Handpicked with purpose Cotton’s comforting properties help soothe the skin while evening out the complexion. Oligomeric sugars have considerable water-retaining capabilities. This enhances skin’s hydration. Good for you, naturally Cotton contains two types of sugars—synergistic oligosaccharides and oligomeric sugars, which can soothe and soften skin naturally. Burt’s Bees uses the extract of cotton in our new Sensitive Skin Face Care Line. Where on earth is it from? This soft fiber was cultivated approximately 7,000 years ago in South Asia. Its rich and extensive history has touched many cultures around the world. It’s most commonly used in textiles, like your cozy T-shirts and jeans. Ninety percent of the world’s production comes from the cotton shrub (Gossypium hirsutum), which is native to semi-arid regions of sub-Saharan Africa and Arabia. Now, various species of cotton are cultivated in Asia and Africa as well. It was Eli Whitney’s invention of the cotton gin in 1793 that revolutionised the commercial cotton industry, making production more efficient and profitable.