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.


The first thing you notice about this green-tinted oil is its scent. OMG! It smells like fresh green leaves but combined with the most sophisticated violet/lavender and the earthy aroma of petrichor, the smell of earth right after a rain shower, after a long dry period! ...It helps me center myself and lift my mood, especially when I'm feeling tired or sulky…. When used as a facial oil all over the face, I notice that it regulates/balances the oil production (my skin is less oily now), while giving my face a hydrated yet velvety-matte look and feel… a keeper for me for its acne-purging, hydrating yet mattifying, and aromatherapy purposes.

- Shradda of SkinSleuth


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.


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 1 fl. oz. (30 ml). Travel/sample size 0.2 fl. oz. (6 ml).

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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Based on 32 reviews
Most amazingly green scent

And that's only the beginning. This oil is lighter than my beloved Magical Babassu but would be ideal for those with oilier skin. I can see how it would be especially beneficial for those with acne. And the scent is so green and lovely. That, alone, is reason enough to love it.

But, alas, it's just not quite moisturizing enough for my very dry skin so I will continue with the ever-fabulous Magical Babassu.


This is the only product with coconut oil that my skin likes, usually anything with coconut oil in it breaks my skin out very bad but this product not only doesn't break me out it actually gets rid of and helps prevent my skin from breaking out. I love everything about this product from the color, the light scent, the texture, the performance, I am in love.

Customer for life!

The only product that worked on my stubborn deep painful cystic acne. I use it as spot application and magic happens! Love her devotion to each and every product. Love.


This is the only product to work consistently when it comes to calming any acne breakouts and reducing the swelling and redness that comes with it. I decided to go one week without it just to determine if I was suffering from that "new product euphoria" that often comes along with the purchase of any highly recommended skincare product. Needless to say my skin paid the price, I was irritable and inflamed two days into my self induced restraint. Nothing calms my skin like this does and it is definitely worth the's even a bargain in my eyes given the results I've gotten. Those suffering from hormonal acne will know how rare it is to find a product that does what it claims to do but after trying hundreds of products over the past 14 years, I have finally found a brand that lives up to its promises. I look forward to expanding my collection of Earthwise Beauty products as I know they will not disappoint me.

great against acne

I love the smell and color of this :) And I really love that it will stop my hormonal acne right away. After spot applying for just 2 days it will be almost gone. I also started using this as a layer after a moisturizer and before a heavier oil to help combat any new acne if I seem to be having issues with it. This works really well and so far I haven't gotten any new outbreaks while doing this. It leaves my skin so silky soft, like velvet! I would probably be able to use this alone with a moisturizer during the summer.