Burt’s Bees Grapefruit and Sugar Beet Shampoo and Conditioner Review

by heather

Ok, I’m going to start out this product review with a statement.

I love Burt’s Bees products.

I’ve used their face wash, their lotion, their luscious chapstick, and I’ve adored them all.

Well, until I bought their Grapefruit and Sugar Beet shampoo and conditioner.

Product Specs

Burt’s Bees Grapefruit and Sugar Beet line uses grapefruit extract in addition to coconut and sunflower oils to create a shampoo that smells fabulous. The sugar beet oils are used to repair damaged hair and shield against future damage.

Now, the shampoo and conditioner scored very high on the Cosmetic Safety Database (see my article, “What’s In YOUR Shampoo” to find out more on product safety). Its high score in the database is a big reason why I spent $8 on each bottle to try it out.

Why I Didn’t Like This Product

I knew from the first wash that me and the Burt’s Bees Grapefruit and Sugar Beet shampoo weren’t going to get along.

First of all, it hardly lathered at all. But, lots of the more organic shampoos don’t give tons of suds like the chemically-ladened mainstream brands, so I was ok with this. What I was not ok with was the greasy residue left on my hair and scalp after rinsing (and rinsing, and rinsing…).

The conditioner was not much better. Again, think oily here.

Now, I’m stubborn and not easily turned away. Also, I’d just dropped $16. On SHAMPOO. I didn’t want to waste that money and product, so I kept using it.

I finally gave it up as a lost cause over the weekend. After a month of use, the greasy feel never went away. The gunk on my scalp never went away. And I just couldn’t take it anymore.

I don’t know if it is just this particular shampoo line that causes the greasy gunkiness. Perhaps it’s the sugar beet extract specifically. Maybe we shouldn’t be putting sugary things in our hair? I’m just not sure.

If you have very short hair, especially short dry hair, you might be ok with this shampoo. After all, shorter hair means it’s easier for you to scrub your scalp. My hair is really thick and curly, and I have to really scrub to rinse everything out. So perhaps my hair’s too much for this line.

I’m interested to know if any of you have had the same experience. Is it just me? Is this product fab and I’m just not rinsing enough, or is it really greasy?

If you’ve used this shampoo and have an opinion, please feel free to write in and let me know what you think!
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[email protected] February 17, 2009 at 5:32 pm

Good to know. I just put together a list of low-hazard products from the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database that can be found in drugstores and at Target and in some grocery stores — I was trying to find safe products that are inexpensive and accessible. As you mentioned, this shampoo ranks high for low hazard. I’d really appreciate it if you’d consider leaving a comment on that article letting people know you were disappointed with the product. I think the more information we all have, the better. Feel free to link to your post there. Here’s the permalink if you’re willing: http://www.smartfamilytips.com/2009/02/16/budget-green-and-safe-personal-care/


heather February 17, 2009 at 5:43 pm


That’s a great idea to put together a list like that!

I’ll certainly go leave a comment tonight.

Thanks so much!


Marisa M February 18, 2009 at 4:46 pm

I’ve had a similar problem with the Burt’s Bees kids shampoo– it’s really hard to rinse out of my kids’ hair. I find that using a very small amount and lathering it up in my hands before applying it to their hair helps a lot.

pays to live green February 21, 2009 at 11:40 pm

Burt’s Bees are definitely good products that my wife uses all the time. The only thing that I am concerned about is that they are starting to show up more and more in popular main stream stores. Sometimes when that happens, the quality can degrade some.

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