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Brand: Burts Bees / Type: Face Cleanser / Suitable for: Face / What it does: Cleanses / Contents/Size: 120g

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      22.02.2014 21:26
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      4/5 a great cleanser but a little expensive for me.

      ==Price and Availability==

      Until recently the only Burt's Bees product I'd ever used was their lip balm which I'd found to be really good. For Christmas one of the presents from my parents was a Burt's Bees gift set which included a 120g tube of Orange Essence Facial Cleanser along with a few other products. Individually, the price for the cleanser varies, Boots and Burt's Bees sell it for £10.99 but you can get in on Amazon for just over £7 and online chemists sell it even cheaper so it is worth having a look around before buying.



      ==Burt's Bees Orange Essence Facial Cleanser==

      The cleanser comes in a white plastic tube with yellow and red lettering and pictures, it's quite old fashioned looking and fits in well with the other products in the Burt's Bees range, the lid is a screw cap which makes the tube easily secured. The Orange Essence Facial Cleanser contains orange oil to cleanse and purify and olive oil and aloe vera to soothe, moisturise and condition. The cleanser is said to refresh, hydrate and cleanse skin. To use you first wet your face, then massage the cleanser in with your fingertips or flannel, you then rinse it off with warm water followed by cold water.



      ==My Experience==

      When squeezing the cleanser from the tube there's a lovely, subtle orange scent, it's not artificial in any way and doesn't seem manufactured; it's a nice natural scent. This is a gel cleanser and I was quite surprised that it doesn't lather as you massage it into the skin, it still spreads well though and you don't need to apply much to achieve good coverage. I followed the instructions and rinsed the cleanser off with warm water followed by cold water; this really refreshes the skin and removes any trace of the cleanser. After using the cleanser my skin feels really clean and fresh, I often use this cleanser after wearing light make up and it removes it really well. I've used this cleanser along with other products in the same Burt's Bees range from the gift set and my skin feels in a lot better condition since doing so. The cleanser is definitely hydrating, and I feel the cleanser must be working well as although I don't get many spots I do occasionally have flare ups and this hasn't happened since using this range of products, so I think this cleanser is doing a pretty good job!



      ==Overall==

      The scent of this cleanser makes it a pleasure to use from the start; the thick gel consistency is easy to apply removing make up and leaving my skin feeling cleansed and refreshed. For an everyday cleanser for me, Burt's Bees Orange Essence is a little pricey, even though a little goes a long way. At the moment I'm really enjoying using the cleanser as it does everything I could want, and depending on how long the tube lasts me I may buy it again, although it might be using some Amazon vouchers.

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      06.02.2014 03:26
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      This cleanser is my ultimate favourite Burt's Bees product. I've been using it for around a month now and I love it! The cleanser was a Christmas gift but I will definitely re-purchase it once I have used it all up.

      '''Price and value'''
      This cleanser retails at £10.99 for 123grams, which is quite pricy but it is 100% worth it. As I only need a medium sized blob of the cleanser each time I use it, my tube of it is still over half full even after a month of using it twice daily, so it is really good value in the long run despite seeming initially expensive.


      '''My opinion'''
      This cleanser comes in a squeezy tube which stands on its lid. The plastic lid screws off and screws back on and the overall design is very convenient as the cleanser comes out easily without needing to shake the tube or anything like that. The packaging is brightly coloured and fairly nice looking, it's simple but the branding is good and there are instructions on how to use the cleanser on the back of the tube as well as a full list of ingredients.

      I have to say that I was really pleased that this comes with instructions on how to use it! I was baffled by the cleanser at first as the texture of it is very unusual, I am used to using cream cleansers and the texture of the product did put me off at first. The cleanser is a gel cleanser and it is orange in colour and quite thick with a thick texture. I usually apply cleanser with a cotton pad but with this I just apply a small blob into my hands.

      I then rub my hands together and massage it into my face as the heat from my hands help to lessen the gel like consistency so it makes it easier to spread over my face, whereas with a cotton pad it drags a little on my skin and is harder to spread evenly over my skin. The cleanser doesn't lather and it just sits on my skin like an oily mask. I usually keep this on my skin for around a minute and when it comes to washing it off it washes off very easily rather than sticking to my skin like I thought it would.

      After using the cleanser, my skin always feels amazing. It feels soft, smooth, fresh and sparkly clean and it always looks fresher and cleaner after I've used it too. I've got dry skin and this cleanser has been perfect for it as it is very moisturising and nourishing - the ingredients are natural and there's real orange oil in it which is really good for the skin. It also has sunflower seed and olive oil in it so obviously it is quite an oily cleanser and I'm not sure if this would suit people with oily skin very well.

      Once I've washed the cleanser off I can still feel a slightly oily film of it sitting on my skin but this does subside quite quickly - within a couple of minutes. I love how clean and fresh my face feels after using the cleanser and I also love the smell. It smells just like orange peel - very fresh and zesty, it's not really a sweet and juicy orange smell but it's still really nice and it smells very natural. The smell really wakes me up in the mornings and makes me feel nice and fresh.

      '''Recommended?'''
      I do recommend this cleanser very highly but as I said before I'm not sure if it would suit people with oily skin as it is a fairly oily cleanser. I personally love it though as it is very good value for money, it smells amazing and leaves my skin feeling clean, soft and well cared for and it also contains natural ingredients.

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      24.05.2013 21:23
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      A lovely, revitalising cleanser which I particularly recommend for morning use.

      I'd never been particularly brand loyal to any facial skincare brands, and bought whatever was on promotion and took my fancy at that time. This all changed about a year ago now when I made my first purchase of Burt's Bees orange essence facial cleanser, and this review discusses why I've continued to use it ever since.

      I'd heard great things about Burt's Bees from various sources, including dooyoo reviews, but the price had always put me off; they seemed so expensive for the size of the containers. Surely they all did the same thing, so why pay more? Oddly enough, my first purchase came when I was browsing the shelves in Boots, looking for something for my partner. He had been suffering with backache for a while, and I was looking for something more natural, and less malodourous than the Ralgex spray he'd been using. I stumbled across the Burt's Bees Muscle Balm and thought it would be perfect, as the range was on three for two, I bought two of those for him, and this product as a special treat for me.

      Burt's Bees have come a long way from selling homemade beeswax lip balms and hand salves at local craft fairs. I really like that they have remained true to their ethos of supplying products that are good for you. All their products are a minimum of 99% natural ingredients, with half being 100%. That's what I call sticking to your guns; it's all too easy in this day and age to let profits come before your philosophy, and for that reason I commend them.

      The Burt's Bees (BB) Orange Essence Facial Cleanser comes in a large plastic tube, rather like a toothpaste one. It stands on its lid, so it's easy to store and as its slimline, it doesn't take up much room on your shelf or bathroom cabinet either. The decoration to the front isn't much to look at, and seems quite plain and dated to me. I think it's about time they went with something a bit more modern looking and appealing. The back of the tube tells me about the formulation and directions for use.

      Apparently, this product is sulphate free, paraben free, phthalate free (whatever that means) and is not tested on animals, which is good to know. However, it must be noted that this is not suitable for vegetarians due to the inclusion of lanolin, a wax found in sheep's wool. The ingredients list is really impressive otherwise - orange oil, orange peel, oats, olive, bark extract, sunflower oil. This is reassuringly one of the 100% natural products, not that 99% natural is that much of difference.

      Removing the lid, you are greeted with the rather predominant scent of bitter orange peel rather than juicy orange; it's a very fresh and invigorating scent. BB recommend that this be used both morning and evening, but personally, I can't understand why they say this is relaxing in any way; it wakes me up wonderfully with its zingy fragrance. I've found that the scent is far too revitalising for night time use, so I've switched to another brand (Liz Earle) for my evening routine.

      I squeeze about a fifty pence piece sized blob in the palm of one hand, and gently warm it up by rubbing my hands together. This has a rather nice gel like consistency which sort of melts upon application to the skin. It doesn't foam at all, which I initially found disconcerting, but it does spread out really easily once it's warmed through, and it almost becomes liquid. You are instructed to rinse immediately with warm water and this washes away really quickly and easily, just a few splashes and it's all gone. My skin is left feeling fresh and clean, with no tight, dry feeling whatsoever. My skin is quite dry on my forehead and this hasn't aggravated it in any way. I can't say my skin feels moisturised at all, but this isn't meant to do that, it's meant to clean.

      In the mornings my face is obviously only gets dirty during the night, but it's the night time cleansing that has the most factors to deal with; environmental pollution, makeup and just general day to day living. This cleanser copes admirably, and it even handles the toughest substance known to man with ease; waterproof mascara. :) It just melts it away. Just one warning though, please be very careful around the eye area, this stings like hell if you get some in your eyes. If this happens I just rinse with plenty of warm water again and within moments it's ok. If it still hurts after rinsing, I recommend seeing a doctor, but this is just erring on the side of caution.

      My 120gram tube lasts for several months with my one use a day, and even when I used it twice, it still lasted at least a month. At £10.99 for a tube, it's worth stocking up when on offer in Boots, which it seems to be frequently. I have no idea on shelf life unopened but once it is, it should be used within 12 months. It's not as long as some skincare products but I think that's admirable considering there are no preservatives in it.

      In summary, I think this is a lovely product to use. The fragrance is lovely and enlivening, just perfect for first thing in the mornings, when it's a struggle not to jump back into bed. The effect on my skin is good, it's left feeling soft and smooth and extremely fresh. It hasn't caused any further dryness, or caused any breakouts. Admittedly it's not the cheapest of cleansers but I think that's a small price to pay for something as natural and as good for your skin as this is. This is one product I don't think I could be without now and one I highly recommend.

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        19.01.2013 22:44
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        lovely cleanser

        I had an update on my toiletry products at Christmas and decided to try something new for my facial care regime. Rather than just face wipes and a face wash, I decided to opt for this facial cleanser from Burt's Bees and a toner from their collection to go with it too. The cleanser cost me £8.50 from Amazon for 121g. The cleanser comes in a yellow plastic squeezy tube with a screw lid on which it can stand.

        The key ingredient in this cleanser is orange oil which is 'obtained by expressing the cold, fresh peel of the orange tree'. The orange oil is said to cleanse and purify. It also contains olive oil and aloe vera to soothe, moisturise and condition. The cleanser is quite a natural product and is designed to not be as harsh as soaps and so prevent that tight after-feel that you can get with soap.

        To use, I wet my face slightly and then squeeze a little of the cleanser onto the tips of my fingers. The cleanser is orange in colour and very gel-like. It feels a little grainy too so is good for exfoliation of dead skin cells and livening up dull skin. It also has a really lovely scent of orange so feels really fresh and zingy. I then massage onto my skin in small, circular motions and it foams up slightly. Once my face is washed, I then rinse off with cool water and pat dry. I then usually follow up by using a toner and a moisturiser. I find that a small amount of product is adequate to cover my face as it does foam and spread quite well.

        Once rinsed off, my skin feels clean but not overly dry. There is certainly no tight skin feeling that soap can cause. I would definitely recommend the use of a moisturiser after this though as my skin does feel a little dry after use. My skin feels soft and looks good too - it definitely freshens it up a bit and brings it to life. My skin is quite sensitive too and this is very gentle on it and does not irritate it at all.
        For such a small tube of product, I thought that this was quite an expensive purchase when I bought it. Having used it, it does feel like a luxury product and a little does go a very long way so it is quite a decent purchase for the price. I would definitely recommend and I will purchase it again.

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          15.03.2012 18:06
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          Definitely recommended, great product

          I've never had perfect skin & only through trial & error I managed to find products suitable for my face that I stuck to religiously over the years and worked wonders. However, I noticed recently that my usual products weren't having the desired effect (possibly due to age, weather, who knows?).

          Anyway, I had a good look around at various products, did a skin review survey on a well known store's website (not sure if I'm allowed to name names) & this product seemed to be a top rater.

          It was slightly expensive but as my usual product was costing about the same amount anyway & I just wanted to get my skin back to a better condition, I bit the bullet & bought it.

          I started using it as soon as I received it & noticed a difference immediately. It smells great, the smell of oranges seems to perk me up in the morning. The gel does feel sticky going on but this didnt bother me at all. It smells lovely & as you apply it, it does feel warm as it's applied. I massaged the gel in & left only for 30 seconds or so, then rinsed off. It rinses off really easily, which is suprising considering the sticky feeling when you first apply it.

          My skin immediately felt a lot better. Instead of the dry, almost itchy feeling I was getting previously, my skin now felt soft & not irritable at all. After 3 days of using the product twice a day, my skin has started to also look brighter. It really feels like it removes all traces of my makeup & my makeup actually looks better when I do put it on.

          I would highly recommend this product, although you could do with looking around for cheaper prices & maybe see if any offers are on.

          But other than the price, I'd say to go ahead & buy it :)

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          30.01.2011 13:47
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          A lovely 100% natural facial cleanser.

          Burts Bees is a brand which I have really taken an interest in lately. They promote their products as being natural and this cleanser in fact is made of 100% natural ingredients. In the past the ingredients in a product have never really bothered me but lately I have begun to think about how many chemicals I really am applying to my skin every day. Thus began my trail run with Burts Bees and so far I am not looking back! The Burts Bees products are more expensive then the usual drugstore face brands, but I find that a tube of 125grams of this cleanser costing £10.20 from Boots usually lasts me around two months, which I am happy to pay all the while I can afford it!
          The first thing which attracted me to this cleanser was its divine smell! It smells strongly of oranges which is a scent I really love. For some reason I associate citrus scents with cleanliness so this product really appealed to me.The fact that the cleanser contains orange oil also means that it has antibacterial as well as mild ex-foliating properties due to the naturally occurring acids in the oil.

          The cleanser is quite thick in consistency and as you would expect is a deep orange colour. It is easily removed from the the tube it comes in by unscrewing the lid and squirting a small amount onto your hand. I particularly like the design of this packaging as the product stands upright with the screw top lid at the bottom meaning all product sits at the bottom by the lid. Once you have a small amount of cleanser on your hands it can then be massaged onto a damp face, be careful to avoid the eyes!
          The cleanser does not foam which at first made me feel like it wasn't doing its job, but once I managed to stop associating foam and bubbles with facial cleansers I realised that this was in fact doing a really good job at cleaning my skin! The product feels really gentle on the face disproving my slight concern that the orange oil might be too harsh. In fact the whole experience of using this cleanser is very enjoyable as the scent really wakes me up in the morning and the thick consistency of the product feels very luxurious.

          Once you are done massaging the product onto your face you can wash it off with a wash cloth or simply with warm water. I usually do the latter. It is important to note that this may feel like it is leaving a slight oily texture to the skin, but this seems to disappear very quickly and I think this actually adds to the moisturising properties of the product. There is no viable oil left on the skin and in fact it seems to do away with the build up of natural oils I am prone to in my t-zone.
          Since using this product I have noticed great improvement in my skins appearance, it appears clearer and I have hardly any trouble with spots. I generally use this cleanser in the morning so I cannot comment on its ability to remove make-up although the website states that it does this effectively as well. I do limit my use of this product to once a day in the morning, as I like to use another natural cleanser from yes to carrots in the evening which has ex-foliating beads in it.

          This product deserves the full 5/5 in my opinion!

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          07.04.2010 12:53
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          A great natural cleanser

          I love Burt's Bees products and really wanted a new face cleanser so when my current cleanser ran out it was the perfect opportunity to purchase a Burt's Bees cleanser. I spotted this one in the shop and the fact that its orange flavoured was enough to convince me as I love orange scented products!

          Burt's Bees are an American-based company, but their products are readily available in the UK. They pride themselves on creating products that are made with natural ingredients as far as possible, as well as packaging made from recycled materials, most of which can then be easily recycled again.


          ++INGREDIENTS++
          I prefer to use natural products as much as possible, and one thing I love about Burt's Bees is that they put a "natural bar" on their packaging. This is basically a small strip that tells you what percentage of that particular product is natural. In this case, the cleanser is 100% natural! This surprised me as it was the first Burt's Bees product I'd come across that managed 100%.

          The main ingredient in this is orange oil, which is a natural exfoliator, and glycerine which cleans and hydrates the skin.

          It is free from parabens and sulfates.


          ++PACKAGING++
          The cleanser comes in a 120g squeezy tube with a screw top lid, which dispenses the product effortlessly and as long as you don't squeeze too hard it's easy to control how much you get.

          The label on the front has three colours - yellow, red and black - and has some pencil style drawings of a couple of oranges. Opinion seems to generally be divided on the Burt's Bees packaging and I can see that it's either a love or hate thing. Personally I love it. It maybe doesn't look as expensive as the brand merits but I like the simplicity and the fun, quirky look of it.


          ++THE SMELL++
          It smells of fresh orange and is really sweet although not sickly. It reminds me of when you first peel an orange, and also a bit like orange marmalade. I like the smell because its all natural so doesn't smell synthetic at all.


          ++THE CLEANSER++
          Not only does it smell like orange marmalade, but it resembles it too. It's quite thick and gel like, and is a natural orange colour. It can be used on wet or dry skin and is meant to cleanse pores and remove make up without drying the skin.

          I prefer to use it on wet skin and just use a small amount as it goes quite far. On first impressions it seemed quite greasy and appeared to be absorbed into the skin. There was very little foam, which I am led to believe is characteristic of natural products as they don't have foaming agents added. I then washed it off with a wet flannel and was more than pleasantly surprised. My skin was wonderfully soft and smooth, and felt really clean and fresh. It didn't leave my face feeling greasy at all, which was what I expected. I've been using it for several months now and I do feel a noticeable difference on my face; the skin feels softer and I always feel as if I get a really good cleanse. I never need to exfoliate as I feel that this cleanser does that for me.

          A word of caution though - if you have oily skin this may not be for you as it does contain a lot of oils. I'm sure it would work wonders for dry skin though.


          ++PRICE AND AVAILABILITY++
          Available on the Burts Bee's website for £9.99 and at most stockists for various prices. It is quite pricey but in my opinion worth the money.


          ++CONCLUSION++
          The best cleanser I've used and although it's a bit pricey, it leaves your skin clean and soft so I would recommend it.

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            06.04.2010 23:38
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            I would not buy this

            I received this as a gift at Christmas and use it to take my make up off in the shower. I do use it to take my eye make up off but I am not sure if you are meant to!
            This product does smell very nice (do not buy if you do not like the scent of oranges obviously) it also feels a very nice consistancy, very soft and smooth. However I have 2 main issues with this cleanser. The first is the fact I feel it does not do a very good job of taking my make up off. I always have the urge to use a toner to check it has taken all my make up off. The second is the greasy feeling it leaves on my skin. I deffinately would not recommend if you have combination or greasy skin I think this will make it worse. Putting moisturiser on afterwards also compounds the issue.
            So in conclusion I would not buy this myself which is just as well as it is not cheap!

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            23.02.2010 17:18
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            Yet another absolutely fab product by Burts Bees - I wish I could buy their whole range!

            --What is it?--

            A completely natural facial cleanser from Burts Bees.

            Amongst others, it contains lots of goodies for nourishing your skin such as olive fruit oil, aloe vera, orange essence, and rosemary leaf extract.

            --How do you use it?--

            The usual routine: wet face, massage product gently all over avoiding eye areas and then rinse. Simple!

            --What is it like?--

            I was a bit dubious about it to start with as I am used to using artificial products that lather up. The texture of this cleanser is like an oily toothpaste. It is translucent orange in colour. A small pea-sized amount spreads out and covers the whole face.

            I was more than pleasantly surprised - I did not expect an oily non-lathering wash to remove all my make-up but it did and left my skin feeling really soft and not irritated at all. By the end of the tube (a sample size from a gift pack) I was left wanting more. I now use this face wash whenever my skin is sore and dry (which happens periodically).

            And to top it all, it smells really zingy - great for waking you up in the morning and for clearing your head.

            It has the usual easily-recognised yellow retro style packaging that looks great in the bathroom and of course; not tested on animals and environmentally ethical.

            You can buy a 120g tube from burtsbees.co.uk for £9.99 - they are currently running an offer for free P&P on orders over £50 and a free lip balm with every order over £25.

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            17.01.2010 16:05
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            An excellent facial cleanser.

            Burt's Bees Orange Essence Facial Cleanser with Orange Oil is just the facial cleanser you want if you want a real treat. I was given this by my daughter at Xmas this year and i absolutely love it. I have very sensitive skin and have to be very careful what i use on my face but this is just heaven in a tube.


            ~~~ Packaging ~~~

            The cleanser comes in a yellow tube with the cap at the bottom so it sits on the cap. The tube is made of a soft pliable plastic that is easy to squeeze, and has an attractive look about it.


            ~~~ Contents ~~~

            When opened the contents just smell wonderful, a rich orange fragrance that is almost good enough to eat. The cream is clear, very thick and a bit sticky, as you would expect from a face mask. A little seems to go a long way though as you rub it into your face and neck.


            ~~~ Directions ~~~

            "Wash hands and apply cleanser to wet or dry face and throat. With fingertips or wet wash cloth, massage gently into skin in a circular motion to loosen dirt and make-up. Rinse off or remove with a warm washcloth and pat dry. For best results follow with your favourite Burt's Bees exfoliant, toner and moisturiser."


            ~~~ Ingredients ~~~

            Vegetable glycerin, olive oil, orange oil, oat flour, lanolin, oat oil, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, vegetable oil and beta carotene, tocopherol (vitamin E), quillaja extract and rosemary leaf oil.


            ~~~ Cost ~~~

            I have seen this product at a variety of prices ranging from between £7 to about £12.00 and very recently seen it advertised at Amazon for £8.00 for the 4oz tube. For buying it direct go to www.burt'sbees.com


            ~~~ Opinion ~~~

            Well as i said i have only been using this since this Xmas but i cannot find a fault with it. It leaves your skin feeling very soft, smooth and silky and the smell from the cleanser stays on your skin for a long time afterwards.
            It leaves the skin feeling radiantly clean without feeling tight or abraded in any way. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good cleanser, especially those with sensitive skin as i have. I really like this product and would deffinatley buy it again when this runs out.

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              Orange Oil Cleanser

              This is yet another travel sized Burt's Bees product I got from a 'Head to Toe' kit I bought several months ago. I had been using Lush's Babyface cleanser, but found it left my skin feeling slightly greasy, so when it finally ran out, I decided to try this one.

              Burt's Bees are an American company and their products are mostly made from natural ingredients. This particular one says it is 100% natural on the front of the tube, however the website says 98.8% so either one of them is a misprint, or they have changed the formula recently.

              The cleanser comes in a yellow tube with a black and orange picture of an orange on it. Perhaps it's actually the colours rather than the design, but I can't help thinking it looks a bit dated - not in a cool retro way, more in a boring, ugly sort of way! Not only that, but the screw top cap makes it resemble a tube of toothpaste! I know it's the product inside that should really matter, but this is fairly expensive, and if I had paid the full price (£11.26) I wouldn't want people seeing it in my bathroom and thinking I'd got it from Poundland!

              The back of the tube tells me that this cleanser is award-winning, although what award it doesn't actually say. It also tells me that this cleanser will get rid of all traces of dirt, make-up and pollutants whilst moisturising and conditioning the skin. It also tells me that this is especially effective for normal - dry skin that is sometimes sensitive, which is exactly what I have, so I was expecting good things.

              The actual cleanser is an orange colour and is a strange consistency - almost like a very thick gel. As soon as you squeeze it out of the tube, you can smell the strong scent of the orange oil. It's a very authentic scent - very similar to when you first peel and orange.

              The product can be applied to wet or dry skin, but what I usually do, is wet my hands, apply a bit of this cleanser to my hands, rub them together, then apply to my face. You should massage it into the skin in circular motions, and I find that it doesn't exactly lather, but there is a little bit of froth.

              As the main ingredients are olive oil and orange oil, I had thought before I tried this that it might be a little bit greasy or oily on the skin, but that's not really the case. It just feels quite smooth and silky, and it rinses away very easily.

              The first time I used this, I had a full face of make-up, and I wasn't sure if it would get rid of all of it, but there was not one trace of make-up left on my skin after I used this cleanser. Even when I went to tone my skin afterwards, the cotton wool was clear, whereas usually there are at least a few traces of dirt or make-up that my cleanser has left behind, so I was very impressed.

              Another thing I was extremely impressed about, was the way my skin felt after using this. It was incredibly smooth in a way it never feels unless I've just exfoliated - which in this case I hadn't.

              My skin did look clean and fresh too, and slightly brighter, but I think that was probably down to the fact that this seems to get your skin really clean more than anything else.

              It said on the packaging that this would leave skin 'moisturised and conditioned'. I'm not really sure about conditioned - although it was very smooth, so perhaps that counts, but it was moisturised. I normally have quite dry skin, which is made worse by the cold weather, but having used this for around a week, my skin hasn't been as dry and feels a lot more moisturised.

              As I mentioned this costs £11.26 for a 123ml tube which is quite a lot for an everyday product. You don't need a huge amount per use, but I'm still not sure I could justify buying the full sized tube at that price. It can be purchased from Boots.

              So in conclusion, I would say that this is one of the best cleansers I have tried. It got my skin really clean, didn't dry it out, smells amazingly fruity and left it feeling lovely and smooth. Only downsides are the boring packaging, and it's a teeny bit expensive.

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                17.10.2008 19:19
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                a natural face cleanser

                I was eager to try my new facial cleanser from Burts Bees after reading the packaging and realising it contained orange. I love all citrus products especially when they're natural like all Burts Bees products are.

                Packaged in a tube with the screw lid at the bottom, this product is designed well and easy to open and use.
                The packaging demonstrates a burst of orange so you know what you're getting before opening the product.
                This cleanser claims to remove dirt and make up from your skin, and is obviously best used in conjunction with all their other beauty regime products. Well every company will tell you that, but for now I was happy testing out just the facial cleanser.

                Upon opening the tube, gorgeous aroma of orange wafts ups my nose almost instantly. My love of citrus made this a great start for me.
                The product advises to apply to wet or dry skin, but I always like to apply to wet skin. As I squeezed some of the thick gel like substance onto my hand, I got a true recognition of how jelly like this cleaner was. There was nothing liquidy about this cleanser.
                I massaged it into my face with both hands, and was suitably surprised to see it dissolve against my skin very well. This cleanser doesn't foam up as much as other cleansers I have used in the past, but you do get a light appearance of foam. The cleanser disappears very quickly as you massage it in.

                To remove from your skin you can either use a warm damp flannel or apply water directly, whichever suits you best. I tend to use the warm flannel option, but I do this because I always manage to get water up my nose when I splash onto my face. Also this product doesn't get soapy so a warm damp flannel will do a good job at removing all traces of the cleanser, without having to rinse the flannel a couple of times to make sure you have removed it all.

                The after effects of this cleanser were positive all round. I found my skin didn't feel taut like it does when I use soap products, and yet at the same it felt fresh and I could still smell the lovely aroma of oranges.
                Even a couple of hours after I use this in the mornings I can feel a difference in my skin. Soft isn't the word. I haven't come across a cleanser for a long time that makes my skin feel this good.

                As all Burts Bees products are natural, I was keen to find out what wasn't included, or how simple it was to make a product this good.
                Without going into an ingredients list, it appears that everything listed is easy to understand and each one is readable so I know there aren't any chemicals that can't be pronounced. Oils are a heavily featured ingredient, but a list can be found from myburtsbees.co.uk if you do wish to know.

                This cleanser isn't cheap and that's the down fall. A 4.34 oz tube will cost £11.50. You don't need much for each application but using twice a day it won't last much longer than a few weeks I wouldn't have thought. It's worth it for me though as it makes my skin feel great.

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                31.05.2008 14:22
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                A great, very natural cleanser for most skin types

                UPDATE: This is still my favoutirte cleanser, and is still £12.50. The Burts bees range has become more easily available now, and is even being sold in places such as John Lewis, which is great!

                I've tried looooooooooads of different cleansers in my time, but this one is definitely the bees knees (!) I like the ethics of the company too. You can read about it on other reviews or on Wikipedia. I originally got the cleanser in a starter pack, but I've now got the full size. It costs around £12.50 which seems quite expensive, but you don't need to use much.

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                The cleanser itself is a sort of greasy orangey coloured gel with a delicious orange aroma. There are directions on the container about how to apply it. I just gently rub it onto wet skin and rinse it off - nothing fancy!.

                Before I used this cleanser, I had problem skin - I always had spots. When I used this cleanser, it had immediate effects. My skin felt smooth and clean and it still has the same effects now. I only get spots when I don't eat properly or am under stress. It doesn't leave a residue on the skin either but it does leave a slight aroma, which I love.

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                Basically, you get a large plastic tube about 80mm tall (a sort of toothpaste tube shape) inside a cardboard box. It has a screw top lid. The packaging is good because it doesn't take up too much room, it's easy to control how much to dispense and it's not prone to falling over, like some other tubes. To go travelling, I would use the travel size (available in the starter pack - I don't think you can buy the travel size individually, except maybe on ebay?) or transfer it into a smaller container.

                The front of the tube says 'Burt's Bees orange essence facial cleanser with orange oil', 4.34 oz (123g) and states that it's 98.8% natural. The back of the tube tells you the benefits of the cleanser, directions on how to use it, ingredients, contact details for the company and states that the cleanser is not tested on animals.

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                The back of the cleanser details that it 'gently removes all traces of dirt, oil, make up and pollutants'. To remove make up, I've found it best to use a cleansing wipe and then wash my face with the cleanser. You probably could just use the cleanser on cotton wool to remove make up but I'd rather not 'waste' any!

                My skin has improved dramatically in the last few years since I've been using a cleanse, tone and moisturise routine. I use this cleanser, triple rose water as a toner and either almond oil, jojoba oil or a moisturiser that is as natural as possible and has a good spf.

                To try the range of Burt's Bees products, it may be useful to buy one of the travel packs (I bought the head to toe starter pack, which was about £15. There are other travel sized packs with the cleanser in them, though)

                I would recommend this cleanser to everyone! The ingredients are not only natural, they also seem to be gentle and well balanced so as not to irritate the skin or clog it up. Some people may not like the greasy feel of it, though.

                So, three cheers for Burt!!!

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              • Product Details

                How it Works; Wash away impurities and get to the essence of natural beauty. Formulated with an all-natural, plant-based cleansing complex, this sulfate-free facial cleanser gently cleans pores to remove make-up and other impurities without overdrying skin. Both uplifting and calming, the zesty oil of fresh oranges, a natural exfoliator, is balanced with glycerin to leave skin clean, hydrated and refreshed.