The Body Shop Amazonian Saviour

This balm has had so much love and attention on Instagram for its ability to improve the appearance of tattoos. Everything is right with this product – a lot of thought an attention has gone into it from sourcing babassu oil which is used as a traditional healer in Amazonian communities and also to revive their tattoos down to the label design created by well known tattooist, Saira Hunjan.

Babassu is traditionally used to soothe inflammation thanks to vitamin E and phytosterols but the entire balm is just nine ingredients – or is it? Because although the label says so, the Body Shop web site lists 11. (Helianthus, Annuus Seed Oil/Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower), Seed Oil, Cera Alba/Beeswax/Cire d’abeille, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Helianthus Annuus Seed Cera/Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Carapa Guaianensis SeedOil, Bisabolol, Tocopherol, Citric Acid).

It doesn’t smell of anything much – a bit waxy if anything (not suitable for vegans) – but that somehow makes it more unisex to my mind. While I’m not sure I’d rush to try and heal any scars or marks (although I was recently attacked by a rose bush so I might try it out on the scratches) I love the idea that it boosts tattoos and keeps the skin hydrated. It’s £9 HERE.

Also to note, it’s a 50ml pot – it looks huge in pictures but in real life it’s quite small.



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