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I love a nice bath and so like to treat myself to some nice bath products to make the experience nicer. So when I ran out of bubble bath I decided to opt for this Boots cocoa butter bath crème because I love cocoa butter as a moisturiser and thought the bubble bath would be quite luxurious. I was also drawn to the fact that the bath crème had fair-trade ingredients as I try to buy fair-trade wherever I can. ***Packaging*** For the price the packaging is actually underwhelming. It comes in a plastic bottle with a purple cap but there is nothing particularly special about it. ***The product*** When I saw this on the shelf I had my heart set on it because I love cocoa butter as a smell and a moisturiser so thought I would give the bubble bath a try even though it was a little more than I was willing to spend. The first thing you notice when you open the bottle is the smell which smells as you would expect for anything made of cocoa butter. One thing I do like is that is not too sweet or sickly and actually smells a little bit like vanilla chocolate rather than straight chocolate. However, beyond that the bubble bath is actually a little bit disappointing. Because of a combination of bottle design - it just has a wide neck and its thickness it is quite hard to get it out of the bottle so it comes out in big blobs. But you also need a lot to get good bubbles from it and the smell really doesn't linger much. I also expected it to be far more moisturising then it is and to be honest it isn't really anything out of the ordinary. ***Price*** At over £4 for a bottle it's not the cheapest bubble bath you can get and this is where my big issue with it is as I am not sure it is really worth the money.
Boots Cocoa Butter Bath Cream is part of their 'Extracts' range, which contains fairtrade ingredients. The cocoa butter it contains is sourced from Dominican Republic communities. Apparently it is used because it's naturally moisturising, and this product promises to leave the skin feeling smooth and softly fragranced, as well as also having a relaxing and calming effect on the user's state of mind as well as their skin. ** Packaging ** The bath cream comes in a sturdy, cylindrical, see-through bottle with a purple screw cap. It's not particularly pretty but not ugly either, and is labelled with a photo of some cacao seeds, instructions for use and ingredients. ** Directions for use ** This simply needs to be poured into the bath under running water. There is no information on how much to use; I poured in about 25-40 ml for each bath. ** Is it any good? ** The best thing about this product is the delicious cocoa scent - it's not too sweet or overpowering and smells quite natural rather than chocolatey. Unfortunately it doesn't last very long at all. When I had poured the bath cream under the hot tap I had to splash it around with my hands a bit until it lathered up, but when it did the bath looked very inviting, with a decent amount of light foam. The fragrance filled the bathroom and I was quite pleased with the product. But after 5 minutes in the bath the scent had disappeared and there wasn't much of the bubbles left either. What's more, the bubbles did not smell of the cocoa perfume and they were quite thin - they felt like the kind of bubbles you'd get from washing up liquid rather than a pampering product. A 'bath cream' should be more indulgent in my opinion. ** Result ** A disappointing bath - the bubbles soon fell flat and the product wasn't rich enough to leave my skin feeling softer or more moisturised. I didn't feel calmed or relaxed either, just frustrated that the product didn't do all it promised. I later tried pouring in more bath cream, and this produced more bubbles, but again they didn't last. ** Price ** It normally costs £4.00 for a 300ml bottle at Boots, though it's currently on offer for £2.67. ** Conclusion ** A waste of time (albeit a sweet-smelling one!)