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This post might as well be called “A Few of My Favorite Things: Burt’s Bees Edition.” When thinking of the new products I’ve been loving lately, most of them are made by Burt’s Bees. I sincerely hope that no one ever discovers some sinister activity by this company, because I try not to spend my dollars on products made by evil companies, but I don’t think I could live without my Burt’s Bees!

Burt’s Bees uses natural ingredients, is cruelty-free, and gives back to the community, all of which are qualities I look for in companies whose products I use. They’re also based in Durham, North Carolina, where I used to live.

Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream

BB cuticle cream copyMy cuticles seem to always be in need of pampering, especially in the colder, drier months. I have some Sally Hansen cuticle oil that I try to use before putting on my nighttime hand cream, but it’s too oily to use during the day. Voilà: Burt’s Bees cuticle cream. It’s packaged like shoe polish–as a semi-solid cake of product in a small tin. You can easily apply it by rubbing a finger in the product and then onto your cuticles. As the name implies, it has a pleasant lemon scent. It’s not too greasy, and it helps prevent hangnails and peeling cuticles.

According to the Burt’s Bees website, it’s their most awarded product ever. So clearly I’m not the only one who likes it. It’s made from 100% natural ingredients, including sweet almond oil and cocoa seed butter. The list price is $6. Target sells it for $5.99 (because that extra 1 cent makes all the difference). Currently Ulta has a gift pack of cuticle cream and lip balm for $4.99, so look no further for stocking stuffers!

Burt’s Bees Honey & Bilberry Foot Cream

BB foot cream copyMuch like cuticles, feet tend to be ignored in many people’s personal care routines. But a little attention can go a long way. A pumice stone and some foot cream make a big difference in how your feet feel, especially if you spend your days standing or walking. I’ve finally learned to bring foot cream with me on vacations. After a long day of sight-seeing, some foot cream before bed refreshes my feet so they can face another long day of sight-seeing.

Burt’s Bees has several foot creams. Honey & Bilberry is their exfoliating and moisturizing cream. They also have refreshing peppermint and coconut, which I haven’t personally tried yet but probably will someday, given my love of all things Burt’s Bees. The Honey & Bilberry is 99% natural and (unsurprisingly) contains honey, beeswax, and bilberry extract, among others. The list price for Honey & Bilberry is $10 (the others are $9). Target sells all three for $8.99 apiece, and Ulta has coconut only, also for $8.99.

Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Treatment Mask

clary sage mask copyI love a good facial mask. I use one about once a week to give my skin a little extra care (in addition to cleansing every night before bed and each morning in the shower). If you have oily skin, then a clay mask is what you want. The clay absorbs oil and draws impurities out of the skin. But if, like me, your skin tends toward the dry side already, then you want a moisturizing mask.

Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration mask is 99% natural and contains clary sage extract. Clary sage is a plant that thrives in the dry, windswept hills of the Mediterranean, so it’s good at capturing and retaining moisture. One of the things I like about this mask is that it’s designed to NOT be rinsed off. You apply it, leave it on for 5-10 minutes, and then wipe it off with a tissue, rubbing any excess into your skin. It leaves your skin feeling soft and supple.

The list price is $18, but Target’s price is–wait for it–$17.99. Ulta carries other products in the Intense Hydration line (facial cream cleanser, day lotion, night cream, and eye cream) but not the treatment mask. I have used the night cream in the past and can also recommend it as a nice, emollient nighttime moisturizer.

Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer

lip shimmer copyI am addicted to lip balm. I must have it on my lips at all times. To that end, I have lip balm in all of my purses and in every room in the apartment. If I accidentally leave the house without lip balm and plan to be gone for more than a couple of hours, I have to stop somewhere and buy some. The addiction began with lipstick when I was a teenager. In high school, my post-lunch reapplication of lipstick was a five-minute spectacle involving multiple lip brushes and tubes of lipstick. During law school I pretty much stopped wearing lipstick except for special occasions and my obsession with balms began.

The beauty of Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer is that it’s light and moisture-rich like a balm, but still has a hint of color without being cake-y, like many lipsticks are. Lip Shimmers are available in 14 colors and are 100% natural. I have four shades: Grapefruit (very pale pink), Apricot (a hint of peach), Watermelon (pale plum), and Raisin (a surprisingly vibrant red). Raisin had more color than I was expecting, so if you pick up one of the darker colors, be prepared. They all contain peppermint oil, so you get a bit of a refreshing feel when you apply them.

I find that I can get several hours of wear out of them before reapplying, but they do leave lip prints on drinking glasses, much like lipstick does, which is why I stopped wearing lipstick in the first place. The list price is $5. Target and Ulta both sell three-packs for $9.99, but Target has a couple sets on clearance now for $6.98. Individual tubes are $4.29-$4.99 at Target and $4.99 at Ulta.

Yes To Carrots Daily Cream Facial Cleanser

Yes To Carrots copyAnother company high on my list of ethical producers is Yes To. They also focus on using natural ingredients, giving back to the community, and not testing on animals. They began as Yes To Carrots, but have expanded into many other food-based ingredients, such as Yes To Cucumbers, Yes To Tomatoes, Yes To Blueberries, Yes To Grapefruit, and Yes To Coconut.

The Yes To Carrots facial cleanser is super rich and creamy. It’s 96% natural and contains aloe vera and carrot seed oil to replenish dry skin. I’m currently using it as my nighttime cleanser, and it has no problem removing makeup, including foundation and mascara. It’s so thick, it almost feels like night cream. I use it on its own and also with my Olay Pro X exfoliating brush. Yes To also makes a carrot facial exfoliating cleanser that includes ground bamboo, but I have not tried it yet.

List price for the cleanser is $7.99, which is also Target’s price for it. Ulta carries many Yes To products, but not this particular one. I like to use more emollient products in the winter when the humidity outside drops considerably. This is a great addition to my wintertime facial care.