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According to the packaging this scrub contains natural scrub particles to intensely exfoliate, leaving skin smooth, bright and feeling rejuvenated.
This scrub does smell lovely with a rich cocoa butter scent. When I first scooped out some of the thick sugary scrub and applied it to my skin, it took a few attempts to exfoliate successfully as the scrub goes slightly lumpy when you try to rub it in and it feels almost as though I was trying to exfoliate with porridge. I did finally manage to rub it in by using a small amount and rubbing it in before moving further along. It was easy to rinse off though.
The scrub did leave my skin feeling soft, but this is one of those scrubs that I found left a film on my skin. I know it’s probably to boost the moisturising properties promised on the packaging but I don’t like any scrubs that leave a film on my skin as I just feel like my skin is oily and greasy. Even after washing twice with my shower gel, I could still feel the film on my skin.
Would I recommend?
I wanted to like this scrub. I loved the scent of it, and the initial texture was promising, but the greasy film that it left in my skin is horrible. I just didn’t feel clean after my shower, even though I tried twice to remove the film, it was still there. When I got dressed after my shower, my skin still felt oily and rather than this leaving me feeling refreshed, I just felt dirty. I really can’t recommend this scrub as it is just too greasy. It was a very promising scrub, but it didn’t live up to my expectations.
Ironically, the body butter that I also got as part of this set is definitely the nicest body butter that I have ever used, such a shame that this product that is designed to be used in conjunction with the body butter was such a let down.
Price and Availability
This is a Boots own product, so it is only available from Boots stores or from Boots.com. It normally costs £8 for a 400g tub but is also available in some gift sets. This is also often on the 3 for 2 offer in Boots.
I really can't recommend this scrub. It doesn't leave my skin feeling very exfoliated after use and if anything it just leaves my skin feeling greasy and not very clean. Particularly with the high price, I had expected a lot more from this scrub. I have read other reviews from people who think the oily feeling is great and adds moisture to the skin but I don't like scrubs that leave me feeling dirtier after using it than before. However, if you are one of those people who like these sorts of scrubs then this one is definitely for you.
I got this as part of a box set recently from Boots which included this sugar scrub, the body butter and the body was for £10 which I thought was a bargain, unfortunately the body butter is the only one worth having!
The first time I used this sugar scrub I wasnt too sure about it, now a few weeks later I definitely do not like it at all, so much that I have given it away to a friend to see if they can use it as I think it is just awful!
The scrub itself comes in a nice looking flat rounf purple tub with a screw off lid. I find this quite annoying when in the shower as I tend to get a lot of water in the tub that runs off my arms and hands when trying to scoop some out. The scrub itself is a strange consistancy, its quite solid and feels a bit like butter with gritty bits it in. The first time I used it I thought I had used too much and not rinsed it off well enough as my skin felt greasy and oily even after I had got out the shower and dried myself, after using it a few times though I have realised this is just the product. As I said it is quite solid and firm in texture, so much so that it stays this was and seems to mould to your hands when trying to rub it into your skin, no matter how little I use. It does really seem to 'scrub' my skin either, there are little sugary particles in it to do the scrubbing, but the stuff they are in is so thick that they dont seem to have any effect on my skin. It is also very hard to rinse or was off, and no matter how little I used I always end up with an oily residue on my skin, I find that if I run my nail over a part of my skin that I have used the scrub on, there will be a build up of creamy coloured greasy stuff under my nail. This scrub does smell really nice when using it, but the smell doesnt stay on the skin after use either. My final criticism of this is that it also leaves an oily/greasy residue in the shower or bath after use to, its particularly bad if you use it whilst in the bath as the bath needs a good clean afterwards.
Overall I wouldnt recommend this product at all, it doesnt scrub and its very oily and greasy - its not something I will ever want to buy or use again!
I am a huge fan of the Boots Extract range - all of the products smell so lovely, I think this is the main selling point for me.
This Cocoa Butter Body Scrub is really nice, as soon as you open the tub the smell hits you. At first I was a bit like, 'EUGH, this is a horrible, gritty feeling!!' But once the scrub is properly applied you're left with a nice smell. I usually apply this during a shower/bath normally twice a week (the scrub that it, not a wash ;p). Although it's gritty it isn't very uncomfortable or horribly itchy, it's fine once applied and rinsed off fully. It can leave the skin abit red but by the time you're out and dried off and dressed the redness disappears.
Although the smell is really nice it doesn't last all day, whith some products you get a wiff of that smell when you're at work or out and about. But when I've used this I only smell it while I'm washing, unfortunately the smell doesn't linger with this product.
I've noticed a difference in the silky, smooth feel of my legs - and they seem a bit healthier looking - as before I just has milk bottle legs - but not so white anymore.
I only usually buy these products at Christmas when they have 3 for 2 offers because they are fairly expensive for moisturisers/exfoliators. I think, from memory, the price is around £7-8 for a tub of 700ml.
Boots Extracts Cocoa Butter Sugar Scrub is, I think, the first and only sugar scrub that I have used. I bought it on a whim when looking for a body butter for my mum; I've been hooked on the Body Shop Cocoa Butter scrub for years, but at a larger size and a much lower price (£7.50 instead of £12.50), the Boots scrub seemed worth a go.
Opening the tub there is a noticeable smell of cocoa butter, but I find it is not quite as strong as the Body Shop version, and also not quite so rich. The texture is completely different to anything I've used before - it is quite solid, opaque looking and keeps its shape even when scooped out.
When you take some out of the tub, it keeps its shape but does seem somehow to look crumblier and generally drier than the creamy or oily Body Shop scrubs I know well.
I generally use scrub on my legs and arms while in the shower. Using the Boots Extracts scrub was quite different to previous scrubs I have used; when I rubbed it over my skin it slid out of my hand in lumps, as well as some staying moulded to my palm. It seemed to need a bit more concentration and organisation to use it evenly.
I like a fairly harsh scrub, and in this the Boots Extracts scrub didn't disappoint. It is quite harsh and very effective in removing dead skin, but not so harsh that it might hurt any sensitive skin I had, or be uncomfortable to use. The fragrance became even more apparent as I used it, but it doesn't stay on my skin for very long once dry. I find it leaves my skin smooth and moisturised, with any dead skin removed.
Although the scrub seems a little dry when it comes out of the tub, once you've got it on your skin in the shower it begins to seem somewhat oily, and this is even more apparent once it's rinsed off. It can leave a bit of a residue on the bath, and I need to be careful to rinse it as much as possible so no one slips when getting in.
I liked the Boots Extracts Cocoa Butter Sugar Scrub, but it didn't seem very special or indulgent, although it was effective. It was just another shower product, and even the saving of a fiver isn't enough to entice me away from my first love of Body Shop Cocoa Butter Scrub.
I am quite familiar with the Boots own Extracts range, having used many of the products since it was launched many years ago as the Mediterranean range. What has changed the most about the range over the years is the prices, which seem to creep slowly upwards all the time!
A 400ml tub of this body scrub costs £7.95 - with this you will also get 28 Boots Advantage Card points. This is currently part of the 3 for 2 deal in Boots, and there are frequently offers on the Extracts range so my advice is don't buy this full price! According the Boots website, the scrub contains natural scrub particles to "intensely exfoliate, leaving skin smooth, bright and feeling rejuvenated".
I really love cocoa butter products - Palmer's is my number one favourite cocoa butter brand but of course I am always happy to give others a try.
As soon as you open the tub you can tell this is a very thick scrub and it looks like it will do a good job of scrubbing the skin. It has a very sweet scent - a bit chocolatey but it smells a bit like toffee too. I really love the scent - you definitely have to be a fan of these types of fragrance though as it is quite strong. Scooping a little up in my hand, it has a thick and slightly gloopy texture, and it's really easy to rub into my skin.
Scrubs up nicely
Now I like my scrubs to be 'scrubby', and I want them to feel like they are exfoliating my skin. And this one does deliver. It is nice and rough and it is pleasant to apply to the skin, giving it a nice scrub as I rub it in. You don't need to much as it spreads around well, and all in all it's a pleasant exfoliating experience!
One thing I was worried about, though, was washing the scrub off, as I have tried another Extracts scrub and it has left me covered in a horrible greasy residue! But thankfully that isn't the case with this one. It washes off pretty easily and, best of all, it really leaves my skin feeling incredibly soft and smooth.
In summary ....
Overall I really like this scrub. It is a bit on the pricey side but as I tend only to use it once a week, or even less, it does seem that it will last for ages which I think helps justify the price. I also think it's a very effective scrub that really does smooth the skin, so I am going to give it four stars.