Christophe Robin Intense Regenerating Balm with Rare Prickly Pear Oil

A friend was in town from Paris and he handed me this balm and said “here you go, try this.” Maybe it’s just me, but I think that’s how most “how did I live without this product?” stories start, and this one is no different.

A bit of a wonder balm, this product has about a million different uses, including: Styling, Texturizing, Moisturizing, Nourishing, Repairing, Protecting, and Anti-Frizz.

I tried it after being on the beach, when my skin was looking a bit on the rosé side of things, and this helped me out overnight. My skin never felt dry and it didn’t start peeling, although I will say I did have a bit of a glisten — which was actually fine by me, as it made me look that much more bronzed and buffed.

Use it as a full body creme or as a cuticle treatment, for those colder days.

As for the styling claims, I was most skeptical of that one, but actually it’s become my go-to product. Rub a little bit in your fingers and apply through the hair and you have instant texture and style, with just enough of hold.

This product features shea and cocoa butter for nourishing, moisturizing, repairing, and calming properties. There’s almond oil for softening, rice bran oil for its calming and soothing qualities. Beeswax protects from excessive heat, while also providing texture and hold for hair.

The star ingredient is prickly pear seed oil, which offers regenerating, softening, stimulating, and revitalizing properties, overflowing with a record concentration of vitamin E, twice that of Argan oil.

The scent features jasmine, ylang ylang, and Calabrian bergamot, and is a warm, clean, soft fragrance that smells natural and invigorating. It’s also more of a sensory experience while you’re applying, although there is a bit of scent that lingers after application. I’m a fan, but use a bit less and it shouldn’t interfere with any fragrances you might wear.

99% natural ingredients, and 0% conservatives, parabens, silicone, colorants, or any of those other nasties.

Jeff Smith

Jeff started in photography and short format video, and he's been at the forefront of the web tv movement. He’s worked on haute couture shoots in Paris, shot street style in Milan, and is currently developing a steady roster of beauty, fashion, and digital clients in NYC.