Egyptian Magic


This is another balm I use when my skin is really really dry. This often happens due to central heating and the extreme cold in Sweden in winter.

I apply it to my eyelashes, cuticles, heels, knees, elbows, lips and on the ends of my hair if it is fluffy. Sometimes I slather my feet with it and put freezer bags then socks over it for a few hours. Makes my heels and feet soft as silk.

It is pretty easy to find online – there are two sizes and because they are both in tubs rather than tubes, it is probably better to get the smaller size. I always find pots prettier to look at but hygiene-wise, I prefer a tube. And I would really like this in a tube because it lasts so long.

The ingredient list is very short and very natural:

  • Olive Oil
  • Beeswax
  • Honey
  • Bee Pollen
  • Royal Jelly
  • Propolis Extract

and for people avoiding lanolin and petrolatum, this may be for you.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream (another one of my favourites) has the following ingredient list (as well as, if you choose the perfumed version) a smell that you either love or hate (I love it – an ex boyfriend used to call it ‘your Sunday smell’ because I slathered myself in it every Sunday! PS that is not why he is an ex – he used it too, ha ha):

  • Petrolatum 56.8%
  • Lanolin
  • Mineral Oil
  • Fragrance
  • Salicylic Acid, Propyparaben
  • Castor Oil
  • Corn Oil
  • Tocopherol
  • BHT
  • Iron Oxides
I don’t believe a word of the hooey on the tub but it is quaint, if nothing else.


Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

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