Monday, July 9, 2012

Burt’s Bee’s Refreshing Lip Balm With Pink Grapefruit Smells Good And Protects, But . . .

The Good: Smells great, Offers decent protection, Revitalizes dry skin on lips
The Bad: Expensive, Does not taste like pink grapefruit, Does not exactly “refresh.”
The Basics: Despite the expense of Burt's Bees Refreshing Lip Balm with Pink Grapefruit, the lip balm is a worthwhile one!

In the brief time that I spent with my wife just over a week ago, my wife gave me all sorts of things to take home! In addition to a couple of new toys, she wanted to share some health and beauty products with me. One of them, because she has a vested interest in my lips and really enjoyed the product herself, was the Burt's Bees Refreshing Lip Balm with Pink Grapefruit. Having used it daily for the past eight days, I am ready to review it!

Burt's Bees Refreshing Lip Balm with Pink Grapefruit is the latest in a long string of lip balms from Burt’s Bees my wife has had to keep our lips soft, supple and kissable. The tube is expensive, in the $5 range in retail stores, and the claim that it is “refreshing” is an odd one that left me trying to contemplate the nature of refreshment.

Burt's Bees Refreshing flavor Lip Balm with Pink Grapefruit comes in the standard .15 oz. tube. It is a discreet plastic tube measuring two and a half inches long by 3/8" in diameter. The Lip Balm with Pink Grapefruit it dispensed by simply removing the pink plastic cap (it pulls off easily enough after the safety strip is removed) and twisting a dial on the bottom to push the remaining product up. The Lip Balm with Pink Grapefruit itself is a waxy yellow-white (beeswax, actually) colored tube that is rubbed onto the lips and it offers a physical barrier to water and other damaging elements that could crack lips in winter and sunlight which could damage lips in the summer (or winter, whatwith the brightness of sunglare on snow). The product does not leave any coloring on one's lips, which is a plus. However, it does have a somewhat waxy sensation that it leaves on the lips. There is no medicinal feeling to this lip balm.

The sunscreen properties of this Burt's Bees Refreshing lip Balm with Pink Grapefruit are quite extensive and quite real; while there was no SPF rating on the container, it appeared to keep my lips protected in the sun and water this summer vs. nothing on my lips at all. As well, the lip Balm with Pink Grapefruit worked better than some - like Chapstick - at protecting my lips.

The product has decent restorative properties and the Refreshing lip Balm with Pink Grapefruit restores slightly damaged or chapped skin to more supple and pleasant states. When I started using the Burt's Bees Refreshing Lip Balm with Pink Grapefruit, my lips were dry and a little cracked. Since starting to use it daily, it prevented further damage and it promoted healing within a few days of using for the first time regularly. As well, this just kept my lips from getting chapped again. This is a Lip Balm with Pink Grapefruit that does a lot to moisturize lips, as well as protect them. Since my lips healed rapidly, the Burt's Bees Refreshing lip Balm with Pink Grapefruit has prevented them from getting damaged from the elements again.

As well, this product is remarkably easy to apply. It glides on easy and creates a barrier needed to resist the elements. When it is on my lips, I am very aware of its presence for a few minutes because it is slightly waxy. This has a somewhat oily texture, but not an unpleasant one.

Burt's Bees Refreshing leaves no significant color on the lips when it is applied.

On the taste front, the Lip Balm with Pink Grapefruit is remarkably subtle. While the scent is robust and citrusy, the taste is bland and not flavorful at all. The scent implied that this balm would be a wonderful one to kiss other people with, but it has no real flavor.

The Burt's Bees Refreshing Lip Balm with Pink Grapefruit has ingredients on the tube, so be sure to check the package before purchasing for any allergies you might have. But the primary ingredients are: sunflower seed oil, coconut oil, and beeswax. It is worth looking into one's food or chemical allergies before purchasing. It is noted that it is not intended for human consumption.

This Lip Balm with Pink Grapefruit is good, but expensive. It does not exactly “refresh” in any way that I can define, either. Between the weaker flavor and the lack of promised effects, it is a little harder to justify the expense of this Burt’s Bees product than I might have initially thought.

For other Burt’s Bees products, please check out my reviews of:
Medicated Lip Balm With Clove
Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme
Res-Q Ointment


For other health and beauty products, please visit my index page for a list of those reviews!

© 2012 W.L. Swarts. May not be reprinted without permission.
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