Product Type: Boots Botanics body care
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Boots Botanics Rehydrating Body Butter
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Boots Botanics Rehydrating Body Butter
Advantages: Smells clean and fresh, melts into skin, dries quickly, moisturises for days, reasonably priced
Disadvantages: Absolutely none
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)
Summary: My new favourite beauty product!