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Ultra Moisturizing Lip Treatment
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0.25 fl. oz. for $5
Last Updated:05.24.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Like most lip balms from Burt's Bees, this contains a frustrating, problematic mix of helpful and fragrant ingredients. Ultra Moisturizing Lip Treatment is oil-based and packaged in a squeeze tube for easy application (and it doesn't have a waxy feel, which is nice), but it's just so disappointing to see fragrant oils like orange, clary, and palmarosa alongside the beneficial ingredients. These fragrant oils can cause irritation that won't improve dry, chapped lips (see More Info for details) and are why this otherwise nicely formulated lip balm is impossible to recommend.

Pros:
  • Inexpensive.
  • Silky, emollient texture for dry, chapped lips.
  • Convenient tube packaging/applicator.
Cons:
  • Contains several fragrant plant oils known to be irritating.
  • Fragrance ingredients such as limonene add to the irritation from the fragrant plant oils.

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, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).

Claims

For lips that’ll make you smile, try this mega moisturizer. Made with replenishing Kokum Butter, it quickly gives your kisser a whole lotta love all day long. Soft, healthy looking, happy lips—what a treat!

Ingredients

Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Olus (Vegetable Oil), Glycerin, Lanolin, Acacia Decurrens/Jojoba/Sunflower Seed Wax Polyglyceryl-3 Esters, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Glyceryl Behenate, Garcinia Indica Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Cymbopogon Martini Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit/Seed Oil, Lactobacillus, Maltodextrin, Myroxylon Pereirae (Balsam Peru) Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil, Salviasclarea (Clary) Extract, Polymnia Sonchifolia Root Juice, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Tocopherol, Propanediol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Aqua (Water, Eau), Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Geraniol, 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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