Valentine’s Day Lips with Burt’s Bees

Burt's Bees Lip Shine in Smooch, Burt's Bees Lip Gloss in Sweet Sunset, Burt's Bees Lip Gloss in Ruby Moon 

Valentine’s day is coming up very soon! Just like every other major cosmetics brand, Burt’s Bees have been gearing up for Friday the 14th and have you covered with all natural, petrolatum-free lip products for the romantic season.

They kindly sent through the Burt’s Bees Lip Shine in Smooch, Burt’s Bees Lip Gloss in Sweet Sunset, Burt’s Bees Lip Gloss in Ruby Moon to be featured.

Now, for the swatches…

Burt's Bees Lip Gloss in Sweet Sunset FOTD and lip swatch

Sweet Sunset: A medium pigmentation copper gloss with fine shimmer. Looks ok when swatched, but magnificent on the lips- almost a dark sepia neutral quality that I find very flattering. Lasting power is a fairly short 30-45mins before significant fading and frequent reapplication is required. Nevertheless, super pretty and versatile.

This is my favourite of the three, and a product that I’ve been using quite a bit since it landed in my hotel room “office” a week ago.

Keep reading after the jump! 


Posted by on Feb 1st, 2014 in Lip balm, Lip Gloss, Reviews, Swatches | 34comments

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Burt’s Bees Super Shiny Grapefruit and Sugar Beet Shampoo and Conditioner

Hi everyone!

[note: this post was languishing in my drafts folder for the past 3 weeks and I thought I may as well publish it now rather than deleting it. Late is better than never]

It’s been too long since my last post and things are still crazy at Casa Del Jen. It was probably not a wise idea to commit to working full time right up until the move,  rehearsing for a musical theatre production, and packing up a house all by myself – but I guess I can catch up on sleep next week.

Today is my last day of full time work here in Orange, and then after the weekend I’ll be moving out of the house that has been a home to me for the last 3 and a half years. I don’t know whether I’m more excited or sad- probably excited.

You can probably understand why I’m a little tardy with my reviews, and this one is about a month overdue. Sam from kindly sent me the Burt’s Bees Super Shiny Grapefruit and Sugar Beet Shampoo and matching conditioner to review since they will be stocking the Burt’s Bees range on their website soon. I’m a big fan of Burt’s Bees products and their approach to skin/hair care, so I was quite excited to try these.


Super Shiny Grapefruit and Sugar Beet Shampoo



Burt’s Bees say…Experience the sweet smell of beautiful hair. This sulfate-free shampoo is loaded with essential citrus oils blended with gentle plant-based cleansing complex to create a richly foaming shampoo. Betaine, made from sugar beets, penetrates to help repair damage for hair that feels healthier and looks shinier, naturally. Turn up your shine with a treat of tart and sweet.

I love how there is an ever increasing range of sulphate free shampoos available- my sensitive scalp will never need to tolerate harsh surfactants stripping the crap out of my hair/scalp ever again.

This Grapefruit and Sugar Beet Shampoo is a lovely product.  It smells zingy, citrus-y and refreshing; does a good job of leaving my hair clean, and is gentle on the scalp.


Ingredients: aqua (water, eau), decyl glucoside, sucrose laurate, betaine, coco-glucoside, glycerin, glyceryl oleate, sodium cocoyl hydrolyzed soy protein, coco-betaine, lauryl glucoside, parfum (fragrance), citrus grandis (grapefruit) seed oil, citrus aurantium dulcis (sweet orange) peel oil, citrus nobilis (tangerine) oil, citrus medica limonum (lemon) oil, citrus aurantium amara (petitgrain) oil, hydroxypropyltrimonium honey, glucose, citric acid, xanthan gum, sodium chloride, glucose oxidase, lactoperoxidase, limonene

Super Shiny Grapefruit and Sugar Beet Conditioner



Burt’s Bees say…

Experience the sweet smell of beautiful hair. Essential natural oils from citrus fruits like grapefruit, orange and lemon are blended with sugar beet extract and penetrating marula oil to replenish, condition, soften and improve your hair’s manageability. Turn up your shine with a treat of tart and sweet

My hair didn’t get on as well with this conditioner as well as the shampoo. It just didn’t seem to be rich enough for my colour treated hair- even with a generous palmful of this product I still had knots in my hair that I couldn’t run my fingers through. I normally use super rich conditioners like the Sebastien Penetraitt conditioner.

I suppose the Super Shiny Grapefruit and Sugar Beet conditioner would suit normal to oily hair types better than dry/colour treated hair. It’s certainly very light and doesn’t weigh the hair down.

Ingredients: aqua (water, eau), cetearyl alcohol, betaine, glycerin, cetrimonium bromide, sucrose polystearate, sucrose stearate, citrus grandis (grapefruit) seed oil, citrus aurantium dulcis (sweet orange) peel oil, citrus nobilis (tangerine) oil, citrus medica limonum (lemon) oil, citrus aurantium amara (petitgrain) oil, sclerocarya birrea oil, glucose, polysorbate 60, hydroxypropyltrimonium honey, parfum (fragrance), sodium chloride, glucose oxidase, lactoperoxidase, limonene


Posted by on Jul 17th, 2012 in Hair, Reviews | 219comments


Cold Weather Skin Care Routine: Kosmea, A’Kin, Burt’s Bees, DIY OCM cleanser

In the last couple of weeks the temperature has dropped pretty dramatically where I live, and I’ve started (reluctantly) to turn on my reverse cycle air con for heating each morning and evening.

This time each year my skin tends to become very dry, sensitive, and I can start to look like snake lady if I’m not careful. This post is about what I’m using at the moment to give my autumn skin some TLC- so far my skin is going really well with this regime.


 Kosmea Replenishing Moisture Cream


Kosmea Replenishing Moisture Cream

Since trying the Kosmea Replenishing Moisture Cream for the first time as part of the Kosmea Travel Set, It has quickly become a staple in my regime. I use this as both my day and night moisturizer (one of those rare products that is rich enough for overnight treatment of my dry skin, yet absorbs quickly and completely to form a great base for makeup during the day). It leaves my skin beautifully soft, balanced, and nourished.

It’s chock full of luxurious botanicals- green tea extract, carrot oil, nettle extract, horsetail extract, and of course, a high concentration of their certified organic  rose hip oil.

Kosmea Replenishing Moisture Cream

Price: $44.95 AUD/ 50mL

Availability: , (free shipping) , David Jones

Full Ingredients List: 

Water (Aqua), Rosa Eglentaria (Rose Hip) Seed Oil*, Cetyl Esters, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Hypericum Perforatum (St. John’s Wort) Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea),Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Tocopherol, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Beta-Carotene, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Root Extract, Maltodextrin, Silica, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Benzoate, Linalool, Geraniol, Citronellol, Benzyl Benzoate, d-Limonene, Eugenol.

note: this product was sent to me by PR for consideration

DIY Oil Cleansing Method facial cleanser


DIY OCM facial cleanser

DIY OCM facial cleanser


I’ve been wanting to try OCM (Oil Cleansing Method) since early last year, and even more so after hearing about Sarah’s fantastic experience with it (she describes it in detail including her recipe in this post on ).

OCM has quite a cult following across all skin types for it’s ability to dissolve the sebum plugs that form blackheads, and it’s ability to cleanse dry skin while reducing Transepidermal Water Loss .

My favourite thing about using OCM is that it is FREAKIN AMAZING at removing stubborn eye makeup. I just massage the OCM cleanser onto my skin, and then remove it with a fairly warm washcloth. Waterproof mascara no where to be found. True story.


Current OCM mix:

10% Castor Oil

20% Polysorbate 80  (emulsifier)

40% Olive Oil

30%  Apricot Kernal Oil


Keep reading after the jump!


Posted by on Apr 18th, 2012 in DIY Skin Care, Reviews, Skincare | 1,683comments

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Burt’s Bees Orange Essence Facial Cleanser + Clarisonic : a winning combination

Burt's Bees Orange Essence Facial Cleanser

Burt's Bees Orange Essence Facial Cleanser


Burt’s Bees say…

Wash away impurities and get to the essence of natural beauty. Formulated with an all-natural, plant-based cleansing complex, this sulfate-free facial cleanser gently cleans pores to remove make-up and other impurities without overdrying skin. Both uplifting and calming, the zesty oil of fresh oranges, a natural exfoliator, is balanced with glycerin to leave skin clean, hydrated and refreshed.

Price: AUD $19.95 rrp

Availability: ,


When I first started using the Burt’s Bees Orange Essence Facial CleanserI had mixed feelings. I loved the fact that it uses 100% natural ingredients, the amazing sweet orange peel smell (and taste, shh), and I love the fact that it is a sulphate free cleanser.What I didn’t like about it was the fact that my face never felt clean after using this, and I didn’t like the slightly greasy film it left on my skin after each wash. Even when I use my DIY oil cleanser I don’t get this.

After setting it aside as something that just wasn’t for me, I had a bit of a lightbulb moment one evening when I wondered how it would perform when used with the Clarisonic.


Burt's Bees Orange Essence Facial Cleanser

Burt's Bees Orange Essence Facial Cleanser


Imagine my surprise when I found that using the Burts Bees cleanser with the Clarisonic (which I had also given up on as something that never worked for my skin) left me with skin that was clean, soft, and glowing. How strange that two things that didn’t really work for me on their own performed so well together!

The Burt’s Bees Orange Essense Facial Cleanser / Clarisonic combo is also fantastic at removing stubborn swatch stains, like the ones that stay for a few days after swatching OCC Lip Tars.

glycerin, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, limonene, avena sativa (oat) kernel flour, lanolin, citrus aurantium dulcis (sweet orange) peel oil, quillaja saponaria (quillaja) bark extract, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, avena sativa (oat) kernel oil, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, beta-carotene, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, tocopherol, glycine soja (soybean) oil, olus (vegetable oil, huile vegetale), canola oil (huile de colza), sodium benzoate
note: this product was provided by PR for consideration only.
Posted by on Apr 13th, 2012 in Reviews, Skincare | 160comments

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I am going NUTS for Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Creme

Burt's Bees Coconut Foot Creme

Burt's Bees Coconut Foot Creme

Burts Bees say..

Take a walk on the wild side! This pampering natural foot cream combines coconut oil, lanolin and vegetable glycerin to revive and rejuvenate even the driest, most neglected feet. There’s also a hint of rosemary and peppermint oils to refresh tired feet. Go nuts for incredibly soft feet, naturally. Your feet will never be the same. 

Price: AUD $24.95

Availability: Burt’s Bees counters worldwide, (free shipping on all orders)

Burt's Bees Coconut Foot Creme

Burt's Bees Coconut Foot Creme


Last December I received a tube of the Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Creme as a surprise Christmas present from the beautiful (and generous) Sabine from Echolife.

As usual Sabine has impeccable taste: this is now 1) the best Burt’s Bees skin care product I’ve tried 2) the best foot balm/cream that I’ve ever come across. 3) the best thing I’ve used on my cuticles. It is seriously good.


Burt's Bees Coconut Foot Creme

Burt's Bees Coconut Foot Creme


Prior to this I’ve never really found a foot cream or balm that really makes any difference to the tough leathery skin on my feet. This actually really softens and conditions my feet like nothing else, and smells like a coconutty minty dessert. As I mentioned earlier, it works a treat on the cuticles on my hands as well.

The texture of the product is a little sticky, and it’s quite thick so it does take a bit of rubbing to get it to absorb. I like putting on a pair of socks on immediately after applying for this reason so I don’t pick up all the lint from my carpet. 2 hrs later and I get beautiful soft tootsies- it’s a miracle!

Like all other Burt’s Bees products, the Coconut Foot Creme is made with quality natural ingredients and is free of petrochemicals, glycols, parabens, and other unnecessary nasties.


Ingredients: glycerin, olea europaea (olive fruit oil), avena sativa (oat kernel flour), lanolin, parfum (fragrance), cocos nucifera (coconut oil), quillaja saponaria (quillaja bark extract), avena sativa (oat kernel oil), rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary leaf extract), canola oil, tocopherol, glycine soja (soybean) oil, butylphenyl methylpropional, coumarin, limonene, linalool


note: this was a gift from Echolife. 

Posted by on Feb 8th, 2012 in Skincare | 248comments


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