Main moisturisers – sweet almond oil, beeswax
Texture – greasy balm
Packaging – cute tin
Price – $0.88/g, but you won’t need to use much
Burt’s Bees is an American company which has gotten a lot easier to find here in the last couple of years. Their Lemon Butter Cuticle Balm is the first product I’ve tried of theirs. I received an 8.5 g sample tin as part of a Priceline promotion.
The balm comes packaged in a cute little tin with a slide-off lid. It’s a pale yellow, waxy solid, quite firm to touch, and very smooth. The scent is all bitey lemon zest, like scratching a lemon peel, and not artificial in the slightest – which makes sense, since the third ingredient on the list is lemon peel oil. However, the smell goes away quickly and leaves a subtle, “clean” scent.
Here’s the full ingredient list:
sweet almond oil, beeswax, lemon peel oil, tocopheryl acetate, cocoa seed butter, candella wax, beta-carotene, rosemary leaf extract, tocopherol, sunflower seed oil, soybean oil, canola oil, vegetable oil
Burt’s Bees pride themselves on using as many natural ingredients as they can, and this product is “100% natural”. The main ingredients are similar to those in basic lip balms, actually – it’s definitely a hard balm, rather than a cream, and a little goes a long way.
My main complaint about this balm is that since it packs a large moisturising punch, it’s greasy, and I end up leaving greasy finger marks all over everything after using it, so it’s probably best used at night.
My other concern is that it’s not as immediately moisturising as more lotion-y cuticle products, which sink in faster and seem to give a hydrating boost straight away, whereas this takes a few hours to see results and seems to sit on the surface and not penetrate as quickly. This means that again, I would recommend it for regular night-time use rather than as an SOS step right after nail polish remover.
This also works quite well as an emergency lip balm!
The regular price is $14.95 for a 17 g tin, which, given how little you need to use, is quite reasonable in my opinion. However, since I’ve recently made lip balms with similar ingredients for much cheaper, I’m reluctant to buy more. Some people swear by this product though, so how well it works for you will also depend on whether you’re a balm or a cream girl.