Product Type: Boots Body Care
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This sugar isn't special
Extracts Cocoa Butter Sugar Scrub
Member Name: eilidhcatriona
Extracts Cocoa Butter Sugar Scrub
Advantages: Scrubs well, leaves skin moisturised
Disadvantages: Not as easy to use as other scrubs
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.
Summary: It worked reasonably well but wasn't anything exciting
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