[Patricia] Day 4: Say Goodbye to Polyethylene. Say Hello To Chamomile.

Jul 11, 2013
Burt's Bees Chamomile Facial Cleanser

Burt’s Bees Chamomile Facial Cleanser

I usually scream and run away from anything related to bee’s, but I found an exception. Burt’s Bees Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream. In general, I must admit I’m a Burt’s Bees fan. Most of their products work amazing well, are made from natural ingredients and are high quality. I was already biased that this product would be great, but their cleansing cream exceeded all my expectations for the brand.

The Chamomile flower has widely been used in herbal tea, but also as a proven medicine to help upset stomachs, anxiety and insomnia. Similar to Aloe, for our skin Chamomile has several anti inflammatory agents that can help sooth skin burns. Surprisingly, although chamomile is derived from a flower,  it also has anti – allergy agents.

I’ve been using this product for over 2 months on a daily basis. In the past I was a fan of exfoliating cleanser like Neutrogena’s Pink Grapefruit Foaming Scrub. The micro beads included in the cleanser was important because I wanted to make sure I removed as much excess dirt as possible.  One day I wondered what made the micro beads. After diving into the ingredients, one of the main elements was called Polyethylene. Although the FDA has approved the use of this chemical, there are many ties to Polyethylene being a potential carcinogen that aids in the formation of tumors in animals.

Knowledge is power and I soon found that Polyethylene was in several of the personal care products I used (which quickly lead to why I wanted to start the #Organic30day Challenge). I was now on a hunt to find a more eco friendly, organic replacement for my facial cleanser. I went to Target one day and scoped out the All Natural section. I previously heard that Chamomile was great for skin relief and overall health so I purchased Burt’s Bee’s Soap and Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream.

After the first application, I quickly noticed the difference in my skin texture. The fragrance wasn’t over jarring, but there was definitely a floral herbal scent present. The texture of the cleanser is a thick cream, which gave me the impression it would be oily and leave residue on my skin. Surprisingly, it left my skin feeling cleaner then Neutrogena’s Grapefruit Foaming Scrub product. Most importantly, it also took away all my makeup without having to re apply the cleanser or use makeup remover.

Stay tuned to see what organic goodness I uncover tomorrow!

Your #Organic30Day Challenger,


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