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Bag Balm: The 5 Best All-Purpose Ointments to Keep In Your Purse

* These products promise to treat a multitude of ailments
* Great to keep handy in your purse or bag for a quick fix
* Ointments for lips, chapped skin, cuticles, and more

When your skin needs hydration that over-the-counter lotions and creams can’t provide, your next best option is to use a multi-functional moisturizing balm or ointment. From dried, cracked skin to bug bites and even stress relief, these tried and true balms will meet your needs for whatever skin issue you’re dealing with this winter.

1. Vaseline Petroleum Jelly

Not much needs to be said about Vaseline, as it is one of the most recognizable and used products in the drugstore. They have come out with a new product designed specifically for your lips, with added aloe vera to soothe dry skin and lips. The convenient, pocket-sized tin is an added bonus and can be thrown in your bag for on-the-go use.


2. Tiger Balm

Tiger Balm is a specialty ointment and comforting remedy that has been around for over 100 years. Formulated with herbal ingredients, the balm is most effective for relieving minor headaches and aches and pains caused by muscle tension. Other uses include relief of backaches, arthritis and joint pains.

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3. Lucas’ Pawpaw Ointment

Lucas’ Papaw Ointment has been one of Australia’s more popular exports for over 100 years and has a large fan base. Made from Australian papaws (or Papaya), the properties of this fruit go beyond great taste. Papaya actually has many beneficial qualities to greatly aid the skin. This product is commonly used as a topical remedy to treat numerous ailments including dry and cracked skin, bug bites, rashes and splinters.

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4. Bag Balm

is instantly recognizable by its distinctive looking tin. However, this product has been around since 1899 helping prevent and cure skin from becoming chapped and dry.


5. Le Labo Camphor Balm

Cult favorite fragrance house Le Labo is known for their incredibly chic candles and artisan scents. Their latest offering is a cooling balm designed to be applied to any area where you may be feeling stress. The unscented, plant-based formula is made with camphor to stimulate blood flow, eucalyptus to calm, and black pepper to soothe.

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