I just want to say that I have very sensitive skin and this ointment was a lifesaver for me. There was a time when I made the horrible mistake of putting nair under my arms and it gave me extremely painful chemical burns. I tried aloe vera and other creams but they burned my skin so bad and made it worse. It was so painful I could barely raise my arms but on a whim I tried using bag balm. The bag balm completely numbed the pain. Let me tell you, if you have any kind of burn, try out bag balm because water based products like aloe ended up making my burn sting so much more. Judging by the reviews, it looks like bag balm has multiple uses so I highly reccomend this product to everyone!
Uugh. I cannot believe I am writing this. All the older nurses I worked with would reply to what felt like every statement 'I just put Bag Balm on it'. After trying to resist for years, I started putting Bag Balm on cuticles, some mild eczema and even on a wart that would not go away. The wart is what really surprised me. It had been on the tip of my finger for a year and within a week of trimming and treating with the bag balm it started to heal. I didn't see any new growth. My only complaint is the smell! I hate the stench emitting from my hands or feet when I put this on. I try to limit to night, and if I can use something else, like Burts Bees Cuticle Balm, I will.
My mother in law turned me onto Bag Balm YEARS ago and I've been using it ever since. I've used it for my nasty dry feet, my kids' diaper rash and excema, dry lips...you name it, this stuff will help for it.
I also love the packaging. The tin lasts forever and has a vintage-y look to it. All around an amazing HG that I am never without!!
My cousin recommedned this too me years ago for my dry cracked feet. It worked wonders! Softened my feet from the chafing and made it much smoother.
I even gave it to my boyfriend for his horrible feet (that almost cut me :( ). But after that his feet were much more touchable.
YES I will buy this smelly ointment/cream a million times over. I had been using it to cure my infant son's horrible diaper rash for awhile (because NOTHING else worked for him) but then came across tips to use this for just about every skin issue. Its been a lifesaver for me this winter. I have had the most horrible allergic reaction to some skin care product I used recently which created this very thick leathery layer of dry skin over my lip area. Aquaphor didnt help and my arsenal of lip balms didnt help a bit. THIS is the only thing that broke through and cleared up the problem. Ive used this on my dry elbows,On my husbands dry rough feet, I dabbed them on cooking burns (healed them right away like over night). This stuff is miraculous. I will never be without this ever again.
I don't know when I'll ever need to buy this again, because the tin lasts practically forever. I use this for a myriad of issues, dry elbows, dry feet, dry anything. I also use it as a barrier when I am coloring my hair and eyebrows. This is one of those multi-use, relatively cheap products that are just plain handy to have around.
I never write reviews for anything but I couldn't resist with this. Bag balm is about as close to a miracle product as you can get. Most of the reviews on here talk about cracked feet and dry hands but it is amazing on scrapes and cuts. My face gets extremely dry in the winter and sometimes get raw. Before I started using bag balm I would have red spot from where I had tried to scrub the dead skin off. However, now I put some bag balm under a small bandaid before bed and wake up with the raw spots practically completely healed. It is also good if you pick at your face, it will heal the marks quickly. Leaving it on overnight under a bandaid is the best trick.
My mom just gave me this and I really like it. Yes it smells, but it absorbs fast and moisturizes really well! Kinda want to try it on my acne scars since I use triple antibiotic on them anyway. :) Oh and yea the tin is awesome. I love it!
Picked some of this stuff up at CVS today since the skin on my cheeks/under my mouth started getting dry and gross/flaky due to the cold weather coming on. It worked pretty much like all the reviews here said it would. While other moisturizing lotions I used didn't have much of an effect beyond lessening the dryness for a few minutes, this prevented dry/flaky skin for the rest of the day. It seemed to seal in the moisture given how thick it was as an ointment rather than just lotion.
And yes, the smell is a little off-putting, but you can't smell it unless you actually bring it up to your nose. It's not like people around you will notice unless you really slather it on or something.
Overall, a great and very affordable buy given how huge this tin is. Definitely will be getting it again.
I haven't used this on my face, but it's brilliant overnight on lips, and anything else chapped and tight. Cuticles too. Yeah, the smell isn't exactly appealing, but it fades quickly.
I'm also really appreciating the job it's doing on my scrapes and burns from a recent bike accident. It's been keeping the scabs from getting dry and cracking on tough places like my elbows.
I personally love the package. I bought a mini one (it's about one cubic inch) on eBay, and it's charming and novel, and the times I've carried it in my purse it has never popped open.
The cool thing about this stuff is that it seems to be active and effective in ways that other products (like Vaseline, Polysporin, tea tree, aloe) aren't. It's thick but breatheable, long-lasting but absorbs well, medicated but doesn't burn.