Repair Serum
1 fl. oz. for $18
Last Updated:05.24.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Repair Serum won’t repair skin but will damage skin cells due to its high content of lavender oil. Components in lavender oil have been shown to cause skin-cell death when applied topically (Source: Cell Proliferation, June 2004, pages 221–229).


This elixir of 11 precious botanical ingredients helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while supporting the renewal and repair of the most delicate skin. The list of things it can’t do is shorter.


Rosehip Seed Oil, Jojoba Oil, Lavender Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Evening Primrose Oil, Borage Seed Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Hazelnut Oil, Neroli Oil, Rose Oil, Calendula Extract, Green Tea Extract, Beta Carotene, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Ascorbyl Palmitate, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A)

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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