güd by Burt’s Bees Orange Petalooza Shampoo and Conditioner review, photos

Thursday, April 10, 2014

gud burt's bees shampoo conditioner review

The product: güd from Burt’s Bees Orange Petalooza Natural Nourishing Shampoo and Natural Softening Shampoo

It’s not often that I review things as soon as I try them, but this shampoo/conditioner duo from güd (a natural haircare/skincare range by Burt’s Bees) is an exception to the rule. My hair is still shower-fresh as I write this, and I’m altogether smitten with my güd experience so far.

gud Orange Petalooza shampoo conditioner review

gud Orange Petalooza review

The Orange Petalooza Natural Nourishing Shampoo

I gave these products a bit of a “blind” test, running them through their paces before reading what they were (and what they were supposed to do). The clear, thin Orange Petalooza shampoo lathers really, really nicely–much more easily than my usual all-natural shampoo–and leaves my scalp feeling clean, but not tight. 

The scent is another really lovely surprise: as it lathers, it smells less and less like what you’d expect from a mass-market product. It’s described as blood orange and hyacinth, and completely nails it in the execution. It’s no Serge Lutens Fleurs d’Oranger, but I like to think of this güd scent as Serge’s $7 rendition.

The ingredients: (SLS, petroleum, phtalate, paraben, and silicone-free. Not tested on animals.)

Ingredients: Water, Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Sodium Bis-Hydroxyethylglycinate Coco-Glucosides Crosspolymer, Rice Extract, Fragrance, Sodium Cocoyl Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Glycerin, Betaine, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower, Peppermint Leaf Extract, Salvia Sage Leaf Extract, Thyme Leaf Extract, Nettle Leaf Extract, Origanum Vulgare Leaf Oil, Thyme Oil, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Lauryl Lactyl Lactate, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Sodium Chloride, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Potassium Sorbate, Lactic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Polyaspartate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Protein, Arginine, Leuconostoc Ferment Filtrate, Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Alcohol Denat. 

gud Orange Petalooza Natural Nourishing Shampoo review

The Orange Petalooza Natural Softening Conditioner

güd’s Orange Petalooza Natural Softening Conditioner is, like its shampoo counterpart, a little on the thin side — but this is by no means a bad thing. Despite not feeling as thick or slippery as I’m used to, this conditioner left my hair feeling soft, hydrated, and full. 

The Natural Nourishing Conditioner smells a bit different than the shampoo, with more of a “true” bitter orange scent. It’s lighter on the florals, but there’s something in its base notes that I can’t quite put my finger on — it smells a little darker, a little deeper. I don’t think I’d be as fond of this scent in a body lotion or even shower gel, but for my hair, it’s really lovely.

Again, like its other half, this conditioner is silicone-free.

Ingredients: Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Fragrance, Ceteareth-20, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Sunflower Seed Oil, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower, Peppermint Leaf Extract, Sage Leaf Extract, Thyme Leaf Extract, Nettle Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Stearalkonium Chloride, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Alcohol Denat.

gud Orange Petalooza Natural Softening Conditioner review

The verdict?

The güd from Burt’s Bees Orange Petalooza shampoo and conditioner duo is a clear winner in my books. It’s hydrating and softening, without a hint of SLS or silicone – an impressive feat, as I’m sure my fellow ‘cone-free lads and ladies will recognize!

The Orange Petalooza scent is a unique blend of bitter orange and florals, and while it’s far from high-end perfumery, it’s a really lovely drugstore find.

Availability: $6.99 USD/$8.29 CAD at Walgreens, Target, Drugstore.com, and Well.ca.

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Burt’s Bees Blush, Petunia, & Autumn Haze swatches, reviews | 3 Lip Launches Worth Buzzing About

Monday, July 8, 2013

Burt's Bees Lip Gloss review swatches - Autumn Haze

The products: Burt’s Bees Lip Shine in Blush, Tinted Lip Balm in Petunia, and Lip Gloss in Autumn Haze

Burt’s Bees Blush Lip Shine ($7.00 USD/$9.99 CAD)

Burt’s new Lip Shine is the star of the show for me, so I have to lead with it, of course. Blush is a sheer, shiny light pink, and the Lip Shine formula is everything that the now-retired Super Shiny formula wished it was: glossy, lightly hydrating, softly tinted, and completely non-sticky. What really seals the deal for me, though, is the Lip Shines’ mouthwateringly delicious scent. I’ve run into great-smelling lip balms before, but nothing quite like this — they call it a “natural apricot fragrance,” but it’s so much tastier than that.

Burt's Bees Lip Shine review swatches - Blush

Burt’s Bees Lip Shine in Blush

Despite not being much of a gloss girl and liking a bit more of a tint in my lip products, I can’t stop using this gloss. I think I’m going to need a few more shades (uhh, like maybe the other five), because I’m going through my tube like there’s no tomorrow.

Burt’s Bees Lip Shine ingredients:

Castor seed oil, oleic/linoleic/linolenic polyglycerides, sunflower seed oil, lanolin, silica, beeswax, acacia decurrens/jojoba/sunflower seed wax, polyglyceryl-3 esters, natural flavour, apricot kernel oil (& hydrogenated, unsaponifiables), shea butter, cocoa seed butter, tocopherol, ammonium glycyrrhizate, soybean oil, alumina. +/- carmine, CI 77491, CI 77492, iron oxides, titanium dioxide.

Burt's Bees Lip Shine Blush swatch review

Swatched L-R: Burt’s Bees Lip Gloss in Autumn Haze, Lip Shine in Blush, & Tinted Lip Balm in Petunia

Petunia Tinted Lip Balm ($7.00 USD/$7.99 CAD)

I told you how much I loved the Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balms when they launched, and Petunia is no different. The brand launched four new shades in this range this past January (the others are Sweet Violet, Caramel Daisy, and Blush Orchid), and this soft pink balm has secured itself a place in my handbag for lazy days.

Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm review swatches - Petunia

Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Petunia

It’s a lot more sheer than my first shade (Pink Blossom), but this almost-clear balm is still comfortable, lightly scented, and moderately hydrating.

And as a bonus: You know that chunky cardboard tube that these come in? Burt’s recommends using them to store bobby pins or cotton swabs – not only are they recyclable and 60% recycled, but they’re reusable, too.

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The Best of Burt’s Bees review & photos | A Boxing Week skin saviour

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream, Almond Milk hand cream

The product: Burt’s Bees Best of Burt’s Bees set (Holiday 2012)

This year’s Best of Burt’s Bees set ($24.99 CAD) contains three full-size Burt’s bestsellers, and is basically a hit of major hydration in a box. With targeted treatments for dry hands, feet, and cuticles, I like to think of it as my little “prairie saviour” box — perfect for soothing your holiday-shopping-tired feet and wind-chapped hands. 

(And by wind-chapped, I totally mean shopping-mall-chapped.)

The Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream

Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream review

A Burt’s Bees classic, the Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream is waxy and unyielding, and takes a moment to apply . That said, though, it does its job well — that same waxy texture also means that it’s highly portable (in any climate), and stays on your cuticles like nobody’s business.

I haven’t tested this out long enough to give it a ringing endorsement, but from what I’ve seen of it so far, it definitely does a great job of locking in moisture without getting your fingertips or hands greasy. You don’t have to use a lot of it each time, and what you do put on withstands a respectable amount of wear & washing, to boot.

Burt's Bees Coconut Foot Creme with Vitamin E

The Coconut Foot Cream

Rather unexpectedly (for someone who rarely-if-ever uses foot creams), this was my favourite of the bunch! Despite living on the prairies and having chronically dry skin, my feet don’t actually tend to get terribly dry — less so than the rest of my body, even.

The Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Cream is strangely gelatinous, while still being petroleum-free and 99% natural. Like their Peppermint Foot Lotion, Burts’ coconut cream feels luxurious and has a bit of a minty tingle — but that’s where the comparisons end.

Burt's Bees Foot Cream - Coconut

Where the peppermint lotion is thin, white, and sinks in quickly, this one reminds me of a thick honey butter, flavoured with a slightly-spicy coconut and a little sticky. It’s made to sink in overnight (follow up with cotton socks, of course), and delivers deep hydration while having what I’d actually describe as quite a pleasing scent!

The Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Cream

Burt's Bees Hand Cream - Almond & Milk

Like the coconut foot cream, Burts’ Beeswax Hand Cream has a lovely, interesting texture — in this case, the texture of a waxy butter, solid in the jar but which melts easily as it’s worked into the skin.

While rich and moisturizing in terms of formula, my complaint with this product lies in its portability and fragrance. The latter is overdone (a problem I have with a surprising number of Burt’s Bees products), and has a sharp, synthetic edge that may be headache-inducing for some. And, while the 2 ounce jar is a great sink-side or desk-drawer addition, it’s far from portable — just something to consider, with the way hand creams need re-application in climates like the prairies!

Burt's Bees Almond & Milk Hand Cream

The verdict?

At $25, this set is a good deal… but only if you already love all three of the included products. With the way I (don’t) go through products, I tend to prefer sets like the Burt’s Bees Tips n Toes Kit  — that is, ones that let you try out a lot of different products, rather than those that get you stocked up with old standbys.

So, while I liked this set, I’d actually recommend that you give the other one a go, instead! (Or, hey, any one of these.) Something like the Tips ‘n Toes Kit is just $19 CAD for the same awesome formulas plus three others, but minus the commitment of full-sized containers.

Or, y’know, skip the hand care entirely and just go for the Coconut Foot Cream. I’m having a lot of fun with the texture! And, okay, the giant hit of moisture and tasty fragrance are pretty nice too, I guess.

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The Gift Guide | Boxed up & ready to go

Sunday, December 9, 2012

I have been strangely fond of the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments as of late — there’s something about their heavy, weighted packaging & twist-end closure that just sits really well with me.

At $22.50 USD ($26 CAD), they’re priced higher than I think we’d all prefer, but sometimes the little luxuries make the best gifts, you know? The products that you know someone will really enjoy, but wouldn’t necessarily splurge on if left to their own devices.

Living inside the box (for once) 

But then I started thinking about beauty gifts, and boxed gifts, and the ones that hang on trees (on Christmas trees, not just random backyard pines upon their own volition), and I wanted to throw together a few ready-to-go boxed sets for all of you. They’re quick, easy, and all you have to do is add some wrapping paper and a ribbon.

And, alright, some of this panic stems from the fact that your last ship date for Sephora.ca is tomorrow, in order for standard shipping to get a package to your door by the 24th. Our American readers and friends have a bit more time (Dec. 18th), but the 25th is sneaking up on us pretty quickly!

And, finally, a quick preview of a boxed set that’s coming up…

The Best of Burt’s Bees Set ($24.99 CAD), which contains their Coconut Foot Crème, Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Crème, and cult-status Lemon Cuticle Cream, all of which are paraben-, silicone-, and cruelty-free!

Wherein having a (bright, juicy) scent counts | Burt’s Bees Refreshing Lip Balm with Pink Grapefruit review, photos

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The product: Burt’s Bees Refreshing Lip Balm with Pink Grapefruit

It’s not okay to eat your lip balm, Rae. It’s not okay. It’s not okay. It’s not okay.

But oh, how I want to! Burts’ (surprisingly tasteless) Refreshing Lip Balm smells incredible – completely evocative of a fresh, juicy pink grapefruit, a bit tart rather than syrupy-sweet. It would be an entirely convincing scent (save for the fact that nature rarely produces anything just this perfectly scented), and the balm itself carries absolutely no synthetic or waxy undertones.

New this April at The Bay (in Canada) and Burts’ online site, Burt’s Refreshing Lip Balm with Pink Grapefruit is 100% natural; free of petrochemicals, phtalates, and parabens. The not-tested-on-animals formula contains key ingredients of beeswax, sunflower oil, coconut oil, and pink grapefruit seed oils (rich in Vitamins C and E).

It moisturizes as well as the rest of the Burt’s Bees stick balm lineup, which is to say: it’s far from terrible, but still not enough for my super-dry lips. If you’re a fan of Burts’ Replenishing (pomegranate), Rejuvenating (acai), or Nourishing (mango) lip balms, though, then you’ll like this one, to – they’re all based on a sunflower seed & coconut oil formula.

Strangely, I find Burts’ un-tinted “fruity” balms to be less hydrating than their tinted ones - the latter tout a formula that’s mainly coconut and vegetable oil, without the sunflower seed oil.

Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, cera alba (beeswax), aroma (natural flavor), ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, lanolin, citrus paradisi (grapefruit) seed oil, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, tocopherol, ammonium glycyrrhizate, canola oil, soybean oil, limonene.

The verdict?

Burt, my dear, you and your bees had me at “pink grapefruit.” It’s the one citrus scent that I’m a complete sucker for, whether it’s in a scrub, moisturizer, or delicious buttercream frosting, and finding it in the most recent Burt’s launch was like a Summer dream come true.

Despite not being hydrating enough for me to wear it on its own or as an intensive lip balm, I have still found myself reaching for this over the past little while. It’s alarmingly fresh, and with a price tag that’s less than a latté, you can’t really go wrong. 

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