“ Brand: Boots / Texture: Cream / Type: Cream / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / Product line: Boots Essentials „
Boots Essentials skincare is my go-to brand for a basic but effective product at a cheap price. The benefit of Advantage card points plus frequent special offers adds to their charm as they can often be found on 3for2 or other such promotions. When not on special, the product retails at around 1.50 for 100ml.
I was first introduced to this brand a number of years ago. My older brother was suffering with severe acne, & in his desperate quest to rid himself of it, he tried literally dozens of different products claiming to clear his skin. The results were not good, & as well as the spots, his skin looked angry as it was bombarded with multiple chemicals of conflicting nature!
Whilst never having suffered with bad acne, I did get the odd spot during my teenage years so naturally I started thinking of a skincare routine. Having seen my brother's reaction, I wanted to steer clear of harsh products & go for a more simple "cleanse, tone & moisturise". With little money, I headed for Boots, & picked up the essentials range (although I did orginally use the blue ' original' products, I have since switched to cucumber after trying both types.)
Although this is a review of the moisturiser, I would just like to add that this range is pretty comprehensive. Along with the aforementioned cleanser & toner, they also feature scrubs, masks, eye-remover pads & facial wipes, among other things. The range is very often to be found on special offer!
The cream comes in a small round tub containing 100ml, with a 'screw-on' green lid. The tub itself is a paler shade of green. (The same is used in blue for the fragrance free version.) I like the tub - the lid stays on when in your bag & the design means you can use every last drop of the cream! It is recyclable also.
The ingredients list is a little scary, containing multiple ingredients of many syllables!
The product is recommended for use twice daily, after cleansing. There is a light fragrance, which is soft & fresh, but I don't think I consider it very 'cucumber'y. Maybe mildly so.
**Does it work?*
In a nutshell, yes. My skin feels moisturised when I use although the results don't last that well. In cold weather, I have to use this more than twice daily & I don't suffer with particularly dry skin. I think that is due to the thin consistency of the product, it is not creamy as the name would suggest!
I keep this cream around for light moisturisation but do tend to go for something heavier in more extreme weather. However I really like the feel of this, & the slight fragrance. This is a product I rebuy over & over as I think it offers great quality for the price!
I have used Boots Essentials cucumber moisturising cream for years now. I'm not in a position to spend a lot on skincare products, but I do like to use them and luckily I don't have such pernickety skin that I need highly specialised (and expensive) stuff. I can't remember how much I paid for this last I bought it, as there was an offer on (BOGOF I think) and I came home with 2 pots. They have lasted me a really long time hence I have forgotten the price but I can see on the Boots website that it is currently selling for £1.52 per 100ml pot.
The packaging is pretty plain in shades of green, but to me it looks clean and fresh. While I can appreciate and enjoy pretty packaging, plain won't stop me investigating and potentially buying a product at all. The pot is a sturdy plastic (I've used he empty pots for sending baby land snails through the post before, gotta love a bit of recycling!) with a screw on lid. The lid is really easy to get on and off, only taking a quick twist to release/secure it. It is however a nice tight fit and I've literally never had a pot that has leaked or not sealed properly. I also never have the problem of getting the screw threads misaligned which is nice. The label that runs around the pot simply displays some product info, directions and ingredients.
The cream itself is white and I find it quite light and 'liquidy', even though it is relatively thick in consistency. I do think it is a little more like lotion than cream though, as I always think of cream as being very thick and lotion as being 'softer' and thinner. Either way, it is plenty thick enough that it doesn't slip off my fingers or drip all over the place, but when I apply it to my skin it takes on a light fluid feeling which is also really easy to rub in. I don't need to use a lot as it spreads pretty well too. I am never sure exactly what to anticipate when I am expecting something to smell of cucumber. To me, cucumber doesn't really have a smell, other than what I would describe as 'watery fresh'! Saying that, this is the impression I get when I sniff this cream. It has a subtle clean scent which doesn't put me up nor down at all. I like the smell but wouldn't rave about it, which is actually fine by me when it comes to face cream as I don't want strong smells.
It contains cucumber extract to "soften and soothe", but this is woefully low on the ingredients list (26 out of 29) so I wouldn't like to say how useful I think the cucumber extract specifically is as there's obviously not much of it in there. But for all I know maybe only tiny amounts are needed! In any case, this cream does keep my skin nice and soft so I'm not complaining. It does leave my face a tad shiny, but not greasy-feeling, however this isn't really a problem for me as if I'm going anywhere I take care of that, and if I'm not then who cares!
It is claimed to be suitable for all skin types and to be honest I am not completely sure what type of skin I have. I'm leaning more towards oily going on descriptions but I match with parts of descriptions for all the skin types so perhaps it's just 'normal'. This cream doesn't give me any problems whatsoever though, and it feels lovely when applied, instantly making my face feel hydrated, smooth and soft. It doesn't take long to sink in either, so if you wear foundation (I generally don't) then you won't have to wait forever and a day before applying it.
It will last for 2 years after being opened and although I've said it does last me a while, it's not been quite that long I don't think! It's impossible for me to say how long exactly a pot has lasted me as I typically chop and change; if I see something on a fabulous offer I will buy it and give it a go. So I have never used this cream exclusively until it runs out. It does go a fairly long way though so I do think it offers excellent value for money at around £1.50 a pot. It is a shame it contains no SPF, as this would make it perfect in my eyes. I will definitely continue using it and wouldn't hesitate to recommend this one.
Just the other day I was stopped by a salesperson in a department store asking if I wanted to try a new body cream which had just come on the market. Knowing these kinds of sales all too well, it suddenly dawned on me that my hands and arms felt and looked too dry. Usually the first indication like this means I'm not consuming enough water, but following the warmer days of spring and little need to conk up the central heating at home I made my way to Boots instead of paying out for the highly elevated £35 asking price, of just 50ml of a wonder potion claiming to have natural sea weed additives and green tea.
As a student I recall the Boots cucumber range of potions of mind and body only too well. To get through my spotty complexion, my trusted formula is still selling today - Boots cucumber facial toner - but for the wrong time in the year, around winter time I always avoided the moisturising cream which I often found too greasy and not long lasting. Boots now have a small round tub, instead of the tube I used to buy and at a 100ml sizing and priced at £1-39, the quantity here is well worth the price. I was hooked immediately when I twisted off the "tester" tub and ingested the thick and fresh scent of cucumber cream with good memories of this scent flooding back - because no matter what Boots will have you believe - whilst this stuff reeks of cucumber, it has additional hints of fresh water melon and gives skin a delightful kick against aftershave lotions and body gels which can be too overpowering. Sad to say that this product isn't long lasting on scent as the cream lasts for about 15 minutes on strength of fresh, just cut cucumber before it dies down into a slight, sweet smell. And I stick to the word "ingest" because this product is fruity enough to make me wish I could eat it!
Marketed as a cream that can be used day or night, Boots have certainly improved the formula of the cream even though the basic frosted green tub and darker green lid lacks an inner removable plastic lid to stop the cream from being messy once you unscrew the lid. I guess you get your money's worth here with it having a screw lid type, there's never a fear of this cream from escaping thanks to its thick consistency. I recall when it used to be gloopy and airy like Atrixo. The tactile edge of the cream now reminds me very much of Astral hand cream, so you really do have to be careful here in terms of how much you apply as the consistency is thick, but seldom falls out of my hand when I'm applying it to my body. The trick to Boots Essentials product here is to be as sparing as you can be when applying to the body and as far as the thick cream is tactile in smooth and silky delivery, it leaves skin with an impeccable cooling edge with a longer lasting feeling than a lot of other moisturisers that just make you feel as if you have wet yourself - not at all dependent on where you have put it! Bonus info - put this in a fridge to keep it cooler when applying to your body, especially if it is sunny and the temperatures outside are high. The cucumber scent lasts for ages when out in the sun, seemingly reacting better whilst also remaining cooler on skin than aftershaves or perfumes which may appear too sticky.
As the directions suggest this is a cream, it can be applied on just cleansed skin and contains antioxidants that helps to restore skin if it has been exposed to environmental "damage," and out of the indecipherable long list of contents, at least Boots have added cucumber here as well as Glycerin which probably justifies its silky feel. An early downside is the fact that the smoothness doesn't last for 24 hours but only a couple of hours. For summer and hot temperatures however, this is one cream I intend to be buying as it keeps me cool before going out in the garden - especially since the last week or so has had temperatures soaring in Scotland -which at this time of the year, is very unheard of!
Indeed, when used as a body cream the first impression I get from Boots cucumber moisturising cream is a thick substance that needs to be rubbed in fairly deeply before the cream gets a chance to dissipate. Try to just rub it in quickly and it will appear to be too greasy, not just known by the fact that the white colouring of the cream can still be seen, but the feeling of oily skin is very apparent when not much attention is given to skin areas. It is easy to wash off however. All the while the cream's scent lifts me happily reminding me of summer salads and melon fruit cocktail - there's even a hint of an old Yankee Candle scent that is no longer available called "Island Mango," and whilst the scent dies down, my hands and arms shine with a moisturising gloss that leaves skin feeling very smooth and shiny to the eye. Forget baby oil if that's the goal you're trying to score here - I haven't seen a gloss like this for some time unless it is from an expensive facial care brand or Dove's Pro Age shower cream. The difference here is that the gloss stays for a bit and gives skin a nice cleansed look.
The downsides to this cream are that it isn't particularly apt for serious conditions of dry skin. Those with eczema should probably avoid this product, and I say that from a friend's experience that found that this cream wasn't strong enough to combat seriously dry skin. As Boots suggest, it is suitable for "all skin types," but for the more serious you need to stick to your regular formula. Another downside I personally found is that it isn't really suitable as a facial care moisturiser. Bearing in mind that facial skin is the most sensitive and thinnest of all on the human body, this cucumber cream is too thick even if it is spread thinly on the face and doesn't help my dry forehead much, only glossing up and spreading some smoothness to cheeks and more oily content. That area of my body is something I reserve for much more expensive potions like Chanel's Purete Ideale which is purposefully marketed for facial care only. I have however passed this onto my mother for additional testing and apparently it seems to work well as a make up remover.
So, if you have combination skin to skin that doesn't dry out much, Boots Essentials Cucumber moisturising cream is one essential you could do with, particularly as it may well keep you cool during hot evenings with impending showers, thunder storms and rising humidity or just before going out in the sun. The fact that it is so thick means it lasts for ages too and as an effective make up remover, it is quite a versatile product even though for soft and smooth skin, one application for 5 hours or more isn't ever enough. Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2011
This product retails for £1.52 at Boots stores and online at Boots.com.
This moisturising cream comes in a 100ml plastic tub with a screw lid. The cream is really thick with a fresh cucumber scent. According to the blurb it is "enriched with soothing cucumber and vitamins, it is suitable for day or night use and contains antioxidants to help protect the skin from environmental damage."
I buy almost all of my skin care products from Boots and normally use the No7 range, but one day I was feeling particularly tight fisted and bought the much cheaper Essentials Cucumber Moisturising Cream. I have been using it now for a month or so and am very impressed. I love that the cream is really thick, it is absorbed easily and is not greasy at all. It makes my skin feel moisturised and supple. I think that it is absolute bargain for the price - I really can't see any less quality that the No7 moisturisers which cost at least £9. The only drawback is that it doesn't contain SPF so I'll need to get something else for the summer.
I recommend this product for everyday moisturising.
At this time of year, I find that my face gets very dry because of the cold weather and wind, and so I find that I need to moisturise my face several times throughout the day. I therefore like to carry around with me an every day moisturiser that I can use lots of without having to worry about the fact that its costing me too much! I do have more expensive moisturisers such as those by Clarins and Biotherm, but I also use Boots own products a lot as they are generally great for everyday use. One of these moisturisers that I use is the Boots Essentials Cucumber Moisurising Cream.
It comes in a small tub containing 100 mls of the moisturiser which costs £1.49 - which is incredibly reasonable and allows me to use it liberally and continually throughout the day. One liberal application probably takes about 3 mls of the cream - and so I estimate there are approximately 33 applications per tub. In the winter months, I wil go through about 3 tubs a month. Some may consider this to be excessive, but having well hydrated skin is important for my personal sense of well-being.
This particular moisurising cream is made from cucumber extract. Although the moisturiser looks very thick and creamy, it is actually very light when it is applied and this aids it being suitable for multiple daily applications. As it has the cucumber extract in it, it is very refreshing and makes my skin feel cool and fresh - and clean - and I love the feeling it gives me. Because it is so light, it is not greasy or clogging and it doesn't make me feel like I'm walking around with a sheen permanently on my face. Although I apply it several times throughout the day, this does not mean that it is not a good moisturiser, it is simply that the weather is very drying - and so I like to keep on top of things. In fact, I would consider this to be a good every day moisturiser. Its not going to set of fireworks....but it is effective.
My skin is fairly sensitive to many ingredients and certain skin products do tend to leave me with a rash. However, this Boots Essentials Cucumber Moisurising Cream is gentle enough to not cause any adverse reaction on my skin whatsoever.
I always buy products from boots' own brand (the essentials range) now as they are the cheapest you can buy in the store but also because there doesn't seem to be any compromise in quality. Since I started using some of their products, my skin is noticeably softer and I also seem to get less breakouts. I use their face wash usually in the shower and I use the cleansing lotion to remove makeup or just to freshen up. I use the moisturiser after the face wash but the cleansing lotion alone leaves my skin soft without having to use anything else. the mousituriser isn't greasy and absorbs well as long as you don't put too much on! I also use their face scrub about twice a week and I suppose this helps with removing dry/dead skin and keeping your skin soft and bright. It also doesn't feel harsh and washes off easily. You can get either plain or cucumber scented but both seem to be suitable for sensitive skin. you can also get eye cream, toner etc. I'd definetly recommend boots essentials as a good quality but very affordable range of skincare products.
I am a big fan of boots and shop there often. I think they offer great value deals and their own brand products are very reasonable. Most of all I love being able to get all my comsetics and medicines under the one roof.
I have tried a lot of diferent types of moisturisers and serums over a number of years and find that I do have quite sensitive, akward skin that doesn't seem to like many products.
To be honest when I first brough this was when I was away for a few days in Great Yarmouth for a short break. I had left my cosmetics bag at home and didn't want to spend a fortune replacing everything in it for a couple of days so I went to Boots and brough up a load of their basics range items to see me through.
I picked up a whole range of things from their 'essentials' range, which is Boots cheapest own brand. I had never tried anything from their range before and thought I'd give it a go. If it was rubbish I had only spent about £10 on the whole lot, which is less than I would normally pay for one item.
At £1.49 for 100ml I have to tell you, I honestly wasn't expecting too much. I was pleasantly surprised though when I tried it. It has a soft cucumber fragrance that it lovely and fresh, and clean, and it's very light on the skin, not at all oily like I have found many other brands to be.
I used for the four days I was away and continued to use when I got home untill the pot was empty. I have re-purchased it since then and although I don't always use it, I do often use it alongside another moisturiser. The only reason I don't us eit everyday is because my other moisturiser has an SPF in it whereas this doesn't.
After using it for a while I did find my skin looked better and was moisturised without a heavy, greasy feeling that I usually get from moisturisers. It didn't cuase me any spots or irritation, and for the price, I was very impressed.
I have to give this cream 5 out of 5. Boots could be making a lot more money on this, so wel done to them.
So I found myself off to see The Rocky Horror Picture show straight from work the other day, I had brought my clothes with me but forgot all of my skin care stuff. Also finding myself way too close to pay day, I dashed down to Boots to get some face wipes and mosituriser and laid my hands on this.
The wipes are packaged in a light green round, plastic pot with a screw top lid. The lid is a slightly darker green.
The packaging is very sleek and attractive. I find the colour very appealing and the simplicity of the design indicative that the moisturiser isn't all fancy and full of miracle skin boosters. It isn't marketed as being fancy so sets your expectations.
***Price and Where to buy***
A 100ml pot can be purchased from Boots stores for £1.49 so you're getting quite a fair amount for your money.
***My Skin Profile***
I'm in my early twenties and my skin tends to be Normal/Combination and I suffer from quite frequent breakouts mostly around my chin and nose. I tend to have shiny/oily skin in my T-Zone too and I find that my skin has the tendancy to look a little dull from timer to time.
***About the product***
The main feature that attracted me to this particular moisturiser was te cucumber scent. At the time I was flustered, hot and in a flap so I imagine the thought of slathering my face with cool cucumber would have triggered some latent need for this particular moisturiser.
The blurb on the back of the pot is as follows,
"Contains extract of cucumber to help gently soften and soothe. Enriched with soothing cucumber and vitamins this cream is suitable for day or night use. Contains antioxidants to help protect the skin from environmental damage."
The pot also states that it is available for 'all skin types'.
***Using the moisturiser***
To use the moisturiser simply smooth over skin with your fingertips. I found that as the pot is round and quite large it is easier to get the product out.
The consistency of the moisturiser is very thick and creamy, not at all something that I would normally use. I prefer slightly thinner, lotion type moisturisers but this was the first thing I laid my hands on.
The scent was very light and not at all over powering. Very refreshing and cooling on the skin. The only problem was actually getting it onto the skin...
As the consistency is so thick I really struggled to spread the product evenly over my face. I probably ended up using a lot more than I needed to.
The only advantage of this product is that it didn't irritate my skin. It was too thick, hard to spread and really unsuitable for my skin type. My skin didn't feel hydrated and moisturised at all and I actually ended up just rinsing it off my face with cold water and not bothering!
For the price of £1.49 though I won't complain too much. I'm sure that it would be suitable for someone with less problem skin than mine. It does have that lovely cucumber scent so it's not all bad.
I tried this moisturiser simply because Boots were doing a buy one get one free promotion on their Essentials face care range.
The moisturiser comes in a round 100ml plastic tub which is clear and shows the pale green colour of the moisturiser inside. The lid is a darker green and the word "essentials is in blue", so quite a sylish packaging for a basics range.
It has antioxidants to help protect against environmental damage and vitamins to enrich the skin.
The moisturiser cream itself has a lovely cucumberey smell which is fresh and clean. It is quite thick and very creamy and smooths onto my face really easily. However, I do find it a little heavy for my skin, it tends to leave it a little greasy for daytime use. It would probably be more suitable for my skin as a night cream and I may well use it as such and go back to my usual moisturiser.
Although this moisturiser says it is for all skin types personally I think it would suit people with dry skin better than those with a slightly greasier skin.
So, to sum up, a good moisturiser with a lovely cucumber fresh smell and a really good price at £1.49, but unfortunately not for me as a daytime cream.