Monday, June 4, 2012

Review: Burt's Bees hand products

I've been quite spoiled in the hand care department lately, going from using whatever body lotion I had in the bathroom and suddenly I discovered Crabtree & Evelyn and fell completely in love. Since then from gifts, beauty boxes and other curious purchases, I've amalgamated quite a range of hand care products. Today I share with you the Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream and also their Hand Salve.

Burt's Bees hand products

I have a weak spot for "old things" (or so I call them) and these retro little tins hit the sweet spot. At first glance I love that they are durable, small and easy to hide in your back pocket or in your boyfriend's bathroom without seeming too out of place (mine are the mini travel size version). Burt's Bees is known for their commitment to producing natural based products (all the ingredients are legible without a dictionary), saying no to animal testing and producing products that can be loved by the whole family. Plus, they are practically in every single drugstore across the country so they are certainly a top choice when it comes to venturing into natural beauty products.


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Burt's Bees
HAND SALVE
Size: 85grams (mine is a 8.5g mini trial size)
Price: $12.99 CAD full size
Scent: Herbal mix of rosemary and lavender
Recommended for: normal to dry skin, great for dry patches that won't go away
Would I repurchase: Yes

Thoughts: I've been carrying this little mini with me as an instant dry skin remedy, although my skin isn't usually very dry I do suffer from chapped hands, especially during the winter months when the heater is blazing and I'm constantly washing my hands. The really bad parts are my finger tips and the grooves between my fingers where skin can get rough and sometime even itchy and painful. This hand slave looks like a solid but melts into an oil when you start rubbing into it with your fingers, applies easily and smoothly onto the skin yet quickly disappears within a minute without leaving any oily residue. It seems that my skin absorbs the ingredients very well (sweet almond oil, I assume) and it instantly makes chapped spots less visible. It's not the most intensive hand moisturizer so you may need to reapply during the day but I feel that I need less of it if I use it consistently so it's almost more like a treatment product. The herbal scent may not be a hit with everyone (though it dissipates quickly) but I think it's a good unisex product, quietly sneak one into your mans' bathroom and I promise he won't smell like a girl.



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Ingredients: Sweet almond oil, olive oil, beeswax, tocopheryl acetate & tocopherol (vitamin E), comfrey root extract, rosemary oil & leaf extract, lavandin oil & flower extract, eucalyptus oil.




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Burt's Bees
LEMON BUTTER CUTICLE CREAM
Size: 17g (mine is a 8.5g mini trail size)
Price: $7.99 CAD full size
Scent: Tangy/tart lemon with a hint of cocao butter
Recommended for: Rough cuticles, dry nails and cracked fingertips
Would I repurchase: Maybe

Thoughts: If you love lemon, you're going to love this cuticle cream right away because the scent is just lovely and even though I'm not a big citrus lover, this one smells like the real deal and not like your bathroom cleaner. The one great thing about Burt's Bees products is how authentic they smell and they should, considering the natural ingredients that goes into them! This cuticle butter is a solid in the tin and comes off very waxy, even slightly tacky as you rub into the product. It's recommended to be used as a bedtime product and I can see why, the waxy feeling isn't ideal if you are going to be touching things all day. However the thicker consistency means it has better adherence to the skin so it can work its magic without being rubbed away. Since beginning my new nail polish collection, my cuticles have taken a beating due to the (more than usual) use of nail polish remover which left both my nails and cuticles dry. More than just applying this to my skin I love rubbing a little over the nail itself for moisture and for both it seems to work quite well. Though I don't like the waxy/balmy texture, I do see it's purpose and I often find myself rubbing this on when I'm watching television.


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Ingredients: Sweet almond oil, beeswax, lemon oil, cocoa butter, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), candelilla wax, sunflower oil, rosemary leaf extract, tocopherol (vitamin E), beta carotene, vegetable oil.
(95.00% natural)

Between the two, I think the Burt's Bee's hand salve pulls ahead because of it's multi-funtional purposes (all the ingredients are face safe if I'm caught in a desperate situation) and the melting texture. But I would consider both products to be solid performers and worthy of a test run especially given the natural ingredients. Try looking for a travel kit where you'll be able to find mini sizes like mine, you just might like them!


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