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Burt’s Bees is Highly Overrated.

Ok, maybe not completely, but I have a total love/hate relationship with the brand.  Today, I broke down and bought a jar of their Beeswax and Banana Hand Creme that I’ve been looking at forever because I lust after anything banana-scented or flavored (insert obvious sex joke here).

Burt's Bees Beeswax and Banana Hand CremeWhat it does: Who cares?  It sucks beyond belief.

Why I hate it: This stuff is everything I hate in a hand cream.  Its thick, sticky, and heavy.  It’s so thick that you can’t even rub it around your hands to distribute it evenly, so you may as well give up on trying to massage it in.  And the stickiness?  It feels like you let an ice cream cone melt into your hands– only the ice cream is thicker than wax.  And forget about washing it off.  I scrubbed my hands for a good 5 minutes without removing any of the product.  I guess thats the only good part of it– if you’re washing a lot of dishes, this may help keep your hands from drying out.  Oh, and it doesn’t even smell like bananas.  It smells like melted crayons with a little bit of Vapo-Rub thrown in.  Yuck.

Their lip balm has the same qualities as this hand creme– it will seal out moisture, but is so thick and sticky and uncomfortable (without actually moisturizing) that it’s only worth wearing if you’re a swimmer or something.  I vastly prefer Carmex (in the pot, not the stick– the pot balm is much more healing for some reason).

The Amount of Money I should’ve thrown into the Toilet: $8.99. Damnit.

On the other hand, Burt’s Bees Hand Salve is pretty great.  Actually, it may be one of the best hand creams I’ve ever tried.  My ideal hand cream is highly moisturizing and healing without being sticky or heavy.  It keeps your hands soft, even after washing them (particularly because I’m a chronic hand-washer; not because I’m afraid of germs but because I despise sticky, sweaty feelings hands).  Burt’s Bees Hand Salve does just that.

Burt's Bees Hand SalveWhat it does: From Burt’s Bees: “Our all-purpose protective hand salve is made with botanical oils, herbs and beeswax, specially formulated to deeply penetrate dry, chapped hands and other areas that need extra moisturizing.  For best results, gently massage the salve into the skin daily before and after gardening and other outdoor activities.”

Why I love it: It’s not thick or sticky!  This salve is easily massaged into skin and absorbed, leaving hands feeling soft without any of that heaviness and stickiness that the other hand creme left behind.  It keeps hands moisturized even after a washing.  It smells like eucalyptus like Vapo-Rub, but its bearable without that horrible burnt crayon smell.  Also, one 3 oz. tub lasts a long time, even with frequent use.

Where to buy it (and how much): You can buy it at any drugstore, like CVS or Walgreens, but also in some grocery stores, beauty supplies, and even my school bookstore!  It costs $8.99 and is actually worth every penny.

Bottom Line: The Hand Salve is totally worth it.  Steer clear of the Hand Cremes in jars and the lip balms in stick form.  (I also think the Cuticle Creme is a little overrated, but it’s not too bad if you’d like to try it.  I just think Creative’s Solar Oil and Gena’s Healthy Hoof are better).


3 responses »

  1. I completely agree with you about the love/hate thing. I like their lip balm that’s in the skinny tube, although it is very greasy! I have the cuticle balm next to my bed but it kind of skeeves me. I think it’s the feel of the tin. I’ll use that if I’m having some sort of cuticle problem and going right to sleep so I don’t have to cope with the feel of it! Also, I think their product is overpriced too! Thanks for the reviews! I’ve added you to my bookmarks, will be checking in and add you to my blogroll.

  2. I have a feeling you got a bad batch. I’ve bought the Beeswax and Banana Hand Creme a few times (and the Almond one once) and I love them. I especially like to use them at night, after a shower.. the next morning my hands & feet are so soft and my nails are really shiney. There has been a bit of a noticable difference in texture and smell with each jar I’ve bought, but nothing like what you described.

    I’d return the jar you bought and tell them it’s defective or e-mail Burt’s Bees.

  3. I think the trick with Burt’s Bees is to check out the ingredient list before you buy. While they claim to have the authority on drugstore natural skincare, not all of the ingredients they use is that impressive. Alas, the temptation is cruel, I can related!

    Brilliant Farmgirl


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