Tested on animals:No
This moisturizing mask's formula is strikingly similar to Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Night Cream with Clary Sage and, although the mask is packaged in a tube instead of the night cream's jar, the same formulary drawbacks are present—and it's also strongly fragranced. Fragrance isn't skin care; if anything, it's a problem for skin (see More Info for details).
This mask contains clary sage, and although this plant has some beneficial fatty acids (when the oil is used, which isn't the case here), its main fragrance component is limonene, which is a known skin irritant (Sources: Journal of Food Science, September 2011, pages C1056–C1061; Chemical Research in Toxicology, March 2010, pages 677–688; and Journal of Occupational Health, November 2006, pages 480–486). There are numerous other plant extracts and oils that benefit skin without exposing it to potentially harmful fragrant ingredients, so there's no need to tolerate those that may be problematic.
Beyond the clary sage, the formula also contains other fragrant ingredients, such as eugenol, which is incredibly irritating (Sources: Toxicological Sciences, October 2011, pages 501–510; Immunopharmacology and Immunotoxicology, July 2011, Epublication; Collegium Antropologicum, March 2011, pages 83–87; Toxicology In Vitro, August 2009, pages 789–796; and Toxicologic Pathology, August 2007, pages 693–701). In short, this mask has potential to make dry to very dry skin improve, but not without several setbacks that keep it from earning our recommendation.
- Very rich texture for dry skin.
- Contains some proven antioxidant plant oils and extracts.
- Highly fragranced, yet fragrance isn't skin care.
- Contains plant irritants such as bitter orange and clary sage.
Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (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).
Aqua (Water), Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Parfum (Fragrance), Propanediol, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Extract, Lactobacillus, Astrocaryum Tucuma Seed Butter, Trichilia Emetica Seed Butter, Cera Alba (Beeswax, Cire D'abeille), Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Peel, Polymnia Sonchifolia Root Juice, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, Lecithin, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Maltodextrin, Tocopherol, Xanthan Gum, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Stearic Acid, Sodium PCA, Zinc PCA, Potassium Stearate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Amyl Cinnamal, Eugenol, Hydroxycitronellal, Linalool
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.