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Customer Review

on 5 August 2011
I got this item as a sample and immediately decided to buy a whole bottle. It has balanced indredients and doesn't contain any soap, silicone and parabens. It is suitable for most skin types, it worked well on my oily/combination skin. It has a moisturising base and active ingredients such as orange oil which, according to Burt's Bees claims, help to clear out pores. Result: clearer skin without loosing the moisture.
Here is the list of ingredients. The explanation of what they do comes below:

Vegetable glycerin, olive oil, orange oil, oat flour, lanolin, oat oil, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, vegetable oil & beta carotene, tocopherol (vitamin E), quillaja extract, rosemary leaf oil.

Botanical and active ingredients are high in the list which means that there is a substantial amount of them. Vegetable glycerin, lanolin and oils are moisturisers (emollients) which are partly absorbed by skin. I found them working good on my quite sensitive and spots prone face but they may clog pores.
Orange oil is a quite powerful substance and can irritate sensitive skin. It's good for purifying pores.
Oat flour is an additive.
Aloe leaf juice: surprisingly there is a mixed evidence of any effects it has on skin.
Vitamin E, beta-carotene and oat oil are all antioxidants.
Quillaja extract has water binding and cleansing properties.
Rosemary oil can be an antioxidant and can cause irritation. In this cosmetic the amount is probably to small to work at all.

To sum up, the list of ingredients is really good, without any nasty surprises, and it does work well to cleanse your face. The cleanser made my skin hydrated. I am not sure if it made a noticeable difference to my spots, as I only used one tub. I also love the smell!
As all the cosmetics, Burt's Bees Orange Essence Facial Cleanser won't make your skin completely flawless, but it's really worth a try!

However, the product is quite expensive for a small amount that you get, and it's not very economical. It doesn't foam well, so you do need to use a larger amount. Therefore, although I really like the product, I would only buy it if on offer.
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