Review: Miscellaneous Burt’s Bees Products

Now that I’m no longer in my 20s, I’m trying to take better care of myself.  So, I buy “all natural” products when I can afford them, as long as I know they work.  Burt’s Bees makes a line of (almost always 100%) natural skin & beauty care items that are pretty affordable.  Here’s my summary review for items I’ve tried so far…

Pros:  Made of mostly natural ingredients.  Inexpensive.  Available almost everywhere.

Cons:  This company was bought by the Clorox company a while back, and I’ve heard some complaints that product formulations have changed. (I don’t know if this is true or not.)  Also, Burt’s Bees is Leaping Bunny approved (cruelty-free), but their parent company isn’t.  So, if you’re very concerned about this issue, you might not want your money going to support a not-cruelty-free company.

Quick Reviews:

Original Beeswax Lip Balm:  Good for occasional use, but a little waxy.

Honey Lip Balm:  Still a little waxy, but not bad.

Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil:  Much better, goes on smoothly.

Rejuvenating Lip Balm with Açaí Berry: Works about the same as the pomegranate one.  I like the “flavor”.

Lip Shimmers:  Smooth application, but may have more color than you want from this type of product.

Super Shiny Lip Gloss:  Decent lip gloss, but not too long-wearing.

Orange Essence Facial Cleanser:  It only takes a little to do the job. It smells great and removes makeup well.

Soothingly Sensitive Aloe & Buttermilk Body Lotion:  Meh.  Not a bad lotion, but it’s less moisturizing than most other body lotions I’ve tried.  It may be great for people with sensitive skin, though.

Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream:  Works well, but not very creamy. (It’s more of a balm.)  (Comes out well if you use your fingers to melt it.)

Hand Salve:  Works well.  A little greasy, but good on severely dry skin.

Aloe & Linden Flower After-Sun Soother:  If you’ve scorched your skin, you want to use aloe to prevent peeling.  This product helps cool skin down and re-moisturize.  It doesn’t work as well  as products like Solarcaine (for the pain caused by sunburn), but it’s natural.

Herbal Insect Repellent:  LOVE this stuff.  More expensive than “Off!”, but I like that it’s all natural.  (Although it’s much harder to find than the other products.)  It doesn’t leave you feeling like you’ve coated yourself in plastic, and it smells good (if you don’t mind the smell of citronella and other oils).  Best of all, it works really well.  It will make your skin a little oily, and you need to be careful when applying it because it might stain delicate fabrics.

 Shopping Tips:

Many of these products are sold at drug stores, Target/Walmart, and Ulta.

To get Burt’s Bees products at a deep discount, check Ross, TJMaxx, and Marshall’s stores.  They sometimes have a limited selection of items (especially gift sets).  On occasion, Big Lots stores get Burt’s Bees items in stock too.

Sign up for the Burt’s Bees mailing list to get great deals through their online store.  Follow them on Facebook for some other deals.

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  1. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the insect repellant but I’d love to try it!

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    • I have to get it at a “natural products” type of store. (I don’t know if it’s a chain – it’s called “Good Stuff”.) They also have it on their website. It’s pretty pricey – as bug sprays go – (around $8), but it’s an oil, so you just rub a little on your skin.

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