“ Brand: Boots Botanics / Type: Body Scrub / Subcategory: Exfoliator / Suitable for: Body / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Exfoliates, „
I have received the Bathing Enlivening Body Polish, part of the Botanics rage from Boots, part of a gift set for Christmas as a present. Though I normally I never buy any body scrubs because I make my own or I just use an exfoliating natural sponge, having it received as a present I though I might just as well give it a good try and finished it up, after all it does not smell bad at all.
The Botanics range is an attempt into bringing more natural ingredients into cosmetics by Boots. It is however an illusion as their products still have a load full of chemicals in them that I would much rather avoid and make my own cosmetics.
This Body Polish or scrub, however you like to call it, contains natural crushed apricot seeds and Centella as part of the active plant extracts.
After I took a relaxing bubble bath I scrubber the skin on my body with thisd product. Fist I used plastic gloves to protect my moist hands from the exfoliating beads after all I wanted to exfoliate my body and not the palm of my hands more.
The first thing that I noticed was the very faint scent, it has a rather green perfume sweet cologne combination to me. It is not offensive at all.
I though I could double the use of this product and use it to exfoliate my face in the bath also but I found the exfoliating beads far too little present in order to cover a good portion of my face so it can not actually be used for the face at all.
However as a body scrub it works very well, is mild enough not to hurt you skin but I could of done with more exfoliating beads in it.
I will not repurchase this, I do not think is a terrible product but for £3.99 a 200ml tube I can make myself far more nicer things, for example coffee beads work just as well or simply a body loofah sponge.
Being a thoroughly modern man personal grooming is very important to me, I do not spend many hours in the gym creating the body perfect only to be let down by the odd stray nasal hair or a patch of dry skin so I have always used an exfoliator at least a couple of times a week while in the shower. I would like to point out that I do shower more than two times a week as we are now rich enough to boil the kettle three times a week.
Anyway about a week ago I was not happy to find my usual Simple exfoliator empty on the side of the bath room. Obviously one of the ankle biters had used it instead of shower gel however under intense questioning I was unable to remove the butter would not melt expressions both chose to adopt so being a fair parent I blamed my daughter as there is some doubt that soap ever actually touches the body of The Boy.
Forced to visit the Milton Keynes Boots which has a manager who delights in endlessly moving the displays around to increase the time you have to spend in the store I was unable to find my usual brand or a member of staff so plumped for the Botanics Exfoliator which looked like good value at £3.99 for a 250ml pot.
However the one downside to this product is the packaging. It comes in a clear plastic pot with a silver screw lid. This means that while using it in the shower you have to dip your fingers in it which means that some water does get into the product and effectively waters it down and makes it quite sloppy to use if you prefer to apply it in using your hands. The only way around this is to use a wash cloth and run the risk of finding grit on the cloth for the next couple of days.
The marketing idea of the whole Botanics range is to utilize the power of plants which did bring back some adolescent nightmares after watching Day of the Triffids many years ago. In this particular product this means using quillaja extract to help cleanse and sooth the skin. The product is a light green in colour and contains microbeads to remove dead skin as well as the quillaja which is there to leave the skin feeling fresh and smooth. It has a gritty texture as you would expect and I did find it slightly runny even before the water got into it.
To be honest the smell is not the nicest that I have ever smelled, it has a slight citrus smell however there is also a slight hint of rubber to it, almost like a balloon smells. It is not very strong or repulsive but then neither is it very pleasant.
In terms of whether it is effective in doing its job then on the whole I would have to say yes. It rubs into the skin easily and it is also easy to rinse off. I also have found that a little does go a long way as I have been using it for about a month now and have hardly made a dent in the contents however at the same time it is not the most pleasant exfoliator that I have used and I certainly would not buy it again if I could only find my normal product made by Simple.
I cant say that I have noticed any significant improvement to my skin tone or feel however it is not any worse for using the product compared with other exfoliators.
In conclusion it is good value as at the current rate I have a good few months of use left out of it however unless it is on offer it will not be a repeat purchase s I do not like either the packaging or the smell.
I got this product from boots for £3.99 for 250ml. It is manufactured by Boots.
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