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Never Did Like the Idea of Smearing Royal Jelly on My Face
Apr 8, 2010 (Updated Apr 11, 2010)
by Nicole Taft
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Cons:The smell! Bleh! Are faint sparklies necessary? And what’s with the weird sticky feeling?
The Bottom Line: Didn't like that whole royal jelly thing. But what did I do? I bought this anyway. I don't know what got into my brain that month.
Let's face it. Nicole and Burt's Bees just don't mix. End of story. I'm through with buying their products because 9 out of 10 times they either fail on my completely or trash my skin. All right, maybe that's exaggerating, but still.
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It was as though every skin care product I owned ran out at the same time. Body wash. Facial cleanser. Facial moisturizer. Body lotion. No joke. Some of these got replaced by Burt's Bees thanks to a Christmas gift. Some replacements failed and had to be replaced. For my face, I want a good moisturizer that isn't too heavy, but keeps me nice and soft. My Mary Kay TimeWise has been my standard for over two years, but since I wanted to go green, I had to do something different.
So for some bizarre reason and against my inner self, I went with the (even more expensive) Burt's Bees Radiance Night Cream. 98.2% natural and with royal jelly as a major ingredient (yep, the stuff bees feed to their queen), it promised skin goodness; soft, radiant, and happy.
Admittedly, I was still reeling off my Milk & Honey Lotion rash, so I was a bit paranoid when I first put this on. Luckily nothing happened, so I went from just one small patch on my face to my entire face in a few days. When I first opened the little jar, the first thing that hit me was the scent. Ew. Just, major ew. Did not like. At all. Not even sure what they were going for in terms of smell, but I sure as heck did not enjoy it. Other people do as shown with their reviews at the Burt's Bees website, but yowza, I was not one of them. The idea of putting it all over my face and being stuck smelling it for a while was not appealing. But, as it was supposed to be awesome stuff, I did it anyway.
Eventually I got used to the smell. Still didn't like it, but I could tolerate it. I chose the Night Cream because so many reviews said the Day Cream was too oily and greasy. The Night Cream was supposed to be lighter, and that's what I wanted. It was relatively light. You don't need a lot, just a few dabs into the jar with a finger and your face is covered. But I guess it's called "Radiance" because of the shine. Yep, they decided to throw in a bit of glossy sheen to this product. I don't need shiny stuff on my face, no matter how subtle. Maybe it's the ingredients or the royal jelly, I don't know. I just know I'm not the biggest fan.
I also didn't like the way it felt on my face after applying. It felt kind of like it had dried on instead of absorbing, or absorbed and then left my skin in some sort of weird condition. Like it was kind of sticky or whenever I smiled or crinkled my face it was like there was resistance or something. A very strange feeling overall that again, was not a fan of. I want my moisturizer to soak in and be done with it.
It did moisturize, so yes, it did that it's supposed to do. My skin was in relatively good shape while using this. I wouldn't say it improved though - at least not any more than it was when I used Mary Kay. I don't wash my face and moisturize every night either though. Maybe if you wash your face and use the moisturizer each and every night there would be an improvement or it would work better. In fact, for you reader, it might work better because I seem to be in the minority when it comes to Burt's Bees and how their products work.
So what did I do? I sure as heck wasn't going to keep using stuff I didn't like, especially when it cost me upwards of $18! I returned it and finally vowed that I am finished with Burt's Bees. I'm just done using them. My skin and body just do not work with their products. I have now moved on to other natural/organic things that don't cost as much and work much better. Much, much better.
**For a list of ingredients, visit the manufacturer's website for the most up-to-date list (as they may change over time).
Other Burt's Bees reviews:
Coconut Foot Crème
Milk & Honey Lotion
Milk & Shea Butter Body Wash
Soap Bark & Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream
Beeswax Lip Balm
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