“ Brand: Boots / Type: Body Butter / What it does: Enricheses „
When sorting through all of my things lately and trying to find space for all my lovely Christmas presents I stumbled across a product I was actually given last Christmas but somehow hadn't got around to using yet. This product is boots extracts shea butter body butter and I must say I was quite excited to use it as I hadn't used any of their extracts products before but had used their natural collection products and had been impressed with those.
=== Price, packaging and availability ===
I personally have a smaller version than the full size as mine came as part of a set - my body butter being a 50ml tub. The full size contains 200ml of product and currently costs £7.92 which I think is a little overpriced considering the same sized tub of body butter by soap and glory is around £10 and I think the difference in quality between them is huge. The body butter comes in a tub with the usual screw on/off lid and some basic information given - name of the product, what it should do and quite a large focus on the lid is that it contains fair-trade ingredients. I have to admit that personally I am not really all that bothered whether there are fair-trade or organic ingredients, I am far more interested if a product works or not, but I guess it is a bonus. The bottom of the tub tells you that this product can be used up to 24 months after opening which is a pretty large shelf life. I am not really a fan of the tub for packaging and feel that this would be much better if it was in a squeezy tube. No matter how hard I have tried I can't seem to avoid some of the thick butter getting under my nails. I can't stand the feeling of it and this alone almost puts me off the body butter.
=== What is it supposed to do and does it work? ===
According to the bottom of the tub this is a nourishing and hydrating body butter containing shea butter derived from the butyrospermum parkii fruit (not a clue what that is!) and should be used after a bath or shower, applying generously to dry areas. So does this work? The first thing I would like to point out is that I absolutely hate (and hate is a strong word) the smell of this butter. It is just horrible (in my opinion, of course others may like it), I don't even know how to describe it, it is just nasty. The horrible smell aside, I was still reasonably excited to use this product as I always thought shea butter was supposed to be a fantastically moisturising butter. When I first put my fingers into the butter I was very disappointed by the texture of it. While I do expect a body butter to be creamy and reasonably thick, which this one definitely is, it feels very unpleasant. It is far too thick and hard to rub in, unlike my Soap and Glory body butter which just seems to glide in and absorb very easily. It took a lot of effort to rub this in, even on more dry areas. After a while I felt the skin where I had rubbed in the butter and wasn't really surprised to see that it hadn't particularly sunk in at all as I could feel it sitting uncomfortably on my skin. When I felt my skin I also noticed it had a horrible greasy oily feeling. In the end I took this off as it just felt so awful on my skin. I am extremely glad that I received this as part of a set and hadn't personally wasted my money on this (but I have to say some of the other products I received in the set from the same range are actually very nice) and would definitely not recommend it to anyone. The only good thing I feel I can say about this product is that it contains fair-trade ingredients. Having said this I feel this positive is kind of levelled out by the fact that the product doesn't work (and I don't personally see the point in using such ingredients if the product has a poor performance). I therefore give this body butter just one star, and this is purely because I can't give it none.
=== The good ===
* There are no good things about this body butter whatsoever - I would recommend buying something else.
=== The bad ===
* Poor value
* Poor product
* Too thick
* Hard to rub in
* Leaves a horrible oily/greasy residue on the skin
=== Final word ===
I would avoid and buy something else instead - I highly recommend soap and glory. Thanks for reading.
The Boots Shea Butter is an item I received as part of a Boots gift set last Christmas. The product is packaged in a plastic, circular mini tub, with a screw on lid, which is very easy to open. The body butter itself is very thick, and if like me you have long nails, getting it out of the tub is slightly troublesome as it gets into your nails. I also found it quite difficult to get a good amount of butter out, without digging my fingers right into the tub. As I have dry skin, a thin layer is not enough to hydrate it, so a lot of the butter is required before it fulfils its purpose.
When applying this to my skin, particularly stomach and back area, I found the butter felt uncomfortable on my skin, which I believe was mainly due to the texture of the butter, whilst it is soft, it feels thick on the skin and ever so slightly sticky, my skin much prefers lotions. I decided instead to start using it on my feet, particularly the heel which gets very dry. I applied a fair amount of it on my heels, once a day for about a week, and found that while it smoothed the dry skin, the cracks in my heel did not heal, I have continued using it for a few weeks since, and continue to find that the dry skin feels soft, but is still visible...ie: it looks like dry skin, even though it isn't! I found that it worked a little better when used alongside other foot lotions.
The colour of the butter is light beige, and when I opened the tub it did remind me of butter that you spread on toast, of course that could be psychological as it is called butter. The butter smells sweet, with a tinge of something else that dulls the sweetness. I personally like the smell, but I still would not recommend this product, whether to be used on foot or body, whilst it does soften the skin, there are better lotions and creams that work just as well on dry skin and feel comfortable when applied, and are cheaper, but it was interesting to try something new.
The shea butter I own, is contained in a 50ml tub, which does not last long if you have dry skin as you would need to apply a lot of it at any one time. Boots website advertises this product in a 200ml tub for £7.75.
** What is it? **
A moisturising body butter that, according to the packaging blurb, will nourish an hydrate the skin. It is recommended that you use it after a shower or bath, smoothing it onto the skin and paying special attention to particularly dry areas.
** Packaging **
The body butter comes in a flat, sturdy, transparent plastic pot (which is recyclable) with a dark-pink screw-on lid, which fits tightly and means that there is no danger of the contents leaking, even if you're carrying it around.
** Application **
On removing the lid you're immediately hit by a warm, sweet, creamy-biscuity fragrance (Fox's Classic to be exact, at least, that's what I think it smells like!). The butter, which is a very pale brown, is fairly solid as body creams go but is still really easy to scoop out of the tub and spread over the skin. It melts into my skin really quickly and there's no trace of the greasy film that some body butters can leave behind. In fact, the first time I used this I was really pleasantly surprised at the speed with which it sinks in. I only needed to wait about a minute after application before getting dressed, and nothing rubbed off on my clothes.
** Does it do what it's supposed to? **
Definitely. It is a fantastic product. Since Christmas I've been using this almost every day after my bath or shower, in conjunction with a body scrub a few times a week, and I can honestly say I don't remember when my skin was last in such good condition. The skin on my arms has become incredibly smooth and my legs, which are quite sensitive, have not shown the slightest hint of irritation, even after shaving.
** Price **
The product costs £7.50 for 200ml, which, while not cheap, is completely worth it in my opinion, especially since it contains fair trade and organic ingredients. It will keep for 24 months after opening, but my first 200ml pot only lasted about 4 weeks as I liked it so much!
** Conclusion **
A yummy, sweet-smelling, indulgent body butter that melts into the skin and leaves it soft and supple.