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What do Oprah Winfrey, Lo Bosworth and farmers in Vermont have in common? It's not a puzzle, it's Bag Balm. It has been used by farmers in Vermont since 1899 as an ointment for peeled and chapped cow udders – and for many a miracle product. The site believes Bag Balm is a proven base for every home and is ready to moisturize, cut, make new tattoos on each callus, foot or heel, chapped lip or a piece of dry winter skin from every household member – all the way up to the sore paws of the family dog. "
How was the former Laguna Beach and The Founder of Love Wellness encounters this farmer's favorite? "A make-up artist introduced it to me a few years ago with chapped lips, and that's the best I've ever seen," Bosworth said recently at t [1
She credits the balm as one of her favorite drugstore products (it's available almost everywhere, including Walgreens, Target, Walmart and CVS). It's available in a can (Buy It, $ 8, Amazon.com), Tube (Buy It, $ 5, Amazon.com), Soap (Buy It, $ 11, Amazon.com) – and if you're a really big one Fan are, a 5-pound bucket (Buy it, $ 40, Amazon.com).
"I use the can (and I always buy the tiny travel size if I can find it.) I use it for all sorts of skin problems: dry, chapped lips and dry skin on my face (it's never been me given a zit), "says Bosworth. (Related: This $ 7 Witch Hazel Toner is the best-selling beauty product from Amazon right now)
So what exactly is in this magical moisturizer? Not much. The legendary balsam proudly lists the four ingredients on its website: moisturizing petrolatum, lanolin for soothing and softening, 8-hydroxyquinoline sulfate for preservation, and paraffin wax to bind everything together.
Amazon's testimonials show that the simple salvo is popular among runners and cyclists due to their anti-chafing capabilities. The nurses used to scratch and cut, and skiers love the windy days on the mountain – they all agree that Bag Balm is the best. Be forewarned: The inspectors warn that the Farm First product has a woody odor that may not be for everyone. Another reviewer recommends mixing in lotions or essential oils if you are not immersed in the smoke smell.
The balm is also enthusiastically received by Oprah and singer Shania Twain. "When my skin is really dry, I rub it over my face and hair and leave it there all day," Twain said in the magazine Now . (Related: Kristen Bell loves this $ 20 hyaluronic acid moisturizer)
Aside from hydrating, Bosworth says that the ointment is a great makeup tool: "Just take your favorite powder, mix it put it in some salve and poultice – you have a great cream make-up. "
A product that you can lather for a long time, and then re-apply for a night in the city? This 5-pound bucket may sound like a good idea …