Monday, April 4, 2016

Burt's Bees Natural Anti-Blemish Solutions Skincare Line | Product Focus


I am amazed with Burt’s Bees not only because of their products but also for their history and what the brand represents. This post is all about Burt's Bees Natural Anti-blemish Solutions line including the clarifying cleanser, toner, and moisturizer. This product was from the loot bag I got from Project Vanity’s 8th Anniversary event.

Burt’s Bees History & Background
The company was started in 1984 by Maine artist Roxanne Quimby and bee farmer Burt Shavitz. It started as a store in Maine selling artistic candles made of leftover beeswax from Burt’s honeybees. Seven years into the business, Roxanne perfects a recipe found in a 19th century farmer’s journal  for Burt’s Bees Beeswax lip balm in 1991. The brand decided to focus on health and beauty care in 1994. Since then the business became larger and went global. The brand launched several campaigns and policies such as The Greater Good & Wild Bees while winning awards on the side such as becoming #1 ImagePower Green Brands Survey – all of which aims to promote production of environment-friendly, natural, cruelty-free, and zero-waste products. Even their packaging is made of recycled materials.

The Burt's Bees Natural Anti-Blemish Solutions Line

Also known as Anti-Acne Solutions in some country, this line was launched in 2010.
Burt's Bees Anti-Blemish Solutions™, formulated with Salicylic Acid derived naturally from Willow Bark Extract, penetrates pores to reduce acne and prevent future breakouts. We offer our best natural acne products including: purifying cleanser, pore scrub, clarifying toner, acne moisturizing lotion and spot treatments. Dermatologist-tested and non-comedogenic, our natural acne remedies promote clear, smooth and healthy-looking skin.

Though I have read that salicylic acid per se is not derived from Willow Bark. Willow Bark contains salicin which may be converted to salicylic acid when ingested but not when applied topically. I guess the products does include salicylic acid but is an ingredient separate from the Willow Bark extract.

Here are the three products included in the loot bag.

1. Anti-Blemish Purifying Daily Cleanser


Php 850 | From cleanser to clearer
Our best acne face wash is clinically proven to help cleanse away acne-causing bacteria, excess oil and impurities without overdrying or irritating skin. Salicylic Acid, derived naturally from Willow Bark Extract, penetrates pores to help reduce acne and prevent future breakouts, while Evening Primrose and Beet Root Extracts help calm acne-prone skin. The result is naturally clear and healthy looking skin.

I don’t use this daily as my skin is not acne-prone but I have used it a couple of times and I love the smell. It was citrusy and zesty with a hint of ginger and lemon grass. The product has a very low viscosity and you only need a few drops of it every use. The color reminds me of honey. It lathers into a light foam and it cleanses without stripping your skin of moisture. It did not irritate my skin. No break outs as well.

Salicylic Acid (1.0%), water, decyl glucoside, lauryl glucoside, sucrose laurate, salix nigra (willow) bark extract, coco-betaine, betaine, beta vulgaris (beet) root extractoenothera biennis (evening primrose) leaf extract, sodium cocoyl hydrolyzed soy protein, hydroxypropyltrimonium honey, glycerin, glyceryl oleate, coco-glucoside, fragrance, glucose, alcohol denat., glucose oxidase, lactoperoxidase, citric acid sodium chloride, phenoxyethanol

2. Anti-Blemish Clarifying Toner

Burt's Bees Natural Anti-AcneSolutions
Php 950 | Clean skin clarified. Formulated with skin-clarifying Witch Hazel and Lemongrass, known for its astringent properties, our best acne facial toner removes lingering traces of cleanser, dirt, oil and make-up. Our clarifying toner also has Salicylic Acid, derived naturally from Willow Bark Extract, to penetrate pores, reduce acne and prevent future breakouts. The result is naturally clear, healthy-looking skin.

I am a little iffy with this toner because it contains alcohol. I use this twice to thrice a week as an alternate for my Mario Badescu glycolic acid toner. I use this when I have to apply Tretinoin at night. I am all in for the Witch Hazel and lemongrass in this one as I believe in their astringent properties.

Salicylic Acid (1.0%), aqua (water, eau), alcohol denat., glycerin, salix nigra (willow) bark extract, parfum (fragrance), cymbopogon schoenanthus extract, equisetum hiemale extracthamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) leaf extract, humulus lupulus (hops) extract, hydrastis canadensis (goldenseal) extract, glucose, sodium chloride, glucose oxidase, lactoperoxidase, citral, geraniol, limonene, linalool

3. Anti-Blemish Daily Moisturizing Lotion

Burt's Bees Natural Anti-Acne Solutions
Php 1450 | Clearly moisturized. Our best moisturizer for acne is lightweight and clinically proven to help control oil and protect against blemishes without irritating your skin. Formulated with Lemongrass, Witch Hazel, Goldenseal and Hops, our daily moisturizing lotion helps calm irritation. Resulting in clear, smooth, healthy looking skin. Naturally.

I love the texture of this moisturizer. The smell strangely reminds me of almonds with a hint of lemon grass, which is pleasant for me. I love how lightweight it is. It is easily absorbed by my skin. It can be worn under makeup but it made me shine at the end of the day.

Salicylic Acid (1.0%), water, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, glycerin, stearic acid, sucrose distearate, salix nigra (willow) bark extract, sucrose stearate, cymbopogon schoenanthus (lemongrass) extracthamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) water, humulus lupulus (hops) extract, equisetum hiemale (horsetail) leaf extract, hydrastis canadensis (golden seal) extract, epilobium fleischeri (gravel willow) extract, lecithin chrondrus crispus (carrageenan) extract, fragrance, glucose, xanthan gum, sodium borate, sodium chloride, glucose oxidase, lactoperoxidase

Burt's Bees Natural Anti-Acne Solutions
The leaping bunny approves!
This line did not irritate me. It did not break me out. I cannot attest to the anti-acne properties of the products because I don’t have acne but it did not break me out. I love Burt’s Bees and I hope I can try some of their lip balms and shower products in the future.

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