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Product Review: Darphin Aromatic Purifying Balm

My skin had been looking extra bleak and blah these past few weeks. I'm not sure if its leftover dryness from the winter or what, but I've got all kinds of dry spots mixed in with oily areas and blemishes. I received a complimentary jar of Darphin Aromatic Purifying Balm ($70) a couple of months ago, and since the packaging says that it's suitable for all skin types and will help to rejuvenate, brighten and purify a dull complexion, I decided it was the right time to put it to the test.

I've used it three times now and while I haven't noticed that my pimples have vanished, the redness has dissipated a little bit and my face looks more even. My conclusion is that it contains a blend of essential oils that calm irritation, which is especially great for those with sensitive skin. I'll keep using it for a while longer in the hopes that a little bit more life and radiance will make its way back into my skin too.

Another plus of this product is the texture. It has a true balm consistency, which can be best described as a hardened oil. I've been using the scooper to take out a little bit and then I rub it in between my hands until it's completely broken down. Then, I apply it to my face and neck using large circular, sweeping motions. The smell is incredible and it reminds me a lot of Liz Earle Superbalm since they both have that strong aromatic, healing, spa essence to them. If you are interested in a calming treatment, I recommend this one — however I do think it's kind of expensive for just slightly above average results.

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