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The Bee's knees....

18.12.2003 (30.01.2004)

Fantastic, effective, natural, organic, ethical

Expensive, hard to find

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The Father-in-law-to-be returned from the States last year with a Burt’s Bees Head to Toe Starter Kit as a pressie for me. I get the feeling that it was just something he grabbed as he was running through the duty free at Washington Airport but believe me, every item in it is a gem worth its weight in gold. The plastic travel bag contains miniature size creams and cleansers, lotions and balms... everything (they claim) needed to cleanse, moisturize and pamper yourself from head to toe, naturally. Among the diamonds was a small jar (1/2 oz) of Beeswax Moisturizing Crème.

The company behind the products:
Burt's Bees was started in 1989 by a woman called Roxanne Quimby, an herbalist and organic gardener, and Burt Shavitz, a beekeeper, in rural Maine. Their initial aims were very modest; namely that they wanted to leave the big-city ratrace that they were caught up in and in doing so create jobs for themselves selling beeswax products, herbs and honey. In fact their first produce was exactly that, candles and honey. In the early days the company generated a modest income mostly through sales at craft and state fairs.

When they started, in an old abandoned schoolhouse as their ‘production plant’, all the ingredients used were those to be found in the surrounding countryside. These consisted of beeswax, honey, pollen, royal jelly, herbs and other botanical ingredients. Today, the company pride themselves on the fact that most of their basics ingredients and company philosophy have altered very little as the company grew and became more widely known.

The manufacturing operation is now automated where it was all done by hand in the beginning. The founding duo no longer grow the herbs and other botanical ingredients, as they once did, due to the sheer volume needed. However they do stay true to the principles of respect to the countryside, so all their ingredients are sourced from organic ethical farms and they involve themselves in conservation issues revolving around their beloved Maine community.

Products available: (There are 100’s so I have narrowed this down to those that cleanse / exfoliate / mask / tone / moisturize
Carrot Complexion Soap, Quantity Available 4oz, Price £8.00
Tomato Complexion Soap, Quantity Available 4oz, Price £8.00
Orange Essence Facial Cleanser, Quantity Available, Price 2oz £10.00
Citrus Facial Scrub, Qty 2oz, Price £8.00
Carrot Nutritive Day Crème, Qty 2oz, Price £13.00
Carrot Seed Oil Complexion Mist, Qty 118ml, Price £7.50
Garden Tomato Toner, Qty 236ml, Price £9.00
Wild Lettuce Toner, Qty 236ml, Price £9.00
Parsley Blemish Stick, Qty 0.30 oz, Price £8.50
Royal Jelly Eye Crème, Qty 0.5oz, Price £15.00
Pore Refining Mask, Qty 1.8 oz, £8.00
Shea Butter Decollete Crème, Qty 1.25 oz, £10.00
Marshmallow Vanishing Cream, Qty 1.5 oz, £14.00
Evening Primrose Night Cream, Qty 1 oz, £12.00
Herbal Blemish Stick, Qty 0.30oz, £8.50
Peppermint Shower Soap, Qty 3.5oz, £5.00
Beeswax Lip Balm Tin, Qty 2g, £2.75
Beeswax Lip Balm Tube, Qty 4g, £2.75

Product being reviewed today:
Beeswax Moisturizing Crème

Earth friendly merit points for:
Metal cap (not plastic) so can be recycled or re-used.
Made from organic ingredients.
The ingredients are sourced from ethical farms and co-ops - that is to say no workers are exploited in the production of their ingredients.
Cardboard packaging is recyclable.
The 2oz glass jar that holds the cream is recyclable.
There are no ingredients like alcohol, petroleum or dyes in their moisturiser.

"Flavours" available:

The base of the moisturiser is Sweet Almond Oil and Beeswax. All the other contents read like the contents of an exotic shopping basket as well; Aloe, Kaolin (a natural clay), Grapefruit, Carrageenan and Glucose

The product in the opened jar has the consistency of a very thick whipped cream or stiff custard. When I first saw it, I thought that there was no way this could be moisturiser or else it had gone off, it made the cream I had previous been using (Clarins) look like skimmed milk in comparison.

However when, you take it in the heat of your hands, it melts and becomes as soft and as pliable as a carton of unwhipped cream and very easy to apply at this stage. BUT DON'T!! You should not apply it ‘raw’ as the instructions on the back clearly state:
“For best results, mist facial skin before applying the moisturizing creme. Or to create a silky, lightweight moisturizer, place a small amount of creme in the palm of your hand, add several "squirts" of complexion mist, mix together and apply to face, throat or body.”

Not being the type of person to posses such a thing as facial mist, I though, “well why not just use water”? So I did and it worked a treat. I wet my hands under the bathroom tap and them kneaded a small ball of the cream in my hands until it resembled a runny as opposed to a gloopy mixture and rubbed it on my face and neck. A little goes a long…long way.

Warning: If you do put too much on, it stinks to high-heaven as melts into your face and can make your eyes stream. Not that that ever happened to me * ahem * cos that would be admitting that I was daft enough to plaster the stuff on without reading the packaging. Not like me at all.

So what is this stuff supposed to do?:
Moisturise face, throat, hands and body,

So does it do the business?:
Yes it does, a little bit of cream goes miles in terms of visible improvement to dry skin areas on the face. It worked so well on the dry panels that I get on either side of my nose that I tried it on my elbows, which normally get so bad with sore dry skin during the winter that I end up covering them in Vaseline and bandaging them. Unbelievably it worked and although my arm skin has not become that of a plump baby, it is all in one piece and with no soreness or bleeding. RESULT!

What does it smell like?
A mixture of weak tea and roses. Yes, you read that right. It is a nice smell when it is only a faint murmur of an aroma but overpowering when too much is applied. HINT: If applying, put the cream on half an hour before bed to ensure your skin has absorbed it or you may wake up with fragranced bed sheets.

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So where can I get this wonder stuff from?:
Direct from the manufacturer’s website

(This is where all the prices listed above are referenced from)

Hqhair was the only site I could find retailing the products online. I know John Lewis sells then but cannot find any Burt’s Bees offerings on their website so it may be one of those products that you have to go in store to buy. Go straight to the butcher's department as this is *obviously* where they are to be found :) Just checking to see if you have managed to stay with us.

In conclusion:
There are no oil-based ingredients in the cream so it won’t change the Ph (acidic) balance of your skin. This means you can use it quite safely on combination skin to moisturise dry areas without bringing out oily areas in a hail of spots and other acne-related delights. It is especially useful for people like me who suffer under ineffective (too hot) indoor heating systems and them trek out into the cold which results in patches of dry skin.

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consumer-princess 11.05.2004 19:11

Detailed opinion, with lots of useful info. Have just discovered BB products myself. Thanks for the review. Julie

little_minx26 18.02.2004 18:58

I keep seeing hearing about Burts Bees products, but have never tried them - now you've convinced me. You can get quite some of the products from www.missgroovy.co.uk . I'm not sure about the lettuce soap though... Liz :-)

BabyGirl 10.02.2004 02:34

I was really undecided about whether or not to try products from this range but I am definitely gonna now! A lot of celebrities really rate them! gREAT op! :D xx

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Long Name Wax Moisturizing Creme
Type Face Cream / Treatment
Manufacturer Burt's Bees
Genre Moisturiser

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