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Burt’s Bees Natural Skin Solutions for Sensitive Skin Review


Product Review

Burt’s Bees Natural Skin Solutions for Sensitive Skin

Burt's Bees

The Moisturizer and Cleanser

So I received a kit to review the Natural Skin Solutions for Sensitive Skin  moisturizer and cleanser from Burt’s Bees.  The letter that came with the kit says:

“It puts an end to redness and over drying with gentle, natural ingredients including Cotton Extract to soften, Rice Extract to moisturize and Aloe to soothe”

I am sometimes wary about “natural” products, but Burt’s Bees is a line I trust; I like quite a few of their products (especially their Tinted Lip Balm and Baby Bee Nourishing Baby Oil).  The Facial Cleanser is a soap-free one that is supposed to moisturize sensitive skin while gently cleansing it without over-drying or causing redness or irritation.  It also contains Quillaja (an extract from soap bark trees) to provide natural foaming lather; and Yucca (a desert plant high in saponins, which are traditional cleansing agents.  The Daily Moisturizer is a day cream that is meant to provide nourishing moisture to sensitive skin without causing redness or irritation, and is labeled as non-comedogenic.  It also contains the rice extract and aloe.

First Impressions

so I put a bit of moisturizer on my hand, and the texture was smooth and blended easily.  I liked the fact that they basically smelled like nothing.  One thing that I did not like right away was the disproportionate package sizes.  The cleanser is 170g and the moisturizer is only 50g.  So you will probably have to buy about two packages of moisturizer for every tube of cleanser.  I was also a little bit put off that they had a separate box for the moisturizer.  It seemed a bit superfluous.  I don’t really like excess packaging.  I did like the packaging choices of a tube for the cleanser and the pump for the moisturizer.  It made them both easy to apply!  One caveat – the pump puts out too much product,  use only half a pump.

Cleanser and Moisturizer

The Moisturizer is on the Left, Cleanser on the Right

Using the Product

Unfortunately, these products just did not work for me.  I think it has something to do with the cotton extract.  I had a similar reaction to the Ultra Comforting Organic Cotton line from L’Occitane which is also supposed to be a great product for sensitive skin,  just not mine.


The cleanser I didn’t really like.  It made my skin kind of itchy.  It is a weird putty colour, and is almost the consistency of putty.   It is very thick, and I found I needed to rinse A LOT to get it all off.  I also had to rub my face, which I don’t think is suitable for sensitive skin.  I usually prefer a sudsy cleanser (which I know is not the best for sensitive skin, but I like the feel of it!) and this one is very creamy.  Just not my taste.

Burt’s Bees Sensitve Facial Cleanser


The moisturizer is nice (even though I had a reaction to it!).  it is silky smooth, bright white and absorbs quickly.  Perfect for applying makeup over it in the morning.  Skin feels nice afterwards, but it did not get rid of my dry patches.  I think this would be better for normal to normal-oily skin, as I just didn’t feel it moisturized my dry skin enough.

Burt’s Bees Sensitive Daily Moisturizing Cream


Unfortunately, when it comes to sensitive skin you need to go through a lot of trial and error.  You just can’t please everyone, since their sensitive skin can be caused by an infinite number of reasons.  This product line just did not work for me.  It caused my skin to get red and itchy, and I even ended up with a few blemishes and dry patches.  That being said,  I think if you have sensitive skin, you should feel free to try it out.  What works for me might work for you.  For example,  I prefer a foaming type of facial cleanser but if you like creamy cleansers, this might be the perfect product for you.  I think I am sensitive to cotton in my products, but maybe you won’t be.I do like the silky texture of the moisturizer, the fact that it is fragrance free, and that it was fast absorbing and non greasy.  The line also has Burt’s Bees Sensitive Eye Cream and Burt’s Bees Sensitive Night Cream (which I did not get to try).  So if you are still searching for the right sensitive skin line for you,  this could be one you can try out.

Some more info from Burt’s Bees on their line:

“The folk’s at Burt’s Bees have formulated their new Natural Skin Solutions for Sensitive Skin line with Cotton Extract because its gentle touch is perfect for sensitive skin.  It includes seven “oligosaccharides.” or sugars, that help support the skin barrier, reduce the appearance of skin redness and promote the production of keratin.  Keratin is actually the key material making up the outer layer of skin, and it gives skin its strength, flexibility and water retaining capabilities.  It also helps carry moisture where it’s most needed….. it can provide all kinds of benefits including:

  • Moisturizing the skin
  • Increasing the softness and suppleness of skin
  • Supporting the skin’s barrier function
  • Helping to maintain skin’s natural moisture
  • Helping to even out skin tone.”



Disclosure: I received a sample of this product to provide a review.  It in no way affected my review, and this review is honest and true to me – Sarah

I received a product sample, coupon, collateral or other special premium from BzzAgent.