When you get a pot this small asking for £40 it needs to contain something very special indeed. I don’t like the idea that there might be a ‘clean’ surcharge – paying more for keeping the planet tidy and your skin free from unfriendly ingredients seems every kind of wrong. However, the REN Evercalm Overnight Recovery Balm does feel pretty damn good on the skin – in fact, one of the most lovely balms I think I’ve ever used. I continue to think that REN has put itself in a price bracket that its consumers can’t maintain…and that there’s room for a ‘REN Basics’ range…(I’ve suggested it.. deaf ears, deaf ears!) but what do I know? I love this brand and rarely come across anything that isn’t a fine example of its kind.
You can see in the picture above that it’s a beautiful, sleek and glossy balm, a million miles away from the hefty, oil laden balms that lie shinily on your skin. Made for skin that’s sensitive or prone to sensitive moments, it’s all about lipids – if your skin is lacklustre, dry and rough-feeling, it’s probably short on natural skin lipids (protective oils that keep skin soft, comfortable and supple). This balm is formulated with lipids from olive, almond, borage and linseed oils, treated for easy absorption. You’d benefit from this if your skin is weather beaten, over-sunned or naturally very dry. In terms of skin feel, it doesn’t have that thick, oily texture that many balms have – it forms a mildly waxy feel over the complexion (reassuring as it prevents more moisture leaving your skin) and is high in comfort.
My skin isn’t sensitive particularly so it’s very difficult to say what it can do in terms of soothing, but think of it more as an SOS cream that’s perfect after outdoor exercise or dry flare ups. Oh, I should also mention that a little goes a long way – it’s a loose formula so you can be frugal with it as you don’t need much. Everything about this is recyclable. It’s at M&S HERE.
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I love REN and agree entirely re the price aspect – I try to buy good ingredients as I have very sensitive, eczema-prone skin, and I cannot afford to try more than one of their products at a time!
I love the sound of this, but I wouldn’t buy it due to how expensive it is!
Totally agree Jane. REN is a core brand in my skincare routine but the price has put me off trying out products occasionally e.g. Perfect Canvas at £50. I have found some online retailers though who have REN bargains (Gorgeous Shop & All Beauty)
I adore REN, it pretty much singlehandedly vanquished dedcades of eczema about 12 years ago.
They’re getting a bit carried away with trends that seem to me to be contrary to their ‘Tread softly’ ethos, but as long as the old faves remain, nobody’s forcing me!
I do looove a luxurious balm. Intesesting to see how glossy/soft this seems: my gold standard(s) are the Decléor night balms, and they’re v. different. Looking forward to testing this in comparison with Lush Ultrabalm, of similar consistency, and which *should* be really problem-free but. amazingly, can sometimes irritate; and little does, these days.
One other thing, speaking a really happy ‘natural’ skincare devotee.
I strongly believe that REN (and maybe Neal’s Yard) are the absolute upper limit in justifiable cost, and possible luxury in this bit of the market..
Any ‘green’ oil or cream that’s hitting £80+ should certainly get a deathray stare, in my experience. (And if it contains mineral oil, or even loads of squalene……well!)
*evil demon emoji thjng*
Great great review, terrific, thank so much