The company offers a really wide range of beauty products however their lip balms (introduced in the early 1990’s) are the most well known and popular and it was in SA previously for a brief period but I usually trek to the US to buy these babies which is why I am glad they are importing again and will be in stores next month.
A bit of history on the brand. The company was founded in 1984, to be by the late Burt Shavitz (who owned a honey stand) and Roxanne Quimby (a painter). Their paths crossed one summer, and Quimby decided to use Shavitz’s unused beeswax to create candles. They went through the various fairs and arts & crafts shows, and they went on to bottle and sell honey together. From then on, the duo went on to produce other beeswax and honey-related products. And so the brand was born using Burt’s name and bees because bees wax is in their ingredient in all their products with Bees being the vital component.
Burt’s Bees goal has always been providing their customers with the best natural products around, and it has been successfully doing that for over 30 years and ensuring the products are all 100% natural. They are cruelty free and do not test on animals. Lets discuss some of my faves that I was sent to try.
1. Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm
Think hint of nice natural buildable colour (there are six different ones), along with up to eight hours of moisturization. I always grab tinted balms over non tinted it is so effortless and easy as it functions as both mirror free colour application and moisturization for the lips. It goes on easy, and keeps you protected. Smells amazing like sweets. The peppermint oil usually found in Burt’s Bees lip balm is replaced with Shea butter. Tinted with no shimmer just a solid colour. These are essentials on my list.
2. Burt’s Bees Chapstick
These chapsticks are effective.No tint but come in 6/7 flavours which actually contain the actually flavour’s ingredients.
3. Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer
Just like the lip tints these lip shimmers deliver a nice dose of carefree colour to the lips. The peppermint oil creates a nice tingly feeling when you apply it and has a heavy peppermint smell.
My lips soak up these ingredients with ease and are not left feeling oily or sticky. It comes in 14 shades to suit anybody’s fancy. Lips feel soft and nourished. Ingredients include sunflower seed oil, bees wax, pepermint oil, elderberry oil, black current seed oil, and rosemary extract.
4. Burt’s Bees Hand Salve
This contains a very moisturizing formula full of oils, herbs, and beeswax – an all-natural salve perfect for working hands which need to be maintained. Ingredients include olive oil, eucalyptus, lavender, and sweet almond oils. It has a very medicinal smell like camphor cream. It has a Vaseline like texture. I find it very different from your conventional hand lotions and creams this is more of an ointment or treatment due to it’s balmy consistency. Great for extremely dry hands.
5. Burt’s bees lemon butter cuticle cream
Give your cuticles it’s well deserved TLC. Specially formulated, this buttery cream contains sweet almond oil and cocoa seed butter to moisturize and soften your cuticles while vitamin E and sunflower oil nourish brittle nails. Feel pampered and polished from tips to toes. It does not leave a greasy residue, absorbs quickly. I like to use it to soften cuticles and make it easy to remove. The pale yellow cream isn’t too oily and smells divine like lemon meringue tart. Unlike most cuticle treatments that are super runny and oily this one soaks in immediately. The super cute tin is easy to pop in your purse.
6. Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm Tin
This is the original product. It heals and softens dry and chapped lips. The tin closes really tightly so if you want to pop it in your purse you don’t have to worry about the lid coming off. The peppermint oil again gives a nice tingly feeling on lips. I find a tin a bit unhygienic to carry around but I keep mine by my bed side and use every night. The product itself is a bit hard and solid but easily taken out with nails.