Burt’s Bees – Product Review

March 29, 2010

Earlier this month I mentioned the new body products that I have been using, since I replaced all my toxin-ridden products (see ‘The Replacements’). A bulk of the products that I have been using these past few weeks are by Burt’s Bees. I just want to do a quick review of what I’ve tried so far:

  • Color Keeper Green Tea & Fennel Seed Shampoo & Conditioner ($8) – Ingredients include: coconut oil moisturizer, sugar beet, honey, natural sunflower & coconut oil soap blend, fennel seed extract, jewelweed extract, green tea, lemon oil, bergamont oil, nutmeg oil, lime oil, tea tree oil, rose oil, thyme oil, and black current oil. The ingredients are 97.32% natural, and sound great, however, I did not love these. I have read that natural shampoos and conditioners do not lather up like the products I’m used to, because they do not contain sodium lauryl sulfate, but it’s gotta be better than this. They just didn’t cut it for me.
  • Fabulously Fresh Peppermint & Rosemary Body Wash ($8) – Ingredients include: peppermint oil, rosemary leaf extract, yarrow extract, matricaria flower extract, lemongrass extract, hops extract, and balm mint extract. The ingredients are 99.2% natural. I love this body wash. It smells yummy, the mint perks me up in the shower, and it gets a great lather going. I would definitely use this again.
  • Fabulously Fresh Peppermint & Rosemary Body Bar ($4) – Ingredients include: vegetable soap base, peppermint oil, almond meal, and rosemary leaf powder. That’s it. They keep it real simple with their bar soap. And the ingredients are 99.9% natural. This bar soap is a great compliment to the body wash (I go back & forth between the two). Again, the peppermint has a great smell, and the soap seems to last a long time. A definite thumbs up.
  • Extra Energizing Citrus & Ginger Root Body Bar ($4) – Ingredients include: vegetable soap base, kaolin, ginger root oil, grapefruit peel oil, orange oil, lemon peel oil, lime oil, bergamot fruit oil, and mandarin orange oil. Again, I love that I can identify all the ingredients. This soap has a great, citrusy smell – perfect for spring and summer. The ingredients are 99.9% natural.
  • Radiance Night Creme with Royal Jelly ($18) – Ingredients include: sweet almond oil, royal jelly, sunflower seed oil, lemon peel extract, horsetail extract, hops extract, rosemary leaf extract, pinetree cone extract, beta-carotene, and vegetable oil. The ingredients are 98.2% natural. I did not like this product, and I really thought I would! It smells good, the royal jelly gives it a pretty almost iridescent sheen, and when I rubbed some into the back of my hand at the store it seemed like it had a good consistency too – not too thick, not runny and thin either. But when I started using it at home I realized the texture or consistency is almost… sticky. Or more accurately, it went on okay, but then left my skin feeling sticky. And I think it was clogging my pores, or smothering my skin, because I felt like it gave me little pimples too. I will not use this product again.
  • Coconut Foot Creme with Vitamin E ($9) – Ingredients include: vegetable glycerin, olive oil, oat flour, sugar emulsifier, coconut oil, oat kernel oil, vitamin E, peppermint oil, and rosemary leaf oil. The ingredients are 99.7% natural. I looove this product. You are supposed to apply it, then put on cotton socks, before you go to bed. Even thought it is meant for feet, I also use it on my hands. My hands get really dry in the winter. I rub some of this into my knuckles, and voila! No more dry. The various oils are very hydrating.  
  • Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream ($6) – Ingredients include: sweet almond oil, beeswax, lemon peel oil, cocoa seed butter, candelilla wax, sunflower weed oil, rosemary leaf extract, soybean oil, beta-carotene, canola oil, and vegetable oil. Ingredients are 100% natural. I love this cuticle cream. And while it’s called “cream”, it really is more of a wax consistency – but it’s not so thick and hard that you can’t put it on. It is really easy to apply, has a great lemon smell, and one tin lasts a looong time.
  • Lip Shimmer ($5) – Ingredients include: castor seed oil, sunflower seed oil, beeswax, candelilla wax, peppermint oil, cocoa seed butter, carnauba wax, soybean oil, canola oil, rosemary leaf extract, and various minerals (for color). The ingredients are 100% natural. They come in a wide range of colors – nude, to berry, to brown. They go on sheer, but will get darker if you put on more than one layer.
  • Super Shiny Lip Gloss ($7) – Ingredients include: castor seed oil, sunflower seed oil, sunflower seed wax, beeswax, sweet almond oil, soybean oil, and various minerals (for color). The ingredients are 100% natural. I have this in Juicy Peach, which is a great nude shade. It works well over any lip shimmer or lipstick color.

I think Burt’s Bees is a great line. None of their products contain SLS, propylene glycol, phthalates, parabens, or petrochemicals. They use natural ingredients wherever possible, and I love that the percentage of natural ingredients that is in each product is stated right on the packaging. Their products are certified by the Natural Products Assocation. They do not test on animals. Their plastic bottles contain 80% post-consumer recycled material. The paper they wrap their bar soap in is made from TerraSkin, which is made of minerals and does not use toxic bleaching chemicals, so is naturally biodegradable. Almost everything I have tried from them is just as effective as what I used to use, sans all the toxins. The only products I’m going to have to keep looking for are shampoo, conditioner, and night face cream. All in all, I am very impressed though. (www.burtsbees.com)

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