Tuesday, September 25, 2012

It's Natural and It Works... AKA: Burt's Bees Ultimate Care Body Lotion

My skin is a bit schizophrenic. I'm oily on my face but dry (so dry) every where else. So I'm sort of obsessed with lotions, creams, and butters. So when I saw the label of Burt's Bees Ultimate Care Body Lotion, I was all in!

Burt's Bees Ultimate Care Body Lotion  (MSRP $9.99 for 6 oz), is 98.9% natural, and is supposed to provide all day moisture and soothe extremely dry skin. It contains Baobab oil, which is called the "tree of life" and is actually a vital source of food and water in the African savanna. The oil is harvested from the fruit seeds of the tree is rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidants. This lotion is meant to be quick absorbing, and combines the oil of the Baobab tree with nutrient rich Pumpkin Seed Oil (mmmm...pumpkin) and the "delicate aroma of Green Tea Extract" (um... okay-if you say so) to soothe dry skin naturally.

As I said, I was super stoked to try this out because my skin is going sort of nuts right now with the change in seasons. It is supa dupa dry (and flaky and generally embarrassing) and in great need of an intervention. Burt's Bees to the rescue right? Uh... not so much. First off, it smells-eh...kind of like diaper wipe ointment and witch hazel (2 smells I detest) mixed with something like earth/dirt/clay, which wouldn't be *so* bad, except it lingers (which sucked because I used it after showering with Gud By Burt's Bees Natural Body WashFrom Burt's Bees in Orange Petalooza, a stupendously delicious, richly lathering body wash that smells delectably like Blood Orange and Hyacinth and is beyond awesome; it would have been great if the scent of the lotion had not overpowered it's yumminess).

Gud By Burt's Bees Natural Body Wash From Burt's Bees in Orange Petalooza

As far as the lotion performing-it works okay, but I don't know if I can get past the smell. Don't get me wrong, it's not *bad*-it's just not pleasant. Now, if it worked spectacularly on my skin, I would be more okay with its scent. If you're not looking for a fragranced lotion, or don't care how things smell as long as they are natural-give it a try. It doesn't feel greasy at all and moisturized my skin well enough (not spectacularly well, but it'll do if I don't mind reapplying lotion later on in the day). I'm thinking of maybe adding a few drops of essential oil to it to mask the current scent and maybe that will improve my overall impression with the lotion. I'm usually a big fan of all things Burt's Bees, so my less than enthusiastic review is a bit of a surprise for me. Are you a fan of the brand? Have you tried Burt's Bees Ultimate Care Body Lotion? What do you think? Are you a fragrance snob like me? My inquiring mind wants to know! Leave a comment below and let me know what you think. Until next time...

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