Greetings! So, I've been following the blog, It's an Itchy Little World, for a while now. Not only is the blogger, Jennifer, super sweet but she also has an online store! It's called The Eczema Company.
Her two kids suffer from eczema with her daughter not having too many problems at all to her son who has eczema, allergies, and asthma. Bravo to her for being such a committed mother to helping her children. Just WOW.
So anyways, she focuses on natural solutions for eczema issues - no harsh chemicals.
She also sells:
- Clothing (Children)
- Clothing (Adults)
- Underwear & Socks
- Wet Wraps
- Bed Time
- Sun Protection
- Healing Jewelry
So, I figured I'd try one of the ointments. Trying new products is really scary for me because I'm so afraid of going back a few years to when my skin exploded with allergic eczema (allergic contact dermatitis). I figured that since everything was free of harsh chemicals, I'd give it a shot!
I chose EczeHerbal:
Here's what it looks like on the inside!
Here's a description of the product from the website along with the ingredients:
Choose this eczema ointment formula if your skin is flaring up, oozes, wheeps, or is crusty, itchy and/or red.
This ointment is specially formulated according to the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) pattern known as Damp Heat (with Fire Toxins and Wind). It is designed for acute eczema that appears abruptly or is growing in size or number of lesions. This manifestation of eczema typically has more exudate (oozing) than you might see in more stable phases of eczema. Lesions can be swollen, red and itchy and crust may form. This phase of eczema is typically seen in infants and children. From the perspective of TCM, the herbs in this ointment Clear Heat, Dry Damp, Eliminate Wind and Resolve Toxins. EczeHerbal™ 1 is most appropriate for cases where Dampness predominates over Heat.*
Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Unfiltered Colorado Beeswax, Bai Xian Pi (Cortex Dictamni), Di Fu Zi (Fructus Kochiae), Huang Qin (Radix Radix Scutellariae), Ku Shen (Radix Sophorae Flavescentis), Zi Hua Di Ding (Herba Violae), Cang Zhu (Rhizoma Atractylodis), Huang Bai (Cortex Phellodendri)
So, I tried it for a couple of weeks and here's my review in bullet points:
- Texture: waxy, similar to a harder lip balm
- Smell: very faint - a combination of beeswax and medicine
- Effectiveness: As much as I wish it banished my eczema, it didn't. It DOES help relieve the itch, though, which is a HUGE plus. It doesn't stop the itch right away, but after about 10 minutes I can feel the itch subsiding.
I emailed back and forth about the ointment with Jennifer and she is just SO incredibly kind. She offered to send me another product - the Calendulis Cream - for free! I've been using it continually for about a week, so I'm going to give it a couple more weeks until I report back. Neither have made my skin WORSE, though, which is a success in itself! I'm so used to not being able to use body products that it's kinda fun to try all these :-)