SKINourishment, the company behind the ClimbOn Original Bar, is also a leader in social responsibility. They’re a ceritified B Corp. Their products are cruelty-free according to PETA, meaning they aren’t tested on animals. And the ClimbOn bar is made of 100% plant-based ingredients.
Unfortunately, the salve failed to live up to expectations — it yielded decent but unremarkable healing.
Budget Buy: O’Keeffe’s Working Hands Hand Cream
ClimbSkin is another aggressively marketed product courtesy of our friends at FrictionLabs (who sell in the USA for the Spain-based ClimbSkin).
Satisfactory but undistinguished, the Metolius balm didn’t do much to either offend or inspire.
Most of the options here are relatively affordable and will last a while — choose one that makes sense for your budget.
Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Broad Spectrum Hemp-Derived CBD Extract, Menthyl Ethylamido Oxalate, Pentylene Glycol, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Cetyl Alcohol, Sodium Hydroxide, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA, Chlorphenesin, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol [Fragrance, if Signature Fragrance or Grapefruit version]
Apply to targeted areas by gently massaging one to two pumps of lotion into the skin. Allow to fully absorb and repeat daily as needed.
A rich and luxurious CBD infused body lotion formulated to create a cooling sensation upon contact, leaving skin comfortable and calm. Our CBD Body Lotion is designed to soothe and calm skin, while providing exceptional hydration.
Measured Serving: Each pump dispenses 1ml of lotion containing 2mg of CBD
The four different types of smell (cedar mint, cooling mint, lavender and sweet orange) are achieved by using different essential oils. Each smells exactly like you imagine it should (i.e. not artificial). I also really like that this range of smells (for what is otherwise the same balm) means that most people should find at least one type of balm that they like the smell of.
“Even the pain signals coming directly from the injury site can be amplified or inhibited before they actually reach the brain. A popular model of the way this occurs is the ‘gate control theory’ of pain…Stimulation of the skin (heat, rubbing, etc.) around an injury site can inhibit pain signals on their way to the brain. Sensory nerves from the skin are linked at the level of the spinal cord to pain sensing nerves from the same area of the body. In other words, they ‘close the gate’ on these pain signals before they reach the brain and cause the sensation we feel.” Macleod, Dave (2015) Make or Break, Roy Bridge: Rare Breed Productions, pp.24-25.
The Giddy Joint and Tendon Balm does a pretty descent job of relieving pain and tenderness and is easy to apply. However, it could do with being better at being absorbed.
In assessing whether this approach actually works in practice, I’ve used the scoring system (out of 40) that I’ve used in my earlier reviews of climbing balms.
My main criticism of it is that the absorption is poor. The balm stays on the skin like a slightly waxy layer. Some other balms can leave your skin oily o waxy for a while if you just use too much of them and it’s possible this is what’s been happening with the Giddy Joint and Tendon Balm. I’m going to see if I can find a balance between putting on enough to be effective and not overdoing it.