Last week I went to Boots and while I was there spotted a 3-for-2 offer on 'pampering' body products - I'd already picked up a set of Sanctuary mini shower gels and when I realised they were included in the promotion I decided to use the opportunity to try another couple of new (to me) shower gels out, one being a Champneys shower cream and the other this body wash from the Boots Extracts range.
I chose this because of my love of the almond/marzipan fragrance - it's been a while since I've had a shower gel with this smell so I thought it was a worthwhile freebie third purchase (being the cheapest of the three at £4.50 it was automatically the free item). It smells lovely, more synthetic than I'd like really but it's actually really nice - the smell is pretty strong while I'm showering but sadly doesn't stick around for long once I'm out and dried.
In terms of cleansing ability this one isn't the best either, it gets me perfectly clean but to be honest it's no better than a much cheaper shower gel and didn't give me the squeaky clean results I'd expect for the price I paid. The lather is nice, there's not all that much of it but what's produced is deliciously soft and creamy - unfortunately it's not as moisturising as it feels and after showering I tend to have to use some kind of nourishing body lotion to ensure my skin stays soft for the rest of the day.
I'm pretty disappointed with this one and that's a bit of a surprise as up to yet I've been nothing but impressed by the Extracts range - I won't be buying this body wash again despite loving the smell as frankly it's not worth the thick end of a fiver and definitely doesn't give me the delicious showering experience I was expecting.
For Christmas I was given a gift set from Boots with body wash and body butters. One of the body washes was the Extracts Almond Body Wash. I have such a huge stash of toiletries which I am working through and it has taken until May for me to try this wash out!
The body wash comes in a tube, it is a clear tube with a label around it and has a lilac cap. The photo on the tube is of a stem on an almond tree and and the fair trade logo is clearly shown in the front of the tube, it also states that the almond oil used in the product is organic and the honey used is fair trade.
The body wash is a creamy colour and is a nice consistency - I hate really runny shower gels and body washes, but this is nice, it does not take too much effort to squeeze from the tube but does not just run out either.
The scent I was unsure about when I squeezed it from the tube, my first thoughts were that it does not smell like almonds, it did smell slightly sweet though which I guess is the honey in it. I used a shower scrunchie and only had to use a very small amount. It lathered up nicely and made masses of bubbles.
Unfortunately the smell pretty much disappeared once the gel was on the scrunchie, it was a clean soapy kind of smell that you would expect from a plain shower gel, it had lost its sweetness and it certainly did not smell like almonds.
Whilst I was disappointed with the scent of this body wash I do think it lives up to its claim to cleanse, condition and moisturise, my skin felt lovely and soft after use and it had a nice sily feeling whilst washing with it.
A full size tube is £4.50 from Boots and contains 200ml. I would not buy this because the smell is really important to me when using bath and shower products and this just didn't do it for me, I was happy with how is made my skin feel though.
As part of a gift set of Boots Extracts products I received for my birthday some months ago was a miniature version of the Almond Body Wash. I'm not especially brand loyal when it comes to body washes/shower gels so am willing to give most things a try, although admittedly, if the purse strings would allow it, the Molton Brown Heavenly Gingerlily would be a permanent fixture on my bathroom shelf!
I tend to purchase shower gels more for their smell than anything else as there are very few out there that astound me with their ability to radically soften and moisturise my skin like most of them claim to do (although Nivea Cashmere Moments is one that does stand out for me in that respect) and usually prefer the fresher smelling ones such as Nivea, Sanex and Johnsons etc. For this reason I probably would never have tried te Extracts Almond body wash as the thought of having my skin smelling like marzipan all day is not particularly appealing to me.
The body wash comes in a squeezable tube which stands on it's flip top lid. The usual size of these in Boots is 200ml, but mine is a smaller sample version of 75ml, although it is an identical copy of the larger tube. I very much like the packaging on this almond version, the colouring is nice and muted with purples and greens and on the whole is very subtle (unlike the yellows and oranges of the mango version!). The big claims for the Extracts range are that they "contain Fairtrade ingredients". How different this is to actually being a fairtrade product I don't know, but every little helps when it comes to the morals and ethics of mass-production in my opinion. Worryingly, when it comes to recycling the product it comes in two parts; the tube and the cap. The tube can not be recycled and the cap says to check local recycling. For a range such as this I would expect the whole thing to be easily recyled without question so this is a big negative as far as I'm concerned.
The front of the tube claims that the body wash "gently cleanses, conditions and moisturises, leaving skin feeling soft and smooth" and on the back is further information about ingredients (Fairtrade honey used for it's moisturisation of the skin), how to use the product and the usual warnings about keeping it away from children etc.
Using the product is very easy. The tube is a good size to hold and you merely have to flip the lid up, squeeze a small amount onto a sponge or shower puff and massage it into your skin, then rinse it off. The flip top lid is sturdy and shows no signs of snapping off like some can, and I always appreciate a flip top lid on products like this so you don't have to worry about screwing the lid back on with hands covered in water. As the tube stands on the lid for storage it also means that it is easy to get all the body wash out of the tube rather than having to waste any or get the scissors out!
On first using the almond body wash I was pleasantly surprised. I'd been expecting an overwhelming smell of marzipan or something similar but there isn't really a hint of almonds to the fragrance, it's just a really nice, fresh, pleasant smell and one that I don't object to at all. The body wash itself is average in consistency, not too runny that it slides off my shower puff before I can do anything, but not so thick that it makes getting it out of the tube difficult. It doesn't lather especially well however, giving more of a smooth foam rather than a thick bubbly lather.
I was quite surprised by how long this smaller tube of body wash lasted. I took it on holiday with me so as not to have to lug a big bottle of shower gel around with us for three weeks and this small tube lasted almost two weeks with showering every day, sometimes twice a day as it was so hot. In fact, it lasted so long that, initially I was using it sparingly to try and make it last the remainder of our holiday but eventually I started using loads of it every time to try and use it up so I wouldn't have to bring it back home again!
As far as it's functionality as a body wash goes I would say it is average, like most shower gels. Yes it gets my skin clean, including when it's been coated in layer after layer of suncream and red dust, and it leaves me feeling fresh and clean, but I think the freshness is mostly down to the smell of it rather than any miracles working. I can't say, however, that I noticed my skin feeling any softer or smoother than normal and in the two weeks of using it I didn't notice any changes in the appearance of the condition of my skin either.
I'm not particularly disappointed in this as I find it to be the case with most other shower gels I've tried and, if I were to receive it as a gift in future I would most definitely use it again, if for nothing other than the lovely smell, but would I buy it for myself? Probably not, no. At full price it costs £4.25 in Boots or on their website and at the time of writing this review is on special offer at £2.83. But, as you can always find other comparable shower gels on much better deals than that then I would not pay either of these prices for a body wash I consider to be just average.
At Christmas I tend to get a mountain of body washes that tend to last me almost a year, which I now appreciate so much more as a student. Having tried so many a thought I would share my experiences of some of the products I received.
One of the ranges I have tried a lot of is the Boots Extracts range, which are made from only Fairtrade ingredients and the almond oil is 100% organic, giving it an added advantage. The product also contains shea butter, which is a well known ingredient for really good moisturising properties. The product has a really pleasant smell, similar to marzipan, which you can smell in store before you buy to see if you like it (I don't mind the smell but prefer the coco flavour products in the range).
The product comes in a plastic squeezy tube, with a browny/purple flip-top lid. The wash stands upside down allowing you to use up every last drop. When suing the product I recommend using a shower puff as it enables you to use a lot less of the product each time causing it to last longer.
The product is only available to buy in Boots, and costs bout £4, but is regularly on offer such as 3 for 2 or save a third etc. I wouldn't buy this exact one again, but I would buy the coco one in the same range as the product was lovely and moisturising leaving my skin smelling beautiful and silky smooth.
Overall the body wash leaves my skin smelling beautiful and it feels soft and hydrated so I definitely think it is worth the money, it only by personal preference I would use a different flavour in the range.
This review is for the Boots Extracts Fairtrade Almond Body Wash, which is one of the products within the Boots Extracts range. I have also reviewed the Boots Extracts Fairtrade Mango Body Wash. Both washes are made using Fairtrade ingredients.
The natural almond oil used in the wash is 100% organic. The oil is blended with shea butter which has really good moisturising properties. The butter is also used in many of the complimentary body butters in the Boots Extracts range, including the matching Almond Body Cream.
Extracts Almond Body Wash is very fragrant and reminds me of the marzipan used on Battenburg cakes! The yummy smelling almond oil comes from the prunus amygdalus nut or almond to you and I. The oil is sustainably sourced & community traded.
Selling at £4 or so you get 200mls of Almond Wash for your money. Do keep an eye on prices though as there are regular in store offers and deals to be had. With prices being reduced by as much as 1/3 at times, you could get better value for money.
For good results use the Extracts Almond Wash with a decent quality shower or bath puff. Doing so makes sure you use far less of the product, whilst still getting some lovely foamy bubbles and plenty of almond fragrance. Use the smallest amount of wash needed to load up the shower puff, massage this into damp skin and work up a good lather. Then just rinse off as needed.
The wash comes in a plastic, flip topped, squeezy tube. Standing the wash tube upside down, helps it to concentrate towards the lid area, which makes it easy to squeeze the product onto the shower puff or directly onto the skin. The wash container has a lilac coloured lid and the design of the label clearly shows its almond based contents well.
The fragrance is smooth and relaxing to the senses, leaving you and your skin feeling good. The shea butter included in the creamy wash has good moisturising and skin softening properties and you really notice the difference this makes.
As I have said in my review of the Mango Wash, I do like that fact that the product is made from community traded ingredients. Every time you buy more of the wash you are helping not just your skin but also those who took the time and effort to farm the ingredients. The Almond Wash is a lovely ethically made product. Check out the Bergamot Wash from this range too if you get the chance, as its lovely fresh green scent is a real winner.
I got this tube in a gift set in the sale at Boots. I had never tried this range before and didn't know really what to expect.
Boots claim this contains Fairtrade certified ingredients as the almond oil it contains is organic and sustainably sourced. Of course this can only be a good thing and probably why it is a bit more expensive than other body washes.
It comes in a plastic 200ml tube and stands on the cap which has a flat bottom. The cap clicks open but does have a tendency to stay ajar a little bit when you flick it closed. As I then throw it back into my sports bag when I am finished with it this is a slight worry, however it hasn't leaked yet but it is a possibility. I keep catching sight of it and need to close it properly. You need to squeeze it to get it out of the tube but it comes fairly easily and also doesn't leak over the cap and leave a gunky mess which a lot of body washes tend to do.
This smells lovely, the scent does not overpower you but it is a nice subtle smell which is fresh and a little bit nutty. When applied to your skin the scent lingers but not for long and so it won't conflict with perfumes or any scented body lotion that is applied. I apply it using a shower puff/scrunchie and normally with body washes, I apply a small amount and then when rubbed over my body it creates a nice lather. But with this product I need to use a bit more than what I would normally with something like Imperial Leather (my last body wash). It is thick and creamy but for some reason lacks in latherability!! It does eventually get some nice suds created but it takes a while and quite a lot of product. Of course this means that it does not last as long as some other products. I would expect this to last 3 or 4 weeks looking at the size of the tube, however have been using it two weeks and have nearly run out already. If I had bought this at full price (£4 in Boots I think) I would have been a bit mad as I think there are better value products on the market and I'm not sure that it is worth the money.
My skin feels nice and soft and even though I apply moisturizer after showering as a matter of course with this product it is not really that necessary. My skin feels well nourished and doesn't have any dry areas and with the nice fresh scent lingering lightly it makes me feel a bit pampered.