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I am a big fan of the Burts Bees range and after trying out their facical wash a few months ago I decided to try out their face scrub. I try and incorporate exfoliating my face into my skincare regime about twice a week and have been really enjoying using this product as I find it leaves my skin really smooth.
The thing I admire most about the Burts Bees range is their devotion to creating products which contain natural ingredients, this facial scrub is 99.95% natural and contains ground almonsd, oats and pecans along with rose petals which give the exfoliating properties, whilst the orange and grapefruit oils cleanses away any dirt or makeup still remaining on the skin. The scent of this product is slightly sweet and I actually find that this ironically enough doesn't smell too much of citrus, however I still like the scent.
This product is different to other exfoliants I have used as it is not simply used straight out of the tub, but must be mixed with a small amount of water first to create more of a paste consistency. This is actually pretty hassle free as you can just do this in the palm of your hand whilst in the shower. I then apply the paste to my face and massage it gently, this product isnt harsh but it is definitely one which feels slightly gritty and so I dont scrub too forcefully As usual you need to avoid applying this product near to your eyes.
This product rinses away easily with water and leaves my skin soft and smooth which I love. I don't find that this dehydrates my skin either as some other exfoliators have in the past. Overall I love this product and cannot fault it, the only thing which may be slightly offputting is the price as this currently retails at £10.99, although it can be found online slightly cheaper. The tub will last a good few months though I find, as not much is needed for each application.
Having sensitive skin, I am often left in a quandary as which products I can use on my skin without causing any further irritations and my options are limited as to what I can and cannot use. One of the reasons I tend to opt for Lush every time is because no product has ever irritated my skin. A friend of mine who is a qualified beautician also finds herself in the same situation as me, but she hates Lush, disgraceful in my opinion, and she suggested that I tried some of the Burt's Bee's products which are readily available and kind to the skin and seen as though she had no problems with using their products then I shouldn't either.
My local pharmacy sells the entire range of Burt's Bees products, not something I have ever noticed before probably because I've never looked properly, but I did find myself looking at the Citrus Facial Scrub of which they had a small trial sized pot for £1.99. Always up for a bargain I quickly purchased the scrub and went home to try it.
I have to admit I wasn't aware of Burt's Bee's products until the recommendation to me nor had I ever used anything from their range. Research says that they were born in 1984 when the company got into selling beeswax candles and by 1989 they had grown as a company and began to make cosmetics, starting with soaps and perfumes and today they sell over 150 plus products around the world. Like many companies within this market they use as much natural ingredients as they possibly can and most of the packaging is created from recycled materials as far as possible. You can now find products from Burt's Bee's for your lips, face, body, hair, hands and feet, for men and for babies to name but a few, so there is definitely something for everyone.
I've mentioned on many occasions that living in London does play havoc with your skin. I am not someone who has an issue with spots, I've always been lucky in that respect but I do suffer from patches of dry skin on my cheeks and forehead which can be a pain to shift and whilst I know I can combat it, I tend to stick to the same products and sometimes it is nice to have a bit of a change.
Burt's Bees Citrus facial Scrub is usually sold for £8.95 and for that you get a glass tub weighing 0.2kg. The tub itself is a slightly off yellow colour and the lid which is a brighter yellow has the company name Burt's Bee's clearly written in orange along with the name of the product, so you definitely are aware of which product you have purchased.
The Citrus Facial scrub itself promises to gently exfoliate and leave the skin clean, clear and moisturized. When I removed the lid from the tub inside was an off white thick cream inside which smelt absolutely delightful of almonds and oranges and the smell was clearly distinctive and that is mainly sue to the ingredients within which it contains.
With any exfoliating product there has to be one ingredient which is responsible for the removal of dry, dead skin cells and different products use different options. Burt's Bee's have chosen to use quite a mixture of ingredients within this product. For the exfoliant there is a mixture of ground oats, almonds and pecans which are not harsh on the skin when used, they are ground down into a fine sand like texture and mixed within the cream, they provide very gentle exfoliation and can be used on all types of skin. Then to look after your skin as it is being exfoliated there is Sweet Almond Oil which helps to protect the surface of the skin whilst soothing and softening it. In this type of product an oil such as this is important because the oil gradually soaks into the skin to protect it. Next we have Rose Oil which is used to moisturise and hydrate the skin and help keep it feeling soft and smooth. For anyone who has dry skin, this oil is known for helping to soothe dry, irritated skin. Finally there is Orange and grapefruit oils help to detoxify the skin and within this product it helps to remove any traces of dirt , makeup and other harmful things left behind after cleansing to leave you with soft, smooth, free breathing skin.
For a further list of ingredients, they can be found on the Burt's Bee's products or on the webpage.
When it comes to using this cream it is relatively easy to do. Whenever I use a product like this I always wash my face beforehand to remove any surface dirt to allow the exfoliating cream to work deeper into my skin. Then I always put some water within my sink basin which isn't hot, it needs to be slightly warm and then using a small blob on this cream, no bigger than a 50p piece, onto your palm and then mix with some of the water to form a paste, but don't make it too runny. The cream itself is quite a thick texture. Once you have made your paste massage in gentle circular motions over your face but make sure that you avoid your eyes (because it does sting). As you are rubbing the cream round your face you should feel a slight roughness but not an uncomfortable feeling on your skin as the dead skin is removed. Once you feel you have finished you simply rinse the cream from your face and then using clean, warm water re-wash your face to ensure all traces of the mixture have been removed and pat your face dry.
With my face having dry patches I was quite interested to see how a non-Lush product with deal with it. I have had no problems with using anything from Lush and the soaps and face masks that I use always work, but because I had run out of my usual products I needed something to use in the meantime. I have to say I was impressed with this face scrub, immediately after patting my face dry and touching my cheeks I could feel an instant difference, there was no sign of any dry skin whatsoever and my skin did feel very soft and smooth to the touch and I could still smell the almond oil and orange but it wasn't too overpowering.
Since buying Burt's Bee's Citrus facial Scrub I have used it 4 times now and my little pot is now almost empty, so it does last for quite a long time and I have since invested in a larger pot which costs £8.95 for a 2oz tub.
Overall I was really impressed with this product, it is something I will definitely keep in my cupboard or on my shelf for emergencies should I run out of my favourite products because it is definitely a good back-up product to use and because the container that I have is relatively small it is great to carry around in your cosmetic bag should you need a quick pick me up or if you are going away for a few days and don't want to be carrying a lot of other products around with you.
Oh I am so sick of having teenage skin at my age! Teenage skin with mid thirties wrinkles beginning to show. I am so depressed....sigh. I will have gone from acne to sharpei puppy with no period of glowing, line free skin in the middle. It's not fair.
My situation is not uncommon I am sure, but there are bugger all products available to cater for people who want to get rid of wrinkles AND spots at the same time. It's disheartening. So, with this in mind, I have tried and tested LOADs of skin care products over the years. I have tried cheapo stuff, premium brand stuff and herbal stuff. Clinique works for a bit, then I go spotty again; Anne French works then I go spotty again. I have used nearly everything and the one thing that I have started with recently that really has cleared up my spots as well as leaving my skin yummy and moisturised is this facial scrub.
The 2oz glass jar is heavy and tactile but the cardboard packaging is a bit old fashioned. The product is solid and thick, this is not your ususal facial scrub! It doesn't sqeeze out. You twist off the metal lid and the smell of Christmas Cake reaches you. In my opinion and contrary to what you expect from the name, this does not smell citrussy at all. The smell is the only thing that I don't like because I don't like Christmas Cake. Still, the smell doesn't stay on your skin when you have rinsed off so it's not really a problem.
**How To Use**
You scoop a little amount out into your hand. I find that a scoop about the size of a grape is sufficient. Wet your face, then mix the scrub with some warm water in your hands and off you go. Scrub your whole face, avoiding eye area and then rinse off with warm water, pat your skin dry.
orange peel oil,
grapefruit seed extract,
clove powder (you can see why it smells of Christmas cake!) Vitamin E,
rosemary extract and fragrance.
It advertises itself as 99.94% natural. I'm not arguing with that!
There is no sratching with this product, the exfoliation comes from oats, so your skin isn't aggravated and prompted to produce more sebum. There is citrus oil to clarify and surprisingly there is no honey. The swet almond oil is a major ingredient. It is a lovely experience when you have dried your face and it feels as though you have already moisturised. After three days of daily use I noticed that my spots were clearing up and as yet they have not returned. (Looks up, crosses fingers and applies for job as supermodel) My wrinkles are only tiny as yet (splutter!) and I know that you can't really get rid of them, but if your skin is this hydrated it can only be helping.
This product is superb and I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone and any skin type. It cost me £9 from John Lewis in the Trafford Centre, this is about average price unless you look online at Ebay.
Ground almonds, oats and pecans are blended with rose petals to provide gentle exfoliation in this luscious facial scrub thats mild enough for daily use on all skin types / Orange and grapefruit oils help naturally remove traces of dirt and makeup left behind after cleansing, and sweet almond oil and glycerin moisturize your skin.