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Based in Suffolk, England, we are a small family team headed by Margaret, Colin and daughter Abi (see picture, from left to right: Abi & Margaret). Since establishing the Essential Care brand as a trademark and mail order company in 2003, we have been on a mission to make the purest skincare on earth.

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Barrier Cream Very Dry Skin | Dry Flaky Skin Moisturizer | Eczema

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Awards and Certifications

  • Independently Certified Organic by the Soil Association
  • Natural Health Magazine Award 2016
  • Natural Health Magazine Award 2016
  • Elite Magazine Award Winner 2016 - Best Ultra Rich Night Cream

Ultra Rich Balm

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Provides intense hydration for very dry skin and skin prone to eczema.

Ultra Rich Balm supports the skin’s natural barrier function and helps protect it from the drying effects of heat, cold and wind, without blocking pores.

Apply anywhere on the body, and sparingly on the face, as a dry, flaky skin moisturiser.

It’s also as an excellent intensive treatment for dry hair ends and cracked heels. Great when ski-ing, or to protect ultra-sensitive skin from chlorinated pools.

“The eczema on my hands used to be so bad that my fingers would swell to nearly twice their size, I could hardly move them as it was so painful. Now thanks to you, I've got healthy skin, the natural way! Kirsty S, Customer

If you suffer from eczema or any other allergy, please download our Eczema Information PDF.



  • Hydrating vitamin-rich raw shea, coconut & extra virgin olive oils
  • Cell-supporting sea buckthorn (rich in omega 7)
  • Protecting beeswax


  • Suitable for Vegetarians
  • 100% natural, 100% organic
  • Product is Soil Association certified organic
  • Free from common allergen tree nut oils, wheat, soy, dairy
  • Packaged in recyclable jars that were manufactured in the UK from 100% recycled materials      
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42 Reviews For Ultra Rich Balm

  1. Star Rating


    Highly recommended for dry skins.

  2. Star Rating


    A little pot of this lasts for longer than you'd expect. You only need a little bit to reap the benefits. I use it on my lips, ends of hair and any areas of skin that are particularly dry.

  3. Star Rating

    Sally 6/8/2018

    Great for hair to prevent frizz - tiny smear to ends of wet hair and it dries bouncy not frizzy. I use it over repair lotion to lock in the moisture and it's amazing on dry cracked heels and dry cuticles. Fantastic to take on holiday as it avoids multiple bottles and pots. Lasts ages too.

  4. Star Rating


    Great moisturiser for dry, sensitive and eczema prone skin. Have been using it for more than 1 year now.

  5. Star Rating


    I have been suffering from very dry facial skin. My usual moisturizers were not working so I used a small dab of this and evenly applied to my face and neck. My skin looked and felt better instantly and remained hydrated throughout the day. This is a wonderful product, thank you.

  6. Star Rating

    Hormonal Hilary4/18/2018

    I’m perimenopausal with very sensitive skin prone to dryness and I have increasing sensitivity to products and ingredients. I have had a recent episode of burning scalp followed by flaky scalp (hormone-related eczema I reckon) and my usual gentle organic natural shampoo etc was unusually causing stinging and irritation. I tried the Odylique Gentle Herbal shampoo after doing some internet research and was really pleased with how it didn’t sting , I left it on for the few minutes as advised and even though my hair felt coarse when I rinsed it off, when it was dry it was lovely and soft and shiny . I thought I would then order and try the Ultra Balm to see if it would help to further soothe and control the flaky scalp . I used the ultra balm trial size - just rubbing it into my scalp when my hair was dry and left it for hours (looked like I had dipped my head in a chip pan) . I probably did use a bit too much and left it on a tad too long but..... it seems to have sorted my scalp and after a few washes with this new shampoo since using the Ultra Balm, my scalp is no longer neither sore nor itchy and my hair is still much softer that it has been for months. It had gone very wiry recently as my lady hormones are clearly dropping off . My scalp isn't stinging with the gentle herbal shampoo so I will keep using it . If there are any frizzy days , I just rub a tiny bit of the ultra balm on the ends after it’s dried, as they advise and it's lovely and my hair doesn't go greasy as long as I only use a teeny tiny bit. So a big pot will last ages! I think it’s great that they do a tiny sample size and then two other sizes which I think is so sensible for people who aren't sure about it. I'm really impressed with the company so far....
    Have just received a large pot of the Ultra Balm as I have really fallen in love with it now!! I now use it on my dry hands , face , lips, feet, arms and legs as well as my hair! Is there anywhere I can’t use this?! You really only need a very small amount and it goes a long way . I really like the very faint scent - hardly anything at all and I find it very pleasant. I could give it 6 stars I reckon! ????

  7. Star Rating


    I use it to smooth my hair after blow drying, love it.

  8. Star Rating


    This balm is VERY moisturising, it is very effective when I get dry skin, especially on my calves.
    I use this occasionally on my scalp as a scalp mask and find that it does work quite well, but it's hard to use the right amount of balm. If I use very sparingly it doesn't moisturise my scalp as well but if I use more then it is very hard to wash out of my hair. I would recommend using it as a scalp mask during a weekend in as it may need a few washes before your hair doesn't look very greasy.
    I've had this for a year and barely made a dent in it (although I do only use it occasionally), so it is very good value for your money despite the price seeming expensive initially.

  9. Star Rating


    This stuff is amazing! I've been using it together with the herb shampoo on my very tangly hair and it is a dream. I only use the tinyest amount and the brush glides through. It is also great for dry skin patches. Because you only use such a tiny amount, I can see it lasting for ages. All without damaging the planet :-)

  10. kirsty11/6/2017

    Lovely light balm, did not affect my sensitive skin at all. I bought this as part of a set, not sure I'd buy it alone but it is a nice product.

  11. Star Rating


    I initially bought this after reading your skin care guide for eczema for my boyfriend. I explained a thin layer put on before showering will protect the delicate damaged parts of skin from being dried out by the water. Post-shower he confirmed his skin was still supple. I've used the same principle for my hair ends! I rub a very small amount on the ends of my hair on the day before my wash and wear in a bun and then the ends are nicely protected during the washing process. I found this balm a bit too heavy to use after washing but before washing it works a charm.

  12. Star Rating


    I bought a small pot of this which makes a great travel size. You only need a tiny amount as it really is rich. You won't benefit from applying a lot - you'll just end up greasy. Little as often as required works best for me. It really is a multipurpose product. I've used it face, body, hair and scalp. It's a great for all the family too. My shins are dry and flaky at the moment and this works a treat - much better than any chemical laden watery lotion.

  13. Star Rating


    This moisturiser is really great for dry skin anywhere, including dry lips, and I do like its smell. Great product.

  14. Star Rating


    I use this product on my allergy prone skin and it works wonders. That said, my review is to also let you know how good it can be for dogs as well. My little Staffordshire bull terrier also suffers from seasonal allergies and has the occasional 'hot spot' that causes her to scratch that area frequently. I decided to use what I use on her and to my delight this lovely Ultra Rich Balm worked on her as well. She had very red skin at the base of her tail, not the best of areas so I put some of this on and the itching stopped immediately, the next day it was a calmer pink tone and the day after that, basically gone. I highly recommend this product.

  15. Star Rating


    I'd been trying everything to clear up eczema on my face and neck, some worked for a short time but the red, sore, inflamed, itchy mess always appeared back again. Bought samples of Odylique and my skin improved, really improved, still can't believe it cleared up my, as I thought, damaged beyond repair, skin. I'm keeping everything crossed that this miracle continues to improve my old, now new skin!

  16. Star Rating


    I bought this mainly because I had purchased the gentle herb shampoo and wanted the balm to hand in case I needed it to help me on the path to being conditioner free. Well - I've used it on my hair, lips, feet, elbows and any kind of dry place and it's fantastic. A little goes a long way and it works really works. I know already that come winter this will be tucked in my bag every day.

  17. Star Rating


    Although this product is an amazing lip balm and for under the eyes before I put on my night cream. This product is amazing to put on before makeup. If youre heading out; wash your face, let it air dry, then use a light moisturiser or just use this ultra rich balm in the areas you are later going to highlight ie. your cupids bow, top of your cheek bones, brow bone etcetera and then once it has slightly dried you can do your skin routine over the top.. another great way to use it as a highlighter is if you are someone who wears very little makeup or a light CC cream etcetera then using the balm over the top as a highlighter (more natural one ofcourse) looks so beautiful!

    [Odylique Reply]

    Fantastic way to use the balm!

  18. Star Rating


    This wonderful balm was bought for me to try on my very dry scalp and it worked but I found it quite hard to get in on the scalp without getting it all over the hair. So I gave it to my husband to try on his eczema. Initially he used directly onto the skin and it helped to clear it up. After talking to the very helpful staff at Odylique and they suggested putting the repair lotion on the skin first and then putting this balm on top. He tried this and it worked! The repair lotion moisturises and then this balm locks the moisturiser in and stops it during out during the day. Brilliant. Highly recommended.

  19. Star Rating

    Gemma 5/1/2017

    This is a "desert island" product - if you had to take one cosmetic, this is it. Great for skin anywhere on your body, even your face as its not shiny. A really effective hair serum too. I keep the trial size pot in my handbag for a handy moisture boost on the go and as a lip balm too.

  20. Star Rating


    I love everything about the balm - that it spreads easily, is organic, and feels like a blanket that's protecting the skin from the drying winter. I have never experienced such soft skin before. Really grateful for this!

  21. Star Rating

    Sue C12/19/2016

    I have had amazing results using the Repair lotion for dermatitis on my hand and use the Ultra Rich Balm as a night time treatment on my hands. it is very rich as only a tiny amount needed but if I do have too much on my hand I run my fingers through ends of my hair as great conditioner. It is a multi purpose balm and certainly one of the best ones I have tried over the years. Has a medicinal scent which is not strong. I would say to anyone with skin problems to try both the Repair Lotion and the Balm as an effective treatment.

  22. Star Rating


    My skin is a nightmare. My lips go through phases where they are dry and crusty for no reason.
    I used to use a bees wax and lavender balm a friend makes up but she recently started adding comfry to her blend and now I react to it.
    I've tried other commercially available bees wax balms without success throughout this year and in August discovered the tiny tub of Odylique's Ultra Rich Balm.
    I was very grateful for the ability to order a tiny tub to try the product because as anyone with tricky skin will agree, it gets so expensive trying to find something that works. Well, THIS WORKS!! Its been a life saver so I am returning now to get a larger tub. I agree with one of the other reviews that said it can get a bit greasy if you are over zealous with it, but, you only make that mistake once and then realise that the tiniest amount goes a very long way. THANK YOU ODYLIQUE!!

  23. Star Rating


    This is a good product and very hydrating (I have eczema and it doesn't make my skin flare up) - it can get a bit greasy if you put too much on. However the batch I received in the summer went a bit funny with lots of little lumps in the texture which meant it wasn't as nice to put on - hopefully the new one I've just ordered will be better.

    [Odylique Reply]
    Hi Sophia, thank you for your comment! The lumps are most likely just one of the products crystallising - this happens when the product is kept somewhere too warm then cooled down slowly. It doesn't affect the quality of the balm though and the crystals will 'melt' on application. We recommend keeping all of our products somewhere cool and dark. Glad to hear you like the balm! :)

  24. Star Rating


    I really appreciate this balm. Not too greasy. I have acne and it hasn't cause break outs. Nice for my hair, skin. Just the right amount of conditioning for me. I'm really glad that I waited for delivery. USA customer.
    Worth the wait

  25. Star Rating


    Used once on my hair as I do have very dry coloured (grey) hair - didn't like it at all. I do have very dry sensitive skin on my arms and legs so used it on them which left my skin feeling very soft and smooth.

    [Odylique Reply]

    Hi Tracy! Thanks for your review. A good tip to gauge the amount of Ultra Rich Balm needed ion the hair s to by rub the tiniest pea-sized amount between your palms, scrunch into your (completely dried) hair ends only, then brush or comb through to distribute along the hair shaft. As it is so rich, this is often all that’s needed to improve condition and shine.

  26. Star Rating


    I generally do not suffer from skin problems, but think that this product is excellent for removing make-up and generally moisturizing dry skin. My partner has incredibly sensitive skin, so uses this, including on his face, and it works perfectly for him. I'm delighted, as he's very conservative - no perfume or fuss! I did have a minor irritation on my wrist last winter, which was very sore, so of course used this balm, and it cleared it up in just a few days, with no reappearance. It gave me some inkling of how unpleasant this condition can be for my partner and for all your customers who have gained relief from painful skin problems.

  27. Star Rating


    This was a good moisturiser and has an ok smell, but is very greasy, and actually i found that my really bad eczema skin would need lots and lots of application all the time. I thought the repair lotion was better and more soothing for my very bad eczema. However, i have also been putting it on the ends of my hair and it seems very hydrating!

  28. Star Rating


    I had a lot of expectations after reading all enthusiastic comments about this product but to be fair I am a bit disappointed. Ultra Rich Balm is very greasy, it melts on your skin but does not absorb easily and most of it ends on your clothes...however I love the smell and the fact all ingredients are pure and natural

    [Odylique Reply]

    A little goes a long way as it is very concentrated, so it could be that you are being too generous. Apply just enough for your skin to absorb fully and reapply if necessary. Little and often is the key for very dry or distressed skin to support the natural barrier function of repair and moisture balance.

  29. Star Rating


    About ten days ago, after a few weeks of application of Repair Lotion and Ultra Rich Balm, my eczema cleared up!
    Believe me, I am extremely happy!!!!! I continue to apply both products at night to keep the area moist.

    Thank you once again for the advice.

    Getting such advice, and being able to speak with a knowledgeable individual makes me very pleased that I have chosen Odylique for my personal care products supplier.

  30. Star Rating


    My hair was feeling a bit dry and flyaway so I combed some Ultra Rich Balm through it and left it overnight. I washed it as normal next morning with my gentle herbal shampoo and my hair felt absolutely fabulous. My work colleagues all commented and I have recommended Odylique to them all.

  31. Star Rating


    After using the Repair Lotion I take a small amount of this wonderfully smelling ( so good you could eat it ) Ultra Rich Balm and melt it in the palms of my hands then apply it all over my body gently massaging it in well, a little goes a long way but for me a large tub is essential as I also use it on my dry scalp conditioning the hair as well.
    It has been a joy to find a company such as Odylique where the owner Margaret has put so much love into her research in helping others care for their skin organically..Thank you x

  32. Star Rating

    X-ema Xpert6/1/2015

    Ultra rich is exactly how your skin feels when this pomade of botanical emollients is absorbed by the dermis. The large size is great value, you can feel the love that this stuff is made from! .. Only wish it were absorbed more fully (or visibly) into the skin, a rich shine on my skin even after I massage, wait, and rub some more into the skin, ... no rushing on this richness! ;)

  33. Star Rating


    I was skeptical of this products suitability for my skin as while I have eczema, that causes dry patches that often crack and get infected, I experience seborrheic eczema which makes my skin sensitive to excessive oils or emollients. This creates problems with my skin that I believe this product may have solved, even a thin layer when my skin is particularly dry or using as a cleanser has improved my skins condition and my comfort. This is especially true for my hands and cuticles as eczema and a sensitivity to most hand soaps means my hands are always dry and flaky. This product moisturises and absorbs better than any other cream I've tried, quick enough that using touch screens afterwards aren't difficult.

  34. Star Rating


    As I got older and my skin got drier I started suffering from eczema on my arms, legs, back and tummy. I follow the nutrition advice on Essential Care's website and have been using the Ultra-Rich Balm followed by the Repair Lotion every day after my shower. My skin is looking a lot better an is much less itchy than it was. I wouldn't be without these two products.

  35. Star Rating


    I recently started having this itchy, inflamed/irritated dry flaky area on my eyelid. I occasionally get some type of rashes or sudden onset of itchiness even if I am literally only just sitting down! (no clue of the source). I use this balm to pacify this angry patch on my skin which really works. I am happy and grateful to have this little skin helper. Thanks Odylique.

  36. Star Rating


    I have very dry frizzy/curly hair and use this on my scalp and hair before I shampoo and it does make a difference - my hair is left more elastic and defined afterwards and I find less shed and broken hairs. I also add some to the bath sometimes and it makes my skin really soft and smooth.

  37. Star Rating


    Dry skin - here's the rescue!
    I've used this all over my body where I have try patches and I absolutely love it! It works fast, you feel the results, it's lightweight and fast absorbing. I will try it on my entire face soon enough, because I feel it needs an extra push moisture-wise :)
    It's a great product!

  38. Star Rating


    ODYLIQUE ULTRA RICH BALM, another one of my rescue products! you have skin, use it everywhere! The winter months are coming fast and this is so soothing to my skin which is dry, eczema and very sensitive! Love it!

  39. Star Rating


    I am very pleased with treatment for a "strange" dermatitis that started in April. I looked as though I had hauled a sledge in the Arctic! Since using your products can say it is most successful, and I shall keep in contact with you. Most of the horrors of the spell of Dermatitis have gone.

  40. Star Rating

    Kirsty S9/12/2013

    I recommend your products to my friends who can see how effective they are. The eczema on my hands used to be so bad that my fingers would swell to nearly twice their size, I could hardly move them as it was so painful.

    Now thanks to you, I've got healthy skin, the natural way!

  41. Star Rating


    The ultra rich is fantastic, I suffer from severe eczema and it is providing me relief already. The repair lotion is a life-saver. My skin was an absolute mess and I was getting depressed until I started using it. It’s clearing up now

  42. Star Rating


    So good I got a full size, multi tasking, use as a hair conditioner and scalp soother! Used some on the cracked eczema on my hand and its done an amazing job! So good the area has not split open since!

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Ingredients: Olea europaea fruit oil*, Butyrospermum parkii butter*, Cocos nucifera oil*, Cera alba*, Hippophae rhamnoides fruit extract

Plain English: Extra virgin olive oil*, Raw Fairtrade shea butter*, Coconut oil*, Beeswax*, Sea buckthorn fruit extract*

*Organically grown & produced (100% of product)

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Recommended by Marie Claire.co.uk as one of 10 Best Winter Skin Savers: “Hydrating treat for dry skin... on you face or feet, hands or heels... nourishing olive oil and shea butter leave skin instantly softer.”
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