The Difference Between Salves & Balms

A frequently asked question that I get is “What the difference is between salves and balms?”

Often, I believe, the words can be used interchangeably; in fact, under the definition of ‘Salve’ in my dictionary it reads, “Something that soothes or heals; a balm”, and under the definition of ‘Balm’ it says, “An aromatic salve or oil”. So, basically the same thing, except in this dictionary one is fragrant, the other not!

Ruministics has our own take on the differences between salves and balms.

Our salves are made with jojoba oil and grapeseed oil.

Jojoba oil is a very stable, soothing oil that has great properties to remedy dry skin conditions.

Grapeseed is a relatively thin oil that absorbs easily into the skin and has calming and soothing properties.

Our balms are made with jojoba oil and avocado.

Jojoba oil: See above. :)

Avocado is a thicker oil, that is said to have more protective qualities for the skin, as well as being calming and soothing.

Another difference is that our balms contain more beeswax, making a thicker consistency, whereas the salves contain less beeswax and yield a slightly thinner consistency.

Both our salves and balms are fragranced using pure essential oils (No matter what the dictionary says!).

You may be wondering, “Should I use a salve or balm?”

If you’re looking for something that is easily absorbed in the skin and is a bit lighter in consistency, go for the salves. They provide protection against dry skin and are very soothing and softening to the skin.

They can be useful to moisturize hands, cuticles, elbows, knees, feet, beards, and even tattoos!

If you’re looking for a little more protection, especially during the winter, or if your skin is more susceptible to dryness, go for the balms. The balms provide extra protection against dry skin with their thicker consistency and can also be calming to the skin. The Tea Tree & Lavender  Balm can also be helpful in soothing bruises, small cuts and scrapes, as well as being useful for hands, cuticles, elbows, etc.

Leave a comment if you have more questions about salves and balms!


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