Our Story

We’re all builders. Whether it’s digging in the sand pile, playing with LEGO, cooking, gardening, building houses, highrises, roads or cars, you’re a builder.

I’m a builder, engineer, inventor, tinkerer. That means I dig, shovel, cut, grind, sand, lay bricks, plumb, weld, brand, paint, stain, patch, machine, grease. My hands take the abuse of whatever I do.

I’m also a husband and father and rough hands don’t go over too well with my family for many reasons.

Sure, I could and do wear gloves when I can, but let’s face it, you need to get your job done, rubber gloves rip and thirty dollar gloves last only a few days when you’re working hard. So I developed Builder’s Balm.

Over ten years ago I found that most hand creams or balms either simply didn’t work, or were loaded with harmful chemicals.

I’m no weekend warrior or casual gardener. I use my hands everyday in all kinds of conditions where I can’t always (or don’t want to) wear gloves. My hands sucked. They were rough and tough and great for building when they weren’t cracked and bleeding. Like Velcro and sandpaper, my hands caught and scratched on lycra and silk.

So I started developing Builder’s Balm.

My first products stank. Really. They helped with the cracks and the roughness, but the product smelled so bad, nobody wanted to be near me. I’ve come a long way since that first product. (If you really want some of my first product I occasionally still make it – just ask me for the stinky stuff)

Hand-crafted and produced in small batches from natural ingredients, our products are field tested for you by builders. Whatever kind of builder you are, you need Builder’s Balm to keep your hands tough, but not rough.

Oh, and this is one product you might want to get two tins of – it turns out that it works great on those calloused and scratchy feet and dishpan hands. You may even want to get three tins – someone might just find out it works well for them too. Be a friend and tell them they can still be tough and have great hands.

- Joshua Abush, inventor and maker of Builder’s Balm