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Vermont's Original Bag Balm

*Est. $9 for 10 oz.
August 2011
by ConsumerSearch
Vermont's Original Bag Balm

  • Protects severely dry skin
  • Multi-purpose
  • Fragrance-free
  • Few ingredients, less chance of allergic reaction
  • Greasy and thick
  • Does not absorb quickly
  • Smells bad
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With the quaint back-story that Bag Balm was invented for the purpose of moisturizing dairy cows' udders, Vermont's Original Bag Balm has an almost cult-like following. Users swear by the ointment for everything from rashes and dry skin to polishing leather. Over the past several years, the product has gained major popularity as evidenced by hundreds of user reviews on and Used primarily as a winter weather and overnight moisturizer, users say the ointment alleviates rough, dry and cracked skin with ease. The product is free of fragrances and is made of only three ingredients; a short ingredient list generally means there is little opportunity for an allergic reaction. Surprisingly, the one thing that users complain about is the smell.

There are no professional or dermatologist reviews for Bag Balm, which keeps it off the ConsumerSearch Best Reviewed list. But users on and enthusiastically review it. For a dermatologist and expert-recommended ointment for very dry skin, try Aquaphor Healing Ointment Advanced Therapy Skin Protectant.

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Bag Balm Ointment, 10 Ounce

 (758 reviews)
Buy new: $7.39   5 New from $13.26

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With more than 100 reviews on, Bag Balm gets a perfect score of 5 out of 5 stars, making it, easily, one of the best-reviewed lotions on the site. Almost all users say that it effectively relieves very dry, cracked and rough skin, and most say they specifically like the product for winter skin. Some users say, however, that the product has an unpleasant smell.

Review: Vermont's Original Bag Balm Protective Ointment, Contributors to


Bag Balm receives more than 100 reviews on (requires free registration), and receives a very respectable score of 4.6 stars. Users here recommend applying the product overnight as it is greasy and doesn't absorb quickly. Some also mention the medicinal smell, but appreciate the fact that it is fragrance-free.

Review: Lotions/Creams - Unlisted Brand - Bag Balm, Contributors to

3. Associated Press

This article, reprinted on the CBS News website, discusses the growing popularity of Bag Balm, an ointment designed to treat the irritated udders of milk cows. The balm slowly evolved into a skin cream as farmers' wives noticed the effect of the balm on their husbands' fingers. It is now used as remedy for all sorts of treatments, ranging from chapped skin to sunburns and saddle sores. This article shares some anecdotes from users but doesn't compare the balm to any other products.

Review: Bag Balm Becomes Popular "Problem Salver", Editors of the Associated Press, Feb. 1, 2010

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