Da Balm!

20140205-DSC_7274About a month ago I wrote about Job’s eczema and my efforts to try to get to the root of his flare ups.  I can’t tell you that I have figured things out yet.  Dairy and eggs don’t seem to be triggers, so that is a good thing.  I’ve switched my laundry detergent (I’m using Charlie’s Soap now) and I keep humidifiers running.  Job’s skin will look perfect one day, and terrible the next.  It’s frustrating.  One thing that I have figured out though is that my friend Rachel’s new eczema balm, hilariously named “Da Balm,” is incredibly effective at calming and clearing Job’s flare ups.  I realized this because during the time I was applying it to Job’s face several times daily, the angry red patches on his face healed and disappeared completely.  He might still have a flare up, but his skin would heal with a few days of diligent application of Da Balm.  Then one day I went to grab it from the shelf and it was gone.  I searched and searched but couldn’t find it.  Over the next week or so I used LuSa’s Booty Balm, my standard choice for chapped faces in the winter, on Job’s face.  It seemed to help a little, but not nearly as well as Da Balm had.  Job’s face was looking bad again when I discovered my little tin of Da Balm under the bed.  Within two days of using it again, his skin looked great.  I don’t know what caused that last flare up, but I know that Da Balm calmed and soothed it.

When I purchased that little tin of Da Balm, it was still in the testing phase and I didn’t know whether or not it would end up becoming a permanent LuSa product.  I emailed Rachel wanting to know what her plan was, because my tin was nearly empty and my own attempts at making an eczema balm failed (my older son Seth claimed that my homemade stuff made his eczema worse!)  I was thrilled when Rachel wrote back that Da Balm would actually be available for purchase on the LuSa Organics website in a few days!  She suggested a little giveaway to properly introduce Da Balm to my readers and I gave an enthusiastic, “Yes!”  I’m so happy to be able to share Da Balm with all of you!


I asked Rachel to share a little background with you, the story of how Da Balm came to be:

I designed Da Balm after dozens upon dozens of customer requests for a safe, effective balm for eczema care. Our Booty Balm was helping these customers, but there were other herbs that I knew would be incredible for eczema and other red, itchy rashes.Finally my own family began to struggle with eczema and I had the perfect opportunity to test and perfect at home! Two years (and many product testers later), Da Balm was born.


Da Balm begins with an organic infusion of seven different herbs. Each time I work with a new herb I’m humbled by how gentle and effective plants are at helping our bodies heal. These roots, leaves, and flowers are combined with several soothing oils and essential oils to make a rich, gentle, non-irritating rash balm.

Da Balm is a comfort – not a cure. Any topical treatment alone will not heal eczema. That is an inside job and requires the deep work of figuring out what is causing your or your little one’s outbreak. But Da Balm is designed to help quiet and soothe the itch and irritation.

It’s also soothing for chicken pox, garden rashes, and insect bites. Anything itchy!

(You can learn more about healing eczema from the inside out in a series that Rachel wrote on her blog.)


Rachel is offering three Small Things readers a regular sized tin of Da Balm.   The winners will also receive free shipping on anything else they would like to order at the same time, too.

In addition,  receive a free 1 oz travel bar of Calendula Baby Soap with every Da Balm you order. Just enter the code “SmallThings” in the comments field of your next order. The LuSa team will see the comment and add the bar of travel soap when they pack your order.  (Valid through February 18, 2014).

For your chance to win, leave a comment on this post.  Comments are now closed.  The winners are:

Katie B, who wrote, “This sounds awesome! Wonderful for a new baby!”

Christina, who wrote, “Just visited the dermatologist for my daughter’s eczema. Would love to find something less, well, medicinal than a prescription.”

and Alisa Joy, who wrote, “what a lovely and timely give away.  thank you, both!”

Thanks, Rachel and LuSa Organics!


  1. Oh my goodness! I can’t tell you what a joy it was to read this post. Several members of our family suffer from terrible eczema and there is nothing worse than applying something, hoping for some relief, and realizing it is making the condition worse. I was using California Baby Calendula cream and the latest bottle sent my skin screaming! Turns out they changed their formula and moved the actual calendula pretty far down the ingredient list. Thank you for the giveaway chance! I think I’ll be placing an order anyway!
    God bless

  2. am i too late?

  3. This sounds really nice! Would love to try it. =) Thank you for the nice giveaway!

  4. I’d love to try this for my little girl. I don’t think her eczema is diet related… I think her skin doesn’t hold in moisture and it’s been a DRY winter in California. Even the skin around her eyes (and on her eyelids) have flared up for the first time. I imagine this is safe for that area? Thanks!

  5. This sounds like a wonderful product : )

  6. I would love to give this to my sister. She has had a terrible patch of eczema on the back of her neck for years and years and not much works well on it, except for very strong prescription cream.

  7. my daughter have eczema since she was newborn, i’ve tried everything, this could be the awnser to my prayers 🙂

  8. My daughter is suffering from a flare up of eczema that we can’t seem to get to calm down. I would love to try Da Balm and see if it helps. Thanks.

  9. nossa, eu quero! qualquer coisa que cosa — estamos no meio de um verão muito “buggy”!

  10. We would love the chance to win! We’re struggling with eczema this winter too. Headed to Rachel’s to take a peek at her new balm!

  11. This sounds exactly like what my little girl could use. Hope you figure out what is giving it to Job, it is tough work being an eczema sleuth.

  12. Would love to try this on my son’s eczema. We are currently looking for something that will help him.

  13. Holly Best says:

    I would love to try this on my kids. Two with eczema and five total with different itchies! Thanks for the information.

  14. This sounds like a great product! Thanks!

  15. I’d love to try this on my baby girl’s eczema! Thank you!

  16. Wow! This is exactly what I need for my husband! Thanks for sponsoring!