Boots haven’t got around to revamping the packaging of their Botanics bodycare range yet, so it’s still available with the old-style packaging – which between you and me, I prefer. But what really matters is what’s inside and the omens look good: 83% certified organic, softening jojoba oil, handy pump dispenser and reasonable value for money.
Starting this review with comments on the pump dispenser may seem odd, but I find this method of content extraction so much easier than tubes or bottles. These get so slippery when your hands are covered in cream, it’s a nigh on impossible task to tip or squeeze more cream from a container which is starting to feel as slippery as a slug.
This beige-y coloured cream – allegedly certified organic, although I see no certification body printed on the label – is more of a light lotion, making it easy to spread around and massage in. You might not want to, though, if you don’t like the smell. It’s a rather bland fragrance that reminds me of plain yoghurt. I decided to take inspiration from the way I eat plain yoghurt – by jazzing it up with some organic honey – but to the lotion I added a few drops of lavender essential oil. It now smells lovely, but it’s not the way the manufacturer intended.
On the bright side I found Botanics’ Moisturising Body Lotion to be a perfectly decent moisturiser; my legs which can sometimes feel dry around the knees looked and felt normal again after use. It’s too oily to use as a hand lotion, but it works well as a light foot cream.
If Boots could change the fragrance of this lotion, then I’d give it another star, as it really can’t be faulted in any other area – being a lotion, rather than a cream, though, means that this isn’t designed for the very driest skin types. I would urge you to try this body lotion for yourself, as my only bugbear – the fragrance – is such a personal issue you may well disagree with me.