“ Brand: Boots / Cleanser / Type: Body Wash / Suitable for: Body / What it does: Cleanses, „
This is a review of Boots Mediterranean Bergamot Wheatgerm & Basil Body Wash. I received this item in a gift set with other items from the Mediterranean range and had saved it to use for a special occasion as it looked like a luxury range of products to me.
The 200ml tube is clear and stands on the lid which is a flip top. I find this good as it clicks shut and doesn't leak. The label features a picture of basil and what look like lime but they may be the bergamot! The only moan here is the glue that was used to secure the product into the gift box. It has left me with two sticky patches that are unpleasant and put me off taking this to the gym or on a holiday as I don't want it to stick inside my wash bag to other products!
Shower away your stresses with this gorgeous blend of wholesome and organic ingredients. Packed with organic extracts of refreshing bergamot oil, vitamin enriched wheatgerm oil and soothing basil, your skin will be left softer, smoother and smelling irresistible. Dermatologically tested.
I find a small amount of the body wash on a puff lathers up nicely so this 200ml tube will last me ages. It smells absolutely divine, a sort of limey smell (so maybe it was a lime on the label!). I really do find the fragrance a light holiday smell and it does help relax me when I am taking a shower.
On the Boots website there is a page featuring this product but strangely, there is no price attached so I can only assume it is not available to purchase separately which is a shame as it is a lovely product. I will look out for this in future gift sets.
I tend to use a lot of soap and glory products in the shower which are quite sweet smelling (one of their ingredients is marshmallow!) so it makes a nice change to swap to this body wash which is light and citrus fragranced. I like using this and have found it to be effective in getting clean, especially when used in conjunction with a puff.
Does it live up to the claim?
Yes, I think it does. It has left my skin leaving soft and I could skip body lotion or moisturising after showering with this body crème. It leaves a light fragrance on the skin which is very pleasant and could be used by a man or woman in that it is not a feminine fragrance. I think the citrus smell is clean and can be universally enjoyed.
I can really recommend this body wash. I don't know why but wheatgerm always puts me off when it is listed as a key ingredient, I think it is just the sound of the word and the thought of it than the actual effect it produces! I would recommend this as a gift to a friend and would be happy to repurchase myself if it becomes available in the future.
I recieved this 200ml body wash in a Boots Mediterranean gift set. It can be purchased seperately for around £4, which I don't think is too bad considering its organic ingredients. It contains bergamot oil, known for its uplifting fragrance, wheatgerm oil which is enriched with vitamins and basil oil to calm and soothe. After seeing all these exotic and wonderful ingredients contained in the wash I couldn't wait to try it.
~Using the product~
The bottle is plastic with a squeezy dispenser, so releasing the product is easy when in the shower. As soon as the cap is open the scent of bergamot is apparent. It smells quite masculine, so this product is suitable for both sexes. The liquid itself has a faint greeny/yellow colour to it and has medium viscosity - almost like condensed milk, so it feel luxurious and lathers up well. The smell is refreshing and I find it wakes up me up in the morning.
It cleans me well, removing dirt and leaving me smelling fresh. The fragrance lasts on my skin for several hours after showering. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who likes subtle fragrances! It doesn't dry my skin or cause any irritiation after using.
This is a nice, exotic smelling body wash, however, I probably wouldn't buy it again once I have finished using it - simply because I don't tend to buy body washes, I just use what I'm given at Xmas! But if I were to recieve this again, I would be more than happy to use it again! I recommend this to men and women who like invigorating shower gels.
4 stars from me
This was another of my mums little goodies from the staff shop . Now, I do love a lof of the boots products she brings home, but I have to say my first impression of this, based on looks alone, wasn't that great - packaged in a clear squeezy bottle with a flat flip lid, which enables it to be stood upside down, the colour of the product is something I can only describe as a murky swamp green - not particularly appealing .
The label tells me it Mediterranean Bergamot, Wheatgerm and Basil, and has a picture of some basil leaves and some green things that look a lot like limes . I assume these are Bergamot.It also tells me that the extracts used in this product are organic, at that the wheatgerm oil is vitamin E infused .
Using this is simple - simply squeeze some out into your hand and massage into damp skin . This is quite thin, so it is easy to get out of the bottle, although I imagine it would be easy to squeeze out too much by accident . The smell from the product is very powerful - a deep sharp citrus scent with a peppery spicy undertone . The basil was not immediately noticable, but as I massaged this into my skin I picked up a hint of it . The scent when using this is very fresh, and made me feel really perky, although I do think the smell would be too powerful for some people - in fact, I would go a little further and say I find this almost a masculine scent .
This product lathered up quite nicely, and I found I didn't need to use too much to wash my whole body . It rinsed off easily, and left a small trace of scent on my skin that wore off after a couple of hours.
Annoyingly, having looked at the Boots website for pricing details, I can't find out the exact price , but my mum informs me it normally costs a little under £4 for a 200ml of the product .
I like this - its certainly not my favourite product by a long way, because I do find the smell when using it a touch overpowering . But, it leaves a nice mild scent on my skin, and it does the job in getting me clean . So, four stars!
I was given this product in a set for my birthday, I don't often use boots products as I think you can get others just as good for half the price. I have now found out this body wash sells for £4 for the 200ml bottle which I think is far too expensive.
I do like the packaging as it is a squeazy bottle with a large black flip top lid at the bottom which I love as I hate it when the lid is at the top so all the body wash is stuck in the bottom so you have to spend ages shaking it to get some out. There is a large sticker on the front and one one the back, they are nice simple stickers with large easy to read writing. It states that it is an organic product, bergamot oil is uplifting and refreshing with vitamin enriched wheat germ oil and soothing and calming basil oil. The bottle itself is clear and you can see the light green body wash inside, I think it is a nice colour and looks really refreshing. This product must be used within 24 months once opened.
The first thing you notice is the smell of this product, its really fresh, Im not sure how to describe it as I don't particularly like the smell but don't dislike it either. I prefer sweet smelling body washes that leave a nice smell on your skin but this doesnt stay on your skin.
You use it like any other body was just massage it into damp skin and rinse off. I found it was easy to foam up and was nice and smooth on my skin. It rinsed off easily without any trouble.
I have to admit this product wasn't anything special, it didn't leave my skin feeling any softer or leave any scent on my skin. I wouldn't really recommend this body wash but others may like it although I did love the packaging. I don't think this is worth the £4 and wouldn't be paying that price for it.
I've seen this in stores, but just recently purchased it. Others say it does not please the nose, but I strongly disagree with that. I do not like most flowery or vanilla or baked cookies smells. Those turn my stomach a little, as they are generally very overpowering to me. I much prefer what I like to call 'dirt & grass' smells. I like the smell of spices, fresh cut grass, herbs and 'clean cotton.' I love the smell of the forest when hiking and camping. I do not prefer manmade smells to Mother Nature's creations. I am a big fan of Aveda products, and this reminded me of the very natural and woodsy fragrance of their products. To me, it is revitalizing. I would not soak in it as a bath... get out your lavender soak if you want to relax. This scent invigorates me. I use it after a run and my morning shower. I can't get enough of this product. Great fragrance, lathers very nicely and washes away clean. What more can you ask for?
I received a Boots Mediterranean gift set for Christmas. The range is something I see in Boots from time to time but have never been tempted to buy any of the products because some of the product descriptions are a bit too obscure for my liking.
I certainly wouldn't have chosen to buy this body wash as immediately the pale green colour had put me off when I first set eyes on it.
The ingredients in this body wash were all things I had never tried on their own or in a combination in anything in my bath. I had even missed out on the wheat germ Lush products so far as they didn't appeal to me.
The body wash is packaged in a squeezy bottle with a flip lid at the base of the packaging. It has been designed well I'll give the product that, and the lid was easy to open and close with wet hands so we were onto a tentative good start.
As I mentioned the colour was putting me off and I was a bit nervous about putting my nose near this product as well, but it had to be done so in I went for the kill.
On first impressions the only way I could describe the spicy smell that hit me was something you might smell in an old people's home, where it could be musty and lived in.
I contemplated not using this product at all and passing it over for my much nicer smelling ones on my bathroom shelf, but as the product claimed the ingredients were wholesome and organic, I decided I should give it a go for no other reason than I would be using natural products on my skin.
Using a shower puff to hide the colour I squeezed some of the product out. It was a medium consistency, but not too thick. I almost wished it was runny so I would use it up quicker.
Lathering over my body, the spicy smell was quite prominent. Why couldn't it have included lemon like the bath cream?
I wasn't enjoying the smell but the wash was lathering up quite well and giving me good coverage on not a lot of product. For this reason if you're into musty smells then you'll get your money's worth from this body wash.
After my shower, thankfully the body wash didn't seem to have staying power on my skin like the bath cream and I couldn't smell anything on me. This was a blessing in disguise, but again like the bath cream I didn't notice any difference in my skin at all which was a shame as I thought by using natural products I would notice something different.
Even after continued use of this body wash there was no effects for me at all. After about five showers using it, I decided enough was enough and I would have it for when I wanted to shave my legs. It had to come in handy for something and I think this was going to be it. I fear it's going to last a very long time in my bathroom as it's a large bottle at 200ml.
If you did decide this product was worth a try for you then it'll set you back £3.92 from all good Boots stores.
Definitely not for me though.
Some things in life I realise are good for me, but smell or taste disgusting, or are even painful to endure, and therefore require a bit of steely determination in their use; take tooth extraction, eyebrow plucking, drinking herbal tea, or swallowing dissolvable aspirin for example (urgh). However, when I take a shower or sink into a deliciously warm bath, I don't expect to hold my nose and tell myself to 'think of the benefits'.As far as I am concerned, bathtime is the domain solely of pleasant scents and decadence; no vomit inducing wiffs are permitted. So, imagine my disgust then when I attempted to try the somewhat unappealing sounding Boots 'Bergamot, Wheatgerm, and Basil Bodywash', and found that I was smothering myself in something akin to 'pesto' (not texturewise, just stinkinesswise). This product, I hasten to add, was a gift from someone, and since Im not a churlish person I was willing to give it a go-albeit with distinct reservations.
~What is this Product?~
This bodywash is one of a number of toiletries produced by Boots which claims to use organic, natural herbs, and fruits to cleanse and invigourate the body. In this 'Mediterranean' range, there are various fragrance combinations designed to give a more 'wholesome' and therefore less synthetic wash-time experience. I have used other products in the range, including:
-Nectarine, Vanilla, and Sugar Bath Cream ( £5.00, 500ml)
-Orange, Chamomile and Honey Bodywash ( £4.00, 200ml)
These two products were wonderful, delicately scented, and gentle on the skin. The 'Orange, Chamomile and Honey' bodywash is delicious, and I love smearing it over me in the bath. Its smells edible, but not in a sickly sweet way. My little girl loves it too, and it makes her young skin fresh and fragrant.
So, when my friend purchased the 'Bergamot, Wheatgerm, and Basil' bodywash for me, I thought "why not give it a whirl".
~What is this Product Used For?~
This is your standard daily bodywash preparation, useful for freshening your body after a nights sleep, or indeed preparing a weary body for a nights slumber.
It is contained in a 'squeegy' bottle, with a flip open black cap- presumably for ease of application when in the bath or shower. The contents are a pale, minty green colour-inoffensive, but unexciting you might say. The label depicts a dull looking piece of basil, and I would guess, a fruit from which the bergamot scent is derived. This 'fruit', on my container, is a lime green, which makes the label look quite unappealing and monochrome. I have noticed that Boots seem to have recently changed the colour of this fruit on their packaging to orange; perhaps they have realised that the label looks too 'foodlike', and not alluring to female clientele (most of us like a pretty label, huh?).
The main selling point of this product, I would think, is that it is organic, with largely natural ingrediants-the herbal and fruit based constituents of the wash are supposed to have a proven stimulating effect on the senses without resorting to excessive use of chemicals. The fact that it contains herbal extracts suggests that it is not intended only to cleanse the skin, but rather to medicate in various ways.
~What do the Herbal Ingrediants Claim to Do?~
This product contains 3 key, natural ingrediants, each with a specific purpose. Basil and bergamot are known aromatherapy oils, that can be used in massage, and in scent burners to medicinal and fragrant effect.
*Basil (Sweet) [Ocimum basilicum]*
Basil is spicy, sweet, and sickly to smell.
It has the following properties:
It is supposed to ease digestive discomfort, muscle cramp, and is a good 'nerve tonic' for anxious, overburdened minds. It revives in cases of menatl exhaustion, and is a useful inhaent for respiratory problems.
With this in mind, basil would presumably make a suitable addition to a bodywash that can be massaged into the abdomen area, or indeed inhaled for psychological effect during bathing.
*Bergamot [Citrus bergamia]*
Bergamot is recognisable by its clean, light, citrus scent.
It is believed to have the following properties:
Bergamot has a slight sedative effect, but is nevertheless uplifting emotionally. It is useful for stress and anxiety, and is beneficial to easing irritating skin conditions; ie, eczema, chickenpox, psoriasis, scabies etc...
As might be expected, bergamot can provide a pleasant and fresh citrus smell when used in bathing products, aswell as soothing aggravated skin.
Wheatgerm is, although quite dull in scent, quite a useful moisturising product which is full of vitamins to keep skin nourished.
~Is this a Good Product?~
I am going to rate this product according to the following criteria:
4)Value for Money
Of course, this is a personal opinion, and some people might actually feel differently to me.
1)This is a satisfactory product performance wise. It cleanses the skin, and moisturises adequately. It does not foam too well, but is an acceptable bodywash for daily, all purpose use.
2)Oh dear....the scent. This product, unfortunately smells quite vile. This, for me, is a big turnoff when assessing a toiletry. I know this is a rather small aspect of the products worth, but frankly its common knowledge that fragrance plays a huge role in stimulating pleasant memories,and sensations, and thus helping us to relax. The basil overpowers the lovely bergamot smell, and this is where the problem lies. Basil is a savoury smell, which is not really condusive to luxuriating in a bath. I dont like ponging like an Italian resturant before bed, or any other time for that matter. Basil, as far as Im concerned is to be tasted...not smeared on the body. It is too aniseedy and actually makes me feel nauseous. I handed this product to my husband, who got some satisfaction out of it, so perhaps it just aint a 'girl thing'.
3)The texture is very smooth-its essentially a cream consistency. Gloopy, with no 'bits' or roughness to it. This is fine, since it is intended to act as a wash and not a 'brush up'.
4)Value for money is subjective really, and dependent on if you like the product or not. I didnt, so 1 pence would probably be too much frankly. Boots would like £4.00 of your good money for 200ml of this dubious stuff, so purchase wisely. My recommendation would be to pass on this monstrousity and go for the excellent products Ive suggested earlier in this review. They are superior in almost every way.
So, my view is that this is not for the ladies...or at least not for this lady thanks.
Whenever my mother comes to visit she always brings me lots of toiletries and gift sets with her. No, she isnt making an unsubtle hint about body odour, but is sharing her twice yearly bounty of gifts from her primary school class. This time I got a number of bottles from the Boots Mediterranean range and this was the first one I tried out.
One of the Boots own ranges, it is supposed to reflect the scents of the Mediterranean. There are a range of moisturisers, balms, sprays and shower gels with different combinations of plant extracts and oils.
Boots say of their range (taken from their website):
Indulge in a little sunshine with Mediterranean beauty recipes. Prepared using sun-ripened ingredients and a little know-how for a simple, healthy regime that works.
Emphasis is also placed on their organic farming methods and the importance of production to local communities.
Sounds good? Sounds right up my street, so lets get on to the bottle.
The style of the bottle is in keeping with the rest of the Mediterranean shower gel range. An opaque plastic has been used, so you can see the pale green of the liquid in side and there is a black flip lid at the bottom. I dont like having the lid at the bottom as in my experience, they leak. This one was no exception, there was a constant leak of small amounts of body wash into the shower, leaving the tray quite slippy and dangerous. Due to its design it is difficult to balance it the other way, often falling over and leaving us with an even bigger puddle to find the next time.
The picture shows a couple of basil leaves, two round brown things and one round yellow fruity thing; Im guessing the brown things are wheatgerm and the yellow thing is bergamot, although I cant be sure. This 200ml bottle contains body wash with ORGANIC extracts of uplifting bergamot oil, vitamin enriched wheatgerm oil and soothing basil.
On the back are the directions for use (massage into damp skin and rinse well for those of you unfamiliar with shower gel) and a couple of warnings; avoid contact with eyes and keep away from children as THIS IS NOT FOOD (have to admit I had a childish snigger at this). It is dermatologically tested, but as it doesnt say not tested on animals I assume it was dermatologically tested on some big eyed bunny, so maybe not for animal lovers! Once opened use within 24 months.
***Appearance and Smell***
I picked this up in the shower and gave it a good sniff. The smell is quite a warm one, more masculine than feminine as the basil and bergamot come through quite strongly. I found it quite unpleasant because I am used to the light flowery tones of my usual shower gel and this is quite a strong, heavy scent. It did set off my hayfever as the smell went straight up my nose, luckily I was in the shower!
I stretched out my damp arm and squeezed some of the pale green liquid on my arm as usual, only to watch it slide straight off and down the plug hole. This happened several times before I had the sense to squirt it in my hand instead to rub on my arm. I would imagine this would work best with one of those fluffy shower scrubby things as its quite difficult to keep hold of, it kept trying to escape my fingers, very unlike my usual shower gel.
After a minute or two the shower cubicle started to fill with the smell of rotten basil, it was overpowering and really rather unpleasant. I had to finish my shower with the door open and the aroma lingered for a good couple of hours after I had finished. It also lingered on my skin and I had to have another shower in the afternoon as it was starting to make me feel unwell when combined with the smell of my deodorant and moisturiser. The bottle was left to Mr Historywitch to finish and it smelt better on his skin than mine, but there was still a light smell of rotten basil following him around. My skin did feel a little softer than usual but all effects were negated by having to have a second shower that day!
I have never come across such an unusual smelling body wash before and it is certainly not one that I would normally buy, either for myself or for my husband. Having tried it I will not be buying any more of this from Boots and I am put off from trying any more of their Mediterranean products. The combination of ingredients sounds interesting and Boots have obviously tried to tap into a more environmentally aware market, but they have failed with this product and I am disappointed, having had very good experiences with Boots ranges previously.
***Price and Stockists***
Boots obviously are the main stockists and you can pick up this product online or instore.
It costs £4, which is more than I would spend on 200ml of body wash. Definitely not worth the money.
A body wash with essential oils /