Burt's Bees Sensitive Facial Cleanser


  • Product: Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleanser
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  • Initial Review: 3/11/2016
  • Price: 10.00 USD
  • Reason for Purchase: I had been home for spring break and had forgotten my Jurlique Soothing Foaming Cleanser. Tragic, but I decided to find an affordable, moisturizing cleanser that would serve as my daily wash. I wanted one that served as a humectant, all the while scrubbing away dirt and oil I may have accumulated during the day.
Burt's Bees Sensitive Facial Cleanser
Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleanser


I do not have sensitive skin, but then again, I did not want a harsh cleanser that would take away from the progress I made to clear skin with Naturopathica’s Argan & Retinol Wrinkle Repair Night Cream. I had gone to Walgreens and bought Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleanser and Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Oil (for the morning). On the bottle, it asserted that the Cotton Extract provided a soap-free alternative that wold sustain moisture and shield my skin from irritants.

I also expected the cleanser to have humectant properties since the product came from Burt’s Bees. I expected honey and/or beeswax to be in the ingredient mix. It also smells wonderful, so I expect to find sugar in it as well (it enhances that honey smell).

These are the key ingredients I expect results from:

Cotton Extract (Gossypium Herbaceum): the apparent purpose of Cotton Extract is to act as an emollient or skin conditioner. I had to look it up through the scientific name “Gossypium Heraceum”. The oil from the cottonseed is extracted and can be added to recipes to act as a skin conditioner and emulsifier (or cleanser). So it holds true that this can be a skin cleanser and a replacement for soap.

Sunflower Oil (Helianthus Annuus): This ingredient acts as a moisturizer or emollient. It protects the skin from dryness by acting as a shield from water escaping (evaporation). It also has a large amount of Vitamin E, so the skin is also healed and protected by the vitamin.

Beeswax (Cera Alba): Beeswax has therapeutic properties such as healing inflammation, burns, and bruises. It also has a wonderful honey fragrance, which comes as no surprise. It is also deeply moisturizing and provides a waterproof  barrier on the skin. So it is a wonderful emollient for dry, sensitive skin (as well as being oil-free); Source.

Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera): Coconut oil is the edible fat derived from the mature meat of coconuts. It is formed by saturated fats and because it does not oxidize quickly it does not easily become rancid. It can be used as a strong emollient (moisturizer), repellent, and cleanser. It works very similar to olive oil.

Sucrose Stearate: A mixture of sugar sucrose and stearic acid. The mixture serves as an emollient and a emulsifying agent. It improves the skin’s epidermal layers by filling in the gaps of the skin where tiny spaces have occured due to damage. It is great for dry skin as it improves durability and the fortitude of the skin’s barrier.

Cacao Seed Butter (Theobroma Cacao): This butter functions as a gentle surfactant (cleansing agent).


Overall, this product is a great cleanser. I don’t find it as hydrating as the Jurlique Soothing Foaming Cleanser, but that’s due partly to the price difference and partly because the Sensitive Facial Cleanser was not really meant to be a soothing cleanser. It was meant to be a strong cleanser for sensitive skin. So I do enjoy the fact that it works so well as a surfactant. It also smells very nice due to the beeswax.

Cleansing: Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleanser does clean the oil off my skin very well. I take off my makeup with olive oil, I need something that cuts through the oil, but, as I said, I don’t want it to be rough on my skin and dry it out. This was just strong enough to clean but wasn’t harsh and did not leave my skin feeling dried.

Moisture/Hydration: the Cleanser feels very moisturizing, even as it is not specifically for moisturizing purposes. But it does have a balmy texture to it which I will discuss down below. But moisture and hydration on a scale of 1 to 10 would be about a 6 or 7, whereas Jurlique’s would be a 9.

Irritation: there’s no irritation when I wash my face. And that is the main purpose of the cleanser. It is meant to replace soap as a surfactant and dispersing agent. So I do feel it is very gentle and since it is fragrance free it should work for others who also have sensitive and acne-prone skin.

Texture: I mention texture because it was something brought up in another online review. The reviewer remarked that the cleanser felt like putty and that it was a weird yellow color. They also felt it made their skin feel kind of itchy. I understand that this reviewer has VERY sensitive skin. I don’t have skin nearly that sensitive. I do, on the other hand, love textures. So the fact that this felt like very thick lotion is a pleasurable thing to me. The reviewer mentioned that it took longer to clean it off. They made it seem like they scrubbed. I don’t find I have any of those issues, but for those who have very, very sensitive skin, this may not be the product for you.

Scent: I love the scent. That beeswax fragrance is all natural and makes me kind of hungry. I end up having a cup of tea with honey later.


I do enjoy this product due to the texture and that it cuts so well through the oil I put on my skin when I take my makeup off. It is not as moisturizing (or have as long-lasting hydration) as Jurlique’s Soothing Foaming Cleanser, but it does do the job and does not leave me with filled pores or more acne.

I also do not get itchy or irritated with this cleanser. I wonder if the reviewer I mentioned before mentioned scratchy because of the concept of “cotton extract”. I understand that because when I showed this to my friend just today she said “I wonder if that cotton extract would dry out my skin”. I told her it was the oil extract from cottonseed. Then she understood. So maybe the “Cotton Extract” reads different things for different people and it can psych someone out. My roommate and I both thought that cotton meant “soft”. So if you do purchase this, remember that the cotton come from seed oil, it doesn’t have the cotton in it.

All Ingredients

aqua (water, eau), helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, glycerin, cetyl alcohol, cera alba (beeswax, cire d'abeille), sucrose stearate, cetearyl alcohol, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, gossypium herbaceum (cotton) flower extractoryza sativa (rice) extract, beta vulgaris (beet, extrait de racine de betterave) root extract, quillaja saponaria bark extract, theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, yucca schidigera leaf/root/stem extract, artemisia umbelliformis extract euphrasia officinalis extract, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) water, saccharum officinarum (sugar cane, extrait de canne à sucre) extract, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, silica, sucrose, fructose, glucose, coco-glucoside, inositol maltodextrin, citric acid, benzoic acid, trehalose, xanthan gum, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, CI 77947 (zinc oxide), alcohol denat., phenoxyethanol.
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