About Balbec

Skin Comfort First

Balbec is aromatherapeutic skincare system of clay and probiotic-rich yogurt based cleansers, single-ingredient hydrosols, and moisturizing facial oils designed to encourage a healthy acid mantle and promote skin comfort. 

The routine is classic: cleanse, tone, and moisturize. The results are more resilient and healthier skin.

The experience is rejuvenating, and like eating well and living well, it is a rewarding exercise in self care. All our ingredients are wildcrafted, organic, and sustainably sourced.

We believe fresh skincare makes a difference

As real skin food is fresh, raw and made to order, some products require refrigeration because they are perishable. The benefits of using fresh skincare everyday are such that we wouldn't have it any other way. 

  How Balbec Came To Be

My name is Maneesha, and I founded Balbec in 2014. After years of sensitive skin, trial and error, research, and healing, I've come to understand that all of it—the glow, the clear, balanced and calm complexion that isn't visibly roughed up around the edges by age, pollution, and sun damage—naturally follows balanced health and a skin care routine that privileges skin comfort and respects  a healthy microbiome. When my skin was in need of serious care, I began with a preparation that included yogurt. Revitalized and more resilient skin encouraged me to pursue a lush and tactile vision of fresh, soft, nourishing skincare with no added preservatives. I believe this is an excellent way to care for and protect skin in the long term.

I live Hunterdon County, NJ with my husband and two daughters.  In my studio of an old farmhouse that was once part of a dairy farm, I prepare and research Balbec skincare.

Balbec is named for the seaside resort in Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time, where the narrator recuperates from his illness and discovers friends and loves within a landscape of fresh air, sea, and light. Balbec's beauty lies outside time--attainable only through the interplay of reflection and imagination.