Burt’s Bees is a natural beauty brand that offers a wide variety of personal care products, including skin care, hair care, cosmetics, oral care, and more. Burt’s Bees originated in Maine, in 1984, when artist Roxanne Quimby started making candles out of unused wax from Burt Shavitz’s beehives. After Quimby read one of Shavitz’s 19th-century books about beekeeping, which included homemade personal care recipes, Burt’s Bees entered into the personal care products industry.
Burt’s Bees manufactures products with mostly natural ingredients. Of course, one of their main ingredients is beeswax, which can be found in many of their creams, lotions, and lip balms. Burt’s Bees uses minimal processing, such as distillation/condensation, extraction/steamed distillation/pressure cooking, and hydrolysis, to maintain the purity of ingredients. The brand believes that what you put on your body should be made from the best nature has to offer.
Burt’s Bees develops skin care solutions rooted in nature’s ability to restore and protect itself over time. There are 6 collections in the Burt’s Bees skin care line: Sensitive, Skin Nourishment, Intense Hydration, Natural Acne Solutions, Renewal, and Brightening. Below we’ll give you the details on one key product from each line.
Burt’s Bees Sensitive Daily Moisturizing Cream
Burt’s Bees Sensitive Daily Moisturizing Cream is a soothing blend of botanical extracts that is said to moisturize sensitive skin all day without causing redness or irritation. It contains 98.9% natural ingredients and is fragrance free. One of the key ingredients in this cream is Gossypium Herbaceum (cotton) flower extract, which is known to help to soothe and protect the skin. Cotton flower extract may also assist in improving skin barrier function.
Burt’s Bees Skin Nourishment Night Cream
This night cream for normal to combination skin is said to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles thanks to royal jelly. Royal jelly is a honey bee secretion is considered to be one of the world’s most nutrient-rich substances, packed with protein and more than 100 nutrients, including essential amino acids, minerals, vitamins B1, B2, B5, B6, C, E, biotin, niacin, and folic acid. The royal jelly used in Burt’s Bees Skin Nourishment Night Cream should help enhance skin’s texture and reduce the appearance of fine lines. Royal jelly has also been found to have antioxidant and humectant properties.
Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Night Cream
Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Night Cream is a nightly anti-wrinkle cream moisturizer that is clinically shown to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as improve your skin’s ability to retain moisture while you sleep. This product contains 98.9% natural ingredients. One of the key ingredients in this night cream is clary sage. Clary sage thrives in its harsh Mediterranean environment due to its ability to trap and retain moisture. It is thought that this ingredient can help the skin better retain moisture, resulting in soft, supple skin. Other key ingredients in the Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Night Cream include olive fruit oil, castor seed oil, and beeswax.
Burt’s Bees Natural Acne Solutions Pore Refining Scrub
With the help of jojoba beads and fruit enzymes, Burt’s Bees Natural Acne Solutions Pore Refining Scrub is said to gently exfoliate dead skin cells, prevent future breakouts, and refine the appearance of pores. This scrub also features Salix nigra (black willow) bark extract. Black willow bark extract is rich in tannins, phenolic acids, flavonoids, and various minerals, all of which help soothe the skin and aid in cell regeneration. It also contains a compound called salicin, which provides exceptional anti-inflammatory properties and has been shown to reduce the appearance of pores and wrinkles, even out skin tone, and increase skin firmness.
Burt’s Bees Renewal Intensive Firming Serum
Burt’s Bees Renewal Intensive Firming Serum is a daily anti-aging serum that is said to reduce the appearance of deep lines and wrinkles, as well as improve firmness over time. One of the key ingredients in this serum is Hibiscus Sabdariffa flower extract. Hibiscus extract inhibits the activity of the enzyme elastase, which is responsible for breaking down a skin protein known as elastin. Thus, by inhibiting elastin breakdown, Hibiscus extract actively combats the aging process by firming and lifting your skin. Other beneficial ingredients in the Burt’s Bees Renewal Intensive Firming Serum include apple fruit extract, raspberry seed oil, watermelon fruit extract, lentil fruit extract, and more. These ingredients help to nourish and hydrate the skin.
Burt’s Bees Brightening Eye Treatment
Burt’s Bees Brightening Eye Treatment is said to naturally diminish the appearance of dark spots and discoloration around your eyes. One of the key ingredients in this eye treatment is Bellis perennis (daisy) flower extract, which contains a compound called arbutin. Arbutin is a glycosylated hydroquinone that has the ability to inactivate tyrosinase. Tyrosinase is a key enzyme involved in the synthesis of melanin, the pigment that gives skin color. Therefore, by inhibiting tyrosinase, daisy extract may be able to reduce abnormal pigmentation associated with aging and exposure to UV light. In addition to daisy extract, Burt’s Bees Brightening Eye Treatment contains several botanical oils and butters, such as sunflower seed oil, apricot kernel oil, shea butter, olive fruit oil, and more. These ingredients function as emollients, softening the skin and locking in moisture.
Of course, the key ingredient in many of Burt’s Bees skin care products is beeswax. Beeswax, also known as cera alba, is a natural wax produced by honeybees in the cell walls of honeycombs. The honeycomb is collected and melted after the honey is removed, and what’s left is beeswax that’s ready for industry uses. It can take as much as 10 pounds of honey to produce one pound of beeswax.
There are about 300 compounds found in beeswax, including alkanes, acids, esters, polyesters, and hydroxy esters. Beeswax is a natural thickener and emulsifier that helps cosmetics, lotions, and balms to bind. Beeswax is also a humectant moisturizer. Humectants have a molecular structure with several hydrophilic (water loving) groups, which allows them to attract and retain the moisture in the air nearby via absorption. Humectants improve moisture retention and may also help other topical skin care ingredients to perform better. Lastly, beeswax acts as an emollient and occlusive agent. It forms a soft, protective barrier on the surface of skin, which helps to prevent evaporation of the skin’s natural moisture. Over time, this increases skin hydration by causing buildup of water in the stratum corneum (the uppermost layer of skin). The barrier also protects the skin from environmental factors that may irritate the skin.
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