Thursday, March 5, 2009

Cuticle Care - Singing the Praises of Burt's Bees

I have had a problem with dry and peeling cuticles for as long as I can remember. This is especially true in the winter time. I have tried lots of products that other nail fanatics have recommended (and a few they have not) and nothing has worked very well. That is, until I discovered Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream.

Recommended to me by several MUAers, Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream comes in a little tin and is more like a solid than a cream. It's like solid perfume or tins of lipbalm. I've been putting it on and rubbing it into my cuticles for several weeks now and I get far fewer hang nails, splits, dry bits, etc. than I ever did before. With many of the cuticle oils I've tried I didn't really notice a difference other than my hands getting oily (and in some cases, my rough spots and hang nails got worse). I am hoping that now that I found a product that works for me it will lead to better nail health.

For your reference, here are some of the products I've tried and their respective costs:

  • Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream - $5.99 from Wallgreens
  • Barielle Intensive Nail Renewal Oil - $12.50 from Barielle
  • OPI Avoplex Nail & Cuticle Replenishing Oil - $7.50 from Head2ToeBeauty
  • Sally Hansen Nail Quencher Cuticle Cream - $6.29 from Wallgreens
  • Beauticontrol Show of Hands Cuticle Salve - $13.00 from Beauticontrol
  • Haken Cuticle Oil - $4.99 from Sally's ($3.99 if you have a beauty club card)
Off that list, Burt's Bees and Sally Hansen Nail Quencher Cuticle Cream were my favorites. I tended to use Sally Hansen's only when I was doing my manicure so I can see myself using both of them. The Beauticontrol was nearly as good as the Burt's Bees but it was bordering on greesy and for the price I don't think it's worth it. The Barielle was the oils that made my rough hang nails stand out more to me. The Haken has the nicest scent (I chose the vanilla almond, but there are other scents) but I didn't notice enough of a difference while using it. Same with the OPI.

So if you're suffering from nasty cuticles like I was, try the Burt's Bees. The price is nice and I'm sure you can find it cheaper than at Wallgreens.