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.


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 t 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.


If you are wondering which face balm is the right choice for you:

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.

Limited Edition: Yasuni + Citrine

We are excited to offer a few sets of a full-size Yasuni balm and a natural, healing-grade citrine stone from Brazil. Citrines are stones in great demand, maybe because they are traditionally said to attract prosperity and abundance. Citrine is also the stone of choice to keep around at home or to carry in one's pocket when we want to manifest our dreams and encourage artistic output. While citrines that are yellow and opaque in appearance are quite common on the market (many of these are man-made from other stones, such as smokey quartz or amethyst, not created by nature), natural citrines with high clarity like these from Brazil are becoming more rare. Clear citrines are a warm, ambery yellow hue, although some can be barely pale yellow or an attractive yellow-gray. We have four citrine stones currently available, ranging in size from 1 1/2 x 0.5 inches (38.1 x 12.7 mm) to 2 1/2 x 1 inches (63.5 x 25.4 mm).


Yasuni is really the workhorse MVP balm that I feel can go across such a wide range of skin types. . .I definitely turn to Yasuni when I feel like my skin is feeling sensitive, when I feel like it wants something really quite minimal. I’ll do a generous amount of this worked into the skin, and then I’ll finish massaging it in with a toner on top, [and I] wake up with ideal skin: gently resurfaced, looking extremely even, very calm. This will take down redness in my skin, it’s just such a wonderful staple to have.

– Mercedes


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).


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.


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.

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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this is my 3rd bottle

I first got to know Yasuni balm from the boxwalla beauty box. being an ardent facial oil fan, i had tried many different brands, oils and blends. however, my oily acne-prone skin is unsuited to many of them. similarly, many balms are coconut or olive oil based and are too oily for my skin type. Yasuni is one of the very few dry balms on the market and i am in love with it. i use it as my facial oil. i use my pinky nail and scrape enough to cover about 1/3 of the nail size. then, i leave it on my palm and mix with a few drops of watery essence or moisturiser (eg. resiliency serum) before applying the concoction to my face after a serum. my routine has simplified much after having this balm as its benefits are simply all-encompassing and all i need. wonderful product and i am now using the entire range of earthwise products.

Gentle and so moisturizing

I originally received this balm in a Boxwalla monthly subscription box, and quickly fell in love. It is incredibly light and so moisturizing. Living in Colorado, the winter months can bring about uncomfortable chapping and dryness on my skin. I have found that the Yusani balm moisturizes without feeling heavy or greasy or causing breakouts. In fact, since using it, my skin has been the clearest it's been in over a decade. I also love that my young daughter, who is so sensitive to everything, can use this and it is so soothing. It helped heal an injury on her nose, as well as keep both my daughters' skin clear and brilliant during theater season. It is WELL WORTH the cost. The value is so great!

Change of heart

Typically I have oily acne prone skin and would never consider a face balm but I got a sample of this with the purchase of the nap in the meadow serum and fell so deeply in love that I had to purchased the full size jar. I literally can't get enough of this. It is amazing for my skin especially now that its winter. It the perfect moisture sealer. It also calms and soothes any irritation. Love...love...love this balm <3

Beautiful skincare

I purchased a sample of both yasuni and tigress balms and have been using them for about a month. I am absolutely converted! I’ve been into skincare for years in an attempt to fix my oily/dehydrated/prone skin and this is the first brand that I feel is healing my skin instead of using harsh chemicals to beat it into submission. I use a tiny dollop of both of these, melt into my palm, and apply to damp skin. My skin drinks them in and is left happy and I’ve noticed healing of active breakouts takes place much faster. I will continue to purchase from earthwise forever!


Love this balm mixed with my Farizad’s Veil & Ruby Oil concoction. Ava recommended Yasuni for me when the Farizad/Ruby mix was drying up and leaving white patches. I like this lightweight, but moisturizing balm and love that it has a light neutral scent.