As you know, I love shopping at Trader Joe’s. I regularly browse the skincare aisle and on my most recent shopping trip I spotted the new-ish Head to Toe Moisturizing Balm. I remember reading about it a couple of months ago in one of their flyers but my local Trader Joe’s is always a little late to game compared to other stores. Of course, the minute I saw it it had to be mine.
The Head to Toe balm is supposed to be an ultra moisturizing, non-greasy, multi-purpose balm that’s good for hydrating the lips, cuticles, hair and skin as well as taming flyaways. A 2 oz tin costs $3.99.
The balm comes in a lightweight, round tin with a screw top lid.
The product feels like solid wax to the touch. You really need to warm up the plant oils and butter in the product with your fingers first before you can use it.
Once it’s softened and melted, the balm has a thin, clear, oily consistency so it’s easy to spread over the skin and lips. It takes about a minute for the balm to sink into the skin but once it has it doesn’t feel greasy or sticky at all. It does however leave behind a bit of a sheen.
According to the label, the balm is scented with a mix of orange peel, lavender, rosemary, and eucalyptus leaf but I detect mostly orange peel and a hint of eucalyptus with my nose.
Based on the product claims I had expected a totally unique and revolutionary product that was going to be able to do it all but it actually reminds me of a product I’ve used before: Burt’s Bees Lemon Cuticle Cream. They are so, so similar.
Contrary to its name, Burt’s Bees Lemon Cuticle Cream isn’t a cream. It’s super firm and waxy in its tin just like the Trader Joe’s balm. And just like the Trader Joe’s balm, you need to warm up the product with body heat before it’s usable. Once it’s melted the Burt’s Bees cream also has a thin, oily texture. The main difference is the Trader Joe’s balm smells like oranges and the Burt’s Bees cream smells like lemons. Oh, and the Burt’s Bees tin is much smaller (the size of a half dollar coin) and you only get 0.60 oz product for $6 whereas the Trader Joe’s tin is HUGE (the size of my palm) and you get 2 oz of product for $3.99.
Here’s a closer look at the ingredients in the two products.
Burt’s Bees Lemon Cuticle Butter Ingredients
Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Beeswax, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Beta-Carotene, Canola Oil, Vegetable Oil.
Trader Joe’s Head to Toe Moisturizing Balm Ingredients
Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Beeswax, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Coconut and Palm), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Isopropyl Myristate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Methylheptyl Isostearate, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Schinziophyton Rautanenii Kernel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Citric Acid.
Personally, neither product impressed me much. The Trader Joe’s balm is okay in a pinch for elbows, cuticles and other parts of the body but I still prefer a traditional body cream for all over moisturizing. I also don’t love the Head to Toe for lips. It’s too thin, slippery and easily absorbed. I prefer thicker, creamier lip balms that hang around on the lips. Same goes for the Burt’s Bees Lemon Cuticle Butter which I’ve tried before on the lips as well as on my cuticles.
However if you already love and adore the Burt’s Bees Lemon Cuticle Butter then you should definitely consider scooping up a tin of the Trader Joe’s Head to Toe Moisturizing Balm, especially if you manicure often. In my opinion they feel and perform similarly on the skin and the Trader Joe’s version is a way better bang for your buck. You get so much product, it’s crazy.