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Burts Bees Hand Salve

June 3, 2008

A beeswax and oil salve made from botanical oils and herbs to moisturise hard working, dry hands.

  • 98.05% natural

Burt’s Bees hand salve is a solid block of oils and herbs set into a metal tin. I found it a bit difficult to get the product out of the tin and rub onto my hands, but this became easier once it had warmed up on my skin. The tin can also be a bit tricky to open as the lid has a very small lip around the edge.

I put this cream on in the day and everything (drinking glasses, magazine, water bottles, mobile phone etc) ended up with finger prints on it. I ended up having to wipe it off my hands to remove the finger prints from everything else I had touched. It didn’t soak in very easily and left my skin feeling a bit greasy. I only put a small amount on because of this and my hands didn’t feel that moisturised.

I then decided to try this product as an intensive treatment rather than something to use as and when I need it. It worked much better as an overnight treatment because I could put quite alot on and I wouldn’t have to worry about putting fingerprints on everything.

The smell is very herbal and contains eucalyptus and rosemary. The strongest ingredient is eucalyptus and because of this, I think it would work very well as a natural alternative to Vicks Vaporub! So next time I get a cold, I will give it a go and make a post.


  • Pros: Good overnight treatment or for intense healing
  • Cons: Greasy and takes a while to soak in, so therefore not ideal for use during the day


Sweet almond oil, olive oil, beeswax, tocopheryl acetate & tocopherol (vitamin E), comfrey root extract, rosemary oil & leaf extract, lavandin oil & flower extract, eucalyptus oil.

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