it's a ramblers dream-cream!
I haven't used it for all of these ailments/conditions/circumstances. However, I can personally state that it is great for soothing itchy insect bites, chapped lips (it conditioned my dry and cracked lips wonderfully), and certainly does help with dry skin patches/cleansing. I mentioned that there is a tee-tree smell, although it is worth noting that the smell is incredibly subtle and not overpowering at all. The balm is colourless and the consistency is interesting. It is greasy in a sense as it has natural oils to help condition the skin, but it isn't unpleasant and it sinks in relatively quickly, leaving skin soft and nourished, not greasy to the touch (at least not in my experience).

So what is in this wonder balm?

"Each pot of moa the green balm is crammed with organic Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) a herb renowned for its nourishing and healing properties. Combined with tea tree oil, nature's powerful antiseptic, yarrow creates a miraculous healing synergy with endless therapeutic properties. Finally beeswax, coconut, sweet almond and soya bean oils help to soften, nourish and protect the skin, so you will be soft as a baby's bottom! We do NOT test our ingredients on our furry little friends."

How much is it?

They sell a "mini Móa" which contains 15ml of product for £4.99 or a 50ml tub for £9.99.

Is it worth it?

In my personal opinion, yes. Okay, so vaseline may be cheaper and claims to do the same sort of thing, however this brand is known to be cruelty free, uses organic ingredients, and is a small business. I personally enjoy supporting brands such as this, and frankly vaseline does nothing for the condition of my lips or dry skin. It just feels yucky and greasy, whereas this balm is like a little high-end luxury treatment to compare.

Will it suit my skin type?

I don't see why not, but don't sue me if you react to it! As it's made with all natural ingredients, and it doesn't irritate my sensitive skin, I think most people should be fine. I have combination skin and it nourished the dry areas without making a noticeable difference to my greasy areas (as in, it didn't make these greasier! I didn't expect it to stop my oily t-zone problem).

Overall I give this product an 8.5/10. I cannot comment on the customer service of the company itself as I received a sample through Glossybox. This review is based purely on the sample I received and is unbiased.


  1. I ordered a teeny 3ml sample of this from latest in beauty, I'm planning on using it on my lips :)

  2. I would highly recommend it on the lips as I have found that it really helps to keep my dry lips in check!