Burt’s Bees Honey Lip Balm Review

Since I finally finished off my TBS Born Lippy tub, the entire tube of my Vanilla Coke flavoured Lip Smacker and I think my Maybelline Lip Smooth should have been discarded about 2 years ago, I very desperately needed a lip balm. It is ironic considering winter is over but the sun, the wind and schizophrenic weather were wreaking havoc on my lips. So I decided to treat myself and of course my first stop was TBS. Unfortunately Rati’s no finger in tub paranoia is contagious and I do find applying lip balms from tubs a bit annoying, especially while at work so I skipped right over the Born Lippy’s and the Lip Butters. I briefly considered the Vit E Lip care stick with SPF 15 but it was just a little bit pricey and I wanted to check out the Burt’s Bees products as well some other drug store brands.

Burt's bee honey lip balm

At the store, I was just overwhelmed at the Burt’s Bees section. There were 7 different types of lip balms and I am pretty sure I stared at the lip balms for well over 30 minutes. Unfortunately only the Acai Beeswax Lip balm had a tester.

Burt’s Bees Range of Lip care:

  • Honey Lip Balm
  • Replenishing Lip balm with Pomegranate Oil
  • Sun protecting Lip Balm SPF8
  • Beeswax Lip Balm acai
  • Beeswax Lip Balm mango
  • Beeswax Lip Balm (tin/tub)
  • Beeswax Lip Balm (tube)

So I began a process of elimination. No acai, mango or pomegranate because I was looking for a smell free, taste free lip balm. No I have nothing against yummy lip products its just really annoying to apply say a passionfruit flavoured lip balm and then consume a packet of sour cream and onion chips because the first few chips taste like sour cream and onion passionfruit chips (ugh).

I did not want the tub so I disregarded that one too. The original Burt’s Bees beeswax lip balm has menthol in it, I am not a fan of the tingling minty menthol feeling on my lips so I disregarded that one too. This left the Honey Lip Balm and the Sun protecting Lip Balm. First of all SPF 8 is really not much. Moreover I was specifically looking for a lip balm for home and night use, I do not actually spend a lot of time out of doors . So I pretty much stared and stared until I grabbed the Honey Lip Balm and prayed to the gods that I had made the right decision.

I was so impatient that as soon as I was out of the store, I opened up the tube and applied it. I had never used a lip balm that applied like this, this had a slightly waxy feel but it didn’t leave a heavy, gooey or even oily residue like my lip smackers did. So when I checked the mirror, my lips looked soft and moisturized instead of that coated with Vaseline kind of look. This was definitely a plus. However that waxy feel was a bit of a let down. The lip balm wasn’t taste free, it has a mild sweetish flavor which is supposed to be honey but I wouldn’t ever call that honey flavor. But it’s a nice flavor, very mild and not obnoxious in the least.
Never the less I decided to give myself a few days before I did a review on IMBB so here is my after a few days review.

The pack has “Soothing” “Nourishing” and “Moisturising” on the label. The website claims that it is made with “ sweet, soothing honey…. and moisturises and nourishes lips” and “keeps your lips soft and healthy ….. your lips will look as sweet as they taste”. The website claims it is particularly effective in “dry, cold or windy conditions.”

Burt's bees honey lip balm

Sunflower seed oil
coconut oil
Rosemary leaf extract
soybean oil
Canola oil
Benzyl Benzoate

Pros of Burt’s Bees Honey Lip Balm

  • It is moisturizing and nourishing.
  • Subtle sweet flavor
  • Non greasy
  • Mostly Natural ingredients.
  • No animal testing
  • Container made out of 30% Post industrial content
  • Natural Products association certified
  • It is light in texture, goes on smooth and soft and nearly invisible… like if I swatch it on my arm – I cant see it.

Cons of Burt’s Bees Honey Lip Balm

It has this waxy kind of feel which I have never encountered before. I am guessing this is the alternate texture to the Vaseline kind, it takes some getting used to, after which point one doesn’t mind it but this is an individual preference thing. So if you want that lips drenched in Vaseline feeling then this is not for you.
I don’t think this is the best winter product, it works just fine right now when the weather is averaging 17- 23 degrees but in the dead of winter you will need something stronger.

The verdict:
This is a nice white chapstick style lip balm that goes on transparent, with no sheen or shine even. It moisturizes without being sticky or wet and therefore is great for everyday use as well underneath lipsticks and glosses. This one is not for women who love yummy scented/flavoured lip products but it does not have an unpleasant smell either. I am not sure if this is “soothing” but it is definitely moisturizing and nourishing and I think people that love natural products might like to give this one a try.

Price: Burt’s Bees Lip Balms sell for about 3USD, 6.95 AUD and 3.50 GBP for 4.25 gm. I have no idea if these are available in India but if you know someone coming in from overseas, these are worth a look ….
Shelf Life: All the Burt’s Bees Lip Balms last for 12 months from opening them and for about 2-3 years unopened from month of manufacture.

Will I repurchase: Honestly I am not sure, I think I want to try the TBS Vit E lip care stick next but I am seriously considering buying another Burt’s Bees lip balm before I leave the country 😀

Note: This lip balm seriously leaves no residue behind so no camera could pick up the swatch when I took a photo. The online photos of the balm are prettier so I used those instead. The product looks exactly like in the pics and is standard chapstick size 😀

Rating – 4 out of 5 (will dock 1 point for no SPF and for the slightly waxish feeling) 😀

Have you used Burt’s Bees Honey Lip Balm? Please rate in the box below.

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46 thoughts on “Burt’s Bees Honey Lip Balm Review

  1. scarlett actually she is coming back to India in a few days no so she has packed her camera. She took the photos from the phone. It was on my insistence only she sent these photos:))

    1. no packed cam – i been using my flatmates cam all this while – i left my cam in India by mistake in June :spank: :spank: :spank: :spank: :spank: :spank: :spank: :spank: :spank: :spank: :spank: :spank: :spank: :spank: then she went to the US so no cam, n now she is leaving day after so she packed her cam 😐 😐 😐 😐 😐 😐

          1. me good too janhavi. me was missing u and cali :((
            where’s cali vanished? she exercising in a gym or what :toothygrin: :toothygrin:

            1. probably busy ordering more prreeeeeeny stuff from Amazon :reallyangry: :reallyangry: :reallyangry: :reallyangry: :reallyangry: :reallyangry: :reallyangry: :reallyangry:

  2. I so wanted this lip balm desperately…..but my frnd came back from US and I dint have a clue about it….so no Burt’s Bee for me now :smug: :smug: :(( :(( :((

    You lucky lucky!
    I also wanted Tarte Jewellery Box Palette…..why can’t India have a sephora here….we have fair amount of beauties swearing by foreign brands no!! :(( :((

  3. I know the pics are crappy – i used pics from o/l for the same reason, but rati insisted on actual pics – unfortunately I dont have access to a real digicam atm and I was using my super crap cell phone cam :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep:

  4. i agree with u on the waxy part… i expected the honey lip balm to be a bit more soft.. but i love it anyway.. its kinda diff… though i find myself applying the pomegranate one much more frequently..

  5. me louu my mango burts bee’s :victory2: :victory2: :victory2: :victory2: :victory2:

    Good you bought this in stick form. the dibbis are :sick: :sick: :sick: :sick:

  6. I recently bought Yes To Carrots’ lip balm, it’s another organic brand, Burt’s Bees was next on my list. I am interested in their royal jelly eye cream though, any idea if it’s good?

    My New Year’s resolution is to go organic with at least 75% of the products I use, I’m really scared of all the shiz the companies put in there and don’t have to put on the label :suspense:

    1. I have heard about yes to carrots…
      I guess they have shampoo and conditioner range..???? i guess :sidefrown: :sidefrown: :sidefrown:
      even i always wanted to go organic but you know
      organic products get boring sometimes :silly: like..
      These products with loads of chemicals try and attract us by using cute packaging and all :toothygrin:

      1. LOL soooo true…but I’ve been researching organic and natural brands and there’s some pretty ones out there.

        It’s just I use a LOT of products and it’s evident everyone on this site does too. I’m afraid there’s just too many chemicals in them that when mixed don’t make the best concoction for our bodies. And to think of all the possible carcinogens *shudder*

        Switching to organic stuff is a BIG lifestyle change. I can’t browse and blindly pick up anything that’s pretty, the makeup is less pigmented and it’s expensiveeeee!

        1. yesssssssssss ! True!
          when i think about it now..
          i use a hell lot of chemicals everyday :lying: :lying:
          Hmm 😀
          i am trying to purchase these fab india shampoos
          i guess they do not have a lot of chemicals na? :sidefrown: :sidefrown: :sidefrown:
          Hope so 😀
          :handshake: Haven’t ever spoken to you before so “HI :D” hahhaa!

            1. yes gia, rati is right. most herbal brands mentipn active ingredients or key ingredients. it means that they are not going to print the names of harmful ingredients and chemicals. so if someone files a case, they can always get away by saying ” see we never said it was an exhaustive list, we only said those are the active ingredients” :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin:

  7. i use Burt’s bees lip shimmer (shade”watermelon”) and i just love it…its minty(unlike the name watermelon) and it gives a nice pink tint to the lips…got mine from the Usa…havent seen it here in Mumbai…

  8. I know this active ingredients thing is annoying, on the tube they hadnt listed benzyl benzoate or coumarin as ingredients only the all natural ingredients, i found those two on the website ingredient list – but I think including those two chemicals that prolly is the full ingredient list for this lip balm which is definitely a good thing, where this product is concerned at least :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo:

  9. woops! i never know low battery could also affect the quality of imagess!!! 😯 😯 😯 😯

    @ janhavi awesome review! i lie ur style of writing…
    iv always wanted to try burts bees.. but u dun get em here in mumbai :weep: :weep:

  10. burt bee is fine but i love nivea, biotique and maybelline tinted lip balm!

    these days i m loving my homemade lip balm prepared by my mom
    here is her reciepe for organic lip balm
    2 teaspoon of beeswax or vaseline petroleum jelly 5/-
    1 teaspoon of honey (it lighten the dark lips)
    1 teaspoon of sweet almond oil (i used rogan badam sheeren)
    1/2 teaspoon of olive oil or coconut oil (its a natural sunscreen)
    vitamin e capsule
    pour all the ingredients in the container and put in microwave for 10 sec and transfer it to the plastic containerit will give a transparent lip balm u can also apply it on your hands at night in morning your hands will be amazingly soft…..anyways my mom named her lip balm “snow white 1 ”

    for tinted lip balm add natural color dye – so far mom made 2 lip balm out of rose powder and saffron
    rose tint balm- add 5 roses with double quantity of water in the blender blend add salt /vinegar for preservation boil it and add add few drops of rose essence mix it with the abovementioned lip balm it will give a slight pinkish color…..and viloa “cindrella pink tint blam” is ready

    yellow tint balm -add little amount of saffron, lime and salt in the blender and blend it boil it and add lemon essence add to transparent lip balm your “thumbelina yellow tint balm” is ready.

  11. ashna..dats nice..thanks for sharing..
    nice review janhavi..even d lotus 1 has a waxy feel..i think some lip balms which moisturise better do have a waxy feel…

  12. Great article Janhavi :waytogo: :waytogo:
    I use some B&B products actually and really love a few of them – I will order the lip balm soon :aajanachle:

  13. i have the Replenishing Pomegranate something lip blam and the Mango something one… Loving both of them.. Should have tried Honey too.. me greedy!!!

  14. Jaannnnnnnnuuuuuuu same pinch!!!!! I have the same lip balmm :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: ….Btw i had sked my frn to get me pomegrante n mango but she got me these…i m a huge fan of tinted blams :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: ….but i m in looovvvee wid this :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: And ur review is aweeeeesuuuuuuuummmm :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: U hav described it to the T…..eckkjaactly how it is!!!!! :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove:

  15. Hello IMBB and IMBB follower’s
    I have been following this blog for quite some time and definately followed the reviews given here. Wonderful !!.. 🙂 Loving it….. and this is my first comment here…
    Is Burt’s Bees Lip Balm available in Kolkata? Anyone here from Kolkata, who can tell me this? In my locality, its not available.

  16. I know this is an older article but I just found it when researching about these burt bees lip balms. I just realized that the newer honey balms have these terrible skin irritating ingredients that were not in the original tubes – benzyl benzoate and coumarin and “natural flavor” – a code word for whatever they want to add to the concoction! the older tubes had a honeycomb design on them and I just ran out so I went out a couple of months or so ago and replenished my supply and didn’t read the changed and enhanced recipe (the old recipe really was pure and natural). my lips have been very irritated and burning and I had a flash about reading that lip balms are addictive. sure enough….. so I am throwing out my lip balms and contacting the company and asking for a refund. I made my own balm with olive oil, beeswax and vitamin e oil -i use it when I wake up and at bedtime. that’s it. no more burning!!!

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