Burt’s Bees Hand Salve

The same friend that lent me the cuticle cream suggested that I try his Burt’s Bees hand salve which he happened to have at work.  My first thought was – what is a hand salve and what is the difference between that and hand cream?

I did some research on hand salve.  According to Wisegeek, it is a thick lotion used especially for dry and cracked skin.  Its ingredients often contain olive oil, jojoba oil, beeswax, as well as essential oils.


My friend’s version was actually the travel sized one (which is the same size as their cuticle cream at 0.6 oz).  As I was applying it, I wondered how much I would need to cover my whole hand.  As with all Burt’s Bees products, the consistency is very thick and solid, so it is difficult to get the product out.  In the end, I didn’t end up using too much because while on one hand it’s very moisturizing, on the other it is quite greasy.  It’s not one of those things that you can apply and continue with your office work- warning that the greasiness stays for a while!  If I were to buy and use this, it would be prior to going to bed and only on my knuckles and other severely dry spots.  It’s a little too oily for application over the entire hand.

The hand salve smells like Vicks Vaporub and methanol, which may or may not be a good thing.  For myself, frequent application of hand cream does the job of preventing dry hands, and if I needed something thicker, I would use my Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturizing Cream.   At $13, it costs more than your average hand cream.  If it works for you, great but I’ll stick to what I have.

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3 Responses to Burt’s Bees Hand Salve

  1. Antonia says:

    Agreed. Way too greasy! I’m sticking with my hand cream.

  2. Karman says:

    Is a hand salve the same as body butter?

    • WinnieK says:

      Hi Karman,

      From what I know, body butter is similar to hand salve as they are both much thicker and more moisturizing than a typical moisturizing lotion. I think a major difference is in the ingredients as body butter usually contain a seed or nut oil as its base ingredient. Also, as the name states, body butter is for overall body use while a hand salve is more specifically targeted for the hands.


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