Everyone has already noted how good this is as a daily or nightly treatment for dry, cracked hands, so I won't repeat it. What I want to talk about is how great this is on my face!
I was given a small tin of this salve by my tattoo artist to use on a new large tattoo while it healed (it's the absolute best for tattoos, if you're curious). At the same time, I happened to be running low on the expensive Decleor Rose night cream I have to ship from the UK. It suddenly struck me as I was rubbing the Burt's Bees salve into my tattoo that it sure smelled a lot like the Decleor stuff, and had a similar texture. I looked up the ingredients and there are a lot of similarities. So, in the spirit of experimentation, and with the hope that I would maybe be able to stop purchasing and shipping the expensive stuff, I rubbed some of the hand salve into my face and went to bed.
Woke up the next morning with perfect skin. I have frustrating combo skin that can get very dry on the cheeks while oily on the t-zone, with large pores that always seem clogged and hormonal whiteheads on the jaw and neck. This stuff made my skin smooth, clear, and glowing overnight--everything the Decleor stuff promised and so far hadn't delivered!
I've been using the hand salve on my face the past four nights and it just gets better and better. Old blemishes are healing faster, there are no new ones, and my pores continue to shrink/even out.
You only need the tiniest bit warmed up in your hands and smoothed over the face. If you don't like the smell, you probably won't want to put it on your face, but it's a bummer because you're missing out. I personally love the smell.
This hand salve is good for REALLY DRY HANDS. If your skin is any less than super dry, I think this may be too greasy for you. I used this first in the Summer and I just didn't understand it. It was a goopy mess for me. But the weather is cooler now and my hands are thirsty for a nice heavy cream, so I brought this back out of my stash and tried it again, and I actually enjoy it. It technically isn't fragranced, but it does have kind of a rubbery smell, so I add a drop of pure essential oil to it before smoothing it on my hands. I use sage, but sage would probably be too herbally and medicinal for most people. I love it though, I think it's calming. =)
As far as the packaging goes, I wish they would make this a screw top, because the pop top is SO HARD TO OPEN. It's nail damaging. I use the salve at work only, so I just have it loosely capped on my desk. Otherwise I wouldn't be able to use this product without getting frustrated at the darn thing.
Solely because of the packaging, I wouldn't repurchase. Yes, it's THAT bad.
I love this product. I massage it into my cuticles in the morning and evening, and it heals them so quickly. It smells amazing- like lavender and other herbs. It's a small package, but you only need to apply a tiny, tiny amount of product to your skin, and it spreads easily. It's a light, greasy formula, so I use it before bed and before I walk to school or work.
The tin is a little difficult to open... Some times I actually have to use my teeth to help. That's the only downside! At least you know it will never accidentally open up in your purse.
Quick highlights: greasy, nice smell, average moisturizer, all natural |||||
I'm automatically a fan of everything Burt's Bees because their products are all-natural. However, this hand moisturizer isn't amazing. I love the smell (like rosemary) but it's pretty strong. This is a very greasy formula, so I only apply it before bed. It's a good moisturizer, but it does nothing more than some other hand lotions. It's certainly not a miracle cream. Burt's Bees makes some heavier creams for intense moisturizing, but this is better suited as a light, daily lotion.
I like this product- I don't love it though, my cons of this product would have to be the scent and the amount of product given. I understand that the product is natural but it's a gross unpleasant smell I dislike it reminds me of those gloves dentists wear. Hahah. But I think it works very well I had very very very dry hands and I applied this at night and my hands were very smooth. Only buy if you can stand a latex smell
I got a sample of this as a gift from a friend, and I fell in love with it. I like the smell, it is tangy and herbal (though people around me can't stand it. They call it an old man smell). However, I enjoyed it more because of how wonderful it made my hands feel. I work at a fast food restaurant, so between drive-thru windows and submerging my hands in water all day, my hands get very dry. This stuff really works to make my hands feel more back to normal. I stopped using it during the day because it bothered other people, so I only use it at work and at night anymore. I took off points because the packaging is absolutely awful and the smell is offensive to other people. If you wanted to carry it around, I recommend putting it in a plastic bag, because it WILL come open and get all over your stuff, as well as little particles will get into the product.
I've only used this product as an overnight treatment, so my review is based on that. I used to scoop out a large amount of product, slather it all over my hands, and cover them with a pair of old cotton socks before bed. It was about as effective as using petroleum jelly for the same purpose - so, my hands were soft in the morning, but I paid a lot more for than I needed to for the same result. I loved the smell, and that it's a natural product. That being said...I'm just not crazy about spending that much money when I can do the same thing with a $2 tub of Vaseline. I gave it for lippies because it did work, and I may buy it again sometime.
I am not a fan of this product. It doesn't absorb into your skin ever or do much to protect and heal. I had really dry hands that were beginning to crack so I thought I would give this a try. First of all the packaging is cute but can be a little difficult to open and apply. Second it smells and acts like a mixture of vasaline and vick's vapor rub. The smell also never seems to go away. I made the mistake of applying this in my car the first time and since it didn't absorb I had a greasy menthol mess literally on my hands and all over my car from where I had to touch things to drive. My car smelled like menthol for two days after that. Next time I applied it before bed and waited an hour to absorb but it never did so I just washed it off. My hands felt a smidgen softer but still sore. I guess you could slather this on broken skin and then cover it with a band aid or gloves at night to help things heal but personally it made broken areas on my hands more red and itched a little. I think there are better or cheaper alternatives out there so I won't try this again.
This product lasts ages. The 8.5gr can has been with me for over a year and I still have about 25% left. This is because I usually just apply it on my cuticles and driest parts of my hands and feet as I find it too greasy to apply all over my hands during the day. But even when I do, a little goes a long way so this is a nice "investment". Also, the top part of the can came too lose so I couldn't throw it in my bag and apply it during the day even if I wanted to. The scent is strong and I can see how some people can dislike it but I like it. It does it's job wonderfully, it really moisturizes your skin, but it is best for those who are looking for a moisturizer to use at home, perhaps before going to bed. The fact that it is 100% natural (or so the brand claims) and cruelty free is a huge plus!
I have the small tin that came with a set of BB trial sized products. I like the size of the tin, perfect for taking on the go. However many say its difficult to open and they are right. I have not used this steadily as there are simply times I cannot pry it open.
The product appears as a balm but on contact with the warmth of skin, melts into a more spreadable roduct some may find greasy. Its very emollient for certain, so much so its not a practical product unless used prior to bed time or as I do, only for use on cuticles.
Mine are bone dry and prone to cracking, peeling and painful too. This product helps to soothe painful hangnail and add some lustre to my dry cuticles. With repeated use it softens that hardened skin making it more pliable. I like the herbal type scent which leans most heavily toward lavender.
I am careful not to get this near my eyes as it contains eucalyptus which can irritate membranes.