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Green Leaves Face Balm

Violet-scented balm for dry skin with acne

The Story

This potent balm was originally created after we received countless requests for an organic, super-gentle, healing, regulating acne potion. The violet-leaf-scented fruits of our labor: a lovely, green-tinted facial oil in a virgin coconut–virgin jojoba oil base that is antimicrobial, fully absorbent, and has a juicy and refreshing feel. The scent is green, leafy, and grassy in a wonderfully invigorating way, from that exquisite violet leaf absolute plus French lavender. 


This waterless vegan formula heals and prevents acne with thyme, regenerates skin cells and reverses wrinkles with rosemary verbenone, regulates oil secretion with clementine leaf and coconut oil, and reverses signs of aging with the lavender and violet. Violet leaf is a fascinating plant that acts both as an anti-acne and an anti-aging ingredient. 

While this oil is not at all drying (or irritating) in the way many anti-acne products are, the coconut oil in it makes it very gently astringent. If you have oily skin areas, they will stay more matte and over time become more balanced in terms of oil production. If your skin is on the dry side but still acne-prone, you can use this oil just on the problem spots, or try using the oil as the first layer and following with a noncomedogenic moisturizer as the second layer.

How does this balm compare to the other face balms we offer?

We currently offer three face balms, which are all quite different from one another. Green Leaves is a "juicy" type of balm that was designed for dry and mature skin with acne. It heals acne breakouts with lemon thyme while preventing acne scars. Its base is melt-on-contact anti-inflammatory and hydrating virgin coconut oil, and the scent of Green Leaves is just irresistible: violet leaf, holy basil, and French lavender. Tigress is a medium-weight to light "dry" balm for normal and combination to acne and oily skin types. It is healing to skin disorders such as rosacea, and it contains several anti-acne yet nondrying ingredients. Yasuni is one step lighter; it is a very lean antioxidant and enzymatic balm without any essential oils. Yasuni controls oil production in oily skin and decreases and prevents blackheads, while providing a high dose of antioxidants. Its enzymatic exfoliating properties help resurface the skin in a way comparable to retinol, but without causing redness, irritation, or intense peeling.


Green Leaves is one of a handful of products I won't be without. It has transformed my skin and keeps it so clear.

- Kelsey


Skin Types

For acne, acne-prone, oily, combination, sensitive, damaged, dry, or mature skin types.


Virgin cold-press unrefined Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil*†, virgin cold-press unrefined golden Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil*, Rosmarinus officinalis ct. verbenone (rosemary) oil*, Thymus vulgaris ct. linalool (thyme) oil*, hexane-free Viola odorata (violet) leaf absolute*, Lavandula angustifolia (French lavender) oil†, Citrus clementine leaf oil*, Ocimum sanctum (holy basil) oil*, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract.

*Certified organic.  †Responsibly wildcrafted.

All absolutes are hexane free whenever available.

Certified cruelty free, vegan, handcrafted, small batch. Gluten free.


Apply day and night onto freshly cleansed skin, all over the face or just on the oily or acne areas, or use as an acne spot treatment. The balm may be solid, semi-solid, or liquid depending on your home's temperature. If it turns liquid, stir it periodically to remix. Keep away from sunlight and excessive heat (above 80 degrees F) for maximum shelf life. Does not require refrigeration.

Freshness guaranteed for 6 months. Full size 30 ml (1 fl oz). Travel/sample size 6 ml (0.2 fl oz).

Due to the very high cost of our ingredients and the labor-intensive (highly time consuming) small-batch production process, we are unable to accept returns of opened or unopened products at this time. But most products have a sample size option for purchase, so we encourage you to buy a sample first to ensure that the product suits your skin's needs and that you enjoy the texture, fragrance, and healing properties. 

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Customer Reviews

Based on 37 reviews
Guess I'll have to keep it in the fridge..

So I bought the sample size off someone else from a beauty group I belong to. Despite the recent warmer temps, it arrived solid, though soft. We live in a three story townhouse whose upper floor is always the hottest. The temp dropped from mid 80s yesterday to the mid 70s yet when I opened the jar tonight to use it for the first time it ran out all over my sink as it had totally melted. So thankful that I opened it over my sink (total coincidence). I hope to update my post later regarding efficacy but wanted to post the warning that it definitely will melt (as indicated in the description) above 80 degrees and if you order over the warmer months you may want to put it in your fridge over night before opening in case it melted in transit.


I usually cannot use coconut oil at all on my face, but this stuff is fantastic! Not only does it not make me break out it moisturizes my skin and helps any break outs. Absolutely wonderful in every way.

Wonderful earthy smell!

The intoxicating smell that this balm delivers is so calming to me. This balm not only calms my redness on my cheeeks but it helps calm me mentally. The smell is so fresh and pure! I received my balm when the whether was 20 degrees below zero. The balm calmed my skin in this extreme temperature!

Green leaves face balm

Thank you thank you thank you Ava! I’ve been waiting for such a product! I have been using Earthwise products for a few years now & have never been disappointed. As far as this balm goes, I am a very fair, natural blue eyed blonde thus I have drier skin; being so very blessed to be a cancer survivor I have to take chemo that controls my hormones sometimes causing me to get some blemishes & pimples...this balm really works to help stop blemishes & pimples without drying my skin plus if one sneaks in the balm helps diminish & heal the irritation. Excellent product

Mixed Feelings

I wanted to LOVE this product, but I find it so difficult to use. I can't get mine to stay solid at all so when I open it products runs everywhere and I end up wasting a lot of the expensive formula. I do refrigerate it to keep it in the solid balm form, but on busy days I just skip it because I don't feel like running downstairs and doing part of my routine at the fridge. I think it's worth trying because it does calm my breakouts and textures - just be aware that it's not super user friendly!