“ Brand: Boots Botanics / Type: Cleansing Polish / Subcategory: Polish / Suitable for: Body / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Cleanses / Product line: Boots Botanics „
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I rarely take notice of what my beloved plops onto the bath side for us to use in the shower, but from time to time a product slips into my consciousness. One of these products was the Boots Botanics Rebalance Revealing Body Polish.
Worry about what's in the tube rather than the rubbish written on the tube
I first noticed that this product is a body scrub. I'm always of the opinion that anyone in possession of a foreskin should be a little nervous about using such an exfoliating product but happily the "scratching" element of this body polish is mild.
My consciousness was immediately further alerted on squeezing the tube as the body polish is quite thick leaving something of a wriggling snake of product in the hand. It's helpful to first wet the skin as otherwise the product leaves a slightly unusual sticky sensation and spreads quite thickly otherwise. The overall sensation is actually quite pleasant and certainly feels different to simply using a shower-jell.
The product is quite long lasting; I think we have both had daily showers for the past two weeks plus and we are probably about half way through the tube now.
The smell is quite green plantish and not too girly or unpleasant as it's a rather fresh smell. The product has vetiver in it made from an Indian grass.
The tube annoys me - A rant about marketing guff
There is what appears to me to be some nonsense on the tube that the vetiver plant extract has been "approved" by Kew Gardens. What that actually means is subject to conjecture but I suspect it simply means Kew Gardens gets a bit of money and free publicity for allowing Boots to use its name in an attempt to "legitimise" the product but in practical terms means very little for the product make up. For example, whether the Kew Gardens experts have ever refused to sanction a batch of vetiver extract is unspecified, nor is the scale of their involvement with Boots "beauty scientists" in developing the product.
That's only one part of the silliness of the wording on the product; the tube is described as "revealing" body polish. Does that mean that in some kind of Dr Who script that users might reveal some kind of alien life form as they use the product in the shower? For my part I was rather disappointed that the product simply "revealed" an overweight middle aged man who looked suspiciously like he did before he was "revealed". Perhaps they oversold it a litte?
Cuddly, friendly, helpful, Boots?
I guess we think we all know about the British institution that is Boots, founded in Nottingham in 1849.
What you may not know is that these days Boots is 45% owned by American pharmacist Walgreens and the rest split between American equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Stefano Pessina an Italian nuclear scientist turned billionaire businessman.
While the core profits may no longer benefit Britain, rather refreshingly this product is made in the UK.
From an ethical consumer perspective, Boots comes pretty low down on the choices with a poor score of 4/20 by Ethical Consumer Magazine. Amongst many issues, Boots has moved its company accounts to Switzerland meaning it pays less tax than it used to (a UK equivalent rate of 3% last year), it allows animal tested products in its own brand stuff and it has been criticised for the unethical fishing of tuna in its sandwiches. In short, Boots largely cares about profits and not much else so perhaps it's time ethical consumers hit them in the pocket.
I'll award 5 stars for the product which is different, reasonably priced at £3.99 for such a long lasting product and pleasant to use.
I must knock a star off for the irritating marketing "puff" on the tube which had the opposite outcome to the "calming effect of vetiver". I'll be generous and just knock one further star off for the dubious ethical practice of Boots
Snatching defeat from the claws of victory, I'll give the product a 3 stars overall and a "not to be recommended" rating.
I received a jar of Boots Botanics Revealing Body Polish as part of a Botanics gift set I was given at Christmas. My Body Polish is in a large glass jar with a screw top lid and not in a little tube, as per the Dooyoo photo. As this was part of a gift set, I use this Body Polish in conjunction with the other things in the set, including the bath foam and the body butter (I also received shower gel) and they do all work best when used together, I think.
As my body polish is in a jar, as opposed to a small tube, it's not the easiest thing to use in the shower. For this reason, I tend to use my Body Polish at weekends when I am having a bath, rather than a shower, as it's just easier to use and get it out of the jar with my hands.
The Body Polish is relatively easy to use, and much like the Soap and Glory body polish / exfoliator in its consistency. It's quite thick and gloopy and I usually start off with my feet and legs and gradually work my way up my body. The Body Polish has hundreds of the tiniest little gritty grainy bits in it. It has a very mild scratchy effect on the skin when I apply it to my skin and I use it quite roughly, in quick little circular motions all over, paying special attention to the drier and rougher areas of my body, such as my knees and the ankles and the elbows, etc.
It smells really fresh and pleasant. It's not a flowery floral sweet smell, but quite a fresh and invigorating one and it really perks me up. It smells exactly the same as all the other Botanics range products, as you'd expect it to, really. In terms of effectiveness, it's not the very best body polish have ever used, but then it's not the worst one, either. It does a good job at refining the skin and making it feel smoother after I have used it. It does a good job at removing those minor imperfections such as the little bumpy bits we all get, but it's no good if you are after a pretty intensive body polishing or exfoliating experience.
I always use the Botanics body butter afterwards (or the Body Shop one) and I do notice when I apply my moisturiser that my skin feels different after I have used this body polish as it feels much smoother, more refined and feels a lot less bumpy. I am not sure how much this sells for as I received it as a gift but I am sure as it's Boots, it will be a more than reasonable price.
If I had to choose just one negative aspect of this body polish it's only that it leaves a huge amount of gritty grainy bits in the bottom of my bath after I have used it. These are easily rinsed away with the showerhead, of course, but nevertheless, I hate standing up in the bath, getting ready to step out, and finding my feet covered in grit. On the whole though, it's a decent enough body polish which does a good job and I'll happily recommend it.
I bought this body polish as part of a gift set which was reduced in the January sale in Boots. I picked it up as a bit of a bargain, but at full price it retails at £3.99 for 200ml, and being part of the Botanics range, is only available at Boots.
The body polish is packaged in a bottle with a flip top lid, which makes it easy to dispense the product in the shower. There's nothing particularly eye catching about the packaging, with the transparent parts at the top and bottom revealing an almost grey coloured mirky body polish. The product is easy to dispense, although being quite thick it does take a little squeezing through the hole.
In use, the experience is pleasant enough. The beads contained within this body polish are quite small, so they don't scratch or affect the skin adversely. It feels a little like the Soap and Glory body exfoliator, which I love. The fragrance is pleasant, being sweet and in keeping with the body wash and butter from the same range. I find the product easy to wash off, and it doesn't leave too much mess at the bottom of the shower.
Unfortunately, the results didn't quite match the rest of the experience with this body polish. In fact, the results were positively disappointing. Usually, when I use body polish or exfoliators, they smooth my skin and get rid of any little bumps or scaly bits. With this one, however, I didn't really notice any difference at all, and applying moisturiser afterwards I was surprised to feel some little bumps and imperfections that the body polish had completely missed.
I wouldn't bother buying this body polish again, although I have continued to use the rest of my sample sized one because I hate waste. It was a pleasant enough experience in use, but the results were disappointing. Three stars from me.
(Review may also appear on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)