Santa Cruz Bee Goods Review
A while ago I was contacted by a young Santa Cruz local who is dedicated to making cleaner, simpler skincare products with all-natural, high-quality organic ingredients. They offered to send me some products from their Santa Cruz Bee Goods line to try out, and I gladly accepted. I like how their products are totally clean and natural, and contain only skin-loving natural oils and butters. I've never passed up a clean lip balm, and I'd never tried a "lotion bar" before so I jumped at the chance. Here are my thoughts about each one...
Peppermint Lip Balm - $4
PRODUCT CLAIM "Our all-organic lip balm is bound to leave your lips soft and moisturized with a hint of peppermint. Our lip balm does not contain any lanolin, parabens, alcohol, or any other chemical preservatives, or ingredients."
MY THOUGHTS Let me just say, it is excellent. I don't know about you, but I like a soft, emollient lip balm instead of a hard, waxy one. This lip balm melts on contact and utterly drenches your lips in cushioning oils. It also smells and tastes absolutely delicious. The peppermint oil is sweetened by the cocoa butter, and it tastes exactly like Junior Mint candy. Every time I put it on, I half-expect to look in the mirror and find chocolate smeared all over my mouth. Then I remind myself that it's a clear product, and just relax into the delectable scent.
It will definitely soften or melt quickly in hot weather. I'm glad it's cooling down and I can carry this everywhere. It's actually helping to relieve sugar cravings while I whole 30! I'll need to order a replacement soon! Might make good stocking stuffers as well...
INGREDIENTS 100% All Natural Beeswax, Organic Shea butter, Organic Cocoa butter, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Vegetable Glycerin, Vitamin E Oil (Non-GMO), Organic Peppermint Oil
Find the lip balm* here.
Soothing Lotion Bar - $10
PRODUCT CLAIMS "Our Soothing Lotion bar does what the name implies. Made with over 7 organic oils and ingredients, our lotion bar will leave your skin feeling soft and moisturized with the subtle scent of cocoa. Our Lotion Bars also do not leave your skin with typical greasy feeling that most lotions have. Apply every day when needed or after you shower when skin is dry and warm. Please Note: Our lotion bars are heat sensitive. Remember to avoid direct contact with sun and heat."
MY THOUGHTS I tried it first on my dry arms and hands, then my legs. I used the wax paper wrapper it came with to keep my fingers from getting oily. At room temperature, the disc-shaped "lotion bar" starts to melt from your body heat as you rub it over your skin. It leaves behind a layer of moisturizing oils and plant butters. Using it is kind of like using a very hard coconut oil (which is actually one of the ingredients). Occasionally a few little chunks would come off the bar, but I just rubbed them in with the opposite arm. The scent comes entirely from the ingredients and has no added essential oils, so the cocoa butter really comes through as the main fragrance.
There's a Lavender version I think I'd enjoy more, as I don't enjoy sniffing the sweet, chocolate-y smell of pure unadulterated cocoa all day long. I'm not sure why "lotion" and "oil" has become a somewhat interchangeable term, but this is definitely a solid oil, not a lotion. I can't imagine traveling with this cute little thing, or even bringing it to the beach, since it would surely melt and leak through the little cardboard box it comes in. I'm not sure what the exact appeal of a lotion bar is, but I think I personally prefer my other favorite oils and body creams. If you like body lotion bars, try out the Santa Cruz Bee Good offerings! They're super natural, locally made and super reasonably priced.
INGREDIENTS 100% Bee's Wax, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Shea Butter, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Babassu Oil, Organic Sweet Almond oil, Organic Macadamia Oil, Vitamin E oil (non-GMO)
Find the soothing lotion bar* here.
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