Burt's Bees' Res-Q Ointment Helped Clear My Atopic Dermatitis

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Burt's Bees Res-Q Ointment

Burt's Bees Res-Q Ointment

Burt's Bees/Design by Cristina Cianci

What We Like
  • Affordable

  • Softening

  • Skin-clearing

  • Smells Great

What We Don't Like
  • Slightly Greasy

Burt's Bees Res-Q Ointment is a multi-purpose skin salve that genuinely does what it says it will. While it can feel slightly greasy, the texture isn't enough to keep me from slathering it on my skin before bed so I can wake up to clearer, more vibrant skin.


Burt's Bees Res-Q Ointment

Burt's Bees Res-Q Ointment

Burt's Bees/Design by Cristina Cianci

We put Burt's Bees' Res-Q Ointment to the test after receiving a complimentary sample from the brand. Keep reading for our full product review.

Skin ointments and balms have been used for years to prevent and treat dry, sensitive skin. As a natural skin enthusiast, I am always looking for solutions that are easy and that work to help with my own skin issues. As we're deep in the throes of winter and many of us are spending more hours indoors with forced hot air, you may be noticing dryer, more sensitive areas on your body—this is where healing ointments come in handy. Generally, a thin layer of product over time should treat and prevent these irritating spots. Read along to find out more about my experience with this wonderful little ointment that belongs in everyone's beauty cabinet.

Star Rating: 4.5

Best for: Comforting and calming bumps and bruises and dry skin.

Active Ingredients: Rosemary, comfrey, lavender, olive oil, and beeswax

Uses: Topical ointment salve to comfort and soothe skin

Byrdie Clean: Yes

Price: $6

About the brand: Burts Bees was founded in the early 80's by Burt "The Beeman" Shavitz and Roxanne Quimbly, who both left behind harried city lives in New York and California to move to the pristine wilderness of Maine. They were two socially conscious people with low impact lifestyles that valued the simple things in life. Burt was a beekeeper, and he stored his excess bees wax, which Roxanne used in her own creative way to make candles, and eventually, the brand's famous lip balm.

About my skin: Normal-to-dry 

During the winter months, I tend to suffer from severely dry skin, so I am always in search of products that will protect and heal my complexion. I don't generally go around boasting about skin products that I use to treat my atopic dermatitis or dryer areas, but the Burts Bees ResQ ointment really worked for me. I have had dry skin my whole life, and body lotions and oils have always been a part of my daily routine. No matter how hard I try to prevent dry skin flare-ups, they seem unavoidable due to my constant exposure to the colder weather outdoors and the dry heat inside. My feet and my elbows tend to be my problem areas and I am happy to say the Burts Bees ResQ ointment relieved all my irritated skin in just over a week with daily application.

The Feel: Greasy yet soothing

Burt's Bees Res Q Ointment

To apply, I would suggest using a clean finger and then very thinly placing the ointment on the affected areas of your body. The Res-Q Ointment is greasy, so I prefer applying it at bedtime so it has adequate time to soak in and it doesn't rub off on my clothing.

The Results: Shockingly skin-clearing

Burt's Bees Res Q Ointiment

Lynn Shabinksy/Design by Cristina Cianci

I was really pleased with how effective this ointment was in healing my irritated skin, leaving it smooth and clear. Within a few days, my problem areas appeared less irritated, and any inflammation had settled. After a week of application, all redness was gone and my skin was mildly flakey, and within another day or two after that, my skin was smooth and clear of any irregularities. There is a very soothing lavender/rosemary scent to this product and I quite enjoy using it as part of my bedtime ritual.

The Value: Incredibly affordable

At 6 dollars a pot, I don't think you can go wrong. As far I can see, Burts Bees Res-Q Ointment does what is claims it will do in just a small amount of product, so there is plenty left over for the next flareup. The ointment is housed in a small metal tin and is fully recyclable, so there is zero impact on our environment when you are finished with your ointment, which to me is a win-win.

Final Verdict

This little tiny pot of healing ointment uses intelligent ingredients that work together to help create more radiant, smooth skin. I will definitely be using this ointment to heal and rescue my delicate skin during our long winter season in Canada.


  • Product Name Res-Q Ointment
  • Product Brand Burt's Bees
  • UPC 792850775992
  • Price $9
  • Weight 0.1 lbs.
  • Ingredients Olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, beeswax, theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, triticum vulgare (wheat) germ oil, lavandula hybrida (lavandin) oil, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower oil, symphytum officinale (comfrey) leaf extract, tocopherol, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, glycine soja (soybean) oil, canola oil, zea mays (corn) oil, chlorophyllin-copper complex

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