A Story of Burt and his Bees.

Over 25 years ago Burt’s Bees started manufacturing natural, ‘earth friendly’ products to help keep us looking our best.
Roughly 25 days ago my beloved chum, my favourite yummy mummy and fellow lady that lunches, gifted me a Burt’s Bees Tips To Toes set because she knows I’ve not tried most of their products.
It sounds like the beginning of a beautiful love story.
It just might be.

I have actually only tried a Burt’s Bees lip balm. So deprived was I that I think she thought it best I start with a set that quite literally covers all the bases.

Incidentally it seems a bit apt that I am writing this post in the bath. While scoffing a box of Thornton’s Continental chocolates. Because I can, such is the wonder of modern technology, and also because I can do unprofessional things as this is not my real job. (See here for further deets)

Back to Burt’s Bees. The blurb on the back of the box says I now own a collection of “Rich creams and softening butters to keep hands and feet looking naturally healthy and beautiful”. Perfect. Who can afford to say no to that? “Healthy and beautiful? Oh, no thanks…” said no one, ever. I’m confident we’re onto a winner already.

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This set includes all of the Burt’s Bees bestselling hand and foot type products, along with an awful lot of excess packaging and cardboard as I found out while trying to gain access.

There’s an Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Cream in a super cute tiny glass jar. This smells like marzipan which is not my idea of heaven but pleasant enough. I’m already picturing myself throwing this into a travel toiletries bag or, more likely, the depths of my handbag. Good, convenient sizing and chunky durable packaging. So far, so funky.

There’s another hand cream; the Thoroughly Therapeutic Honey & Grapeseed Oil Handcream. This one’s in a tube which is probably more practical as I foresee problems getting the dregs of the last one out of the tiny glass jar. This one also has a less greasy texture and smells like honey.

The third and final hand product is a Hand Salve. Fairly vague. Also fairly multi-functional, as it turns out. Made with botanical oils, herbs and beeswax, it smells kind of like Tiger Balm, and is apparently “specially formulated to deeply nourish and soften dry hands and other areas that need extra moisturising.” Good to know. It’s certainly made the back of my hand extremely soft. Definitely another one to throw in the handbag.

There’s also a dark pink coloured Replenishing Lip Balm with pomegranate oil. This lightly tints the lips as well as moisturising them and is something I’ve sampled before in Fenwick’s beauty department. It seems to be a little bit sort of similar to the much acclaimed Clinique Chubby Stick, admittedly without the cutesy giant crayon design and it’s maybe a bit less glossy.

I’m definitely loving this next item, the Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream. It smells dreamy. Reminds me a little of the Lush Lemony Flutter cuticle butter I once had, but less messy. It smells like warm wax and lemon curd and feels nice on the skin. Looking forward to adding this one to my routine in the hope that it will do it as says and “nourish weak nails and soften dry cuticles”.

Finally, the Coconut Foot Cream doesn’t sound very attractive but it smells quite nice. I mean, I’m not having to hold myself back from using it as an all-over body lotion but it’s not bad for foot cream. It’s no secret that I love coconut scented products. It says it’s also got peppermint in, and other natural emollients to help soften and pamper your feet. I reckon I’ll be slathering this one on as soon as I get out of the tub (which won’t be long, I’ve gone very wrinkly). I had been using my current favourite, L’Occitane 15% Shea Butter foot cream which has a lovely subtle lavender scent, but we shall see how the Burt’s Bees cream measures up because there’s not much difference price wise. Burt’s Bees is barely a smidge cheaper at £12 for 120g (L’Occitane is £19 for 150g).

NB The foot cream has a satisfying thick, grainy, slimy texture and I wouldn’t recommend impatiently applying it downstairs, on the sofa post-bath because then you might have to wander all over the house leaving slimy cocnut-ty footsteps while you tidy up before going to bed. I’d suggest applying it once you’re actually in bed and can therefore let it sink in overnight. Like a sensible person.

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