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I was delighted to receive this as a 'congratulations' present from a friend after telling her that I was expecting.
The cute name a packaging make it a really nice gift to receive as a mum-to-be, particularly for those that are already a fan of the Burts Bees brand. However, I must say that there are better and nicer products out there.
Firstly the good bits: the tub is very generously sized (one tub will last through the pregnancy) with a thick, rich cream that works nicely as a moisturiser. For this reason, I used it on my elbows & knees as well as my bump! I also liked that the ingredients list didn't include the chemical nasties (e.g. parabens) found in many cheap moisturisers, something that I was keen to avoid since there is little research around how these chemicals affect a developing foetus.
The not so good: the thick cream felt very heavy on the skin and didn't seem to sink into even my very dry skin. Hours later, my bump still felt waxy/sticky and there was a residue left on my clothes. I also felt that it didn't offer an other benefits (e.g. improved skin elasticity) other than moisturising, nor did it smell particularly nice, though I appreciate that this is the trade off for not containing lots of chemicals.
Overall, I would use this again if received as a gift, though I wouldn't buy it myself.
So you're preggers, you've been feeling horrible for the first three or four months and you have nothing to show for it except a bit of extra flab from the food you've had to guzzle to keep the nausea at bay.
Now that you are feeling more human and can afford to think about more than just how far you are from the sick bucket you realise your 'bump' is only going to get bigger (not to mention your bottom and chest!) and stretch marks begin to haunt your nightmares.
Have you seen the massive array of creams, oils, lotions and butters available to the paranoid mother-to-be? All of them allege to keep stretch marks at bay but we are told by every authority on pregnancy that stretchmarks are unavoidable genetic gifts from our families. Basically, you are either going to get them, or you aren't.
Even so, you will probably buy a product, just incase it does the job it claims it can do.
I had the decision made for me by being given the Burts Bees Mamma Bee Belly Butter (£15 for 200mg). The tub is the usual size and shape for body butters with a screw top lid. The product inside is a solid block of creamy coloured stuff which you can rub your fingers over without denting. It has a pleasing odour, something like honey.
In order to extract the product from the tub, I had to push quite hard with my fingers. The product does melt somewhat with body heat, but you have to rub it in quite enthusiastically. All of this means, of course, that you actually need quite a lot of product to cover the ever expanding belly it's supposed to be moisturising. Not cheap, when you consider how much you are spending to buy the tub.
Once fully applied, it leaves what I can only describe as a kind of waxy shine on the skin, almost as if you were a supermarket apple. So it doesn't sink in and when you wash the next day, you can feel the product being washed off your skin.
Honestly, I cannot say whether this product did anything for me. I'm a no-stretchmark kind of gal anyway, but ai was hoping for moisturised, soft skin at the very least. My skin certainly wasn't irritated or dried out in any way, but I didn't particularly enjoy having a shiny, waxy bump either.
In all I would say this is a bit of a disappointment. On the plus side, Burts Bees use good, natural products where possible and avoid some of the more worrying ingredients that some people prefer to avoid. The butter smells delightful and it has a nice design on the label. But it carries a hefty pricetag, it isn't good value and it doesn't so much moisturise as apply a waxy seal over the skin.
I think you can probably get something better for a lot less money - even if you are determined to shop organically.
Burt's Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter was given to me as part of a maternity pampering pack by my best friend when I was about 8 months pregnant and feeling incredibly huge, unattractive and jelly-belly-fied! I was carrying my third child and, as I'm sure all mothers all over the world can bear out, stretch marks are an inevitable and unwelcome aspects of pregnancy and motherhood!
Although this product was free for me because it was a gift, I have seen a 185g tub of it in my local health care shop for £12.99. I have to say that for a body butter this seems rather expensive, but as always, I am a believer in the concept that you have to pay for quality! Having said that, I'm not completely sure I would pay this amount for a product which doesn't look or feel "designer" as such, and instead has a pleasant yet homey feel to it.
The smell of the butter is quite overpowering, but not in an unpleasant way. It smells very sweet and a little sickly, but once you've spread the butter on, the smell somewhat diminishes and becomes more less invasive and more subtle.
The butter rubbed in very easily, although I did find that it left a greasy residue which took about thirty minutes to absorb fully. It is oily in the way that all body butter (at least all the body butter I have come across!) is. However, it did feel quite light and it massaged into my bump very nicely. My partner was mostly responsible for rubbing in the butter and would talk to the baby at the same time and so this felt like a time that they could bond with each other - and I could be pampered!
The butter contains, obviously, bees wax which is moisturizing and gives the butter its incredibly sweet aroma. However, there is also hydrating and nourishing shea butter, rose hip oil, willow bark extract and macadamia nut oil in it. Like most moisturizers, it is also rich in Vitamin E which is an antioxidant and also a regulator for Vitamin A (also important for healthy skin).
Ultimately, I didn't feel that the butter did anything to combat my stretch marks, although it did leave my skin feeling soft and well hydrated. I guess that using a product like this can only help, but having said that, I feel that almost any body butter would have improved the hydration levels and smoothness of my skin - and so why fork out almost £13 for a product does no more and no less that a bog-standard cocoa butter which you could pick up for a couple of pounds!
Having been given a tub of the Burt's Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter to help combat stretch marks and keep an ever growing baby bump nicely moisturized, I have to say that the smell and feel of the product is divine. The butter comes packed into a simple clear tub and is easy to store and use as and when you need to.
Having looked at the cost of the Burt's Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter I was rather shocked at the price tag of £13.99 for a 185g tub full. Not sure I would have wanted to pay that over the course of a full 9 months, as it would work out as rather an expensive regime. But as a luxury item for the occasional pamper moment, I feel the product is rather nice and did go on to buy myself another tub as a treat.
As with all the Burts Bees packs, the design is simple yet effective. The feel of the smooth tub with its simple white lid and bees wax inspired design on the main product label, make the product stand out. The little Burts Bee is on the top centre of the lid sticker and the overall effect is of a nice almost home made kind of product.
The creamy belly butter within the tub, is a nice light texture, not too greasy or oily, but softly moisturizing. The vitamin E and cocoa butter used are claimed to be able to softly hydrate and care for your ever growing bump. Bees wax is of course another vital ingredient of all the Burts Bees range. There are also things such as macadamia seed oil and, rose hip seed oil, plantago, willow bark extract and lots of other natural ingredients.
I found that the slightly sweet smelling belly butter was a treat I looked forwards to. It went on very smoothly and easily and didn't leave any greasy residue which can be annoying with some body butters. I was also pleased to see that the product is paraben and phthalate free.
I must confess that I did wonder about how much it could actually do to guard against stretch marks etc. But when checking out the product label I noticed that is does contain retinyl palmitate, which when absorbed into the skin becomes retinol. This seems to be used in a growing number of anti wrinkle creams such as the popular Boots Perfect & Protect which I also use.
Having used Protect & Perfect, I must admit that I had high hopes for the Burt's Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter being able to work in a similar way to the facial skin serum. I cannot say I have found the results to be as good, but I can say that I enjoyed using the product, as it left skin feeling soft and supple.
I do feel that when used after pregnancy, the product can have positive effects on your overall body shape and texture of the skin. The effect of daily massaging and moisturizing does seem to increase your chances of retaining a nice almost stretch mark free tummy, but cannot stop stretch marks altogether.
As I only had use of one tub as a gift and one I purchased myself, I feel that perhaps I didn't use it for long enough to see really great results. I had started using the belly butter rather late and that may have been a contributing factor.
I did find the product to be really nice to use, the light slightly sweet smell was nice and the butter was easily absorbed into the skin. It did seem to help to a certain extent and so I would recommend it. To rate the product I feel it ought to get 4 stars, as it was nice to use. It did lose a star due to the high price.
My mother-in-law is a huge fan of Burt's Bees products and she suggested I tried the Burt's Bees Mama Bee products whilst I was pregnant as I was being slight moany about stretchmarks and dry skin. I took her advice and had a look for it but it was £15 for a 200g tub! That was a hell of a lot of money for something that had no guarantee of working so I left it and forgot about it for a month or so.
I was most surprised when the next month I got a bit of a telling off from her for not buying it and she presented it to me with a smile. I was secretly pleased though I still did not have high expectations of it working, especially when the disaster of the Palmer's Cocoa butter was still fresh in my mind. Nevertheless I said I would try it.
The product looks really natural in terms of its packaging. It is a creamy coloured yellow label with a honeycomb pattern running over it. It has a white screw on lid again with the same label on the top with the Burt's Bees branding in big lettering.
This is a body butter which contains shea butter, cocoa butter, beeswax, sunflower seed oil and Vitamin E. All the ingredients are completely natural and I am pretty sure Burt's Bees is an organic range. It is sold on the basis that it will help the skin on the belly retain its moisture and elasticity during pregnancy. It also recommends you continue use after pregnancy to smooth and tone.
I do feel that the company has been a little crafty here and is taking a little bit of advantage of pregnant women as this is just a body butter, rebranded as a belly butter. It definately pulls on the idea that pregnant women will buy anything. Plus I don't think Burt's Bees body cream costs as much so you are essentially paying for a change in name in my opinion.
The butter is white in colour with a very subtle smell of shea butter. It is very hard to smell the scent on your skin after application. I like to be able to smell body butters so was a little disappointed.
Now down to the nitty gritty of whether it worked and banished my stretchmarks. In short no. My stretchmarks stayed where they were and this body butter did nothing to get rid of them. It didn't make my belly (or anywhere else on my body for that matter) feel any smoother and more toned. In fact it made parts of my skin itch. It wasn't as greasy as Palmer's but still greasy and it didn't absorb that well either.
I would not recommend paying £15 out for this product. It really is not worth it. If you do think that Burt's Bees will help you with moisturising during pregnancy then just skip the money making rebranding of other products in the Mama Bee range and go for their standard range.
One of the more surprising gifts that I received when I started to tell people I was pregnant was a tub of Burt's Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter from a work colleague, I was even more surprised to learn that they had paid £14.99 for the 200ml tub. I was rather lucky during pregnancy in that my lump did not get too big so I thought I would get away without too much damage in the stretch mark area but any additional help was always going to be welcome.
The product has a slightly retro feel in terms of packaging with the soft honeycomb pattern on the tub, it has a screw on lid so is unlikely to come apart in your handbag and cause spillages as it is nice and secure.
To be honest I think this is a clever bit of target marketing as it is essentially a body butter and suitable for any part of your body and not just the belly, it is hard to say whether it has helped reduce and stretch marks however as a body butter it is certainly a good product to use and maybe it does work as I have managed to get away without too many marks and I have exercised away any excess weight that I picked up and stayed pretty toned.
It has a reasonably mild cocoa butter smell to it and contains vitamin E which helps with the skins elasticity and is made almost entirely from natural products which include beeswax, sunflower seed oil, shea butter and cocoa to name just a few ingredients, a full list is on the packaging.
It has good coveridge as you do not need to use a lot to cover your extended belly during pregnancy and the smell is not overpowering so someone would have to be reasonably close to detect it on your skin. It massages in quickly, it is thick but is not at all greasy and is easily absorbed into the skin leaving it soft and refreshed feeling.
Whether it justifies the price tag I'm not so sure hence I have given it four stars but it certainly is a nice pampering product, I'm just glad I got it as a gift as it barely lasted the term of my pregnancy and I went back to a cheaper body lotion after it ran out which is just as effective.
After I recieved a Burts Bees gift set when I was pregnant I went out and bought this belly butter because I was so impressed by their other products.
Burts Bees is an American company who pride themselves on making products that use only natural ingredients including beeswax and buttermilk.
This belly butter is designed for use in pregnancy and also for continued use after the birth to keep the tummy soft and supple. It comes in a tub with 185g and the lid is a easy to open screw top.
The butter contains Vitamin E and Cocoa Butter. Cocoa Butter is used to relive the irritation of itchy and dry skin that comes with pregnancy. It also helps to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. The Vitamin E is good for moisturising and keeping skin smooth and soft.
The butter is a lovely creamy colour and is very thick. As soon as you open the lid you can smell the Cocoa Butter immediately and it smells sweet but not sickly sweet. The directions say to apply the butter daily after bathing and mssage in.
The butter is easily absorbed despite it's thickness, it rubs with ease and there is no greasy residue left once the product has gone. My skin felt very soft and the dry skin felt a lot better. After using this product for just a few days my dry skin had visibly improved and didn't feel as tight.
Although I already had stretch marks from my other 2 children I didn't notice any new ones appearing and the older marks had reduced to silvery lines rather than red streaks.
I used this belly butter twice a day and also used it after my son was born. On the back of the tub it recommends using after the birth to help firm the skin back up. It definately helped my skin to tighten up quicker than other products.
I would definately buy this if I ever fell pregnant again. I bought some for my sister when she was pregnant and she loved it as well.
The butter is free from colourings and chemical preservatives and this product is made from 98.65% natural ingredients. None of the Burt Bees products are tested on animals.
The belly butter is sold on the Burts Bees website for £13.70 but can be found for £10.89 in Boots.
After a friend gave birth I couldn't think what to get for her as a gift. I knew most people would be giving her things for the baby and I wanted to find something nice for her. I walked around our local department store for ages before coming across the Burt's Bee stand. I have always liked the lip balm a hand lotion so I knew the Mama Bee range wouldn't disappoint. I looked first at the gift sets but wasn't too pleased with the variety in them so I instead bought a few bits and made a set of my own. I ended up buying myself a tub of the belly butter as well as I was one month from my sons due date. An expensive gift in the end.
The lotion itself is made with cocoa butter and vitamin E to help minimize stretch marks during and after pregnancy. The smell is not as overpowering as some cocoa butter formulas which is brilliant as I don;t like things that are too strong. The company claims the product is 98.65% natural.
Ingredients: aqua (water, eau), helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, stearic acid, cera alba (beeswax, cire d'abeille), glycerin, sesamum indicum (sesame) seed oil, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), macadamia ternifolia (macadamia) seed oil, rosa canina (rosehip) seed oil, theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, parfum (fragrance), tocopherol, borago officinalis (borage) seed oil, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, alchemilla vulgaris (lady's mantle) extract, calendula officinalis flower extract, plantago lanceolata (plantain) leaf extract, salix nigra (willow) bark extract, retinyl palmitate, glycine soja (soybean) oil, canola oil (huile de colza), xanthan gum, sucrose stearate, sodium borate, chlorphenesin, phenoxyethanol
Now by looking at the ingredients list I would say that is quite a hefty list but I'll take their word for it. By offering natural products Burt's Bees hopes to give the buyer the opportunity to buy goods that are both good for them and the environment. A big mission for what started as a small beeswax candle company in 1984.
To use this lotion take a fingertip sized amount and smear over tummy, thighs or wherever you feel the need and massage in gently. The lotion is relatively thick and non-greasy. Thankfully it rubs in very well and that means I don't wonder round the house leaving oily door handles and slippery banisters for my boys to complain about. To be perfectly honest I was using it on my hands and feet the most as it was really good on my terribly dry skin. A friend of mine said it was brilliant as a face and neck moisturiser.
As mentioned I used this tub of lotion as more of a body butter then a belly butter and for this reason the tub is now empty and became so very quickly. As it is much more expensive then some other lotions I can't replace it and have settled for a very nice one with a smaller price tag. Although I have found an inexpensive lotion that meets my moisturising needs (Previously reviewed - Palmers Cocoa Butter) I do love this one.
Retails between £10 - £15 for a 200ml tub. The tub has a screw on top and can easily fit in most handbags so it can be used on the go.
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Cocoa butter and vitamin E aid the skin in retaining moisture and elasticity during your nine month stretch. Smooth over stomach after bathing or whenever your skin feels tight, dry, or itchy. To help bounce your tummy back into shape, continue to use post-pregnancy to smooth and tone skin.