Oh, how I hate this stuff.
I know how everyone else loves Burt’s Bees lip balms. I had first learned of it back in elementary school, when a friend of mine had the balm in the cute little tin. I wanted one for myself: I liked the packaging and it was natural – it HAD to be good. And I keep hearing everyone ever since then rave about how great it is, how moisturizing, how it’s one of their favourite lip balms.
I have pretty sensitive lips (actually, I have pretty sensitive everything) that get really dry throughout the year, but especially during the winter. When they peel, I often subconsciously lick my lips or chew on them. My mother has been telling me since I was 6 years old that it was the worst thing I could do to chapped lips. But I can’t help it. So my only other option is to moisturize. Lip balms help keep me from wanting to lick my lips because I really don’t want to ingest any sort of lip product any more than I absolutely have to.
I don’t know what it is in this product, but when I bought myself a balm in a tin and applied it to my lips, it burned them like insanity. Like the feeling of ripping tape off your skin – except on your lips, and never-ending. I thought it was supposed to be like that. So I left it on for a while, figuring the burning sensation would disappear after a while, but it didn’t. After a minute or so, I couldn’t stand it and ran to the bathroom to rinse it off with cold water. And that wasn’t easy, because this stuff is really waxy.
A couple of weeks later, I tried it again because I thought I just had a bad day with it. Same deal. A few months later? No change. I told myself that I must have gotten a dud and just threw it out. A few days ago, I saw that my sister had gotten the tube version of Burt’s Bees. So I tried it again. I still had to wash it right off and the burning stays long after I’ve rubbed my lips with cold water.
Maybe it’s the peppermint oil in the balm. How is mint supposed to be good for dry, chapped skin?
I hate this stuff. It’s too sticky, too thick, too waxy, and it smells funny. And it burns. 😦
Don’t let me deter you too much from buying it though, I know plenty of Burt’s Bees lovers who would rage at my rant of their raves. Maybe I’m just allergic to it.
But if you have sensitive skin like me and you’re looking for a good lip balm, try this instead:
I discovered this Lemon Lip Balm at Bath & Body Works last year. It is soft, creamy, and tastes like lemon. It doesn’t burn my lips and is very moisturizing besides. I think they also come in the
flavours scents blueberry-lemon and raspberry-lemon, at least in store last year. I have misplaced mine, but I would definitely repurchase this when I run out of my current lip balm.
Oh, and the best thing is that if you do react to it, you can take it back to Bath & Body Works with the receipt for a full refund. And that’s the way it should be.