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

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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  • Ooh I'm excited for this one. LOVE Burt's Bees lip balms and love pink grapefruit! Win! I used to use the Honey one ALL the time, so definitely will be checking this one out. I kinda wish it was tinted pink too, though. Even if it didn't actually tint your lips…but that's just me being picky :)
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    • Hope you like this one! It's not the same formula as the Honey one, though (just as a heads up) — more sunflower seed and coconut oil than beeswax.

      And to be totally honest, I was kinda hoping this one would be a super-sheer pink, too :p

  • Oh I thought I had escaped Burt's Bees clutches forever and they reel me back in with this. Definitely gonna pick this up when I find it!

  • Liz

    I love the pomegranate one so I'll be giving this a try at some point… after I finish the gazillion other balms in my stash. :) I don't mind reapplying balms when it comes in the handy dandy shape of a chapstick.
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    • Lol! Still trying to cut back on your beauty habit, I see? (So am I, but it feels rather like a losing battle. :p)

      Hope you like this one, when you do get a chance to pick it up!

  • I think this is their best balm for me, even better than the Beeswax! I don't like their tinted balms at all!

    • Haha, to each their own, I suppose! :P Glad this formula's working for your lips, Jenny!

  • ; w ; Why would they make lip balm smell and taste delicious when you can't eat it?!
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    • LOL! Who says you can't? ;)

      (I'm kidding; I'm kidding! Please dont eat this D: )

  • Carla

    I know it's only tangentially related, but: Pink Grapefruit Buttercream Frosting?!?! Where?!