Burt’s Bees has some new lotions and some lip treatments out that I had the chance to test out for a bit. Happily the results are (mostly) good! I say that because a couple years ago I bought a lotion from them that was epically bad. So bad that I didn’t even review it, and it turned me off the brand for quite awhile.
Ultimate Care Body Lotion and Ultimate Care Hand Cream are two new products that claim to provide all-day moisture and are 99.9% natural. They both have Baobab oil in them, which is rich in antioxidants and fatty acids. It’s known in Africa as the Tree of Life. The oil is harvested from the fruit seeds of the Baobab tree.
Both of these have a very light, natural scent to them. They absorb rather quickly (barring you don’t use too much) and are not greasy at all. I really like the Hand Cream in particular because of the non-greasy texture. If you use too much of it though it does have kind of a strange chalky and slightly sticky feeling to it.
The Body Lotion works great as an all-day lotion. I tend to have dry itchy calves in the winter, and if I apply this in the morning after a shower, I don’t need to reapply it that day, and my legs feel nice. The Hand Cream *might* last all day, but I wouldn’t really know because I wash my hands a zillion times a day, and it doesn’t last through hand-washing. Just reapply!
They also have an Ultra Moisturizing Lip Treatment and Ultra Conditioning Lip Balm, both with Kokum butter.
The Ultra Moisturizing Lip Treatment comes in a tube. It applies really easily and feels smooth and nice on the lips. It has a slightly glossy texture and feels slippery and slick. It’s kind of a thin formula though and seems to absorb (or disappear) rather quickly on me. It does say on the website that it will absorb quickly, but it feels more like it evaporates, and doesn’t really moisturize that much. It doesn’t last more than an hour or so before I feel like I need to reapply. Definitely not thick and creamy like my gold-standard Jack Black Lip Balms.
The Ultra Conditioning Lip Balm comes in a twist-up tube. It claims to be clinically proven to last four hours and also contains Shea and Cocoa butters. It definitely applies smoothly as well, and feels soft and non-waxy on the lips. However it’s a very thin formula, and just kind of sits on top of your lips. When I apply it, it feels completely gone within 15-20 minutes. The fact that I would have to reapply it that much is definitely a big negative for me. I also detected a slightly medicinal lemon-like scent to it, which wasn’t my favorite.
Overall: I say skip the lip treatments but go for the lotions!
Availability: Drugstores and Burt’s Bees.
Pricing: Body Lotion ($10.00 for 6 oz), Hand Cream ($13.00 for 3.2 oz), Lip Treatment ($5.00 for 0.25 oz), Lip Balm ($4.00 for 0.15 oz).
Have you tried any of these? What were your thoughts?
Note: Burt’s Bees is cruelty free.