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Being a huge fan of January sales I bought quite a lot of things from boots both as future gifts for others and as some pamper yourself treats for myself, trying to make the most of the bargains available to me. One such discounted product that I came across was a Burt's bees gift set containing a small container of Burt's bees Naturally Nourishing milk & Shea butter body wash and a larger offering of the body lotion to go with it for a mere £7.50 reduced from £15, and as I've read so many good things about the Burt's bees product range through reading other reviewers opinions I thought it deserved a shot, especially seeing as the body lotion on its own costs around £10 in Boots.
==About Burt's Bees==
Burt's bee's products strive to be 100% all natural, using natural ingredients wherever possible, steering away from any ingredient that poses a potential human health risk. The percentage of natural content is clearly stated on the front of each product package and a full complement of ingredients used in the product is provided on the packaging to allow the company to be as transparent as possible, as they believe that us as consumers have a right to know what is in each and every product we purchase. In an effort to be environmentally responsible, the company uses packaging generated from recycled post consumer waste which basically means that once a product has run its life cycle, it is recycled into something else, for the greater good. The company also does not test their products on animals which is a huge plus for me.
I think I mentioned before that I'm a bit of a sucker for these environmentally responsible all natural ingredient companies, when I wrote about the whole red sky crisp concept so Burt's bees is no exception to the rule, but just because a company is environmentally responsible doesn't necessarily mean that the products are the most effective on the market.
==Burt's bees' Naturally Nourishing Milk & Shea Butter Body Wash==
So about this body wash then. Because I bought this as part of a set, the body wash itself was only presented in an 88.7ml bottle, so pretty small, and I remember thinking to myself that compared to the 235ml body lotion, it wasn't going to go very far. The body wash can be described as a gentle cleanser which is rich in essential vitamins that nourishes and replenishes the skin moisturising it at the same time....on the bottle the wash is actually described as "luxurious" which I guess if bathing in milk is good enough for Egyptian queen Cleopatra then its good enough for me. The milk portion of this is meant to aid cleansing as it contains lactic acid which is a natural exfoliator, removing dead skin cells, allowing the younger skin underneath to emerge. The Shea butter is said to aid the moisturising properties of the product itself, enriched with vitamins A, E and F. Vitamins A and E are the vitamins that help to keep your skin clear of blemishes and healthy, while vitamin F acts as a skin protector and rejuvenator. It is clearly stated on the bottle that this product is 98.5% natural
Popping open the cap on the body lotion the smell is very light and reminds me of sweet condensed milk with nutty undertones, which is very pleasant on the nostrils, and my immediate thoughts were that if my skin smelt like this I certainly wouldn't mind and I don't think anyone else would either.
So the moment of truth...I squeeze a little of the body wash which is quite runny onto a body puff and start scrubbing. A little disappointed straight away as there didn't appear to be much in the way of lather with this product and I like my skin to be nice and soapy, and a little of the product certainly didn't go a long way, as I had to squeeze 3 or 4 portions out of the little bottle before I got full coverage, using roughly around an 8th of the bottle straight away, and even then, the lather never did get up, although the fragrance did appear to attach itself to my skin whilst in the shower. The directions on the bottle do say that you should apply the product generously, but when you only have an 88.7ml bottle in your possession, how generous is too generous.
After using this offering from Burt's bees', I found that my skin although not particularly dry, wasn't as soft and moisturised as I'd hoped, which I found quite disappointing especially given the amount of product I'd actually used on my body. I expected the smell of the body wash to linger a little but found that the smell faded almost instantly after drying my body, again another disappointing factor. I have to say, after reading so many positive reviews about Burt's bees products in general, perhaps I had set my expectations too high, but this product certainly didn't do it for me, and it's not something I'll be using again, now that the bottle is finished. At the end of it, I did actually get around 8 washes out of the little bottle, which acted as a tester more than anything else, and a good job too because I think had I paid the £10 for a full size bottle, I'd have been thinking that I'd definitely wasted my hard earned cash.
==Do I recommend the product==
As much as I love the idea of natural ingredient based products, and environmentally conscious companies, I have to say that overall I was disappointed with the performance of this product and expected a lot more from it, especially given the price this is on the shelves at, and so don't particularly recommend this one. There are most definitely cheaper products out there that are more effective on my skin both in their moisturising properties and their scent, so I'll continue to use something else for the time being.
As part of my dooyoo Christmas stocking I was thrilled to receive a gift set of mini Burt's Bees products. I'd been keen to try out Burt's Bees products for a while as they get such good reviews on here, but I could never really justify spending the money as they are quite expensive.
One item in the set I got was this Milk & Shea Butter Body Wash. I accidentally left my Love The Planet shower gel at my parents' house over Christmas, so it was the ideal time to use it. The bottle that I have is the travel version; the 350ml version is priced around £8-£10 and can be purchased from the high street (Boots) or online at www.burtsbees.com.
The packaging is a simple plastic bottle with screw top lid. I found it easy to open and close tightly even in the shower. The label on the front is typical Burt's Bees - a yellow and orange theme with small text depicting the name of the product, and a bee image.
The website description reads: 'Bathe in nature. This luxurious natural body wash is made with safflower seed oleosomes that increase and lock in essential moisture, naturally. Add a touch to your shower routine and leave your skin nourished, soft and supple from head to toe.'
Sounds lovely, but did it live up to these impressive claims? Well, firstly I applied it with my hands, which isn't the most effective way to apply it; you're much better off using a loofah or shower puff so you don't waste it. It's a little bit runnier than a typical shower gel, and if you use your hands you have to slap it on quickly and then work it in. It doesn't lather up much, but that's probably because it doesn't contain SLS (sodium lauryl/laureth sulphate) - and bubbles and lather don't actually have any cleaning properties anyway, so this isn't an issue.
After applying, the instructions state to 'Let your skin soak up the moisture, then rinse, towel dry and follow up with your favourite Burt's Bees body lotion.' I wanted to see how well the scent took to my skin, so I didn't add any body lotion after rinsing. I was pretty disappointed in that I couldn't smell it on my skin even after applying thoroughly in the shower, let alone out of it. However, this may be a good thing as the body wash doesn't smell particularly nice - it smells a bit like milk, with a faint overtone of shea butter, and I can't help thinking that adding some honey in there would improve the smell a lot and be more in keeping with the brand.
I don't feel that the body wash was particularly moisturising or nourishing - it was pretty much an average shower gel in that respect.
I do like my bath and shower products to smell strongly, and I tend to favour scents such as coconut and citrus, so this isn't body wash one of my favourites. However if you like more subtle scents that you can add a perfume or body spray to, then this is may well be a good choice for you. Additionally, I haven't tried adding body lotion after it which may be something worth trying.
The Milk & Shea Butter body wash is not something I would personally buy at full price because although it has natural benefits, it just doesn't feel luxurious enough for me, and the scent isn't particularly nice or long lasting at all. Having said that, it would be a perfectly adequate shower gel at half the price - at £10 it's far too expensive.
The ingredients are all listed on burtsbees.com, and whilst they don't sound particularly natural, this body wash doesn't contain any parabens, perfume oil or SLS to my knowledge.
Thanks to dooyoo for sending this to me.
When it comes to the company that is Burts Bees its not one I'm overly familiar with to be honest....until a couple of weeks ago actually! I have seen a lot of reviews on sites such as here though and read many positive things about the brand and the products so I had a few quid spare on Amazon (thanks to Dooyoo) and decided to treat myself to a few products starting with this one!
The body wash comes in a plastic cylinder style bottle that has a white screw on/off cap to the top of it and holds 350g of product within it. It has a light yellow label around the most part of that bottle and on the front of it I am told that it is Burt's Bees 'Naturally & Nourishing' Milk & Shea Butter Body Wash and there is a picture of a silver urn on there and I am told that it is a natural product (98.90% natural in fact). Other information listed to the sides of the bottle includes being told a bit about the product and how to use it, ingredients are given and contact details for Burt's Bees are given (and lots of that information is given in foreign languages too). Simple looking packaging this is that gives off a nice feel to the range.
A Bit About The Product According To The Information Listed On The Bottle:
'Infused with Milk, Shea Butter and Sunflower Seed Oleosomes to moisturize and condition, this wash leaves skin naturally nourished, soft and beautiful'.
Well this can be applied to a damp/wet skin with whatever method you want to of course. The liquid is a an off white sort of creamy colour and smells absolutely gorgeous and of milk and honey to me opposed to shea butter but it is sweet (in a natural way) and none harsh or in your face fragrance wise and is suitable in my opinion for men and women alike to use.
This lathers up not too badly, feels smooth and lightly hydrating as you wash though I didn't find it to lather up well enough to shave my bits and bobs with and felt that to do that job I would have needed a lot more product and already to get any sort of lather going I needed a lot in the first place.
This is nicely fragranced in use and rinsed off my skin with total ease leaving no residue behind it and my skin felt totally clean and fresh and the wonderful, calming fragrance stayed on my skin for a good few hours in the background too helping to keep me feeling fresh for rather a while.
I liked this body wash and liked the softness of my skin after using it and it really did cut through my dry skin! However I did need to use rather a lot of the runny liquid to get results and feel that £11.24 is rather a lot of money although it is relatively natural and nicely fragrant is a bit too much price range I think!
Available online this I purchased from Amazon at the above price including postage and packaging though do check out the Burt's Bees website too!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
How it Works / Bathe in nature / This luxurious natural body wash is made with safflower seed oleosomes that increase and lock in essential moisture, naturally / Add a touch to your shower routine and leave your skin nourished, soft and supple from head to toe.