Last year, on Christmas Eve, I caught my partner whispering to our daughter and they put their coats on and went out for a while. I pretended not to notice the big Boots bag he brought in and wasn't at all surprised when I opened lots of little gift-setty items the next day, one set being a selection of Boots Extracts body butters. This was actually a really timely choice of stocking filler as I'd had an epiphany and realised I was spending far too much money in Lush and the Body Shop, I had recently had to throw away around £40 worth of Body Shop butters after opening them and leaving them to go off - it wasn't so much that I was looking for cheaper alternatives, just general alternatives to see what other brands had to offer.
I really, really like this body butter and find it just as effective as the coconut version from Body Shop - I like the smell of this one better too as it's not as 'in yer face' rich.
It takes a while to absorb into the skin but there's nothing greasy about this body butter, it has a rich and creamy consistency which feels incredibly soothing as I massage it around my body - it's very easy to over-apply this and personally I'd recommend you scoop smallish blobs out of the pot and apply it in stages, it doesn't spread particularly well thanks to the very thick nature of the butter so beware lumping a load of butter in one area as if you do that it's pretty difficult to move it to an unbuttered area.
My skin feels absolutely lovely after I've used this body butter all over, the coconut aroma lingers delicately for a while but never becomes overpowering (a plus point compared to its Body Shop counterpart) and my skin drinks in all available moisturisation properties from the butter. I'm actually really surprised by just how moisturising this is, I've used plenty of body butters over the years but always return to my trusted Body Shop ones as others just haven't lived up to it in terms of how well they moisturise my (sometimes dry) body skin.
I apply my body butter (or lotion, or whatever I'm using that day) first thing in the morning immediately after I've showered, I love the fact that this one absorbs so quickly as it doesn't really add any extra minutes to my routine with the upshot of not being late for the school run on account of my body products! Hurrah!
A 200ml pot of Boots Extracts Coconut Body Butter costs £8 so not significantly cheaper than the same one from Body Shop - I prefer this one though so will continue to purchase it.
A while ago my partner's sister bought me a gift set of 5 body butters from the Boots Extracts range.
The body butters were cocoa butter, coconut, honey, brazil nut and mango.
I was excited to try them out, but I remember thinking at the time that they would last me ages.
I don't really see why companies make up gift sets with 5 of the same thing in. Earlier this year I even purchased an Avon eyeliner gift set, with 3 different coloured eyeliners in.
The mango body butter is probably the one that I have used the most, but I also really like the coconut body butter.
I tend to go for juicy, fruity scented products and I can't honestly think of another coconut scented product that I have ever owned, which I think is one of the reasons I took a shine to this body butter as it is something different for me.
~ Packaging ~
I have a 50ml pot of this body butter. It has a dark brown plastic lid. The pot itself is made from clear plastic so you can see how much product you have left before opening it.
There is a round sticker on the lid with, 'Boots Extracts Coconut Body Butter' written on with a picture of a halved coconut.
The Fairtrade logo is also on the sticker and underneath are the words, 'contains Fairtrade ingredients'.
All of the body butters in the Boots Extracts range contain Fairtrade ingredients and the Fairtrade logo is featured on all of the body butters' labels.
Around the outside of the label in small lettering it says, 'Fairtrade provides a better deal for producers in developing countries. Our coconut oil is organic, our cocoa butter is organic, sustainably sourced & Fairtrade.'
~ In use ~
The body butter is white in colour and it feels quite thick. It feels quite firm in the pot, but it is not as thick as other body butters I have used such as those by The Body Shop.
Once you apply it to your skin it is really easy to rub in. It absorbs into your skin straight away, which I was really impressed with.
The scent is sweet and creamy, but it isn't too strong or sickly. I love the smell of this.
The body butter leaves my skin feeling smooth and moisturised. The scent is quite subtle on my skin, but it does linger for a while after application.
I really don't need to use much of this body butter to get a good coverage on my skin. I have found that a little goes a long way with it and I still have loads left in all of my different tubs.
While I wouldn't say that the body butter makes my skin feel softer than it was to start, it does leave my skin feeling moisturised and more hydrated.
I tend to apply this after showering when my skin tends to be feeling quite dry and it always makes my skin look and feel better than it did before application.
~ Price and availability ~
A full size 200ml tub of this coconut body butter costs £8.00 in Boots or online at www.boots.com, but is often on offer 3 for 2.
~ Conclusion ~
I really like this body butter and I would definitely buy it again. I love the scent and it is really easy to rub in, which is really handy.
It leaves my skin feeling hydrated, smooth and refreshed.
I haven't tried The Body Shop's coconut range, but I am happy with this body butter and it is £5.00 cheaper , which is a bonus
Another of the body butters that I received in my collection by Boots was the Coconut Body Butter. As with all of the other butters in my collection, this one contains Fairtrade ingredients so it's good to know that you are benefiting others as well as treating yourself.
What does it do?
According to the lid, the product will intensively moisturise, hydrate and nourish my skin, leaving it feeling soft and smooth.
How does it work?
The butter has been made using both Shea butter and Cocoa butter. These are two of natures most hydrating substances and they are absorbed deeply by the skin. The butters nourish the skin with both vitamins and minerals, strengthening the skins barriers, removing toxins and allowing it to look younger for longer. It also contains nourishing Coconut Oil which makes the skin healthier. This ingredient makes the product unsuitable for those who suffer with a nut allergy.
How do you use the product?
The butter is to be used in the same way as any other body butter. According to the packaging, you need to smooth a generous amount of the product onto having a bath or a shower. You are advised to pay particular attention to the driest areas. You can reapply the product as often as necessary.
Packaging and Price
As with all of the butters in this collection, the product comes contained within a circular tub which has a screw top lid. The bottom of the tub is transparent so you can easily see how much you have left. The lid is a brown colour and on the front is a picture of a coconut that has been cut open. Because of the packaging, you will be able to easily access each drop of the butter so none will go to waste which is always good to know.
My pot only contains 50ml because I received it as part of a collection. The full sized pot will set you back around £7 and for your money you will receive around 200ml of butter. The butter can be bought from your local Boots store or from its online website.
Aroma and Appearance
The butter doesn't have much of an aroma unlike The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter, neither in the pot or on the skin. It does smell like Coconut but for a Coconut fan, it isn't really strong enough at all, and it the fragrance that is there is a little synthetic. One good thing is that as it is so faint then it wont be offensive to anyone so if you don't like an aroma to mix with your perfume, this would be fine. It is white in colour and it is the colour I would have expected from a product of this type.
The butter is very rich and luxurious but it glides onto the skin without an effort and it melts in the skin so you won't be massaging the product into the skin for ages. It doesn't leave a greasy sheen on the skin so it doesn't make you feel uncomfortable or sticky, even when it is first applied.
Only a small amount of the product needs to be applied in order to get the results you want and that includes the application to even the driest areas. It immediately makes my skin feel lovely and soft. I don't need to wait around before dressing and it won't mark your clothes or bedding so I can get ready quickly.
My skin does look and feel healthier and I have found that as with all the other butters in my collection, it works well on my knees and elbows really well and these are my pesky dry spots. I have found the results to be long lasting. I don't find myself needing to reapply during the day
I personally prefer a body butter with a lovely sweet scent like Soap & Glory's Righteous Butter and this butter doesn't come with much of a fragrance at all. If I was judging it on the softening and hydrating of the product then this butter works well. If you like lovely soft skin without having an aroma mix your perfume, then you should like this one.
With so many beauty products and companies flooding the market, from those that claim to banish spots, combat wrinkles, dry up oil and simply moisturise, it's difficult to know what to opt for as the choice is rather overwhelming. Over the years I've grown accustomed to Coconut Body Butter from The Body Shop, which is an all over body moisturiser, currently retailing at £12.50 for a 200ml tub. However, recently the expense has been making a more sizeable dent in my purse than I used to notice, so, wanting something just as good, without having to resort to Lush products, I ventured into Boots in the hope of finding a cheaper alternative, and the rest, they say, is history...
Boots do their own range of body butters which are decidedly similar to The Body Shop range (coincidence? I think not!), however, it's the difference in price that really sets these apart. The Boots range will set you back a slightly more reasonable £7.50, a whole £5 cheaper. Ok, so at £7.50, this isn't the cheapest moisturiser to ever hit the overcrowded market, however, one 200ml tub of this excellent product will easily last me around 2 months, with everyday use. So you're getting value for money, right?
So what is it that makes this body butter so special, I hear you ask.
Well, I like coconut, infact, scratch that, I *love* coconut, anything even faintly scented with the stuff will have me instantly attracted. For those of you who aren't so keen on coconut, there are numerous other scents available: from Cocoa Butter to Melon, there's something for everyone in this delectable range that's bound to please everybody.
For anyone that's used The Body Shops Coconut Body Butter, you'll be familiar with the sublime smell that treats your nose the second you've unscrewed the lid. Boots version is largely similar, however, the smell is a little more synthetic. Yes, the authenticity is gone, however, that's not to say that this body butter doesn't smell delectable. The coconut scent is ever present here and if you're not familiar with any other coconut scented products, then the somewhat artificial smell won't cause you to bat an eyelid. The smell lingers on your skin for hours - whether that's a good thing or not, the jury is still out on that one. You see, due to the synthetic scent, this body butter does have the tendency to clash with your perfume and the result becomes a bit of a mixed bag. If you're careful not to apply too much to the areas that you spray perfume (wrists, neck) then you shouldn't encounter too much of a problem, however, the blend of perfume/body butter creates something of a strange artificial concoction that will leave you smelling like you've just left a cosmetic testing facility without using a wet wipe. Nevertheless, you have to admire its staying power. I can apply this in the early morning and the smell will still be apparent by the time I get home in the early evening, it will of course be a very feint smell but it's still there nonetheless.
The body butter is white in colour and of a very thick, yet slimy consistency. The butter is suitable for the whole body, however, keep it away from your face, otherwise you may look like you've poured a bottle of cooking oil on your face - not a great look! The butter spreads admirably over your body, a little going a long way and it's rubbed into your skin with ease. Subsequent to application, you may need to wash your hands as often it does leave them very oily, although it's washed away with minimal effort and the smell still remains apparent on your hands afterwards.
Although scent wise, this may not rival The Body Shops more expensive alternative, it certainly comes up trumps in terms of moisturising abilities. The body butter leaves skin feeling soft and smooth all day, without leaving a greasy residue or a 'shine' to your skin. It works fantastically well on dry skin, adding moisture to leave it in peak condition and it won't leave you requiring subsequent applications throughout the day.
Overall I have to say that this is an excellent buy and although there are a few rather noticeable flaws when it's compared to the competition, it does the job just as well, for around £5 less and for that reason I have no qualms in recommending it to you.
Definitely worth a try, even just once.