Burt’s Bees

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Over the Winter months I’ve been completely in love with the Burt’s Bees range. I think the rich honey, sweet milk and comforting almond scents lend themselves perfectly to the darker, colder months, whilst the formulations packed full of natural oils and shea butter are wonderful at combating the drying effects of cold Winter winds and enveloping your skin in deep, protecting moisture.

During the summer I usually move towards lighter, fruitier ranges so some of my Burt’s Bees stash may be stored away till later in the year, or until i fancy a change again, but there will always be a place on my shelf and in my handbag for a few Burt’s Bees staples. I thought I’d share with you two of the items I love and that will stay with year round.

I was first introduced to Burt’s Bees when my Mother In Law bought me a tin of the Almond & Milk Hand Cream (£9.99, 57g). I know people often complain about their In Laws but I have to love her just for that! I’m a huge fan of almonds, I can’t get enough of the scent, and the rich formula is fantastic for my hands after a day in the garden. I don’t wear gardening gloves (I know I really should) and soil is really drying on the hands, not to mention all the nicks I get from thorns, so my hands are often in desperate need of TLC and some hand creams just aren’t up to the job.

Burt’s Bees Almond & Milk Hand Cream is one of the few exceptions. The cream is heavy, with a balm-like texture, so if you prefer formulas that sink straight in then this one’s probably not for you (although Burt’s Bees do a range of hand creams / lotions in formulas you may prefer) but it’s so effective that I’d recommend anyone with dry, damaged hands to have a tin in stock, even if they just use it at night or as an intensive treatment, and keep a lighter hand lotion for use during the day.

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My next item is one I always carry with me; the Beeswax Lip Balm (£3.69). It comes in a wind-up stick (there is a tin version too, although personally I prefer the stick as I feel it’s more hygienic and less messy), and it’s compact, easy to apply and hydrating. I also like texture which isn’t sticky or shiny so you can apply your lip colour or gloss straight over. It’s also great for men as you can’t tell you’re wearing a balm. The one I’m currently using contains Peppermint oil, giving it a cool, minty flavour but there are quite a number of other flavours to choose from. The balm falls into my handbag hero category because I’m rarely without it! Burt’s Bees have recently extended their lip care range to include glosses,  lip shines and tinted lip balms so I’m very excited to try those at some point. If they are as good as the original lip balm I’m sure I won’t be disappointed!

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I like the whole ethos behind Burt’s Bees; the way they strive for sustainability and to be a responsible company. As someone who enjoys gardening and recognises the need to protect wildlife, especially important pollinating insects such as our bees, I will always have a soft spot for any brand that shares that concern. But it’s not just sentimentality;  the products themselves really are that good!

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N.B. The photos of bees in this post were taken in my garden. I like to call them Helen’s Bees!

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