Leading into winter, I thought this would be a great time to review a few skin care products from Burt’s Bees. As well, I’ve heard talk of Burt’s latest line of lipsticks and had them send me four from their lineup of 14 shades released back in April (in Canada).
Fragrance Free Shea Butter & Vitamin E Body Lotion
This one does just what it needs to do in winter: moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! With a growing population becoming allergic to scents, Burt’s thought ahead and created this thick, fragrance-free lotion suitable for all skin types.
It’s loaded with Shea butter, Vitamin E and natural botanicals and claims to moisturize for 24 hours, so I’ve been putting it on at bedtime to prevent skin dryness when waking up to crisp fall mornings.
The lotion isn’t greasy either and absorbs quickly. CAD $12.99
Soap Bark & Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream
With its super mild scent, Burt’s formulated their natural cleansing cream using soap bark, chamomile and aloe for leaving skin smooth and cleansed. A touch of menthol is added to cool the skin.
Since I use little to no makeup, I like using this every few nights before bedtime, simply by massaging it onto my face using my fingers then rinsing off with warm water. By the time I’ve patted my face dry with a towel, I can already feel how soft and smooth my skin feels. CAD $12.99
Ultimate Care Body Lotion with Baobab Oil
This non-greasy lotion is less thick than the Shea Butter & Vitamin E Body Lotion and contains Baobab oil, rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidants, harvested from fruit seeds of the tree bearing its name. Burt’s combines this oil with Watermelon Seed oil and Green tea extract in creating an all-day moisturizing lotion for very dry skin.
I love this lotion’s nutty/buttery scent and soft texture once applied. This one too will stay within easy reach during the winter. CAD $14.99
I’m not heavily into makeup but do go for high quality body lotions, scents and lipsticks. What I look for in a lipstick is good coverage and built-in moisturizer — my favourite shades lean towards the fuchsia/rhubarb/berry end of the spectrum.
I can’t get away with deep burgundy, brown or hot pink, but the current lineup does have a brown shade, Russet River, along with a deep, dark burgundy (Juniper Water).
All 14 shades are formulated with Beeswax, Moringa and Raspberry Seed oils. Moringa oil comes from a tropical plant (Moringa oleifera), is high in antioxidants and has a long shelf life.
Many cosmetic companies use the oil for its anti-aging properties (used in this case to keep lips moisturized). These lipsticks don’t have the honey notes of Burt’s Lip Shimmers but taste mildly fruity when applied.
The satin finish is smoother than Burt’s Lip Crayon, another product I’ve got in my collection (a creamy, matte lip colour range, its applicator shaped like a big crayon).
I chose these four satin-finish shades for their range of colour: a bright, cheerful pink (Fuchsia Flood), a darker red (Ruby Ripple), slightly salmon/orange (Sunset Cruise) and finally a dusty dark pink (Lily Lake).
The square-shaped brown tube resembles a beehive with each lipstick’s colour revealed through the honeycomb pattern.
I’ve been wearing the lipsticks in our home office all afternoon and they retain the colour on my lips pretty well. I have to add here that I normally top off my lipsticks with a swipe of Labello lip balm.
You may be wondering why I don’t just go out and buy lip gloss. I’ve tried several brands and they’re usually too sticky for my liking. CAD $9.99
Burt’s Bees products are widely available in shops including London Drugs and Shopper’s Drug Mart in Canada. All products are between 99% and 100% natural.
I was sent the above products to test and include in this feature. Opinions, as always, are my own.