Product Type: Boots Bath / Shower
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Boots Mediterranean Bergamot Wheatgerm & Basil Body Wash
Member Name: pearlydewdrop
Boots Mediterranean Bergamot Wheatgerm & Basil Body Wash
Advantages: Erm, I couldnt say really
Disadvantages: Stinks, reeks, smells, whiffs, pongs, hums.....
Some things in life I realise are good for me, but smell or taste disgusting, or are even painful to endure, and therefore require a bit of steely determination in their use; take tooth extraction, eyebrow plucking, drinking herbal tea, or swallowing dissolvable aspirin for example (urgh). However, when I take a shower or sink into a deliciously warm bath, I don't expect to hold my nose and tell myself to 'think of the benefits'.As far as I am concerned, bathtime is the domain solely of pleasant scents and decadence; no vomit inducing wiffs are permitted. So, imagine my disgust then when I attempted to try the somewhat unappealing sounding Boots 'Bergamot, Wheatgerm, and Basil Bodywash', and found that I was smothering myself in something akin to 'pesto' (not texturewise, just stinkinesswise). This product, I hasten to add, was a gift from someone, and since Im not a churlish person I was willing to give it a go-albeit with distinct reservations.
~What is this Product?~
This bodywash is one of a number of toiletries produced by Boots which claims to use organic, natural herbs, and fruits to cleanse and invigourate the body. In this 'Mediterranean' range, there are various fragrance combinations designed to give a more 'wholesome' and therefore less synthetic wash-time experience. I have used other products in the range, including:
-Nectarine, Vanilla, and Sugar Bath Cream ( £5.00, 500ml)
-Orange, Chamomile and Honey Bodywash ( £4.00, 200ml)
These two products were wonderful, delicately scented, and gentle on the skin. The 'Orange, Chamomile and Honey' bodywash is delicious, and I love smearing it over me in the bath. Its smells edible, but not in a sickly sweet way. My little girl loves it too, and it makes her young skin fresh and fragrant.
So, when my friend purchased the 'Bergamot, Wheatgerm, and Basil' bodywash for me, I thought "why not give it a whirl".
~What is this Product Used For?~
This is your standard daily bodywash preparation, useful for freshening your body after a nights sleep, or indeed preparing a weary body for a nights slumber.
It is contained in a 'squeegy' bottle, with a flip open black cap- presumably for ease of application when in the bath or shower. The contents are a pale, minty green colour-inoffensive, but unexciting you might say. The label depicts a dull looking piece of basil, and I would guess, a fruit from which the bergamot scent is derived. This 'fruit', on my container, is a lime green, which makes the label look quite unappealing and monochrome. I have noticed that Boots seem to have recently changed the colour of this fruit on their packaging to orange; perhaps they have realised that the label looks too 'foodlike', and not alluring to female clientele (most of us like a pretty label, huh?).
The main selling point of this product, I would think, is that it is organic, with largely natural ingrediants-the herbal and fruit based constituents of the wash are supposed to have a proven stimulating effect on the senses without resorting to excessive use of chemicals. The fact that it contains herbal extracts suggests that it is not intended only to cleanse the skin, but rather to medicate in various ways.
~What do the Herbal Ingrediants Claim to Do?~
This product contains 3 key, natural ingrediants, each with a specific purpose. Basil and bergamot are known aromatherapy oils, that can be used in massage, and in scent burners to medicinal and fragrant effect.
*Basil (Sweet) [Ocimum basilicum]*
Basil is spicy, sweet, and sickly to smell.
It has the following properties:
It is supposed to ease digestive discomfort, muscle cramp, and is a good 'nerve tonic' for anxious, overburdened minds. It revives in cases of menatl exhaustion, and is a useful inhaent for respiratory problems.
With this in mind, basil would presumably make a suitable addition to a bodywash that can be massaged into the abdomen area, or indeed inhaled for psychological effect during bathing.
*Bergamot [Citrus bergamia]*
Bergamot is recognisable by its clean, light, citrus scent.
It is believed to have the following properties:
Bergamot has a slight sedative effect, but is nevertheless uplifting emotionally. It is useful for stress and anxiety, and is beneficial to easing irritating skin conditions; ie, eczema, chickenpox, psoriasis, scabies etc...
As might be expected, bergamot can provide a pleasant and fresh citrus smell when used in bathing products, aswell as soothing aggravated skin.
Wheatgerm is, although quite dull in scent, quite a useful moisturising product which is full of vitamins to keep skin nourished.
~Is this a Good Product?~
I am going to rate this product according to the following criteria:
4)Value for Money
Of course, this is a personal opinion, and some people might actually feel differently to me.
1)This is a satisfactory product performance wise. It cleanses the skin, and moisturises adequately. It does not foam too well, but is an acceptable bodywash for daily, all purpose use.
2)Oh dear....the scent. This product, unfortunately smells quite vile. This, for me, is a big turnoff when assessing a toiletry. I know this is a rather small aspect of the products worth, but frankly its common knowledge that fragrance plays a huge role in stimulating pleasant memories,and sensations, and thus helping us to relax. The basil overpowers the lovely bergamot smell, and this is where the problem lies. Basil is a savoury smell, which is not really condusive to luxuriating in a bath. I dont like ponging like an Italian resturant before bed, or any other time for that matter. Basil, as far as Im concerned is to be tasted...not smeared on the body. It is too aniseedy and actually makes me feel nauseous. I handed this product to my husband, who got some satisfaction out of it, so perhaps it just aint a 'girl thing'.
3)The texture is very smooth-its essentially a cream consistency. Gloopy, with no 'bits' or roughness to it. This is fine, since it is intended to act as a wash and not a 'brush up'.
4)Value for money is subjective really, and dependent on if you like the product or not. I didnt, so 1 pence would probably be too much frankly. Boots would like £4.00 of your good money for 200ml of this dubious stuff, so purchase wisely. My recommendation would be to pass on this monstrousity and go for the excellent products Ive suggested earlier in this review. They are superior in almost every way.
So, my view is that this is not for the ladies...or at least not for this lady thanks.
Summary: A natural product with an unaturally vile scent