Burt's Bees Hydrating Facial Mist with Aloe Water

Burt's Bees

Hydrating Facial Mist with Aloe Water

5.00 fl. oz. for $ 12.99
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Burt’s Bees Hydrating Facial Mist with Aloe Water has some strong points, but a couple of drawbacks should give you pause regardless of your skin type.

Housed in a clear plastic bottle that should be stored away from direct light to avoid antioxidant breakdown, this produces a gentle, fine mist that leaves skin feeling refreshed and hydrated. A couple of mists covers the face and neck, but then the problems begin…

Problem one is the strong fragrance that lingers. As we explain in the More Info section, fragrance poses a strong risk of irritating skin (and this irritation may be taking place even if you don’t see any signs of it).

The other issue is aesthetic: this mist leaves a somewhat tacky finish that doesn’t completely dissipate. It’s less of an issue if you’re going to apply a serum or moisturizer over it but can feel uncomfortable if your plan is hydration revival on the go. Another concern is that the level of tackiness can hasten makeup fading and cause smudging unless you apply this very sparingly.

Rounding things out, Hydrating Facial Mist with Aloe Water’s aloe content is fine, but the formula contains little else that’s wonderful for skin. It’s fairly basic and the few intriguing ingredients (sodium PCA and a fatty acid derivative) can also be found in products on our   list of best facial mists that give skin more, and omit strong fragrance.


  • Instantly hydrates and refreshes skin.
  • Produces a fine, full coverage mist.
  • Strong, lingering fragrance likely to irritate skin.
  • Leaves a somewhat tacky finish that doesn’t dissipate.
  • Lacks a good mix of replenishing and antioxidants ingredients all skin needs.

Why Fragrance Is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.

This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin’s barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin’s surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.

A surprising fact: Even though you can’t always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it’s not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don’t need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.

References for this information:
Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191–202
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement, pages 1–43
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

Burt's Bees Hydrating Facial Mist hydrates and revitalizes skin with a light mist that leaves your skin soft and healthy-looking. Our 98.8% natural formula features the soothing ingredient, Aloe Water, hand-picked with a purpose for hydrating and improving skin. The fine mist moistures as it refreshes and revitalizes skin with just a hint of mist. This hydrating facial spray is perfect for refreshing your skin after cleansing, spritzing on post-makeup, after a long day of travel or anytime, anywhere your skin needs a pick-me-up.

Water, Glycerin, Propanediol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Citric Acid, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Polyglyceryl-6 Oleate, Sodium PCA, Sodium Surfactin, Sodium Benzoate, Fragrance (Natural Fragrance), Phenoxyethanol, Limonene, Linalool.

Strengths: Inexpensive.

Weaknesses: Many products have potent fragranced formulas; several formulas packaged in jars, which compromises their ingredients.

With humble beginnings in the town of Bangor, Maine, Burt's Bees is a brand focused on natural-themed, earth-friendly skincare. Unfortunately, in many cases, this also translates to less than beneficial formulas as not all of the natural ingredients used are helpful for skin.

Many of the plant extracts and oils used in these products, including orange oil, cinnamon oil, clove oil, lemon oil, eucalyptus oil, pine tar, alcohol, lime oil, and balsam peru, are problematic for skin and present a significant risk of irritation or a sensitizing reaction. Both the intriguing philosophy and inexpensive products are attractive, but it takes more than that to establish reliable products that are good for skin. Its also important to consider the potential benefit (or potential harm) of the ingredients used.

There are some formulas to consider among the brands offerings, but some to be wary of, see our individual reviews on Burt's Bees products for more details.

For more information about Burt's Bees, call 1-800-849-7112 or visit www.burtsbees.com.

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