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Botanics 82% Organic Softening Cleanser (from Boots)

Hey guys! How are you all doing? Well, I am doing great and continuing with the reviews about the products from the Botanics brand that I purchased from Boots.

Well if you have seen my previous posts you will know, I am personally not a fan of this brand. Maybe because I placed higher hopes thinking that, since it says “power of plants”, probably they would work pretty great on my skin. Well, I did not fancy any of the products nor did any prove good on my skin. Now this is completely personal, cos I’m more of a “give-me-all-natural-organic-steer-clear-of-chemical” kinda person and I set my standards pretty high as far as products marked natural or plant based or organic are concerned.

Today I am reviewing the cream facial cleanser from the Botanics range. Well, being a facial cleanser it does nothing about cleansing the face, not for me at least. It does not clean away oil and makeup completely from my face. It is very mild however it did not do for me what its meant to do i.e cleansing.

I did a study on the list of its ingredients; to my horror, I found few ingredients which are organic by nature (as the packaging rightly claims), however by nature these are actually photosynthetic and very sensitizing to the skin. Even if these ingredients are present in small amounts they can tend to cause harm to the barrier of the skin and hence such ingredients would be better avoided than have them for the sake of having, even if its in very small amounts.



Smooth and creamy


It has a milky white creamy appearance


Smooth and runny


Mild. Smells more like a body lotion.


As per the instructions on the bottle you are to “Massage on to dry skin over face and neck. Gently remove with tissues.”


When transferring the product over cotton I lose much of the product as it easily gets absorbed into the cotton and leaves very little product for my face. If I ditch the cotton and use hands, still I find I need to use a lot of product just for one application as it doesn’t spread evenly even after having a smooth consistency. It does not spread very smoothly either over the face. So even whilst application I do not feel satisfied. You know the kinda satisfaction you expect from a cleanser.

 Moreover, I did not feel it cleanse the face as it is supposed to do. Neither does it remove oil and make up. I know this because after using this, when I use another cotton with coconut oil  over my face I see huge traces of makeup and oil over the cotton and I have to use two cotton pads with coconut oil to completely remove every makeup from my face which leaves me asking the question, so what was the use of the cleanser in the first place?


Very affordable. I guess I got it for around 4.5 Omani Rial. (I’m not exactly sure though)


The table below shows the ingredients present in the product as mentioned on its cover.  Along with it, I have mentioned the rating provided by Skin Deep Cosmetics Database, EWG and rating by Paula’s Choice.

(Disclosure: All information found in the table below is directly taken from the mentioned two websites)

According to the EWG Cosmetics database, the rating is as follows:

1-2 : Low Hazard

3-6 : Moderate Hazard

7-10: High Hazard

According to Paula’s choice Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary, the rating is as follows:

  1. Best
  2. Good
  3. Average
  4. Poor

In the table shown below, for those ingredients with either a moderate hazard rating by EWG or an average rating by Paula’s Choice has been marked pink and for those ingredients with either a high hazard rating by EWG or a poor rating by Paula’s Choice has been marked with red for your easy reference.

Also, kindly note, just because it is highlighted doesn’t mean you need to steer completely clear of the ingredient or the product; it is just so it helps you assess whether you approve of that particular ingredient personally in your skincare product. (for instance, I have discovered that the ingredient Dimethicone found in most creams doesn’t suit my skin as it tends to breakout and hence I have to avoid products that contain this ingredient).

Ingredients Cosmetics Database EWG Rating Paula’s Choice Rating
Aqua (Water) 1 N/A
Olea europaea (Olive) fruit oil* 1 Good
Glycerin* 2 Best
Cetearyl olivate 1 Good
Rosa canina fruit oil* 1 Good
Cetearyl alcohol 1 Good
Alcohol denat.*


(Other HIGH concerns:Multiple, additive exposure sources;Other MODERATE concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive); Other LOW concerns: Enhanced skin absorption, Occupational hazards. Also shows low levels of cancer risks)

Poor (Denatured alcohol is a drying type of alcohol that aggravates and weakens skin. )
Xanthan gum 1 Good
Sorbitan olivate 1 Good
Sodium benzoate


(Shows low concerns of Organ toxicity (reproductive))

Good (It is a preservative in both cosmetics and food products. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has designated it a “generally recognized as safe” ingredient.)
Potassium sorbate


(Moderate concerns of allergies & immunotoxicity. Shows Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive))  


(Used as a preservative, almost always used in conjunction with other preservatives.)  

Citric acid 2 Good


(Limonene is a scent ingredient and solvent naturally ocurring in the rind of citrus fruit. Upon storage and exposure to sunlight and air, limonene degrades to various oxidation products which act as skin and respiratory irritants and sensitizers.) (HIGH concerns: Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs); Moderate Concerns: Allergies and immunotoxicity, Other LOW concerns: Ecotoxicology, Occupational hazards


(Topically, limonene can cause sensitivity and is best avoided. Also, because of its penetration-enhancing effects on skin, it’s particularly important to avoid products that contain limonene plus other skin sensitizers like denatured alcohol. Like most volatile fragrance components, limonene also has strong antioxidant benefits and has also been shown to calm skin; however, when exposed to air these highly volatile antioxidant compounds oxidize and become capable of sensitizing skin.)



(Moderate concerns of allergies and immunotoxicity)


(Applied to skin, it can cause aggravation when exposed to air. This exposure causes the unstable citronellol molecule to oxidize, which is believed to trigger aggravation on skin.)

Pelargonium graveolens leaf oil* 1


(Fragrant oil that can have beneficial properties, but also can be a skin sensitizer due to its volatile fragrance ingredients. )



(Moderate to High Concern for Allergies & Immunotoxicity)


(A volatile fragrance ingredient extracted from geranium, geraniol is capable of causing sensitivity when applied to skin. However, the risk of such reaction has to do with depth of penetration into skin, and geraniol doesn’t penetrate skin easily. As such, although it’s not a great ingredient to see on a label if you have sensitive skin, it isn’t among the most troublesome fragrance ingredients when used in low concentrations. Despite the lesser concern, research has shown that, like many fragrant oil components, geraniol can oxidize in the presence of air, causing damage when applied to skin’s surface.)

Citrus aurantium sinensis peel extract* 2


(used topically its methanol content makes it potentially sensitizing for skin)



(Moderate Concerns for Allergies & Immunotoxicity)


(Fragrant component of lavender and coriander that can be a potent skin sensitizer.)

Citrus aurantium bergamia (Bergamot) fruit oil* 2


(Volatile citrus oil that is a photosensitizer when used topically.)



(Other HIGH concerns: Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs))


(cause sensitivity when applied to skin.)

Citrus limon (lemon) peel oil* 3


(Commonly used citrus oil that can be a skin sensitizer, especially on abraded skin. Lemon oil has limited research proving any benefits for skin. As with many fragrant oils, lemon oil has antioxidant components that can be beneficial, but there’s no valid reason to tolerate the bad to get the good. Lemon oil contains numerous fragrance chemicals that can cause a reaction when on skin that’s subsequently exposed to sunlight. Examples of the fragrance chemicals in lemon oil include limonene, bergapten, and oxypeucedanin. Although it smells great, fragrance is not skincare! The major fragrance chemical in lemon oil is limonene.)

*Certified Organic Ingredient

**Natural occurring in essential oils.


Would I buy it again:

The study that I did about the organic ingredients present in the product, which I thought would be good for me, turned out instead to freak me. So, Nope, not gonna buy it again.

Do I recommend the product

Now that you and I know the nature of the ingredients present, that can plausibly tend to hurt the skin’s barrier, hence I believe I do not have the right to tell you to still go for it. So I think you get it.

Tell me, am I the only ingredient freak or do the contents of a product and how they effect you bother you?





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