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Do the Dupe: Glossier vs. Purple Tree vs. Zenutrients

The much raved about Glossier swept through the beauty world like a welcome hurricane and produced cult-favorites that beauty junkies are continuously gushing about. This includes their must-have Balm Dotcom, a multi purpose balm that claims to treat practically every skin issue from head to toe. Its popularity status didn’t come lightly. This baby ticked all the right boxes after all. It instantly soothes even the most parched skin, leaving it dewy while also locking in all that good stuff (a.k.a. moisture!). Plus, it’s full of antioxidants and natural emollients. Who can say no to that? Not everyone is willing to give into the hype though, well-earned or not, while others prefer a more natural approach when it comes to solving their skin woes. That’s why we’ve put together the ultimate dupe duo in the form of the Purple Tree’s Miracle Balms and local skin care powerhouse, Zenutrients’ Solid VCO All-Natural, All-Around Balm.

Let’s break it down, shall we?

Hailing from Great Britain, Purple Tree skincare is all about natural ingredients with great benefits. Their Miracle Balm line boasts an impressive number compared to Glossier’s, which (currently) only has six different kinds of balms. Each Purple Tree balm does it all, from moisturizing chapped skin to taming your brows. Use a light layer to prime your face for makeup or as a natural highlighter by dabbing it along your cheekbones. If you’re stuck with a bad hair day, it’s a quick fix to tame flyaway or frizz and helps condition dry ends. Just like Balm Dotcom, it’s also paraben and cruelty-free, and has the added edge of being vegan-friendly and contains zero sulfates. If that’s not enough to convince you, check out the different balms and their unique properties:

Watermelon Miracle Balm – Super hydrating

Vanilla Miracle Balm – Rich in antioxidants

Shea Butter Miracle Balm – A mighty moisturizer

Signature Miracle Balm – Contains Jacaranda Seed Oil, for cleansing, calming, and beautifying

Pomegranate Miracle Balm – Has three times the amount of antioxidants in wine and green tea

Papaya Miracle Balm – Packed with nourishing Vitamin C and B, magnesium, and potassium

Grapefruit Miracle Balm – Infused with Vitamin A for plump, healthy skin

Coconut Miracle Balm – Regular use keeps skin soft and smooth.

Aloe Miracle Cream – Filled with skin-loving minerals, enzymes, and fatty acids

Another dupe contender comes from long-time local favorite, Zenutrients. Their Solid VCO (Virgin Coconut Oil) All-Natural, All-Around Balm is 100% organic and can sort out not just dry skin and hair, but even more serious skin problems like eczema and psoriasis. The secret? Two words: lauric acid. For a quickie science lesson, lauric acid is what makes up about half of the fatty acids in coconut oil, which is why it’s so great at hydrating skin. Since it’s anti-microbial, it’s perfect for acne treatment and prevention, too. And moms, your little ones will be thankful for this as it heals dreaded diaper rashes! As the cherry on top, this belief-defying balm is solid, so there’s no fear of ‘leaks’ and bringing it on board planes, where skin can get high and dry. Portable, organic, and all-purpose? At less than P300, it’s the ultimate steal and totally horde worthy.

Hey, no one’s going to fault you for dipping into Glossier. But if you’re on the hunt for a ‘universal‘ balm with lighter price tags that are also skin-friendly and on the natural side of life, these dupes can easily be a done deal for you.

Written By:

Patti Sunio aka Tita Pacita


Tita Pacita of is a lifestyle, culture, and fashion & beauty writer from Manila. With her wisdom and almost thirty years of life experience, she likes to share what she knows and give unsolicited advice, true to her Tita ways. Her makeup choices are primarily based on instinct, and, believe it or not, K-Beauty.

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