Balms (ointments) and salves (unguents) – what a confusing subject! You may have been wondering if there are so many words that tend to mean the same thing. These days, almost everyone applies all of these terms interchangeably. In fact, the more you try to learn about these products, the more confuse you become. For a better understanding, here are some things you need to know.
Balm versus Salve
As oil based products for topical application, balms and salves will often contain the addition of essential oils, beeswax (butter), a carrier oil, herbs and no water. These simple, natural, and non-toxic medications are very portable and can handle several issues from a wide variety of skin.
However, balms tend to possess a thicker and harder consistency due to the high ratio of beeswax they contain. Due to their ability to retain shape once hardened, they tend to be firmer thereby making them suitable for lip and deodorant tip containers. They provide more protection to the skin by forming more of a barrier because they contain more wax.
While salves may contain a lower ratio of beeswax since they tend to be of a milder and softer consistency. In some cases, they do not contain beeswax, unlike a balm. As a result, they tend to be very efficient in penetrating deep into the skin thereby making them great choices for healing wounds.
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