I bought Boots Botanics Rehydrating Body Butter recently when it was part of a "3 for the price of 2" promotion, and I fancied trying some new products. The body butter normally retails at 7.49GBP for a 300ml tub, but it is quite often included in the various promotions run by Boots.
The first thing I noticed about this body butter is that it's not really what I'd call a body butter at all. It is more of a thick cream: I associate the term 'body butter' with the kind of very dense, smooth cream that actually resembles butter in texture, whereas this is the kind of thick, gloopy cream that you'd scoop out with your fingers. I feel that the name of the product is a bit misleading.
However, as a body cream it's fairly pleasant to use. I tend to use this product most often when I've had a day of walking around, as it has a nice cooling effect on the skin and feels refreshing. It contains moisturisers including shea butter and coconut oil, and does provide a decent amount of moisture to the skin which lasts well.
On a more negative note, the Botanics range is marketed on its inclusion of natural plant extracts - this one includes vetiver, and between that and the coconut oil and cocoa butter present, I'd expect a product that has a beautiful natural smell and appearance. Instead, this cream has a uniform bright white appearance and an artificial scent (yes, they have included the dreaded 'parfum' as an ingredient, and it smells like they have gone for the most generic 'mild, inoffensive parfum' they could find - it is more like a talcum powder smell than anything natural).
I'm giving this product three stars. If 3.5 stars was an option, I would probably go for that, as it is a decent enough body moisturiser and has that cooling property that I enjoy. However, it loses points for the artificial fragrance and for not really being a body butter as such. At 7.49GBP, I feel this is a bit overpriced and I would be unlikely to buy this cream again, as there are better ones on the market.
For many years i have used the boots botantics range, there are two main reasons i use it, firstly the natural ingredients used in each and every product. Secondly I have sensitive skin as well as eczema and i am yet to have a problem with botanics products.
I use the body butter every time i have a shower/bath and smoother it on. Depending on how much you use and i use a lot not really because i need to put on a lot to get ultra soft skin i just do. If you have eczema like me it is really good as it has natural ingredients and isn't perfumed which doesn't irritate my skin.
It absorbs into the skin really well and quickly so you are not lying around waiting for it to absorb. I use copious amounts of it when i go on holiday as well as using after sun. The main reason your skin peels is lack of moisture as the sun has dried it out, before i go into bed i have a shower and use a lot so much so that it doesn't absorb as i burn and peel easy and go to bed and i find i have no peeling skin after and it soothes if you are burnt.
This is a brilliant product in an excellent range of products by boots.
For Christmas this year my lovely hubby bought me a gift pack of Boots Botanics 'The Power of Plants' Rebalance products. He'd left the price on the underside of the box so I know exactly how much the large green boxed gift pack cost (£25). I've tried everything in the set so far. Apart from the Body Butter, there was also the Refining Body Scrub, Reviving Body Wash and Revealing Body Polish. They are all lovely and each does a fabulous job in its own way. I use them all in conjunction with one another as I think this gives the best results with products such as these, besides, the instructions state that it's best to use them all at the same time for best results.
The tub of body butter comes in a large, full sized plastic tub with a twist off lid and it contains 300ml of product. It looks like the body butters from the Body Shop, except that this container is slightly higher, though width wise it's about the same size. My tub states on the front that this body butter contains a product called 'vetivir'. Vetivir wasn't something I'd actually heard of before I saw this product and when I looked more closely, I could see that all the products in the my gift pack contain it.
The product itself is actually a real treat to use. I've used a fair few different types of body butters before and I've liked some and not others. I think some of the cheaper ones can feel very greasy on the skin and I was a little concerned that this might be the case with this one as it does feel rather oily on the hands before you apply it to the skin.
Twisting the lid off, I can see the body butter is white in colour and shiny, gloopy yet strangely firm in consistency. I hate runny body butter. I used it tentatively at first as it's often difficult to gauge how much is best to use and my motto is usually 'less is more'. It's easy to apply more cream than it is to take any excess off.
Initially I applied it to the bottom area of my legs, below the knees and on the shins, as this is my driest area, especially at this time of the year when I've got the central heating turned up full blast. I'm also told that this is the one area of the body where we have less oil glands and so it's harder for us to replenish our stocks and for this reason it will dry out sooner than any other part of the body (apart from the lips, that is). The body butter went on like a dream. It immediately melted into my dry skin and it didn't feel at all greasy as I'd been worried it might.
The smell was probably the only thing I was a tiny bit disappointed with, if I'm honest. It smells like all the other products in this range. It's fairly non-descript, not unpleasant at all, but then nothing special either. It's a fresh smell, not what I'd describe as floral and certainly not overpowering or strong in any way. Although the smell is subtle, it nevertheless lingers for a long time after application.
This product apparently also contains cocoa butter, shea and coconut oil to hydrate and smooth out the skin. Sometimes the skin on my shins can feel itchy and flaky but this gorgeous cream has actually managed to remedy this for me and I feel as though it's really given my legs in particular, a good boost of long lasting moisture. There is no question that this body butter is doing my skin some good, as I can actually feel it making a difference and I have been using it every single night after my bath / shower. As I say, I've used all the other products in the pack at the same time though and I really also feel that this makes a tremendous difference in the efficacy of this product.
The packaging is very plain and even verging on boring and it's not something that would catch you eye in Boots. The body butter is available to buy in Boots as an individual item but I'm delighted I received men as part of this fabulous gift pack as it's allowed me to try it out with everything else in this range.
It's a super product, it works like a dream and I really do recommend it.
Also posted on Ciao! as basketofbuttons
I picked up a few bargains in the Boots sale this year...luckily the sale started in December so I managed to snap up some toiletries before I placed a spending embargo on myself! One of the gift sets I bought was from the Botanics range, containing a body wash, body polish, and this body butter.
==Price and Availability==
As I mentioned, I bought this for a bargain as part of a half price gift set. The full RRP is £6.99 for 300ml. To be honest, I think this is a good price when you consider many body butters cost double that for a 200ml tub. For example, the RRP of The Body Shop body butters is £13 for 200ml, and in my opinion this Botanics body butter is a superior product.
We are told on the Boots website that "this body butter melts into the skin to soften, smooth and provide a long-lasting moisture boost. Envelop your body in the beautiful scent while shea, cocoa butter and coconut oil intensively hydrate and condition". Oh go on then, you've twisted my arm!
The body butter contains Vetiver extract, which apparently is one of nature's most potent calming essences. It is also known as the Oil of Tranquility, and has been used in medicine and perfumery for centuries to help relax, relieve tension, and revive the senses.
(Product information taken from www.boots.com).
Of course, being a body butter, it comes in a tub with a screw top lid, meaning you'll end up getting the outside of the tub greasy as you try to deal with the lid with body butter on your hands. The outside of the tub is fairly fuss-free, being white with purple patterns on it. I can understand why I've never noticed it on the shelf before as it isn't exactly eye-catching.
The product has the right consistency for body butter in my opinion. I expect a body butter to be able to be held upside down in its tub, without the contents tipping out or sliding around inside the tub. Not that this is something I spend my time doing, but that is how firm I expect the butter to be. This is just right, being firm enough to require a bit of scooping out of the tub. The only downside to this is that if you have long nails you might find you end up getting some underneath your nails, which isn't the most pleasant sensation.
The butter does exactly what is promised, and literally melts into the skin without leaving any white streaks or greasy film behind. It says on the packaging to apply generously, but I tend to use my own judgement on this because I find certain areas need more attention than others, and of course the manufacturers are probably trying to get you to use the product more quickly so you'll need a replacement sooner! I have never found a body butter which melts into the skin before, and this was such a lovely sensation, and also meant it dried quicker so I wasn't lingering around upstairs waiting to get dressed.
The fragrance is very difficult to describe, although it is incredibly pleasant. I didn't really look at the ingredients before buying this gift set, as I just went on the fact that I liked the smell. When I started using it, I would describe it as being quite sweet, not floral at all, but almost like sherbet. I was very surprised to see it contains cocoa butter, shea and coconut oil, as I can't detect any of these fragrances and I don't even like the smell of coconuts particularly! I asked my partner to describe the smell, as it was quite prominent when I emerged from my bath, and he said it reminded him of laundry drying on the radiators. I can see what he means by this, it's a fresh and clean fragrance but quite non-identifiable. I can't really comment on how long the fragrance lasts for, as I only apply body butters in the evening and shower every morning, but I've noticed it's still lingering on my dressing gown after a few days, so I imagine if you were to wear this in the daytime it would probably do the same with your clothes. This might mean it clashes with perfume, but as I said, this isn't an issue for me.
Here's for the best part....not only is it a joy to use, but this body butter gives the most amazing results. Obviously, I noticed immediately after using it that my skin was lovely and soft, and also in the morning it was still soft and silky feeling. I only tend to use body butters in the evenings after a bath or shower, because I am short of time in the mornings. The softness is still there a few days later, without using any other moisturiser, and even in the harsh weather conditions we've had lately. I am amazed by this, as I've never known the results of a body butter to last quite so long. This means I'll get a lot of use out of this one, because I'll only use it once or twice a week and don't really need to use anything in between (although I probably will, just because I always have new products in my stockpile to try!).
==Would I recommend?==
Of course I would! If you like pleasant smelling body butters which literally melt into the skin and give it long lasting moisturising benefits for a reasonable price. This body butter will take some beating, and when I finally run down my stockpile of toiletries, this will become my body butter of choice.
(Review may also appear on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)