November 23, 2016

Burt’s Bees Flavor Crystals Lip Balm Review

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.


Burt’s Bees Flavor Crystals Lip Balm is a new lip balm hitting drugstores for Spring 2017 that’s available in three shade selections with “a burst of crystallized fruit juice”! For some odd reason or another as soon as I saw the Burt’s Bees Flavor Crystals Lip Balm I instantly think of Lip Freak Buzzing Lip Balm, the whole burst of crystallized fruit juice had me thinking that something amazing was going to happen when I applied this to my lips.

Remember Bubbaloo Gum? As a child, there was nothing more awesome than sinking your teeth into a soft piece of Bubbaloo and having the juicy sweet liquid explode in your mouth. Crystals Lip Balm sounded exactly like that! A burst of fruit juice? If I applied it would I get a juicy burst of yummy flavor? Or the buzz of Lip Freak?


Nothing happened. No buzz, no burst of juicy fruit flavor. Oh well! The good news is my lips are chapped as hell this week so trying out Burt’s Bees Flavor Crystals Lip Balm was a good idea. I moseyed into Walgreens last week because I was hopeful they’d have a flu shot available. I typically get a flu shot in September with my yearly physical at my Doctor’s office but this season I was so busy I didn’t have a second to go. So, realizing I missed my flu shot and also my yearly appointment I called my Doctor and asked for an appointment but he’s booked until after Christmas. I had this horrifying dream I’d be lying in bed with the flu (because you can sneeze in California and I’ll get sick here in New York) so, I ran over to Walgreens. I didn’t know what to expect as I never got a flu shot at a drugstore before but the procedure was friendly, simple, and quick plus I didn’t realize it but my medical insurance covered it. I thought I would have to pay $20 or $25 for the shot, I had no idea flu shots at the drugstore were covered by insurance! Ha, learn something new everyday!


Burt’s Bees Flavor Crystals Lip Balm are currently available in three flavors but I’m sure there are plans to expand with more flavors when they become a permanent part of the brand’s collection. I picked up Red Raspberry which is 0.16 oz in size and set me back $4.99. It comes in a rather cute plastic round plastic barrel which is considerably different compared to the Chapstick-like tubes of the original Burt’s Bees Lip Balm.

I thought maybe the shade would be tinted but it isn’t and it applies sheer. I actually didn’t really like the formula because it reminds me of the Chapstick formula from the 80’s. It’s really thick, slightly grainy because it has small specks of what they call “crystallized fruit juice”, and it feels quite waxy on my lips. The flavor is disappointing as well since it leaves a bit of a bitter after taste in my mouth. There’s subtle hints of raspberry here but it is overpowered by a waxy flavor element that isn’t pleasant. If you ski or you’re out in the cold for long hours on end this is a good product to prevent chapped lips since it lays down a thick layer of silicone-like waxiness on lips which will protect them from the cold. I personally found it uncomfortable to wear and gross feeling on my lips. It provides light moisture but I wouldn’t say it was highly moisturizing!


Burt’s Bees Flavor Crystals Lip Balm sounds like a little bit more of an exciting product than it actually is. If you like the old school Chapstick formula you might love this but for those who aren’t into waxy, thick lip balms, I’d skip!

Burt’s Bees Flavor Crystals Lip Balm isn’t yet available online but I imagine will likely get it soon or check your local Walgreens!

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

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  • Kiss & Make-up

    Aw, too bad you didn’t like it. So far I’ve always liked Burt’s Bees lip balms. But then again I haven’t tried this particular one yet, so.

  • Arzu in Review

    This looked like such great potential. Thanks for doing the review and so glad that I read it since I’m such a Burt’s Bees fan. 🙂 Hope you had a good Thanksgiving!

  • Jenn N.

    Normally I adore Burt’s Bee’s lip balm but this particular one was a fail for me! I couldn’t resist the pineapple one – it smells delicious but it is so tough to apply! It’s very waxy and tugs at my lips really hard. After a few uses, I threw it in my “black hole” basket of failed products.

  • Joanna Timmor

    I loved this stuff. It actually does have real fruit juice in it, instead of a bunch of fake stuff. Even more than me, my tweener daughter and her friends are collecting them. It’s a throw back to the 70’s when I was kid!

  • Barb

    As soon as I put it on I wanted to return it. Quite disappointing! Not a smooth texture at all. Doesn’t seem hydrating and pulls at the lip when applying. Thick and waxy

  • Christine Sziabowski

    Completely fell for this because I like Burts Bees products, but did not like the sandy texture of the lip balm. The texture against my lips compares to applying sun block at the beach while your skin is coated with salt and salt. Although the smell is soothing the application is Uncomfortable!

  • Susan

    I actually was at first taken back by the “crystals” in this product because it acts as an exfoliator and I don’t really feel like this is something my lips need all that much but having said that, once I realized that after you swipe it around a few times these “crystals” disappear, it really is a very handy balmy exfoliator to have since you don’t need to wipe off any “scrape-y” leftover debris or beads (more often crushed apricot seed husks?)… in any event, at first I didn’t care for this product but after using it a few times, I fell in love with it. I find that carrying it around in my pants pockets helps to soften the product a bit, making it easier to apply. I got the pineapple scent/flavor. I originally bought it for my husband who loves pineapple but he couldn’t get over the grittiness. I don’t find it tastes much like anything and if it is a tad bit waxy, it actually seems to at least hold and not sink into the lips too much therefore offering a decent barrier to protect lips from elements. I wish it tasted of pineapple but maybe that’s a good thing because I’d probably be licking it off and then end up with really chapped lips and need to exfoliate!

    • Isabella Muse

      I’m glad you’re enjoying it Susan! 😀 I didn’t quite like it even after it softened up some 🙁 It just felt weird to me and not quite as smooth as I like my lip balms!