A few months ago I did some pretty serious ligament damage to my ankle whilst playing netball. I’ve been on the lookout for something to help ease the pain and discomfort as it ever-so-slowly heals.
I’ve had months of physio and it’s definitely improved my ankle but it’s still far from being back to normal. It will often swell up and ache after a long day on my feet, a walk of more than 15-20 minutes, or a gym session (still no netball for me).
At a recent beauty event I attended, I was lucky enough to find a new product to help soothe my aches and pains – Ermana Tone Muscle Balm*. The balm promised to “warm the skin, help improve circulation and ease muscular strain.”
*Disclaimer: I was provided with a free product in exchange for review. All opinions my own. Full disclaimer below.
The Ermana range includes face and body oils, balms and lotions made from natural and organic ingredients and are free from common nasties like sulphates, parabens, and artificial colours and fragrances.
The products are all hand-blended in small batches to ensure freshness and the ingredients and packaging are all sourced locally within the UK. The brand is cruelty-free with none of the products or ingredients tested on animals. Yay!
The muscle balm is made from all-vegetarian ingredients but unfortunately it’s not vegan as it contains beeswax. However, there are loads of vegan-friendly products in the Ermana range.
After speaking to the founder about the brand and discussing whether the balm would be useful for my ankle, my friend cheekily mentioned my blog (I’m always too shy to do so) and I was generously gifted the muscle balm for review. That’s honestly not what I was aiming for and it’s always so lovely and unexpected when something like that happens!
So yes, I did score a freebie on this one but I only write about what I genuinely love and this product falls firmly into that category.
I did purchase a lip balm from the stand as I really wanted to support an independent company with such a great ethos.
So how is it?
Firstly, the packaging is just lovely. The balm comes in a cute, little glass pot and the label and box designs are just so pretty.
When you open the pot, this balm smells edible. Seriously. It’s made from a blend of shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil and almond oil and infused with rosemary, eucalyptus and marjoram. It’s the rosemary that really comes through and it’s just SO good! The scent alone is super-relaxing.
Now, I realise that this is a “muscle balm” and that muscles and ligaments are not the same thing. However, trust me – this stuff helps a dodgy ankle regardless. It may not be quite as strong as chemical-laden products like Deep Heat (of which I secretly love the terrible smell as it reminds me of childhood ski holidays) but it is certainly soothing and relaxing.
The muscle balm is no miracle cure but on the days when my ankle is being extra temperamental, it does help dull any aches and pains and reduce swelling. I often use it before bed to help soothe my ankle as it rests.
I did try out the balm on actual muscle pain (as intended), particularly in my neck where I often have discomfort after sleeping (I’ve tried a billion different pillows and sleeping positions but nothing changes that). Aside from the one time where I’m pretty sure I actually pinched a nerve, it helped ease the stiffness and aching muscles in my neck. Hooray!
The balm has quite a grainy consistency but this melts with the warmth of your fingertips so it’s easy to apply and absorbs fairly quickly. As it contains natural butters and oils, it’s lovely and moisturising for the skin.
Though it’s definitely on the pricey side at £20 for a 60ml pot, a little goes a long way. I use it almost every day and have only made a smallish dent in the pot over a couple of months. For me, this product is one that I will definitely be repurchasing.
Have you tried Ermana? Let me know your fave products!
*Disclaimer: I was provided with free products in exchange for a fair and honest review. All views are entirely my own and not influenced by the manufacturer or its affiliates in any way. This is not a sponsored post and I received no monetary compensation for this review. View disclaimer page here.