Saturday, January 8, 2011

Burt's Body Wash

I really hadn't paid much attention to Burt's Bees, or the number of skin care products they make. In fact, I can't honestly say that I was aware they produced more than lip balm, but now that I've taken a look at their website, the number of products they offer is astounding. They even have a dedicated line of men's care products which, as I mentioned in my previous post, is nice and somewhat uncommon to find among natural, cruelty-free skin care products. In need of new body wash after finishing off my bottle of Every Man Jack, I purchased a bottle of Burt's Natural Skin Care for Men Body Wash. I've been using it for three days now, and I'm still not sure what I think about it. As with the Every Man Jack body wash, the Burt's for men body wash has a distinctly different scent than the more floral scented ones that I'd become accustomed to. Though, unlike the somewhat musky aroma of Every Man Jack, the Burt's body wash smells like an interesting combination of citrus and pine
(though the product description suggests that it's likely fir needle oil rather than pine that I'm smelling). Honestly, I don't know if I like it or not. There's something very refreshing about it, but the combination of those two scents is dangerously close to a patchouli-like scent, which I absolutely hate. Patchouli, in my opinion, is one of the worst, most offensive aromas known to man. Now, I'm not saying that this smells just like patchouli, but I had to check the ingredients to make sure it wasn't hiding in there (it's not). So, I'm mixed on this. It's growing on me a little, but after using it for three days I can't yet say I'm a fan. Maybe once I've gone through the bottle, I'll have changed my tune and, if I do, I'll be sure to post an update.

I will say that it does do a great job cleaning my body, and I appreciate that my skin is never left feeling oily. It may be among the best of the body washes I've tried in that respect, which is certainly what it promises in its product description: "Get an intense clean with this naturally invigorating body wash that cleans away dirt and odor, leaving skin refreshed. Coconut, sunflower and citrus oils cleanse while cypress and fir oils energize for skin that looks, smells, and feels its natural best."

This is certainly why I'm mixed on the Burt's body wash for men. It delivers an outstanding clean with a smell that doesn't really work for me. But scents are really a subjective thing, and many other reviewers seem to like it. So, I would definitely suggest people to give it a good sniff first. And if you like what you smell, it's well worth buying.

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