Product Type: Boots Bath & Shower
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Another washout from the extracts range
Boots Extracts Fairtrade Mango Body Wash
Member Name: redhead78
Boots Extracts Fairtrade Mango Body Wash
Advantages: Contains some Fairtrade ingredients, easy to use tube
Disadvantages: Not all ingredients are Fairtrade, non-recycleable packaging, smells awful
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.
Summary: A big disappointment