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Dec 3, 2013

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The wintry weather has arrived as to be expected. It’s cold and windy and chilly. There’s snow on the ground and you know Santa is packing his sleigh pretty soon. That cold wintry air is also a major problem for folks with eczema. Yeah…that would be us.

I was at my local health food store looking for a more natural alternative. I mean, have you looked at the ingredients on your bottle of skin cream lately? It’s pretty scary so brace yourself if you ever decide to really analyze what goes in to the average skin lotion. I mentioned the problematic E word and the staff recommended that I pick up a jar of Gator Balm made by Genuine African Formula company.

I read the label and it looked promising. The staff also mentioned that it was their top seller for folks with eczema. Yes, I’ll admit it’s pricey (just shy of $30) but then again, it’s not like those fancy creams marketed for women are any cheaper. If this Gator Balm can do the trick and help my child with her eczema, why not give it a try?

Product Review: What ingredients are in the Gator Balm?

Here are the list of ingredients used to make the Gator Balm: purified water, colloidal oatmeal, caprylic/caprc/linoleic triglceride, avocado oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil, clove oil, coconut oil, mango oil, soybean oil, extract of chickweed, agrimony, comfrey roots, goldenseal, African shea butter, carnauba wax, allantoin, panthenol (pro-vitamin B-5), natural vitamin A, D, E, and F.

My thoughts on this list of ingredients? Well, the first thing I notice is how natural the list is. Notice how words like paraben and phthalates don’t show up on this list. There’s no petroleum products either so that’s another big bonus. How many lotions can put purified water or colloidal oatmeal as their first two ingredients? The mix of natural oils is also quite exciting – all goodies with nothing fake in sight.

Product Review: Does Gator Balm by Genuine African Formula work?

At the time of this post, my child and I have both used the Gator Balm for a few weeks. We haven’t used it daily but we’ve used it at least twice a week.

Look at the packaging of Gator Balm and you can see it’s supposed to do a lot for your skin. Gator Balm is designed for “rough, rashed, itchy, scaly skin”. Gator Balm is supposed to work “fast to correct badly deteriorated complexion” and is “excellent for cracked heels and split fingers, rough, dry elbows and knees.” Wow, that’s a tall order to meet.

Open the jar of Gator Balm and the first thing my big kid and I noticed is how thick it is. This is not a watery kind of skin lotion. It reminds me a lot of those thicker zinc based sunscreens. The Gator Balm rubs into the skin with a bit of effort and leaves a definite sheen. If you don’t rub it in well enough, it’ll also leave a white coating just like sunscreen would. The good news: there’s absolutely no scent that we can detect beyond a slight natural note that is likely from one of the oils but it is barely noticeable.

To date, the Gator Balm seems to work well. We’ve had no reactions to it and the eczema doesn’t seem to be flaring up as much. Can I attribute that solely to the Gator Balm? No, because of course, we’re also using a number of other methods to keep the big E word at bay.

I have to be honest, the Gator Balm is a bit greasy for me to use as a daily skin cream. I have it on my hands now as I’m typing and my fingers seem just a bit greasy so typing isn’t as easy as I’d like it to be. There’s a noticeable weight that’s been added to my hands after applying the Gator Balm to them. So, when I use the Gator Balm, I use it at night before going to bed. That way, it doesn’t get in the way of anything else that I need to do during the day. My child absolutely loves the texture of the Gator Balm and can’t wait to use it whenever she can so she’s obviously not bothered by the thickness of it.


After using Gator Balm intermittently for a few weeks, it’s been working well although I can’t decide if it’s doing everything it says it can. NO fault of the product. Everyone’s skin reacts differently and needs different things.

Does the greasiness of the Gator Balm turn me off? No, not really. I appreciate its natural ingredients and that it works well on my child’s skin so I’d easily get it again if I had to. With the wintry weather, you’d need a heavier cream to keep the skin’s moisture in and the baddies out. You just have to decide the best time for you to use the Gator Balm. My kid continues to love using the Gator Balm so that’s a good thing. She’ll happily slather it on and I also like that it doesn’t have any obnoxious overpowering scent.

So, if you have skin that needs some serious attention, you may just want to give Gator Balm a try especially if you’re currently using a store brand product with ingredients that you can’t pronounce. Our current 120 mL jar of Gator Balm is still 2/3 full so your hard earned money does last for a while. While Gator Balm does have a higher price point, I would happily pay a bit more to avoid the parabens, phthalates, and petroleum based ingredients found in other lotions and creams. YUCK.

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