To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. It also analyses reviews to verify trustworthiness.
I've been using this stuff for years, and am just now noticing that it has animal products that aren't cruelty-free. : \
The good: It's super intense stuff. I actually use it on my hands, and not feet -- for when they are over-washed and dry. It's crazy thick, but if you rub it in for a few minutes (and it takes a few minutes), it's the only thing that sticks to your hands for the long-term. And it is very sticky. I keep a tiny jar of it in my bag at all times, bc I hate having dry hands. ...Bear in mind, you do have to be mindful not to touch grease-absorptive stuff for a while afterward. It will leave a mark. But that's the kind of moisture I need. It's definitely not your average "lotion."
The bad: It's a shame Burt's Bees feel the need to use animal products. Sheep shorn for wool are often shorn hastily, which injures the animal, who are then they are sent out as meat. (Unless they are sourcing their lanolin from small, boutique animal-rights focused sheep farmers -- which I doubt.) Burt's Bees also use carmine in all their red-colored lib balms and products, which is made of smushed beetles. (Yes, you're rubbing dead bugs on your face.) I'm learning over time that Burt's Bees -- despite appealing to a more natural and ethical base -- might not be TOO concerned about cruelty-free products.
Substitutes: I've been buying... - "Alaffia Africa's Secret multipurprose skin cream," and - "Trader Joe's Head to Toe balm," which are both great -- just not quite as sticky.
* I'll look for other, more ethical equivalents to this product, since I do love it, for its purpose. When I find one, I'll make sure to edit my review!
Has a super creepy smell and texture. Not rich and creamy, more like thick and syrupy. The smell is kinda gross. I cant get past smell to actually use product. :( also there is no leaving it on your hands past trying to rub on feet cause it is gross feeling on your hands.
Maybe my feet are just weird, but I’ve found that this product doesn’t do much to help with my dry/cracked heels. The consistency is strange (like Vaseline or honey), although that wasn’t too off-putting. If you’re looking to soften up your cracked heels, in my opinion, buying an amope is much more effective.
I generally like Burt's Bees products and wanted to het help for my dry feet. It eased the dryness but doesn't seem to absorb very quickly and felt too greasy. If it had a different feel it would give it a higher rating.