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Burt’s Bees BB Cream Review

Burt’s Bees BB Cream Review

Many people swear by this brand so I decided to give Burt’s Bees BB Cream a try. In a nutshell, I should’ve gone with my intuition and passed it up. Burt’s Bees has a strong and loyal fan base and I’ve never understood why. In the past, I’ve tried their lip balms and wasn’t really impressed by them. Sure they smell like honey, but they’re thick and difficult to apply. My dad and stepmom are always raving about Burt’s Bees and I finally broke down and gave them another whirl. Big mistake.

Burt's Bees BB Cream
Burt’s Bees BB Cream light shade in the box, light/medium shade in tube, jelly bear hand sanitizer.

The First Impression

The Burt’s Bees BB Cream was watery when I first squeezed some out onto a makeup sponge. What showed up on the sponge was clear and oily, an obvious sign of separation. I replaced the cap and kneaded the tube to mix the product. I squeezed out some more and found it now to be too thick. I resumed kneading and shaking until the consistency was more even, although it’s still thicker than any other BB Cream or foundation that I’ve used.

The Application

I began applying it to my nose and smelled something a bit funky. However, it seemed to fade away so I pressed on and applied it to my entire face. At first, it looked like I was wearing a mask; heavy, dry and chalky. It was also way too dark for me, but I thought the light shade might be too pale. About a week later I did purchase the light shade.

The Scent

Tons of makeup lovers say that scent is important when choosing  a cosmetic product. I would have to agree with them since I can’t stand artificial or overly strong scents. And Burt’s Bees BB Cream takes the cake when it comes to smells. Once the BB cream absorbs into your skin, the smell comes back with a vengeance. And I do mean vengeance. The fragrance is nothing short of frightening. And I don’t mean frightening as in “I don’t care for this scent” kind of frightening – I mean “rotten pus” kind of frightening. Seriously gross! Not sure what the hell they put in this stuff to achieve such a disgusting smell. It’s comparable to decaying organic matter.

Burt's Bees BB Cream

The Coloring

The light/medium shade reminds me of the tinted Oxy acne spot medication that all teenagers used in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Teens everywhere dabbed it on their pimples, thinking that none was the wiser. In reality though, it was rather apparent when someone had it on their face. The color never matched the skin tone and it was very chalky and matte. Burt’s Bees BB Cream is strikingly similar in look and feel, but with incredible stench thrown in for good measure. Real good measure.

A Lighter Shade of BB

I also tried the light shade and it was gray. Not pale or pasty, but chalky gray in color. The coloring is reminiscent of a typical gray alien. The same ones that beam people aboard their craft for probing purposes. I only wore it for a couple hours and my face felt dry, tight, itchy and rough.

The Wash Off

Since the smell wouldn’t go away, washing this crap off of my face proved to be a challenge. I used a Clarisonic facial brush, face cleanser and a face scrub to try and rid myself of the smell. After washing, scrubbing, and organic witch hazel/organic Bulgarian rose water toner, it finally subsided. The itchiness continued on for a few days and my skin felt worse than it did before using this crap.

The Nature of it

They tout “98.9% natural” but that doesn’t mean it’s good for you. Additionally, the term “natural” is allowed a wide berth in the world of cosmetics. Something that’s naturally derived is allowed the title of “natural” even though it’s only a shadow of its former self. It’s important to know how an ingredient is derived because many times toxic chemicals are used in the process. Do the research yourself, please don’t just take my word for it. What you find out about these “Fauxganics” and “SimuNatural” cosmetics may surprise you.

The All-in-All

Burt’s Bees BB Cream is a huge bust! Absolutely one of the worst cosmetics I’ve ever used. Just a colossally bad product with a price tag of $14.99.


Active Ingredients (Light Shade): Titanium Dioxide 5.3% and Zinc Oxide 7.0%
Active Ingredients (Light/Medium Shade): Titanium Dioxide 4.7% and Zinc Oxide 7.0%

Inactive Ingredients (All Shades): Water, Glycerin, Decyl Oleate, Isoamyl Cocoate, Isoamyl Laurate, Octyldodecanol, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Alcohol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Stearic Acid, Morinda Citrifolia Fruit Extract, Beeswax, Jojoba Esters, Mica, Iron Oxides, Silica, Sorbitan Stearate, Stearyl Alochol, Behenyl Alcohol, Sodium Carboxymethyl C10-16 alkyl glucoside, lauryl glucoside, magnesium aluminum silicate, xanthan gum, citric acid, isostearic acid, lecithin, polyglyceryl-3 polyricinoleate, polyhydroxystearic acid, sodium phytate, trihydroxystearin, alumina, arachidyl alcohol, sorbic acid, alcohol denat., potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, fragrance, phenoxyethanol.

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