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Burt’s Bees’ Mama Bee Nourishing Body Oil Review

2011 Aug 005 Burt's Bees Nourishing Oil for eczema
Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Nourishing Oil (via Burt’s Bees)

I started adding body oil to my regular moisturising routine a few years ago. I’ve been through a lot of creams in the past 25 years and I still haven’t found one that’s perfect yet. Lotions are usually too runny and provide no moisture relief while creams are usually too thick and leave a greasy film residue.

Using body oil alone or combining it with my moisturiser seems to do the trick. The concoction is just the right consistency, thick enough that my skin feels protected but light enough that it glides on easily when I rub it in.

The first body oil I used was Burt’s Bees’ Mama’s Nourishing Body Oil. It has a lovely smell, with a slight twang of zesty lemon and a hint of sweet honey.

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Mama Bee’s Nourishing Body Oil is quite runny and smells like a zesty lemonade.

On fairly normal, dry skin: Goes on easily and feels soothing. No irritation at all. It’s softening but the moisturising effect doesn’t last long enough for me. An hour later, I’m slightly dry again.
On moderately itchy, eczema skin: Doesn’t work at all, which is not surprising. It’s not a product designed for eczema, so when rashes are present, it doesn’t soothe or moisturise enough. I experienced no further irritation though, which is a plus.
Mixing it with regular moisturiser: I mixed with with my regular moisturiser, Vaseline’s Repair, and the concoction works well on both eczema and eczema-free skin. When used on inflamed skin, it doesn’t ease the itching or irritation but it does keep the skin moisturised much better than the Vaseline moisturiser alone.

Verdict. Even though it doesn’t do much for my eczema, it’s great for dry skin, even when I have mild flare ups. It’s high on my list of body oils and I always have a bottle stocked up.

Would love to hear if Burt’s Bees has worked on your dry skin or eczema!

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