September 8, 2018

Musings: XO Balm – A Review 

Please note, this product was sent for my review. 

With all the products available in supermarkets and drugstores these days it can become a little overwhelming. What I’ve been loving more and more lately is trying smaller indie brands and one of those is XO Balm. 

If you’ve never heard of XO Balm below it’s a all natural treatment designed to soothe, strengthen and help dry, sensitive and damaged skin. And guest what, my skin is drier than the Dubai desert in the middle of summer.  Living in London however, the water is ‘hard’, meaning that my skin becomes even drier than when I go to a country that has ‘normal’ water.

Read more: Musings: The Dubai Instagram Itinerary

Product features:


Here’s how I got on:


I tried out XO Balm throughout the hottest summer I have experienced in London and it really held up to the test. With the sun being out it meant my skin would be drier and extra showers to cool would make it a little worse. Not only that I’d been to Dubai back in late May and my skin keeps its tan for a while but as it does gradually begin to fade it too adds to the dryness.

The packaging

The packaging reminded me of the 21 Buttons logo first of all but looking closer I loved how the circles connected to the ‘X’. Best of all, as it was ‘flat’ it would mean it would be great to slide in your handbag or hand luggage, hence why you can see mine next to my passport here:



A product like XO Balm comes in handy as it’s designed to hydrate and nourish the skin.

Not only that, the team at XO Balm has a mission for sustainability which is evident from the packaging which is designed to be recycled.

Playing with texture

The texture is clear and not ‘sticky’ in the slightest so it was really good to apply to areas like elbows, feet and knees. The last thing you want is for these places to feel ‘tacky’. What was really useful was the little spatula, meaning you don’t actually have to dig into the product with your hands. This is good for those who don’t really like to ‘touch’ their products.

How it dries (self-explanatory)…

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

All in all, XO Balm gets a thumbs up from me. It will be interesting to see how this works as the seasons change as I travel to different climates over the next year or so.

Where to buy?

You can purchase a sample here for only £2.50 or try the full-size here for £12.50 – effective and affordable. Best of all, it comes with free delivery for UK customers and will fit through your letterbox meaning no ‘Sorry we missed you’ visits to the Post Office.

XO Balm is a growing brand and you can help support by giving them a follow on Twitter here and Instagram here.

Would you try XO Balm?

Char xo 

Please note, this product was sent for my review but all views are my own.  

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

About Me

Welcome to my little space on the internet, known as Memoirs and Musings. I’m Char, short for Charlotte and my blog/website/diary is dedicated to documenting my Memoirs and Musings, hence the name. I wouldn’t say I was your ‘typical’ blogger either. I don’t care about getting the perfect flatlay or feeling bad for not posting, I just enjoy writing. If you’ve made it this far, thank you for reading. Anyway, I love to travel, indulge in a glass of white wine, when plans are cancelled and purchase overpriced make up.  I guess that’s me in a nutshell, trying to figure out this thing called life, have fun and never lose sight.