Botanics: Moisturising Body Balm Review

This body balm came in that same gift/travelpack that I talked about in my review of the Botanics Nourishing Body Butter.

The Botanics Moisturising Body Balm with ginseng and cocoa butter is indeed a balm. It contains beeswax but I have to say that the beeswax, fortunately, goes unnoticed in the product. The body balm essentially has the consistency of a thick, smooth lotion, though not quite as rich and creamy as the abovementioned Nourishing Body Butter. You will see in the list of ingredients below that it also contains shea butter (Butyrospermum parkii).

This body balm has cocoa butter but it doesn't smell of cocoa butter at all. In fact, all I get is a sweet, oriental, pick-me-up, ginseng-y scent. I like it.

It takes a minute or two for the balm to be absorbed, leaving the skin smooth and slightly tacky. I find the balm only fairly moisturising. Personally, I think it works best in the spring months. I don't find it moisturing enough for winter and it's perhaps too heavy for summer. So, I wouldn't recommend this to those who have extremely dry skin to start with (the Botanics Nourishing Body Butter would work better).

Although the name 'ginseng' is touted on the product and in the product blurp: "Ginseng: renowned in Asia as a tonic, this one plant delivers a multitude of benefits. This extract contains several powerful anti-oxidants, helping protect skin against damaging free radicals.", I doubt the balm contains a lot of ginseng. Just take a look at the list of ingredients and you'll find ginseng somewhere at the bottom of the list. Botanics does state that their (plant) extracts are authenticated by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and true, the balm sounds and smells exotic and fancy but I wouldn't get too carried away by the ginseng.

That said, this body balm is very competitively priced: £3.17 for a 200ml tube. In general, the Botanics range of products are fairly good and are great for those on a budget. However, if you're a staunch user of natural bodycare products that contain no parabens and such, then this wouldn't be for you.

Aqua, Isopropyl palmitate, Cetyl alcohol, Glyceryl stearate SE, Glycerin, Cera alba, Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric triglyceride, Butyrospermum parkii, Cetearyl olivate, Parfum, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbitan olivate, Theobroma cacao, Dipropylene glycol, Xantham gum, Citric acid, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Magnesium aluminum silicate, Disodium EDTA, Sodium citrate, Sodium hydroxide, BHT, Panax ginseng, Citronellol, Coumarin, Maltodextrin, Propylene glycol, Alcohol denat, Silica, Geraniol, Denatonium benzoate, CI 19140, CI 42090.

In case you didn't know, Botanics is a brand of body and facial care products by Boots.

More information:
Boots UK
Boots Nederlands


Content Director - Strong Female Leaders said...

Not a bad price. I kind of like it when lotions don't absorb right away.

Witoxicity said...

Botanics products are reasonably priced, even better when you can get it in a 3 for 2 offer. :)

Anonymous said...

You made me very curious about the scent. It sounds heavenly, I'll have to check it out. Thanks for sharing. Take care, Nicole x

Anonymous said...

Great post hun. I remember the cool bag.

This one seems quite nice and it's a reasonable price. Have a great weekend. "KTee"xx

Witoxicity said...

My pleasure! Heh heh, I decided not to try describing the scent here. I think it's something one should smell to know. :D

Thanks, KTee. On the whole, it's not too bad a moisturiser. You too, have a lovely weekend! :)