Like many of us showering for me is a daily ritual. I like to wash away the daily grind. It is also the one time during the day that I can indulge and pamper my skin. I like to feel clean and refreshed and I like to know that what I am using on my skin is kind to my skin as well as the planet.
The skin is the largest organ in the body and whatever we use on it is absorbed into the skin. I avoid using chemicals and synthetic products where possible. Burt's Bees has become one of my favourite brands for skin care products as they use natural ingredients and no synthetic fragrances are used in their products, so they smell great too.
After sampling this exfoliating body wash in a gift set I was so impressed with it that I decided to order a full sized bottle. Although it is quite expensive at £11.74 for 350ml, I knew that it was worth the high price tag, as it is far kinder to my skin and it leaves it feeling silky smooth. I'm also not as extravagant with products that are more costly so I find they last well. I also believe that you get what you pay for, and with Burt's Bees products you certainly do get a treat. I really admire their ethos as their products are sourced and produced from natural ingredients and they are cruelty free, which is something that is important to me.
The exfoliating body wash is housed in a cylindrical bottle that is sourced from 80% post consumer waste. Burt's Bees use the minimal amount of packaging on their products; the material of the bottle is rather thin making the bottle pliable. The contents are sourced and produced from 92.02% earth friendly natural ingredients. The body wash is packed with natural goodness, and no nasty chemicals are present here. The bottle is very tactile and it fits comfortable in the palm of my hand, it has a press down lid which is favourable with me.
I'm not generally a fan of exfoliating products as I find that they are too abrasive and damaging to the skin. I am however a huge Burt's Bees fan, so I had high expectations and I was looking forward to using this body wash. Exfoliating beads in commercial big-brand body washes and facial scrubs are generally made from plastic, which are damaging to the environment as these end up in the sea and they are non biodegradable, meaning they are harmful to nature, the environment and creatures.
Jojoba beads are a natural exfoliant and therefore they will be a lot gentler on the skin, they are completely biodegradable and are a renewable resource. The prominent ingredients in this body wash are jojoba beads and royal jelly, the jojoba beads gently exfoliate while the royal jelly moisturises. Exfoliating washes are designed to leave the skin smooth and help even skin tone.
The wash can be applied using your hands or you can use a sponge or wash cloth, I personally prefer to use my hands when washing with an exfoliating product as I find it is easier to wash over the skin and the beads don't get lost in the sponge. The wash has a subtle fruity scent to it, only a little squeeze is needed and only a small amount of the product is needed. The soap is toffee brown in colour and it has a thin consistency to it, I always worry that it will slip through my fingers, however gently rubbing it together in my hands creates a frothy creamy white lather. The exfoliating beads feel incredibly gentle against the skin, but they still produce good results. The soap feels creamy and moisturising as I massage it into the skin and the jojoba beads effectively but gently exfoliate the skin leaving it feeling soft and clean. Emerging from the shower my skin feels soft to the touch and it feels nourished and conditioned. The gentle scent is still present on the skin but it is very subtle.
I like to use this at the end of the day to remove dead skin and rejuvenate my skin, it is mild enough to use daily and the beads are gentle enough to use on any skin type as my skin is prone to drying and can feel a little delicate at times. I have also used this on my face at times as it is gentle enough even for the most delicate areas of skin. It doesn't scratch or tug at the skin and it doesn't' damage the skin either. I really like this exfoliating body wash as it is a pleasure to use and it leaves my skin feeling cleansed, nourished and radiant. I am on my second bottle of this now and it lasts well as a little goes a long way so it can be used sparingly. I would rather spend more on a product that is sourced and produced from natural ingredients that is kind to the planet and my skin.
The body wash can be used on a daily basis as it is mild enough; it is gentle on the skin as it is made from natural ingredients so I don't worry about it drying my skin. I find that I use it most days before retiring for the evening, as it removes all the grime and any products that are present on my skin; it leaves my skin feeling incredibly soft so it has become a favourite.
The high price tag may be off putting, but once you try this body wash you will be amazed at how soft it leaves your skin.
12 fl oz / 350 ml Bottle
You can find out more about Burt's Bees and see their full range of products on their website:
Despite me raving about Burt's Bees products in another review, I must say I was utterly disappointed by their Radiance Exfoliating Body Wash.
Bought on a whim from Amazon (current price £6.99 June '13, although I paid slightly more than this), I was looking forward to buffing away layers of skin in order to improve skin radiance before I went on holiday. With their trademark natural fragrances and high quality that I was used to, I expected an all natural, luxury product that would leave me wanting more.
I had to use quite a lot of the product in order to convince myself that it was working, especially as the consistency was quite thin. Although natural products are not known to lather, I did expect a little more from it. Trade mark natural fragrances were somewhere closer to that of my husbands socks after he has been to the gym. Not a fragrance I particularly wanted to associate myself with! It also left my skin feeling quite dry and tight, almost as if too much of the good natural oils found in your skin had been stripped away also. This would probably be great if you had oily skin or were prone to break outs, but it just wasn't for me. The exfoliating beads didn't really do much either.
This product would be better suited for those with normal-oily skin as opposed to normal and normal-dry. Perhaps I expected more considering the fantastic expereinces I have had with other Burt's Bees products.
To be honest the only thing going for this product, in my opinion, is the fact that it isn't tested on animals! Oh well Burt and your bees, I suppose you can't get it right every time!
Last year, I took out a 6 month subscription to In Style magazine at a cost of £6. I'm not a particular fan of the mag - though at £1 per issue this was certainly a good price - and the real reason for doing this was to get hold of the freebie. This was a Burt's Bees Radiance set, consisting of a box of miniatures and a full-size Radiance Body Wash, which I'll be reviewing today.
The Burt's Bees range is designed around ingredients that come from bees, such as beeswax and royal jelly (which is a key ingredient in this product). For this reason, the range is not suitable for vegans, but it is aimed at those who prefer more 'natural' skin and body care. The company uses as many natural ingredients in its products as possible.
***What's in it?***
This body wash contains the key ingredient royal jelly (on which more below), which comes from bees and reflects the Burt's Bees name. Other ingredients include jojoba beads and a fruit acid complex: these are designed to exfoliate and smooth skin and promote even skin tone. Safflower seed oleosomes are meant to intensively moisturise and condition. The ingredients are designed to live up to the product's 'radiance' name and help promote natural health and radiance.
The product is described as 99.2% natural, which seems like a bit of an odd thing to say and immediately makes me want to know about the other 0.8%! An ingredients list is available on the side of the bottle, but I won't reproduce it as it is rather long.
Burt's Bees are BUAV approved (they have the little bunny logo which means they do not test on animals) and their products contain no sulfates, parabens, phthalates or petrochemicals.
This product contains Royal Jelly, which is made of nectar, pollen, flower parts, minerals, bee hormones and other natural ingredients. I found quite a lot of information about this on the Burt's Bees website. It is described as one of the world's most nutrient-rich substances, made by worker bees and fed to the queen bee to help her grow. It contains 134 nutrients including amino acids, minerals and vitamins B1, B2, B5, B6, C and E, as well as Biotin, Niacin and Folic Acid. This stuff helps the queen grow to 40 times the size of worker bees and live 50 times longer. Sounds pretty impressive - but then again she eats it, I've just washed with it! It is meant to have the ability to enhance skin texture and smoothness, with antioxidant properties. The royal jelly is sourced only from the queen larvae via a sustainable method that does not harm the bees.
The body wash comes in a clear plastic bottle with a yellow and white label with a beehive picture. The label doesn't reach all the way round, which means that you can tell precisely how much product you have left. The label contains the Burt's Bees logo and a list of ingredients. The product lid is white and you can press down on it to reveal a hole to let the product out. This is handy as it means you don't have to unscrew the lid while you're in the shower. The body wash isn't particularly thick, which came in handy towards the end as it came out easily when I turned the bottle upside down. This way there wasn't any wastage.
***Using the product***
I started using this product one cold day in January in the hope that it would help clear up my post-Christmas sluggishness in mind and body! I always use a body scrub to keep my skin smooth - it's particularly important as I epilate my legs and need to prevent ingrowing hairs as much as possible. However, as it's claimed that this body wash is exfoliating I thought I would give it a go.
This proved to be a bad idea. The 'beads' in the wash turned out to be very small spheres which rolled over my skin and had no exfoliating properties whatsoever. Also, it was thin and didn't really stick to my skin. Subsequently, I used the wash as a normal shower gel, applying some to my shower puff to help it foam up before use.
The body wash had a pleasant light fresh scent, which I would describe as the typical 'Burt's Bees' scent. I think it comes mainly from the royal jelly. It smells natural and slightly floral. The wash was a sort of creamy yellow in colour. I did find that I had to use quite a lot of the product to get a decent lather, even on my shower puff. This problem was exacerbated because the product was quite thin, and sometimes ran away down the plughole. This could be because there is no SLS (sodium laureth sulfate) in the product: SLS is the ingredient that makes shower gels etc. foam up. It can be a skin irritant, so some people might like the fact that it is not included. However, I'd rather have a shower gel that foamed up properly!
I did find that the shower gel made me feel perfectly clean and refreshed and it didn't irritate my skin, even my eczema. This is a definite plus point though I'm not convinced by the claim that it would make my skin more radiant. In fairness most of my skin (apart from the eczema) is in pretty good condition anyway as I do exfoliate and moisturise regularly. The scent didn't really last on my skin, but this didn't bother me as I always moisturise afterwards.
Because I had to use quite a lot of this shower gel, I found that I'd used it all up within around three weeks. I wasn't really impressed with the lack of longevity - I've had 100g bottles of shower gel from Lush which last longer at half the price!
***Price and Availability***
This 350ml body wash costs £10.20 from Boots (£9.99 on the Burt's Bees website), which seems rather pricey to me. As a point of comparison, Soap & Glory shower gels cost around £5 for 500ml and these are often seen as expensive. It's true you get a lot of good quality natural ingredients in the product - and I don't know how expensive Royal Jelly is to harvest - but this isn't a price I'd be prepared to pay, particularly as it didn't last that long at all.
This body wash has some good points: it has a pleasant, fresh scent, cleanses well, and is without chemicals such as SLS which is good if you're trying to avoid that sort of thing. Personally, I don't mind them and would rather have a shower gel that foams up! The plus points didn't, for me, make up for the price or the speed at which the body wash was used up. I wouldn't have been happy if I'd actually paid full price for this. Give me Lush or Soap & Glory any day!
I'm almost in love with this exfoliating body wash. A lot of the other reviews for this product complain about not feeling like it's exfoliating enough but I love how the Jojoba beads aren't too harsh... You don't want to scrub off TOO much skin when you exfoliate, just the dead skin on top... If you feel like it's not exfoliating at all I would suggest using a loofah with it or using it BEFORE you shower while your skin is dry! One thing I do not like about this soap is that a little bit does not go a long way. I have to use quite a bit of it to get my whole body exfoliated (probably about 2 quarter-sized puddles of it). I love the natural smell of it though and it makes my skin feel so soft when I get out of the shower... especially when I use the Burt's Bees Radiance body lotion right after I dry off!
How it Works / Bring your radiance to the surface / This creamy body wash infuses Royal Jelly, one of nature's most nutritious substances, with jojoba beads and a fruit acid complex to gently exfoliate, smooth and help even skin tone / Safflower seed olesomes intensely moisturise and condition, leaving skin with a naturally healthy, radiant glow / Go ahead, reveal your radiance.