“ Brand: Boots Extracts / Type: Body Wash / Subcategory: Shower Gel / Texture: Cream / Suitable for: Body / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types „
Having received a gift set of Boots Extracts products for my birthday earlier this year I've now tried and tested everything that was in it. It included three body washes, three body butters and a body scrub. Some of the products have been alright but mostly I've been pretty unimpressed with the set as a whole. A lot of it comes down to personal preference with regards to fragrance and, the gift-giver obviously not realising I prefer fresher, cleaner smells, this one is full of foody/fruity fragrances. The final item I tried from this set was the Mango Body Wash which we have just finished and so here is my review for it.
The body wash is a Boots own product so is available from their stores or online shop at a cost of £4.25 per 200ml tube. It can often be found on offer and is currently in their 3 for 2 deal which would make it slightly cheaper. As my tube was part of a set it only contained 75ml of the product but was still enough to last just over 2 weeks when being used every day by two people. As it was such a small tube we saved it for weekends away and camping trips to keep luggage to a minimun so in that respect it was very handy, so when I say it lasted over 2 weeks what I mean is it lasted more than 14 days but the days weren't consecutive!
The body wash comes in an upside down tube which stands on its flip top lid, making it much easier to get all the wash out from the tube without having to stand in the shower shaking it like an idiot for ages. The tube is translucent so you can see how much product is left inside and has a bright orange lid, presumably to represent the mango in it.
The front label claims that this wash gently cleanses, conditions and moisturises, leaving skin feeling soft and smooth. It also states that it contains Fairtrade ingredients and that Fairtrade provides a better deal for producers in developing countries. These claims have been made on each product within the range that I've tried and, to be honest, they've left me slightly disillusioned.
I am an avid supporter of living more sustainably and environmentally-aware and we actually live in a Fairtrade town, so am a big supporter of the scheme generally. But to me, if you're going to put the Fairtrade logo on your product and rely on it as a selling mechanism for that product then the whole product should be Fairtrade, not just the mango extract and honey. As it's a small tube a full list of ingredients isn't provided in this case, nor can I find them on the Boots website, but I feel pretty safe in asserting that mango extract and honey are not the only two ingredients in this body wash and so to claim that it is a Fairtrade product on the back of a small percentage of the ingredients, to me anyway, is a false claim. I imagine they have certain requirements to meet to be able to use the logo in the first place and can only assume that, Boots being such a large company, all standards have been adhered to, but it just doesn't seem right to me.
Whilst I'm on the subject, I would also expect Fairtrade products to be environmentally aware but the packaging for this body wash is extremely disappointing in this respect. It is made up of the tube and the lid. The tube cannot currently be recycled and the lid states that you should check with your local recycling. This really isn't good enough in this day and age both for a company like Boots and a Fairtrade product,
Anyway, on to the product itself. The body wash is used just like any other body wash or shower gel. I sweeze a small amount onto a shower puff and then rub the wash into my skin. As soon as you squeeze the wash from the tube you can smell the strong mango scent. If you like fruity fragrances then you'll probably love this one but, personally, it's not for me, particularly as it lingers for so long on my skin afterwards. When I come out of the shower I like to feel fresh and clean but if I come out of the shower and my skin smells like mango it makes me feel the opposite!
The body wash is a good consistency. It's not so thin that it runs off the shower puff before I have chance to apply it but nor is it so thick that it's difficult to get out of the tube or that it makes it difficult to apply. One thing I did find, however, is that it doesn't really produce any lather to speak of, which is another thing I like to get from a shower gel to make me feel like I'm really cleaning my skin. I like to see plenty of foam or bubbles but this one produced neither in any great quantity unfortunately.
The back of the tube does say that to get the best results you should follow use of this shower gel with the Mango Body Butter as well and, although I also received a small tub of that in my gift set there is absolutely no way I would have used them both together, purely because of the fragrance. Alone they are both highly fragranced and the smell lingers for a good couple of hours afterwards, so together I think it would just have been way too overbearing for me.
All in all I've been very disappointed with my gift set in general and this body wash in particular. Yes it gets your skin clean, but it doesn't leave me FEELING like my skin is clean due to the fruity fragrance and the lack of a lather. Whilst the tube is a sensible design for use in the shower, it's non-recycleable properties are very disappointing. I also think that this shower gel is very expensive for what it is, there are others out there that can usually be found for £1 when on offer that do a much better job and so it wouldn't occur to me to pay £4.25 for any shower gel, especially this one. I was going to award this body wash 2 stars but re-reading my review I don't think it deserves even that so unfortunately it only gets a paltry 1 star from me.
I got this as part of a set and it came with Mango Body Scrub and Mango Body Butter. One of the main things I like about this sort of gift is that it gives you a chance to try something different and not feel guilty about the cost. I don't know much about fair trade when it comes to toiletries but this is a fair trade product and according to the blurb on the back it is the honey and mango that is fair trade but nothing else is mentioned. It is dearer that many other shower gels of the same size but considering it is so nice and is fair trade it is worth it as a little treat.
The first thing I noticed was the smell and while it is not one thing or the other it is nice and quite sweet. It must be the honey that makes it like this as that is the nearest smell I could find. The body wash comes out of the tube very easily and is almost clear although there is a very slight mango coloured tinge. You don't need a lot of it as it lathers up really well if you use a bath scrunchy.
The tube says that the product moisturisers and this seems to be the case as my skin always feels soft after using it. I prefer to use it a while before I am going out as the smell does linger for a while and I would rather smell of my perfume when I am out instead of mangoes.
I was hoping that as Boots were doing fair trade they would also do recycling but this is not the case. It may be possible to recycle the orange flip top lid but the rest of the tube has to be thrown away. There is an economical aspect to it and that is the fact that it is easy to get excess product back into the tube as it just stops coming out and drops back in.
I am not sure yet how long this will last as I don't use the same product every day but I imagine it would be in the region of 35 to 40 washes. As the most recent price I have seen for the product on its own is £4.25 for 200ml that is only about 10p - 12p per shower. Although it is a good price anyway I will look out for it when it is 3 for 2 as that will make it even better.
I have given 4 stars and just take one off for the lingering scent.
I have only really just got around to using some products that I received not this Christmas but the one before that (people must think I smell because I always get so many smellies haha). My parents had bought me a set of Boots extracts products, one of which being this mango body wash. Having used the shea body butter within the same range and being distinctly unimpressed with its performance I had very low expectations for this body wash.
*** Price and availability ***
This is a boots brand and so of course is available from boots. The extracts range includes many products such as: body butter; body wash; bath cream; body lotion; body scrub; and sugar scrub. This body wash is only available in one size individually (other smaller ones may be available when included in sets) and is 200ml, retailing for £4.19. I personally find this quite expensive and price wise this doesn't compare well to a lot of other brands. I can only assume that this is because of the inclusion of fair-trade ingredients which does normally lead to a price increase.
*** The packaging ***
This body wash comes in a fairly bog standard kind of tube with a flip lid at the base of the bottle. The lid is a bright and appealing yellow/orange colour with the rest of the tube being transparent - always helpful to see how much you have got left. The majority of the tube is covered with a label, the front of which displaying a large picture of a mango still on the tree. Quite a lot of space is also given for more information about the fair trade ingredients along with the symbol that goes with this. The back of the label gives even more information - ingredients including those that are fair trade, directions for use, what parts can be recycled and that this will last up to 24 months from opening. I have to admit that even with the large picture on the front it isn't a particularly special or appealing bottle, just average. I do however like how much information is given on the back, nothing seems to be missing.
*** Fairtrade goodness ***
Personally I am not all that bothered about whether something is organic or fair trade and I definitely do not specifically seek out products like this, however I do feel slightly good about myself knowing that I am using something that helps those less fortunate. The fair trade ingredients within this body wash are mango extract (Derived from the mangifera indica fruit whatever that is) and honey. With such a huge message of being fair trade I would have expected more ingredients to be fair trade but according to the label all ingredients that can be fair trade are, so I guess that shuts me up! I am unsure of where the mango comes from but the honey is produced by communities in South America and buying this product helps to support their future prosperity. So far so good but I never see the point in using lovely ingredients if the product doesn't perform.
*** The claims ***
This body wash 'gently cleanses, conditions and moisturises, leaving skin feeling soft and smooth'. Not too bold a claim I don't think, but does the body wash live up to this?
*** The results ***
I have to admit that although I had low expectations overall I was expecting a very fruity and yummy smell, especially as I particularly love mango. I was not disappointed. This stuff smells good enough to eat! (Although you are warned that THIS IS NOT FOOD, just in case you forgot that this was a body wash and not something to munch on). I was slightly put off when I read that this contained honey because I absolutely hate it. The smell, the taste - it is just vile. Until I read this I thought that it smelt wonderful but after I knew it had honey in for some reason I didn't like it so much - but I don't think this is because it doesn't smell nice, it's just me being a little bit strange.
The body wash is a peachy kind of colour and is a gel consistency, not too thick or too watery and spreads very easily over a wet body. The directions for use suggest to ' massage a generous amount of Mango body wash onto damp skin and work into a lather, rinse well after use and gently towel dry'. I did need to use quite a lot of this to get a reasonable lather but then again I think that just because something doesn't foam up a lot does not mean that it is not doing its job properly. My skin definitely felt cleansed and refreshed after using so the lack of foam isn't a major issue for me. I also suspect that this would lather up pretty well on a body puff if this is a problem for you. After rinsing I was very impressed that I could actually feel some moisture on my skin as I really was not expecting this. I guess they suggest you towel dry so that this moisture isn't all rubbed away. After drying my skin felt soft and the smell did linger briefly although it was very subtle - this doesn't really bother me I wear perfume for fragrance not body wash.
I have also tried using this is the bath as to me I pretty much regard body wash and bubble bath as the same thing. My bath smelt amazing! Under the running taps this produced a good level of foam although admittedly it did not last particularly long but I don't tend to stay in the bath for too long so this didn't bother me at all.
*** Would I buy again or recommend? ***
I still think that this is fairly expensive for what it is and there are a lot of competitors who offer the same quality for a better price, although these may not include the fair trade ingredients. I am very pleased with this product and would consider repurchasing but to be honest I love trying different things so it may be a while before that happens. Although the instructions are to use a generous amount, I found that a typical amount was just fine so I can see this lasting me for a good month or so considering how often I use it. I would definitely recommend this and give it 4 stars (I have deducted one because I don't think the value for money is brilliant although it is very ethical).
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~*~*~*~* A present for me! *~*~*~*~
I received this as part of an Extracts Mango giftset which I bought - for myself - in the Boots 3 for 2 Christmas gift extravaganza. The set cost £10 (less if you bear in mind that I took full advantage of the 3 for 2 offer) and included this bodywash, body butter and body scrub. When you consider that this body wash alone costs £4.19 at full price, you will see that the giftsets are a pretty good deal!
The real reason I bought the giftset is that I love the body butter, so this seemed like a good deal to get to try a few other items for a only a few pounds more than the body butter costs alone. I would never personally spend £4+ on a shower gel - it seems very overpriced, and there are plenty of perfectly good shower gels out there around the £1 mark. But this was a way to try it out and I was more than happy to give it a go.
The body wash comes in a large squeezy tube (200ml) that sits on its fliptop lid. The packaging isn't that amazing - there are some simple graphics on the label and the lid is a distinctive orange colour to reflect the contents but other than that nothing special. The wash promises to clean, condition and moisturise.
~*~*~*~* Luxurious and delicious *~*~*~*~
Squeezing this out onto a body puff in the shower, this is a very thick, creamy gel which does have a quite luxurious texture - as it should for the price! And the smell is gorgeous - you can almost instantly smell the lovely, rich fruity scent, which is definitely mango and has a really lovely sweetness to it. To me, the scent is delicious and is exactly the same as the scent of the body butter, which is a definite bonus for me.
Applying this to damp skin, it lathers up beautifully into a rich, creamy wash, and really makes skin feel soft almost straight away with its lovely creamy texture. You don't need very much of this to get a full, thorough cleanse as it does lather up so well, and it washes away to leave skin feeling moisturised and clean. And that lovely smell really envelops you as you apply it to the skin so it's quite a pleasure to use in my little shower cubicle. Another plus is that even after drying off I can still smell the body wash on my skin, wish I find isn't always the case with other shower products and does, I guess, help to justify the price a bit! But as I tend to add the mango body butter after showering anyway I guess the lingering smell becomes less important.
~*~*~*~* A bit too pricey for me! *~*~*~*~
So I can't fault this product. It smells gorgeous, is lovely to use, it softens skin and leaves skin feeling moisturised and smelling good. But the problem for me is the price. I just can't justify spending over £4 on a shower gel, however nice it is, when I know I could probably get three or four perfectly good shower gels for the same price! So it loses two stars for the cost and I won't be buying this again unless I get another great giftset bargain!
I love the Boots post-Christmas sale - most of their Christmas gifts are half price. This year I bought a couple of sets from the Extracts range to share between my mum and myself, and one of the sets was Mango, including this shower gel.
The Boots Extracts range has a lot of products and scents which are comparable to the Body Shop, but at lower prices - this shower gel is priced individually at just over £4, while Body Shop shower gels tend to be £6. Having used the Boots Extracts scrubs and body butters before, this was the first time I had tried one of the shower gels.
Normally mango shower gels are orange in colour and transparent, so I was surprised to see that the Boots Extracts Mango shower gel is not transparent, more opaque, and a fainter shade of orange than usual. No matter though, it's not what it looks like but how it performs.
I always use a body puff with shower gel, as I find it helps build up a better lather. The Boots Mango shower gel lathered up nicely, although surprisingly I find I have to squeeze the tube quite hard to get it out - odd as I normally find tubes are easier to use than bottles.
The Boots Extracts Mango shower gel does a very good job of cleaning. It claims to be moisturising, and although I am not sure it actively moisturises your skin, I haven't suffered from particularly dry skin since i started using it, which is always a good thing.
However, the one downside for me is the scent. There is nothing wrong with the scent, it is very nice indeed, but it is very very faint, to the point that I barely notice the mango scent in the shower - I like mango products which leave you surrounded by a lovely summery scent. This was really disappointing as I was looking forward to a burst of fruity, summery fragrance to brighten up January mornings.
The Boots Extracts Mango shower gel is very nice, a good product for cleansing, but it is let down by that faint scent. While there is nothing inherently wrong with the product, the faint scent is enough to make me not bother with it again - there are better mango shower gels available.
A few weeks ago my mom was discussing what to get me for my birthday and what products I would like if she bought me a Bodyshop gift set. Well I happened to try and hint that anything from their Mango range was a sure thing to get me and it seems she took the hint because about a fortnight ago I found this 'Boots Fairtrade Mango Shower Gel' left on my bathroom shelf along with a load of other mango scented products - my mom had got a load for her birthday and was planning on chucking them away until Id sais I loved the scent - they arent quite The Bodyshop but I was very chuffed with my mango products. In fact now Ive been using this shower gel for a few weeks now I think I actually prefer this to the Bodyshop version! And its cheaper WOO!
Price: £4.19 - 200ml tube.
Stockists: Boots & boots.com
Other Info: Every ingredient in this shower gel is Fairtrade certified - for those of you who like buying Fairtrade products. Both the honey & mango contained in this shower gel is Fairtrade & organic.
This shower gel comes in a transparent, 200ml plastic tube through which you can clearly see the orangey/yellow gel. All over the bottle is any information you could possibly need: ingredients, directions for use, recycling information, shelf life etc and anything you wish to know about the Boots Fairtrade scheme is also on the tube. I much prefer that the shower gel comes in a tube instead of a bottle as it is much easier to get out when you wish to use some and you dont waste hardly any at all each time you want to apply it - Im a happy bunny packaging wise.
On the back of this it says use a generous amount each time you want to use this but I think if your using it on a shower puff only a small amount - around a 10p piece size worth - is more than enough to wash your whole body. This shower gel is quite thick - thicker than normal Ive found - but it seems to lather up really easy with minimal effort and it does create loads of bubbles. And the smell is absolutely gorgeous. I always thought I couldnt get a better smelling mango product than the Bodyshop's range but this one really does smell like the actual fruit - really sweet and fruity and with a very slight honey edge which makes the fragrance overall even nicer in my opinion - it smells gorgeous, really awakens my senses in the morning + the smell lingers on my skin for hours after Ive dried off so brilliant all round in my opinion. I definitely recommend using the matching scrub & body butter alongside this too make the smell last even longer.
This for me does everything Im looking for from a shower gel and more. As claimed it leaves my skin feeling fresh and clean for ages after after Ive used it but it also makes my skin feel really soft and smooth without even using any extra body butter - I chose to but after using this I dont think my skin REALLY needs it. Ive been using this on and off now for a good few weeks and my skin definitely feels and looks better for using this so I would highly recommend it to everyone as it really does work wonders and its Fairtrade so your doing your bit by buying this. Treat yourself - I love this daily mango treat.
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I was given this as a little gift from my mum a month or so ago. I'm a huge fan of the boots extracts range as I love their simple natural scents, and also because the range uses fairtrade ingredients. Whilst I'm not a fair trade crusader, if a product I already like happens to be fairtrade, this can only be a good thing!
It comes in a nice 200ml transparent squeezy tube, with a flip cap at the bottom . The flip cap is flat which allows the product to be stood on it's end, and I like that the packaging is transparent as it allows me to see when this is starting to run out, as the bright orange gel is clearly visible .
The smell of this is wonderful - rich ripe mango, and nothing out. It's such a simple fragrance, but sometimes it's nice to have something with a single powerful scent than something overly cluttered and complex - and for me, morning showers are just such occasions .
I love to use this in the morning, it's such a lively scent and really makes me feel happy and awake. This is easy to squeeze from the tube, and it's quite thick. It lathers up really nicely, leaving me feeling very clean and refreshed after using .
I can't really say that this has any other effects than making me lovely and clean - it doesn't moisturise, exfoliate, or any of that stuff. It's a simple body wash, and it does what it needs to . A tube of this lasted me nearly a month with daily use, so I think that for the price, £4, it's worth every penny .
I first tried the Boots Extracts Fairtrade Mango Body Wash when it was on offer last year and since then I have bought other items from the range too.
The nice thing about buying something like the Mango Body Wash, apart from the fact that its a decent product of course, is that many of the ingredients in the product are 'Fair Trade' items.
For around £4 or so you will get 200mls of the Mango Wash, although there are regular in store offers with deals like 1/3 off the normal prices etc. So if you try the product and like it, next time do look out for those price reductions, so that you get even better value for money.
The wash comes in a squeezy tube which has a plastic flip top lid. If you stand the wash upside down on its lid, the wash concentrates towards the lid area, making it easier to squeeze out as much or as little of the product as you need. The Mango Wash container has a 'Mango' Shaded lid to match the contents of the brightly coloured contents.
Best results are to be had when using the Mango Wash with a shower/ bath puff. Using a shower puff means that you need to use far less of the product, whilst getting loads of really lovely foamy bubbles. Just use a small amount of the wash on the wet shower puff and massage into damp skin, to work up a good lather.
As the fragrance of the Mango Wash is quite fragrant, being both fruity and zingy, it feels very refreshing and awakening. According to the product info, the natural sugars from the mango extract can help to moisturise the skin. The added shea butter also has really good moisturising and skin softening properties too.
The 'Fairtrade' shea butter in the wash, is also is used in many of the complimentary matching body butters in the Boots Extracts range, including the matching Mango Body Cream. The lovely fruity community traded mango extract in the wash comes from Burkina Faso in Africa. It contains natural antioxidants, which Boots say can help to protect your skin from so called 'signs of ageing', well very little helps!
I really like that fact that the product is made from community traded ingredients and that its not just the people buying and using the wash that are benefiting from it.
Every time you run out of the wash and need to buy some more, you are doing your bit for the people who took the time and effort to farm the ingredients. Well done to Boots for coming up with a lovely ethically made product.
** The product **
Boots Extracts Mango Body Wash is part of the Boots Extracts range, whose unique selling point is that it contains organic and fairtrade ingredients and is "developed to make a difference". Buying this product will apparently help support the future prosperity of communities in South America (it doesn't say on the tube which countries are being supported). While I'm always a bit sceptical about such a claim (how much of a difference will it really make?) I don't think it's necessarily a bad idea either. So there we have it: this body wash contains organic, fairtrade mango extract and fairtrade honey.
The product is supposed to gently clean and moisturise the skin, leaving it smoother then when you got into the shower!
** Packaging **
This gel comes in a practical see-through, flip-top tube with a photo of a mango on it. Nice and natural-looking and easy to see how much product is left. The tube itself is not recyclable; the cap is.
** My opinion **
A totally scrumptious product, it is supposed to last 24 months once opened but lasted about 5 minutes in my home. Having eaten a mango for breakfast this morning, I can safely say that it doesn't smell like real mango, but rather an idealised version of the fruit, with a sweet hint of honey. Never mind that the fragrance isn't 100% accurate though - it's still delicious.
The gel foams up really well and is a joy to use: creamy and rich. It's certainly gentle too - my sensitive skin had no problems with this. My skin actually felt moisturised after my shower and the scent was still detectable on my body - a rare thing with most shower products, I find. My only slight niggle would be that it takes quite a lot of rinsing off, but I think that's a small price to pay for such a lovely product.
** Price **
Available from Boots for £4 for 200ml.
Boots Extracts mango body wash is a product I would most definately recommend to my fellow dooyooers!
Not only is this product quick, easy and effective it promises a whole lot more.
First off I must point out this is a Fairtrade product. It is produced by communities in South America. I like the thought of helping out where I can and if purchasing a product that will give a better deal and future prospects to those in developing countries then wonderful, all the better!
The packaging is in a squeeze style bottle making the body wash accessible even near the end as the lid is at the bottom. The lid is a yellow/orange colour and the front has an enlarged mango picture across it making it look appealing and "healthy".
This 200ml container goes a long way as the body wash lathers up nice and easliy. It smells gorgeous, almost edible. Retialing at around £4 it is a little pricey, keep a look out for offers as Boots often have 3 for 2's etc.
So what does the product say?
"Gently cleanses, conditions and moisturises, leaving skin feeling soft and smooth"
"Honey is used in the Boots Extracts range because it helps bind our skin. "
"Fragrant and softening body wash containing mango extract derived from the mangifera indica fruit"
Does it work?
I love using this product and would most definately say that after reading the above and using the product I would agree. My skin feels soft and smooth and very fresh. It smells great, as do all the other products in this range. This product feels especially good if followed by their body butters, mmmm bliss!!
I received a tube of this fruity body wash at Christmas as part of a gift set with a brazil nut body butter.
I must admit that not being a fan of fruity flavours when it comes to cosmetics and beauty products, I wouldn't have chosen this for myself. However, I am always pleased to try a new product out, so this morning I thought I would give it a try.
The packaging is bright and cheery and clearly shows the fairtrade symbol so you can shower with a clear conscience. A good idea by Boots I think, teaming a fairtrade product with a range that focuses on natural ingredients to make us all feel like we are eco warriers and all round nice cuddly people whilst we are getting ready in the morning.
The body wash itself smells very fresh and, well, mango like as you would expect. It also contains honey, but I am pleased to say that I couldn't smell any trace of that - I can't stand honey, so that would have completely put me off!
The body wash isn't as rich and creamy as I would like, and yes did lather up to give some nice suds, but nothing overly special. The wash is supposed to condition and moisturise, but I can't say that my skin felt any softer after application. The smell of mangos was pleasant and fresh, and not too sweet.
As a bog standard shower gel, I think this product works just fine, but it is nothing special. At £4 for 200ml though, I think it is too pricey for a shower gel that is just OK.
Come on Boots - we love the fair trade, but just get a product to match the price and then you are on to a winner!
I received a tube of this body wash as part of a Boots Extracts gift set at christmas. I am already a fan of this range, having tried quite a few of the items in the past and always been impressed. I was also pleased to note that they have now gone down the Fairtrade route with the range and this product has the mark on the front of the bottle.
The tube itself is of the thick, squeezy bottle variety with the opening at the bottom so that the gel is always easy to get out. Within the flip top lid the opening has quite a strong suction to it which means that if you squeeze too much out you can just stop squeezing and it will suck the excess back in which is very handy and prevents wastage.
The actual body wash itself smells absolutely amazing (and I would expect no less from this range), like very ripe, sweet mangoes. The gel is a pale orange shade and its quite thick, on contact with water it very quickly creates a mass of silky lather and it feels very luxurious on your skin.
I find that my skin is very soft after using this body wash and the smell of mangoes lingers for a long while afterwards which is nice. Because it lathers so readily, a little goes a long way and I estime that this 200ml bottle will probably last me about a months worth of daily showers, making it pretty good value as a quality product.
The 200ml bottle sells for £4 full price but Boots frequently have this range on offers such as 3 for 2 so you can pick it up a bit cheaper.
I really like this body wash and enjoy using it, it is certainly an item I will be purchasing again as a treat for myself as I know you can pick up shower gel for a lot less, but the quality and the pleasure that come with using this make it worth that little bit extra in my opinion.
The Extracts range from Boots is one of the first complete ranges of beauty care products to be certified as containing Fairtrade ingredients.
It is made up of 32 products including body washes, bath creams, body butters, body scrubs and lip balms, with extracts of plants such as rosehip, nectarine, vanilla, almond, cocoa butter and of course mango.
I received the mango body wash as part of a gift set for Christmas. It's a small 75ml plastic bottle with a flip lid. It's also available as 200ml size which costs £4.00- pretty pricey for a shower gel I think, but then this is a body care range with a difference, (Fairtrade, remember?!). The sticky label on the bottle shows a close up of a mango plant, with clear bright white text telling you what the product is and what it claims to do- 'gently cleanses, conditions and moisturises, leaving skin feeling soft and smooth'. There is also the all important Fairtrade symbol, which stands out proudly and clearly. On the back is a bit more about the product- where they've sourced the mango etc, and directions for use. The bottle is practical and informative, but rather boring to look at if I'm honest- I don't know if it would have caught my eye had I been browsing the shelf in store.
But what about the actual product? Well, it smells really quite delicious, and I personally don't even like mangos! The smell is subtle and fresh rather than sickly, and isn't overpowering which is good. It leaves the bathroom smelling lovely after showering, and it does leave a subtle scent on the skin, but you have to sniff closely to notice it! I don't mind this as I usually use body lotions and sprays afterwards anyway which would cover up any lingering scent.
The body wash is a nice light peachy colour cream which lathers up nicely- not too heavy, but enough of a lather to shave legs etc! The product claims to moisturise (it contains honey because it helps to bind moisture to the skin) and I would agree it does- in the Summer I would imagine that a good wash with this would be moisturising enough for me, but I like to give my skin extra nourishment in the Winter with a body butter. This didn't leave any dry patches though, even after shaving, which is a good test.
I would say the biggest selling point of this product, and the entire range, is that it is Fairtrade, and Boots have worked with its ingredient suppliers to trace the supply chain back to the original producers to ensure they get a fair price for their products. However, Fairtrade doesn't just mean paying a fair price; it's an entirely different way of doing business that helps people in the world's most marginalised communities escape poverty and promote sustainability.
I hadn't realise until researching Fairtrade products with my class that there are so few Fairtrade beauty products available- in fact Boots was one of the only brands I'd heard of, and have the largest range by far. I try to buy Fairtrade food products and clothing when I can afford to, so it makes sense to carry this through to beauty products also.
Would I buy this again? At £4.00 for a regular sized bottle I really don't know, as I don't usually spend that much on a shower gel, but I would definitely consider the range for gifts and treat buys! If you usually fork out on The Body Shop, Lush and other higher priced brands, and believe in beauty with a conscience, then this range is a must.