Literary Lip Balms

Master Gardener's Hand Balm


A soothing and vegan-friendly balm for hard-working hands.

An all-purpose herbal hand balm for gardeners, reckless adventurers, and caretakers of magical creatures. Scented with a clean, refreshing blend of tea tree, yarrow and frankincense. 

Use to soothe and aid in recovery of

  • Cracked skin and dry hands
  • Small cuts
  • Bug bites
  • Burns
  • Mild skin irritations

Compared to our lip balms, this has a softer consistency (like a salve). Only a small amount is needed for application as it is richer than normal lotions and cream. Comes in a practical metal tin perfect for carrying around, whether your journey goes to Mount Doom or an intergalactic mining outpost.

The salve contains botanical extracts from St. John’s wort and yarrow which have been used for natural wound treatment for centuries due to their anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. It was said that the Greek hero Achilles used yarrow on the wounds of his injured soldiers, hence its Latin name "Achillea Millefolium". The clean herbal scent comes from essential oils of tea tree and frankincense, known to be beneficial to the skin.

How to use

Massage sparingly into skin or hands. Great for overnight application. Test the ointment on a patch of skin before any liberal applications. 

50ml  |  Use Before Date: 12 MONTHS

Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Hypericum Perforatum (St. John's Wort), Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Achillea Millefolium (Blue Yarrow) Oil*, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Oil*, Boswellia Carterii (Frankincense) Oil.

*Certified organic ingredients.

Shipping Cost

Free shipping for orders over €65 (Ireland) and €100 (international).

For other orders, shipping will be calculated based on weight. Use the shipping calculator in your cart (scroll down until you see it) for an estimate. We offer combined shipping, which means you save on postage when you order multiple products.

Shipping Times

It currently takes us 2-4 business days to get your order ready for shipping.

We cannot track packages sent with Standard Post. If it gets delayed we are unable to file it as lost until 30 days have passed. Please make sure you are aware of the shipping times before you order. We recommend upgrading to Priority/tracked shipping if you are in the UK or outside of Europe, or if you are ordering ahead of the holidays.

Service Ireland United Kingdom Rest of Europe Rest of the world
Standard 2-3 business days 2-3 weeks 2-3 weeks 3-5 weeks

Priority (tracked)*

2-3 business days 8-15 business days 2-3 weeks 2-3 weeks


*You can upgrade to to tracked shipping during checkout for an extra fee.

Customs & Duties outside EU

Since Literary Lip Balms is not currently required to be VAT-registered, we do not charge VAT on goods. However, you may still be charged additional duties or taxes on delivery if the value of your order is over a certain amount (£135 in UK). Please understand that we have no control over this; we are required by law to put the correct value on your package for customs. 

If you are uncertain of the amount that you could be assessed, you might want to check on it and cancel the order if you think this could be a problem. 

Need help?

If you have any questions before or after you place an order, contact and we will respond within 48 hrs.


If you have an allergy to any of the listed ingredients, please refrain from using. Our products may contain sweet almond oil and should not be used if you are allergic to nuts. Please note that all products are manufactured in the same facilities. If you are unsure, please contact us.

Sensitive skin

Some people might find essential oils irritating. Please try a patch test before use; if irritation occurs, discontinue using. 

We offer products free of essential oils, so check the ingredient list or contact us if you are looking for unscented products.


In the case of pregnancy or medical issues, you should always consult your local physician before using our products.

We do not make any claims about the health benefits of our products. Any such information is based solely on the research conducted, product testing, and customer testimonials. The information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition.

Literary Lip Balms will not be liable for any losses, injuries, or damages from the display or use of this information.

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
Patricia Craig
Great products

Very happy with all products - will buy again (and again).

I feel like Samwise Gamgee (before Mordor)

This must be the stuff that hobbits all over rave about when they’re not running off on perilous journeys! I don’t garden but I do have dry hands and psoriasis and both thanked me for this balm.

Amazing Hand Balm!

Its been my first time to order and I got the Master Gardener Herbal Hand Balms because I really struggle with dry hands.

I wasnt sure about the product but I got totally surprised by the quality when it finally reached me. Its a high quality product, smelling nice and really helping my hands being moisturised!
I really love it ( also because its literary inspired!!) and highly recommend it for dry hands!

Eva M.
Powerful and healing

This balm is my best friend. I'm a nurse and my hands get really sore due to stress, frequent handwashing, alcohol gel,massive use of disposable gloves...
I've tried many products and this is one of the best. It softens, calms, heals and repairs.
My hands were very inflamed and affected by small cuts and dry patches when I stated to use it. Now they feel and look a lot better!
Also this balm is vegan and it smells amazing. It reminds me the magic of entering the old fashioned herbalist shops in Italy, my home country.
Thank you so much Literary Lip Balms ❤️

magical Life-saver

I'm not a gardener (i wish though - maybe a plant could survive for once then) but i get those little papercuts all over my hands that BURN and this balm is so soothing on them!

I'm also a nail-biting person which means my fingers hurt 24/7 - i used it on that too and it helped them heal much quicker!

so basically it became a little life-saver for all kinds of injuries plus i LOVE the scent!
Great to just throw into your bag too cause it's nice and small but lasts forever cause you just need a timy bit!

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