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Reminds me of grandpa
on May 15, 2015
This may be a case of not really knowing what I was getting myself into but Burt's Bees Hand Salve was nothing like I expected. In my experience, there are 3 types of hand moisturizers: 1. Greasy, 2. Waxy, or 3. Creamy. There are, of course, moisturizers of varying levels of quality and feel within those 3 categories but these are the basic feeling I get when I have tried the many, many types of hand moisturizers I've put on my mitts. I'd consider Burt's Bees to be in the "Greasy" category of hand moisturizers. I know that there will be naysayers who don't like me using that term but it's reality. It goes on slick and your hands stay that way for some time until it absorbs completely. Absorption tends to take a while with this stuff and you'll find yourself having a very tough time opening doorknobs with your greased up hands for a while afterward.
With that said, if you are willing to deal with the texture and sensation that this leaves on your hands, it generally does a very good job of leaving your hands moisturized and protected. Unlike lighter moisturizers, one application will last you through a good portion of your day. You hands will appear shiny for a good 30 minutes after application due to the greasiness but shiny is better than dry.
This hand salve reminds me a lot of a product my grandfather used on his chapped lips back when I was a kid in Canada called Zam-buk. The feeling is the same and the scent is very reminiscent of that very distinct smell. Zam-buk was used as a cure-all for cuts and bruises and anything between but the smell of it gives me good memories. So, on that point, I find the smell of Burt's Bees Hand Salve very appealing for those reasons but I have had comments from outsiders who are downright offended by the overpowering smell. It has a very strong distinct smell and will not be to everyone's liking. You better love the smell if you are going to buy it because the smell is strong and sticks around for quite some time.
I am a surgeon and since my hands get very dry from constant scrubbing, this does a good job of keeping them without cracks but I'm not sure whether I enjoy the feeling of the stuff. I prefer creams that absorb completely into my hands and so I generally stick to stuff like Ahava or Jack Black but for those that don't mind the slick felling, this may be okay for you. I doubt I'll purchase it again but can understand why some people may enjoy it. I'm also not sure I'm sold on moisturizers in a tin since I carry mine around in a bag and find that the tin top is not extremely secure.