How do I find a discontinued Burt's Bees item?
January 19, 2013 9:31 AM   Subscribe

The product was called Burt's Bees Carrot Seed Oil Complexion Mist. I was in love with how it felt on my skin and especially its (slight) hippie smell: subtle enough not to offend people, but hippie enough that my winter hat still wafts patchouli when I put it on.

I had moved to rural Newfoundland for a couple of years and brought a bottle along with me. As my supply dwindled, I went to the one store in town that had Burt's Bees and it wasn't on offer. I thought maybe they just don't have all the same products here and went on with my life, sans mist. Then I moved to California and still couldn't find it. I finally got desperate (and nostalgic) enough today to look online. Unsurprisingly, the product has been discontinued. A lot of people in reviews said it smelled like "dirt." One lady said it smelled "unseemly."

I miss it.

I know that Burt's Bees is evil (being an aggressively "natural" brand owned by Clorox) but seriously, this stuff was the best. Where can I find it?
posted by blueberry sushi to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (4 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I have too much time on my hands....

This product states that it is much the same...
posted by HuronBob at 9:41 AM on January 19, 2013 [3 favorites]

Response by poster: Wow! And so quick. You're awesome, HuronBob. Seriously.
posted by blueberry sushi at 9:44 AM on January 19, 2013

You can also make your own; the ingredients are widely available:

aqua (water, eau), rosa damascena (rose) flower oil, santalum album (sandalwood) oil, pogostemon cablin (patchouli) oil, daucus carota sativa (carrot) seed oil, vetiveria zizanoides (vetiver) oil

Here are instructions, although they've replaced some of the oils with gentler alternatives. Since you used the original without any problems, I'd stick with their instructions (a drop of each, two drops of carrot) but use the 'correct' oils.
posted by acidic at 9:54 AM on January 19, 2013 [2 favorites]

You could contact Burts Bees and see if they have any backstock, or if they could recommend a similar item.
posted by radioamy at 12:06 PM on January 19, 2013

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