Debra Lynn Dadd

Burt's Bees products

QUESTION:

What is your opinion on Burt's Bees hair care and body products? I've begun to switch to Burt's Bees since I want products that are more natural, and have already bought a toner, deep cleansing creme, and a body lotion. I am happy with these products so far and I plan to purchase shampoo and conditioner this week. I noticed this company is not on "Debra's List" and am wondering why.

Thank you,
Danielle

POSTED BY DANIELLE :: OHIO USA :: 08/21/2007 3:28 PM


DEBRA'S ANSWER:

First, just because a company is not on Debra's LIst doesn't mean it isn't good. I'm adding links as fast as I can, but there are still more to add. For cosmetics, I'm focusing on the companies that have organic ingredients, since personal care products are absorbed into the body through the skin even more quickly that food ingested.

Burt's Bees is a good "natural" brand, but not all the products are 100% natural and none of the ingredients are organic. One thing I like about their website is they tell you the exact ingredients and the percentage that is natural (mostly 90-something).

Given my limited time and space, I won't be adding them to Debra's List because of lack of organic ingredients, but they would certainly be on the list if I were including "natural" personal care products.

Debra :-)


COMMENTS:

Hello! I've just read Danielle's question about Burt's Bees and I want to share my experience. I have experienced chemical sensitivities for many years, and I generally do not use "conventional" personal-care products. I seek out natural (or mostly natural) items, and I thought that I'd be safe with a company like Burt's Bees.

Well, I found out otherwise when I bought their Color Keeper Green Tea & Fennel Seed Conditioner. The label identifies this hair product as being 97.32% Natural, and believe me when I tell you that the 2.68% that is not natural is plenty enough to make a person sick. The list of ingredients contains a very general "fragrance" as the third-to-last item in the formula. Clearly it's a laboratory-made, petroluem-derived fragrance; I had such an acute reaction to it that I had to go back into the shower and rewash my hair after I had dried it! And I was left with a headache and the beginnings of a sinus infection.

I have used other Burt's Bees products without incident, but I cannot recommend this particular conditioner. Your hair--and your entire system--will be much better off without it.

POSTED BY IVANA :: MASSACHUSETTS USA :: 08/27/2007 1:53 PM


I find that generally Burt's Bees products are very frangranced, and, as the previous poster pointed out, they do not tell you what that fragrance comes from. I don't have MCS, but I do not use fragranced products if I can help it. I started this because my mother was sensitive to perfumes, but after switching, I now find that fragranced products always smell very strong to me. So, maybe Burt's Bees wouldn't bother someone else the way it bothers me.

POSTED BY JUSTINE :: BRITISH COLUMBIA CANADA :: 08/30/2007 7:51 AM


Burts Bee's products also give me problems. Some of the fragrance they use can give me an instant headache. I've been using a line of products from a company called Savannah Moon for about three years now. I love it , it's a great natural products line.

www.SavannahMoon.com

Everyone in my family uses it. Especially my daughter who ends up with irritation from everything. It's the only soap and oil I like to use on her. They carry a summertime lotion I love and have to have.
Not everything in their line is organic, but it is natural. I've used many of their products and had excellent results.

One thing I really like about their company is their scenting options. They use natural essential oils, a fragrance oil or a product can be unscented. Many options. (they have a Lavenmint soap bar that my husband insists that I keep in the shower) On their website, you can find ingredient lists on each page. For me, the scent is important. For my daughter, the ingredients are. So this is handy.

Also, if you find that they are out of something online, give them a call, they can usually get it to you in a week or two. I've had to myself several times and found them to be very helpful.

POSTED BY AOA :: OHIO USA :: 09/13/2007 5:29 AM


Try Hugo Naturals...it IS Natural and Organic...certified...Hugo himself goes to the Amazon, Africa, etc. directly to the farms and makes certain all is sustainable and fair traded...ingredients are always REAL , he see ie: the actual tea leaves growning. Unlike many other 'organic' products found in coops or Whole Foods, this one is true to each product, farmer, seed. I was truly impressed with the bio on the web site.

POSTED BY LEE :: CA USA :: 09/24/2007 12:52 PM


There are 2 types of burts bees products (in my opinion). The scented and the unscented. The older products, like the lip balm are only scented naturally, essential oils, rose water, that sort of thing. But many of the newer products are scented with "fragrence". It is easy to tell them apart don't be fooled by the %natural number. Some with artificial fragrence say %100 natural, I don't know why this is so. Just read the ingredients and if it says fragrence you know it's something foul. If not it is very natural with additives like vitiman E. I have been using there lip balm for 10 years and have been recently disturbed bu supporing a company calling itself natural and using fragrences that make me sick, also wanting an organic choice, but other things I try just aren't as good or bother me so I'm sticking to it. Basically, the non fragrence items are great but stick away from the fragrence ones but those infortunately include the shampoo and conditioner and many of the face care products.

POSTED BY THEO :: INDIANA USA :: 09/24/2007 1:24 PM


I was in my HFS not long ago and they told me that most of the Burt's Bee's products had been sold out to a big company. I guess there are a few that haven't. I have no way of verifying this and only have the clerk's word but I have noticed a change in the last couple of years.

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: Burt's Bees is currently owned by AEA Investors. There's lots more on this at http://www.theblessedbee.com/byebyeburt.html.


POSTED BY BRENDA :: NORTH CAROLINA USA :: 09/27/2007 8:28 AM


Clorox is buying Burt's Bees for $925 million.

www.treehugger.com/files/2007/11/burts_bees_sell.php

Debra :-)


POSTED BY DEBRA LYNN DADD :: DEBRA LYNN DADD :: DLD123.COM :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 11/12/2007 5:41 AM


I am not sure where the info Lee is posting on HUGO's products being organic is coming from, but nowhere on the bottles or their web site is it stated that their ingredients are organic. Maybe they are natural, but that is far from organic.I am very sensitive to sented items but Hugo's Vanilla shampoo is tolerable. I have not found ANY of Burt's Bees itmes to be as many of the writers stated. I am still keeping on Aubrey to make an unscented line as their products are mostly **certified** organic and paraben free as well as SLS free but their hair care products are almost lethal with the sent they put out. Any way to get a letter writing campaign going to Aubrey??
Quinn's Mom

POSTED BY QUINN'S MOM :: MARYLAND USA :: 11/20/2007 12:45 PM


Burt's Bees was recently purchased by the Clorox company (Oct. 31, 2007). Talk about the antithesis of 'natural' products. It has been my observation that anytime a 'natural' company has been purchased by a major corporation (i.e. Odwalla by Coca-Cola, Tom's Of Maine by Colgate) the changes have not been for the best.

POSTED BY JIM OTT :: TX USA :: 11/20/2007 1:22 PM


Hi, I have mcs and I get head aches if the wind blows!!I have a very sensitive brain and therfore shampooes that I use I have to be very particular with.I have used Burts Bees grapefruit shampoo as one of the few I have found that doesnt give me a reaction and it has been good so far.I have tried tons of shampooes and so far only a few of Aubrey's products and this have worked.I even tried a California Baby shampoo but the crazy mild antibacterial ingredient really bothered me.If any one knows of any super mild chemically free shampoos please email me at [email protected] Bob From Fla

POSTED BY BOB :: FLA USA :: 11/20/2007 1:38 PM


I have not been able to use Burt's Bees due to the smells. I have to use everything totally unscented. For the person who asked about shampoo and conditioner, we have found that Magick botanicals unscented oil free shampoo and conditioner work best. I used to use Granny's Old Fashioned before they stopped making it. It was made from coconut but was also unscented. You can get magick botanicals from www.needs.com or www.aehf.com

Also, please note that you can have a reaction to anything, natural or chemical. I am allergic to jojoba oil which is in a lot of natural things. I just put some plain jojoba oil on my skin, obtained from some small organic company, and my skin turned bright red and broke out. Even if you have MCS, you probably also have allergies too and sometimes both of them are a problem. I can't use petroleum jelly or unpetroleum jelly. The only thing i can use on my lips is eccobella lip pencil. www.eccobella.com for cosmetics.

POSTED BY MILLIE :: TENNESSEE USA :: 11/24/2007 7:04 PM


We used Burt's Bees products before we started our business making our own natural products. Our family has sensitive skin, and it seems like we all have different allergic reactions, but seldom did any of us have a reaction to anything in their products. We found them to be far superior to most store products.

POSTED BY FREEDA :: NATURALLY SUPERB SKIN PRODUCTS :: WWW.NATURALLYSUPERB.COM :: ILLINOIS USA :: 11/27/2007 11:05 AM


I used to use Burt's Bees until they sold out. After they sold I could tell the products were different. I am sure they use cheaper ingredients. Also, it seems like the whole company is greenwash now. The people running it are ex-Loreal execs (Loreal still tests on animals!) and Burt's is now owned by Clorox--who is one of the leading animal testers in the United States! Talk about a mixed message. I don't see how any product with synthetic fragrances in them can be considered "natural". In my opinion "natural" is a totally meaningless word. I switched over to BeeCeuticals Organics www.beeceuticals.com after an article on them in Treehugger because they have USDA certified organic products and only use organic essential oils to scent and I love bee products for my skin. Don't believe the Burt's Bees Hype!

POSTED BY TREADLIGHTLY :: NEW YORK USA :: 12/04/2007 1:07 PM


Until I found 100% organic skincare products, I was using Burt's "Baby Bee." It was so much better than anything else I had at the time, except Aubrey's unscented; but Burt's isn't organic and I also wonder why they don't list what is in the "fragrance."

Now I am "spoiled" by Miessence because when you click on any product all the ingredients and pictures of each one appears! You click to see their benefits - because their standard is that every ingredient in organic products has to be beneficial - and also food-grade organic!

All toxins have an MSDS and you can just search each ingredient online, or in one of the chemical databases. The Organic Natural Enterprises website (below) links to the University of Akron's database, which lists 20,000 toxins. (Under "Ingredients", "Toxic ingredients", you then "Open the Chemical Ingredient Glossary" and then type in the ingredient you want to check.) You won’t find anything toxic in Miessence organic skincare, and these smell freshly made and feel great!

POSTED BY FRAN :: NATURETOYOU :: NATURETOYOU.NET :: TX USA :: 12/11/2007 12:08 PM


BURT'S BEES is launching a marketing blitz and defining 'NATURAL' in their products.

From my research, BB has made a commitment to remove their PETRLATUM in their LIP BALM and to begin removal of any PARABENS/SULFATES like SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE,CHEMICAL SUNSCREENS/GLYCOLS/PHTHALATES/PEG/DEA and TEA/FORMALDEHYDE AND have promised to NEVER use PROCESSES using caustic solvents. BE VILIGENT! If you must, buy a MAGNIFIER to read the ingredients and EMAIL corporate to let them know you support their initiative. THE MORE VOICES THEY HEAR, THE MORE CHANGES WE WILL SEE! BE PROACTIVE for EVERYTHING that goes on your HAIR, SKIN, NAILS, EYES,TEETH and LIPS.

EMAIL the companies that DO NOT list ingredients and ASK THEM what they are, TELL THEM YOU, YOUR FAMILY and FRIENDS will NOT purchase their products until they stop including SAFER ingredients.

Same goes for your FOOD, HOME PRODUCTS and CLEANING PRODUCTS.

KEEP COMING TO DEBRA'S website. KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!

POSTED BY TERRY :: FLORIDA USA :: 04/07/2008 1:13 PM


Perhaps I was less aware a few years ago, but Bert's Bees products were some I trusted. Particularly liked a carrot based mask or maybe it was a moisturizer. Three months ago, I bought a BB shampoo which stated on the label it was 'natural." I always read ingredients and felt they had changed, more chemicals noted. Bought it anyway because I trusted the brand. Wrong! My scalp became very inflamed, itchy, open weeping sores, then drying scaly scalp. Healing not yet complete. No more BB for me!

Debra's and now Terry's point (see above) about being an even more vocal and vigilant consumer are excellent.

POSTED BY NANCY :: TEXAS USA :: 04/10/2008 1:40 PM


Just realized I wrote STOP instead of START including SAFER products...

from my research "NATURAL", "ORGANIC" "HYPOALLERGENIC" and "FRAGRANCE" are NOT legally defined by the FDA. Anyone who thinks the FDA is protecting us, better do some research. Read articles on Skin Deep website, titled "FDA ADMITS INABILITY TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS" and in the Seattle newspaper, "CONGRESS TO INVESTIGATE THE CHEMICAL INDUSTRY" Even the EPA is now under scrutiny for firing an ADVOCATE for stronger regulation.

The FDA allows the term "FRAGRANCE" to hide toxic ingredients.
"NATURAL FRAGRANCE" means NOTHING! BEWARE of COMPANIES cloaked as "GREEN" putting NATURAL or SAFE or other terms in their COMPANY NAME.

POSTED BY TERRY :: FLORIDA USA :: 04/14/2008 2:19 PM


I just read these comments and I am shocked to learn that Burt's Bees is now owned by Clorox!

I wanted to mention www.denhamsnatural.com .

I have been using their lotions and creams every now and then (I usually stick to plain olive oil and shea butter on the face).

They are from what I understand still a small family owned business and their prices are reasonable.

All products do come in plastic, though.

They don't claim to be organic but other than a minimum amount of food grade preservative the ingredients are all natural.

What I like is that their products contain only few ingredients, all ingredients are listed, and all unscented versions are truly unscented.

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: And, I'll add, they have lots of unscented products.


POSTED BY ULLI :: MARYLAND USA :: 04/14/2008 2:31 PM


I recently began using Burt's Bees on a whim, because I read sulfates are bad for both hair and skin. And while on occassion I must use a clarifying wash to eliminate buildup, I am very pleased with this product line. I own the Color Keeper and Super Shiny, and find that although I wash my hair twice, I enjoy it and love the scent, and am impressed with how clean it actually leaves my hair. I suppose it's pure soap by contrast to other shampoos that contain unnecessary waxes and residues. I wonder, though, if an adult can use the Baby Bee shampoo some days?

I am also moving toward natural skin care products. I use Jason moisturizers and satin soap for the face. The only drawback is the price of many natural soaps. The body wash for Jason is $20. That's excessive.

Burt's Bees is probably the best product I've ever used. I can't see myself returning to the abyss of Suave and Pantene, or even the dismal, sulfate-laden salon washes that seem to do as much damage. I wonder if there will ever be a push toward natural soaps so much so that they will become cheaper and more widely used? I certainly hope that is the case. I believe we would all benefit.

I also wonder if someone could tell me what Dr. Bronner's is,if that's the correct spelling. Do you use it the same as a shampoo? Is it safe? Effective? And are there any other ways in which I can make the transition to natural products better?

Burt's Bees saves hair. Mine is damaged and so far, it has restored it at least halfway. Once the new hair comes in, no doubt it will be even nicer. My hair, by the way, is fine but I have enough of it, wavy and brown. I am pleased with how Burt's Bees treats it.

Thanks for allowing me to comment.

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: The thing about products is that most of them have pros and cons. And there is a whole spectrum of products from best to worst. It's great that you've found a "better" product that improves your damaged hair, even though Burts Bees has some "cons".

Dr. Bronner Magic Soaps is a pure soap product that can be used for cleaning or body. I've never washed my hair with it, but I have some, so I'll try it. These soaps have been sold in every natural food store for decades. You cna choose from all natural or organic ingredients.


POSTED BY AMY :: NEW YORK USA :: 04/16/2008 12:37 PM


BEWARE OF JASON, AUBREY, AVALON and even WHOLE FOODS 365. I took my list of toxic ingredients with me to WHOLE FOODS and lo and behold, there were ingredients that are harmful. Sodium Laureth Sulfate, PEG to name a few. Don't fall for the "DERIVED FROM" COCONUT or TEA TREE or any NATURAL plant...
once the molecular structure is changed it becomes SYNTHETIC, hence the name is changed, due to the ethoxylation process they use. ref www.greenmarket.com/toxins article
I AM EMAILING ALL OF THEM

I looked at DR BRONNER'S soap, but wasn't sure if it could be used as a shampoo. THANKS DEBRA FOR THE INFO!

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: I did try Dr. Bronner's soap for shampoo the other day. It was fine, except it didn't wash out as well as shampoo with San Francisco tap water.

KIRK'S COCO CASTILE SOAP seems good, except for 'natural fragrance' listed as the last ingredient KIRK'S BODY WASH or LOTION is NOT as pure I emailed them last week, with no response.

ALERT!!!There are several websites that start off as INFORMING US of toxic chemicals, they go on to list ingredients BUT as you read on, once they quote the FDA or CIR (Cosmetics Ingredients Review board) you realize the "cosmetic industry double speak." CIR and CTFA are connected with the cosmetics industry.
Typically, these website SELL cosmetics with PARABENS and other harmful chemicals. ref to PAULA'S CHOICE www.cosmeticsop.com and read the article in response to an email from KAREN, who took issue with PAULA supporting PARABENS.

DEBRA'S IS ONE OF THE BEST WEBSITES TO GET HONEST INFORMATION FROM!

POSTED BY TERRY :: FLORIDA USA :: 04/21/2008 10:28 PM


Hi Debra,

I wanted to correct a posting for Savannah Moon Natural Relaxation Bath & Body Care Products.

We "do not" use any artificial fragrance oils to scent our products. We only use "Relaxation Based Essential Oils" for their relaxation and healing properties. Our scents include: LavenMint, Lavender and Chamomile/Lavender. For those that
are interested in Bath & Body Care Products that are truly unscented, we offer Moonbeam.

A full list of ingredients are available at the bottom of each page.

I would like to extend an offer to anyone reading your blog for a "FREE Savannah Moon Lip Balm" with an online order. Enter the code: "FREE Lips DLD" where it asks for your Sales Reps ID#. Also let us know which scent you prefer.

Savannah Moon is "NOT an MLM". We put together a Sales Rep program to thank our customers that loved our products and wanted to share them with their family and friends. We offer a 25% commission on all sales that they bring in. This is our way of giving back to our community and saying "Thank You!" for helping us spread the word.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Thank you,
Karen Seremak, owner
Savannah Moon Relaxation Products, LLC
www.SavannahMoon.com
330.334.1997

POSTED BY KAREN SEREMAK :: SAVANNAH MOON NATURAL RELAXATION, BATH & BODY CARE :: WWW.SAVANNAHMOON.COM :: OHIO USA :: 04/28/2008 10:51 PM


I am a new mom. After doing some research about safe baby bottles and plastic toys I learned about phthalates and parabens in cosmetics (feel like I was living with a blindfold on!) and bought all Burt's Bee's products, especially for my 8-month old.

I feel somewhat uneasy about using ANY product after everything I read and all the mixed messages. One mom suggested to me that we just lick our babies clean! But I am nursing so I also want to be careful about what I use.

I have found that the Burt's Bee's does not cause a reaction for myself or my baby, and the labels say 'paraben-free' and 'phthalate-free', even though some do have fragrance listed as an ingredient. Are there other chemicals in Burt's Bee's products I should be concerned about if my baby and myself are not having reactions? I have almost everything BB - sunscreen, body wash, colorkeeper shampoo/conditioner, diaper creme, baby oil, baby lotion, hand lotion, lip balm, you name it. I have been happy with everything except the shampoo/conditioner - I realize it will be a big switch from my salon product performance, but my hair is really dull and tangled.

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: There are degrees of "healthy" and Burt's Bees are healthier than some, but not the healthiest. To discuss all the ingredients that may be of concern in Burt's Bees products is beyond the scope of what I can offer here. If you want, you can call me for a paid telephone consultation on this matter and we can go over the ingredients in the product.

POSTED BY COOPERNINER :: NEBRASKA USA :: 05/06/2008 11:44 AM


Hi,
In regards to using Castile soap to wash your hair, Debra is correct, it will clean your hair but over time it will create build up on your hair. The issue with soap is that when it is used in hard water, precipitation occurs. The calcium and magnesium ions, which give the hardness to water, form insoluble salts that settle on whatever is being washed (i.e the hair).


You can reduce build up can be reduced with use of the Clarifying Hair Rinse, but, eventually, it will build up and weigh the hair down and the hair will look a little limp and lank.

Miessence has a clarifying hair rinse. Ingredients:
Purified Water, Organic Apple cider vinegar, Proprietry Blend of Essential Oils, Organic Nettle Extract, Organic Horsetail Extract, Organic Rosemary Extract, Organic Burdock Extract, Organic Sage Extract, Organic Lemon Essential Oil, Natural Gum
www.elyorganics.com/miessence-products/12201/

I'm sure you can also make your own hair rinse with vinegar and lemon.

So the issue with using soap on your hair for shampoo is the build up of salts.

Regards,
Erin

POSTED BY ERIN ELY :: ELY ORGANICS: MIESSENCE CERTIFIED ORGANICS :: ELYORGANICS.COM/ :: OREGON USA :: 05/15/2008 12:57 PM


RE: Burt's Bees products,,,,,,a friend and I who have MCS have severe reactions to Burt's Bees products.....because I was told that they are safe enough to eat I assumed I would be able to use them......I used a cream on my face before going to bed and woke up in such a state of mental confusion that I couldn't even call anyone to help me......I actually wondered if I had had a mini-stroke,,,,,,,not only couldn't I remember a phone number, immediately after looking it up I would forget it.....this lasted for hours. This taught me to be even more careful of what I trusted.

POSTED BY MSK :: PENNSYLVANIA USA :: 05/15/2008 12:59 PM


I have had great results with a company from Hungary called Q&A: Eminence Organics. It's an organic skin care line that is the best in my opinion. I've used this line for about a year now and have had no bad reactions.....I too, am sensitive to so many products and ingredients out on the market today! I even tried my hand at making my skin care at home. However, when I found this line....I was very happy. It is a little expensive. But, I'm happy to spend my money on a product that is natural, organic, eco friendly, not to mention awesome!

POSTED BY MELISSA NOONAN :: NORTH CAROLINA USA :: 05/26/2008 2:14 PM


To the Mom who says she uses Burt Bees for her 8 month old. I highly recommend getting a phone consult with Debra. You can save yourself a lot of time by getting expert advice. I personally would not use the Burt Bees Baby products for children because they contain fragrance. To be honest I don't think babies need a lot of soap. A warm bath and gentle wash cloth should work for most of the time. The occasional shampoo and I would use very, very little regardless of the product. My son was bathed daily as a baby without soap and he was squeaky clean and very healthy. Occasionally I used a tiny drop of shampoo and that was just fine.

POSTED BY JUSTYN :: GO NATURAL BABY :: WWW.GONATURALBABY.COM :: OREGON USA :: 06/02/2008 1:25 PM


I did some research and found that Badger products contain the least amount of toxin. Not as easy to find in stores as Burts Bee's but worth the search, even if you have to buy online.

POSTED BY JENN :: NJ USA :: 06/02/2008 1:25 PM


I have spent years researching 100% safe and organic products. As consumers we've become so conditioned to brand loyalty. I didn't think there was a company whose entire product line I could trust (with zero synthetic and almost all organic ingreidents), until I found Miessence. The products are literally the best in the world - made with organic and sustainably harvested ingredients. I have noticed a complete difference in my skin and health since using.

POSTED BY HEATHER CARMONA :: PURE ALTERNATIVES :: WWW.PUREALTERNATIVES.NET :: MICHIGAN USA :: 06/02/2008 2:28 PM


In response to the comment that castile soap can, over time, create build-up: I have NOT found this to be so. I vary from Dr. Woods Lavender/Shea Butter Castile soap and Dr. Bronner's of any kind. I've been doing this for years, and my hair is shiny with no split ends. Of course, maybe the fact that I henna on a regular basis, as well as periodically rinse with vinegar and water, helps. For certain water areas, a rinse of organic apple cider vinegar, about a tablespoon, in a quart of warm water, rinses out any residue. The smell goes away after it dries.

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: The hardness of water used makes a big difference in how much soap sticks to fabric or hair.


POSTED BY JANICE :: NEW YORK USA :: 07/08/2008 12:55 PM


As the very well informed posters here have pointed out, just being a natural ingredient does not mean it is a good ingredient. It is very important to read every label and evaluate for yourself.

There are some good companies that are producing organic health and beauty products that are over 95% organic! It is very hard to find affordable organics that are over 95% organic. In fact I spent 20 minutes on the Burt\'s Bees site and could not find a single organic product - could someone point me to the right stuff there?

I did find two companies that list their percentage of organics:

95% organics: www.Organic-Girls.com

and

one that has a 73% organic lip balm:

www.iamapeacekeeper.com/product.aspx

If anyone knows of others that are up above the 70% range let\'s add them here.

POSTED BY SGS :: NEW YORK USA :: 11/17/2008 12:22 PM


Most of the Miessence products are certified organic, meaning products contain 95% or more certified organic ingredients. I have been using Miessence for almost 2 years and have seen a dramatic difference in my skin and health (from eliminating exposure to toxic synthetics). Better yet, the Miessence Jaffa Lip Balm is 95% organic and is so yummy. It's certifed to food grade organic standards meaning you could literally eat it and not get sick. It glides on nice, has a soft sheen without being greasy and is pure butter and avocado oil. They've just announced an organic baby line, the first certified line in the U.S. Exquisite! Jaffa and more available at www.purealternatives.mionegroup.com.

POSTED BY HEATHER CARMONA :: PURE ALTERNATIVES :: WWW.PUREALTERNATVES.NET :: MICHIGAN USA :: 11/18/2008 9:08 AM


I bought strawberry and lemon lip balms because they smell really good, but they tasted like plastic or petroleum...not practical at all. They tasted *very* unnatural, and none of my friends liked the taste. At last I still gave one to my friend as a present (that's why I bought 2 in the first place), but not as lip balm but as something she can smell and enjoy the smell...

POSTED BY YH :: MICHIGAN USA :: 12/01/2008 2:22 PM


You should try the Organic Girls lip balms then. I think you'll love them. They don't use any petroleum products at all. It is all soy based and the flavors are wonderful. I use them and really like them. 95% organic products!
www.organic-girls.com

POSTED BY SGS :: NEW YORK USA :: 12/01/2008 2:31 PM


Is Burt's Bees a detergent or soap? Does it build up on hair?

POSTED BY AMY :: NEW YORK USA :: 12/26/2008 2:22 PM


actually, I just answered my own question--I looked online and found that it's a gentle detergent-surfectant but gentle is the key--it makes my hair really soft and clen. I think it's one of the best hair cleansers I ever used. the conditioners are great too. I bought the toner and face soap as well.
I have to say, this is the only product line that doesn't make me itch after bathing. I'm so glad to find something that isn't chemical-laden.
anyone else pleased with performance? the smell is nice too.

POSTED BY AMY :: NEW YORK USA :: 12/31/2008 12:09 PM


Be careful with products that say they're 100% natural and/or 100% organic. With Burt's Bee's products, I'd be equally as concerned about the 97% "natural" ingredients as I would be with the 3% "unnatural" ingredients (the same goes with the 100% natural products). Just because something says "natural" doesn't make it safe. Take, for instance, the 100% natural and organic urushiol. It\s a natural oil that can be extracted from several plants in the wild. When used applied on the skin, this oil can cause an intense, itchy rash accompanied by red bumps and vesicles and blisters filled with fluid. In extreme cases, it can even cause certain respiratory problems requiring medical treatment and hospitalization. With some people the reactions are severe; however, with others (including myself), there is no reaction whatsoever. Different people react to different ingredients, "natural" or "unnatural," differently.

The best solution is to know your body. Don't focus on how natural something is, focus on what is good for YOU. Once I used to take some concentrated trace minerals (as suggested by my grandma) every day, but found out a couple months later that they were the cause of my mouth being littered with canker sores on a constant basis. They're great for her, bad for me.

Oh be wise. What can I say more?

-Chad

(Urushiol, by the way, is where the "poison" to poison ivy comes from)

POSTED BY THEYCALLMECHAD :: IDAHO USA :: 03/09/2009 9:48 PM


I have been reading all these entries and I think I am even MORE confused now that before. I have been a faithful user of Philosophy products for years (primary skin care but also other items). Due to the economy, I am looking for a good alternative to the products I have been using b/c I just cannot afford their prices right now. I have read a lot of good things about Burt's Bees skin care products. I really don't have any allergies or sensitivities, so I'm wondering if in general their products are comparable... anybody? I hate leaving Philosphy, but I just cannot afford it right now. I know you get what you pay for (sometimes), but there has to be something comparable out there that's a bit more reasonably priced.

POSTED BY SYLVIA :: FLORIDA USA :: 05/26/2009 10:08 AM


In response to Sylvia looking for affordable natural products I would like to recommend www.NaturalJoyBeauty.com we strive to carry the most natural cosmetics, skin care, body care and more that are free from harmful ingredients and are at AFFORDABLE prices! There's also an ***ON SALE*** category with great deals.

For those looking for natural soap shampoos we carry Wild Willow Foaming Shampoo (comes packaged in a foaming pump bottle) in UNSCENTED or LAVENDER, with more natural scents coming soon! It is a castile soap shampoo and the ingredients are: distilled water, coconut oil, potassium hydroxide, olive oil, cocoa butter and citric acid (+/- natural fragrance). If you feel you are getting build up, you can rinse with vinegar. We also have Simply Sue's castile shampoo and a variety of natural,affordable shampoos and conditioners from Aubrey Organics and Real Purity.

Wild Willow also makes amazing petroleum free lip balms in unscented, wintergreen, spearmint, peppermint, rosemary, tangerine, and NEW grapefruit.

Another great brand of natural Lip Balms is Bubble and Bee Organic. They have Peppermint Cocoa, Karma Apple, Rootbeer, Orange and unscented. I don't have these on my website but they can be purchased by phone order (801) 718-4386 or at www.Bubbleandbee.com.

POSTED BY JOY :: NATURAL JOY BEAUTY :: WWW.NATURALJOYBEAUTY.COM :: UTAH USA :: 06/02/2009 8:55 AM


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