Burt’s Bees Milk & Shea Butter Body Wash Review

Burt’s Bees Milk & Shea Butter Body Wash ReviewJanuary 31, 2011

Burt's Bees Milk & Shea Butter Body Wash

As much as I love Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap, it has done nothing at all for my winter dry skin. In an attempt to show my skin a little extra love (and since I had just run out of my Dr. Bronner’s Almond Liquid Soap) , I bought Burt’s Bees Naturally Nourishing Milk and Shea Butter Body Wash.

Ingredients (provided at burtsbees.com)- “Water, decyl glucoside, carthamus tinctorius (safflower) oleosomes, sodium cocoyl hydrolyzed soy protein, glycerin, fragrance, coco-glucoside, glyceryl oleate, non-fat dry milk, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), xanthan gum, glucose, citric acid, glucose oxidase, lactoperoxidase”

This body wash receives a hazard score of 4 on the Cosmetic Safety Database. The only ingredient above a three is fragrance, which I honestly failed to notice when briefly looking over the ingredient list before purchasing. I know; I’m the worst. I was in a hurry.

Some great things about this product:

1. It’s free of parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, and phthalates.

2. The bottle is #1 plastic (which means that I can recycle it in Lake Charles), and it’s made from 80% Post Consumer Content.

3. This product is cruelty-free.

Product Description ( also provided at burtsbees.com)- “This luxurious natural body wash is made with safflower seed oleosomes that increase and lock in essential moisture, naturally. With just one use, you can increase your skin’s moisture by up to 42%.”

Price-Around $8.00 for 12 oz.

Performance– This body wash is great because I feel like it manages to clean my skin without also stripping it of all it’s natural moisture. For example, when I use it to shave my armpits, I feel like I’m significantly less likely to get razor burn than when I use Dr. Bronner’s. The same goes for any area that I’m shaving, really. I do sort of feel that this product leaves a temporary film on my skin, but I think that the film might have something to do with how soft my skin is after my shower. What feels like a film in the shower does not once my skin is dried with a towel. It just feels like my skin’s unusually soft. Does that make sense at all?

Scent– The scent of this product reminds me of Banana Boat Tanning Oil, which is mildly and probably unjustifiably unnerving considering that product’s ingredients. Still, I do like the way it smells, and I like that it isn’t fleeting.

Rating– I’m subtracting three points because I’m honestly not content with the ingredient list. Performance-wise, though, this product is just what I need. 7/10

Would I purchase this item again?– While I do really like this product, I’ll probably continue my search for a moisturizing body wash… minus the fragrance. I don’t need that hazard score of eight in my life.

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