Saturday, 30 April 2011

Product review: Burt’s Bees Radiance Body Lotion

I was recently invited by Burt's Bees to trial the entire Radiance range of products for their Facebook page trial team. I am now going to provide more detailed reviews for each of the products in the Burt’s Bees Radiance range. The hero ingredient of this range is royal jelly, which, according to Burt's Bees is very nourishing, made of nectar, pollen, flower parts, vitamins, minerals, bee hormones and other natural ingredients. It is a very precious, mysterious substance that honeybees produce and feed to only select.

Perfume is very important to me and so I also love highly fragranced beauty products - especially body lotions. I was really looking forwarded trialling the Radiance Body Lotion as the description of it (below) makes it sound amazing. RRP $24.95 (177ml, 99.02% natural).
The claims (from the Burt's Bees website): Bring your radiance to the surface. This natural body lotion is specially created to enhance your skin's natural glow. It's formulated with Royal Jelly, one of nature’s most nourishing substances, packed with 134 nutrients, including 17 amino acids, and vitamins A, C, D and K, as well as multiple B-vitamins. Sunflower oil moisturises and mica, a light reflecting mineral, enhances your skin's natural glow. The result is soft, shimmering skin you'll love.

Ingredients: aqua (water, eau), helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, glycerin, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, stearic acid, cera alba (beeswax, cire d'abeille), parfum (fragrance), royal jelly, mica, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) extract, salvia officinalis (sage) leaf extract, urtica dioica (nettle) extract, citrus aurantium dulcis (sweet orange) peel wax, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, tocopherol, sucrose stearate, xanthan gum, glucose, titanium dioxide, sodium borate, canola oil (huile de colza), glycine soja (soybean) oil, sodium chloride, sodium benzoate, glucose oxidase, lactoperoxidase, butylphenyl methylpropional, hexyl cinnamal, hydroxycitonellal, hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexane carboxaldehyde, limonene, linalool.  

My review Unfortunately, I wasn’t too keen on the smell of this product. It has a fruity fragrance (that the whole Radiance range is fragranced with), which I quite like, but for some reason on my skin this fruity fragrance vanished really quickly leaving a harsh, stale perfume kind of scent. I am not sure whether it was the fragrance reacting with my skin chemistry or the scent of one of the underlying ingredients coming through, but either way I wasn’t overly keen on it.

Smell aside, this was a fantastic body lotion. It contains mica which gave my skin a gorgeous sparkly sheen (which you can see on my arm in the second picture) – I loved the effect. It was very sexy and flattering. It was beautifully moisturising, yet non greasy. It left my skin hydrated and silky smooth. It really did leave my skin looking, and feeling, quite amazing and I can honestly say that it did leave my skin glowing.
It comes in a 177ml squeeze tube. The nozzle you squeeze the product through is actually quite narrow, so not a heap of product comes out at once. I loved this feature. I tend to be a bit over enthusiastic in squeezing tubes often resulting in way too much product coming out. I never once had this problem with the Radiance body lotion.
Would I purchase this again? Quite possibly. I loved the way it made my skin look. I loved the mica particles and the sheen it gave me – it was very flattering. But I didn’t like the smell. If my perfume can cover the scent of this, then I will probably get it again. If not, then I will use it as a going out moisturiser for my legs – they will look amazing but will be too far away for me to smell them. The body lotion is $24.95 which is in the mid range for a body lotion.
Stockists In Australia, Burt's Bees is available from David Jones, Myer, Priceline, pharmacies and health food stores. Or you can buy the Radiance Body Lotion from Amazon.

If you would like some more detailed information on royal jelly, you may be interested in my blog article- The use of royal jelly in skincare
All opinions stated in this blog are my own. I have no affiliation with any company discussed in this blog and received no remuneration for my comments. These products were provided for consideration by Burt's Bees for their Facebook Trial Team.