Burt’s Bees Lip Balm Review: Honey, Grapefruit, Pomegranate, Mango and Açaí Berry

December 9, 2013 Lip Care
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Those who follow me on Instagram will have seen glimpses of my lip balm addiction. I built up my Burt’s Bees Lip Balm collection over several shopping trips at the beginning of this year, and there are a few things I’d like to say about them.

Burt’s Bees have established themselves as a natural, earth-friendly skin-care brand since their founders’ humble beginnings as honey and beeswax candle traders.

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Burt’s Bees lip balms from left to right: Honey, Replenishing, Refreshing, Nourishing and Rejuvenating.


The formula of all of the balms glide on quite nicely, and leaves a film of product on your lips. Honestly, it feels a little heavy – like you just ate something greasy. The differing scents won’t appeal to everybody either, so you’re best off testing them out in store before you buy.

Each Burt’s Bees lip balm boast different benefits on the labels, which are likely to be traceable back to their variations in the ingredients list. I’ll be breaking each of them down as you follow along this post :)

Burt’s Bees Honey Lip Balm

Honey is known for its soothing and healing properties, and has been used for those purposes since ancient times. On the website, they also say that this one gives you ‘Honey-kissed lips that look as sweet as they taste’.

The scent on this one is way too strong for my liking, and it lingers for a while which could be problematic to those who have sensitive noses. It would have been nice if you could smell any honey at all, but to me it smells a little like talcum powder. The honey scent in this lip balm was a flop to me, especially after trying Lush’s Honey Trap.

I personally wouldn’t recommend this one because it doesn’t smell OR taste anything like honey. The scent is too strong and after a while it made me queasy (yuck!).

Burt’s Bees Replenishing Lip Balm (Pomegranate)

First off, this one is infused with Pomegranate oil and I suspect this is what gives it the red tint as well. The product page on their website even says this one coats your lips with a hint of colour, but it just doesn’t (unless you really, REALLY pile it on).

The pomegranate scent isn’t as strong as the Honey Lip Balm, but it’s getting there. The pomegranate oil is meant to hydrate and ‘replenish’ your lips with its antioxidants.

I’m not a fan of this one either, but will grab this over the Honey one ANY DAY.

Burt’s Bees Refreshing Lip Balm (Grapefruit)

Burt’s Bees says: Pink Grapefruit Oil is “uplifting, cleansing and cleaning. Stimulating to the lymphatic system and toning to the skin.”

This citrus-y scent is packed with vitamins and nutritious Pink Grapefruit Seed Oil and this is probably why this grapefruit lip balm can be refreshing.

The grapefruit really gives you that punch you need when you’re feeling a little ‘meh!’. I really don’t mind it, but again, I’d use in moderation because it is still really strong.

Burt’s Bees Nourishing Lip Balm (Mango Butter)

Burt’s Bees says nothing special about this one… just that it is nourishing, 100% natural, soothes, moisturises and protects. You know, the usual benefits you want in a lip balm.

Honestly, it smells a little like plastic when you get a good whiff of this one. It’s not that I don’t like it, but the scent dies down and smells kind of like powdery plastic.

I had high hopes for this one because mango scents are pretty difficult to screw up (in my books anyways), so when I tried this one I was quite disappointed.

Burt’s Bees Rejuvenating Lip Balm (Açaí Berry)

Here’s my favourite one of the bunch! This one is the only one that I like enough to use more frequently. The berry scent isn’t too strong, and it doesn’t smell powdery or plastic-y.

I guess they call this one the super balm for a reason, as it is packed with plenty of free radical fighting antioxidants and vitamins A, C, D and E as well as Omega oils.

I liked using this one before I apply my matte lip sticks because it works well as a buffer before my lips feel dry from matte lip products.

In a nutshell

burt's bees lip balms

  • Flavours are too strong
  • Heavy on the lips
  • Natural ingredients

They’re also cruelty-free and Natural Product Association certifiedSo that’s a plus! I won’t be buying these again and I wouldn’t recommend these to my friends either :-( … To each their own, I guess.

Those who follow me on Instagram will have seen glimpses of my lip balm addiction. I built up my Burt's Bees Lip Balm collection over several shopping trips at the beginning of this year, and there are a few things I'd like to say about them. Burt's Bees have established themselves…

Burt's Bees Lip Balm Review Summary


Affordable but not the most moisturising lip care products out there. They're also owned by Clorox, a company that also sells bleach and conducts tests on animals. So I won't be repurchasing these.

They’re $6.95 AUD RRP and you can buy them on their website, or you can find them at Priceline, David Jones, Myer and most leading pharmacies. You can find the full list of stockists on their website too.

Much love,

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  • Reply icookieyou July 15, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    You should try their original beeswax lip balm with vitamin E if you dont mind a peppermint scent/feel.
    I basically have tried all of the ones you mentioned in this review and thought that burts bee’s lip balms werent for me and almost gave up until I won the original bees wax lip balm and I fell in love :)
    Hope this helps!

    • Reply Leann July 15, 2014 at 4:11 pm

      Haha hey! I actually quite liked the Acai berry one, but I just can’t keep track of them… I lose them so quickly :( My boyfriend has the original one and I agree it’s probably better than the others. I recently won the new coconut and pear ones on twitter too, but it seems to have gotten lost in the mail or something maybe :(

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