“ Brand: Boots / Type: Body Scrub / Suitable for: Body / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Exfoliates, „
Boots Extracts Brazil nut body scrub is a product I have had sitting in the bathroom cupboard for a while. I received it as part of one of Boots Christmas gift products that they put out every year, and I purchased this gift set at the Boxing Day sale. I opened this a few weeks ago and decided to try it out.
The body scrub comes in a plastic circular tub with screw on lid. This is not like other bath items that either come in squeezy tubes or pour out tubes, so the getting it out mechanism is a simple case of scooping out the scrub with your hand. I have slightly long nails and the exfoliating bits get in my nails, this would usually irritate me, but I use this body scrub while in the shower, so as long as you have a power shower it will wash out of your nails right away.
The body scrub in a 200ml tub, lasted me around two and half weeks. The scrub itself is a beige-brown colour, thick-ish consistency, and has dark brown tiny exfoliating bits in it. The smell is more sweet than sour, but it doesn't have a strong hit you in the face fragrance. The strongest smell comes from the shea butter, and I could smell that the moment I opened the tub without realising that it does actually contain shea butter. I don't know what Brazil nuts smell like, but I can definitely smell some kind of nut in the scrub, it seems almost almond-like, and this is the fragrance that I did not particularly like as I am not a huge fan of nuts. However the smell is not overwhelming, so it did not cause a huge problem.
I use it much like I would use a shower gel, take some scrub, scrub it on my body either with hand or shower scrub thingy. As I was applying this I could feel my body was very soft, and it also felt quite cleansing probably because of the exfoliating bits. The scrub did not irritate my skin or make it itch. When I stepped out of the shower and whilst I was drying, my skin felt a lot less tight than it usually does, also as I suffer from dry skin, my skin tends to start to cracking once I have completely dried off, but this did not happen when I used this body scrub, so I was quite impressed by that. However it did not completely eliminate my need for moisturiser, and my skin still felt a little bit tight.
Once I applied moisturiser my skin felt soft and didn't crack or dry up during the day, usually I have to apply moisturiser more than once, but after using the body scrub, I didn't have to use moisturiser more than once a day. So again, impressive results from this Brazil nut body scrub.
I love body scrubs and when I was looking for another 'indulgent bathing' product to complete the long running three for two offer I was taking Boots up on I opted for this Brazil Nut Body Scrub from the Boots Extracts range. I often stick to fruity and floral scents in such items and thought it'd be nice to try something a little different and this one smells lovely!
The scrub comes in a large 400ml pot costing £7.95 which I don't think is too bad. It's of high quality and contains double the amount you'd get in a similar product from a different range for the same price. Plus, as I've said, these products are nearly always on a three for two offer as well. The recyclable round plastic pot is clear allowing you see the product within and contains a brown screw on plastic lid, also recyclable. The sticker on the front of the pot as well as the one on top of the lid gives us plenty of information about this scrub. We get its name, the Boots logo, a lovely picture of some brazil nuts and the Fairtrade logo indicating the brazil nut oil and shea butter contained in this scrub are both fairtrade. The brazil nut oil is also organic and the whole product has been 'developed to make a difference'.
Opening the lid allows that lovely scent to be revealed. It's a very subtle but quite sweet scent, quite 'nutty' which I suppose is to be expected! I can't say it smells much like brazil nuts as I don't think they really have a scent but the smell of this scrub is lovely all the same, very natural smelling and not in the least bit artificial.
The scrub is a creamy light brown colour with lots of darker brown natural scrub particles. To use I just scoop up a fair bit into my hand and start rubbing into my body. I find the exfoliating beads in this scrub require a lot of pressure to be effective but they're gentle enough for this pressure to be applied without hurting the skin. I also find myself using rather a lot of this although I don't particularly mind so much, the large pot has still lasted about three months with regular use.
The scent doesn't particularly linger on my skin which is a shame but there is also a body lotion and body butter in this range sharing that scent so it can be layered. It does do a good job at gently exfoliating although if you're looking for something a little rougher then this probably isn't for you. My skin is left feeling soft and smooth as well as invigorated after using this scrub so it's doing its job! I mainly use body scrubs to help my dreaded spotty arms! I find a good exfoliating scrub really helps to reduce the redness of the little spots all over my upper arms and sometimes helps removes the spots completely. This one is has those desired effects of those spots so it's a winner in my book.
All in all a decent, high quality body scrub with lots of lovely ingredients and a beautiful scent. If you're just looking for a gentle exfoliation then I'd highly recommend it.
One item in a Boots Extracts Gift Bag I recently received was a tub of their Brazil Nut Body Scrub. I normally use The Sanctuary Hot Sugar Body Scrub but, as luck would have it, had just run out, so started using this Extracts version straight away.
The Brazil Nut Body Scrub is available from Boots stores and their online store at a cost of £7.95 for 400ml, although as mine was part of a gift set it is a smaller 200ml tub. One big bonus for me as far as this product is concerned is it's Fairtrade credentials. Both it's brazil nut oil and it's shea butter are Fairtrade, making this a more ethically sound product than many are.
The tub itself is about 2 inches high, four inches across and round in shape with a clear base so you can see the colour of the product inside (an oatmeal-ey colour with little brown flecks) and also how much is left of it. It is topped with a brown, screw on lid making it easy to extract every last drop of the scrub. A downside to the screw top lid, though, is that you have to leave it open whilst using it (unless you get a huge handful of it out at once and put the lid back on straight away!) as I tend to take a bit out at a time, use that then scoop some more out. So in this case you have to make sure it's away from the shower stream otherwise it ends up filling with water. This isn't too much of an issue for me as we have an overbath shower so I just put it at the opposite end to the shower head, but if you have a shower cubicle I can see this being a problem!
The labelling on the tub is both useful and attractive. The one on the lid contains the Fairtrade information and also has a picture of some brazil nuts against a leafy background, emphasising the "natural" imagery for the scrub. Indeed, it also tells us that the scrub "contains natural scrub particles to gently exfoliate, leaving skin feeling smooth and invigorated". More natural goodness for my body, what could be better?!
The label underneath the tub tells us more about the ingredients used, the company information and how to use the scrub (apply a generous amount to damp skin, rinse and then dry...but for best results to use with the matching Brazil Nut Body Butter - clever marketing ploy, but wasted on me as there was a tub of that butter in my gift bag too!).
The lid on the tub is a good size to grab hold of, making it easy to unscrew, and with a few twists it's off! And that's when the magic begins! I don't know about brazil nut fragrance, but to me this scrub smells almost chocolate/toffee/nutty...hard to explain, but image a big tubful of Baileys Irish Cream mixed with chocolate icecream and you'll just about be there. In other words it smells absolutely delish! Ironically though, the smell actually quite puts me off. Whilst if this was a tub of something edible I would be wolfing it down, personally I prefer my toiletries to smell fresher and cleaner (Sanex, Johnsons, Nivea etc) rather than fruity or foody, so if I was buying a scrub myself the smell of this one would definitely deter me from buying this one again.
But does it work? Well, in a word...yes! All I want from a body scrub is for it to soften my skin and help get rid of any drier patches that I might have and this scrub definitely works on both those levels. Whether it leaves my skin feeling invigorated like the tub claims is another matter, but it certainly exfoliates and smoothens it, leaving it feeling much softer.
The scrub is a thick creamy substance, with lots of little brown gritty particles in, which I assume to be little bits of brazil nut but the tub doesn't make it clear. But when you scoop some of the cream out, you can instantly feel the grittiness amongst the otherwise smooth scrub and as you massage it into your skin you can feel the particles working into your skin and giving it a good deep clean and exfoliation. The consistency is very good...not too thin that it just drips out of your hand but not so thick that it makes it hard to move around your skin and you end up having to use loads of it. It rinses off easily in the shower and doesn't leave any unpleasant residue on me skin either, which I've found with other scrubs in the past.
So far, this smaller tub has lasted me just over a month (using it once or twice a week on average, but only on my arms and legs) and I've used about 2/3 of it, so I would expect one of the standard 400ml tubs to last around 3 to 4 months, which makes it quite good value for money, especially if you get it on one of the frequent 3 for 2 offers.
When it comes to the fragrance, to be fair, it doesn't smell as strongly on your skin and actually smells a lot more "perfumey" than foody but it still isn't a fragrance that I would want to linger on me for as long as this one does...it tends to waft around me for a good while after using it and, when I use the accompanying body butter it gets quite intense.
So would I buy another tub when I run out? Unfortunately not. When it comes to body scrubs I'm fraid my first love will always be The Sanctuary one, I've never had any problems with it, love the smell and what it does to my skin and wouldn't have even tried another scrub had I not received this one as a gift. The smell of this brazil nut scrub alone is enough to put me off buying one myself, but that's just a personal thing. I would still recommend this scrub if you like the fruity/foody smells in your bathroom, as it really does do a good job of exfoliating your skin and softening it but I'm afraid it's not for me.
I nicked this product off my mum after she said she'd never use it, and I think, personally, that she lost out. This product is smells so delicious, I almost want to eat it!
What is it?
This body scrub from Boots contains little particles in a lotion-type substance, in order to remove dead skin cells and leave the skin feeling softer. There are different variations within this range, including Almond, and Bergamot. It is to be used whilst in the shower/bath, applying some to damp skin, and rubbing it gently on the skin in order to remove the dead skin cells. It then needs to be rinsed off.
Is it any good?
It smells divine in my opinion. I wasn't sure I'd like smelling like a brazil nut, however the smell is like a sweet, almost coconutty/chocolatey kind of scent. After leaving the shower, the smell does stay with you for a few hours (so if you don't like it, watch out!), and I thought my skin did feel somewhat smoother. I do, however, have fairly soft skin anyway, so I'm not sure how much of an impact it had in all honesty. Something I particularly like about this range in general is that it's Fairtrade, and so I feel that the £8 the product costs is somewhat justified here. However, this is definitely not a product to be used if you have easily irritated skin, as I feel the little particles would aggravate skin further.
A wonderful smelling wash scrub.
I am a huge fan of the Boots Brazil Nut body scrub, as well as the other products in this Brazil Nut extracts range. I have bought tubs of this body scrub several times and I'm very keen on it.
This fairtrade body scrub comes in a large 400ml plastic tub with a brown screw lid on top which is easy to take on and off. The packaging is nice enough, showing a photo of Brazil Nuts with a forest like background on the label of the lid, and it makes the product look appealing to me and natural.
As soon as you take the lid off the scrub, you can smell a lovely milky, nutty aroma that has a hint of vanilla and a slightly caramel aroma to it, it smells good enough to eat, and the scent is gorgeous I think.
The scrub itself consists of kernals (I think Brazil Nut or almond bits, I can't tell which type without going to re-read the tub) in very pale coffee/cream coloured cream which makes them easier to smooth onto your skin, massage in and exfoliate the dead skin cells off. The scrub can be used either in the bath or shower, though I think both methods can have their drawbacks as with lots of scrubs that have solid kernals in. When I use this in the shower, I have to angle where I'm applying the scrub away from the flow of the water, else it gets washed away. When I'm in the bath, the kernals are solid and so don't dissolve, which can make the bottom of the bath feel quite gritty and leave a bit of a mess behind after you let your bath water out. Generally I use this in the shower, as I've perfected pointing myself away from the flow whilst I apply this lovely smelling body scrub.
The scrub is a very effective exfoliator having a good consistency and being rough enough to get rid of dead skin cells, but not too rough to use that it hurts. It's easy to rinse off the kernals afterwards too, and the scrub leaves my skin feeling very soft and much more smooth than when I don't use the scrub.
The cream in the scrub is also lightly moisturising and I find the lovely nutty aroma stays on my skin for up to an hour after using this in the shower, if I get out quickly after use. I can thoroughly recommend this body scrub from Boots - it smells wonderful, exfoliates well and gently moisturises too, and leaves my skin feeling fresh and smooth.
The only slight downside to this scrub is that it costs nearly £8 from Boots, so I have to use it sparingly, although at the moment items from this range are selling 2 for £10, so if you act quickly you can grab yourself a bargain.
** What is it? **
A creamy, rinse-off body exfoliator: natural scrub particles suspended in a pale brown lotion that smells more like a dessert than a beauty product.
** Packaging **
The body scrub is packaged in a flat, transparent plastic tub (which is recyclable) with a brown screw-on lid. There's no danger of leakage with this (I can testify that it survived a flight packed in a suitcase with no problems) but I'd recommend keeping the lid on at all times when not use so that a) the scrub doesn't dry out and b) no water from from the shower/bath can get in and dilute the product (more on this below).
** Application **
The first time I used this product was under a running shower and I have to say I was not impressed in the slightest. I had barely applied it before it was all washed away. Whereas you can usually get shower gel lathered up before it starts to dissolve under the shower, this slightly sloppy scrub is rather more prone to dissolve on contact with running water, so I'd recommend either shutting off the water before you apply it, or using it in the bath.
Once you've prevented it from running away, this scrub is actually a pleasure to use. For a start, it is one of those products that smells so divine I often find myself having a crafty sniff when I go into the bathroom for something else! It smells of toffees rather than nuts, I think.
The kernels are just the right size and consistency - not scratchy, but large and rough enough to have a decent exfoliating effect - and their distribution in the carrier cream is just right. There's nothing worse than a scrub where you need to use big handfuls just to get any scrubbing action because it is all cream and hardly any bits. With this I use a couple of 10p-sized dollops each for my arms, chest, back and a little more for my legs. It is easy to spread and work into the skin thanks to its creamy consistency, and it rinses off easily when you've finished without leaving an oily film behind.
** Does it do what it's supposed to? **
Yes - I have been using this scrub a few times a week since Christmas and my skin is now in great condition and looks glowing. Areas of sensitive skin can sometimes looks a little too pink when I've just finished exfoliating, but this doesn't last, or hurt for that matter, and it certainly doesn't look as though my skin's been scratched (I have had this happen with other scrubs and it's not an attractive look!). If I get out of the bath straight away there I can still feel a slightly moisturising effect on my skin and still detect the fragrance, but these effects will wear off if you stay in the bath for a good long soak. Used in conjunction with a body butter this scrub has made my skin a lot softer and smoother than it used to be. At the moment I have to have an injection in my upper arm and so have to bare it every week under the harsh lights of a doctor's surgery - the last few times I've noticed that my skin looks a lot better. My back is also a lot freer of impurities since I started using the scrub.
** One slight problem **
My only issue with this product is that the kernels don't dissolve. Now this is great because it means you can scrub your skin for as long as you like with a small amount without the effect wearing off. However, if like me you like to lounge around in the bath for a while post-treatment, you'll find that the kernels eventually sink down to the bottom of the bath and are very uncomfortable to sit/lie on (though I suppose you could consider in an extra-intense bottom-exfoliation!). This wouldn't happen with sugar scrubs, for example. Of course, to the answer would be to use it at the end of your bath. The bathtub also requires an extra-thorough clean afterwards; the kernels don't go down towards the plughole with the water but rather stick to the surface of the bath. My bath is enamel and has not been scratched, but you might have to be careful with a plastic bathtub.
** Price **
Boots currently have this priced at £7.50 for a 400ml tub (you're paying for some fair trade and organic ingredients here), which I estimate will last me a couple of months (it will last a total of 24 months after opening before you need to throw it away).
** Conclusion **
A deliciously-fragranced scrub that really does leave my skin softer and smoother. I'm just taking one star off for the pesky, bottom-scratching, bathtub-sullying particles which prevent me from having a longer soak.