Burt's Bees Product ReviewSaturday, December 05, 2009
You know the winter weather is upon us when your skin starts to feel dry and your lips feel chapped. It's enough to make you browse through travel catalogues in search of warmer climates and pristine beaches. But for those of us who are stuck facing sub-zero temperatures and the effects of dry air, we can take consolation in knowing that there is a solution to our dry-skin dilemma. And it goes by the name of Burt's Bees.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Burt's Bees, it began back in 1984 as a candle-making operation ran by Roxanne Quimby and Burt Shavitz that produced $200 worth of sales at their first craft fair. (You can read about their "unusual" story written by Roxanne here.)By the end of their first year, their sales reached $20 000, an indicator that their candles were of high quality and their craftsmanship highly valued. Soon enough, their company expanded to include natural soaps, perfumes and eventually lip balm, their best-selling product to date. By 1998, their sales surpassed a whopping $8 million! Their expansive product line now includes other natural products such as body lotions made with natural milk and sugar enzymes, bath products made with sea ingredients, toothpaste, shampoos and a Baby Bee product line to name a few. This year marks their 25th anniversary.
When I first met my husband, I was introduced to the notion that natural and organic was the wiser and healthier option. It has been a way of life for him and his family for longer than most people I know, so when they introduced me to Burt's Bees lip balm almost six years ago, I had to try it. I loved it then and I still love it now. So imagine my delight when I was asked to try Burt's Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil for review. The first time I applied it, it went on oh so smoothly and tasted oh so sweet! My husband and I went out that evening to catch the premiere of New Moon, and after having applied it only once, and then devouring a large tray of salty tortilla chips, my lips still felt refreshed and kissably smooth. This naturally hydrating lip balm has definitely earned it's place in my purse! Best of all, it is infused with the antioxidant properties of pomegranate oil that coats your lips with a hint of colour.
I have also had the pleasure of sampling their Thoroughly Therapeutic Honey and Orange Wax body lotion that soothes, hydrates and revitalises your skin. It contains vitamin-rich humectants and emollients and is 99.05% natural. I don't usually use mosturizers mainly because it's hard to find a lotion that is easily absorbed into the skin and doesn't feel greasy. But this Burt's Bees lotion does the opposite; it feels creamy yet absorbs into your skin without that greasy feeling. And to top it off, it has a mild yet sweet fragrance that reminds you of how natural this product is.
One last product sample that I had the pleasure of trying was the Naturally Ageless Skin Firming Night Creme. Yes, I'm (only) 31 years old and no, I don't feel like I've aged that much since sadly departing my twenties. So I didn't think I would really need to incorporate this creme into my daily routines. But after about a week or so, I was surprised at how my skin felt slightly smoother than the week before. I didn't think I had wrinkles that were terribly noticeable but when I would awake the following morning and look in the mirror, strangely enough, it felt like I had less wrinkles. The area I felt the most improvement was on my forehead. Now it could have been all in my head, but using this lotion has definitely made me more aware of the effects that (gasp) aging, along with dry weather and the stresses of a working mom can have on your complexion. This 98.99% natural product contains three important ingredients:
- Pomegranate, rich in antioxidants and known to help fight skin-damaging free radicals
- White birch, to help restore firmness
- Para cress, to help lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Burt's Bees products are now available for purchase through the Burt's Bees Online Store. They are currently offering a free gift with purchase along with free shipping on orders over $75. Need to buy a gift for someone special? They'll wrap it up for you, too! Be sure to place your orders before December 7, 2009 to ensure your order is delivered before December 24, 2009.
Now on to the giveaway.
Burt's Bees has graciously offered one reader of Toronto Teacher Mom an amazing prize pack of their Burt's Bees products worth $75!
This contest is now closed.
For your initial entry, which is mandatory, check out the Burt's Bees website and tell me which product you would like to have to help fight dry skin this winter, or any other product from any of their lines including the Baby Bee line that catches your eye. Leave a comment on this post with the name of the product and a way to contact you if you win. (You need to click on "comments" at the end of this post to leave a comment.)
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