I started using the boots botanics range simply because of their BOGOF offer, but they soon became a firm favourite and seem to be better for my skin then similar products that cost so much more.
I have combination skin, plus the joys of fine wrinkles and pimples, so choosing the right products for me can be really difficult! I started with the 'blemish prone' range and found it to work brilliantly at first, but over time it seemed to become a little harsh for my skin (though much milder than any other products I have used) and I started to notice my skin had little red patches, even though it did clear up my blemishes.
This was when I decided to try the 'sensitive skin' range, and struck gold! I never really thought of my skin as sensitive, but these products worked so perfectly that I think it must be. I use the whole range- facial wash, toner and the moisturiser, and my skin has been soft, clear and blemish free for months now. I can see and feel a difference beyond anything any other products have given me, which is amazing considering how cheap these products are.
They may not have the expensive packaging or perfumes of the upper price products (two more things I like about them) but I can't imagine anything being better for my skin.
This is a face cream that really does what it says it does - protects, renews and hydrates overnight, so skin looks brighter and more radiant. I am in my late twenties and have combination skin, so I cannot speak for other age groups or skin types, but when I wake up in the morning my skin is lovely and soft - and sometimes I think it actually glows! I am a big fan of the Botanics range and use several of their products. There is something very natural about them, I think it is the whole 'pure power of plants thing'. The smell is very distinct across most of their products and the packaging is quite simple and natural looking (I try not to be too much of a sucker for packaging!). They can be a bit pricey, I think the Night Shift Moisture Cream is about £6.00, but like the other products in the range a little goes a long way. I use it every night and only have to get a new one every 3 months or so (I think I have about an average sized face)! The reason I tried it in the first place is because although my skin is on the oily side, if I don't moisturise first thing in the morning and last thing at night my skin does get dry, especially in the winter. And I do firmly believe that if you take care of your skin when you are younger it will thank you for it later! The cream itself has a rather thick consistency, and when I first tried it I thought it would be way too heavy for my skin and would never sink in. But actually, although it takes a while, it really does absorb very well and in the morning there is not a trace of it, just very soft skin. You don't need much of this stuff so if you're trying it for the first time go carefully! My boyfriend has said several times that it is like going to bed with a dip - but he can pipe down because I have occasionally caught him with his fingers in the pot! Like all products in the Botanics range it has a lovely, clean fresh smell. The packaging is quite nice, with a silve
r screw top. This is great because usually when I go on holiday I find my creams go everywhere but the screw top seems to keep everything in. Another plus thing about the Botanics range is that they often do special offers (like extra advantage points or 3 for 2 offers) - I currently have 3 pots of this stuff residing in my draw 'cos if I bought two I got one free! I know there are a lot of creams out there on the market that claim to do this, that and the other and when I was first looking for a cream it was a hard choice to make. I have tried others but it was a while ago and I can't remember what they were. I guess that means they weren't much cop or I would at least remember their names!
I just *had* to say something after I read some of the reviews about botanics. I've been using their Quenching Body Wash since I got it as a gift. I used it on one of those net sponge things. I'd been using it for a while and didn't have much left so I was surprised when I got a slight itchy, burning sensation last saturday night in the shower. After the shower, I was still itchy. In the morning, I woke up feeling like one big itch and my legs were covered with blotches like a stinging nettle rash. I've never had an allergic reaction before, so wasn't sure what it was. After an hour, it had spread to my arms and the palm of one of my hands (the one that held the sponge) was itching too. At this stage the rash was raised, lumpy and bright red. I phoned NHS direct and the nurse told me it sounded very much like an allergic reaction, and it could easily be something I'd been using for a while. I was surprised, as I thought allergic reactions were usually to new products. but I hadn't been using any. Well, I couldn't think of anything else it *could* be apart from this body wash. It started itching *immediately* after washing (and scrubbing it in with the sponge, of course, more fool me). After telling people this story, I keep hearing other stories about bad reactions to Botantics products ("oh never use Botanics, they're EVIL" one friend told me). It seems like this is a common problem. In just two days of telling people why I'm red and blotchy, four people have told me that they had reactions to Botanics products (all washing stuff, not makeup). Three days later, and the rash hasn't gone. I'm having to take anti-histamines to stop myself from stratching my skin off. So beware! I don't have sensitive skin, and I've never become allergic to anything before. They may make pretty talk about plant extracts, but that doesn't mean they're g
ood for you. And if it does this to my skin, I dread to think what it's doing to other people's.
My friend runs the local hedgehog sanctuary. It sounds rather romantic doesn't it? Well, it isn't. Hedgehogs are filthy little devils and when you have a couple in a hutch together their evening's entertainment is a "who can poo highest up the wall" competition. We've tried to persuade them to go out clubbing, or to annoy the neighbours by playing loud music, but no, they know what they want. You're wondering what this has got to do with hand cream aren't you? Bear with me, there is a point. The hutches get cleaned out daily and once a week we give them a really good scrub. After you've finished you then go and give yourself a really good scrub. During the summer there were a lot of babies and I find it impossible to handle them wearing gloves, so the scrub afterwards had to be a bit vicious so far as the hands were concerned. Afterwards I used the hand cream at the side of the sink. A week or two later I realised that, instead of looking the worse for the savage treatment they were getting, my hands were actually looking a lot better than usual. The skin looked smooth and felt supple. I had none of that annoying dry skin at the sides of my nails and my nails were actually growing instead of splitting. Now, my hands have always been the sort that are used in the "before" pictures in adverts. My left hand isn't a lot of use after a major operation and short of having rather expensive manicures I find it difficult to make them look good. In fact they generally look as though I've been digging the garden without using any tools. Some of the nail beds on my left hand have been injured and for the last ten years I've been unable to grow the nails beyond the quick. The hand cream at the side of the sink was Boots Botanics Overnight Hand and Nail Treatment. It contains "cell renewing bilberry and relaxing lavender". Certainly when you put the rather thi
ck, gloopy cream onto your hands there is a strong smell of lavender. My hands are dry - dry enough to use what is said to be a night cream on several occasions throughout the day - but I'm sure that a lot of people would find this too oily for regular use. It is though a splendid tonic for hands that have been mistreated. Boots claim that the cream "hydrates, nourishes and softens". Pinch the skin on the back of your hand. Go on, pinch it; I won't look. Does the skin immediately flatten out again, or can you watch as the wrinkles slowly disappear? If you can watch, then your skin is dehydrated and might well benefit from this cream. My skin pulls back into place just about immediately and it didn't do that a few months ago. Certainly the skin is softer to the touch too. My nails are stronger. The nails that had consistently split for the last ten years are now grown to level with the end of my fingers and I've recently had to cut them because I felt they were getting too long. The skin around the nails looks a little more plumptious (I think I've just invented a word!) than it did and I've none of those ragged pieces of cuticle which can be so painful. How can I be certain that Boots Botanics hand cream is responsible for the improvement? Well, a few weeks ago I managed to cut my hand quite badly. (Note for future reference: when slicing vegetables, keep fingers out of the way!) It was quite heavily bandaged and I was excused hedgehog duty for a couple of weeks. I used my normal hand cream. My nails split, the skin around my nails dried out and my hands looked old. I bought in a supply of the Botanics hand cream and there was an immediate improvement. You'll find the hand cream with the Boots Botanics range. Look for a semi-opaque flip top tube about six inches high with a lime-green label. Don?t even think about trying to squeeze the dregs out of a tube ? resort to cutting
the tube in two with a pair of scissors. The standard price seems to be £3.99 but I have been lucky with 3 for 2 offers and you can use Advantage card points to purchase it if you wish. It is intended that this cream should be used before you go to bed at night and that you pay particular attention to the cuticle area. My feet have benefited from a nightly application too. One added benefit that I?ve discovered is that the smell of lavender is very relaxing and helps me to fall asleep! It?s better than counting hedgehogs! For the purists the ingredients are: Aqua, Glycerin, Paraffin, Helianthus annuus, Isopropyl myristate, Dimethicone, Glyceryl stearate, Cetyl alcohol, Steareth-2, Lactic acid, Steareth-21, Theobroma cacao, Glycolic acid, Phenoxyethanol, Panthenol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Lavandula angustifolia, citric acid, Methylparaben, Sodium citrate, BHT, Butylparaben, Malic acid, Tartaric acid, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, CI 14700, CI 42090
Normally I don't go for the plain packaged beauty stuff, but because I had heard so much about the Botanics range I thought I would give the Shower Gel a go, nothing to do with the free advantange points I was getting when I spent so much, oh no!!. Just sheer curiousity. All I know about Botanics is that the products are made from plant extracts and the range is increasing by the week. I wanted to start by buying something nice smelling, I didn't want to smell of some unwanted weed or plant that made me think I was wearing "Eau de Tree". Meadowsweet and Cucumber sounded rather "cool", geddit, Cucumber, cool, oh forget it. The design of the pump action bottle is rather boring looking, just see-through and with a plain old green label stuck on. Ok for the minimalists types, but for me, I like a bit of colour and sparkle to my drab old bathroom. I suppose the good side is, you can see how much you are using, you can watch it go down as you pump it out. It's actually very easy to pump out of the bottle, it never gets clogged up and theres no need to ever dip the syphon into hot water to rinse either. I must have used this shower gel loads of times, and it never goes down, I'm sure somebody is filling it up again whilst I'm asleep. I apply this to a scrunchie as it goes further, it gently exfoliates my skin and gives even better results using a scrunchie. Using the scrunchie in a circular movement will also help your skin tone. The exfoliator bits aren't too harsh, they aren't massive lumps of grit which leave a mess in the bath either, I find it to be gentle to my skin, but am left feeling refreshed afterwards too. The Meadowsweet ingredient revitalises my skin, whilst the cucumber leaves my skin feeling soothed and fresh. The fragrance is very pleasant, a sweet smell and just a hint of cucumber, nothing what I expected. Anybody with rough skin can use this, it
helps get rid of flaky bits and doesn't dry your skin too much in the process. Apply a good body lotion afterwards for extra benefit. This product is made for Boots and you should find it in most stores. The size is a good 250 ml and as I said earlier lasts ages. It cost me £2.99, but was a good buy as I have used it on a regular basis. You never know I might just buy something else.
Have you heard the one about the top models using Preparation H on their faces to tauten their skins and temporarily reduce wrinkles and under eye bags? No? Well, it isn’t as barking as it sounds! I was initially attracted to the Boots Botanics range of skincare products by the uncluttered packaging and clear labelling. It looked clean, practical and business-like. The collection is called ‘Face Botanics, the Power of Plants’ I took advantage of the tester provided for the moisture lotion, massaging it on the back of my hand to give me an idea of the richness, perfume and texture. I consequently bought the ‘Moisturising Deep Clean Cream’ and the ‘Day Shift Moisture Lotion’ as I worry about different brand names conflicting and creating problems. For some with less sensitive skins, this may not be a cause for concern, but those of you who do have sensitive skins, will understand the risk of any form of allergy causing non-serious, but all the same, very annoying and distressing reactions. The whole range of Boots Face Botanics state they are dermatologically tested, although this doesn’t always mean the ingredients will agree with your particular skin, as I know too well from previous experience. Face Botanics Moisturising Deep Clean Cream is packaged in a tall, cylindrical, pump action, clear plastic bottle containing 250ml. I am informed that: “ If plant extracts are pure enough and at the right levels they can provide significant health and beauty benefits. Botanics formulations use the purest extracts at levels that really work” So what are the plants extracts used in this cleanser? Skin cleansing Indian Pennywort and skin calming Chamomile, claiming to wipe away every last layer of dirt, grime and make-up. Indian Pennywort, or its official name of Hydrocotyle asiatica, is claimed in India as one of the most quickly effective aphrodisiac
s for the middle-aged, and safe to use. The demand now exceeds the supply. Now there’s interesting, but even more fascinating are the claims of the numerous beneficial uses it has. Remember, this cream is going on my face every day! It’s used to treat: Asthma, bronchitis, catarrh, depurative, dropsy, dysentery, epilepsy, fever, hematuria, hepatosis, hysteria, leprosy, leukorrhea, otosis, piles, renosis, rheumatism, sore, urethritis, urinary ailments, vertigo, wounds! Did you see that? Piles! It seems to me these models are on the right track with Preparation H. Now for the Camomile used in Boots Botanics Deep Clean Cream. Yes, you’re there before me. Used externally, it’s good for skin inflammation and haemorrhoids! Those cat walk girls are right again! It’s common uses are: Stomachic, antiseptic, antispasmodic and tonic, anthelmintic (expels worms) anxiety, insomnia; eyewash; diaphoretic and carminative, gentle for children. So what’s Botanics cleanser like to use? Just one pump massaged into my face with my fingers, then removed with cotton wool and my skin feels very fresh and cleansed. There is a caution on the bottle to take care round the delicate eye area, which defeats the object of removing eye make up! It does remove it well, but it stings slightly if any gets into the eye. I suppose it would, as you wouldn’t put Preparation H in your eyes would you? Boots Botanics Day Shift Moisture Lotion is packaged in a flip top clear tube containing 75ml. I am told: “With cell renewing Queen of the Prairie extract and skin protecting Seaweed. Neutralises free radicals and provides day long hydration” Queen of the Prairie is a very rare plant and found in moist prairies, swampy prairie seeps, and fens. Early settlers and Native Americans used the plant for a variety of purposes: arthritis, fevers and skin ailments. Seaweeds
are recognised as a particularly rich and complex source of vital minerals, trace elements, proteins and vitamins. When included in skin treatments they improve the skin’s elasticity, tone and firm. They will soothe damaged or irritated skin, heal minor skin infections, detoxify and cleanse. The lotion contains UVA and UVB protection, a very necessary skin defence all year through, whatever the weather. So what’s the moisture lotion like to use? It’s truly wonderful. Once again, a small amount is required. My skin loves it and absorbed it well, and feels very fresh and moist all day. It gives a good base for my make up, although again I am cautioned to avoid contact with the eyes. What is my overall opinion? The two Face Botanics I bought are very impressive. Both do an excellent job, have not irritated my skin at all, and the Day Shift Moisture Lotion leaves my skin feeling moist and bright all day. There is a Night Shift Lotion which must be very rich as I consider the Day Shift is as much moisturising I would need at any time. I would unreservedly recommend Face Botanics to anyone, even with a sensitive skin. I can feel and see a positive improvement to my complexion. I was rather surprised that at this stage Boots haven’t updated their website to include these products, as I wanted to view the full range online. I searched for Botanics on their site at http://www.boots.com , and only got the Botanics for men and Botanics cosmetics. If this particular Face Botanics is a new range then surely they should be available online? I think an email to Customer Services and the Webmaster is required, don’t you?
I went to Boots one day on a mission. Fed up with dry blotchy patches, my mission was to get rid of that pizza look I’m often left with after cleansers, moisturisers and God knows what else that magically turns into paint stripper on my skin. So many products labelled as suitable for sensitive skin, yet the endless lists of ingredients are endless. Where do I start? I wondered. Then I stumbled across the Botanics range and thought, this has got to be the best option right? To my disappointment I still came across lists of unpronounceable ingredients, but with the addition of natural extracts. So I compromised and loaded up my basket. A moisturiser, hair gel, face mask, deodorant and cleanser totalled just over £10 making prices very reasonable. This was during one of their money off promotions, but Boots often have offers such as 3 for the price of 2. Hang on, I haven’t said what’s in the Botanics range! It seems to expand all the time, ranging from skincare (for both men and women), natural oils, bath treats, hair products etc. The products claim to use “the pure power of plants” for a more natural approach to beauty. Which is fair enough, as long as you don’t mind a few chemicals thrown in here and there. On particular products, the claims are less convincing. Take their “Conditioning Clay Mask” for example. It states on the label “contains a negative electrical charge which acts like a magnet helping to draw deep rooted impurities...” Excuse me?!? Putting that aside, I have been impressed with the results (electrical charge or not). The clay mask does a good job at cleansing away built up dirt and grime. Even with my skin I can use it once a fortnight without any problems of dryness. Their “Instant Glow Tinted Moisturiser” is my favourite, it’s fantastic. Containing apple and ginkgo biloba, it adds a hint of colour leaves a nice healthy glow and is perfect
instead of a tan, or even to make a fading tan last longer. I can even get away with not wearing foundation, which takes some doing! If you have dry, frizzy hair, or just need a bit of extra shine, you must try the “High Gloss Sculpting Gel”. I tend to use it after I’ve washed my hair, it gives it a smooth sheen to tame my mop. At around £2 it’s cheap and cheerful, yet just as good as some of the more expensive brands I’ve tried in the past. From the bath products, I’ve tried the “Nourishing Milk Bath” which doesn’t smell great, but it does leave your skin soft and is perfect for dryness. Perfect for winding down at the end of a hectic day, it contains avocado for moisture and ginger to soothe muscles. I could tell you about the range for men here, but I’m not a bloke! I haven’t bought any of the natural oils as they do seem overpriced, many being over £5. Considering you can go to a herbal specialist such as Culpepers in London and pay less for pure essential oils, Botanics oils aren’t so impressive. In an ideal world, I’d buy all my cosmetics from Lush. Alas, the nearest one is miles away and the cost does add up. So this range from Boots comes as a second best and with most prices ranging roughly from £2 to £6, my wallet doesn’t suffer as much. Oh and my skin is glad of it too!
The eye make-up remover from the Botanics range from Boots called 'Botanics Soothing Eye make-up cleanser' consists of two layers, an oily and a non-oily layer. It contains cornflower extract, which soothes the eye area, rosemary oil which is antiseptic, and wheat protein to strengthen and condition the lashes. This is the only eye make-up remover that I have ever used that actually gently removes waterproof mascara - not tugging the eye area like most high-street brands. What I do is shake the bottle to mix the two layers together, drench a cotton wool pad with the mixture and then gently wipe away any make-up with closed eyes. I would normally remove my contact lenses before so that any oily residue will not fog my lenses. It is suitable for sensitive eyes. It’s 150 ml and will absolutely last forever! Not bad for something that costs less than a fiver.
I don't usually buy products from the boots botanic range as I have sensitive skin and I go for boots skin kindly stuff usually, however, I was really intrigued by the botanics eye-makeup remover because it looks so attractive and unusual. The product consists of two oils, each of a different colour, which are separated so one colour is on top of the other (I'm sure I learnt the proper word for this when I was doing GCSE chemistry but I've forgotten now). It comes in a classy clear bottle so that you get the full visual benefit of the products oily cleverness and it really does look great on your dressing table. To use the product you have to shake the bottle so that the two oils blend, thus making the product more effective. Then you just put some oil on a cotton wool pad and wipe you eyes with it. I find that this stuff is really effective and removes absolutely all your eye-makeup. I use quite a lot of eye makeup and I always use waterproof mascara but this product still removes absolutely everything. It doesn't smell of anything and that is why I think it is OK for people with sensitive skin to use it as it does not irriatate the eye-area and does not make yout eyes sting even when you get some of the product in your eye. I can't remember how much exactly it cost so only take my pricing as a rough guide. I know it's more expensive than other ranges but I think it's worth it, especially if you wear waterproof makeup and if you appreciate nice packaging. The only drawback really is that it is an oil based makeup remover and many people find this off-putting.
Wow how I love the botanics range. My favourite product so far is the facial toner that smells georgous and feels so cool on your skin. It makes you feel like your skin can breathe and removes all of the excess dirt out of your skin. Just wipe with cotton wool and you will feel like you have a neew skin. I have tried several toners but his one beats them all. This range is well priced and gentle to your skin. So treat yourself and buy the botanics facial wash whilst you are there. You can even use your advantage card to buy them if you collect the points!!
DISCLAIMER: I shall update my favourite Botanics list as soon as I have tried some more of the products for a suffciently long time .:. Go n@tural - at a price you can afford .:. For a start, you have to know that I've always been a sucker for *natural* smellies and beauty products - after all, my Mum has been working for an alternative-medicine hospital ('Ita Wegman Klinik' in Arlesheim, Switzerland) for quite some time, so 'Weleda' bottles and tubs have always been around in our household. Of course when you get staff discount (the hospital works closely with the company, as it is located next to the 'Weleda' headquarters in Switzerland) it is rather hard to resist the great ranges of natural beauty and health products, but my Mum is still in Switzerland and I am now here in the UK - I simply can't afford spending £10 on a small bottle of facial cream! So what is a *natural* girl to do? For me, Boots Botanics were a welcome solution - natural, effective, stylish and most importantly (I am a student after all!): AFFORDABLE! .:. Boots Botanics - What is it? .:. As we all know, plants, fruits, herbs and their extracs have been used for centuries, and many of them have proven to have a positive effect on both our health and appearance - but fully natural beauty products have always been quite a bit more expensive than *ordinary* products. With that in mind, Helen Bowering (Boots Product Manager) and her team created 'Boots Botanics' - a wide range of beauty and health products made using 100% organic plant extracts. Mainly aimed at women between 25 and 45 (oops.. am I too young to use this? ;-p ), the Botanics range also includes more and more products for men and like all of Boots' own ranges, the products have not been tested on animals :-) The products are sold under the name 'Boots Botanics - the Pure Power of Plants' and are available in mos
t Boots stores as well as through their Internet shopping site. .:. The Range .:. The 'Health' part of the Botanics range mainly consists of aromatherapy products, for example the 'Pure Essential Oils' (to put into these small stoves), aromatherapy baths or the 'Time for Bed Calm Balm' with relaxing aetheric oils. The 'Beauty' range is divided into different categories, the main categories being Face, Body, Men's Body/Face, Bath and Haircare. All products contain natural plant extracts in the right dosage to work gently on your skin and hair as well as provide a very pleasant light natural (*planty* as someone so appropriately called it in another op) fragrance. .Face These products include cleansing products (like facewashs, cleansing wipes and toners) as well as facial creams for different skin types and face masks. .Body Here, you can find body creams, gels, anti-perspirants (both sprays and roll-ons), foot- and body scrubs, body sprays plus hand- and foot treatments. .Men's Body & Face This range caters for everything a bloke could want in the way of smellies (not that they usually want much!), in particular shaving products (such as shaving foam, -gel and aftershave balms) but also shower gels (deodorising!), body spray and facial beauty products. .Bath Be it a relaxing bath or a quick, refreshing shower you're after - there's something for everyone! You can buy moisturising, refreshing, exfoliating or relaxing bath oils, crystals, creams or shower gels, foams and creams. .Haircare Apart from hair sprays, gels, mousse and hair treatment products, you can also pamper your hair with shampoos and conditioners especially developed for your hair type - volumising for thin/fizzy hair, protecting for coloured hair and so on... .:. The Prices .:. All products in the Botanics line are very reasonably pri
ced, especially compared with most other plant-based/natural health and beauty products, but also in relation to conventional *smellies* - most items are priced between £2 and £5! .:. The Packaging and Design .:. The first time I noticed the Botanics range was in an interior design magazine (yup, it was an article about bathrooms - how did you guess?), which might already give you a clue that this line - in spite of being based on traditional values and recipes - is designed to please the modern eye. The labels are kept in natural green/brown shades, with a simplistic yet pleasing design that looks good in any bathroom. Most shampoos, toners and conditioners are sold in plastic bottles with screw tops or pumps, the tubs and tubes are made out of 'frosted' plastic. My only complaint is that the spray bottles (for anti-perspirants) don't seem to work all that well - even after minutes of shaking the bottle, hardly any of the product ends up coming out of it! (I should've bought the roll-on!) .:. My Top 5 Favourites .:. .Essential Oil Wash Off Cleanser - ~£3-50/250ml (with petitgrain and lavender extracts) This was a bit funny at first - it has an oily consistency, yet it is supposed to get RID of oils! You rub it into a moist face and wash it off - and with it, all the oil and grime on your face! It works great, smells lovely and is easy to use. .Balancing Shine Control - £3-99/100ml (with seaweed and liquorice extracts) A relatively thick, pleasantly-scented cream that rubs into your skin easily and absorbs sweat for hours - great if you suffer from oily skin (I do!). .Smooth-Skin Shower Gel - £2-99/250ml (with meadowsweet and cucumber extracts) Unlike body scrubs, this shower gel exfoliates your skin but is gentle and moisturising enough to use every day. Your skin feels more supple, smooth, firm and refreshed. .Firming Body Gel -
£4-20/250ml (with soybean and wheatgerm extracts) This gel is best massaged into your leg-, hip-, bum- and bust area after a shower. It soaks in quickly, leaving the skin feeling firm (I can use all the firmness I can get my hands on!) without getting dried out. . Shampoo / Conditioner - Colour Protection - ~£2-99/250ml each (with ginseng and wheatgerm extracts) If you dye your hair regularly, it is important to give it all the protection and nourishment it needs! I have tried many different shampoos and conditioners that are supposed to keep your colour fresh for longer - they usually do, but very often you also end up with a lot of residue in your hair. A combination of these two products though has so far (3 weeks) left my hair shiny and colourful without clogging it up. .:. The Verdict .:. All in all, I was very pleasantly surprised with this range. Unlike many products that claim to contain *natural ingredients*, the Botanics products actually have the look, feel, scent and effect of much more expensive organic products, such as Weleda or Dr Hauschka. The range has something for everyone and covers just about all aspects of beauty products (apart from makeup, they have a tinted moisturiser but it only seems to be available in an icky beige). Thanks to the neat design, gentle natural fragrances (minimal allergy risk), and great quality, the Botanics range will please anyone, from bio-freak to modern city slicker! .:. Additional Information .:. The '3 for 2' offer on Botanics products is now over, but as the products are relatively cheap anyway I will sure keep buying them :-) http://www.nottscc.gov.uk/econdev/invest/magazine/Issue3/retailing.htm This is the official Nottinghamshire County Council website, and as the Boots company have their headquarters there, the website provides information about their products and history in connection wit
h the website's 'Introducing Nottinghamshire' feature. http://www.boots.co.uk and http://www.wellbeing.com These both lead to the brand new Boots website, created in cooperation with the Wellbeing channel. In addition to health and beauty information, you can also browse through all their products and shop online, although not all their products are featured on the website yet.
After starting to become a regular customer in boots, I discovered the Botanics range and began using many of their male skin care products. I instantly felt these products were of a benefit. Having suffered from acne in most of my teenage years; before using botanics I used products such as Biactol, Clearasil and the Oxy range and wasn't satisfied with their performance. The botanics skin care range, inlcuding Face Scrub with Bilberry and Smooth Shave Gel with Juniper extract, made my skin feel far fresher and cleaner than any product I had tried before. Also the side effects (inc. rashes and stinging) of many of the other products I had tried consisting of chemical formulas was greatly reduced. An example of this is the use of the shaving products of botanics which have greatly reduced the skin damage caused by wet shaving using the Gillette series.
I have never been one for skin-care having been blessed with good skin,apparantely inherited from great aunt Hetty. but I thought now was the time to cleanse,tone and moisturise. I went into Boots feeling a little apprehensive as you do entering this strange world of cosmetics and other scientific experiments (of the human kind) anyway I crept up to the nearest availiable sales assistant and asked quietly and very quickly, could she suggest any good skincare products that weren't tested on animals ( i've since found out that Boots do not use any products tested on animals) and she pointed me in the direction of the new Boots range Biotonics. You can get anything from cleansers,masks,eye-creams to hair conditioners in this range and it is lovely to use. I purchased the moisturising cleanser, purifying toner and finally the daytime moisturiser which is very light ( also great to wear with foundation for a tinted look.) and the three items cost no more than £7 for the lot which I thought was a bargain considering a half decent moisturiser would normally set you back that much anyway. Biotonics also do a hair range which I have heard a few hairdressers comment on how good it is. I think it's well worth paying Boots a little visit for this range as they also have a lot of buy one get one free onit too. Plus your advantage points it's great.