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74 of 77 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon January 21, 2011
I'm a guy, with my hands rough, scraggly, and bleeding from hot water and strong dish soap, hand sanitizer, and six months of wintry dry air and washing baby bottles. Tried several of my wife's skin creams to no real effect.

Last night I ripped open the box from Amazon and applied this not-very-greasy mixture to my sorry skin three times. This morning my hands are very very close to fully healed. Not as soft as my baby's bottom, but soft enough to not snag my tee shirt when I put it on. Stuff smells pretty good to me, too. Mild Eucalyptus like the steam room at the gym - no girly girl aroma on these manly paws.

The container is the size of a large shoe polish can. Easy to stow in a drawer or even a jeans pocket. They label this stuff "a farmer's friend." Now it's my friend, too.

Thank you, Burt, whoever you are.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2011
I have 2 things nobody ever wants to have

1. Extremely dry hands.
2. Dyshidrosis - a very aggravating form of eczema.

Since switching to only pure soap like Ivory & Yardley's Oatmeal soap.
The Dyshidrosis has healed up well.
However I was still left with very scaly & hard skin.

Using the combination of a foot file & this product on my hands
has really made a huge difference.
I can actually feel soft, breathing, healthy skin on the palms of my hand.

The key in using this product is to use it in steps.
Don't apply too much too fast.

Think of it like washing & waxing your car.
The same principle applies here.
A good wash, then thin layers buffed well give the best results.

There is no water base, so first wash your hands well & let the water
absorb into your skin a bit & pat dry.
Then scoop out a tiny amount & place it into the palm.
Work it in really well all over the hands & in-between the fingers.
Then just apply a tiny bit more a second time after about 10 min.
Your skin will actually absorb the bulk of the oils & be replenished,
without that oily feeling.
You will feel the protection without it feeling unnatural.
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on December 7, 2010
I have used a lot of products-- dozens if not hundreds. As a chronic hand washer, I have struggled to find a product that will heal my hands and make them feel good in the winter. Washing overdries my skin, big time. I chronically have had cracking and bleeding from Thanksgiving through Easter.

Burt's Bees hand salve is the best-- better than vaseline products, olay, avon, neutrogena, and the likes. Believe me, I have tried them ALL without success, and some even burn if you have an open crack that has been bleeding. If you have an open crack or super dry skin, applying this liberally gives immediate relief and helps over the next few hours until you should re-apply. While I will admit it's very oily, when you're in this much pain it doesn't matter. It also works extremely fast and washes off easily if needed. It smells good to me, some don't like the smell. It smells like it's name, a combination of a beeswax and honey or something.

After a week or so, your hands will be cleared up, silky smooth and feel great. It's also great for tattoos that look blue when they should be black (you know the old sailor tattoos, etc). Putting it on right before bed works wonders.
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21 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on August 22, 2004
Smells good. Doesn't leave you feeling clammy like lotion does. It's a good moisturizer, but beware the grease! Oh, and don't leave it in the car - it melts all over. Save it for nighttime.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 17, 2014
does not absorb well at all and unpleasant odor. I love the Burts bees for chapped lips, this, however, was very disappointing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 22, 2011
This is the best product when your hands have been dried out/chapped/ ragged and bleeding cuticles. (Think harsh work - gardening or cleaning or painting without gloves.) Just wash up and apply - instant transformation; trim up your cuticles and you will be amazed the difference one application makes. The ecalyptus smell is lovely - I guess not for you if you love the fake floral/fruity lotions which for me, aggravate allergies and give me a headache. The tin is convenient to drop in your purse.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2005
I work in a resturaunt, so I have to wash my hands dozens of times a day. Plus I work on cars a lot as a hobby. My hands would get extremely dry and cracked, and they would even start bleeding in the winter. Burt's Bees hand salve is the only stuff I've found that completely cures my dry, cracked hands.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 25, 2014
Hope you're not planning to use your hands for a long time after you use this stuff. It's so greasy! Takes FOREVER to absorb into your skin. I'm not saying it doesn't make your hands soft after use, but the greasiness makes it completely impractical for daily use.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2013
I was looking for something to really help heal my extremely dry hands. This salve is greasy and does not absorb into the skin. I'm extremely disappointed.
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