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Rough Stuff Skin Defense Balm

Life is good! – introducing VRTBR® Protective Skin Balm.

We have spent our fair share of hours outdoors – in all kinds of weather. So we decided to design clothes that were fit for purpose and would take you through rain, sleet, sun, hail or snow. We are constantly on the lookout for new ways of solving old problems – and earlier this year, we ran into Karen, who has solved the ever annoying dilemma of how and what to bring for avoiding lips to crack and cheeks to burn. So the quest has been to find something – anything – without water in it to prevent the frost bites…  

Add this small box to your next emergency kit. Be generous with it – you won’t regret it.

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Nothing sexy about skin protection – but when you think about it, your face and hands are extremely exposed when you venture into the wild for more than a couple of hours. And when you add frost bites, “climber’s hands”, cracked skin on your fingertips, cuts and scrapes, then operating buckles, adjusting the bow or even tightening your boots can be a painful and difficult thing.

      If you have tried the strong aroma from sticky Camphor stuff then you will love the mild nutty fragrance from the C4 – it has no perfumes added and all ingredients are 100% organic and it absorbs fast so you can use your hands again after a few minutes. Use it as beard balm too – very important feature!   The formula is engineered by a Danish team spearheaded by Karen Krogh Christensen, who has years of experience and insight from the cosmetic industry, worked with brands like DECLÉOR from France and M.D. Formulations from USA and has been Chairman of the DKF, The Danish Beautician Association. With the understanding of complex formulas and natural and chemical ingredients – not to mention the understanding of an industry in change – Karen Krogh made her own take on a clean, 100% organic skin protection series completely stripped from the layers of perfumes and chemicals that are often added – but without compromising with skin care efficiency and protection and she has obtained a luxurious texture and delicate mild nutty fragrance. Together with a small certified Danish laboratory, the small batches are produced on demand and in a protected environment.   – we know there are many alternatives on the market but this one outperforms what we have tried throughout our years of hanging out in the wilderness!   C4 in action The C4 Protective Skin Balm is an antiseptic blend from all organic ingredients – and does not contain water or perfumes. Since body balms, butters, and salves do not contain water, they are called anhydrous formulations. The lack of water also means they do not need a preservative; the C4 Protective Skin Balm has the antioxidant vitamin E. Check out the stuff you use now… even the most dedicated outdoor skin protection formulas contain water, which require preservatives to keep out bacteria and or fungus. Water evaporates from the lotions and creams after you apply it – not the best combo when temperatures are very low.   Stay safe out there The team behind the VRTBR® Hunting Edition have learnt from experience – and sometimes learnt stuff the hard way. Even on a 4 hour walk it makes sense to take care of yourself and pay attention to weather, physical condition, the terrain and your companions. “Eat before you’re hungry and drink before you feel thirst…” You perform at your best when your body is in balance – when you are not cold, not too warm, not tired and not low on energy or water. However, the days on the mountain or in the fells can get long and strenuous and the hardest part can be as simple as managing your fluid balance – and no, industrial amounts of coffee won’t do it…! Small signs of low fluid balance can be chapped lips, dry hands, slight headaches and difficulty concentrating. And getting to the point – it is not enough to keep your skin and lips protected with the C4 Skin Protective Balm; you need to pay attention to your physical condition and stay safe – but the small container with the Shea butter stuff will come in surprisingly handy under the gaffer tape bandage when you have cut yourself but need to continue hunting…   Care and attention – What’s inside… Shea butter is often called ´the best friend of the skin´. It stems from the production of nuts from Shea trees – in this case from Burkina Faso, in Mali, where they grow wild. The Shea nuts are rich in vitamin A that strengthens the skin tissue and keeps the skin elastic and contains vitamin B that repairs and rebuilds the skin.     Shea Butter has outstanding healing and protective properties, and combined with Jojoba and Argan Oil, the combination effect is optimal. Shea is also used as a mild sun cream as the oil protects against the sun’s UV rays.   Shea butter has excellent results on dry, sun burnt and even some types of eczema skin. It is naturally protective and, in addition to being your skin’s protection, day and night, can also be used as your skin pharmacy – also for children.   It helps to heal scratches, redness, dry hands, small cuts and chafed skin. The high concentrations of fatty acids and vitamins make Shea butter an ideal ingredient for softening skin. Shea butter also has anti-inflammatory and healing properties. Using Shea butter on your body, especially your face, can condition, tone, and soothe your skin.   Jojoba Oil – originates from a desert bush. Is naturally antibacterial and keeps moisture on the skin. Creates balance between your skin’s natural moisture / fat, as jojoba oil recalls the skin’s own ‘oils’. It also has a soothing and calming effect.   Argan Oil – originates from the nuclei of a desert tree. It has high levels of vitamin E, antioxidants and essential fatty acids. Good for after-sun and healing effect. Adds moisture, refreshes, and strains.   Beeswax – is also a pure natural product that is sublime in skin care because of its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Strengthens skin elasticity and contains natural moisture. Beeswax almost “locks” moisture to the skin, and can help keep the skin firm and nourished.   Vitamin E – strengthens the skin’s defense and is an antioxidant. E-vitamin is a powerful oil that is used in small amounts, both for the other ingredients to be absorbed far better in the skin, and also increases the durability. E-vitamin enhances the skin’s natural production of collagen.     Ingredients (INCI): Butyrospermum Parkii Butter (Shea Butter), Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil (jojoba Oil), Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil (Argan Oil), Cera Alba (Bees Wax), tocopherol (E-vitamin) – All ingredients are 100% organic –   Protective Skin Balm Made in Denmark   Made for VRTBR® by Esther® More Than Beautiful   Your best fit We have added the same volume you normally get in the fancy glass designs – but used a small lightweight reusable alu-container with screw caps so they pack easily or fit into your pocket for frequent use. 15ml – 19 gr. 30ml – 35 gr.    

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  How to use Add a little nut-size amount of skin balm and butter it into the palm of your hand. Then warm the balm up between your palms to melt and apply it to your face. If you have anything left, then rub it into hands, nails and dry areas. Be generous – you won’t regret it. In a few seconds the balm is absorbed and will leave your skin soft and moisturized. As there is no water added to the balm, it will protect your skin when you are outdoor in cold weather. If you want to use the balm on your lips, just press your finger into the balm and it will melt enough to moisture your lips. C4 Protective Skin Balm is developed with attention to the ´less is more´ principle – and it will help you for a long time.