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I love indulging in rich body butters and am a big fan of the Boots Extracts range. I was given a set of the Cocoa Butter for christmas, which included 200ml of the body butter, shower gel and body scrub.
The product comes in a round, clear tub with a purple lid. On the lid is a description of the product, a picture of cocoa beans and a label indicating that the product contains a fairtrade ingredient. The product states that it is organic and also sustainably sourced. I do find this to be a bit misleading as only the cocoa is fairtrade and organic, the rest of the ingredients are not. For this reason I will knock a Dooyoo star off the overall rating. On the back of the tub are directions for use, the product is dermatologically tested and there is also a wesbite www.fairtrade.org.uk that explains what fairtrade is all about, this I found quite useful.
Having a round tub is excellent as it allows you to get all of the product out without any wastage and this therefore means it is a bit better value for money. A 200ml tub currently retails at £7.95 on the Boots website, however, the overall Extracts range is often on the 3 for 2 deal so that makes it better vaule for money overall.
Inside the tub is a rich, thick and creamy body butter that soaks well into my dry skin providing it with much needed moisture. The body butter does not leave a greasy layer on my skin and it drys quickly, allowing me to get dressed witout having to wait for it to sink in. I find that I only need a small amount of the body butter and that it immediately makes my sking feel softer, more supply and well nourished.
The body butter gives off a lovely rich, creamy cocoa scent that lingers on my skin for a few hours after application, I like this, though, some may find that it would conflict with any perfume that they may apply. I like to use this product in the colder months, as it can be a bit heavy to use in the summer months. Overall I would recommend this product to others.
As a body butter this product is fantastic, however I like one of the other reviewers doubts whether all of the ingredients are Fairtrade. Reading the back it says that their Fairtrade Cocoa Butter is produced by communities in the Dominican Republic and traded fairly. That is great, but what about all of the other ingredients? and how much of the product is made up of Fairtrade? It seems that Boots have latched onto the idea that they can charge a much higher price (almost £8 for 200ml) if they say it's Fairtrade.
Anyway after that little gripe I'll talk about all the fab things. This body butter comes in a clear plastic tub with a screw top lid (as in the picture). The butter itself is really thick and doesn't move at all in the tub. It also goes a long way, so you don't need a lot to cover your whole body. It smells delicious, really nutty and it soaks into your skin reasonably quickly, after about 10 minutes, leaving you smelling almost edible. Once it has soaked in it doesn't leave your skin feeling sticky or shiny and it really does moisturise all of those dry bits like your elbows and knees.
As a body butter I think this is great and will continue to use it, even if it is £8 a tub, because it works so well. In terms of it's fairtrade status, obviously it meets the critera required otherwise it wouldn't be able to use the fairtrade label, however it's a bit unclear what these criteria are and how much of the product qualifies as fairtrade. Also just because it is fairtrade doesn't mean that it's made of all natural products, so don't think that's what you're buying......it's got plenty of chemical sounding names on the ingredients list.
So if you want a good quality body butter, go for it and don't worry too much about the other stuff!
This was a gift. I immediately opened it to sniff and loved the smell. It is gorgeous, really nutty and yummy smelling. I kept opening it throughout the day to have another sniff.
It is a good body butter, nice and creamily thickly solid like body butter should be. It will not run away if you turn the pot upside down and shake.
When you apply it, it smooths on quite easily. It doesn't leave your body greasy or oily looking but I wouldn't want to put clothes on immediately. It is a little tacky for 10 mins or so. Sometimes though I have put my pjs on straight afterwards because it isn't a dark colour that will stain them. The lovely smell stays with you.
I think it is the next day you can really feel the difference. I feel really pampered when I have put it on, it is very moisturising and my skin is much softer the next day. I tend to put it on once a week after a bath before bed.
I try to be fairly ethical when I purchase items and obviously the person who bought this for me picked up on that. But when I read the ingredients list I was a little bit dissapointed. I have used pure shea butter before and it was very good stuff so to read that there were 26 ingredients (of which three sound natural - shea butter, cocoa butter and sweet almond oil and of which two were fairtrade) made me feel like my friend may have been a tad cheated. The other ingredients included colours and perfumes and lots of chemically sounding names. I am not a chemist, but perhaps a bit of padding to make it cheaper to produce? That's the impression I got I'm afraid. Which makes the whole "fairtrade" thing seem a bit of a way for them to charge more for it. I would have liked to have known what percentage of the ingredients the two fairtrade ones were.
So I'm a bit torn, I do think it is a good product but I wouldn't pay the £7.92 it currently costs in boots. I don't think it is fairtrade enough to warrant such a price.
This years Christmas was great for me. Christmas present wise I got everything I asked for and much, much more besides. My mother always refuses to buy me too many toiletries saying I own far too much stuff already but this year she sucummed to me telling her off and this was an item that I had requested cos at £7.92 a pot (at the time of writing this review this is on poffer at any 2 from the range of products at £10.00) it isn't really one I would purchase myself as I think it is a little pricey and I tend to be someone who buys these such products with the best of intentions and then never use them after trying them out once!
The body butter comes in a round, clear plastic pot with a purple lid to the top of it with a label on it and on that label we are simply told that it is Boots 'Extracts' Cocoa Butter 'Intensively moisturises and hydrates, leaving skin soft and smooth' and that it contains Fairtrade ingredients and that the cocoa butter used within it is organic and the size is stated (which in this case is a 200ml tub and the only size I have seen this available to purchase in). On the base of the pot we are told a bit about the product, the ingredients are listed and we are told once opened to use it up within 24 months, we are told how to use it and contact details for Boots are given. It's a nice enough, informative yet tidy looking pot, suitable for males and females alike in its appearance and the lid is easy to open and close with a simple twist!
The Cocoa Butter:
First off lets talk about Fairtrade shall we? Fairtrade means that everyone who takes part in producing this product gets a good deal financially. Developing countries we take the ingredients from (or the products) are able to reinvest what they get so they continue producing things. I just wanted to clear that up and in a nutshell thats what it means!
The body butter itself is simply beautiful. Light cream in colour and rather thick you only need a very small amount per area of skin. It has a rich, sweet smell of cocoa butter which to me has a hint of coconut to it. It simply is really yummy!
You massage it into the skin (particulary dry areas) and it doesn't take hardly any massaging in at all. I am left smelling gorgeous for hours, no greasy residue is left behind just a really nice feeling of supple, slightly hydrated skin that after using this seems to glow with health.
I like the fact that is a none greasy feeling product, dries instantly allowing me to get dressed quickly after using it and I love the warm, rich fragrance of it too. I found this brilliant on my dry feet and generally it just helps my skin feel better to live in!
This is a nice everyday sort of moisturiser for any skin type in my opinion and I really do love this one! Good deal for the producers, great for me...ok the initial price may be a little offputting but as you don't need much per application it works out a good deal for me too in the longrun. Lovely!
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