Product Type: Boots Natural Collection Bath / Shower
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Boots Natural Collection Strawberry Bath Cream
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Boots Natural Collection Strawberry Bath Cream
Advantages: Gentle on skin - Lovely bubbles produced..
Disadvantages: The fragrance didn't last..
I recently made a purchase of several items from the Boots Natural Collection on eBay, the item being a mixed lot of several body care items from this brand. Among the items in the lot was a miniature bottle of the "Boots Natural Collection Strawberry Bath Cream" and this review outlines my experiences of using this product.
The small bottle of bath cream that I have is a miniature version, presumably obtained from some gift set or other, but the full-sized bottle of the product currently retails in branches of Boots for £2 and is also available to purchase online at their website (www.boots.com).
I believe there are three assorted fragrances of the Natural Collection bath creams to choose from, including a Vanilla option.
I won't go on too much about the packaging for the product as my miniature version differs from the full-sized bottles. I also believe that the Boots Natural Collection has had a bit of a 'facelift' in recent times and so my own version of the product's packaging is slightly out-dated as a result.
The product itself remains unchanged, and consists of a bright red coloured liquid that is quite thick in its consistency, which is normal practice with a bath 'cream' type product in my experience. There is a sort of noticeable 'pearly' sheen evident in the thick red liquid which is apparent even before it is poured from the bottle. Opening the bottle to smell the product's aroma, I am met with the most gorgeous scent of strawberries which is extremely inviting.
Thankfully, this beautiful fragrance is extremely noticeable as the product is added under a running tap. The robust aroma really takes hold as it develops in the bathwater, and my bathroom is quickly filled with the gorgeous scent of fresh strawberries. There is a noticeable sweetness in the product's scent and I find this is usually the case with most fruity fragranced products, particularly those that are 'berry' type fragrances as indeed the natural scents of these ingredients are very sweet. The fragrance is very welcoming and refreshing, and I don't find there is any noticeable 'sickly edge' evident from the scent, which would probably make it feel over-powering.
I find that two generous 'dollops' of the bath cream - perhaps about the size of a 50p coin each - squeezed from the bottle under a running tap produces an abundance of foamy bubbles on the bathwater's top layer. This is more than ample for my own requirements, but I would assume that more of the product added to the bath would produce more bubbles if this was your preference. The bubbles created are delicate to the touch as you would expect, and the bathwater feels rather luxurious as a result of their presence.
Unfortunately, this is where the good news ends.
I find that the gorgeous aroma I had experienced whilst the bath was filling is nowhere to be found as I soak in the foamy bathwater. Extremely disappointed, I gingerly sniff the bubbles that have become attached to my skin but this proves fruitless (pun intended!) as their beautiful scent has unfortunately dissipated, leaving behind no trace that is easily detectable.
Similarly, when I am drying myself after bathing, I cannot detect any trace of the product's gorgeous fruity aroma on my skin, which is extremely disappointing and a real let-down. What was robust and full-bodied in its initial appearance is now faint, almost invisible and I am left completely disappointed as a result.
As a result of the disappointing results achieved from the bath cream, it has been demoted to being a basic 'everyday' bath time addition, rather than being anything that feels special or worth keeping for my 'pamper time' and its sole purpose is now to add a little bubbly lather to my bath whilst I use up the remainder of the small bottle. To be fair, for the low price that the product costs I had not expected the product to be particularly luxurious or anything so I was rather surprised at the high quantity - and quality! - of the foamy bubbles it produced in the tub, which exceeded expectations. Unfortunately, this could not be said of the product's aroma which disappeared rapidly and completely when the product was added to the bath.
Another plus point however was the fact that I experienced nothing in the way of irritation or aggravation to my sensitive skin from using this product. Similarly, the product caused no unpleasant side-effects to the dry skin and eczema that I suffer from, so I do think it carries a rather gentle and mild formulation.
In case it hasn't been clear until now, I felt rather disappointed at this product and it is not one that I would repurchase for myself. I didn't expect it to be particularly luxurious, but I did expect to be able to witness the gorgeous aroma of the product as I soaked in the tub, or afterwards, which would have been a bonus. This was nowhere to be found and as a consequence, I felt completely disappointed. Thus, I feel the product is really only deserving of a two star rating.
Summary: I wouldn't buy it again.
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