Burt's Bees Burt Bees Citrus Facial Scrub (0820011) Reviews

Burt's Bees Burt Bees Citrus Facial Scrub (0820011)

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Like spreading potting soil on my face. This scrub is downright weird!

Jan 21, 2007 (Updated Jan 21, 2007)
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Pros:Um ... No animal testing and made in the US. And it's 99.something percent natural

Cons:Hard, weird texture, strange scent, leaves face greasy, kind of stinky, just yecky

The Bottom Line: Like a brick of old dirt in a jar. Mixing is tricky and it doesn't have enough scrubby stuff. Leaves skin greasy. Natural but gross.

I just bought a bunch of Burt's Bees products because drugstore.com was giving away a free hand cream if I spent over a certain amount on Burt's Bees products. I don't need hand cream but that F word got me. Plus, I do like some Burt's Bees products.

One I found interesting was Burt's Bees Citrus Facial Scrub. It claimed to be natural and I love citrus scents so I bought it.

OK, weird. I don't think I am going to end up loving or even liking this weird stuff, natural or not.

About this Scrub

99.94% Natural.
Uncover a pristine complexion with Citrus Facial Scrub. This blend of almonds, orange peel, and rose petals gently exfoliates and leaves skin clean and clear. 99.4% natural.
Our skin care products are made with fresh herbs, botanical oils and natural preservatives.
Our natural facial scrub will leave your skin fresh & dewy as it exfoliates dead skin cells. Gentle enough for daily use.
Printed on recycled board containing 30% post-consumer waste.
Not tested on animals.

www.drugstore.com and Burt's Bees


This scrub comes in an orange box with what looks like a rotten orange on it. It's not vivid orange but a dark, withered looking orange. Inside, the two ounce glass tub is simply adorned with a metal screw on/off top that has a picture on it that looks like the box's. A rotten orange.

The scrub is a scary deep brown with a little bit of orange in it and is as hard packed as dirt. The scent was barely there when I whiffed the jar. Later, it turned into a weird combination of carrot or pumpkin with a slight orange scent mixed in.

The scrub is different in that it needs to be "mixed" before use.

According to the directions, I was to scoop some out and mix with a few drops of water then apply to my face.

I dug in. The consistency was like um … um … very stale carrot cake. I can't exactly explain it but it was hard and looked like dark carrot cake. I put a blob of the stuff in my palm and it broke apart like wet dirt. I added a few drops of warm water and tried to mix it up.

I wasn't sure what the consistency was supposed to be, so I slapped in on my face.

I looked like someone smeared a dirty diaper on my face. Gross. The scent was not as bad as that though. It had a light orange scent but not at all what I expected when I saw that it was a citrus scrub.

I rubbed the stuff around my face in a circular motion and could feel little bits of something scrubbing my face. I am used to fairly harsh scrubs and this one wasn't as harsh as some I have used. I think I may not have added as much water as I should have when I mixed it because it just kind of rolled off my face rather than sink into it.

I scrubbed for a couple of minutes and then rinsed. Little dark brown particles got in my hair which was unpleasant.

I managed to rinse the scrub off but my face felt somewhat weird. Oily, I guess you could say. I like scrubs that leave my face soft after but this felt less soft than it did greasy.

I patted my face dry some more and still felt the film.

I went ahead with my usual routine and my face recovered from the weirdness.

A few days later, I tried the scrub again. I used more water and mixed it better so it was more like a paste. My face still looked like I was rubbing dirt or worse on it but it scrubbed better this time.

Rinsing was the same - particles in my hairline and that oily veil left behind.

I knew from reading reviews everywhere that some women really loved this scrub. I just couldn't figure out why. My face didn't feel soft and exfoliated like I had just rid it of dead skin cells. It felt oily. The kind of oil that makes blemishes. This time, I washed my face after and moved on.

I have used the scrub once more and now am convinced that I have to wash my face after I use it to get rid of the oily feeling and to feel any benefits.

I assume I am sloughing off dead skin cells and exfoliating my face and I haven't broken out from this. But I am no fan of the scrub.

The mixing is a big pain. Having to figure out how much water is just right is a chore. The scrub, for me, doesn't feel scrubby enough. It sort of rolls around my face. While the scent isn't awful, it's not a nice, fresh citrus scent that I anticipated. It has just the tiniest amount of orange scent. And it leaves my face feeling oily.

It's cheap but cheap isn't always a good thing. I will stick with my Philosophy The Greatest Love Hydrating Microdermabrading Scrub.

I like natural products but this one wasn't a hit for me.


Sweet Almond Oil & Almonds, Vegetable Glycerin, Oats, Orange Peel & Oil, Rose Powder, Pecan Powder, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Nutmeg Powder, Clove Powder, Tocopheral (Vitamin E), Fragrance

Buying Info

Burt's Bees Citrus Facial Scrub is available wherever Burt's Bees products are sold. I got mine at Drugstore.com for $6.99. That's a good price considering that it is hard packed and concentrated. I think I will have this stuff forever even if I do use it once every week or two.


I thought this scrub seemed interesting. I was sick of paying $25.00 for a small tube of Philosophy scrub and thought something natural would be just what I needed. And it may be. Just not this scrub. I didn't like the consistency, the residue on my face, or having to mix the hard stuff with water to make a paste.

As far as results go, it does scrub my face and probably does a decent job helping with cell turnover. It leaves a veil of oil behind which I wash off but maybe other women like that. I usually do like it myself but this just felt slimy, not moisturizing and soft.

I experienced no irritation or breakouts from this product and it will last for a long time. Still, I am going with a 2 star rating. The cons outweigh the pros for me and it's not a product I would recommend.

It's very different from traditional scrubs and you will either love it or hate it. I am definitely leaning toward the hate it end.

I could live without ever using it again but I paid for it and will use it every week or two until it is gone. I certainly won't replace it though.

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