Review: Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Night Cream

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Last year, I received a sample of Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Night Cream. Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration line uses Clary Sage, a plant that is able to retain its moisture even in harsh Mediterranean environments, as an anti-aging solution. The night cream is meant to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles whilst intensely hydrating dry skin.  The product is 99% natural and comes in a jar for $18 USD or $29.99 CAD.

As I don’t have any fine lines (maybe just around my mouth when I smile) or wrinkles, I did not notice any change to my appearance. What I did notice was that my skin would retain the softness from the night cream. As mentioned in my previous posts, I have combination skin that becomes normal-dry in winter. The areas affected are usually my nose and forehead (t-zone). This rich cream did not feel heavy or greasy but I could immediately feel my skin tighten, and not in an uncomfortable way. There’s a light and soothing scent which I quite like but might be too much for those who prefer or need unscented products. I also like how smooth my skin is with the product on.

When my sample ran out, I knew I had found my favourite night cream for winter so I set out to buy a jar. Imagine my disappointment when I found that there was a wax-like layer cover my lotion. I couldn’t exactly scoop it off either so I ended up drilling into the cream with a q-tip to scoop up some ‘fresh’ cream. I probably should have returned the product to the store in exchange for another one. Yet I’m not sure how many boxes and jars I would have to open before finding a ‘fresh’ one. This photo shows what the cream should have looked like.

Each night cream is supposed to last 12 months. While I don’t believe my night cream had ‘expired’, I have to say that I’ve generally had bad experiences with any beauty products in a jar. Products dry up too quickly from being exposed too often or change textures when exposed to different temperatures. One customer pointed out that she had the same issue but that her night cream was fine after it had settled to room temperature.Hmm.

If Burt’s Bees could use a different container for the night cream, such as a pump dispenser, I would recommend this product with 5 stars. Instead, I have to give it a 4.5/5. This is still one of my favourite products so I hope you’ll like it too! 🙂

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