The team behind Burt’s Bees in Canada sent me a goodie bag to try out. I’ve seen the products in stores like Shopper’s Drug Mart but never really paid much attention because I don’t love the smell of beeswax, I dislike the smell even more when it’s warm. After years of getting waxed by beauticians who use a beeswax formula I think I’m classically conditioned to hate the smell (it’s the same thing with lavender, I have a slight aversion to it because I associate it with pain!). But I was excited to try out Burt’s Bees as I’m really making an effort to use more natural products. Here’s what I thought!
Burt's Bees Lip Balm ($4.99)
A lip balm is one thing I have in my pockets at all times, without it I feel slightly naked. Anything mint flavored and I’m sold right away so when the Burt's Bees Vitamin E and Peppermint Lip Balm came my way I knew I'd like it. It took a few days for my lips to get used to using something natural and not medicated (like Chapstick). I can see this lip balm taking up permanent residence in my pocket.
Burt's Bees Natural Skin Care For Men Body Wash ($9.99)
The body wash was nice. It’s a light scent and lathers well and leaves the skin feeling fresh. I’m more of a soap using fella but I’d use the body wash again and perhaps add it as part of a fun gift basket for someone who enjoys a natural products.
Burt's Bees Men's Deodarant ($9.99)
This was my first time using a natural deodorant and it has a strong beeswax smell that stays with you. It does have some citrus and orange peel notes that come through which is nice. It goes on like a thick balm so be careful not to twist up the stick too much or you’ll be covered in it (I learned that they hard way). In terms of masking sweat it doesn’t last all day without reapplying. I had a couple of moments at the gym after wearing it for 9 or 10 hours when I thought I wasn’t going to be able to lift me arms. With something that's all natural I would expect it to not eradicate smells all together, and mainly just mask it for a while. Will I continue to use this? I’m not sure. At the moment I have about 5 kinds of deodorant in my bathroom and there's something about this being all natural that makes me want to love it, but it's not strong enough to last all day for me. It does have a manly natural scent, almost woodsy, which is hot but I'm still not quite used to the smell of beeswax. I noticed lately I was lightly applying it after I would shower at night before going to bed and then applying something stronger in the morning. For me, I think that's the answer. It's not for my typical busy work day followed by the gym/sports but for lighter days or easy weekends.
Any more thoughts on all natural deodorants? Can you say that work for you all day long?