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The product I am reviewing is Fair-trade Cocoa Butter Body Wash which is from the Boots Extracts range. I actually purchased the body wash in a set with 3 other body washes which are all from the Boots Extracts range. The gift pack was reduced in the sale so I thought I would try the body washes out to see what they were like. The Cocoa Butter body wash is the one I used first as it appealed to me more than the others in the set. When it comes to body washes and moisturisers I love anything that smells like vanilla; how-ever I also love anything with a cocoa butter scent. I regularly use Cocoa Butter products from The Body Shop but I thought I would try a product from the boots range to see what it was like in comparison to the ones from The Body Shop. I needed some more body wash anyway and as the set was reduced I thought I may as well purchase it to try them all out. This indulgent product has been made with Fair-trade ingredients. The body wash comes in a tub which stands on its lid. This is a little unusual for body wash as I would expect it to be in a bottle or something similar. Due to this product coming in the tube I think it could easily be mistaken for body lotion. The packaging to the product is clear, although there is a purple coloured label which goes across the front and the back of the tube. On the label it tells you what the product is and it also has the Fair-trade symbol on the front as well. On the back of the tube it gives you a little information about the product and also lists the ingredients. The lid to the tube is a clear colour and this flips back to reveal the whole in which the product dispenses out of. The lid stays attached to the tube all the time so there's no chance of this getting lost whilst in the shower or bath.
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I actually got this body wash in a set with some other body washes from the Boots Extracts range. You can how-ever purchase a 200ml tube of the product for £4.50. This can be purchased in Boots store or from the Boots website (www.boots.com).
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Using the Product
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I got in the shower and ensured my skin was wet before applying the product. I grabbed my bath lily and flipped open the lid and squeezed gently to dispense some of the product onto the lily. I only needed to squeeze a little in order to dispense some of the product. The body wash is an off white colour and it although the smell wasn't very strong when coming out of the tube it still smelt nice. The body wash isn't really runny but isn't too thick either. I would say that the consistency is just right for a body wash. I started to rub the wet bath lily over my body and as I did this the body wash started to foam up a little creating a nice lather. The more I rubbed the bath lily over my body the more the product lathered up. This was really nice as it felt as though I was getting a really good clean. The smell of the product became stronger as well when using the product and I loved the smell. The scent of the product wasn't as strong as some Cocoa Butter products I have used before but it was still pleasant. The lather to the product was really soft and gentle on my skin. After giving my body a good wash I stood under the shower to rinse off and the lather. The product rinsed off really easily and left my skin feeling nice and clean. The scent of the product disappeared quite quickly which I was a little disappointed about, how-ever I was hoping that the scent of the product may have stayed on my skin a little. After rinsing off I got out of the shower and patted my skin dry. My skin didn't really feel any different after using this product, although it did feel clean and soft. The product didn't dry out my skin or cause any irritation which is good as I have sensitive skin. I couldn't really smell the product on my skin which was disappointing; how-ever I would be applying a body moisturiser anyway so this didn't bother me too much.
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I wasn't really sure what to expect from this product as I haven't tried anything from the Boots Extracts range before. The body washes that I purchased in a set sounded really good and I couldn't wait to try them. The body wash I purchased were smaller than the size you buy on it's own due to it being in a gift pack with other body washes which were only available at Christmas, hence why I got them half price in the sale last week. Although the packaging to the product is very simple it looks like quite a nice indulgent product and I wouldn't mind having the product on show in my bathroom. As this product is a body wash you would expect to find it in a bottle rather than a plastic, squeezy tube. The body wash is easy to use and I love that it lathers up when immediately rubbing it across my skin with a bath lily. I don't know if this product would lather up as much if using your hand to rub the product on your skin. I often find that using a bath lily often causes body washes to lather up more than what they would if using your hands. The smell to the product is really pleasant, but it's a shame it doesn't last longer on the skin. The product was kind to my skin and didn't cause any irritation or drying it. I wouldn't have said that the product made my skin feel any softer or smoother than it does when using another body wash. In terms of value I think the product seems a little pricey at £4.50 so I am not sure I would purchase it during other times of the year. This would make a nice gift if purchase with the other cocoa butter products. To me this just an average body wash and there isn't really anything spectacular about it.
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I received a Cocoa Body wash from Boots as part of a beauty gift pack last Christmas and only very recently got around to using it. This is a certified Fair Trade product. If I was to buy this myself now it would cost me £4.19 for a 400ml size but I personally don't think it's worth it as I was quite disappointed with this body wash.
The body wash comes in a plastic tube which is quite soft so I'm able to squeeze out the contents without any difficulty and it stands on its head. It is advertised as being a body wash that will moisturise, condition and cleanse the skin all at the same time.
The fragrance of this body was is very mild and in this respect alone it's a little bit disappointing, as I was expecting something stronger smelling and longer lasting. It's certainly sweet smelling but not as strong as I'd imagined it would be. It's also quite a manufactured smell, which surprised me as it's advertised as being full of natural ingredients.
I've used this body wash a few times now and on every occasion I've used my nylon body puff as it simply doesn't lather up at all without using the puff. It is quite a thick and gloopy consistency and it feels quite unpleasant on the skin unless I use a body puff. It doesn't create a massive amount of foam or lather no matter how much I use and I've used tons. With most body washes, once they hit they skin and are mixed with the water from the shower or bath, they will foam into a lather of some sort. It's so incredibly hard to get any foam or lather going with this body wash - in fact, it's almost lather-free.
My skin does feel more moisturised after I've used this body wash but in all honesty I don't feel like I've been properly cleaned either, and this is simply due to he fact that I cannot get any lather from this gel. It's very poor.
Overall, I'm not particularly enamored with this product and definitely don't feel it's worth the price tag. I've used far better from Superdrug or Savers and paid a lot less money into the bargain.
Disappointing product and not recommended.
Also posted on Ciao! as basketofbuttons
I bought this as part of a box set with the body scrub and body butter included for £10 - which for all three products I considered it a bargain as the body was normally costs around £4 on its own. I love the smell of cocoa butter so was very excited to use the products.
The product comes in a squeezy bottle with a deep purple label and cap, the packaging is very appealing and makes the product look quite luxurious. The consistancy of the body wash is quite thick and beige/gold in colour, which again gives the impression of luxury. It smells very sweet and rich as most cocoa butter products do.
Unfortunatly I wasnt very impressed with this when I used it, although it is quite a thick body wash it doesnt lather up very well. I squeezed the usual amount out but found I got hardly any lather or bubbles so I proceeded to add some more. No matter how much I applied however I couldnt get a good lather going on, and I like lots of bubbles!
Despite this it did leave my skin feeling soft and smelling nice for a while after use, especially when combined with the scrub and body butter. However it isnt very cost effective as I had to use about three times as much as I normally would.
Overall I wouldnt recommend it based on its price tag, if it was cheaper to buy seperately then it wouldnt be so bad but for the high price tag I expected alot more.
For my birthday I received a gift set of Boots Extracts products in miniature sizes and, whilst I've used them all to avoid waste, I can't say I've been overly impressed with any of them. The body butters did work as skin moisturisers, fair enough, but the fragrances used in all of the products didn't appeal to me so I quickly realised I wouldn't be purchasing any of the full sized products when they ran out. Unfortunately my mother-in-law saw my bathroom shelf full of them, deduced that I must like them and so when she was buying us some going away gifts for our holiday guess what was in my bundle?! Yes, a full sized tube of the Extracts Cocoa Butter Body Wash, doh!
Again, because I hate waste and would never just throw something like this away I've been using it but it hasn't been an enjoyable experience and I'm hoping and praying that the m-i-l doesn't repeat her kindness at Christmas!
The cocoa butter body wash, being a Boots own brand product is obviously only available from Boots stores or their online shop. The full sized tube contains 200ml of body wash and for this you'll pay £4.25, although like many things in Boots it can often be found on 3 for 2 offers and you can collect more Advantage points when purchasing this too.
The tube the body wash comes in is see through but not clear, so you can see how much wash you have left. It sits upside down on it's dark purplr flip top lid and has labelling to match the lid, with a picture of what I can only assume are cocoa beans on the front. To be honest the packaging does nothing for me really. I'm not really swayed by packaging often but if I sat and thought about it then I prefer it to be simple and uncluttered whereas this one is very busy and dark. The picture is dark, the label is dark and there's just too much information on the front, let alone the back.
The label tells us that it's a fair trade product (ie the cocoa butter they use is "produced by communities in the Dominican Republic" and so supports their future prosperity), organic, sustainably sourced and that the body wash "gently cleanses, conditions and moisturises, leaving skin feeling soft and smooth". The back advises us that it's dermatologically tested, that it's not food (good job they tell us that, I do have a habit of eating my shower gels!) and that it should be kept out of the reach of children, along with much more information about how to use it, the benefits of fairtrade and contact details for the company.
Considering this is advertised as a fair trade product there are a couple of things that worry me. I would expect a company that extolls the virtues of fair trade to be environmentally conscious as well. HOWEVER, the back of this tube tells us that the tube cannot be recycled and that for the lid you should check your local recycling policies. I would expect much better than this from a company such as Boots, particularly on such a branded product. Also rather alarming are the miles clocked up in this little tube of body wash. The cocoa butter is produced in the Dominican Republic but the body wash is made in Thailand and distributed in the USA. I had always been under the impression that Boots were a British company producing their goods in Britain but it would appear this is not the case and I will certainly be reading the labels of their products in much more detail in future. Don't get me wrong, I'm not what you'd call an eco-warrior, but like most right-thinking people I like to do my bit wherever I can.
Anyway I'll descend from my high horse and get on to the body wash itself! The wash is easily dispensed through a small hole in the flip top lid when you squeeze the tube. The wash is runny enough to come out easily, but not so runny that there's a risk of any of it rushing out before you're ready. It's a good consistency that sits easily on my shower puff and when you add water to it and rub it lightly it produces quite a creamy, smooth lather rather than lots of foamy bubbles. It feels nice when you rub it into your skin to clean it, but to be honest it doesn't feel any different from most of the dozens of other shower gels/creams/washes I've tried in the past.
Where this does differ from other body washes I've tried, however, is the fragrance. As soon as you start using this body wash your nostrils are assaulted by an extremely sweet fragrance. Personally I prefer clean, fresher smelling fragrances, especially for things that are meant to be cleaning my skin, but this is the exact opposite of what I would choose myself. It's a very cloying, vanilla-y, creamy fragrance and really does smell like something you' eat with strawberries in a bowl, in fact it actually smells stronger than most vanilla ice creams! Unfortunately the fragrance is not only strong but long-lasting and when I use this in the shower it is the over-riding fragrance, I can smell it above everything else I'm using and it also lingers in the bathroom for ages afterwards.
You don't need to use much of this body wash, I usually use a 10p piece sized blob on a shower puff and that is plenty to clean my entire body meaning that, unfortunately, this body wash lasts for a long time. The miniature tube I first used was only 75ml but lasted nearly 3 weeks and the full sized 200ml tube has lasted nearly 3 months with using it every other day or so (I need to give my nostrils a rest every alternate day!).
Fortunately the fragrance doesn't linger on my skin for as long, most likely because I then drench my skin in moisturiser to try and get rid of the smell! As far as the body wash properties are concerned yes it cleanses my skin but whether it conditions and moisturises it I'm not sure if I agree. After using this I haven't noticed any difference in the condition of my skin, only when I've added moisturiser on top of it, and it has never left my skin feeling like I don't need to use moisturiser afterwards, I always slather it on.
In case you hadn't guessed, I don't really like this body wash at all. I think in its performance it is fairly average when compared with other shower gels/body washes yet you pay a premium price for it. Yes, there are more expensive shower gels out there but there are also much cheaper ones that do exactly the same job. I might possibly still buy it (if I saw it on special offer that is), however, if it wasn't for the fragrance. For me it is not a fresh or clean fragrance and leaves me feeling like I've scrubbed ice cream all over my body. The two words that spring to mind when I think of this body wash are average and unappealing - average performance, unappealing packaging, fragrance and price, so for me it just gets 1 star and I will be keeping my fingers crossed that his mother doesn't buy me any more!
I'm currently doing extremely well in my mission to use my entire stash of toiletries before purchasing anything new and was rather ashamed at myself when I sorted through my supplies, which are stored in two huge plastic lidded crates, as I own far too many. In amongst the array of potions and lotions were several products belonging to the Boots Extracts Fairtrade range with this review discussing the Cocoa Butter Body Wash
I found the appearance of the 200ml sturdy plastic tube quite appealing to the eye as it gave the illusion of luxury and high quality with the eye-catching bright and colourful images, which depict some of the Fairtrade certified ingredients contained within the product. The tube neatly sits on a flip top lid which makes the product easily accessible whilst I'm wet and soapy in the bath or shower. I must have received this wash as a gift as cocoa butter is not generally a scent that I would choose to purchase for myself, as whilst I love eating chocolate I am not a fan of applying sweet scented products to my body.
The wash can be described as a good consistency gel and is easily dispensed from the tube where I squeezed a small blob onto my net shower puff. I found the aroma a little too sweet for me and whilst it is fairly delicate it is not something I favour and I didn't relish the thought of rubbing the fragrance all over my skin. However, never one to waste anything I proceeded to rub the puff over my damp body, but I found it quite difficult to create a good lather, so it was necessary to add a further application of gel. I am of the opinion that had I not used a net body polisher the lather would have been minimal and rather disappointing.
The product effectively removed all traces of dirt and grime, but the lack of sufficient lather made this task a little more time-consuming. The product easily rinsed away without leaving any sticky residue and I was pleased that my skin was left feeling silky soft and smooth as well as moisturised. Thankfully, only a very slight cocoa aroma lingered on my skin, which disappeared after a relatively short space of time.
I found this product quite disappointing as I had expected a plentiful lather. Consequently, I am grateful that I didn't spend my hard earned cash as it is definitely not worth its £4.25 price tag for 200ml. Whilst it thoroughly cleansed my skin as well as leaving it feeling moisturised it was not cost-effective due to the fact that I needed to use twice as much to create a sufficient lather. Unfortunately, I am unable to provide information in relation to how long the product lasts once opened as I accidentally recycled the packaging before completing my review.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
I am a big fan of the Boots Extracts range of beauty products, but do find them a bit overpriced - especially as the prices seem to go up and up and up! So what I tend to do is stock up on the odd giftset before Christmas when products are bundled together and sold significantly cheaper than if bought separately - and are on the Boots 3 for 2 deal on gifts!
One of the sets I bought just before the Christmas just gone included this cocoa butter body wash. At full price this retails at £4.19 which for a body wash is extortionate in my view! As I usually pick up really good shower gels for around the £1 mark when on offer, or even in my local pound shop, this by rights should be at least four times better...!
The body wash comes in a squeezy tube with quite a busy label and, as with all the Extracts range, is fairtrade - and the cocoa butter is sustainably sourced and organic - which I admit does help to justify the pricetag. The wash promises to gently cleanse, condition and moisturise skin.
I generally love cocoa butter scented products - I am a massive Palmers fan - but I know it is the kind of scent that divides people. I can understand that chocolate in beauty products just isn't to everyone's taste! So how does this compare on the fragrance front?
Well for me this is quite a subtle scent for cocoa butter. In fact I don't think I would instantly recognise this as a cocoa butter product - it has a light, sweet scent but it isn't at all strong and I wouldn't personally say it is overwhelmingly of chocolate or vanilla - or even toffee - as other cocoa butter products can tend to be.
Where's my lather?
Squeezing this onto a shower puff it's got a thick gel texture and it looks as though a little would go a long way. However, applying this to the skin, I was a bit disappointed to find that this didn't really lather up very much at all. Although it wasn't unpleasant to use, it lacked a nice bit of foaminess, and instead just kind of sits on the skin. I actually found I needed to use a little more of this than I thought I would because of the lack of a nice lather, although I will say that it washes away very easily. And, also a positive, it does leave skin feeling soft and quite well moisturised.
Overall although I don't mind this product I am a bit indifferent to it. The scent is underwhelming and there is a disappointing lack of any foam or lather which is a definite negative point for me. Although it moisturises and cleanses skin nicely, and is pleasant enough to use, for the price I am pretty underwhelmed and definitely would not be spending over £4 on it!
This costs £4.19 for a 200ml bottle, and you receive 16 Advantage Card points with purchase. Other fragrances in the range are mango, coconut and almond. Also in the cocoa butter range are a body scrub and body butter. Ingredients are Fairtrade certified.
A good few weeks ago I received some Boots vouchers through the post which I had redeemed through a survey panel site that I am a regular member of. I used to spend a lot of time (and money) in Boots several years ago as I worked in the city centre and there was a large store just a stones throw away from my place of work so many a lunch break would be spent there perusing.
I still adore Boots products - particularly their Natural Collection, though because of family commitments I don't often get into our town centre very much where our nearest store is located and living nearby a to Superdrug means I have everything literally on my doorstep but I was very much looking forward to having a mini spending spree in my old haunt and this - Cocoa Butter Body Wash - was one of my many purchases..
~Price and Packaging~
I headed directly to the Natural Collection and was disappointed to find it had downscaled dramatically since my last serious shop a few years ago. Though I did manage to pick up a few NC items I spotted this rather delicious sounding body wash. Apart from the enticing cocoa butter name the fact it is also a Fairtrade item made it appeal more so I popped it into my basket along with my other items.
The body wash comes in an upright standing tube. The actual design is pretty standard fare with the access being via a flip top lid which is placed in this instant on the base. The tube itself is plastic but feels very soft and I had no doubt in my mind this would be easy to emit the contents from. The tube itself is mainly covered up with a stylish photographic image of cocoa beans (I assume) though there is a small part which is transparent and the cream is just about visible.
According the bottle the packaging is fully recyclable, though it's advised to check where before discarding appropriately.
I paid just £1.96 for this 200 ml sized tube though this was on offer and the RRP is a much higher £4.19
~My experience of using this~
I was really looking forward to trying this out in the shower later on the day of purchase as I was instantly under it's spell after removing the lid in the shop and inhaling the fragrant cocoa aroma.
I can really take or leave cocoa butter as sometimes it can be just *too* sweet and quite sickly scented but this had just the right balance and I couldn't wait to test it out.
On removing the lid I tried to squeeze a small amount out of the tube. Yes that's right I 'tried' and eventually a small blob did emit which I found disappointing as the softness of the packaging gave the indication that this would just ease out..
Once I did manage to disperse this it was suddenly back in favour with me just for the aroma alone. The cocoa butter essence is very prominent and smells absolutely edible (but it isn't so don't be tempted!) but like I mentioned in a previous paragraph it has just the right combination of sweetness without it being overbearing.
The consistency is quite thick - just as I expected it to be judging by the appearance whilst still in the tube, whilst the texture is very, very creamy. The colouring is that of a slightly off beige and paler in the 'flesh' than it looks whilst in the packaging though this isn't necessarily a bad thing.
Having applied this directly to my dampened skin whilst in the shower I started the meticulous task of creating a lather. This didn't seem to happen with the 5p blob I had used so proceeded to apply more..and more..
As much as I tried I could not get this body wash to lather up at all which was deeply disappointing especially as according to the blurb on the back of the tube it would indeed do this.
I carried on using this wash for the remainder of my shower as it was the only thing in close proximity though if there had have been another shower gel nearby it would have instantly been replaced!
I was disappointed on that first occasion of trying this out for the first time and admit I left it about two weeks before deciding to give it another go.
Having decided to try a much larger amount of this in one go this time I squeezed a ridiculous amount out of the tube as by now I was on a mission to get a lather - I was not going to be defeated!
I found this of course made absolutely no difference at all, and once again I found it difficult to wash myself with as the body wash just seemed to smear over the skin. It didn't 'melt' at all (let alone lather) and slipped around on the skin until it was rinsed off.
As much as I was looking forward to using this I have to say it was very disappointing in everything except the fragrance department. It not only didn't lather but it didn't feel as though it cleansed my skin enough which for a body wash is just not good enough despite how delicious it may smell.
My husband used this on a couple of occasions whilst showering and he agreed that it wasn't 'much cop' either so I knew it wasn't just me though the likelihood of using a shower gel wrong is going to be pretty low as it's not exactly rocket science is it?
No I wouldn't recommend this to a consumer as it just doesn't do what it is supposed to do. I don't feel too ripped off personally on this occasion as this was bought with vouchers as mentioned but if I had have paid the reduced price I would have felt dismayed and certainly if I had have paid the full price.
My personal opinion is this is not worth the £4.19 it regularly is sold at and I'm not surprised it was reduced at all. This is not a product I will buy again no matter how cheap it may be to buy in the future as it is just very disappointing though in it's defense it didn't leave my skin dry nor cause any rashes etc.
It just about gets one star for the gorgeous aroma but it's certainly not something I will be tempted to buy again..