Remember those times when you scraped your knee or had an accident with hot water or just had a bad case of dry patches or just about anything and your Grandma/Mother used to say just put this on immediately...
No? Well then you're like me. I've only learned about this when my mom came back from a trip. She bought this despite not knowing what the heck it was for. So I put on my Nancy Drew wig and proceeded to investigate. (via google, I'm the 2.0 version. Gotta keep up with the times!)
The little "clever" spiel I opened up with are actually true accounts on what it was and is still used for. You can say it's a multipurpose balm for your body.
This is a cult-status beauty product because of its no-brainer directions of use, being an all-around product and because of its healing properties that have been tried and tested and very well loved since its launch in the 1930s.
It was said that Arden used this on the legs of her prized horses to soothe them. One of her friend's son, had a scrape and used the balm on it which made it heal a lot faster.
The obvious uses for this are for chapped lips, elbows and knees, dry skin and nail/hand cream.
But you can also use this to tame brows, hydrate dry ends then rinse off, as a highlighter on the tops of your cheeks for a summer glow, on your collar bones for some sexiness, or you can even put it on top of your eye-shadow for a glow-y and sexy look.
I have tried this as a highlighter of sorts and it does look good because of the orange-y tint against my olive-yellow skin tone. The first time I experimented with this though was when I put it all-over my face, like a thick slab and it felt nice, just that people who saw me said, "why do you look darker? And greasy?"
|On my very vein-y manly hands. #sorrynotsorry|
Here is a swatch. The consistency is very gel-like but not cream as opposed to the name. A tiny bit runny but it is thick and sticky whenever I use it. Sometimes I use it as a night-time lip balm/treatment or use it on my elbows which will significantly soften when I wake up the next day. But I feel like plain 'ol petroleum does the trick too, just for the elbows and knees I mean.
This actually does have petroleum plus some beta-hydroxy acid and Vitamin E so I wouldn't necessarily lump it together with the petroleum you get from the drugstore.
It's a nice all-in-one tube that deserves the cult-status. Since it is definitely more of a luxury item, if you can get it that's awesome if not that's awesome too. I haven't experimented with this a lot so I haven't jotted-down the range of its uses mainly because its price and 30ml volume does not equate to "waste it on experiments that will mostly end in failure thus getting my ass on a plate if I accidentally finish this small bottle because of said experiments"
One thing I have to admit though is that the smell bothers me a bit. It's very, "tar"-like or just a deeper shoe-polish smell if you don't have any tar lying around to compare. I can't really put my finger on it. It will definitely set nostrils ablaze if people who are sensitive to smell gets a whiff of this.
There is actually an unscented version but I feel like this original one is more true to the actual "original formula" hence performs better.
Have you tried this? What products have you tried that have that "cult status"?
You can get this at www.elizabetharden.com for around $20 or www.strawberrynet.com for around Php 900