Burt’s Bees is a pretty adorable brand. I have been a long-time fan of their Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme. I love that they use 99-100% natural ingredients, and their bee and honeycomb themed packaging is irresistible. I mean, who doesn’t love bees? I also really love their #BringBacktheBees campaign, started last year, to raise awareness about the declining bee population and to restore bee habitat.
When we moved from my tiny place into our current house, there was one serious downside…I could never find any lip balm! I like to have at least one in every room (but I’m totally *not* addicted or anything). The solution? I headed to the drugstore to buy a bunch of extra lip balms to have on hand. I had completely used up an entire Burt’s Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil, and I knew I wanted me some more Burt’s Bees balms.
I decided to try three new flavours: Honey, Vanilla Bean and the unscented Ultra Conditioning lip balm. These lip balms are some of my favs. They are super moisturizing and don’t have an overwhelming scent/taste. Because they are made with all natural ingredients, you don’t have to worry about what you are putting on and in your body.
If you prefer totally unscented, the Ultra Conditioning is hypo-allergenic with no added flavors or fragrances. I really enjoyed the lightly scented Vanilla Bean Lip Balm; I think that has been my favorite of the three. As much as I liked the idea of a lip balm that contained actual honey, I think the scent/taste of the Honey Lip Balm one might not be everyone’s cup of tea.
Of course, while picking out lip balms, I was totally tempted by the new line of Burt’s Bees Lipstick. First of all, the packaging is super cute. The square tube has a honeycomb pattern that is coordinated to match the shade of each lipstick inside. The lipsticks boasts 8 hour moisture, full coverage colour, 100% natural ingredients like Beeswax, Moringa Oil, Raspberry Seed Oil, and Vitamin E, and is free of parabens, pthalates, mineral oil, and petrolatum.
It doesn’t seem to have any scent, which for me is a plus. Often times added fragrance can irritate my lips or I don’t enjoy the heavy scent/taste of some lipsticks. I think unscented is my preferred default setting for lip products generally.
There are 14 shades available. I was drawn to the darkest, vampiest shade, Orchid Ocean, a deep, blackened plum. Don’t be too scared though – it doesn’t come off quite as dark applied on the lips as it does in the tube. The lipstick is described as “satin”, but I think it has a more glossy finish than satin. I don’t think you could do such a moisturizing lipstick with all of those oils and avoid glossiness altogether. So if you are looking for a matte lipstick, this might not be the one for you. I personally love moisture and gloss in a lip product so this was right up my alley.
I definitely think this is a really great, moisturizing formula. I think the shade Orchid Ocean was a little tricky to apply evenly, but I have found this to be the case with some of my other deep purpley or plum shades from other brands. I have read that purple pigments are some of the most difficult to work with in terms of getting a smooth and even formula, whether its an eye shadow or a lip liner, etc. I would actually like to try some of the other Burt’s Bees Lipstick shades to see if they go on more evenly.
Overall, I thought the formula wore very well throughout the day, especially for a moisturizing lipstick. I wouldn’t say you get 8 hours out of it, but I would definitely get 4-5 hours. The shade Orchid Ocean gave a bit of a lip stain effect as it wore off, but I’m not sure if the lighter shades would do that. Its a very impressive lipstick for a “drugstore” brand.
The other impressive thing about the Burt’s Bees Lipsticks is that the packaging is made out of recycled material and is recyclable. They are crushing it when it comes to sustainability!
The Burt’s Bees Lip Balms retail for about $4.99 CAD, and the Lipsticks retail for about $9.99 CAD (depending on where you buy them).
Do you have a favourite Burt’s Bees product? Or if you have an all-natural, sustainable brand to recommend, please leave me a comment below. I’d love to hear from you.
Thanks for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤