Hooray for the first product review of 2010 and the first beauty product review I post on my bloggity-blog!
Boot's Body Wash in Lemon
I have to admit that I am a Boot's virgin. Until a few weeks ago, the chemist's at Boot's had never touched my skin. But seeing how vintage lovers everywhere love this brand, I was curious; curious to see if behind it's nostalgic packaging was hype or heaven in a bottle.
Boot's packaging for their body wash is adorable. Everything, from the font to the shape of the bottle, says vintage. The bottle reminds me of an old-fashion cure-all medicine, and the lavender box it comes in says quality. The bottle that I bought had the labels put on slightly off center which I thought made it look even more charming. I loved seeing this in my shower, made me feel happy.
I was a little confused and disappointed with the fragrance. The front of the label says "Lemon", while the back of the label says it contains " zesty lemon, bergamot, and orange and fragrant rose, neroli and geranium". I was expecting to take a whiff and be revived with a bright lemony scent followed by a refreshing floral. Instead, it had a very light citrus scent that I could hardly smell in my steamy shower. The scent was also barely noticeable on my skin after my shower, which may be a good thing, but the fragrance seemed so hyped up that I expected more.
I used it to wash my hands a couple of times and I did notice that the scent lingered more on my hands than it did on my body. I think it may be because I used one whole pump on my hands versus the 3 pumps for my whole body.
Boot's Body Wash creates these tiny, velvety bubbles that makes your skin feel nice and silky as you cleanse. Mama like!
I was so disappointed with the performance of this body wash. It took about 2-3 pumps to get a decent lather and I still had to really work at it for it to foam up on my bath pouf. It felt very silky on my skin as I cleansed, but terrible as I rinsed it off. It left my skin squeaky, a sure sign that the product was too alkaline (healthy skin likes to be lightly acidic). After towel drying, my skin still had that squeaky feel that later turned into a tight, uncomfortable feel.
When I used it to wash my hands couple of times, they felt strangely soft and squeaky. Later the my hands began to feel tight and dry. Looking at the ingredients, I see nothing "harsh" about the detergents they use, so I'm convinced that it's the pH that's out of whack (I really do need to get pH test strips to confirm this).
Total: 13/20 or a "D" in grade school terms
But wait there's more...
Extra Credit: 2+
At just $8 a bottle and readily available, I give Boot's Body Wash some extra credit. I also love that their ingredient's are simple and without cheap detergents, so more extra credit.
Final Grade: 15/20 or "C"
With it's nostalgic packaging and trusted history, I really wanted to like this body wash. But I can't. It just made my skin feel yuck after using it. I don't even think I'll finish the bottle. I hate to throw out such a cute bottle so I'll probably fill it with another body wash. I hope I have better luck with other products from Boot's!
And now for the sneaky-peek:
Next week I'll be posting my interview with Kestrel StJames, pinup model and vintage mama of 3. You won't want to miss it!