Burts Bees are a brand I've admired from afar. One that I'd heard a little bit about but I'd heard more about their reputation for creating much loved products. It wasn't until I got chatting to the lovely Nicola from Burts Bees at an event that I discovered just why their products are loved so much.
You can read all about the history of Burts Bees on their website but what I found the most interesting about them is very much in the here and now. Burts Bees are a natural brand, an honest brand and a brand with standards. Their products aim to give you the goodness and nutrients that your skin needs and none of the chemical nasty's you don't. What sets Burts Bees apart from other brands is that they display the exact percentage of each products natural ingredients on their own Nature Bar on the front of their packaging. This isn't something that Burt's Bees has to do- there aren't any laws governing the percentage of natural ingredients a product needs to have in order to be able to advertise it as being natural which is quite frightening as there are so many products that we buy thinking they're natural and when you actually look at the ingredients, they're far from wholesome. That's what I love about Burts Bees. On average, their products truly are 99% natural with over half being 100% natural... now there's not many companies who can live up to those claims now is there?
Over the last month I've been trying out three of these natural beauties from Burt's Bees with the aim of seeing how they would benefit my skin and giving you a review of them. This is very much an introduction to Burts Bees for me as it is for my blog and hopefully some of my readers who, like me haven't tried anything from the brand before.
Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm
Perhaps the most famous, signature product from Burt's Bees is their Beeswax Lip Balm which is 100% natural. It contains the super nourishing vitamin E and peppermint oil... and boy can you smell the peppermint. It really makes me feel fresh when I've applied it and it gives a cooling sensation on the lips, a tingle that is actually quite awakening, particularly if you use it first thing on a morning. Other notable ingredients are coconut and sunflower oils which are known for their conditioning and softening properties as well as essential fatty acids and lanolin. I've always been interested in trying a lip product containing lanolin, notably the Lanolips lip balm that I've heard raved about countless times
The main ingredient in this lip balm is beeswax so when you first apply it is seems a little hard in the tube, that's because it needs a little warming up on the lips to become more slippy. It isn't like other lip balms though in that it doesn't feel like plastic or too thick and unnatural on the lips instead it really instantly nourishes the lips and makes them feel soft and whilst you can feel the lip balm on the lips it is in a softening way as the Beeswax seals in the hydration for a lasting softness, a bit like when you've washed your hair and used conditioner, rather than something that is just sitting on your lips and could easily be wiped off. In a nut shell, you can really tell that this lip balm is working. I apply it last thing at night and I wake up with really soft lips that are chap free. I then apply it just after I've brushed my teeth and let it sink in a bit while I do my make up before I apply my lipstick.
This one comes in a recycled plastic tube but it is also available in an old-fashioned yellow tin so ditch the tins of Vaseline that you may have lying around that make your lips more dry than they do good and add a Burt's Bees lip balm to your handbag. For around £3.69, they wont break the bank and you'll have super soft lips all year round.
Burt's Bees Beeswax and Banana Hand Cream
My favourite product out of the three I've been testing out is the Burt's Bees Beeswax and Banana Hand Cream which smells incredible. If you've ever used the banana shampoo and conditioner from The Body Shop, had a foam banana from the pick and mix or been given the banana flavoured antibiotics as a child then you'll be able to imagine just how delicious this smells.
When I say hand cream, I don't mean in the traditional sense- this isn't a lightly whipped cream, it has a ridiculously thick, waxy, indulgent texture in the pot and on contact with skin it warms up and become almost like an oil. On first application, it sits with a slight sheen on the skin before quickly sinking in and leaving the skin oh so soft. Again, this one is 100% natural with the beeswax base being enriched with aloe vera to moisturise and reduces redness and vitamin E to moisturise the skin as well.
Now Burt's Bees can't claim that this is good for skin conditions because it hasn't been medically tested... but I can. I suffer with psoriasis as does my daddy who has it much worse that I do and this has worked wonders for our skin. Psoriasis makes the skin really dry and cracked so keeping it moist is really important as the drier it is, the more cracked the skin becomes and it can bleed and be very painful. This hand cream keeps the skin moist and hydrated for a long time without being greasy, which is something that I find is very common with thick hand creams. The beeswax in this hand cream helps to seal and shield the skin so it keeps the moisture in and the elements out. So if you have psoriasis or even eczema then I'd really suggest giving it a go, even if you just pop into Debenhams when you're out shopping, apply a little from a tester pot then go about your day, you'll see just how good it is. I keep this in my bag and pop a little on whenever I feel that my hands need it. It is particularly nourishing on the nails when massaged into the cuticles too.
Whilst it is primarily intended for the hands, don't let that stop you from applying it to other areas of the body. I've used it on my elbows and feet where I have patches of psoriasis and also on my inner thigh where I had an area of dry skin.
The Beeswax and Banana Hand Cream retails for around £9.99 which I think is an amazing price for such a high quality product were a little bit really goes a very long way. Although the initial outlay may seem pricey compared to some other hand creams on the market, this one is incredibly high performing and will last for a very long time.
Burts's Bees Peach and Willow Bark Deep Pore Scrub
The Peach and Willow Bark Deep Pore Scrub is another 100% natural product from Burt's Bees that is also sulphate free. It has a pretty, light peach scent that doesn't irritate the skin and I'd say it is more than gentle enough to use two to three times per week because of the amount of exfoliating pieces it contains.
I'm a bit of a connoisseur when it comes to facial scrubs having been using them in my skincare routine since I can remember. The scrubs I like the most are those that are packed full of very finely ground exfoliating particles so that they give a microdermabrasion effect on the skin and those that I like the least are the ones with very large particles like the Dr Organic Manuka Honey Face Scrub (review here) as I find that they're ineffective at removing dead skin cells and instead they scratch the skin as they're just too harsh. The Burt's Bees Peach and Willow Bark Deep Pore Scrub lies somewhere in the middle of these two formulas of scrubs in that whilst it isn't exceptionally well ground, it does have a pretty fine formula and it sits in a very creamy solution so when used on damp skin, away from the direct flow of water, it can be a nice and gritty. This isn't a scrub that you could use once and see an immediate, refining effect but
after a few uses, you can definitely see a difference.
The exfoliating pieces are the result of ground up peach stone and other notable ingredients include willow bark and golden seal extracts which have astringent properties as well as ginger and sea algae extracts that help to revitalise the skin and replenish essential minerals. It works a bit like an exfoliating cleanser as I find that it really cleans my skin as well as lightly exfoliating it and with continuous use, I found that it left my skin looking clean and really bright. I have oily skin and find that whilst it removes dirt and dead skin cells that can dull my skin, it also removes excess oil that clogs my pores so it has a lasting clearing impact on my skin. It doesn't leave my skin feeling stripped and squeaky clean, instead my skin is actually left feeling soft, smooth and nourished. Since the cleanser is really creamy, this would be ideal for dry skin types too as it is very nourishing and doesn't dry out the skin.
For an introduction to Burt's Bees I really feel like I've tried some great products and they've really given me a fantastic opinion on the brand. My particular favourite is the hand cream but I'd definitely repurchase all of the products I've used. I'm excited to try more from Burt's Bees so if you have any recommendations then do let me know.
Burt's Bees products are available direct from the Burt's Bees website, The Hut and Look Fantastic.
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