Saturday, April 12, 2008

Mini Q&A and Burts Bees review

Mini Q&A:

Fiona wanted to know how much shipping for Everyday Minerals costs to Canada - it cost me $5 for the sample kit. The last time I ordered, I got stuff worth $30+ so it cost me about $8 then. You can get an estimate by checking out, as long as you don't click on the Confirm Payment button just yet :)

Also, Anonymous wanted to know how much I got my NYX pigments for. I got mine for $5.99 at PharmaPlus / Rexall. Kind of expensive, but those are the only stores that sell NYX in Canada :( But its a LOT cheaper if you order them off Ebay or


Ok, I've decided to finally do the review on the Burt's Bees shampoo even though I feel like I don't have much to say about it :S I was thinking it'd be a lot more useful if I had gotten the matching conditioner, but it wasn't in stock at the drugstores I went to.

I did see it at Whole Foods Market, but Whole Foods was charging a ridiculous price for the Burts Bees stuff :( The shampoos and their matching conditioners were $12.99, while the regular price at Shoppers is $9.99....a $3 markup??

So I ended up buying a different conditioner from Whole Foods to try - the Shea butter one. This is probably also overpriced at $14.99, but it was a Burts Bees product I haven't seen in any other stores, and I really needed a good rich silicone-free conditioner. This one doesn't come with a matching shampoo so I figured it should go well with any other BB shampoos.

Burt's Bees More Moisture Raspberry and Brazil Nut shampoo, & Shea Butter and Grapefruit Hair Repair conditioner:


Ingredients for More Moisture shampoo:


This is the second Burt's Bees shampoo I've used. Previously I tried their Colour Keeper shampoo. It smelled awesome and cleaned my hair fine, but didn't do much to prolong my haircolour despite the claims.

Since my hair isn't coloured anymore (except for the ends that are growing out anyway), I decided to try something else. I wanted to continue with Burts because I like the fact that its sulfate-free. I've heard that sulfates dry out your hair more and since I already have dry, fine hair, it needs all the help it can get.

The shampoo cleans my hair nicely. Lol I don't know what else to say - other than I like that it does what a shampoo should do minus the sulfates :)

Note that Burts Bees shampoos, because they are sulfate free, do not foam up as much as regular shampoos. So it might feel like you need to use a lot more product to clean your hair. However thats not really the case - you just have to get used to using the same amount but with less lather present.

Only thing that bothered me the first few times I used it is the scent. I was expecting a raspberry scent, which IS there, but its not quite the usual raspberry scent you get from lotions and stuff. I thought the scent smelt a bit 'fishy' at first lol :) So I read the label and they mention that the raspberry extract contains omega 3 fatty acids! I'm thinking that might be why.....Does anyone know if omega 3 fatty acids smell fishy even if they come from non-fish sources? Hmm....But anyway, the smell is fine after you get used to it. Just take a whiff at the store before you buy it to make sure that you will be ok with the scent :)

Ingredients for Hair Repair conditioner:


I love this conditioner. I have tried Burt's Bees Colour Keeper conditioner before, and that one sucked :( It didn't condition my hair enough and left it tangly. However this Hair Repair one is much richer, and smells awesome because of the grapefruit scent. It works best if you squeeze out the water in your hair as much as possible before putting the conditioner. I've used it a few times now and it leaves my hair smooth :) I do still use a bit of my usual Kiehl's hair serum oil to smooth the ends but I have a lot less trouble with brushing it due to this conditioning this product does :)

The reason I got this product was because I've read somewhere that you should use silicone free conditioners together with sulfate free shampoos. With regular drugstore shampoos, what they do is strip your hair clean with the sulfates, while the conditioners contain silicone to balance it out. But with a sulfate-free shampoo, using a silicone containing conditioner would add to product buildup and probably make my already fine hair flatter :P

Normally, with regular sulfate containing shampoos, I use Johnson & Johnson's Kids Detangling shampoo because my hair just gets tangled like crazy otherwise. But I hate that it weighs my hair down more and if I use too much, makes my hair feel greasy faster. I believe its because of the silicones in the product. None of these things happen with the Burts Bees, and from looking at the ingredient list, it seems silicone free :)

To summarize - Thumbs up for both products :) Just make sure you are ok with the scent of the More Moisture Raspberry shampoo.

Final note: I don't use any hair styling products like hairspray or mousse or serums at the moment other than the Kiehl's Silk Groom serum, which is oil based. So I'm not sure if it will clean hair effectively if you use a lot of those, since this isn't meant to be a clarifying shampoo. But it works well for a simple haircare routine like mine :)

P.S. To Canadians: Don't buy Burts Bees from Whole Foods - its overpriced. Even the online Canadian site ( is cheaper than Whole Foods. The shampoo is listed for $10.99, which is $1 more than Shoppers Drug Mart but $2 less than Whole Foods Market. Also, if you buy over $50 you can get free shipping!


Bliss said...

Good review and info, did not know about the silicone stuff in shampoo, i wanted to try the raspberry shampoo last time, but it was expensive hhehe

Unknown said...

I LOVE finding Canadian beauty blogs and yours, I must say, is the best I've read so far!

If you want a shampoo which will keep your hair colour, I'd suggest using the pureology line.

Their entire line is formulated for colour-treated hair. I can't attest to how well it keeps colour (because I have virgin hair) but all my hair-dresser friends all love it for keeping colour.

It's available at London Drugs throughout Canada....but it's overpriced there and you're better off buying it from a Beauty Supply store or online.

Hope it helps!

Grayburn said...

Oh wow the review for the shampoo is here! First of all, thanks for this :) I've been really curious about burt's bees products lately because..well just because it's not available here in Amsterdam (I always want the products I can't get wherever I live hehe!). Their shampoos and conditioners sound good to me so I will snatch them up when I arrive in Toronto. Any suggestions on what else I should stock up on? I've made a pretty huge list so far :) Oh and if you need anything from Europe, just let me know (if it is available here in Amsterdam of course!).


watercoloursky said...

bliss: thanks! yeah Burts tends to be a bit expensive...:(

sandra: thank you :) hmmm we have London Drugs here? I don't even think I've seen them around Toronto :( All we have here are Shoppers Drug Marts and Rexall Pharmacies. What area do you live?

grayburn: lol sounds like you'll be going on a major haulage :) hmm i was actually thinking of making a post on a few things I like that I've only seen in Canada so look out for it :) And thanks for the offer :) I can't think of anything ,because I don't know what Amsterdam really has :) but I'll let you know :D

♡ Nic Nic ♡ said...

i think Burt's Bee's brand can be quite expensive.. but if you wanna check out another sulfate free shampoo - check out Klorane :) You cant even get NYX in UK bohoo ;_;

psychoexgirlfriend said...

Hey blu3, I believe NYX is also available at some Shopper's Drug Marts and Save-On-Foods (or maybe these stores are only in the West?)(Save-On-Foods used to be called Overwaitea)

♡ Nic Nic ♡ said...

I just checked the ingredient list on one of Klorane shampoo, it does have sulfate in, but its very gentle on the hair. i just used mine yday and my gones feel different already :)

the Muse said...

hey girlie

quickie off topic comment.

If you'd like to try the silver powder let me know and I can send along a sample to you!

cheryl said...

all natural hair products are great! i love klorane and cowshed!

na said...

Thanks for the review! I really should start looking into nicer haircare...except I still have to start paying attention to my skin, haha. One thing at a time!

Melissa Joy said...

yay! thanks for this review, I've been wondering a lot about the burt's bees shampoo and conditioner!

Anonymous said...

can u tell me the address for the whole food store in toronto???


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Anonymous said...

I have been using Burt's Bees. It actually lathers really well upon an second wash. I like the Super Shiny and Color Keeper, even without hair color. I find the More Moisure's scent kind of overwhemling. But I am looking for a good clarifier. I think sulfate shampoos are pretty hard on skin. I find I have to load on the moisturizer after a strong shampoo. The eco-friendly shampoos should actually be called skin-friendly because they don't make your face feel like it's been through a war zone.

Anonymous said...

Finally!!!! a great straight to the point, clarified, informative review!

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