Thanks to the kind folks at BzzAgent and Burt’s Bees I’ve been trying out the new Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration line for the past 6 weeks. The line features the botanical Clary Sage, which according to the Burt’s Bees website, inspired the Intense Hydration line of products. Clary Sage is “a tenacious little plant that has learned how to not just survive, but thrive in the dry windswept hills of the Mediterranean.” …”because of its exceptional ability to trap and retain moisture.”
As winter has kicked in here in New York it was good timing to try a line that aims to fix your dry skin woes. My skin was suffering the change in seasons – it was tight and actually flaky! Not a good look. So how am I doing 6 weeks later? Well for starters the flakiness is gone. Phew. My skin feels normal again! So much so that I’m pretty much sold on this stuff. I love the cleanser – it removes makeup, yet doesn’t leave me feeling dried out. Quite the contrary, even just using the cleanser I felt a difference in dryness. The night cream is really wonderful. It’s super thick and rich yet not greasy at all. It melts into my skin and I wake up still feeling good hours later. My skin is much softer now – thank heavens!
Now, I really REALLY wanted to love the treatment mask, but honestly I don’t. I like how it feels on, but it is difficult to wipe off after the 5 – 10 minutes you’re supposed to leave it on (I tried it for both lengths of time). The directions say to then “massage remaining product into your skin” well for me the remaining product just felt very waxy and didn’t absorb into my skin very well. I was left feeling greasy. I gave the tube to a friend with even drier skin to try and she reported back “I thought it absorbed pretty well, but it was hard to wipe off. And I still feel like my face is kinda greasy.” So…we’re not thrilled with it. Which is tough for me to admit because I’m so in love with the other products. I wanted this one to be great!
In any case I’m 100% sold on the cleanser and night cream now. I’ll be trying some of the other products from the line too – on my own dime. I really like this Intense Hydration line and I love Burt’s Bees philosophy so it’s an easy choice for me. If you’re not familiar with Burt’s Bees and their commitment to being a socially responsible company you may want to read about them here.
Disclosure: I received full size samples of Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Cleanser, Night Cream and Treatment Mask and several samples and coupons for free as a part of a BzzAgent Campaign. All opinions expressed above are my own.