Product Review: Bag Balm beats boot-induced cracked heels

Long-time farmers have a skin care secret. Plenty of equestrians are clued in on this one too. Bag Balm is a boon for cold weather skin woes.

All winter, we pack our feet into cowboy boots, riding boots, muck boots, snow boots, or other seasonal footwear. We tromp through mud and muck and mire. Before long, our heels and soles and toes begin to callous and crack. So our feet hurt.

At the same time, our hands grow chapped and chafed and scaly and sore. We catch hangnails on the insides of our work gloves. We scrub and rub our hands raw, washing water buckets and grooming our horses. And our hands hurt.

Enter Bag Balm.

Bag Balm ointment has been around awhile. It’s an old-school product. But it works. It’s alcohol-free and packed with lanolin. It soothes weather-worn cow udders, but it’s super for dry, cracked, winter-weary heels and even those painful fingernail-corner cuticle cracks.

Dairy farmers have used this ointment for eons, slathering it on their cows’ udders to prevent irritation. Doing so, they discovered their hands were soothed and softened. Eventually, the product was marketed for mankind as well.

Personally, I use the stuff each winter. I have even grown to like the smell of it. (OK, that may be stretching things a bit. Let’s say I don’t mind it anymore, because I have come to think of it as somewhat medicinal.)

I smear the stuff all over my feet in the cold-weather months. Then I slip on some sturdy cotton socks and let the stuff stew on my soles overnight. By morning, my feet are softer. (The socks seem to help with absorption overnight, and they prevent any smearing of Bag Balm on the carpet or bedding.)

As a bonus, my hands are softened in the process of applying the stuff to my feet.

Apparently, Bag Balm also works for chapped lips, but the taste is somewhat off-putting, so I don’t use it for that. And it’s not a good idea to get it in one’s eyes. (Trust me on that. It wasn’t pleasant or pretty.)

Priced at about $8 for a sturdy eight-ounce tin, Bag Balm is considerably more affordable than many of the scantier  designer brand winter skin care products sold in beauty supply and department stores. 

CLICK here to buy Vermont's Original Bag Balm Moisturizing And Softening Ointment on Amazon.

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Several bag balm/ udder balm products are sold specifically for animal (or pet) use, so they may not be suitable for humans. (Extra points here for folks who actually read product labels before buying.)

Bag Balm or Udder Balm might make a suitable holiday stocking stuffer for a special equestrian. Just a thought, if Santa is hunting for horse lover gift ideas.

NOTE:  This blogger has no affiliation with any product/s or companies mentioned in this post and received no remuneration from the manufacturer/s or product promoter/s for this post.
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