Cream or balm? We help you to see more clearly to choose better

You may have noticed it in our artisan boxes, we have put balms in the spotlight alongside traditional skin care creams. 

And it is not a hazard ! These have nourishing and restorative virtues and above all they protect the skin from drying out. 

A brief overview to fully understand the benefits of both.


1. Let's start with the balms

A balm has a fatter and thicker consistency than cream. It is made from an oily phase: we melt either butter, oils or vegetable waxes, which are then associated with scents obtained with aromatic plants or flowers. The mixture forms an ointment which melts on hand.

The balm, like the oil, is useful for retaining water from the inside and preventing dehydration. It forms an occlusive film on the skin which prevents water from evaporating and therefore de facto, limits aging of the skin. 


Our selection of balms from Occitania

Allow us to suggest some of our superb balms.

The Plant Balms of the Cevennes

On the brand side Plants of the Cévennes, the balms are made with organic raw materials and the essential oils that compose them come from the exploitation. Their formula rich in shea butter and beeswax make these balms effective care for normal and dry skin.

> Roman Chamomile balm for sensitive skin

Without essential oils, chamomile face balm protects the most sensitive skin. It deeply hydrates, regenerates and rebalances the epidermis. 


> Radiance balm with Geranium Rosat

Ultra hydrating, the complexion radiance balm is made from geranium macerated in olive oil. As its name suggests, it restores radiance to the skin and gently regenerates it.

Baume visage éclat du teint au Geranium Rosat - Plantes des Cévennes - 30 mL

> The anti-aging balm with Rose de Provins

For mature skin, nothing better than our Provins rose anti-aging balm. Its ultra nourishing formula invigorates and restores youth to skin victims of time.



Oppidum care balms

Oppidum offers 100% natural and organic balms. Manufactured according to the brand's specific know-how, they offer all skin types their virtues without compromise. Combining the active ingredients of precious vegetable oils and those of essential oils, these balms promise effective hydration and repair of the skin.


> Bois de Rose care balm for mature skin

The Bois de Rose care balm gently nourishes and softens sensitive areas of the face. Penetrating and purifying, it cares for your skin thanks to the tightening and firming effect of its complex of precious oils and essential oils of organic quality.

> Barks & Seeds balm

Barks & Seeds balm revitalizes sensitive areas of the face, neck and décolleté and protects them from external aggressions, small daily irritations and natural dryness of the skin.


> Neutral Absolu balm-care for mature and sensitive skin

True natural softness treatment, Absolute Neutral care balm offers silky protection to sensitized and reactive skin by combining the high nourishing power of shea, jojoba and coconut. The white lily present in its formula is also recommended to restore radiance to mature skin.

Absolute Neutral Care Balm - 50 mL - € 37


2. Our selection of creams from Provence

Cream, it requires more know-how because it is made from an emulsion, a mixture between two immiscible liquid substances, water and oil. Two phases are necessary, an oily phase identical to that of the balm, and an aqueous phase made with various aromatic hydrolates, milk or water. The cream tends to penetrate more slowly without leaving a greasy film on the skin. 


La Fare 1789 creams

La Fare 1789 in Provence reflects what Haute-Provence has to offer in all its splendor. An authentic and organic brand, which relies on the virtues of plants to meet the needs of all skin types.

> The Delicate Face cream for sensitive skin

Without essential oil, the delicate face cream is made for sensitive skin. It is endowed with a combination of organic plants: chamomile soothes and softens, sweet almond soothes and strengthens, shea tree repairs and nourishes, thyme invigorates.

The Delicate face cream - 30 mL - 15 € 

> Face cream Ideal for all skin types

With its fluid and light texture, Ideal Face cream deeply hydrates and intensely revitalizes the skin. This cream combines the virtues of a combination of organic plants: Aloe Vera protects, Jojoba deeply nourishes, Cucumber softens and refreshes, Coralline algae invigorates. 

Ideal face cream - 30 mL - € 14.50 


Creams from Atelier Sainte Victoire

Based in Aix-en-Provence, theSainte Victoire Workshop promotes the art of living in Provence and French excellence by offering products that enhance artisanal know-how and respect the local natural heritage, in particular pure Provence water.

> Face cream with pure Provence water for mature and dehydrated skin

Made at the foot of Sainte-Victoire mountain, face cream with pure Provence water is enriched with the natural elements of the best Provence produces: in the north with lavender, and in the south with Mediterranean seaweed.

 Face cream with pure Provence water - 50 mL - € 22.90 


> Glittery face cream for a pearly effect

Glitter face cream is ideal for giving your skin a boost! It leaves a pearly appearance and a delicate shine thanks to its glitter. 

to summarize 

In terms of use, the balm is applied in local massages, friction, to repair chapped or cracked skin or to treat rheumatic pain, contractures ...

A cream penetrates more easily and is therefore more suitable for daily care, to hydrate the body or face.  

At Mes Cosmétiques Français, we recommend that youuse the balm at night to deeply hydrate your skin because it is very nourishing and penetrates quickly. In the morning, we will apply a cream treatment especially for less dry and well hydrated skin.


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