Burt's Bees positions this product as a 2-in-1 diaper cream and baby powder that can heal and soothe, but there are some ingredients in here that belong nowhere near a baby's skin! That's not to say this product doesn't have some positive aspects; it's just that they don't outweigh the negatives.
The texture of Baby Bee Cream-to-Powder is that of a lightweight, yet moisturizing cream that dries quickly to a powdery texture. We certainly can understand why such a feature would be convenient for parents whose babies need moisture for their skin (many infants suffer from dry skin), while maintaining a dry surface to stave off diaper rash. The formula includes many good emollients, including non-fragrant plant oils, and some skin-identical and skin-repairing ingredients.
The problem is that these ingredients are part of a mixture that includes other ingredients that you should NOT put on your baby's skin—or on your own, for that matter. This formula contains fragrance ingredients that can irritate skin, potentially damage healthy collagen production, and possibly worsen diaper rash and dryness rather than prevent or heal it. A baby's skin is extremely delicate and its immune system is still developing, which makes it more likely to experience a sensitized reaction. See More Info for details on the problems with fragrance in skin-care products.
The fragrant ingredients make this one to skip. For much more soothing options, see the fragrance-free products recommended in our article Skin Care for Babies and Children.
Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).
Baby Bee® Cream-to-Powder goes on as a cream for a targeted application and dries to a soft, powdery finish with this 2-in-1, non-irritating formula. With the benefits of a diaper cream and baby powder in one, it helps absorb wetness while leaving baby's skin soft, dry, and smooth.
Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Aqua (Water, Eau), Decyl Cocoate, Coco-Caprylate, Tricaprylin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Theobromagrandiflorum Seed Butter, Parfum (Fragrance), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cera Alba (Beeswax, Cire D’abeille), Cetearyl Glucoside, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sucrose Laurate, Tocopherol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Amyl Cinnamal, Citronellol, Coumarin, Linalool.
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. It’s also important to consider the potential benefit (or potential harm) of the ingredients used.
There are some formulas to consider among the brand’s 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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