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      12.02.2013 18:03
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      Time consuming to use but effective nontheless.

      I'm reviewing a pot of Burts Bees Hand Salve that came with a gift set. The product I'm reviewing is a smaller 8.5g version whilst the product is usually available as an 85g tub. However, despite the difference in size the actual content is exactly the same. The product comes in a recyclable metal tin or tub. It has a lid that just presses on and which you can prize off easily with your fingernails or fingertips so long as you don't press it down too hard. The illustration on the tin is rather alarming to me. It shows a picture of a man who looks a little bit like a crazy tramp. At first I thought he was wearing a beard of buzzing bees but on closer inspection his hair is simply matted. He is a scary figure to be advertising the hand salve but he does have a kind of rustic look that suits this brand. Burts Bees is a company that uses natural ingredients. They are very environmentally aware and create products that will have the least harmful impact on the environment as possible. The brand are loyal supporters of the British Beekeepers Association Adopt a Hive Scheme and sell one product from which some of the profit is given to this charity. This hand salve product is certified with the not tested on animals official stamp and is also marked as having natural ingredients (an official stamp on the bottom which looks like a leaf). Although ingredients aren't printed on my small tin there is some information on the Burts Bees website about what goes into the salve. It seems that olive oil is a main ingredient of the product. Beeswax and sunflower seed oil are also in the salve. The salve looks a sunny yellow in all the online photos I've seen but it's actually a greyish vaseline colour. It's like a hard greasy wax, reminiscent of a kind of boot polish or lip balm. The salve has a very distinctive smell which reminds me of medicinal treatments. I would not describe the fragrance of the salve as being at all pleasant. In fact it smells like those deep heat creams you get or a muscle rub. To use the salve you have to rub your finger over the surface of the waxy substance. This allows the substance to melt slightly with the heat of your finger. Even so, only a small amount comes off onto your finger. This small amount only covers a square inch or so of skin so you have to keep dabbing the salve and reapplying the product to your hands. It's a little time consuming and requires much more effort than a simple squeeze out of a tube hand cream. The salve is quite greasy at first and makes your skin look shiny and oily. However, it does seem to dry up a little bit after application is complete. It makes your skin look brighter and more healthy. It also makes your skin feel softer and more supple. On dry cracked parts of the skin, for instance around my fingernails where I sometimes find my skin peels back the salve is helpful in easing the irritation. However, I find that it is difficult to get complete coverage and even coverage because of how difficult it is to apply. I have therefore given up trying to cover my entire hands back to front and just stick with my knuckles and any sore parts. Consequently I'm not getting what I hoped to get from a hand salve product. What I have discovered is that as long as you apply this well it's a great product to use during the colder months. The harsh winds have been drying out my hands but this product allows my hands to stay protected for longer. I really support Burts Bees as a company and I think this product actually works well. The only problem I have is the application process. If you want to take time to pamper your hands and to spend some real time applying this to your hardworked fingers then this might be a perfect product for you. However, I like to be able to quickly apply something that will make the skin on my hands feel softer throughout the day. I find myself getting irritated when I try to apply this and that is not a great feeling when you are simply trying to look after your skin. I therefore wouldn't choose to buy this again but I'd risk giving it as a gift to a pal to see if they liked it. www.burtsbees.co.uk

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      29.07.2012 20:28
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      A good salve that works well but is more for intense use than every day moisturising

      Burts Bees Hand Salve I like Burts bees products because of their natural nature. They do quite a wide range of beauty products including body lotions, lip balms and hand creams. This particular hand salve is one I decided to try recently as I happened to spot it when buying something else, and it sounded nice. The Brand Burts Bees is a brand selling beauty products that are as natural as possible without compromising the product. This means that a good 50% plus of their products are 100% natural while the rest are maybe 99% natural. Now to my mind this is a great compromise as it means they're saying look, we know this works waaay better if we include this, and it's not natural, but there we go. On the other hand, this one works fine without anything extra added so we haven't added anything extra that's not natural They also support the bees! Now how can a company which actively goes out of its way to support the bees be bad I ask you! The Product This hand salve comes in a small tin and is quite pricy at £10 for 85g. Having said that, it's not like a hand cream where you use a lot, so a tiny amount does go a long way and it does last quite well. Let me tell you a bit more... Burts Bees Hand Salve is made from a variety of botanical herbs and oils, along with beeswax, and it's designed to moisturise dry rough hands. It's gentle enough that you can use it as much as you want, but is well designed so that I've personally found that you don't need to. Its base is made from a mix of sweet almond oil, olive oil, and beeswax, and then it has a great mixture of things like rosemary, eucalyptus, lavender, and sunflower seed oils in it so that it not only smells great, but is really good for your hands too. When you open the little round tin, you've got a hard wax balm inside which you need to scrape a little of out with your finger - personally I do this with the back of my fingernail as it's quite a firm consistency. Pop it onto the palm of your hand and then start to rub your hands together. As you rub your hands together, the balm melts and begins to be absorbed into the skin. Using this is a bit more like rubbing in a massage oil into your hands than rubbing in a lotion. It takes time to use. This isn't a quick fix between jobs sort of hand cream, it's one where you want to sit down and use it while you're watching your favourite soap on TV or something so you have the time to really rub it in well and give it a chance to get to work. The Smell The smell that you get from this as you work it into your skin (I find it brilliant around my nails particularly by the way), is quite a herby one. This makes it very much more unisex than most hand lotions and creams are I think, and my husband is always happy to use a little of this after he's scrubbed his hands after doing a DIY job for example. A Couple More Thoughts I would say you can think of this more like a once or twice a week treatment for your hands the same way you might use a hot oil on your hair occasionally rather than every time you wash your hair for example. It's an intense treatment rather than the quick fix of your every day hand cream. This isn't one of Burts Bees best products, but I think it's one I may well buy again. It's lovely and natural, leaves my hands feeling really soft and well cared for, and is a great way of giving yourself a bit of pampering at home.

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        15.07.2012 17:05
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        A unique hand moisturiser which is effective but not quick and easy to use on the go

        A while ago I bought quite a few different products from Burt's Bees as I love their lipbalm tubes and was curious to try some of their other things for hands, feet and body. I do quite like the natural marketing of Burt's Bees and always thought of it as quite a nice and appealing brand, but in fact I have found their products to be quite a mixed bunch with some gems and some real rubbish. Initially I absolutely hated this product, the Burt's Bees Hand Salve, but over time it has started to grow on me. I regularly use hand creams and lotions to keep my hands in good condition, get some moisture back in after washing them and so on, but this hand salve is like no other hand cream I have ever seen before! It comes in a round metal tin and when you open it the hand salve first appears to be almost rock solid. It is a thick, waxy balm which is much harder in texture than Vaseline. At first I was a bit flummoxed about how you are even supposed to use the hand salve as it is so hard. The first few times I tried to get some out just by rubbing my fingers over the surface, as you do with Vaseline, but this really doesn't give you enough salve to rub into your hands and all I got was greasy fingers. Eventually one day I just jammed my finger into it quite hard which cracked the tough surface and it all seemed to be slightly softer beneath the surface (though still quite solid) - it is almost like a creme brulee where you need to crack the top to get to the softer stuff underneath! Once I had done that I could actually use it properly. I scoop a bit out each time and spread it over my hands. It is harder to spread this than a lotion, due to the solidness and thickness of it, but as it is not absorbed that quickly you do have time to move it around on your skin before it disappears. The scent of it is interesting. At first I was not too keen but it has grown on me. It is quite strongly medicinal in my opinion and smells of menthol. I would say it is definitely a unisex scent and not too feminine. Once it is rubbed in my hands do remain greasy for some time as it absorbs into the skin slowly. I would say I usually need at least ten minutes to absorb it, so it is not one to use on the go or keep on your desk at work. Like the almond milk cream which I previously reviewed I would think this suitable for putting on before bed. The effects of it are good. You can feel straight away that it is quite rich and intensive, giving a lot of oily moisture to the skin, softening the hands and making them feel smoother and supple. This would really work well on dry rough hands, which is why they state it is a "farmer's friend"! Over all after a negative first impression I ended up liking this hand salve. I would say it is not an essential for me as I prefer lighter hand creams and lotions on a daily basis, but this is something I like to use before bed every now and again to give my hands some more intense moisture.

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          27.05.2012 12:09
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          Good product, but think it's too expensive

          I have quite soft hands generally, but everytime winter appears my hands tend to end up feeling really dry and leading them to becoming a bit cracked. My mum was getting sick of me sitting there picking at skin, so one day gave me Burt's Bees Hand Salve hoping that it would eventually improve my hands during winter. I'd never even heard of Burt's Bees before this so had no clue if they were going to be good or not. Burt's Bees are a company who make products that are from natural ingredients. It appears that they aim to make all their products free of things such as sulfate, paraben and phthalate. They remind me of the Lush company quite a bit actually. My mum was given her pot as a gift, however I haven't seen it advertised anywhere but online on their website for £10. When I saw their price I couldn't believe people would spend that much on such a small tin, as there are others around that do exactly the same job. The salve comes in a small tin with the Burt's Bees logo on it, which makes it ideal for carrying around in a handbag. The only issue I had with this tin would be opening it, as sometimes it would be really difficult getting it open. The main aim of this hand salve is to improve rough, dry hands. It definitely does manage to solve this issue though, as after a couple of days of using the hand salve, mine actually did start to get better, and stopped being so cracked. It also did a nice job of moisturising the skin, which made it feel much softer and smoother. After putting it on, I do tend to notice the difference as within seconds they feel much nicer. The feel of the product itself is quite greasy when you first put it on, but that's expected as it is a salve, however after a couple of minutes it does absorb into the skin so it feels nicer. The salve is quite tough, and reminds me a bit of really hardened vaseline, so it is quite difficult getting it out the tin. However, saying this, I found that you don't really need to use much of it, which makes it quite long lasting. It has quite a natural smell to it as you'd expect, which makes it nicer than some of the super overpowering hand salves about. When I rest my chin on my hands, sometimes you can smell a hint of it still and it doesn't smell bad at all. Below are the ingredients used within the tin that may be of use to some people and lets you know what makes the nice smell of it! Ingredients: prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, cera alba (beeswax, cire d'abeille), helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, lavendula hybrida (lavandin) oil, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf oil, eucalyptus globulus oil, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower oil, tocopherol, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, glycine soja (soybean) oil, canola oil (huile de culza), linalool, limonene. Overall, I would definitely recommend this hand salve to those who like treating themselves to beauty products. However, I don't think I would purchase this myself due to the high price tag of something with cheaper options. It does the job well and is handy for improving dry and cracked skin.

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            07.12.2011 00:36
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            A super moisturising hand salve for wintertime.

            - Burt's Bees Hand Salve - Burt's Bees is an American company with skin care products made from natural ingredients. According to the company, Burt's Bees products are sulfate free, phalate free, animal friendly, paraben and petrochemical free. I discovered this brand recently when my previous flatmate gave me a beauty kit with samples. I have bought a few skin treatment items since then and I am really satisfied with their high quality. The Hands Salve is a treatment for rough hands. From the company it is introduced as a product ideal for farmers and for people that work with their hands. I have to say that it's equally effective for people with very dry hands that need a super moisturising product to soften and cure their skin. Burt's Bees Hands Salve contains 98.05% natural ingredients like sweet almond, Mediterranean olive oil, lavandin oil, rosemary oil and extracts, eucalyptus, sunflower seed oil, soybean oil and canola oil. These are all therapeutic constituents but I am particularly happy that this balm contains almond oil which is known to be extremely beneficial for the skin. It offers moisture and cures the dry skin effectively and above all it's a natural ingredient. The products are not tested on animals and the packaging is recyclable. - Packaging and Price - Burt's Bees products can be found online at the company's website (www.burtsbees.com) or at other online stores. Full size: Burt's Bees Hand Salve is packaged in a 3 oz (85 g) and it is currently available with a discount for £7.64 at Amazon.co.uk and free UK delivery. In Boots the same product costs £9.18 and there is also a webpage that sells only the official Burt's Bees products called Iloveburt.com. The Hand Salve is priced for £9.99 on this site. Trial Size: The product is also available in the trial size which costs £2.49 and contains 8.5 g (0.3 oz) of hand salve. The little tin is small, easy to carry it in the bag, convenient for travelling and it has enough product for multiple uses. The salve is in a small circular metallic 85 g (3 oz) tin with the company's logo and the picture of a rough man with a beard on the front top lid. The aluminium tin opens by pulling the lid out which it is a bit hard to come off. When the tin opens, the solid product has a light yellow colour and a strong odour. I think it smells more like eucalyptus and initially it reminded me of Vicks Vaporub but after application the smell changes and becomes sweeter, closer to the almond aroma. The powerful odour fades out quickly and the scent that it leaves is very natural so I didn't really mind. - My opinion - During winter my hands start to get dry and cracked and this product works great and keeps my hands moisture in the cold days. After application I immediately feel the difference and the moisture on my skin. I usually use it when I am going to bed at night and it really keeps my hand soft and healed. This product is not a lotion, it's a salve so it's oily at first and it needs a few minutes to be absorbed, but it's super moisturising and it does a very good job. The salve is solid and not very creamy so it is hard to get much product out of the tin. When applied on the hands it melts for smooth and even application and leaves a refreshing feeling. You only need to apply a small amount of product in each hand to see the results and it might be a bit greasy in the beginning but it is absorbed in less than 5 minutes. I feel the difference immediately and more importantly it is long lasting. - Overall - Overall, this salve works great! It is perfect for the winter months when your hands start to get dry and cracked. I would recommend it to those who experience dry skin. It protects the hands from weather and from dryness due to regular washing. Ingredients: prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, cera alba (beeswax, cire d'abeille), helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, lavendula hybrida (lavandin) oil, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf oil, eucalyptus globulus oil, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower oil, tocopherol, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, glycine soja (soybean) oil, canola oil (huile de culza), linalool, limonene. Thank you for reading! This review is also on ciao under the name "sweetybi"

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            15.10.2011 13:16
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            Give hard working hands a natural intensive treatment

            I make a huge effort to take care of my hands, and I'm very particular about the products that I use. Having two children my hands are constantly in water, and the skin can become rather dry and sore if I don't regularly moisturise. I find chemically perfumed hand creams cause irritation, and some hand creams make no difference to my skin whatsoever. I always opt for environmentally friendly products where possible. Burt's Bees happens to be one of my favourite brands, as they produce a range of skin care products that are produced from natural ingredients that are environmentally friendly. Burt's Bees products may seem expensive, however, they are rich and only a small amount of product is required, so they are actually long lasting. I have tried various products from the Burt's Bees range out of curiosity, and I'm always keen to try a different product from them. I have purchased many of their hand creams and I have been happy with them all. I was curious about the hand salve, as it is an intensive hand treatment that is designed for working hands. Considering my hands need all the help they can get, I thought it would be perfect for my needs. The Burt's Bees hand salve retails at around £10, which I think is reasonable. I'm happy to pay for a product that will be beneficial to my skin, and knowing Burt's Bees products are good, I wasted no time ordering a tin. The hand salve comes packaged in an attractive yellow tin which has an easy to lift off lid. The lid isn't very feminine with a picture of the creator, and the text reading farmer's friend. However, despite the fact that the images on the tin are not feminine, I didn't let that put me off the product. The tin holds 30z/85g of product, none of which will go to waste due to the fact that it is supplied in a tin. The hand salve is formulated with natural botanical oils and beeswax. The prominent ingredients include almond oil which has moisturising properties, and Rosemary which stimulates circulation. Another ingredient which has deep moisturising properties is olive oil, which makes this hand salve an intensive treatment for hands. Lifting the lid reveals the rich dense yellow product within. It is firm, however, due to the fact that it is rich only a small amount is required. Simply smooth a finger over the product and massage it into the backs of the hands. More can be taken if required, however, it is best to only sweep a finger over, as too much leaves hands incredibly greasy. I got a little carried away on first application and took as much as I would if I was using a cream, and this was far too much. I have since learned that only a thin layer is required which makes this product incredibly long lasting. The hand salve takes a bit of effort to work into the skin as it is produced from oils. However, it is worth it to have the intense treatment that it gives. It does leave the hands with a slight sheen on application, which takes a while to seep into the skin. This oily film provides a barrier to protect the hands, and it remains on the skin for hours afterwards, even after washing hands the product can still be felt on the skin. The hand salve has a fairly strong herbal scent, which I quite like, though it can take a little getting used to. The scent of lavender is evident, which makes it nice to use for a night time treatment, as it aids in relaxing the mind for sleeping, too. The scent fades after a while. I don't find it practical to use this product for every time I need to moisturise my hands, as it takes a bit of effort to work into the skin, and it takes a while to sink in. I prefer to use this for an overnight treatment or during times where my hands need extra care and protection. The rich hand salve is ideal for use during winter when the cold harsh weather strips the skin of moisture, causing dry skin. This product is particularly suitable for dry skin, and for hard working hands to protect them. It is a must-have product for the winter when the skin is in extra need of protection from the elements. The tin lasts for a long time, as only a tiny amount is used, and it doesn't need to be applied too frequently. I find that I only apply this morning, afternoon, and evening if my hands need extra care. Most of the time I save this hand salve to use for an overnight treatment to give it time to work its magic. I generally wear cotton gloves over my hands to allow the product to absorb into my skin, and to prevent it from transferring onto everything else. This balm is fantastic, as it improves skin condition and relieves dry dehydrated skin. It can be used daily, and even with frequent use this product will last for a long time making it excellent value for money. Ingredients for those interested prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, cera alba (beeswax, cire d'abeille), helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, lavendula hybrida (lavandin) oil, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf oil, eucalyptus globulus oil, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower oil, tocopherol, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, glycine soja (soybean) oil, canola oil (huile de culza), linalool, limonene. [Also on Ciao]

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              11.08.2011 16:21
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              A treat for your hands if you have the time to let it go to work

              Similar to my reasons for purchasing the Burt's Bees Lip Balm (see review), I bought this Hand Salve for my husband as he suffers from dry skin and doesn't want to use my girly hand creams. Burt's Bees Hand Salve comes in a round metal tin and claims on the packaging to be "a farmer's friend" with a picture of a bearded man (presumably the farmer) on the front. Definitely not being marketed as a feminine product then, but I use it a lot myself as it is great for the skin. The product has a strong medicinal smell, a little like olbas oil, which I actually find quite pleasant. Burt's Bees website (http://www.burtsbees.co.uk) explains that the company aims "to create and educate people on truly natural products that have a positive effect on both you and the world" and the list of ingredients for the hand salve seems to bear this out. The ingredients include olive oil, eucalyptus leaf oil, lavender flower and rosemary leaf oil, and the product is not tested on animals. The salve leaves the skin on your hands feeling smooth, supple and moisturised, and the strong smell of the product does not linger on your skin. You don't need to use a huge amount to get good coverage on your hands, which is good as it is firm in texture (not unlike Vasoline) so it takes a little effort to dig some out. Unfortunately it does take a LONG time for the salve to soak into your hands. This means that once you have it on, you need to do nothing for a while to let it soak in, otherwise you will leave grease on everything you touch. Not a product to use when you're in a hurry! Also, the lid does not fit on all that tightly, so I would be wary of putting the tin into a handbag or pocket. This is a product to be used when relaxing at the end of the day, not whilst you're on the go. The hand salve costs £10 per tin, but it does last for a long time so I would say this is good value for money.

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              A lovely product though best bought on sale and tried out first before forking out for a large pot.

              I suffer from dry skin on my hands and like to carry hand cream with me for emergency purposes. I was lucky enough to get a Burt's Bee's gift set for Christmas and amongst the goodies was a small 0.3 oz tin of hand salve. Perfect to slip into your handbag. It did languish in the cupboard for a bit until I ran out of my old cream and I've now been using it for just under two months. Packaging The tin is perfect handbag size in this 0.3 oz version. It has the distinctive Burt's Bee's labelling and is easy to open and close. The lid has never come off in my bag so it's pretty sturdy too. One difficulty here is that it's a little small if you have long nails to be able to access the salve easily. Product The salve is in hard form that needs rubbing to soften it and get enough on your fingers to use. You need very little though so this isn't really a hardship and it's a process I enjoy, though it is a bit too much work if you're on the move. I tend to use it on the train or at my desk. It leaves your hands lovely and smooth and does sooth dry skin. It also leaves a slight sheen behind which I quite like. I find it absorbs very quickly into my skin with no residue. Scent It has a lovely medicinal smell. I know this isn't for everyone but I dislike cloying floral scents. This does smell natural. The box says its 98% natural and the ingredients include Almond oil, rosemary and lavender. You can really pick up on these scents with the Rosemary being the strongest, the only time this is an issue is if I'm hungry as it does make you think of lovely roast lamb - maybe not what you want in a hand salve but I quite like this! Price As this was a gift price wasn't an issue for me. However I do believe the bigger pots of this are around £9 which is a bit expensive. I'd look at picking up a gift set in the sale's before you commit to paying for the bigger individual pot.

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                27.07.2011 14:58
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                A brilliant hand product for anyone who suffers from dry, rough or flakey or chapped skin!

                REASONS FOR PURCHASE Earlier this year I treated myself to a huge beauty bundle from eBay. I paid something like £20 and received a huge box full of products, including quite a few Burt's Bees minis. I'd seen Burt's Bees gift sets before in House of Fraser and wondered what the products were like. I was very pleased to try some out at last! INFORMATION FROM BURT'S BEES WEBSITE "Hand Salve Salvation for rough, dry hands. 100% Natural Need some salvation for rough, dry hands? Our most intensive hand treatment, this formula is packed with botanical oils, herbs and beeswax to moisturise hard-working, rough, dry hands. It's an everyday miracle." PRICE A standard 85g tin has an RRP of £9.99. Like me though, you can opt for a mini size, but these are only available in gift sets. The 'Tips and Toes' gift set available on the Burt's Bees website costs £12.99 and includes lots of mini sized hands and feet treats, including the 8.5g Hand Salve. If you search a bit online you can find the full 85g tin for as little as £5.65 (www.pharmacyfirst.co.uk), or you may be able to pick up the mini 8.5g tin on it's own on ebay. At the moment some are available at £2.99 with free postage. APPEARANCE I love how this comes in a little silver tin. It makes a change from tubes and bottles, and the mini size in particular, is great for carrying on the go. As I'm sure most people with dry, rough hands will agree, it's ideal to have your hand lotion / cream / salve with you throughout the day, especially if you're always washing your hands and needing to reapply! The front of the tin has a picture of a bearded man (Burt, I assume?!), and although not the most attractive logo, clearly shows you that this is a Burt's Bees product! The ingredients are printed on the back. MY THOUGHTS When I first opened my little tin I was hit with the smell of essential oils! The most prominent scent for me was lavender oil, followed by eucalyptus oil. Although the salve contains other ingredients such as olive oil, almond oil, and obviously beeswax, these cannot be detected in the scent since the others are so overpowering. I personally, don't find the smells of lavender and eucalyptus unpleasant, although if you do, you'll probably not enjoy this scent! The consistency also caught my attention from the word go. This to me looked and felt more like a lip balm. You really have to rub with your finger for a while to melt and pick up any of the salve. I eventually gave up and went for the 'scraping some product up with my nail' method. This works fine and one scrape will be enough to moisturise both hands. You'll want to really rub your hands together for a while to work the salve into your skin. I really like this because it releases more of the essential oils too. I find the smell of lavender really calming so it's great not only for it's hand salve purpose, but also for a quick fix stress buster! Some other reviews have mentioned the greasiness of this salve, so it may be most suitable for people like me who do suffer from dry, rough and flaky skin on their hands. This hand salve doesn't leave any greasy residue for me, but this could be due to my dry old hands soaking it all up! Immediately you'll notice that any visible flakiness has gone, but this is the case with almost all moisturisers or hand creams, so it nothing really worth shouting about. After a few hours my hands do feel much softer, and the skin less tight. Also, the itchiness I have with my dry, cracked hands has gone too! If I remember to apply this a couple of times a day, my hands are naturally soft and non-flakey within a few weeks. OVER ALL THOUGHTS I would describe this best as an 'industrial strength' hand salve. Perfect for someone who does actually suffer with really dry / chapped / flakey / rough hands. Even better in winter because these symptoms get much worse in the cold weather! If you're not keen on overly scented or overly oily products, maybe just try a mini sized tin first. It will still last you ages!

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                  Perhaps better appreciated by those in dire need of some hand softening, but not for me.

                  Another item in my Burt's Bees kit of minis, all of which I'm sure I'll get around to reviewing, was the hand salve. This is one of the products I remember seeing most often when browsing the brand online, so I was curious whether it would live up to my expectations. And those, by the way, are generally quite high while we're talking about Burt's Bees, a brand which puts out all-natural products that are just that bit different from your everyday, run-of-the-mill bath and body items. The hand salve comes in a metal tin containing 3oz, mine however is a pretty dinky 0.3oz mini version. The tin's design shows the man himself, Burt, and I have to say his homeless-man appearance does make the product slightly off-putting for a woman at least. That said, I can't imagine a man would be enthralled to use something such a scruffbag endorsed! In any case, the design, while I expected it to be quite basic in line with the rest of the range, looks somewhat masculine. Which, considering the full-size has printed on it, I believe, something about being a farmer's friend, is not that surprising. Not that there aren't lady farmers of course. Upon opening the tin you are greeted by what looks the same consistency as a lip balm or solid perfume. However, running a finger across it produces an oily sheen and it comes away very easily. When rubbed into the skin and, despite its oiliness, sinks in very quickly, however this tends to mean that you'll need rather a lot to cover your whole hand, let alone two hands every day as suggested. Even though you're really just taking the top layer off rather than smoothing a cream or lotion into your hands, I expect you would begin to see a dent in it quite quickly. The scent becomes apparent as soon as the lid is taken off, and I'm not enthralled by it. Yes, it smells herbal but it also smells like a grandma! The lavender is extremely apparent, and I can't help wondering what the farmers it is supposedly geared at feel about this. I appreciate that natural products will often have a weird whiff, but it has perfume added too. I can only guess that this perfume is lavender again, making it even stronger, although it doesn't say. The good thing is that the scent leaves the skin as soon as it soaks in, and is no longer noticeable at all. This product is aimed at rough, dry, hard-working hands. Well mine have been none of those things lately, but let's face it I didn't choose this product, it was part of a set. Even if you don't work down a mine or plough fields all day, I would imagine it still has its purposes. Do you do a lot of washing up and suffer dry hands from that? I dare say this would help. I think it would probably also help to nourish dry skin around the heels, or peeling/cracking skin on the fingers, especially down the sides of thumbs which can sometimes be quite painful. I have often found that products like this one which are oily by nature (and this is LITERALLY oily by nature, containing four oils and several other plant extracts) can be hard to rub into the palms effectively, leaving them greasy. However this sinks straight in. I do note, however, that the scent is slightly noticeable here, possibly because it doesn't sink as far in as softer more supple skin. It does soon wear off. Once it sinks in, I can't say I feel as though it's "doing anything" any more. My hands don't feel smooth and soft as they would if I had used a lotion. Perhaps this is just because I don't have very dry skin on my hands and can't appreciate the difference or perhaps it's, you know, not actually doing anything.. A full-size tub of this hand salve (3oz) can be found online from around £5.50-8. I think this is really quite economical considering it is a product that can be used on the hands and feet, although Burt would rather have you pick up one of his foot lotions of course. It can also quite effectively act as a cuticle cream, although doesn't smell nearly as good as the amazing lemon cuticle cream in the Burt's Bees range (which I actually sometimes just sit and sniff). There are a few websites online offering trial-sized tins for about £2.50, or you can try it out as part of a gift set (mine was the Essential Body Gift Set). I'd probably recommend that first unless you're an old lady farmer with dry, hard-working hands who loves to smell like lavender. I love how tiny my trial-sized tin is, and I will probably bring it along if I go camping or pop it in my bag during winter to combat dry skin. However, it's not something I'm going to rave out, particularly need, or will rush out to buy.

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                    01.02.2010 14:18
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                    Great product of a trusty manufacturer

                    It gives me a great pleasure to write the first review on Burt's Bees Hand Salve - a farmer's friend. "It is made of botanical oils, herbs and beeswax. Specially formulated to deeply penetrate dry, chapped hands and other areas that need extra moisturising. For best results, gently massage the salve into skin daily before and after gardening and other outdoor activities." - Says the box. Let's try and see what it really does... I use it after clearing my hands of eczema with Miracle Salve. Hand Salve has a nice smell and consistency of petroleum jelly. You just pick some with your fingertips and rub it into your hands. It does, what it says and more... After a bath I used it on my feet, especially heels, and put cotton socks on. The next day my feet felt and looked like new; no hard skin, no dry patches just softness and suppleness. The same goes for hands and elbows. Burt's Bees proved once more that they not just a pretty bearded face. They really mean the business. PS. This review is also published on www.remotesos.com under the name gina.

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                    17.01.2010 16:41
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                    Great for dry chapped hands in this cold snowy weather!

                    Burt's Bees Hand Salve! And burts bees hand salve is the perfect solution, it is small and it is quite light, and it is the perfect size to fit into my pocket (I have the small 8.5g tub of salve). It smells really nice and it is kept secure in a small metal tin that protects it from being damaged in my bag. All of the burts bees products contain high quality naturally derived ingredients including, Olive Oil which moisturizes and replenishes the cracked dry skin on your hands to leave them as soft as a babies bottom! So my hands are ready for the winter cold, and with more snow predicted to be over the north of england again on wednesday and thursday, I better not waste it! The list of ingredients includes: prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil,cera alba (beeswax, cire d'abeille), parfum (fragrance), tocopheryl acetate, symphytum officinale (comfrey) root extract, tocopherol, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaves, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flowers, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, glycine soja (soybean) oil, canola oil (huile de culza), linalool, limonene They also make so many other products that re really nice too, including, lip balms, hair treatments, shampoos, male grooming and products specifically designed for mother and baby! The burts bees hand salve (normal size) is £8.99 from the burts bees website, but you can also buy it from boots and debenhams! Happy shopping! Thank you for reading my review

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                    11.01.2010 22:31
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                    Perfect for cold days

                    Burt's Bees is one of my favourite companies when tit comes to delivering good quality natural products for my skin. One of my favourite products is the Hands Salve. I have came across this hand salve by complete accident while I was browsing through some unknown small supermarket shelves. Though I do not normally buy hand cream what convinced me into trying this out was the fact that there was a tester present so out of curiosity I got the chance to try out the product and I fell in love with it. Keeping in tradition with unconventional old-fashioned packaging this hand salve comes packed in a tin like, yellow, honey inspired box which is very interesting to me. When I look at it this salve is rather different from other hand moisturising products I have met. It has a transparent oily film around it which is really clear and surrounds an opaque wax like salve. In use over time the product keeps it's uniform luscious form which very appealing, and oozes quality. In practise it provides a fantastic amount of moisture to my hands. I find it helping my hands being soft in the coldest weather . I do not find this moisturiser to be very easily absorbed by the hands, but while I rub my really dry hands together it penetrates the skin and soothing and taking away the unpleasant dry look of my hands. I also use it my elbows and dry feet with amazing results, if it is left to soak in over night it provides me with the best results I also like the smell, is a delicate scent of clean scent slightly flowery, very natural. It cost me £8.31 for a 85 grams tin. It might not sound the cheapest thing available but is far more longer lasting than other hand moisturisers. One bonus is the natural ingredients that is produced with so I never have to worry about the impact this would have in time over my health.

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                      01.11.2009 20:37
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                      Love it, will use it for life!

                      Burt's Bees hand salve is a god-send in a little tin. Not only can it be used for hands that need a little bit of TLC, but for all other areas of dry skin you may have. The product is packed full of natural and high quality ingredients including almond oil, olive oil, beeswax and vitamin E Oil. All which help nourish and moisturise damaged or cracked skin. I even use it as a lip balm when my lips feel dry and I feel it soothes them instantly. It has the same consistency as solid perfume which is great as it lasts for ages. The smell is lovely and natural, you can definitely notice the rosemary, lavender and eucalyptus oils coming through. I received my hand salve in a travel kit which contained several products. You can buy it separately though for around £6 which is very reasonable for a multi-purpose product - you will wander how you ever lived without it!

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                      22.07.2009 19:42
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                      Good for very dry hands, but if yours just need a moisturizer then go for something else.

                      I recently bought a little goodie bag of Burt's bees products and have finally been able to try all of them out! This Hand Salve was one of the many products that I received, and will now be able to tell you all about it. The tin which mine came in weighs 8.5 grams but you can buy this on Burt's bees website for 8.31 pounds for 85 grams. When I first opened the tin I was struck by how bad this salve smelt, ha! I guess what is good for you isn't always pleasant. The tin is very nice looking with a bright yellow cover and a picture of what I presume to be Burt, or maybe its a beekeeper? Who knows? The consistency is very thick and the only thing that comes closest to describing it is Vaseline, as it has the same appearance and texture. When you first rub it on your hands, it is very sticky and I was afraid that it would take a very long time to dry, but remarkably enough it seems to absorb within a few minutes and the greasy feeling is gone, but remember it does take a few minutes. My hands ,especially my knuckles, feel allot smoother and it has definably taken away the rough skin which I have from too many dishes, ha! In conclusion I would say that if you are looking for something light just as a moisturizer then this wouldn't suit you. This salve is heavy duty and takes some rubbing to make it absorb so it wouldn't be ideal for a quick fix at work, as you might end up shaking someone's hand and having theirs stick to yours... But if you have rough skin, and want a natural and good solution then this is perfect, it does work even if it smells awful. Ingredients: prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, beeswax, fragrance, tocopheryl acetate, symphytum officinale (comfrey) root extract, tocopherol, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaves, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flowers, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, glycine soja (soybean) oil, canola oil

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                      The perfect moisturizer for hard working hands: everyone loves it from farmers to people who gesticulate / It's our most intensive hand treatment with ingredients that offer healing benefits / Almond oil moisturizes / Rosemary stimulates circulation and lavandin helps prevent scarring / What hands wouldn't love it?