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I really have mixed feelings about this product. I like to try things from the Burt's Bees brand due to the natural ingredients and because I love their lip balm tubes, however I have been finding their products are very hit and miss.
I use a lot of hand cream and I like to quickly put some on after I wash my hands or whenever I feel like it throughout the day. This means I usually prefer my handcream to be quickly absorbed so I can get on with what I am doing without being hindered by greasy, sticky hands. The Burt's Bees almond milk hand cream does not fit that description at all! However, I have to admit it does work very well at moisturising.
=== Packaging ===
This does not come in a tube like most hand creams, but in a chunky glass jar with a screw top. This looks quite nice and intrigued me when I first saw it. Due to the very thick consistency of the cream, I think it is more suited to a jar because it could be very difficult to squeeze it out of the tube, but I don't think a glass jar is the most practical. I definitely wouldn't carry this out with me in my hand bag due to the risk of breaking it. I find application from the jar is okay, but the cream can really get under my finger nails when I am scraping a bit out. On the plus side, I suppose I will be able to scrape every last bit out at the end if I want.
=== Use ===
The first thing I notice about this cream is how thick it is. I would say it is almost like a creamy paste, but it is not completely smooth, somehow it has a certain chunkiness to it. It is fairly easy to spread over the hands and rub in as it is not too hard or stiff and does soften on contact with my skin. Annoyingly it does not sink into the skin easily at all. Once I have spread it over my hands I am left with them glistening with grease! They feel so oily and sticky as the hand cream very very slowly starts to work its way into the skin. There is absolutely no question of getting straight back on with what I was doing. The greasy fingers leave marks on paper so it is definitely not one to keep on your desk at work. You even have to be careful when reading a book straight after applying it!
The second thing that is really noticeable is the smell. I normally love almond scents, especially some of the Body Shop almond oil products which just smell gorgeous, so that is one reason why I was attracted to this "almond milk" hand cream. Unfortunately this cream smells gross! Something about it is very unappealing. I am not sure what it is, but it just smells a bit weird... I think it is slightly too sweet and definitely not what I was expecting. Sometimes I feel a bit sick if I smell this!
Due to these issues, I only use this hand cream on quite rare occasions and I just put it on before bed, leaving it to absorb while I sleep. I have to admit that it does a good job of moisturising. As the cream is so intense and oily, I think it would be really good and work well even on very dry or rough hands. It softens well and is effective. I would regard it as a kind of overnight intensive hand treatment rather than a normal hand cream.
=== Over all ===
Despite the fact it does work, I wouldn't buy this again. I don't need such an intensive hand cream anyway, as my hands are not especially dry and I already have other hand creams which work effectively and give results while actually being pleasant to use. The grease and smell are enough to put me off this one.
I often find that I get very dry hands, particularly in winter, so having some hand cream in my desk drawer is a must. I have a little pot of Burt's Bees Almond Milk & Beeswax Hand Crème which came as part of a "sample" gift set of travel sized items. It is in a dinky glass pot with a screw on lid.
The crème itself is a kind of cream colour. The first few times I used it I found that it seemed quite solid and hard to get enough out of the pot, but this has stopped and now it is much softer and easier to use. Perhaps I was keeping it in a cold place. I don't use too much of the crème in one go, just enough to rub into my palms and fingers.
Until you actually start rubbing the crème into your hands, you don't really notice the scent. Then it hits you quite hard. Almond Milk & Beeswax sounds quite pleasant, but this is overpowering and not very nice. I can't say what it smells of; presumably it is Almond Milk & Beeswax, but it is quite a sickly scent, not at all what I expected. I thought it would be similar to the Body Shop's Almond range, but it isn't like that at all. Then again, that is almond and this is almond milk. The scent is very strong as you apply the crème, but it does fade after a short while. Once it has faded, it is still discernible, and still not terribly nice, but it is faint so not too bad.
Scent aside however, this is a good hand crème on the whole. I find it takes a bit of effort to rub it into your skin, and that if you don't ensure it is fully absorbed you'll end up with greasy fingerprints on your computer keyboard. As long as you rub it in completely, it does a very good job of moisturising dry skin. Not only that, but you can feel the soft effects for a long time afterwards - it doesn't wear off and require reapplication. For example, I used the hand crème two hours ago, and I don't expect to need to reapply it until after I wash my hands.
However, with the going rate for a full size pot being around £9, I'm not sure it's something I would buy again. Yes it is very effective, but I'm sure there are hand creams out there which are just as effective and smell nicer, and perhaps even for a cheaper price. I like my little pot of Burts Bees Almond Milk & Beeswax Hand Crème, but I expect when it's finished, I won't have more.
A little bit about the product
Burt's Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Crème is a super emollient for keeping hands smooth, soft and protected from the elements. Hands which are exposed to heat, sun, cold, dirt and things like cleaning products, washing up liquid, etc are one of the first parts of the body to show aging. Moisture loss is also a big contributor to the aging of the skin, and you nourish your face daily - so you should extend that to your hands. Its not just about treatment either, prevention is better than cure as the old saying goes. The crème is available online from the Burt's Bees store, from Boots and other online stores. The product is almost 100% natural.
Packaging / Price
The product comes in the nicest glass jar with a cream coloured screw top lid, it looks very apothecary, and omits the red and yellow colours of most Burt's Bees products. The lid is embellished with black print and a picture of a bull, capturing the essence of this crème; for 'hard working' hands. It costs £9 for 57g.
Sweet almond oil, water, beeswax, carrageenan, aloe barbadensis gel, kaolin (natural clay), grapefruit seed extract, sodium borate (natural borax), glucose, glucose oxidase & lactoperoxidase (sugar & natural enzymes), tocopherol (vitamin E), fragrance
Application / Usage
You only need to use a tiny bit, as with lots of the other Burt's Bees products I have sampled, it is super rich with natural ingredients and so a smidge suffices for regular moisturising. It is good to use this product after washing as it provides a barrier against the elements - and when you next come to wash your hands, you will still be able to feel how moisturised your hands are.
Value for money
As you only need such a small amount, I would say that £9 represents good value, with the frequency I have used it, the amount I have used and the amount left, I guess it will last around 6 months.
I usually use Avon Glycerin Hand Cream as my usual regular daily after washing hand cream. Largely because it is excellent value for money and non greasy. In addition to my regular daily moisture, I also use the Body Shop Almond Hand Rescue Treatment, as a twice weekly overnight treatment with moisture gloves. That costs £9 for double the size of the Burt's Bees product, but as I was running low and I was bought this product for Christmas, I have allowed it to replace my Body Shop alternative. I couldn't use the Burt's Bees product for a daily regular moisturiser as it is so rich it is just too heavy and greasy for my daily requirements - I can't cope with greasy hands when I am typing and using my mouse, it makes me feel like they're dirty. So, as I say, I use it overnight twice a week. I am absolutely delighted with the results. The first thing I will tell you about is the smell. When you open the screw top lid on the jar the almond smell is overpowering, like marzipan - but once you have applied it, your hands are much more subtly fragranced with the lush almond scent.
I start by scrubbing my nails and hands with a nail brush, ensuring they are absolutely spotless and then I apply the crème quite thickly, so that it isn't properly absorbed. A small amount would absorb pretty quick, but still leaving your hands slightly greasy. I put it on thick and then put on my moisture gloves. In the morning when I wake, my hands are plump and nourished, non greasy with a delicate almond fragrance. The crème contains Almond Oil which is a medium weight oil and an extremely good emollient, for skin, hair and nails because of the naturally occuring vitamin D. It forms a barrier against moisture loss, and also increases absorption of the other ingredients, including the vitamin E, which is an essential in skin care to protect against aging. I think that the product is perfect for once / twice a week treats, which will make it last a long time, meaning it wont seem like such a splurge when you purchase it, more an investment; I am only 25 and I am already protecting against aging, partly because I don't want to be too wrinkly, but mainly because I am so concerned about looking tired and damaging my skin by not looking after it carefully. I always think about beauty reviews that the main question you should ask is would I recommend this to my best friend - and the answer is yes, I tell everyone about how nice my hands look and feel since I have been using it. Sorry Body Shop, I wont be returning!
I am a huge fan of Burts Bees lip Balm so thought I would experiment with other products of theirs. My husband bought me a gift set and in it contained Burts Bees Almond Milk, Beeswax Hand Creme.
Anyway it has been sitting on my shelf for a while unopened and due to the cold weather I have become very conscious of my dry hands so opened it this morning.
Quite frankly this is the worst hand creme I have ever used, it smells repulsive, I can't describe it exactly, but it reminds me of hospitals, it's a strange medicinal kind of smell. It is also extremely difficult to rub in to the skin and I ended up washing it off.
The plus side of this cream is it's 98% natural and comes in a kitsch little round jar with a screw top lid and the packaging is very appealing. Having said that I will definitel not be using this again, once has certainly been enough for me, so instead I will pass it on to someone else.
Burt's Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Crème:
This is yet another of my mini Burt's Bees products that I got in a gift pack a while a go. This one has my favourite smell but I'll tell you more about that later.
As some of you will know I love Burt's Bees and I could simply rave about them for ages; I will however show some restraint and simply tell you how they use fabulous natural ingredients like honey and beeswax and they care about the environment too. Check out their website at www.burtsbees.com; it is very cool and a very interesting site to read.
Now some of you don't like the smell of almonds; if this is you step away from the hand crème now, in fact keep away from anyone who has applied this in the 24 hours. This hand crème smells of marzipan; I love it and will happily sniff myself when I am wearing this as marzipan is one of my favourite things - ever! When I first smelled this I literally did a dance of joy, such was my delight at finding a way to smell like marzipan 24-7! Luckily the other half loves marzipan too and so this crème has induced many a snuggle which is a good thing in my book!
The crème has a bit of a weird texture, I think it's a lot like lip balm and I am sure that has a lot to do with the beeswax. It doesn't absorb too quickly, (like a lot of Burt's products), but I don't mind as I generally use this at night so I wake up with beautifully smooth hands!
The packaging as ever is lovely. Burt's Bees products do have a distinctive style; a kind of folksy chic that I can't get enough of. This particular product comes in a glass pot with a metal lid, (re-usable and recyclable). I have to admit I struggled to think of a use for the empty pots but I decided to use them for pouring glitter or embossing powder into from my card making. You always get excess and sometimes, if you are using more than one colour, you don't want to pour the mixed colours back into the original pots so this will be very useful. I'm sure most people can think of a use for these cute little pots.
This crème contains, (amongst other things), sweet almond oil, beeswax, aloe, grapefruit seed extract and clay and is 98% natural. There are none of the usual chemical nasties so this should be good for most people with sensitive skin.
This always leaves my hands smooth and soft and I love the way it makes my hands smell! I also use this on any particularly bad, dry areas on the rest of my body like elbows etc and one application usually does the trick.
This costs £8.81 for a 2 ounce pot from www.myburtsbees.com.
I can't recommend this enough, (unless you are an almond hater), it does what it's supposed to, lasts ages and smells amazing.
I always like to keep some hand cream in my bag, especially in the colder months as my hand feel very dry after doing things such as washing up, or washing my hands too often at work.
The Burts Bees Almond milk beeswax hand cream has been a fixture in my bag for a while now, and, although it wouldn't be my hand cream of choice due to the flavour of almonds, it has served a good purpose for my hands.
The hand cream comes in a glass pot with a screw lid. It's packaged well and classically done. It's not the most practical to carry around in your bag, but I have a trial size as well so this one is perfect.
It's designed simply with minimum labelling and frills. The whole colour looks like an almond as the cream can be seen through the clear glass, and the lid is matched almost perfectly to the colour of the hand cream
At £9 for a 2oz tub, it's not the cheapest available, but the contents are 98% natural according to Burts Bees and for this reason it makes the product worth spending that little more on.
There is a strong smell of almonds when you open the pot, and it will remind you a lot of marzipan which of course contains almonds.
The cream is a very thick substance unlike many other hand creams, and you really don't need more than a small scoop from the pot.
As you apply this to your hands, I find you have to rub quite vigorously to get all the cream to work into your hands. It has a sticky after feel to it but I think this is due to the bees wax in the ingredients.
My fault with this hand cream is that it takes a long time to completely sink into your skin and if you try to do things too soon after you wont find your hands slip as such, but more leave a residue on what you touch.
The after effects for this hand cream are long lasting however and your hands will feel smooth and slightly soft to the touch. I wouldn't recommend re applying this too often as you won't get anything done.
I'm not a huge fan of the almond smell as I mentioned but this hand cream doesn't hold its smell for too long once applied to the skin. In fact the smell will be gone before the cream has on your hands.
This would be a good hand cream to apply at night so it has a good chance to soak in before interfering with anything you need to do.
Amongst other things this hand cream contains sweet almond oil, beeswax and water. There is some vitamin E hiding in there as well as other bits and pieces.
I don't think I'll be buying another pot of this as I don't feel like the price reflects against the wait for your hands to be grease free.
I recently bought a kit containing lots of travel size Burt's Bees products, as it was a brand I had wanted to try for ages, and I thought it would be a good way to get a feel of the range. One of the products in the kit, was their Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Crème.
This product comes in a round glass jar with a cream/off-white screw top lid which (bizarrely) features a picture of a cow! I guess it's something to do with the fact it contains milk or a milk enzyme to be exact (Lactoperoxidase). The little pot is very rustic looking and quite cute, despite being fairly plain.
One thing I like about Burt's Bees products, is that they are made with mostly natural ingredients, and most of the products display what percentage of them is natural on the packaging. This particular one is 98% natural. I won't bore you with a full ingredients list (but if you're really interested you can find it on the Burt's Bees website), I will however give a quick rundown of the main ingredients and what their benefits are on the skin....
-Sweet Almond oil: This is not only moisturising and rich in vitamin D, but can help protect the surface of the skin and keep it youthful, making it great for use on the hands, as the skin on the hands ages faster than that on the rest of the body
-Beeswax: Like the majority of Burt's Bees products this contains beeswax. Beeswax is not only renowned for it's skin softening properties, but creates a protective barrier which protects the skin against the elements, again, making it an ideal ingredient for hand creams.
-Aloe Barbadensis leaf juice: More commonly known as Aloe Vera, this is a great moisturiser, and is especially good for dry skin.
-Lactoperoxidase: I have already mentioned that this is an enzyme found in milk, but it has antimicrobial and antioxidant properties.
So getting back to the crème....on unscrewing the lid, I took a sniff of the product. Now, many of the Burt's Bees products contain beeswax, and to be perfectly honest, it's not really a smell that I'm all that keen on, but I can put up with it. This however, smelled horrible! I couldn't really place the smell - I could definitely detect the almond in there, but it was also very sweet and I didn't like the overall smell at all. I asked a few people what they thought it smelled of, and the overwhelming answer was marzipan (which obviously makes sense as it contains almond oil), I actually quite like the smell of marzipan, and think this is a lot sweeter. There also was quite a mixed reaction with some people (like me) saying it was vile and another few saying it was really nice, which sort of makes me think that it's probably one of those 'you either love it or you hate it' sort of things - smell wise anyway.
The crème is a sort creamy-white colour, and very thick, so I initially found it quite hard to get any out of the jar, and when I did it got under my nails, which I hate. As it is such a thick consistency, the first time I used it I found it difficult to rub in to my hands, and I actually seemed to be dragging the skin on the back of my hands to apply it, which I don't imagine could be doing them much good.
I since read on the Burt's Bees website, that it is recommended that you use this crème after washing your hands. I imagine this information would be written on the full size jar, but as mine's so small I don't think there's really room for much else once the ingredients have been listed! I don't know why applying this after washing your hands makes so much difference, but it really does. When my hands have been recently washed, I find that the crème is much easier to apply and will rub in with minimal effort.
Unfortunately I have found that the crème takes quite a long time to sink into the skin, possibly something to do with how thick it is. It also leaves quite a greasy film on my hands which isn't ideal. I had initially planned to take this to work with me, as my half-size pot is an ideal size for my handbag, but as I have to type a lot at work, it's not really practical if my hands are going to be very greasy. What I have started doing instead, is applying the crème before I go to bed. I find this way, I don't have to worry about getting a greasy layer on everything I touch (except my sheets perhaps, but even then I haven't found that it's stained). It also means that I don't have to walk around and put up with the smell!
I have been using this for about a week and a half now, and I must admit, my hands have never been so soft. I normally have quite dry hands, but I wake up every morning to find that my hands feel smooth and moisturised. I also think the appearance of my hands has improved, it's hard to describe, but they sort of look brighter! It's probably because they're usually quite dried out, but they do look a lot healthier since I've been using this product.
This cream costs £9.00 for a 2 oz (57g) jar, and can be bought from www.hqhair.com. That may sound a bit expensive compared to a lot of high street brands, but the jar I got in my kit is only .25oz, which is and eighth of the full size and after a week and a half's use, I've still got about a quarter left, so I would say that the full size would probably last quite a while.
So to conclude, all I can say, is that I have very mixed opinions on this product. In terms of moisturising and leaving my skin soft and supple, this is probably one of the best hand creams I have ever used. However, if you factor in the overly sweet almond scent, I wouldn't be anywhere near so positive. I really can't put up with the smell, and I also find the crème a bit too thick for my liking. I know Burt's Bees also do a Banana Beeswax hand crème which I am interested to try some time, but I don't think I could buy this particular one again because the smell of it is far too sickly! If you like almond/marzipan scents though, I would suggest this is definitely worth trying.
Considering all that your hands are exposed to every day, it's not surprising that the skin on your hands ages eight times faster than the skin on your face / Sweet almond oil, aloe and vitamin E help keep them soft and smooth / This 100% natural hand cream has a sweet fragrance that makes it a favorite of everyone from moms to mechanics /