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Burt’s Bees Limited Edition Burt’s Box Review – Holiday 2019

Burt’s Bees recently released a limited edition box featuring full-size self-care staples! All Burt’s Bees products are formulated without phthalates, parabens, petrolatum, or SLS, and their company focuses on responsible sourcing, sustainable packaging, and no animal testing.

FYI: This box is no longer available for purchase.

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

About this Box from Burt’s Bees

The Box: Burt’s Box

The Cost: $50 with free shipping

The Products:

  • Micellar Cleansing Towelettes with Rose Water – FULL SIZE!
  • Rose Micellar Toning Water – FULL SIZE!
  • Renewing Biocellulose Gel Face Mask – FULL SIZE!
  • Almond & Milk Hand Cream – FULL SIZE!
  • Sensitive Eye Cream – FULL SIZE!
  • Vanilla Maple Lip Balm – FULL SIZE!
  • Vanilla Clove Lip Butter – FULL SIZE!
  • Overnight Intensive Lip Treatment – FULL SIZE!
  • All Aflutter Volumizing Mascara in Classic Black – FULL SIZE!
  • Defining Retractable Eyeliner in Onyx – FULL SIZE!
  • Intense Hydration Cream Cleanser – mini
  • Detoxifying Clay Mask – single use

Ships to: The US, including Alaska, Hawaii, APO, and PO boxes.

Burt’s Bees Limited Edition Burt’s Box Holiday 2019 Review

Here is the sheet listing everything that came in the box.

Micellar Cleansing Towelettes with Rose Water, 30 ct – Retail Value $5.99

If I get wrinkles when I’m older because of using makeup wipes, that’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make. While I don’t use them often, sometimes a double cleanse of makeup wipes followed by micellar water is all I can manage when I get home late and want to collapse in bed, or just want to wipe off some sweat before I head home from the gym. These are made with repurposed cotton that was soft on my skin, and the key ingredient of rose water helped these wipes to be soothing rather than irritating.

Rose Micellar Toning Water, 8 oz –  Retail Value $9.99

Based on comparing the ingredients list of the wipes above and this toning water, they’re actually the same formula- one is just a bottle and one is pre-saturated wipes. I like the formula- it’s alcohol-free and gentle on my skin, and it worked well both to remove any traces of makeup after a regular cleansing or using it on makeup-free days when I don’t want to do an involved skincare routine. 

Renewing Biocellulose Gel Face Mask – Retail Value $3.99

Biocellulose is one of my favorite sheet mask materials- it’s basically a thin gel that is cooling on your skin while hugging the contours of your face. This had a great fit, and it didn’t drip down my neck the way some sheet masks can. This mask has vitamin E, rosewater, and algae extract, and it was a refreshing mask to use on a lazy Saturday watching football on the couch. 

 

Almond & Milk Hand Cream, 2 oz – Retail Value $9.99

One of the things that struck out to me immediately is how much I love the packaging of this hand cream- it feels very farmhouse to me, in the best way. This is made with vitamin E, sweet almond oil, and beeswax, and it definitely is a rich cream that should make those with dry hands rejoice. 

 

Sensitive Eye Cream, 0.5 oz – Retail Value $14.99

This eye cream had a very thin formula that my skin was able to absorb quickly. It is made with cotton extract and aloe, and it didn’t irritate my eyes.

 

Vanilla Maple Lip Balm, 0.15 oz – Retail Value $3.59

This is the classic Burt’s Bees lip balm made with beeswax, coconut oil, and shea butter, only it has a fun holiday flavor with the hint vanilla maple. I enjoy it!

 

Vanilla Clove Lip Butter, 0.4 oz – Retail Value $4.39

Clove is just not an ingredient utilized enough- and it is a great pairing with vanilla for this thicker lip butter. This is made with responsibly-sourced shea and cocoa butter, and it left my lips soft.

 

Overnight Intensive Lip Treatment, 0.25 oz – Retail Value $8.99

I almost never remember to apply lip treatments before I go to bed, but I do use them at the beginning of my makeup routine to make sure my lips are always prepped for whatever lipstick I choose to wear that day. For an overnight lip treatment, I didn’t find this to be overly thick, and while I enjoy using it I am not quite sure it lives up to the “intense” claim.

 

All Aflutter Volumizing Mascara in Classic Black, 0.32 oz – Retail Value $12.99

This is a solid mascara- it did add a boost of volume when I applied it. I like that this has jojoba oil in it to condition lashes, and it is safe for sensitive eyes.

 

Defining Retractable Eyeliner in Onyx, 0.005 oz – Retail Value $9.99

I very rarely reach for pencil eyeliners, and when I do its a fun color like purple or green. When it comes to black eyeliner, I am a liquid girl all of the way. You can see in my swatch below I was a little rusty applying this to my lash line, but it does glide with ease on my lid without tugging.

Here I am wearing the mascara and eyeliner! I actually passed these along to my mom, who loves pencil eyeliners and doesn’t go for intensely volumized lashes the way I do.

Intense Hydration Cream Cleanser, 0.75 oz – Retail Value $1.99

This cream cleanser definitely delivers on the intense hydration claim thanks to clary sage and glycerin, and it was also gentle on my skin. I wouldn’t reach for this to remove a full face of makeup, but I liked it as a second cleanse or when I wasn’t wearing anything on my face that day.

 

Detoxifying Clay Mask, 0.57 oz – Retail Value $3.49

This mask is made with kaolin clay, charcoal powder, and acai oil to remove impurities from your skin. This wasn’t a super drying mask, which I think is important when it comes to clay-based masks (if you let clay masks dry out completely, that usually means the clay is sucking the moisture out of your skin). I wish that (natural) fragrance wasn’t so high up on the ingredients list, but on the whole, I think the ingredients list is decent.

The Verdict: I like Burt’s Bees- they use a lot of good ingredients in their products, and I find most of their products to be gentle. My biggest complaint would be that multiple products have added fragrance on the ingredients list (which is just always unnecessary in my mind), but that alone wouldn’t keep me from using the products. Value-wise, this kit has a total value of $90.38. Since the full list of items is published when you purchase this, I definitely think the value is there if you know you’ll use the items.

To Wrap Up:

Can you get this box if you order today? No, this box is now sold out.

Value Breakdown: This box cost $50 with free shipping and I calculated a total value of $90.38. That means you’re paying approximately the following per item:

  • Micellar Cleansing Towelettes: $3.31
  • Micellar Toning Water: $5.53
  • Renewing Face Mask: $2.21
  • Almond & Milk Hand Cream: $5.53
  • Sensitive Eye Cream: $8.29
  • Vanilla Maple Lip Balm: $1.96
  • Vanilla Clove Lip Butter:  $2.43
  • Overnight Intensive Lip Treatment: $4.97
  • All Aflutter Volumizing Mascara:$7.18
  • Defining Retractable Eyeliner: $5.53
  • Intense Hydration Cream Cleanser: $1.10
  • Detoxifying Clay Mask: $1.93

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What do you think of this Limited Edition Burt’s Box from Burt’s Bees?


Written by Jessica Hapak

Jessica Hapak

I am a staunch believer that pineapple doesn’t belong on pizza and when I’m not working as a family law attorney I enjoy hiking the Louisiana trails (alligator sightings are a favorite!) or relaxing with Duchess, my cat. I’m a sucker for anything labeled a mystery box and I’ve never met a bath bomb I didn’t like.

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Comments (18)

  1. Very unethical company. Please reconsider if you wish to support this company. The photographs of animal testing are horrific.

    • It should be noted that Unilever, a major personal care company, bought out Burt the bee guy years ago.

      People have been complaining about the quality issues for years.

      • It was actually Clorox that bought them in 2007, but the sentiment is the same. Both equally unethical companies.

  2. I would have NOt paid $50 for that box. $50 would buy a few full size items I would use.

  3. I used to love this brand before it was sold. Please correct this review. Burts Bees is NOT CF if you follow the money trail.

    • That’s interesting that so many people are saying this. They are Leaping Bunny certified, which means they have been independently verified as being CF. I guess I’m curious why they are not considered CF by others.

      • Burt’s Bees was bought by Clorox (a non-CF) company years ago. Here is what Leaping Bunny’s FAQ on the issue:
        I”Why are companies which are owned by non-certified parent companies allowed to be on the Leaping Bunny list?
        Leaping Bunny certified companies that were purchased by non-certified parent companies must promise to operate as stand-alone subsidiaries with their own supply chains and must continue to meet the requirements of the Leaping Bunny Standard in order to remain on our list. However, we recognize that there will be many ethical consumers who are concerned about giving their financial support to an overall parent corporation that has not committed to ending animal testing. Therefore, we notify consumers of this fact in all versions of our Compassionate Shopping Guide and on our website so that they can make fully informed purchasing decisions. “

      • Because the parent company is jot Leaping Bunny certified. Buying these products still supports a company that tests on animals.

      • *not.

      • Yup. This. You are basically still supporting animal testing by buying from them, because their parent company still tests on animals.

      • I’m confused about everyone saying this because every company is owned by another major company behind the scenes which is most likely not on the same page as the smaller company.

        Everyone knows this right?

      • Not every company is owned by a parent company that tests on animals — many aren’t. If you get the Cruelty Cutter app (which I learned about from a review on MSA), you can see which are.

      • Bunny is correct. There are a plethora of companies that aren’t owned by an unethical parent company… It just takes more due diligence to find out which ones aren’t

      • Like many things Leaping Bunny certification means absolutely nothing.

  4. FYI, Burt’s Bees is a subsidiary of a company that does test on animals.

    • Yep. Owned by Clorox for a long time now. I was sad when they got bought out by them 🙁

    • I was so bummed when they were bought out.

      • When they SOLD out.

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