I’ve always loved Burt’s Bees. It’s one of a number of things which remind me of the US as it was available there long before it was here in the UK. My mum (that’s ‘mom’ for any American readers out there) is from the States so we used to go a lot when I was growing up. Burt’s Bees lip balm was always one of my must-buys (along with Abercrombie and Fitch clothes, Kiehl’s beauty products, and a plethora of junk food including Cheetos, Oreos, Aunt Jemima pancake mix, Fruit Roll Ups and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups). These things are, if you want to get sentimental about it, sadly all available over here now.
What I like about Burt’s Bees is, number one, its performance as a lip balm. It really works, feels lovely and nourishing and lasts for hours. And number two, I love that it’s 100% natural. I love that even more now that I’m writing a natural beauty blog.
I have just been sent the latest two lip balms in the Burt’s Bees range to try and am delighted that the formula is still 100% natural and still feels just as nourishing and smooth as I remember. The two new flavours are Rejuvenating Acai Berry and Nourishing Mango Butter.
The lip balms contain the standard beeswax base as well as coconut, sunflower and castor seed oil. The mango one has mango seed butter and smells, well, like mangoes – lovely and sweet. I notice it contains some ‘natural flavour’ too which makes it good enough to eat – literally. This is my favourite of the two.
The acai berry is a bit too sweet for me. I feel like a broken record going on about how I don’t like products to be too sweet smelling, but it’s true. This one smells like bubble gum! If you like bubble gum smelling lip balm, you’ll love it; if you don’t, you might want to go for the mango or original flavour instead.