Bag Balm® has been around for over 115 years. It was developed to protect cows’ udders from the cold of the harsh winters up north and is still made there today. Many regard Bag Balm® as an essential skin care product because it provides intense moisture benefits to even the dryest skin. We humans use it to address chapped lips, dry cuticles, cracked heels and dry skin all over our bodies.
You may remember Bag Balm® from seeing it in your mother’s or grandmother’s medicine cabinets:
I remember these cute little metal tins of Bag Balm® from my childhood. Growing up in Montana, I’m sure you can imagine the winters could be very harsh, indeed. Just about everyone we knew had these tins stashed around their homes, in their cars, in a drawer at work.
Bag Balm® skin salve is manufactured with four simple ingredients, with no added colors or fragrances:
- Petrolatum moisturizes.
- Lanolin soothes and softens.
- 8-Hydroxyquinoline Sulfate preservative.
- Paraffin wax helps bind the ingredients together.
A fun fact I learned from the Bag Balm® website:
After the Twin Towers in New York fell on 9-11, we quietly provided Bag Balm to be massaged into the scratched paws of search dogs who relentlessly roamed over mountains of rubble looking for survivors.
In addition to the classic metal tins, Bag Balm® is now available in a convenient tube. This will be perfect for keeping it handy in your pocket, purse, bag, vehicle, gym locker, desk drawer or anywhere else that you can imagine you might have a need for instant moisture for all of your dry skin needs.
With the crazy weather we are having in Kentucky this winter, this has been a real life saver to have around. In the last few weeks our temperatures have bounced around all over the place with some days in the teens, 20s and 30s, but also some days in the 60s or 70s. All of that back and forth creates a hardship on my skin. I wish that Mother Nature would just decide already whether we are in the middle of Winter or moving with purpose toward Spring. You know what I mean? Today isn’t bad, with temps climbing into the 50s, but later this week we are, yet again, expecting temperatures to crash down near freezing.
If you haven’t tried it, you really should. It’s a wonderfully versatile product. You can find it anywhere that other skin care items are sold as it is available nationwide. To find locations that sell Bag Balm® near you, try using their Store Locator.
Do you remember Bag Balm® being in your house as a kid? Do you use it today? If not, will you be trying it in the future? Let me know your thoughts on this “miracle product.”