Saturday, 26 October 2013

Review: Burt's Bees Beeswax & Banana Hand Cream

Hello fellow explorers!

Having moved to the UK, I've come to realise how affordable food in Singapore is and how much variety we have without having to burn a hole in your pocket. So instead of reviewing food (like I always do) I've decided to review on beauty products I've been stocking up on + trying out instead:)

Presenting... Burt's Bees Beeswax & Banana Hand Cream. I was on the hunt for a good hand cream seeing the weather over here can be cold and dry, which makes my skin (esp my hands) susceptible to cracking. I was browsing in Boots (UK version of Watsons in SG) and having heard good reviews about BB's lip balm, I decided to try this out.

Okay, I'm used to hand creams which produce a fruity or floral scent that leaves no sticky residue whatsoever. I don't like hand creams that leave your hands glossy and sticky. When I first used this it left a rather sticky residue that stayed on my hands for about 10mins. And in my opinion that's a looooong time for a product to absorb. BUT I decided to read the instructions on the jar and it said to use 'a small dollop' on 'cleaned, washed hands' and voila! It actually felt much better the second time I used it. It absorbed quicker than the previous time and left my hands feeling smooth and ready to conquer winter.

So, what are the pros and cons?
(+) it's especially good for colder climates where your skin cracks easily
(+) the really, really attractive packaging which partly persuaded me to buy this :)
(+) you'll only need a small dollop to work it's magic

(-) the jar, albeit adorable, is hard to screw back on after applying the hand cream
(-) the smell might take some time to get used to (doesn't exactly smell the nicest but it's not horrible either)
(-) a little steep in price (£9.99/jar, that's about SGD20 holy...)
(-) might not be the best product for hot climates as it does take some time to absorb. But using it in air-conditioned rooms should be a-okay

I'll admit this isn't the best smelling product, but it does the job. It keeps my hands smooth and prevents the edges of my fingernails from peeling which happens frequently. 

Effectiveness: 4/5
Price: 3/5 (£9.99/jar of 57g)
Best for: colder climates 
Repurchase?: if it's on sale again, sure

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