The people at our local drugstore definitely think I have an invisible baby. There is no other reasonable explanation for why I never have a baby with me, but keep buying so many baby moisturizers and lotions.
The real reason is that I'm a sensitive-skinned lady, and a lot of baby lotions are formulated to be extra gentle. Also, secretly I think using products that say "baby" on them will reverse the march of time and make my pores shrink and my wrinkles plump up, like a reverse time-lapse film. (Note: This will not happen, at all.)
I came across Burt's Bees Baby Bee Fragrance-Free Lotion at my local drugstore and figured it was made for me. I love baby products; I love Burt's Bees. What could possibly go wrong?
Does It Work?
First and foremost, I will tell you that this lotion did a pretty good job on my dry skin, especially considering that I'm not actually the target demo for the product. It definitely made my skin feel less dry, and it completely alleviated the painful itching I've come to associate with wintertime.
Baby Bee Lotion also improved my skin's appearance, minimizing the scaliness that I usually enjoy from October until May every year. (I understand that I'm painting a very attractive picture of myself here, but if I have to suffer, so do you.)
Over the course of the three weeks I used Baby Bee, my skin's texture definitely improved.
Texture, Feel, and Smell
I wasn't in love with the feel of the product, which felt more like an ointment than a lotion, but let's face it: That's what you get for using a baby beauty product. It also took a few minutes and some vigorous rubbing to soak the product into my skin, even dry as my skin was. I feel that this would probably be an issue for parents using it on wriggly kids.
The smell was the biggest issue for me. Most "fragrance-free" lotions have a very faint odor, especially at first, but Baby Bee Fragrance-Free Lotion had a very strong smell. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what it smelled like, but never quite put my finger on it. At first, I thought maybe it was some sort of beeswax smell, but it didn't really smell waxy. A quick search of the interwebs showed that other users were also perplexed by it. Some mentioned that it smelled almost metallic to them, which I didn't get.
All I can say is, give this a good whiff before you buy it at the store. The smell bothered me less and less as I used the product, but it was almost strong enough to put me off from giving it a full trial.
Ease of Use
Burt's Bees Baby Bee Fragrance-Free Lotion goes on a bit thick at first, and stays greasy for a few minutes. But if you have time to let it soak in, and are willing to spend a few minutes rubbing it into your skin, you'll get good results. It doesn't take much product to moisturize your entire body, even if you're an entire adult lady and not a tiny baby. A little bit goes a long way with this product, so you won't need much to achieve results. The bottle holds 6 ounces, which lasted about a month for an adult.
Bang for Your Buck
You can find this lotion for around $6
online. Is it worth it? The price is right, and it does work on dry skin, but I found the smell too overpowering. I think I'll stick to Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm
and Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme
and investigate other moisturizers.