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Yasuni Face Balm

Featherlight balm for sensitive skin

The Story

As soon as we launched our first face balm, Tigress, requests poured in for more face balms for more skin types, especially a balm without essential oils that would be appropriate for very sensitive skin. Ava had been immersed in a self-imposed plant butter study for two years by then, so creating a second balm was a matter of narrowing down the list of remarkable ingredients we already had on hand, and creating a focus for this new balm. 

Yasuni is based on fruit oils that have particularly high and wide-ranging phytonutrient levels and enzymatic action. This balm works similarly to a retinol on the skin, exfoliating and resurfacing it, but with none of the irritation, redness, or peeling often caused by actual retinol products. It is also an ideal balm for healing acne and reducing blackheads and oil production. 

Yasuni is named after the Yasuni National Park in Ecuador. Not many people outside of environmentalist circles have heard about this rainforest, but it is one of the most precious natural reserves still left on earth. Many scientists believe that is it the most biodiverse place on the planet, with record numbers of animal and plant species per geographic area. The story of the Yasuni rainforest is heartbreaking, because oil drilling has begun there despite the region's ecological importance. There is currently insufficient international support to help the government of Ecuador to maintain this natural reserve intact. We hope to raise awareness about this area so that we are all reminded to make purchasing and lifestyle choices with our planet in mind. 

Benefits

Yasuni is, believe it or not, one step lighter than even the Tigress face balm. As we mentioned above, the star feature of this balm is its enzymatic mild exfoliation from fruit oils alone. The açai oil exfoliates and resurfaces the skin similarly to a retinol product, but being a fruit oil, it doesn't overexfoliate or cause redness or intense peeling. Even more retinol-like action is supplied by the buriti oil, which is exceptionally high in betacarotenes. The enzymes keep sebum oil production in check, so oily skin types become more balanced and are not shiny at the end of the day, and the appearance of blackheads is greatly reduced over time. 

The deep green, whole-fruit açai fruit oil we've sourced is also the acne sufferer's dream come true: this very light, extract-like oil heals and dries up acne due to its enzymes and high vitamin C content, and unlike most other effective acne ingredients, it is nonirritating. The açai oil's anti-acne action is supported by the astringent kokum butter (cold extracted from mangosteen kernels), which helps to minimize pores, speed healing of acne breakouts, and promote skin firmness.

A few plant butters and other oils worth highlighting are the hydrating marula oil and cupuaçu butter, firming tucuma butter, deeply penetrating bacuri butter, sun-damage-correcting raspberry oil, and revitalizing cranberry oil.

The Scent

At first impression, Yasuni smells lightly fruity from the raspberry and cranberry oils, but there is also the grown-up element of freshly picked green coffee beans, and hints of fertile soil from the bacuri and of desert wind from the kokum butter. A very light, berry-like, and nonlingering scent overall. 

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. Yasuni 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 exfoliating properties help resurface the skin in a way comparable to retinol, but without causing redness, irritation, or intense peeling. 

Tigress is one step heavier: it 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.

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.

 

Yasuni is such an unusual balm, being both lightweight and very quickly absorbed by the skin, but also incredibly nourishing.There is just something about this balm that instantly clicked for me. It just soaks into the skin, leaving it plump and satiated and absolutely glowing. It is also unusual in the green beauty sphere since it is made without any essential oils or absolutes, so its appeal is not that easy to describe with fanciful imagery. You just have to try it yourself to understand why it is such a brilliant and unique take on what a balm can be.

– Lavanya of The Boxwalla

 

 

Skin Types

For all skin types, including blackhead-prone, congestion-prone, allergy-prone, and sensitive. Oily, blackhead-prone, and combination skin types will benefit from the oiliness-reducing properties. Dry skin types can use Yasuni as an overnight enzymatic exfoliator or as their light summer "moisturizer."

Yasuni also makes a medium-weight firming daytime moisturizer with a few drops of Ruby Face Oil or Magical Babassu Face Oil added to it and blended briefly in a ceramic bowl (choose Ruby if your skin is normal to combination, and choose Magical Babassu if your skin is dry). 

Ingredients

Cold-press unrefined Theobroma grandiflorum (cupuaçu) seed butter†, cold-press unrefined Garcinia indica (kokum) seed butter†, cold-press unrefined Platonia insignis (bacuri) seed butter†, cold-press unrefined Astrocaryum tucuma seed butter†, cold-press unrefined Euterpe oleracea (açai) fruit oil†, cold-press unrefined non-GMO Vaccinium macrocarpon (cranberry) seed oil (organic whenever available), cold-press unrefined Rubus ideaus (raspberry) seed oil*, cold-press unrefined Coffea arabica (green coffee) seed oil†, cold-press unrefined Sclerocarya birrea (marula) seed oil*, tocopherol (vit. E from non-GMO sunflowers), cold-press unrefined Mauritia flexuosa (buriti) fruit oil†, Sambucus nigra (elderberry) fruit extract.

*Certified organic. †Responsibly wildcrafted.

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

Directions

Apply day and night all over the face or just on the more oily, acne-prone, and blackhead-prone areas. Yasuni may be blended with our Farizad's Veil Sun Reflector to add sun protection and to mattify the skin. Yasuni may also be blended with a few drops of a facial oil of choice for a looser, juicier balm. 

Your balm may melt in transit, so open the jar carefully upon arrival. If it melts partially or completely, place it in the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes (just until it solidifies; don't leave it there for too long because then it tends to crack), then store at room temperature or in the refrigerator. Texture changes in 100% natural vegan products are natural under fluctuating temperatures, and do not in any way affect the product's performance or shelf life.

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

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this balm is everything!

Forget your acid toners and scrubs - use this balm. now, It feels sooo soothing but it's got natural ezymes to gently 'polish' your skin. Perfect for a light-weight nighttime routine.

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A.W.
Versatile, Great for all skin!

I have nothing but great things to say about the Yasuni face balm! I absolutely love using this, whether it be for night or day time. The scent is lovely but is not over the top, as there are no essential oils used for fragrance. It is lightweight, but incredibly moisturizing. It sinks right in and gets to work hydrating and sealing off the skin. My skin tone looks calmed and even after using this along with other EWB products. Not to mention, their shipping is perfection. I’ve ordered 4 or so times from EWB and her sister shop, PNW Essences, and everything arrives perfectly packaged and quickly too! Thank you Ava and team!!!

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K.
Love this balm

This was my first time trying a balm, I got the sample size at first, I only use this one at night, I have combo acne prone skin and I like to go light in the AM under my makeup which is also hydrating. It hasn’t broken me out at all and what I’ll do is use resiliency and then Yasuni and I wake up with hysdrated and plump looking skin. I was suffering with some dry skin this winter and since doing this and using other earthwise products that completely gone and I feel balanced. I LOVE that there are no fillers and that she doesn’t use grape seed or sunflower seed oil like some higher end brands. I didn’t even finish the sample before I bought the full size and I’m going to give my mom the rest of the sample try because I’m sure she will love it.

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L.
another winner

I started with the small size jar, comparing to the Tigress balm. When it ran out, I immediately order another small jar. I've been trying for many years to fade a sun spot on my cheek and slowly it was diminishing. When the 2nd small jar ran out, i purchase the large jar. i like it better than the Tigress - though i like that one as well for the very dry patches on my skin but thats a different review. This balm is hard but warm your hands first, it will give a little and then it will melt into your skin. As it does, it almost has a cooling effect. The freckles and sun spots are fading, ever so slightly and progressively. Its now a must have. Summer is approaching and i will have to see how it feels then but it does melt in quickly and then my skin is just soft. Also helps with those faint lines of age around the eyes and lips. I followup with the Resiliency/carrot-a-day (yes, i've been using that product forever :-) ).
Give it a try. its wonderful. i thought the idea of a balm for my face was a crazy idea! go figure! thanks so much Ava for your brilliance!

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V.
Hard balm

I like most aspects of this balm overall- the high pitched fresh foliage forward, grassy scent in the beginning took me some getting used to,
But the tart and tangy fruit smells prevail once the balm settles.
I find this seems gentle and non irritating to my sensitive combination skin- but I think I need to wait more long term for results. It has only been a few weeks since I started using.
I do wish that it melted a bit easier, maybe because I tend toward very cool hands, this kinda piles up on them and I have a hard time trying it get it to sink in evenly from hands to face.