Burt’s Bees has a new Natural Skin Solutions line for sensitive skin and BzzAgent sent me a BzzKit to try the new line. Gosh I love being a BzzAgent! In the kit I received full-sized Burt’s Bees Natural Skin Solutions Sensitive Facial Cleanser and Sensitive Daily Moisturizing Cream, an official BzzGuide telling me all about the product line and several samples and coupons to share with my friends. I feel differently about each product so I will post about one product at a time.
Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleanser:[quoteicon author=”Burt’s Bees”]This soap-free cream cleanser is clinically proven to moisturize sensitive skin while gently cleansing away dirt, oil and make-up without over drying or causing redness. Distinctly formulated with softening Cotton Extract to help skin replenish its outer layer and minimize the effects of potential irritants such as harsh soaps or cleansers, it also moisturizes with Rice Extract and soothes with Aloe. Naturally gentle and skin-friendly for daily use, it’s what every sensitive product should be. [/quoteicon]
Burt’s Bee’s Sensitive Facial Cleanser comes in a tall, 6oz squeeze tube and retails for $10. The container states on the back that it used no animal testing, includes no Parabens, Phthalates or Petrochemicals, is 50% post-consumer content, made in the USA and includes an 800 number to contact the company. It also has the following selling points:
- Softens and helps replenish skin’s outer layer with Cotton Extract
- Gently removes dirt, oil and make-up without over drying or causing redness
- Soap free and 99% natural
- Rice extract to moisturize and Aloe to soothe
- Fragrance-free and hypo-allergenic
- Allergy-tested and dermatologist-tested
- No animal testing
- Gentle enough for daily use
The product has a creamy texture with an off white color. It is fragrance free so there is nothing much to smell here! Anyone with sensitive skin knows fragrance free products are a huge factor in preventing skin irritation. Although it is creamy at a glance and upon first touch, if you rub it a bit with your fingers you may notice the texture begins to change. To me it seemed slightly thick and gooey, then dissolved. Don’t let that scare you though, it was nothing horrible like mushing mayonnaise all over your face. Look at it as a reminder that your face needs to be wet before applying the cleanser, then it will feel rather smooth and pleasant.
This cleanser is soap free and does not lather or provide any suds. When I said it is creamy I meant exactly that. After wetting my face and applying the cleanser to my face it reminded me more of using a night cream than a cleanser. It is possible that this is reason that I do not get that freshly cleansed face feeling after using this. Because of that, I repeat the cleansing process before moving onto moisturizing. Also, it unfortunately did not easily remove my makeup. I only wore eye makeup and none of it was waterproof. I use makeup remover but wanted to test the “cleanses away makeup” bit. With that said, I end up using twice the amount of product (more if removing makeup) meaning I would need to purchase more often than with my typical cleanser. No bueno.
As with any product, I did an allergy test and everything worked out dandy. After two weeks of continued use I can say that I never had any skin irritation due to this cleanser. So cookie points and major kudos for Burt’s Bees on that one! So I guess the claims to be hypo-allergenic, non-comedogenic, allergy and dermatologist tested were true. At least in my case! I love the thought of a 99% natural product, irritation free skin and no animal testing, however I personally prefer a cleanser that suds, lathers or has a bit of a scrub to it.
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Conclusion: I experienced no irritation but my face didn’t feel clean, I prefer my cleanser to lather or have a gentle scrub infused with it. I’d probably keep this as a backup to use when my skin has been irritated by something. It did not cause extra oil nor dry out my skin. The price point is average, could be lower to compete with a few other good drugstore cleansers that are less but worth a try for extremely sensitive skin. Burt’s Bees is a trusted brand so that is a plus.
You can find Burt’s Bees Natural Skin Solutions Sensitive Facial Cleanser online at BurtsBees.com/sensitive where you can also use promo code TRYSENSITIVE for $2 off or snag the printable coupon for in-store use. Check out the Burt’s Bees Facebook Page too!
Stay tuned for my Burt’s Bees Natural Skin Solutions Sensitive Daily Moisturizing Cream review tomorrow.