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My first disappointing product review: Burt's Bees Lip Balms

June 27, 2012

I bought these lip balms early in the month, and I had really high hopes for them. I have heard so many people talking about them, and I have seen so many people using them. I don't know if I just made bad choices for me, or of these are just bad lip balms in general. I wish they had testers where I bought these, because I wouldn't have bought them. I remember disliking them from the moment I opened them.

Ok so I bought these as part of a buy two and get the third one free, so I decided to give them a go because they are normally pretty expensive for just lip balms, these retail for $6.95 in Australia.
The three I bought were the Sun Protecting Lip Balm with Passionfruit, the Rejuvenating Lip Balm with Acai Berry, and the Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil

Left to right: Passionfruit, Acai Berry, and Pimegranate Oil. 

Sun Protecting Lip Balm with Passionfruit:
This lip balm smells nice, but it is probably the worst formula out of the three. I thought this would be great to carry around in my bag and use during the day, but it's quite a thin formula and it goes on white! Who in their right mind would want their lips looking dead like that (see swatch below). I am determined to use this this lip balm up, so I have been wearing it to bed, which defeats the purpose of the SPF. Sure this eventually blends in, but I would not feel confident putting this on in public or at work.

This lip balm reminds me of the original Lush lip balm formula, the one that was in the coloured plastic container with the lid that would pop off. That lip balm also really thin and left your lips white, but that was in the late 90s, and Lush has improved immensely since then. I just don't understand why such a crappy lip balm is still around, not impressed Burt's Bees! I do not recommend this lip balm at all!

Rejuvenating Lip Balm with Acai Berry:
Ok so this is the only smart choice I made. It's smells strongly like berry lollies and tastes sweet. It is a good formula, it's pretty thick but not sticky at all, and it's clear on the lips. It's not the best lip balm I have ever used, but out of these three, it is the shining glory. I am happy to carry this with me in my hand bag. If anyone was thinking of getting one of these three, but this one!

Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil
Where do I start? This probably has the best and most replenishing formula of the three, and it goes on completely clear, but I hate the smell! I could handle this if the smell went away, but it just lingers. I personally love pomegranate, but I guess pomegranate oil is a lot different to the pomegranate fruit. To me, this smells more of a burnt chilli herbal berry. If I had the chance to smell this in the shop, I would thrown it back on the shelf. It's a shame because this is a great gloss if you can get over the smell. I think the smell comes from some of the oils that they have put in the balm, such as rosemary oil and cinnamon oil. I looked this up on Makeup Alley and I noticed that about half the people love it and half the people hate it purely because of the smell.
This is a great formula but I recommend that you try before you buy, because it doesn't sit well with everybody, and I would not repurchase!

If anyone disagrees, I would love to hear what you think!


  1. Have you tried putting on some lippy after using the balms?
    ~Pauline @Kallony

    1. I often wear lipstick over balms, but I like to wear lipstick over decent balms. I have tried the original version of these balms and it is one of my all time favourite balms... so thats the one I would recommend to people.


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