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Reviewed and recommended: Burt's Shea Butter Hand Repair Creme

Reviewed by Claire November 22, 2008 0 Comments
I whipped this creme out in class the other day and got quite a response. It smells good, real good. Especially to boys (or men as I should be calling them now). In fact, the flirtacious young man next to me commented so. When I asked him if he wanted to try some, he said, "I like smelling it on you better." Which is probably the case. I don't think that this is a manly scent. Nevertheless, the ladies in the room approved, and I passed the tube on down the line so that everyone could try it out. Yes, it smells that good.

While not an expert in scentology, I would say that this creme's fragrance arises from a deeply layered combination of rose, lavender, orange, rosemary and neroli extracts. What's nice about this is that everything is all-natural, as you would expect from the makers of Burt's Bees lip balm.

It's a rich creme, and rightly thick. Shea butter, cocoa butter and sesame oil are the primary agents here, but also nice is the macadamia seed oil, the deeply healing calendula extract, and the borage seed oil, which has some promising research-supported, anti-aging effects, along with the equally wrinkle-reducing rosehip oil.

In addition, Burt's also gives you a healthy dose of vitamin E and some vitamin A in the form of retinyl palmitate (although it's at the bottom of the ingredient list, so I doubt that it's at a high enough concentration to be effective).

However, there's still so much good in this creme that it's definitely worth the $12.

Ingredients:

rosa damascena (rose) flower water, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, stearic acid, beeswax, glycerin, sesamum indicum (sesame) seed oil, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), tocopherol, theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, macadamia ternifolia (macadamia) seed oil, glucose, rosa canina (rosehip) seed oil, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, salix nigra (willow) bark extract, calendula officinalis flower extract, plantago lanceolata (plantain) leaf extract, alchemilla vulgaris (lady’s mantle) extract, rosa damascena (rose) flower oil, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange/neroli) flower oil, borago officinalis (borage) seed oil, sucrose stearate, retinyl palmitate, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) extract, vegetable oil, beta carotene, xanthan gum, sodium borate, glucose oxidase, lactoperoxidase

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