Thursday, January 24, 2013

Burt's Bees review & wishlist

Hi everyone <3
So one of my "new years resolutions" I guess you could say, was to try products that either I'd been wanting to try for a while, or from brands I'd never heard of before.

Burt's Bees has always been my favourite lip balm since when I can remember. I have had bad lips since I was younger, I had an awful bad habit of biting them and they always seem chapped. I have loads of lip balms laying around but Burt's Bees soothes my lips and I always carry one with me wherever I go. I was naive though and never thought to branch out into the brand and try other products, which is silly because I love natural products. I have sensitive, irritated skin so perfumed products and a lot of skin care in general irritate my skin. On the flip side, a lot of organic/natural products can be on the pricey side, so it can be tough to find something that works for me. Burt's Bees products are all natural and created with the idea that it is for the "Greater Good". They claim that Burt's Bees is an "Earth Friendly, Natural Personal Care Company." Which is just lovely, isn't it?

When I got the Burt's Bees Head To Toe kit (here) for Christmas which has 5 samples I was so happy to try them out because everyone loves trying before buying, right?! After having some Burt's Bees products for nearly a month now, I decided to give my thoughts!

Peppermint and Rosemary body wash
Coconut foot cream
Soap bark and Chamomile deep cleansing cream
Milk and honey body lotion
Hand Salve
Acai berry lip balm (not included in the kit)
Lip shimmer in Rhubarb (not included in the kit)
The Peppermint and Rosemary body wash smells gorgeous, there is more of a peppermint scent than rosemary which makes it really refreshing. It is quite thick and feels very moisturizing, it leaves me feeling clean but also feels like a treatment, too. I love using this in the shower; soo lovely and feels really natural.

I love to use the Milk and Honey body lotion after a shower and this is so gentle that I can even use it on my face. I have been using this instead of my usual E45 cream. It smells like comfort, babies, an organic milkshake... there are just so many scents and flavours I get from this. It's not oily, which is great because there is nothing worse in my opinion than an oily body lotion, and it absorbs quickly and feels really soft and moisturizing so it doesn't feel sticky when you put on your PJs! My boyfriend always picks up on the smell when I've used this <3. I'm not a body lotion person but I will be purchasing this full size.

Due to the fact that my hands are around sanitizers a lot because I work in catering/hospitality and that combined with washing my hands all the time whilst I'm working and the harsh cold outdoors; my hands, more importantly my knuckles, are red and cracked and sore. Using a hand cream doesn't always work for me because they tend to be thick, very wet and sticky. I can't apply these whilst I'm at work because then everything slips out of my hands, or dust/dirt attach to the cream all over my hands. This Burt's Bees hand salve is a balm, very similar in texture to vaseline, but not oily and smells medicinal. This is great for my knuckles because I can just rub it in whenever they're feeling dry and sore, and because it is a balm and not a cream or lotion, it doesn't affect with how I use my hands and it doesn't wash off easily. It moisturizes and sooths the dry and hardness on my hands and it lasts a while. I would highly recommend this if you have dry hands, especially if you work somewhere where you use your hands a lot, or would just like an alternative to a hand cream.

Lipbalm with acai berry
Lip shimmer in Rhubarb
Hand salve as featured above

The kit included a Burt's Bees beeswax lipbalm, it's a classic if you like Burt's Bees - but the one featured above is a lip balm with acai berry. I picked this up in December and I have been loving it more than the regular beeswax lipbalm which came with the kit. The smell is much sweeter and it's so nice to apply (and taste! Hehe). I do like to carry the normal beeswax lipbalm with me though, it feels really nice when I've been out in the cold because of the menthol which feels really cooling (yet warm after being outside).

Another product not featured in the kit is the Burt's Bees lip shimmer in Rhubarb. You may have seen this if you read my blog because it was featured in my December favourites (there are swatches here). I'm a sucker for tinted lip balms and own many Revlon just bitten kissable balm stains, NYC glossy balms etc etc. These are my favourite and beat all the rest, though. The lip shimmer looks fantastic on the lips - really shimmery and glossy but not like a sticky lip gloss. It feels very moisturizing, smells and tastes lovely. Unlike most tinted lip balms/stains this feels like it is treating your lips at the same time as looking great. My problem with some tinted lip balms on the market I just feel like they dry out my lips, or if they are glossy then they tend to bleed, and stain around the mouth. This does neither. It is also really cooling which I love, it really refreshes my lips. I really love using this and always carry it around with me. I'm going to be purchasing more in other colours!!

 Coconut Foot Cream
Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream (featured in my skin care favourites here)

After a full day at work on my feet, I fortunately have a great boyfriend who is fantastic are giving foot massages. This Coconut foot cream feels so moisturizing and smooth, and whilst massaging into the skin it feels rich and really smoothes out any rough or dry skin. What I liked about this is how thick it is compared to other foot creams or moisturizers/lotions I have used on the feet; this isn't oily, doesn't slip and really feels like it absorbs into the feet. It smells delicious, too, which is a plus for my boyfriend! After using this, my feet are smooth, moisturized and smell great, with the extra bonus being that due to the natural remedy of the cream, my feet feel brand new!

The Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream was featured in my skin care routine favourites post. I have been using this cream in a variety of different ways and I love how versatile it has been for me. Firstly, perfect for sensitive/irritated skin; never stings, burns or hurts my skin no matter how I use it. I like to use it as a deep cleansing treatment before exfoliating or using a mask in the shower; I apply, leave it for 2-3 minutes, then lather and rinse off. I've found this is the best way to use it as a cleanser. It is also great to use as a hot cloth cleanser. It feels so deep after opening pores with a hot cloth, and the smell of the chamomile is really lovely and combined with the soap bark smells like natural sweets! It cleans out the skin so well, removes all make up and is soft enough to massage into the eyes. Another way I have been using this (and probably shouldn't...) I've been mixing a tiny bit of this with my every day moisturizer every now and again.

Do you have any Burt's Bees products? What do you think of this brand? I would love to try these products below, I think I might purchase some when I repurchase some favourites from above! I hope you enjoyed this review and it might have helped you in some way! Please let me know your thoughts :) Love,
(not sponsored post, btw)


  1. I'd love to try something from Burt's Bees!

  2. Whoop!
    I never try this brand!!
    But it looks worth to try ♥ ♥

  3. i never used any of the burt's bees products but i really lovee the vintage packaging that they have!

  4. Ive read a lot of reviews about Burt's Bee. Looks really nice. I'll definitely give it a try. :) I cant lip without a chapstick!

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