Many years ago, long before I got onto the natural bandwagon, I was in search of a good body moisturiser. I was already pretty clued up on mineral oil and knew to avoid products that contained it (other than being a dirty petrochemical by-product, it actually dehydrates your skin) so scanned the ingredients lists to find quality products. I came across a product by Burt’s Bees and was instantly sold by what I read. I fell in love after trying it. This was by far one of the most effective moisterisers I had used!
Since then, I’ve always had a massive soft spot for the brand and glad they fall into the ‘clean’ category as I can still continue to love their products.
About Burt’s Bees
A little history
Burt’s Bees started in the USA, back in 1984 with only one product – beeswax candles. After the creators realised they were onto a winner, in 1991 they started expanding the range into other personal care items. By 1999 they were sharing their range across the world.
They were recently acquired by Clorox, but remain committed to their original philosophy.
Commitment to people & the environment
All (successful) companies are concerned with their bottom line (“profit” or “loss”). If you’re not making money you have no business. However some companies take this bottom line approach one step further to, triple bottom line: people, profit, planet. Burt’s Bees is one such company embracing this concept. This means, as a company, they’re committed not only to achieving profits, but ensuring their company is socially and environmentally responsible. All 3 of these aims are considered to be of equal importance. If you want to learn more about Burt’s Bees and how they implement this triple bottom line approach, read more on their website.
On average, their products are 99% natural; over half are 100% natural. That 1% that’s not is usually the preservatives. They use the synthetic preservative phenoxyethanol at 1% or below in some of their water-containing products. Burt’s Bees states they chose it because it is a non-paraben, non-formaldehyde-releasing preservative and is used broadly in natural personal care products. If this is a concern for you though, opt for their 100% natural products (all their products clearly display this info).
What’s not so great
Since being acquired by Clorox, they have begun using industrial seed oils (like canola & soybean oils) in some of their products. While this isn’t great, it’s a bit subjective as to whether you should continue to use their products. Personally, I wouldn’t eat them but I can’t see any great harm in applying them to my skin; I figure it’s such a tiny proportion. Not ideal, but somewhat ok. You may prefer to avoid these ingredients though so I encourage you to check the ingredients before purchase.
Burt’s Bees range
No longer limited to candles (in fact, I don’t even think they do make candles anymore), their range includes:
- Lip colours (lipsticks, crayons, tinted balms)
- Lip balms
- Face care (cleansers, scrubs, toners, serums, moisturisers, eye creams & facial towelettes)
- Body care (like moisturisers and body wash)
- Baby (washes, moisturisers & ointments)
Some of my favourites
Hard to narrow down to one product here, their lip care range is all good!
Tinted Lip Balm
For just a hint of colour and 8 hours of moisture. The Botanical Waxes in these softly tinted balms will take your lips to lovely in one pretty swipe. They come in a range of 6 naturally flattering shades.
Tinted lip balms are my lipstick go-to. I live a pretty casual lifestyle so lipstick feels a little over-done for me. However I naturally have pretty pale lips that really benefit from a hint of colour – a tinted lip balm is just so perfect for me & my lifestyle.
Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil ($6.95) is one of my favourites. This replenishing and hydrating natural lip balm is infused with the antioxidant goodness of pomegranate oil. It replenishes moisture to reveal smooth, healthy lips, while it coats them with a hint of color for an even-toned appearance.
That moisuriser that saw me fall in love with Burt’s Bees? It was Naturally Nourishing Milk & Honey Body Lotion ($19.99). For normal to dry skin, this non-greasy, lightweight lotion goes to work the minute you apply it, and it’s clinically proven to moisturise for up to 24 hours. Milk nourishes while honey helps to soften skin; plus, coconut and grape seed oils and vitamin E deliver beneficial nutrients to the skin. I found it to be a saviour on my dry, scaly legs.
Even though this is a natural company, they’re actually readily available almost everywhere. A lot of pharmacies carry their range, like Priceline, and department stores, like Target. Or buy directly from their online store.
They are a US company, so readily available over there too.