There are so many skincare brands currently in the market that it’s hard to keep you with everything. A few months ago, a brand called Sonya Dakar reached out to me and offered to send me a few of their products to test out. I had actually seen this brand in Sophia Bush’s Instagram Stories. I knew they were an LA-based clinic where they offered facials and other skincare treatments. As a result, I was super excited when I saw their name in my inbox. I’m looking forward to sharing their products with you, starting with the Blue Butterfly Balm.
What Is It
The Blue Butterfly Balm is like the name says, a balm. If you’re not familiar with balms, they’re kind of a solid oil. When you warm it up, rub it in your fingers, it turns into an oily-like cream. The goal of the balm is to provide relief and glow to dry, rough, or irritated skin. The benefits include:
- Reduce redness and irritations
- Protect the skin lip barrier from extreme or dry weather (making it perfect for Winter)
- Seal in moisture
- Relieve creepiness and surface dehydration
- Smooth dehydration lines
Sonya Dakar prides itself of using mostly natural ingredients. I know this is a controversial topic as some people don’t like / or have had negative experiences with essential oils like Lavender. For me personally, these ingredients work.
The standout ingredients in the Blue Butterfly Balm are:
- Highly potent extracts of the Blue Butterfly Flower and Kalahari Melon
- Natural soothing oils of macadamia, cupuacu, and primrose
- Blue Tansy
- Vitamin E
First, it is a beautiful product. The packaging feels very luxurious and the color of the balm is absolutely stunning. I had never used a balm like this one before. I’m used to cleansing balms that should be rinsed, but not a balm to stay on the skin. In addition, I do love facial oils so I knew I was going to enjoy a product like this one.
A little goes a long way with this product, and I would recommend using only a little bit. It makes my skin feel amazing and soothing. I suffer from mild rosacea and my checks can get really red and inflamed, but the balm works amazingly at calming everything down. Moreover, I feel like it makes my skin look smoother and radiant. Lastly, I do feel like the balm creates a barrier that protects my skin from harsh weather changes and from losing moisture.
The Not So Good
I really don’t have a lot of negative things to say about this. The price is on the higher end, but because a little goes a long way, I don’t see it as a huge issue. I wish it came with a spatula to scoop out the product as it can get messy.
In addition, I see this product as an immediate results type of product. The Blue Butterfly Balm is not really focused on long-term effects like reducing the appearance of pores or wrinkles, but really targets issues straight way. I don’t see that as something particularly bad, but something you should keep in mind if you’re looking for a product that really targets and provides long-term improvements to your skin.
Is It Worth It?
Personally, I have really enjoyed using this balm and incorporating it into my routine. Because of my dry skin, rosacea, and dullness, it is the perfect product for me. In my opinion, you should evaluate if what this product promises are skin concerns that affect you. I think if you have oily skin, this product might not be the best. It is an oil and even a thicker consistency that a regular oil. If you’ve experienced negative reactions to essential oils like Lavender, then definitely steer away from this product as it is full of natural ingredients like that one.
Would I repurchase?
While this product was gifted to me, the short answer is yes, I would purchase it myself. If it was in my budget at the time, and not something that would cause a huge dent in my bank account, then yes. But, if you’re on a budget, I don’t think this product is for you as like I said, it is not targeting long-term skin concerns, but rather improving the immediate look of your skin for the period of time that you’re using the product.
Overall, I’ve really enjoyed the experience of using this product. It has made my skin feel amazing, works great under makeup, and just really like it.
Have you tried anything from Sonya Dakar?
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