Burt’s Bees

I’m sure you’ve all heard the buzz about a new beauty and skincare brand now available in S.A, Burt’s Bees. When I received an invite to the Burt’s Bees launch I was overjoyed! Just weeks before receiving the invite I was telling Moe about the bronze coloured shimmer lip balm that I used to love when I was in high school as it nicely complimented my skin tone giving me a healthy, natural, glowy lip in summer while nourishing my lips. I’ve been looking for it a couple of years ago with no luck, I could remember the packaging but not the name of the brand and when I got the invite it hit me that it was Burt’s Bees and I was hoping that the same lip balm would be coming back in S.A and when I attended the event there it was my beloved lip balm we finally reunited after many years.

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It was a wild idea at the time. A beekeeper and an artist left city life to live closer to nature in the wilds of Maine, USA. And through a serendipitous meeting, and a little leftover beeswax, Burt’s Bees® was born. It was all based on the belief that nature has the best answers. And that no one can do everything, but everyone can do something.

Burt’s Bees believe that the best products come from nature. From where they source their ingredients, to the recycled content of their packaging. Each of their products are consciously-crafted to bring out the best in you while respecting the planet.

Burt’s ­Bees has been offering distinctive earth-friendly, natural health and beauty care products for 30 years. From a beekeeper’s backyard in Maine to the leading edge of natural, Burt’s Bees knows natural body care solutions from head-to-toe and operates with The Greater Good™ top of mind. All Burt’s Bee products have No parabens, phthalates, petrolatum or SLS and they do not test on animals. I’m a huge animal lover and a mum to the most adorable kitty, I prefer fur babies to people so it is important to me that brands do not test on animals.

Now that I’ve told you a little about the brand let me tell you about some of their products and how they are working for me.

Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm 

Burt’s Bees Beeswax classic lip balm remains a favourite since 1991. The Beeswax conditions lips while antioxidant-rich Vitamin E nourishes the lips the results are smooth, supple lips that everyone will be buzzing about.

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Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm is available in two different packagings, a 8.5g cute tin packaging and a normal 4.25g tube packaging. I received the cute silver tin packaging, it’s easy to open unlike most tinned packaged products. When opening up the tin you immediately get a fresh peppermint scent which I absolutely love. The lip balm is smooth and waxy, it can be scraped out of the tin with your finger to get a good amount out or you can rub your finger over it and the heat of your finger will melt it a bit making it easier to get out, a little spreads easily on the lips and immediately gives a fresh, minty, tingly cooling sensation which I love. The cooling sensation is long-lasting and doesn’t fade away as quickly as most lip balms do that offer a tingling sensation. The lip balm feels so soft on my lips, has a slight shiny finish and it’s very moisturising, because of the peppermint oil it makes my lips pouty and slightly plump. The lip balm keeps my lips revitalised and hydrated all day long.

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I see why this classic lip balm has been a favourite for many years as it immediately became my favourite when I first tried it, I now keep it on my bedside table and apply it as often as needed and as an overnight lip treatment. I also apply it to dry patches around my lip area, it soothes and hydrates the dry patches taking away the flakiness. This makes it a convenient, multi-tasking remedy for dry patches and dry, chapped lips and it is small enough to fit in your pocket.

Burt’s Bees Moisturizing Lip Balms

Burt’s Bees Moisturizing Lip Balms come in 8 variants/flavours. It’s not just a flavour, each variant has unique key ingredients and offers its own benefits in addition to nourishing your lips.

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Normally flavoured and scented lip balms suck out the moisture from my lips leaving them drier than before but not in this case thanks to the natural ingredients that Burt’s Bees uses, instead the flavours/fruit ingredients enhance the lip balms properties.

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The lip balms come in 4.25g tubes and are perfect to pop into your handbag, pocket, car and drawers. The colour of the caps and strip on the label colour corresponds to the different fruit variant.

Honey Moisturizing Lip Balm

The honey variant is a deliciously sweet lip balm formulated to help nourish dry lips with Honey and Vitamin E, a natural moisturiser that leaves lips feeling soft, nourished and supple.

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The Honey Moisturizing Lip Balm smells like organic honey like the one I used in the pictures, it has a slightly thicker and creamier texture compared to the Coconut & Pear variant. It feels creamy on the lips and doesn’t have a shiny glossy finish but more of a soft matte finish. I like that although it’s creamy it doesn’t leave behind any white residue like most creamy lip balms do. I’m not a big fan of thick, matte lip balms, I like to have a little glossy finish on my lips but the Honey variant hasn’t gone to waste as Moe enjoys this variant, firstly because of the scent and secondly because it leaves his lips feeling nourished all day without any shine.

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Coconut & Pear Moisturizing Lip Balm 

The coconut & pear variant hydrates the lips with a sweet, light kiss of coconut oil. It naturally moisturisers and renews lips with Coconut Oil, Pear Extract and Shea Butter.

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This variant has a delicious sweet pear and slight coconut scent (so tropical) that I’m obsessed with, the texture is softer and smoother than the Honey variant and leaves a glossy finish on my lips while keeping them hydrated and feeling soft throughout the day. This is my favourite variant from the two and it rescued my lips during winter.

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All lip balms can be applied as often as needed, however the hydration is long-lasting after the lip balms have worn off the lips. I really want to add the Strawberry (it sounds juicy) and Ultra Conditioning (for my very dry lips) variants to my collection.

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The 8 variants that are available in S.A are: Pink Grapefruit, Pomegranate, Coconut & Pear, Vanilla Bean, Honey, Mango, Ultra Conditioning and Strawberry. The Burt’s Bees Moisturizing Lip Balm retails for R75 each.

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I also swatched the three lip balms on my hand so I could show you the different finishes, you can zoom into the picture below especially the bottom panel that was taken with a flash to get an idea of the finishes or have a look at the above picture to see how the textures differ.

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Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer 

Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer offers colour and pearlised shine to the lips and promises to moisturise, nourish and soften lips naturally. The Lip Shimmers contain Shea Butter which helps hydrate and optimise colour, antioxidant rich Fruit Seed Oil Blend for healthy lips, nourishing Vitamin E, Beeswax, Sunflower Oil and a cool burst of Peppermint Oil which delivers the signature refreshing, cooling tingle of the Beeswax Lip Balm.

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The Lip Shimmer comes in a 2.6g thin tube packaging which explains why it was my favourite in high school as it was thin enough to fit in my blazer pockets without the bulkiness. The tubes can fit into the smallest clutch bags and pockets making them easy to carry and also easy to apply as you get a more precise application. The colour of the lids and strips on the label corresponds with the shade/variant of the Lip Shimmer. When opening the Lip Shimmers you immediately get a refreshing peppermint scent but not the scent of the corresponding fruit flavour. Be careful when twisting the product, only twist a small amount that’s needed as you can’t twist it back into the tube like you can with the lip balms and it will go to waste getting squashed in the lid.

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I received three beautiful shades: Grapefruit which is a pretty pale pink which contains fine silver glitter, Peony which is a stunning rose pink colour and has a mixture of rose pink and silver glitter and Plum which is a stunning plum colour and has fine gold glitter. The first two variants have a slight shimmery finish while the Plum variant is more shiny than shimmery. All three variants are pigmented, the colour that you see on the label and lid is one shade darker than the colour that you get on your lips with a shimmery or glossy finish. You can slightly build up the colour on your lips by applying more than one layer. All three apply smoothly and evenly as if they don’t contain glitter particles, the glitter/shimmer particles are super fine so it doesn’t feel grainy on the lips. The Lip Shimmers immediately give my lips a cooling tingling sensation that is long-lasting just like the Beeswax Lip Balm and they are hydrating. The shimmer effect doesn’t dry out the lips, the glitter does not gather in the lip creases throughout the day and doesn’t spread all over the face making you look like a disco ball. The shimmer is subtle and combined with the cooling effect it gives the illusion of fuller lips.

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I love that all three shades suit me and are perfect for when I’m not wearing any makeup but want a pop of colour on my lips for a healthy more awake look. It also looks great with foundation/makeup on, it looks like a lipstick but leaves my lips feeling nourished throughout the day. The Lip Shimmer can be reapplied as often as needed as it does wear off quickly because it has a soft creamy texture. I love all three shades as the lighter shades are perfect for during the day and the Plum is perfect for a night out or when you want a statement lip.

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I haven’t gotten my hands on the Lip Shimmer colour that I used in high school which is Caramel but I plan on getting it soon for summer. I’ll definitely show you on Instagram how it looks on so you can see why I loved it so much.

You get lip care benefits and great colour payoff from just one product so there’s no need to layer on the lip balm before applying lip colour, it’s all-in-one with Burt’s Bee Lip Shimmer.

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Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer comes in 11 shades so there are delicious shades for all skin tones and to suit your mood. The Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer retails for R99.

Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream 

This is not the type of lemon butter that goes onto your prawns lol (yum now I just made myself hungry). Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream nourishes dry, brittle nails as it moisturises and softens cuticles. It’s essential for that fresh manicure feeling which is why I like to put it on after I’ve freshly painted my nails and after cutting my nails and cuticles and applying on a nail treatment to my nails. It contains Sweet Almond Oil and Cocoa Seed Butter which moisturises and softens cuticles and Vitamin E and Sunflower Oil which nourishes brittle nails.

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The Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream comes in a 15g tin tub, the tub is a bit difficult to open as the lid is very long, leaving only a tiny piece of the bottom half to hold onto while pulling the lid off. Immediately when opening up the tin you get a burst of fresh lemon scent, the scent is absolutely heavenly I just want to bathe in it. It smells like freshly squeezed lemon in a tin. The cuticle cream has a waxy texture and is solid in the tin so you can either scrape it out or rub your finger on the product, the heat from your finger will slightly melt and loosen up the product so that you can get a good amount of product to apply to your cuticles. It is thick and creamy in texture.

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I have very dry cuticles, especially in winter, which causes the skin around it to peel and we all know how painful it can be to pull that small piece of skin. It feels like you pulled all the skin on your finger off and burns all the time and being half Indian I always use my hands to eat spicy curries so the spice really gets in there. The cuticle cream melts into my cuticles, instantly nourishing and hydrating them preventing the skin around my nails from peeling. It has really been a treat for my dry cuticles this past winter, I feel that it has also helped my brittle nails grow with continuous use. The thick, rich, creamy texture doesn’t leave my cuticles feeling greasy but hydrated, healthy and provides long-lasting moisture. I keep this gem on my bedside table and apply it after washing my hands before applying on a hand cream and as often as needed thereafter.

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Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream retails for R125.

Burt’s Bees Hand Salve 

Burt’s Bees Hand Salve is an all-purpose emollient used to moisturise and protect your hands. It is brimming with Botanical Oils, Herbs and Beeswax to deliver hydration to hard working, rough and dry hands. It is perfect for both men and women.

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The Burt’s Bees Hand Salve comes in a 85g silver tin tub that’s easy to open, it has Burts face on the label, the product has a waxy hard look in the tin but easily melts when touched, it has a light herbal therapeutic scent and an oily ointment texture. It can be scraped out of the tin or you can use your fingers to melt the top layer of the product this way you get the amount of product needed. When you scrape the product out of the tin you don’t realise that a small amount can be more than enough and will end up taking more than needed. The salve easily melts from the warmth of your hands, it spreads quite easily and is fast absorbing as you can immediately feel that your hands are hydrated and nourished from within. It has a shiny, oily finish that doesn’t feel greasy and heavy, the oiliness is from all the great oils with amazing properties in the formula. Don’t worry though the oily finish doesn’t last long, after a while it goes away leaving my hands looking silky smooth, soft and moisturised without taking away the hydration.

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The Hand Salve is not limited to the hands it can be used on any part of the body from head to toe. Here is a list of ways that it can be used and ways that I have been using it:

  • Split Ends Treatment: when your ends are dry you can rub a small amount of Hand Salve to your split ends. My split ends are not so dry and damaged looking after applying it.
  • Dry Lips Treatment: apply a small amount to dry chapped lips and rub, while rubbing all the dry skin comes off.
  • Lip Scrub: take a small amount of Hand Salve and mix with an equal amount of sugar then gently rub onto lips and remove with a face cloth or warm water. It gets rid of all the dry skin leaving my lips feeling smooth and soft.
  • Lip Oil: it can be used as an overnight lip treatment or lip oil for soft supple lips.
  • Dry Patches: Moe and I apply it to any dry patches of skin like our elbows and knees.
  • Eczema: I struggle with eczema especially on my face and apply a small amount to the rashes. The Hand Salve is so gentle to use on my face and by the next day my eczema is barely visible, it helps with the dryness, flakiness and helps soothe the flare-ups thanks to the great oils found in the product and their amazing skincare benefits (Eucalyptus oil, Lavender oil, Sweet Almond oil just to name a few).
  • Cuticles: it can be used as a cuticle cream/oil, it hydrates and softens my cuticles.
  • Foot Treatment: apply to feet concentrating more on the heels before bed and put on socks. The next day you’ll wake up to softer, smoother feet.

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Moe and I are obsessed with this multi-tasking product and are always finding new ways to use it. It’s a must-have in everyone’s home! Don’t just take my word for it try it for yourself.

The Burt’s Bees Hand Salve retails for R250. Burt’s Bees products are available on Takealot.

Overall the brand is worth the buzz I’m really impressed with all the products that I’ve tried.

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