This time is a review for a well known UK brand:Gwdihw. Gwdihŵ pronounced "Goody Hoo" is the Welsh word for "owl".Gwdihŵ is recognised today and known through human history as a symbol of wisdom and purity. This range of Natural Balms are handmade on the Isle of Anglsey in North Wales, using traditional methods and locally grown herbs that have been used for generations to blend ointments for healing.They are infused with essential oils that work in conjunction with the natural ingredients to soothe and moisturise the skin. All the balms are free from artificial chemicals and colourants so are ideal for use by all the family.
Couple of months ago,my mum got her finger burnt.I usually kept Oriflame tender care in the past as it said that it could help as minor burnt reliever.Now that I looked back at its inci,I was not satisfied with it(petroleum jelly mixed with beeswax),so I searched for a more natural alternative.Then I found this Gwdihw First Aid Balm(25gr). The packaging is funny.Made of tin jar with pic of an owl doctor on it:D..I'm not a fan of owl,but I bet my dear blogger friend Hayley will love it!:) Somehow this Gwdihw range reminds me of Badger Balms range.
When I bought this,I hoped it would be in solid form just like my badger balm so that I could put it in my on the go cosmetic pouch(I bring small cosmetic pouch in my bag fyi).I want to bring this kind of first aid balm as a substitute of povidone iodine since the povidone one is liquid and somehow it's always leak when I bring it inside my bag.So when this gwdihw package came,I was quite surprised.It was turned upside down,with the lid was half opened T_T.. Ugh..why they didn't seal it with plastic just like badger balm?And when I opened it...it's creamy also instead of solid!
So the oil flew out of its jar easily :S. This one can't be brought in our cosmetic pouch.Unlike badger balm which is solid in texture,I can bring it in my pouch without it getting melted at all.On the back of the jar you can see its ingeredients list,but no expiry date on it.Just like US cosmetics(well,except Badger Balm).
Now,the ingredients of this balm:
Coconut oil, Olive oil, Beeswax, Comfrey, Calendula, Tea Tree oil, Witch Hazel oil
Texture is creamy and oily.It has the dominant smell of teatree oil.This can be used as first aid for insect bites, burns, sun burn, cuts, scrapes & bruises. I've tried this one(heck..I don't hope to use this balm often. I mean..who in this world will hope to use the first aid balm just for a complete blog review?:D..Me..No!)when my cat"stabbed"me with his claw. Yes,stabbed since he tried to attack my another cat and I was in the middle of them T_T.... So,I put this balm on my wound,it did relieve the achy pain immediately(thanks to the calendula) and the wound became proliferated.Since I had small wound,so it only took less than a day to became proliferated. I was amazed since I've never tried any trully natural healing balm before.Only povidone iodine. I thought it would give slowlier result than the povidone one.
Talking about comfrey,true it's natural but it can only be used for external use only.Scientists and medical doctors agree that the use of Comfrey should be restricted to topical use, and should never be ingested, as it contains dangerous amounts of hepatotoxic pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs).In 2001, the United States Food and Drug Administration issued a warning against internal usage of herbal products containing comfrey, and eventually banned Comfrey products intended for internal use.In addition to restrictions on oral use, scientists and medical professionals recommend applying Comfrey extracts no longer than 10 days in a row, and no more than 4–6 weeks a year. Comfrey is actually a good herb with expectorant,astringent,soothing,and healing effect.It reduces inflamation and control bleeding too.But due to the PA it has,so better use it for external use and a non deep wound only.
I like the fact that this one can heal the small wound fast,but I dislike the creamy texture(wish it to be more solid),no exp.date,unsealed packaging also,so I'll give this product 3.5 points.Not a bad product,just need some improvements:)
Remember my last week social vibe question?Well...,turn out that social vibe sucks so I decide to delete it from my blog bar.What a shame,such a good idea.Why don't they do something to run the program well so that we all can participate to help those in needs?Wish the program will work soon.Amin.
Thanks for reading,Have a lovely day!:)