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I have eczema and am often left with patches of dry, sore and inflamed skin after a flare-up. Though I do have several 'must-have' creams and ointments which I use to reduce the soreness and dryness, I tend to but new ones whenever I see something that looks or sounds good. As a fan of Burt's Bees I was quite excited to try their 'Res Q' ointment out when I noticed it on amazon about six months ago.
At just under £5 it was a little on the expensive side but considering that the ingredients are natural, I didn't mind paying a little extra and it is a lot cheaper than a similar product which Lush sell. The tin of ointment arrived in cardboard packaging which I found a little excessive and wasteful seeing as the ointment itself is in a tin, but this isn't a massive disadvantage.
The tin is a little smaller than a Vaseline tin and it contains 17 grams of product. It is made of a lightweight metallic material. The lid can sometimes to be a bit awkward to get off and I tend to need to use my nails to get it open. The tin has got a green colour scheme with a black and white illustrated picture of a bearded man. On the back of the tin there is directions on how to use the ointment and a list of the ingredients, all of which are natural and not tested on animals or anything like that & it is vegan friendly.
It does contain beeswax though so for people who are against honey/beeswax etc then this is obviously something to be aware of. The herbal ointment contains lots of nourishing, lovely ingredients including vitamin E, olive oil, cocoa butter, sunflower seed oil, canola oil and lots more. It also, strangely enough contains menthol.
The ointment is very versatile and can be used for a number of purposes such as relaxing and reviving the muscles after exercise and comforting and soothing sore skin. It can also help with bruises and the manufacturers claim that it is also great for relaxing the mind. The ointment itself is a khaki green kind of colour, which reminds me slightly of Zambuk but not quite as vibrant. Unlike Zambuk, once it is rubbed into my skin it leaves no green traces behind, instead drying clear which is an advantage.
I tend to use it on my eczema when it is refusing to heal up and is dry and sore, and I find that this instantly smoothens out any dry patches and helps with the soreness. It doesn't sting when applied to sore patches, howev I found at first that it made it feel quite itchy for some reason but this only lasted really briefly and now it is fine. As long as I don't use much - just a really small amount, it never leaves any greasiness or stickiness, however it does leave my skin looking a little shiny which doesn't bother me as I apply it mainly to my lower legs where my eczema is particularly bad.
The ointment leaves my skin feeling hydrated and nourished and I have noticed in improvement in how it looks in the six months I've been using it on my eczema. It doesn't prevent flare ups but it helps care for the sore, dry patches left behind. As i mentioned before it can also be used as a muscle rub, however I have to say that I didn't notice any difference when I used it for this purpose, but then again as I don't work out very intensely I didn't have that much discomfort to begin with, so it might be more effective for people who train very hard.
The smell of the ointment is very natural and herbal - kind of earthy which I didn't like at first but now I'm getting used to it I don't mind it as much and it is quite relaxing. All in all I definitely recommend this ointment and I give it five out of five stars.
I LOVE the Burt's Bees products that I discovered in a little shop near where I live called One Brown Cow. I had read about these products, knew they were all natural and - a real bonus and crowd pleaser for me - not tested on animals!
This is a small size tin, green with the Burt's Bees logo of Burt - who one may assume is the bee farmer.
The product inside is a salve so it is harder than a cream and more solid than say Savlon.
The first thing that you notice when you swizzle the lid off the tin - which can be tricky if it is jammed on or you have not completely dry hands - is the smell. It is simply divine and the type of smell that you immediately think this must be good for me. It has a mix of lavender and rosemary, it smells really clean and refreshing.
To use the ointment you simply rub your finger in the salve and the mixture collects on your finger tip. A word of warning - you do not need an awful lot of this to go far so do not be tempted to gouge your finger into it in order to maximise the cream. If you do, you will be spending ages rubbing it in or away to remove the excess!
The cream is a nice refreshign green however this colour doesn't transmit to the finger so it looks more natural when you use it.
A little amount of this on eczema, cuts, bruises and abrasions helps to soothe these without stinging. The natural antibacterial essence of lavender and rosemary helps to ward away infection. The lavender also helps to calm which is great for kids when they get bumps, bruises and grazes.
You can use it on insect bites as the ointment calms the bite but the smell also keeps bugs at a distance.
Res-Q Ointment can also be used on sun burn to soothe and help heal the areas.
The wheat germ oil ensures skin is kept supple and on things like eczema helps to lubricate the infected area.
This is a fantastic ointment that will soothe and calm the natural accidents especially whilst outside playing, gardening or walking.
There is no residue if used sparingly.
The salve doesn't stain clothing or fabrics.
This is a great product and because it is a small tin, it sits easily into a handbag or pocket so can be taken with you when you are outside, on holiday, camping or in the car.
I also use it on my hands if there is no soap in public toilets and I have no sani-wash.
It is great for spots on the face and neck and The Other Half uses it as the smell is not too girly or antiseptic and it soothes quite quickly, especially on his eczema.
I also use it on my legs when I have shaved and have a rash or in grown hairs. The Other half has used it for his shaving rash and noted that it reduced the redness quite quickly. Which being a bloke will probably be a micro second as he is not very patient!
I paid just under £6 for my ointment which may seem expensive however it has lasted me so far for over a year and there are many, many years left in this little tin. As it is a wonderful all rounder as well, you only need this one tin as an emergency medicine kit.
You can purchase these from speciality stores, Boots and some supermarkets sell Burt's Bees products such as Waitrose. Also your local chemist may have it.
It will help with bruises if there is a graze there however as bruises are under the skin, it won't heal these - however not a lot does, take it from me as I bruise very easily!
Ingredients: Olive oil, sweet almond oil, beeswax, comfrey root extract, cocoa butter, wheat germ oil, lavandin oil, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), comfrey leaf powder, chlorophyll & vegetable oil, rosemary leaf extract, tocopherol (vitamin E). 95.70% Natural
This is a fabulous product - useful in so many ways, reasonably priced, natural and no tested on animals.
There is a huge selection in the Burt's bees range however for me, this has to be the best value and most convenient and amazing product. I love it!
Had I written this review this time last week, I would have been a lot more negative about this product, but after an unfortunate incident involving a door handle (read on!) my opinion of this product has completely changed.
I got a travel sized pot of Burt's Bees Res-Q ointment in their outdoor remedy kit a couple of months back, it is probably not a product I would ever have chosen to buy individually.
I think one of the main downsides of the product is working out what you are supposed to use it for! The back of the tin tells me to 'For all of life's discomforts, naturally soothe skin...' from that I still wasn't quite sure about what I was supposed to do with it, so I had to have a quick check of the Burt's Bees website. This tells me that after any minor injury, I should clean the skin, and then apply a layer of this salve to them twice a day until they feel better.
The Res-Q ointment is made with 95.7% natural ingredients, including olive oil, sweet almond oil, beeswax, comfrey root extract, vitamin E and lavender oil amongst other things.
It comes in a green tin, featuring a black and white drawing of a bearded man in a hat, whom I can only assume must be Burt! The product itself comes in the form of a sort of balm, and is a dark green in colour. The main scent of the product seems to be the lavender , but it has quite herbal undertones, and for someone who is not particularly keen on the scent of lavender, I actually quite like the smell.
I am quite an accident prone person to start with, so I always have a bruise or two that needs to be treated, so had been applying this over bruises to start with. I had done this for quite a few weeks, and never really found that this seemed to do anything for them, so had come to the conclusion that it wasn't doing anything for my skin.
It was one night earlier in the week, when I managed to walk into the bathroom door handle that my opinion changed. The door handle is waist height, and I don't know how, but I have managed to walk into it several times, but this time I was doubled up in pain and had a huge red mark where it had jabbed me in the stomach! It really hurt, and although it wasn't so bad I felt the need to resort to a painkiller, I found that I couldn't sleep for the constant discomfort - it just felt like my skin was raw. I noticed the Burt's Bees Res-Q ointment on my bedside table, and decided to give it a try.
I rubbed my finger in the green balm, and rubbed it over the red line that had appeared on my stomach. It glides easily onto the skin, but needs a little bit of rubbing in, otherwise it will leave a green mark. It felt instantly cool on my skin, and to my surprise within less than a minute, the irritating discomfort had completely disappeared.
Around 3 or 4 hours later, I found that my skin was beginning to feel sore again, so I reapplied the Res-Q ointment. Again, almost immediately my skin felt soothed. This stuff really is a little miracle!
A full sized tin of this ointment costs £4.79 from www.naturallyfabulous.co.uk or you can also buy it in Fenwick's.
As I found, the ointment does not really seem to do much for bruises, however on newer, minor injuries, it does provide an instant soothing effect to the skin, and I'd prefer to apply a bit of this, knowing that it is mostly natural, rather than some chemical-laden stuff from a chemist.
For minor bumps and irritations. Contains comfrey and allantoin, which are known for their healing and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as lavandin, great for preventing scarring.