WHY BALM OF GILEAD?
Our balm is made of the finest ingredients, rich in critical vitamins and nourishing oils. Established in 2013, we've been perfecting the art of the apothecary using the original methods and ingredients that date hundreds of years, while holding a critical standard of purity. We care about our products and about the people that use them. We wouldn't sell anything we wouldn't use ourselves. And we wouldn't sell anything that doesn't actually work. Our employees, families, and friends use our balm every day - and now, so does an ever-growing populous across the world.
What goes on our skin CAN penetrate into our bloodstream. While not everything can penetrate, many things certainly do! And as our society has become increasingly aware of harmful, and often unnecessary, chemicals, additives, and preservatives, both in diet and in body care, Balm of Gilead has emerged as a safe and effective brand of skin care.
With this surge in health-consciousness, healthy fats have been at the forefront. For years, the dietary philosophy waged war against fat, with the help of large corporations and mainstream media. But in the recent years, even Time Magazine admitted that the “war on fat” was wrong, and they’ve sought to expose the shallow pseudo-science that supports criticism of what is now known as “healthy fats”. Thus, healthy fat is back, from butter to coconut oil. These “healthy fats” are a key component in our balm, with real results.
We have chosen only the finest ingredients to handcraft all our products. We formulate and manufacture them ourselves. Purity is of the utmost importance - that begins with ingredients. Rightfully so, ingredients are the difference. The art of the apothecary requires critical attention and detail, so it would make sense that we're critical of our ingredients as well. All our products contain a varying mixture of some or all of these ingredients:
A nutrient-dense oil derived from grass-fed, grass-finished cattle raised in a sustainable, passive organic lifestyle …. the benefits are vast. The oil is super-rich in vitamins A, D, E, K, is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, and is a naturally occurring source of conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA. Tallow, strikingly similar to the natural oil produced by our skin, is consequently incredibly compatible with our skin yielding a superior penetration and absorption. It is a true time-tested ingredient, and the flagship ingredient of our balm.
All our tallow is sourced from a choice collection of grass-fed farms in Missouri and Illinois, USA and Tasmania, Australia.
A natural emollient and humectant, that draws moisture to the skin and sealing it in; it also contains the reviving vitamin A.
A delicious oil from a delicious fruit. We chose avocado oil because we found it to be the very best, above all other botanical oils. Rich in antioxidants like vitamins A, D, and E, it is readily absorbed into the skin with a non-greasy feel. It also contains phytosterols, which have been shown to aid in skin repair, and other valuable substances like lecithin, potassium, and sterolin, all of which are beneficial for the skin.
Fair Trade Certified, Virgin Organic Shea Nut Butter is ethically sourced from West Africa. This rich butter exhibits highly effective emollient properties, and is well-known for its ability to hydrate dry and cracked skin.
Primarily composed of long chain waxy esters, lanolin deeply moisturizes skin by creating a breathable barrier, and yet locks in moisture, as lanolin is known to hold over a hundred-fold its weight in water.
Not all honey is created equally. New Zealand's exclusive and wild-harvested Manuka honey is prized for its unique and extraordinary properties, particularly its abundance of methylglyoxal (MGO). MGO is the naturally occurring compound found in most honeys, but none more than New Zealand's Manuka honey - which has led to its trending use world-wide and is currently revolutionizing the entire skin care industry.
We've carefully sourced our Manuka honey from a single source, so that from hive to home, we are able to preserve the authenticity and purity of the Manuka honey. All the Manuka honey is tested and Certified for MGO potency, purity and quality by MPI-recognised laboratories.
Pure, unadulterated essential oils, carefully sourced from around the world. We're very critical of all our ingredients, especially essential oils.
Flavored with true natural flavors from nature! Yes, these are pure natural flavors, and NOT synthetic chemicals made in a lab.
Balm of Gilead is naturally preserved by the addition of rosemary oil extract , a natural antioxidant effective in preventing lipid peroxidation.
Absolutely free of synthetics, fragrances, petroleum by-products, and paraben. "All Natural" has become more of a marketing term, and has sadly lost its credibility in the process. Nevertheless, we stand by our "all natural" policy, providing things with honesty and transparency. We sincerely hope that you enjoy our balm.
The Paleo diet refers to a lifestyle and diet free from processed foods and ingredients, focusing on real, whole foods. Unprocessed foods have had a profound impact on many individuals, changing diet trends and helping many.
Simply being Organic is often not enough. Ingredients matter! The Certified Paleo™ logo assures individuals, like you, that our products meets this rigorous standard.
CERTIFIED PALEO™ SKIN CARE
After understanding the permeability of our skin, you can see why obtaining Paleo Certification was a natural thought for us. Most skin care companies cannot obtain such a certification, as their ingredients contain numerous controversial ingredients. Even those that are more “natural” still use highly-refined oils and preservatives, not to mention chemicals that undermine its “natural” initiative. After all, the “natural” standard has always been loosely defined. And given the strict standard of Paleo, a certified skin care company is hard to find.
But given the simplicity of our company, using minimal, yet nutrient-dense ingredients, like Grass-Fed Tallow (triple-purified by our proprietary process), Avocado Oil, Organic Raw Shea Butter, Organic Beeswax, and unadulterated Essential Oils and Natural Flavors, obtaining Paleo certification was just a step away.
As of August 2016, we took that step and we’re pleased to offer our products as Certified Paleo™ to the growing demand, which is presently unmet by retailers across the U.S. Now retailers can carry one of the few Certified Paleo™ skin care companies. And consumers alike, will be pleased to find a skin care product that exceeds their expectations - one that truly works and makes a difference.
(The Certified Paleo™ Requirements for Grain-Free, Legume-Free, Dairy-Free, Artificial Coloring, Artificial Preservatives, Artificial Sweeteners and Artificial Flavor Enhancers-Free Products can be found at PaleoFoundation.com)
Balm of Gilead has pleasantly surprised both consumers and retailers across the US. In a saturated market of lip and skin care, Balm of Gilead has outperformed leading brands, to the amazement of store owners. With our crisp, attractive packaging, we offer a truly natural and effective alternative to petroleum-based products that contain questionable ingredients.