Product Review: Burt's Bees Milk and Honey Body Lotion

Photo: Photo Courtesey of Burt's Bees

Company: Burt’s Bees

Item(s) tested:  Milk and Honey Body Lotion ($12.99 for 6.0 fl.oz.)

Where item(s) can be purchased:Online and in various grocery and drug stores across Canada such as Shopper’s Drug Mart, London Drugs and Loblaws.

The claim of the product: A lightweight lotion that absorbs quickly to nourish and restore moisture, leaving skin looking and felling healthier.

Who is the product for: Normal to dry skin.

What is great about the product:

  1. Smell is subtle and fresh.
  2. Certified Natural by the Natural Products Association.
  3. Restores daily moisture for dry skin.
  4. Packaging is made of #2 recyclable plastics of which 50% of the content is post-consumer recycled content.

What is not so great about the product:

  1. Ingredients are complicated. Include: aqua (water, eau), helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, glycerin, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, stearic acid, cera alba (beeswax, cire d’abeille), parfum (fragrance), sine adipe lac (non-fat dry milk, poudre de lait écrémé), mel (honey, miel), aloe barbadensis leaf juice, citrus aurantium dulcis (sweet orange) peel wax, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, tocopherol, beta-carotene, xanthan gum, sucrose stearate, glucose, sodium borate, glycine soja (soybean) oil, canola oil (huile de colza), olus (vegetable oil, huile végétale), lactoperoxidase, glucose oxidase, benzyl benzoate, limonene, linalool, coumarin, butylphenyl methylpropional
  2. Feels greasy on normal skin, such as hands.

Grade from Green Living:  C (The post-consumer packaging is great along with the 3rd party certification, but the lotion itself can be greasy. The Ingredient list is worrisome. The Cosmetics Database ranked this lotion as moderately hazardous.)