Unique natural ingredients (i.e cotton extract, clary sage and royal jelly) make Burt’s Bees beauty products a must-have on any bathroom vanity
Last night I settled in for an evening of Sarah-ness. I took a long shower, ordered some peking duck pancakes and Vietnamese rice paper rolls from Miss Chu and flicked through my wish-listed movies on iTunes until I found something to match my mood.
That something happened to be Burt’s Buzz – a controversial documentary about the man behind the brand itself. You’re probably already getting a visual of his iconic face, with his deep set eyes and full beard, because it features so heavily on all of Burt’s Bees branding.
The documentary details Burt’s life, highlighting his eccentricities, his love of nature, how his brand launched and his epic falling out with his past flame and brand co-founder Roxanne Quimby who eventually bought him out of the business and later sold it to Clorox for around 925 million… you could buy a lot of lip balms with that!
I seriously recommend this doco to anyone who’s either interested in a) beauty b) nature c) kooky people d) entrepreneurs e) or just documentaries in general.
I summed up my thoughts on the documentary here:
It was only two weeks ago that I was sent a few of Burt’s Bees most popular goodies to trial, so as I watched the doco I gave myself the full experience by taking my days worth of makeup off with his Sensitive Facial Cleansing Towelettes, I slathered on his very popular Radiance Night Cream with Royal Jelly, applied a little Intense Hydration Eye Cream under my eyes and dabbed on his very moisturising Tinted Lip Balm filled with luxe shea butter onto my lips.
It was fantastic to hear Burt talk about his love for the great outdoors and the land around him while actually looking at the ingredients on the pack of each of his products and to see that authentic passion actually translated.
Each item is filled with natural, reliable and often unique ingredients that make skin look fantastic. It’s like Burt, himself, has been liquified and poured into each small tub.
I’ve spoken enough about what I thought of Burt’s Buzz, here’s what I think of the below Burt’s Bees beauty products.
Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Towelettes With Cotton Extract
Some of you will know that I have sensitive combination skin – so these facial towelettes were perfect for me as they didn’t feel like they were ripping at my skin with harsh ingredients. Each pack comes with 30 thick wipes that are soaked in cotton extract to soften, rice extract to moisturise and aloe vera to soothe. I’ve been using these after I hit the gym to freshen and tone my skin.
I’m a huge fan of the matte plastic packaging (it feels nice to touch) and the plastic snap-shut lid. So many facial wipes come with a sticky seal opening that ends up drying out (meaning your towelettes inside lose their moisture too!) this snap shut lid keeps them fresh for a long time.
Buy now: Sensitive Facial Towelettes, $9.95
Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm
This 100% natural lip balm comes concealed in a cute cardboard cylinder (it’s the small details that count). Each wind-up lip moisturising stick comes with a pretty subtle colour that’s made up of botanical waxes and rich shea butter. You really can’t get any more natural.
I trialled the Sweet Violet shade that looks like a true plum (a cross between pink and purple) but there are nine shades in total to pick from giving you lots of variation.
Buy now: Tinted Lip Balm, $14.95
Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Eye Cream With Clary Sage
I love this eye cream! It surprised me in so many ways. Firstly, it comes in a very normal looking tube. It’s only until you pull off the lid that you notice the actual nozzle isn’t a nozzle at all. It’s a soft thin plastic tip that once pushed down collapses and releases smooth eye cream where ever you dab it. So genius!
This eye cream helps to rejuvenate the very sensitive under-eye skin that quickly becomes dry and tired looking. The key ingredient is clary sage, a bush that grows on the north Mediterranean coast, yet lives through harsh conditions due to its ability to retain moisture.
This ingredient will help to smooth out any fine lines making your skin around the eyes look younger and fresh with improved elasticity.
Buy now: Intense Hydration Eye Cream, $39.95
Burt’s Bees Radiance Night Cream With Royal Jelly
The last product I trialled was Burt’s Bees Radiance Night Cream with Royal Jelly. The generously sized glass jar is filled with a very thick and rich cream with an almost waxy consistency that helps to lock in moisture while you sleep.
This cream is actually quite cooling when first applied, and spreads really easily. It has quite an interesting smell – I’m going to put it down to the inclusion of Royal Jelly because it’s like nothing I’ve ever smelt before. It’s florally and nutty all at once.
Incase you’re imagining royal jelly as a wobbly dome of gelatine on a plate, let me just correct your vision for a second and let you know it’s actually a blend of nectar, pollen, flower parts, vitamins, minerals and bee hormones. More of a paste then a transparent mould.
Royal Jelly has the ability to boost skin’s hydration and elasticity by up to 60% in just one week – that’s very impressive! It also boosts your skin cell turn over rate which means you will look younger for longer. I have no complaints about that!
Buy now: Radiance Night Cream, $39.95
Have you watched Burt’s Buzz the documentary? What were your thoughts on it? How often do you use natural skincare products? Are you a Burt’s Bees devotee?