Green Product Review: Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Buttermilk Lotion

Protecting your baby from hazardous ingredients is even more important than protecting yourself.  Your child is developing and growing, so their little systems are particularly sensitive to chemical abuse, endocrine disruption, etc..  It is extremely frustrating that so many products marketed to babies and kids are not safe.  It is even worse, when you think it’s a safe brand such as Burt’s Bees and then you can’t trust the brand.  Case in point, our review of Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Buttermilk Lotion.

Ingredients: aqua (water, eau), glycerin, decyl cocoate, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, cera alba (beeswax, cire d’abielle), butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, polyglyceryl-3 stearate, glyceryl stearate citrate, cetyl alcohol, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, butyris lac (buttermilk powder, babeurre en poudre), chamomila recutita (matricaria) flower extract, calendula officinalis flower extract, centaurea cyanus flower extract, tilia cordata flower extract, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, anthemis nobilis flower extract, hypericum perforatum extract, parfum (fragrance), tocopherol, sucrose stearate, xanthan gum, glycine soja (soybean) oil, canola oil (huile de colza), lactic acid, citric acid, glucose, sodium chloride, sodium stearoyl lactylate, sodium benzoate, magnesium aluminum silicate, phenoxyethanol, glucose oxidase, lactoperoxidase, limonene

Cosmetics Database Score: 6 (on the high end of moderate hazard)

Potentially Hazardous Ingredients: Fragrance, lactic acid, magnesium aluminum silicate, phenoxyethanol, citric acid, tocopherol, glycerin, sodium benzoate,

Pros: this lotion smells really good (because of the “fragrance” which ranks an 8 on the cosmetics database) and it works well on dry skin.

Cons: it’s a little greasy, doesn’t absorb as well as other lotions and worse, potentially unsafe for your babies and kids.  It only comes in small containers and is moderately expensive.

Notes: I was pretty upset to find out that this lotion ranked a 6 on the Cosmetics Database.  I got this as a gift, used it on our baby and now regret it.  Especially with babies and kids, find something that’s got a lower hazard ranking.

Overall Score (0 being worst, 10 being best): 2 (liked the lotion, hated the hazard)

Where to Buy: Don’t.

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