I, like many, bought this lotion unsniffed. I then joined my son at the bookstore, applied some of the lotion, and immediately decided to return it due to the strong scent. But I got distracted by something, and 20 minted later I noticed I had the softest hands ever. Plus no slippery silicones or icky aluminum starches to take away any greasy feel. It does not, however, feel greasy. It is slippery, and absorbs quite quickly. The smell endears itself to you because the product works so well. Best hand cream I've ever used. You only need the an amount the size of a large pea to completely cover both hands.
The reason I've become addicted to Burt's Bees products is the natural ingredients aspect. I mean the stuff they put in cosmetics today! scary!
This was the first burt's bees product i've used and was decently satisfied. I have crazy sensitive skin and even dermititis on certain parts of my skin. So far it hasn't made anything worse, so in my books that's pretty good :P The smell is pretty funky though, especially right when you put it on. Kind of "medical" smelling... if that makes any sense, with a splash of a citronella candle (though, the later smell makes sense considering the product has citronellol in it).
I gave it a middle of the road review because I use it so sparatically I don't want to give it an unfair review, especially for people who are looking for an "everyday handcream".
Smells awful. Unbearably stinky, which is too bad because it moisturizes really well!
I used this lotion many years ago as a foot cream & fell in love. Talk about super soft! That was a long time ago but I'd definitely buy again. continued >>
There is no need to use something that smells this bad. Awful! I bought a little travel size of this and I'm so thankful that I didn't commit to the full size. I'm using it on my feet so I don't have to get a whiff of that medicine, moth ball, grandma's attic smell.
It works ok. But I won't be back because there are things that work just as well with a good or no scent.
I have hated this stuff for years. My mom uses it religiously and when they stopped stocking it at the drug store she bought every tube she could find. It smells terrible, like turpentine and citronella. The tube is stupid. It's hard to rub in at first. It's kinda pricey. It's bright yellow and gets everywhere.
But then I got the worst case of cracked/dry skin/eczema/dermatitis/whathaveyou on my hands and tried everything. Prescription steroid creams, cortisone ointment, neosporin, vaseline, wearing cotton gloves at night, expensive baby eczema lotion, emu oil. NOTHING worked and most of it just irritated my hands even more. I have scaly bumpy red patches that itch like crazy and hurt when they're not itching. There are red, bloody cracks on my hands and they just overall look like death.
I had a tube of this stuff from my Mom that's been sitting in my medicine cabinet for, oh, two years. Today I was playing with my son, and the skin on my hands hurt/itched so much, I thought, what the heck? I smeared the yellow goo all over my hands. It didn't sting at all! Within two hours I noticed my hands didn't hurt anymore and only itched slightly. Now, eight hours later and my hands are significantly improved in texture and feel. At this rate, the rash and irritation that I've had for four months will be gone in a week. I am impressed!
Burts's Bee's Shea Butter Hand Repair Cream: This hand cream has an impressive ingredient deck. Although its title implies it is a Shea Butter based hand cream, Shea butter isn't it's primary ingredient -- it's 7th in the ingredient deck. So, if you're looking for a hand cream that is primarily based in Shea butter, this probably isn't for you. That said, this product is definitely gets the job done in terms of moisturizing and protecting. It is thick with an almost whipped like consistency. It has a yellow butter like color and takes a few minutes to sink in. The scent is tough to take. It dissipates after a few minutes but not completely. I'm not sure if the scent is poor because of the way the ingredient scents interact with one another or if it is one scent that overpowers all the others. If they address the scent issue and make it more friendly to the nose, I think it could be one of the lines best sellers! I bought it locally for $12.99, but i have seen it cheaper online. As always it is 98% natural which is a big draw. A little goes a long way, so it will definitely last. If your sniffer & those around you can handle the initial hit of the herbal, spa like smell this is an amazing moisturizer. I would say for the price and all natural properties it is worth it give it a shot! continued >>
This is my absolute favorite hand cream, hands down. The smell is strong, a herbal lavender scent, but I like it. I think if you are a "woods and resins" kind of scent-lover you'll like this. I get very dry, painful cuticles and this is the best hand cream I've tried that combats this. I don't find this greasy at all - soothing - takes a few minutes to absorb completely, but after that - soft, smooth, painfree hands! My other faves are L'Occitane and Herbacin, but this cream beats both.
I purchased some tiny tubes of this creme 2 years ago as part of a party favor giftbag. Recently, I found a few leftover tubes. Surprisingly, the lotion has not degraded at all!
Yes, the smell is like a chemical lavender scent but it fades quickly. I'm a nurse, so I will try almost ANYTHING to help my soap-ravaged hands. This product moistens my skin quite well and absorbs in a reasonable amount of time. It's good stuff; give it a try.
this does have a somewhat medicinal odor, but the odor wears off. the tube had to be smushed up a bit before i could use it because the oils had separated. this product is effective and contains natural ingredients. i find artificial scents to be much more offensive than the scent of this.