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  1. When you look at the ingredients on your bottle of your Balbo oil or balm, you may be put off by some of the long scary looking names listed! I’ll try and explain, I’ll start off with why some of the ingredient names are written in their scientific name (or INCI format)

    “The International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients, abbreviated INCI, is a system of names for waxes, oils, pigments, chemicals, and other ingredients of soaps, cosmetics, and the like, based on scientific names and other Latin and English words.” (Wikipedia)

    In Balbo’s case, I write the ingredients in English, so you know what you are using, then add the INCI name in brackets afterwards. For example: Beeswax (Cera alba). Some companies only write their ingredients in the INCI format without the English, which is fine.

    Next, I’ll explain the scientific names at the end of a Balbo ingredients list. These are the naturally occurring allergens.An allergen is commonly defined as “any substance, that induces an allergy”.

    It is a requirement of the Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009 Directive 7th Amendment that potential allergens should be declared and listed on the label of all cosmetic products

    The EU Cosmetics Regulation committee’s response was to recommend that the EU prohibit some Essential Oils and restrict others. (This is why it’s so important to use a product which has been tested and assessed to comply with EU cosmetic legislations, to ensure that these essential/fragrance oils are safe to be used.)  It came out with a list of 26 ingredients mostly found in fragrances and essential oils that, if present at certain levels or higher, must be listed as part of the product’s ingredient listing.

    The current list of allergens required to be included if present is as follows:-
    AMYL CINNAMAL
    BENZYL ALCOHOL
    CINNAMYL ALCOHOL
    CITRAL
    EUGENOL
    HYDROXYCITRONELLAL
    ISO EUGENOL
    AMYL CINNAMYL ALCOHOL
    BENZYL SALICYLATE
    CINNAMAL (Cinnamic Aldehyde)
    COUMARIN
    GERANIOL
    HYDROXYMETHYL PENTYL CYCLOHEXENE CARBOXALDEHYDE (Lyral)
    ANISYL ALCOHOL (Anise alcohol)
    BENZYL CINNAMATE
    FARNESOL
    2-(TERT-BUTYL PROPIONALDE) (Lilial)
    LINALOOL
    BENZYL BENZOATE
    CITRONELLOL
    HEXYL CINNAMIC ALDEHYDE (Hexyl Cinnamal)
    d-LIMONENE
    METHYL HEPTINE CARBONATE
    3-METHYL-4-(2,6,6 TRIMETHYL-2-CYCLOHEXINE-1-YL)-3-BUTEN-2-ONE
    OAK MOSS EXTRACT (Evernia Prunastri)
    TREE MOSS EXTRACT ( Evernia Furfuracea)

    If you have any questions, please ask!

  2. So, what's so special about Balbo's Beard Soaps?


    Well, it's handmade using the traditional cold process method which involves mixing oils (Coconut, Olive Oil and Sustainable Palm Oil in our case) with an alkali (Sodium Hydroxide or Lye). The result of this chemical reaction is called 'saponification'. When this mixture has been poured into the soap moulds and solidifies, it is taken from the mould and left on the curing rack for up to 6 weeks. It's a long process!


    We add some extra nutrients to our beard soaps to make them extra special for facial hair and the skin beneath, one of these extras is Bentonite Clay (pictured below). A clay which is composed of ash made from volcanos! This clay has been used in many historical remedies for healing, cleaning and detoxifying and continues to be used today.


    So using Balbo Beard Soap's will help to replace the natural oils which may have been stripped away from blow drying and the elements in general, it will soothe and moisturise the skin beneath your beard due to the natural glycerine present within the soap. It lathers up a treat even in hard water areas. The soaps don't contain any nasty chemicals and preservatives, it is paraben and SLS free.


    We have 2 different beard soaps available. The first is Sandalwood (essential oils), which has a lovely earthy scent and coloured with a dash of turmeric powder, and our most popular. The second is our Fragrance Free beard soap, no essential oils or colours added. This soap is perfect for sensitive skin as it is allergen free. The fragrance free soap is great for people who use different fragranced beard oils and balms, so you don't end up with mixed scents!