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I first came across Burt's Bees in a supermarket in America and picked up a few things quite cheaply a few years ago, this was one of the products. It does not seem to be that widely available in the UK, but my local independent beauty store sells a 236ml bottle for £9.99. The product is designed to sooth your skin and it has relaxing properties. The ingredients include, and it is 98.68% naturally derived, so that must be a bonus: Water, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, glycerin, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, beeswax, stearic acid, palmetic acid, daucus carota sativa (carrot) seed oil, fragrance, tocopheryl acetate, glucose, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel wax, sucrose stearate, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf oil, glucose oxidase, lactoperoxidase, beta-carotene, vegetable oil, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, sodium borate, xanthan gum. The body lotion is definitely a lotion, as it is of quite a thin consistency, so be careful not to pour out too much from the bottle. The lotion is easily absorbed into your skin and sinks in well, it leaves your skin feeling nourished and soft. The product is good to use if you have been in the sun as it contain aloe vera and beta-carotene that are know to be antioxidant and moisturising. You only need a small amount as the product goes a long way and lasts for quite a while with regular use. The lotion does not smell like other lotions, what you have to remember about Burt's Bees products is that they are naturally derived and made of sometimes non main stream items such as carrots, so although you do not end up smelling like a carrot all day once you have applied the lotion, it does have a distinctive smell to it, which is carroty, sweet and a bit like you have burnt some incense, so it will not be for everyone, probably best used during the day. Overall I would recommend this to others as it does sooth and moisturise your skin, though I find that it is quite expensive and also the smell is not for everyone, so I think although I will continue to use this product it will not be an everyday thing.
Being 99.68% natural, the Burt's Bees Carrot Nutritive Body Lotion immediately earns brownie points with me as I love natural products. The lotion comes in a pale yellow bottle which is sadly a little too solid to squeeze and so getting the lotion out can be quite tricky at best. However the packaging is attractive and very natural looking, and importantly, it's made from 90% post-consumer recycled materials. I actually received a trial size version of this lotion in a giftset but a 235ml bottle can be bought on the Burt's Bees website for £9.99. The lotion is a pale mustard like colour and quite gloopy in texture. It's thicker than many lotions I have tried in the past, but fairly uneven and lumpy looking. Nonetheless, in my opinion it smells lovely, but it is a kind of practical lovely and not a glamorous lovely - so it's not something I would choose if I was going on a date or something. The lotion moisturises fantastically which is a big plus, and soaks in quickly without feeling too greasy. It's enriched with beta-carotene, vitamin E and aloe, all of which are supposed to be fantastic for your skin, and they certainly seem to work. The big plus with this lotion is that it's so natural and really does moisturise - even very dry skin feels soft and smooth. The fragrance is however quite strong, and while I like it, it might not be for everyone, especially since sometimes it can almost smell play-doh like and other times like carrot cake. I would say it's great for everyday use on your legs or something as it leaves skin so smooth, but I personally would prefer something with a more girly glamorous fragrance. If you're into cocoa butter products you will probably like this as the smell is a similar kind of thing, but if you are more of a Soap and Glory kinda person then the fragrance probably wont be for you. A little does go a long way with this product, so although it's pricey it would probably last a good while. My trial size has pretty much run out and I haven't bought the full size version, as with an increasing number of natural products appearing on the shelves, I think we have a bit of a choice, and there's probably better smelling ones out there. Nonetheless, a good product, just not particularly sensuous smelling.
Recently I was given a Burt's Bees gift bag with lots of Burt's Bees miniatures in it. One of these was the 'Carrot Nutritive Body Lotion'. The bottle I got was a 29.5ml size, but it is also available to buy in a full sized bottle which holds 236ml and costs around £13. Burt's Bees products are quite easy to get a hold of, with a lot of shops selling them. They are also widely available online. The miniature bottle looks exactly the same as the full sized bottle, just a lot smaller! The bottle is made of yellow plastic and has a white plastic screw top lid. It has pictures of carrots on the label along with the name of the product in nice, clear, red font. One of the things I don't like about the bottle is that it is made out of quite hard plastic, so it is very hard to try to get the body lotion out. In order to do this you have to hit the bottle upside down on your hand to try to make it come out! Also this makes it hard to get every last little bit of body lotion out when the bottle is almost finished. The body lotion has vitamin E and Beta Carotene in it and is meant to be for mature, sun-exposed and dry skin. I don't have mature skin, but my skin does sometimes get quite dry so I do like to use a body cream or lotion. The body lotion smells quite sweet and carroty, and I think it smells a lot like carrot cake (yum!) The lotion is an orange/yellow colour and is not too thick and not too thin. When rubbing the lotion in, it feels really greasy on my skin and I didn't like the feeling of it at all. The lotion also takes quite a long time to absorb into the skin and my skin still felt greasy even after it had been absorbed. You have to wash your hands after applying the body lotion since the oily feeling of the body lotion stays on them and doesn't really sink it! I supposed I could say that it moisturised my skin, but only through making it feel greasy, and it wasn't really the moisturised feeling I wanted. All in all I wasn't impressed with the body lotion, and I am glad that I only have the small bottle of it, not the larger version. I really like the fact that the bottle is 90% made from post consumer recycled pellets and that it is also not tested on animals, this earns big brownie points with me and is something which I find quite important when looking for products. Unfortunately these are pretty much the only things I like about the product, I am not keen on the actual body lotion at all! I find it a shame since I really like some of the other Burt's Bees products, but this one just wasn't for me.
Still ploughing through my Burt's Bees travel-sized products, I come to the carrot nutritive body lotion. Despite using the Burt's Bees Milk and Honey body lotion and loving it, I wasn't so keen to try this one - the thought of smelling like something that accompanies Sunday lunch put me off slightly! It seems that Burt's Bees like their unusual ingredients though, I have already reviewed their tomato toner, but if you think that's weird, think again. Recently at work we were discussing some of the more unusual/disgusting/downright crazy things that people use as beauty products in their quest for radiant beauty or eternal youth. These included urine body wash, bird poo face masks and to top it off (and my goodness does this top it off) face cream made with ground babies foreskin. Yes, you really did read that correctly, and please, let me apologise for not giving adequate warning to those of you who may have recently eaten, but I saw it in an episode of Rich Girls, so it must be true! Anyway, moving swiftly on, I bet you're wondering (now that I have quite unnecessarily made you feel ill!)...why carrots? Well Burt's Bees say that carrot seed oil is valued for its soothing and relaxing properties, and the beta-carotene it contains is also a great anti-oxidant. All sounds very good, but I still wasn't completely convinced about using this. With the promises that it would pamper my skin and give 'remarkable results' I thought I would give it a go - after all, as I've already discussed there are much worse things I could rub all over my body. Ahem! The body lotion comes in a yellow bottle with a white screw top lid. Not surprisingly the label features a picture of (yes, you've guessed it) a carrot. I'm not hugely enamoured by Burt's Bees packaging - I often feel it is a bit plain and uninteresting, and this is no exception. I think given the price of the products, most (although admittedly not all) of the Burt's Bees packaging looks quite cheap. This bottle seems to say Poundland more than it says Premium. Initially, I did not feel that the lotion smelled like carrots. It has a creamy smell and you can detect the scent of the beeswax it contains. I wasn't particularly keen on the smell - it was very strange and a little bit sickly too! The lotion is a mustard yellow colour, and the bottle warns that it could stain your clothes, which makes finding a convenient time to apply this a little bit of a problem! As of yet, it hasn't stained my clothes or sheets, but I am conscious that it could, so try to avoid contact with any sort of fabric straight after applying this. The lotion is a nice consistency, being neither runny nor thick. I was pleased to see that even the smallest amount of lotion goes a long way, in contrast to the Burt's Bees Milk and Honey lotion, of which I found a large amount was required to cover even a small area of skin. The lotion rubs in easily, and although it feels quite greasy initially, it soon sinks into the skin, without leaving any sort of greasy film. Once on the skin, unfortunately I found that the smell of the carrot seed oil started to come out! It's not really a strong carrot smell, but it's detectable and I didn't like it at all - especially when combined with the beeswax - that seems to add to the unpleasantness of it all! In terms of moisturising abilities, yes, I must admit, it did leave my skin feeling very moisturised. It felt soft and smooth, and a lot less dried out than usual. Saying that, I have used lots of cheaper, nicer smelling lotions which give exactly the same results and there was nothing about the way my skin felt that particularly made me think that this lotion was worth buying again. The lotion costs £13.50 for a 236ml bottle from Boots. It probably wont come as any surprise that I don't think I will be buying the full sized bottle of this lotion! I really didn't like the smell, it's way, way overpriced, I find it very annoying that it contains ingredients that could stain your clothes and although it left my skin soft, there was nothing to make the moisturising abilities of this product really stand out.
A lightweight, fast absorbing body lotion /