Product Type: Boots Body Care
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Love at first sniff
Boots Extracts Fairtrade Mango Body Butter
Member Name: MrsD76
Boots Extracts Fairtrade Mango Body Butter
Advantages: Gorgeous smell and moisturises skin beautifully
Disadvantages: A bit on the pricey side
Going up, up, up!
I have always liked these body butters as an alternative to the much more expensive Body Shop body butters. When they were first launched years ago under the Mediterranean brand, they were a fiver but, like everything else, the price has gradually crept up over the years and, following a rebranding to the Extracts range, a tub of body butter now retails at £7.92 for 200ml. Quite a hefty rise since the £5 days, but still cheaper than the Body Shop versions which come in at £12.50 a tub.
As all Boots bodycare products are currently on a three for two deal, I decided to give a few of these a try as I haven't used one for a while. One of the ones I selected was the mango version. Again, I love the Body Shop mango body butter but I was willing to try this out as a cheaper alternative.
The tub is flat and round with a screwtop lid. It's nothing exciting - the plastic of the main tub is slightly see through, and the lid is orange to reflect the fruity scented contents.
Unscrewing the lid for the first time (in the store - I won't buy products to put on my skin that I can't sniff first!), I was delighted by the delicious fragrance of this cream. It is a deep fruity scent which is more musky than sweet, and it has a definite delicious mango-ness to it! One sniff and I was sold, and in it went to my basket.
A wonderful moisturiser
Now anyone who has used the Body Shop butters knows that they are - in the main - incredibly rich, luxurious and deeply moisturising. So I wondered if the cheapo versions would match up (although, at nearly £8 these aren't exactly dirt cheap are they?!). At first touch, the cream is definitely thick and quite heavy, and to me it had a very slight gel-like feel to it (unlike the BS butters which are much creamier feeling). I wondered if this meant the product would be a little greasy, but rubbing it into my skin I was pleased at how easily it absorbed into my skin. Very little effort was needed which is always a good thing, and it really felt lovely and luxurious. I rubbed this into my skin from head to toe, and this cream left my skin feeling really soft and moisturised - it is one of those creams that really feels like it is giving some love back to your skin! After application there is no greasiness at all - skin just feels super-smooth. And the smell is really delicious and is up there with my faves.
This cream also has good staying power. If I apply it before bed, my skin still feels wonderfully soft the next day. You also don't need very much of the cream - a little goes a long way - so I think the tub will last a long time. As it is a thick cream I wouldn't normally use it on hot, sunny days but, as we aren't having any of them at the moment, I'm going to carry on using it for the time being! It is also a nice one to slap on before bed to give your skin some tlc.
Losing a star
All in all I am a fan of this body butter as you can tell. The only downfall for me is the price - although cheaper than the Body Shop body butters, at nearly £8 this is going to be unaffordable for some and may be seen as more of a treat than an everyday product. So it only gets four stars from me.
Boots Extracts products are organic, sustainably sourced and fairtrade. Other body butters in the range include vanilla, shea butter, Brazil nut and honey. Other mango-scented products in the Extracts range include a 400ml tub of sugar scrub for £7.92 and a body wash for £4.19.
Summary: I love this - but bag it while it's on offer!
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