Burt's Bees Repair Serum

  • Hydrates skin instantly
  • Absorbs quickly
  • Calms irritated skin
  • Stings eyes
  • High lavender content may cause damage
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Bottom Line

Burt's Bees Repair Serum is designed for use anywhere on the face, including around the eyes. Some reviewers apply it to other parts of the body, as well. It contains ingredients that can irritate the eyes, however, and users say it tends to migrate into eyes. Experts say Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum, Fragrance Free (*Est. $20 for 1.7 oz.) is better for the delicate eye area.


Instant hydration. Burt's Bees Repair Serum is a top pick of users at MakeupAlley.com and Amazon.com, where it earns overall ratings of 4 and 4.3 out of 5 stars, respectively. Users say the formula brightens their face almost immediately, and reduces the appearance of fine lines, hydrates skin and eases redness. Some say it helps soothe dry, irritated or eczematous skin.

One user says at MakeupAlley.com, "After using this serum for one week, my skin is softer, smoother and has a noticeable glow." An Amazon.com poster adds, "It doesn't clog pores and does a good job of moisturizing. But I wouldn't say that it repairs or improves wrinkles -- I haven't noticed any improvement in my skin over a month of using it." As with all skin care products, results may vary based on the overall condition of the skin, the way the formula is used and general expectations.

Burt's Bees Repair Serum contains lots of healthy-skin ingredients like antioxidants -- namely vitamins C and E and green tea extract -- and jojoba oil, which hydrates skin. However, skin care expert Paula Begoun dislikes the lavender oil-rich formula: "Components in lavender oil have been shown to cause skin-cell death when applied topically," she says.

Feel And Smell

Irritates sensitive eyes. Users say Burt's Bees Repair Serum has a silky texture that absorbs quickly as long as you don't apply too much. Only the tiniest amount is needed, they note. Some warn that the formula can irritate the eyes, and may migrate into them when applied too closely. The serum is fragrance-free, but its natural ingredients give it an herbal scent that some reviewers like and others don't.

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Our Sources

1. PaulasChoice.com

Review Credibility: Excellent Begoun says Burt's Bees Repair Serum can cause irritation and skin-cell death due to its high lavender oil content.

Review: Repair Serum, Paula Begoun, Feb. 19, 2013

2. MakeupAlley.com

Review Credibility: Very Good About 280 reviewers give Burt's Bees Repair Serum an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars. Many say it improves the appearance of their skin -- decreasing the appearance of fine lines, reducing redness and hydrating skin -- almost immediately. Some say it can irritate eyes, however, and it tends to be oily if too much is applied.

Review: Burt's Bees Repair Serum with Attar of Rose, Contributors to MakeupAlley.com, As of March 2013

3. Amazon.com

Review Credibility: Good More than 70 reviewers at Amazon.com give Burt's Bees Repair Serum 4.3 out of 5 stars. Most say it's very moisturizing and improves the overall appearance of their skin. A few complain that it has an unpleasant smell and irritates the eyes.

Review: Burt's Bees Repair Serum, 1 Ounce Bottle, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2013

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