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Review: Burt's Bees Naturally Nourishing Milk & Honey Body Lotion

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Dry skin sufferers are always on the lookout for products that will keep their poor dried-out hides smooth and healthy during the long, dry winter months. The real challenge is finding stuff that works, isn't horribly expensive, and isn't chock full of bizarre-sounding chemicals with names out of science fiction and a list of possible side effects. For all these reasons, I love Burt's Bees. They make some of the most reliable, effective, naturally sourced, and reasonably priced stuff on the market. You can buy everything that make at almost any drugstore, and most of it smells just like a birthday cake. (If your birthday cakes are made with a lot of honey.)

For today's review, I looked at Burt's Bees Naturally Nourishing Milk & Honey Body Lotion.

Does It Work?

I put this product to the worst test I could think of: I used it as my sole moisturizer for the months of December and January. If you're shrugging your shoulders right now and wondering what's the big deal, you clearly are not a dry-skin sufferer. I would, if possible, spend the winter months sitting in front of a humidifier in a vat of coconut oil. That's how bad the old dry skin situation is around here. So the fact that I'm typing this without wildly scratching myself and complaining about my skin to everyone in earshot means that it's pretty much a smashing success.

Texture, Feel, and Smell:

The Milk & Honey Body Lotion has a thick, buttery consistency, but absorbs quickly. If you're someone who doesn't like oily skin care products, you'll like how this cream goes on. You can apply it right after a shower and put actual clothes on, like humans do, rather than hanging around in the altogether for ten minutes waiting for your skin cream to soak in. The value of this, when you're in a hurry, is not to be underestimated.

The scent, thank goodness, is more honey than milk, and fairly light. It won't clash with your other products, and dissipates rather quickly after application.

Ingredients:

aqua (water, eau), decyl cocoate, glycerin, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, cera alba (beeswax, cire d'abeille), parfum (fragrance)*, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, cetyl alcohol, glyceryl stearate citrate, polyglyceryl-3 stearate, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil, sine adipe lac (nonfat dry milk, poudre de lait écrémé), mel (honey, miel), aloe barbadensis leaf juice, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, tocopherol, beta-carotene, xanthan gum, sucrose stearate, glycine soja (soybean) oil, canola oil (huile de colza), lactic acid, citric acid, sodium stearoyl lactylate, sodium benzoate, magnesium aluminum silicate, phenoxyethanol, benzyl alcohol, benzyl benzoate, benzyl cinnamate, citral, coumarin, limonene. *natural fragrance

Bang for Your Buck:

This is a great product -- effective, 99 percent natural ingredients, and very reasonably priced. It's also long-lasting; I've had my current tube for more than two months during the driest part of the winter and I still have some left.

Price: $8 and under.

Is It Worth It?

Definitely. Burt's Bees Naturally Nourishing Milk & Honey Body Lotion smells great, works like a charm, and treats even very dry skin.

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