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      17.06.2010 12:55
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      not bad for relaxing

      What is an Elixir then? It's basically a sweet flavoured liquid, often one that you can drink. Word of advice, don't drink this elixir as you might not be very well after! Boots Botanics range is somewhere in the middle of the price market when it comes to health and beauty. While it is more expensive than a lot of value bubble baths, that one might pick up from Tesco or Asda, it does still undercut some brands like Molton Brown.

      The bottle is chic, sophisticated and minimal. While the label looks quite bland, you can at least see the contents of the bottle. A slightly murky and dubious orange liquid, which looks vaguely medicinal.

      The aim of the product is to soothe muscles and relieve stress and the elixir does this with some unique ingredients. A sugary Icelandic moss has been added which is renowned for its healing properties. When I tried it, I got a whiff of plant extracts from the bottle which made my mind and senses feel quite relaxed. There was an underlying herbal aroma in there, gently interweaving with bursts of forests and plants. This would definitely appeal to the botanist.

      A small pour of the thick liquid goes quite far, producing a decent enough bath soak. Not brilliant for foaming, but it does produce enough of a lather. The smell is the best bit, very calming, mellow and enchanting. It left my skin calm and felt especially good at the end of a hot sticky night. There is no residue left in the bath afterwards, which is good news.

      Whether it performs any better than say a Radox, which is half the price is debatable though. Radox also produces a better bubbly effect. I think this elixir has been made out to be a little posher than what it really is. Sure it relaxes and smells plant-like, but it is just a bath liquid. The price of a bottle is four pounds, making it reasonable and worth considering if you fancy something a little different.

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      06.03.2010 21:35
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      Product which doesn't live up to what it promises

      This little bottle of elixir was part of a 3 mini bottle gift set that I treated myself to in the Boots sale.

      Now my weekend relaxing bath when hubby is looking after my boy is a treat that I really look forward to, and so the thought of a "luxurious bath elixir" had real appeal.

      My little bottle (75ml) is really cute - nice simple stylish design on the label, and lovely silver screw top lid. The key message of the brand, that it includes active plant extracts authenticated by Kew Gardens is clearly, though quite subtley, communicated on the packaging.

      I had quite high expectations before I used this product therefore. When I opened the lid, a waft of lovely fragrance came out. Now, I am not sure what Iceland Moss is supposed to smell like, but if it smells anything like this product then we should all head to the Iceland countryside. To me it smells primarily of Ylang Ylang and this lovely smell intensifies as it is poured into hot running water.

      However, it was as this point that I began to get a bit disappointed. Sure enough, my bath did have bubbles in it, but they were not the lovely dense thick bubbles that I would expect from a product that was supposed to be "luxurious". Also, the bubbles just sat on top of the water, and the water itself just stayed exactly the same - no change in colour at all.

      When I got in the bath, the water just felt like water - not as though there was any softening product in there at all. The smell was lovely to start with, but disappeared as soon as the bubbles did - pretty quickly really and not what I expected. Unlike other "luxurious" bath products, there was no lingering smell of the product remaining in the bathroom, and certainly there was no fragrance left on my skin.

      All in all, I was really disappointed by this product. At £3.99 for a 300ml bottle, it is a bargain for a "luxurious product", but this product is not in my mind luxurious in the least. I only paid £1.50 in the sale for 3 mini products, so I can't really complain, but I certainly won't be buying this again.

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        06.01.2010 16:29
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        Good price

        Bathing Luxuriouse Bath Elixir is part of a line of products called Botanics that is part of Boots.
        This product is enriched with real plant extracts as part of the new trend going trough cosmetic companies where things are natural due to demand lately.
        This Elixir has validated extracts by the Royal Gardens, Kew.
        The active plant extracts in this product is Iceland Moss, for a relaxing and luxurious bath that helps with tired muscles.

        This is a thick concentrated bubble bath liquid in, fact it is so thick I could barely take it out of the bottle, but I guess that is better as it just drips slowly under the water and foams up better. On the negative side you really have to sit there with your hand stretched waiting for it to foam up while I drips slowly. Also is not very good after it has foamed up a bit as the rest of the product that drips floats on top of the foam instead of foaming further.

        Smell wise it truly is amazing , is a heavenley musky smell but somehow not sickening at all. I can detect that this must be active plants extract they are talking about. This scent is so nice it could easily be made in an perfume or after shave for men it will be really outstanding.

        Being a thick liquid I though it would last me much more longer then any other bubble bath liquid foams I had in the past but I do not found that to be truth. I once has a 75 ml small bottle that lasted me enough for 3 baths.

        Price wise is not very bad at all, you can buy 300ml for £3.99 which is a real bargain if you love the smell as I do, I will definitely repurchase I feel addicted to the smell.

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        01.09.2009 14:15
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        Love it

        Over Xmas I was given a small set of Boots Botanics items and one of these items was this luxurious bath elixir. I only started using this a couple of weeks ago as I'd forgotten about the gift set. My bottle is the mini version which is 75ml and costs £1.99 from Boots but you can buy a 300ml bottle for £3.99.

        My bottle doesn't have a pouring device, it just opens with a screw lid and straight to the plastic bottle but I can't comment on the larger size. On the label it tells us it has Iceland Moss, plant extracts authenticated by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and colours may vary due to natural products. It also states not to store it in direct sunlight and wash immediately if it gets into your eyes.

        That's all the information on which plant extracts are used which I find a bit odd, there's no list of ingredients and no other plants mentioned except the Iceland Moss. I have no idea what Iceland Moss is supposed to be good for but it sounds good doesn't it?! The liquid itself is thick and gloopy and a translucent orange colour, exactly like the picture.

        I've found a little bit goes a long way with this product and just a large pea sized blob is enough to give you a fragrant, bubbly bath. I've been using it regularly for a few weeks and still have half my little 75ml bottle left so a full size bottle would last ages.

        Onto the smell. Sniffing the product in the bottle reveals a very perfumey scent, there's an undertone of bubble bath type scent but for the most part it smells of strong perfume. It's actually very nice but changes again when you add it to water. Once in your bath you can smell a slight orange scent but mostly it's like patchouli. Anyone thinking of the amount of patchouli people wore in the sixties and again briefly in the eighties it's not that strong! It's like patchouli is in there and you can smell it but it's not overpowering. There may be some jasmine in there too, there's definitely something floral. It makes for a very fragrant bubble bath.

        The scent remains for the duration of your bath and once you get out you can smell it on your skin for several hours. It doesn't claim to be moisturising so there's no noticeable moisturising effects but it doesn't dry skin out either which is a plus for me as I have dry skin anyway.

        I absolutely love this product, it lasts ages, costs very little, smells gorgeous and makes for a, dare I say it, really luxurious bath. The only thing I'd prefer is a list of the plants it contains except for Iceland Moss! The bottle can of course be recycled and this product is available exclusively from Boots stores or www.boots.com.

        I'll definitely be buying this in the full size version once my mini bottle runs out and highly recommend it.

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          03.01.2009 20:39
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          An expensive but nice bath elixir which smells great but could do with some more bubbles.

          Botanics is a range of products from Boots which harnesses the power of plants to produce some great products. This product is the Luxurious Bath Elixir with Iceland Moss. I received the elixir in a gift set as a Christmas Present and was looking forward to giving it a try.

          The bottle states that the plant extracts used in the product have been authenticated by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. I had never heard of Iceland Moss before but it is a plant that has been used for many years because of its soothing properties. The moss has a high sugar content which hydrates and calms the skin. The elixir has been designed to soothe tired muscles and help your body to relax, rewind and relieve the day's stresses and strains.

          The product comes in a clear plastic bottle with a metal screw cap. The label is an attractive green and white with an outline of some plants. A 250ml bottle costs £3.92 and is available only from Boots store. My bottle was smaller than this as it was part of a gift set. It is certainly more expensive than I would normally pay for a bubble bath but as it was a gift I didn't have to worry about the cost so just lay back in the bath and enjoyed it!

          The bath elixir (that word just makes the product sound so much more luxurious when really all it is is bubble bath!) is a lovely goldenly orange colour. The smell is lovely, it reminds me of some Clarins products which are also made with plant extracts. It almost has a slight spice smell. It smells like an expensive bath foam.

          Adding a little to a running bath the elixir begins to foam and the wonderful smell fills the bathroom. The bubbles aren't as much as you would get from an ordinary bubble bath and don't last quite as well but there is still some left when I get out of the bath. The smell is lovely and relaxing.

          I like this bath elixir, its luxurious and smells great. The downside is there aren't as many bubbles as with an ordinary bubble bath and it is quite expensive. I probably wouldn't go out and buy it for myself because of the price but it makes a lovely gift and nice to use when you want to pamper yourself.

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            09.01.2008 15:37
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            I won't be buying it again, I'd rather purchase Lush!

            I love buying sample bottles of products! It's becoming a bit of an addiction! I don't mind the fact that they usually aren't value for money cos they're cheaper to treat myself to than a whole bottle of something and I buy so many toiletries that I'd be stuffed buying huge bottles of things! lol
            I have a drawer I keep my 'special treats' in lol

            So strolling through Boots (as per usual) I was shopping for Christmas presents and well aware that I was bout to make myself well and truly skint forever. This caught my eye! It was a freezing cold night all I wanted was to have a really hot bath and a cup of tea! So I looked at all the sample bottles and thought I'd give this a go.

            Botanics Luxurious Bath Elixir.
            Its a dinky 75ml bottle costing me £2.00.

            The Packaging....

            Well its the same as the 350ml bottle that Boots sell....only smaller of course!

            Clear plastic, recyclable bottle with a silver screw top lid. Over the top a paper label in white and green telling me what it is and on the back it lists the ingredients. Simple and slightly medicinal looking but nice enough. The liquid is a dark, rich orange colour.

            I was drawn to this because I love natural products. (Or should I say, more natural lol) Even though it lists natural ingredients I'm still not sure that its totally natural! I would guess not. I never really buy 'own branded goods' I prefer names but I know and trust but Boots so I feel differently about their stuff and will try their offerings on a regular basis lol

            Ingredients....

            Aqua,Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocomidopropyl Betaine, Cocomide DEA, Glycerin, Parfum, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Diproplene gl col, Pottasium Sorbate, Hexyl Cinnamol, Citric Acid, Linalool, Tetrasodium EDTA, Benzyl Salicylate, Coumarin, Limonene, Propylene glycol, Disodium Phosphate, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Benzophenone-4, Eugenol, Sorbital, Cetraria Islandica, Methylparaben, Butypapaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben.

            (I list the ingredients for people with allergies!)

            What The Product Boasts....

            Exhausted limbs enjoy relaxing in a long warm soak.
            This luxurious bath foam helps soothe tired muscles and relieve everyday stresses and strains.
            Relax, recover and enjoy....

            Iceland Moss hydrates and soothes.
            Iceland Moss has been used for centuries for its soothing benefits. The high sugar content of the moss can help hydrate and calm skin.
            Plant extracts combined and formulated for unbeatable product performance. Naturally....

            My Experience....

            Well my bottle never said anything like that. (Above was copied from Boots.co.uk)
            It said pour under running water and the usual, avoid getting products in eyes and if you do rinse well with water immediately but made no claims. So I had no expectations at all.
            So I tipped a quarter of the bottle in (being generous) and watched on. The water went a bit cloudy then it cleared. The smell was nice enough like a slightly orangy undertone with flowers and honey. It was very pleasant but the smell isn't strong and the bubbles just weren't there. So I tipped in more till I'd used almost all the bath foam (and it cost £2.00!) Once I'd put all this in then yes the smell was quite good and the bubbles were adequate enough. I had a soak in it and it was ok.

            The smell disappeared along with the bubbles within half an hour. The water was soft enough and when I got out my skin wasn't dry or anything but just the same as when I got in to be honest, no better and no worse I was just cleaner. From what I gather of this product it is not meant as a bubble bath but it never said that on the packaging so I think it's more of a 'skin treatment' but I'm just guessing that.

            I was impressed that when I got out I had a splattering of small bubbles on my leg and I wiped them off and I wasn't sticky. When I emptied the bath (I'd shaved my legs and what not) there was no bits of scum so it showed me that the product wasn't greasy.

            When I'd finished up and got dressed there was no lingering smell anywhere (on me or in the hall or bathroom)

            In Conclusion....

            Its ok. I mean its not bad it's just not exceptional. I wouldn't advise any one to buy it, but I wouldn't advise anyone to boycott it either. To me, for for the money of either size it just isn't luxurious enough. If your used to paying this kind of money for an 'everyday' bath treatment then maybe you'd be happier than I was.

            I guess I'm indifferent on this one which is unusual for me lol.

            I think the price suggests it to be better than what it is. Considering you can buy so many buy one get one frees in stores at the moment I think that this is very much overpriced. I think for the money I probably expected more. I wouldn't pay £3.50 for a bottle but if it was on offer I wouldn't pass it buy purely cos its more natural that a lot of other products out there! If this had of been the first Botanics product I'd of used I'm not sure I would have been sufficiently impressed enough to try anything else in the range but it isn't so I'm not put off lol

            75ml = £2.00
            250ml =£3.50
            Botanics is a Boots own brand.

            This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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            This luxurious bath foam helps soothe tired or tight muscles and relieve everyday tension and stress /