Product Review: Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Hawaiian Smolder

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Burt’s Bees recently launched its newest cosmetics item, the 100% natural Lip Crayon. The official product description promises “lightweight moisture for a comfortable, everyday wear formula infused with shea butter, kendi oil, and jojoba oil” as well as creamy matte color and moisture-rich wear” with no added flavor or fragrance.

Here’s an official product shot:

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The packaging is a plastic tube with a honeycomb-textured clear cap.

And here is the complete ingredients list:

Ingredients: ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, candelilla cera (euphorbia cerifera wax, cire de candelilla), cera alba (beeswax), cera carnauba (copernicia cerifera wax, cire de carnauba), butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, hydrogenated vegetable oil, aleurites moluccana seed oil*, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, tocopherol, lecithin, silica, glycine soja (soybean) oil. +/- (May contain): CI 77891 (titanium dioxide), CI 77019 (mica), CI 75470 (carmine), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (iron oxides) *kendi oil

Plenty of botanicals in there! It’s not a vegan product (not a problem for me, personally), but it’s pretty “clean” overall.


This is the Lip Crayon in Hawaiian Smolder (429) — pretty close to the official photo above, actually. It’s a shimmer-free, frost-free rose-berry shade, a bit on the bright side but very wearable for warmer weather and/or casual wear. The color is similar to the Sally Hansen Colorfast Tint Moisture Balm in Happy Berry that I reviewed last summer, but I have to say that I prefer the Burt’s Bees formula: it’s smoother, without any tackiness, and it doesn’t have any sweet or fruity scent.

This crayon really does give full coverage; one coat works best, or else the product may cake up a bit on your lips. It’s “matte” in that it doesn’t have any sparkle or shine, but it’s not “matte” in a dry-and-flat-looking way, like the classic Origins Matte Stick (a 1990s forerunner of the lip crayon craze!). It’s more of a cream-matte hybrid.

And here’s a swatch of Hawaiian Smolder on my arm:


This is a twist-up pencil, so it doesn’t need to be sharpened for fresh color. So easy! I’ve already used mine a few times since I received it. It’s a late-summer hit with me.

You can purchase Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon for $7-$9 at the Burt’s Bees website, as well as many drugstores and mass-market stores.

Images: first and second photos via Burt’s Bees website, third and fourth photos by Tinsel Creation

Product source: press sample


4 thoughts on “Product Review: Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Hawaiian Smolder

  1. I really like their products. I was once at an event some time ago sitting at a table with a bunch of beauty chemists and they said Burt’s Bees was one of the best as far as being what they say they are.

    1. Hello, Aparatchick! Well, I don’t think it would *heal* chapped/cracked lips the way a true balm would. However, I’m finding it to be a non-drying product for normal/healthy lips — even though it looks matte-ish! So far, so good.

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