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Intense Hydration Day Lotion with Clary Sage
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1.8 fl. oz. for $18
Last Updated:05.24.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Although this emollient cream contains some noteworthy antioxidants and moisturizing ingredients, it is also overly fragrant and packed with potential skin irritants that trump the benefit of the good ingredients. As a matter of fact, the "Clary Sage" that Burt's Bees is so heavily promoting with this product is one of the main fragrant, irritating offenders on the list (see More Info).

By the way, there is no credible research showing that topical application of the "probiotic technology" being used in this formula has any sort of benefit. That is little more than a marketing gimmick probably meant to capitalize on the current health craze of consuming probiotic-rich foods, which is great for you but not likely for your face.

Pros:
  • Contains antioxidants and other skin-repairing ingredients.
  • Thick, moisturizing formula comforts normal to dry skin.
Cons:
  • Loaded with irritants that cancel out the beneficial ingredients.
  • "Probiotic technology" claim is a marketing gimmick not supported by research.
More Info:

Irritation, including from high amounts of fragrance, whether you see it on the surface of your skin or not, causes inflammation and as a result impairs healing, damages collagen, and depletes the vital substances your skin needs to stay young. For this reason, it is best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to known skin irritants, especially when there are brilliant formulas available that do not include these types of problematic ingredients (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135 and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).

Claims

Infused with Clary Sage, our fast-absorbing lotion leaves your dry skin feeling soft and supple while helping reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Clinically proven to provide intense hydration and enhanced with probiotic technology, our carefully crafted, dermatologist tested formula also helps increase skin’s ability to retain moisture.

Ingredients

Aqua (Water, Eau), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Parfum (Fragrance)*, Propanediol, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Extract, Lactobacillus, Astrocaryum Tucuma Seed Butter, Trichilia Emetica Seed Butter, Cera Alba (Beeswax, Cire D'abeille), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Powder, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Peel, Polymnia Sonchifolia Root Juice, Lecithin, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Maltodextrin, Tocopherol, Xanthan Gum, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Stearic Acid, Sodium PCA, Potassium Stearate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Amyl Cinnamal, Eugenol, Hydroxycitronellal, Linalool

Brand Overview

Strengths: Inexpensive.

Weaknesses: Many products have potent fragranced formulas; several formulas packaged in jars, which compromises their ingredients.

With humble beginnings in the town of Bangor, Maine, Burt's Bees is a brand focused on natural-themed, earth-friendly skincare. Unfortunately, in many cases, this also translates to less than beneficial formulas as not all of the natural ingredients used are helpful for skin.

Many of the plant extracts and oils used in these products, including orange oil, cinnamon oil, clove oil, lemon oil, eucalyptus oil, pine tar, alcohol, lime oil, and balsam peru, are problematic for skin and present a significant risk of irritation or a sensitizing reaction. Both the intriguing philosophy and inexpensive products are attractive, but it takes more than that to establish reliable products that are good for skin. It’s also important to consider the potential benefit (or potential harm) of the ingredients used.

There are some formulas to consider among the brand’s offerings, but some to be wary of—see our individual reviews on Burt’s Bees products for more details.

For more information about Burt's Bees, call 1-800-849-7112 or visit www.burtsbees.com.

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