Ok, let’s discuss cuticle cream. And not any old cuticle cream: I’m talking about Burt’s Bees delightfully buttery cream that has kept my hands in great conditions for a good while now.
As a keen cook, I’m not the sort to have my nails long and painted unless it’s a really, really, special occasion. On top of that, after converting to green and cruelty-free beauty, I’ve found most nail polishes don’t fit into either of these categories (check out my guide to non-toxic nail polishes for more).
So I suppose I use the term of “beauty” loosely on this post, considering this is more about skincare, rather than make-up. Either way, we’ve established that my nails have been paint-free for a long while now. But even then, I still like to make sure my hands are soft, so I have been using this – Burt’s Bees’ Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream* – and I don’t think I could ever go back!
As much as I recently denounced Burt’s Bees’ troubling cruelty-free status (make your mind up for yourself in that post), I can’t say I disagree with the ingredients list here – the cuticle cream uses beeswax as its main component, which I personally don’t have an issue with.
In fact, while I’m an avid fan of honey, and beeswax, I’m not totally ok with all bee-based products. I pick fault with royal jelly, and bee venom, both of which are created by enforcing unnatural circumstances to a hive, but for wax and honey, they can be easily produced and extracted without ill effect. But as always, to each, their own.
For this ‘cream’, the beeswax creates a buttery base that smoothes over my skin well and soaks in quickly. I usually apply it to my fingernails (although it does work on toes as well), both on the cuticle and around the nail. I find it prevents the skin from breaking and keeps my skin nourished enough to withstand the messier side of cooking that I often find myself in. The light lemon fragrance is also just divine! I really feel like I’m pampering myself when I use it.
As for those of you who are keen nail polish junkies – I also found this cream helped my nails recover after a dose of white nail polish for my recent graduate ball – isn’t nail polish remover just awful? Both my cuticles and my nails are softer thanks to the cream.
(P.S. R.I.P. Burt Shavitz, the man behind the name [but not so much the brand]. He was a kind soul!)