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Botanics Hydrating Day Lotion SPF 15 (from Boots)

Hi guys! The next few posts are going to be about the products of the Botanics brand I bought from Boots. The Botanics brand is owned by Boots themselves. According to their product label, it says the Botanics products are a natural range of products made by using the power of plants.

On the packaging they say nature inspired, the power of plants, in partnership with Royal Botanics Garden, which really caught my attention; but, to be honest I did not like these products as much as I expected I would. 

Today I am reviewing the Hydrating day lotion SPF 15 from this range. This is a basic day cream with good moisturizing effects with a basic SPF 15 to carry you through the day. There is nothing much to rave about this product though. I have nothing in particular to complain about, but I am not fully satisfied either.


Texture & Colour:

Soft, Smooth, White in color.


Smooth and creamy-liquid like consistency but not too flowy.


Has a pleasant good smell. Not very strong. However the smell is not something particularly unique or anything.


I love the packaging. I love the fact that this cream comes in a pump form. This avoids the need to dip hands in the cream which I personally feel is unhygienic.

The pump can be pressed for the right amount of cream to be squirted hence there is no wastage of the product as well. It is of convenient travel size too, so it is easy to carry while traveling. There is a downside though, it comes with a clear plastic cap which can tend to get lose and can pop open when you carry in your purse.


The packaging says, ” Use every morning after cleansing. Smooth into your face and neck with your finger tips avoiding your eyes”.

I apply in the morning before I head out for work and it usually lasts the entire day for me. I require just two and a half squirts. I haven’t felt the need to reapply (nor do I get the time, LOL!)


After application

Provides good coverage. Since its glides on smoothly, a small amount covers a large area. It tends to leave the skin slightly oily after application so I use a face powder over it to reduce the oily look. If you have dry skin then this will be a great option for you.

I personally feel this day cream is best suited for the average Middle East indoor office worker. Since you would be indoors you would require SPF but not too much, so SPF 15 would be great. The air condition can tend to dry your skin out, hence this day cream provides the required amount of oiliness and also is great in providing moisture that lasts throughout the day.


The table below shows the ingredients present in the cream 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)

(If you are viewing the below table in mobile, feel free to swipe to the right to view all contents)

Ingredients Cosmetic Database EWG Ranking Paula’s Choice Rating 
Aqua (Water) 1 N/A
C12-15 alkyl benzoate 1 Good
Glycerin 2 Best


(Octocrylene is a common sunscreen ingredient. It may cause allergic skin reactions in sensitive individuals.)


(Globally-approved sunscreen agent that protects skin from the UVB range of sunlight. Like all synthetic sunscreen actives, octocrylene can be sensitizing for some people. )

Butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane


(Shows low risk of cancer)


(This is one of the most widely used UVA filters in the world and has been rigorously tested for safety and efficacy.)



(MODERATE concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

 LOW concerns: Ecotoxicology)

Propanediol 1 Good
 Ethylhexyl salicylate


(Shows Moderate level of health hazard with allergies & immunotoxocity ranging from low to medium. Generally has a good safety profile)


(It’s used to protect skin primarily from UVB rays.)

Cetearyl glucoside Good
Isostearyl isostearate Good
Bis-ethylhexyloxyphenol methoxyphenyl triazine 1 N/A
Betaine 1 N/A
Tribehenin 1 Good
Panthenol 1 Best
Potassium cetyl phosphate 1 Good
Cetearyl alcohol 1 Good
Butyrospermum parkii (Shea) butter 1 Best
Sodium polyacrylate

(Other HIGH concerns: Multiple, additive exposure sourcesContamination concernsOther MODERATE concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)



(Other HIGH concerns: Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)Occupational hazardsOther MODERATE concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive); )


(Phenoxyethanol is a widely used synthetic preservative that has global approval for use in all cosmetic products in concentrations up to 1%.)

Dimethicone crosspolymer 1 Good
Caprylyl glycol 1 Good
Allantoin 1 Best
Citric acid 2 Good
Sodium benzoate


(Shows low concerns of Organ toxicity (reproductive))


(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.)

Tocopheryl acetate


(Shows high concerns of contamination and moderate levels of allergies and immunotoxicity)

Sodium hyaluronate 1 Best


(Other HIGH concerns: Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)Other MODERATE concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

Acrylates/vinyl isodecanoate crosspolymer 1 Good
Salvia sclarea (Clary) extract 1 Good
Simethicone 1 Good
Tetrasodium EDTA

(Other HIGH concerns: Occupational hazardsOther MODERATE concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)Other LOW concerns: Enhanced skin absorption)

Parfum (Fragrance)


(Other HIGH concerns: MiscellaneousOther MODERATE concerns:Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)Other LOW concerns: Ecotoxicology)


(These are often skin sensitizers because they are composed of hundreds of individual chemical components. Fragrance is a leading source of sensitivity to cosmetics.)

Dipropylene glycol


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

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.)

Methyl benzoate


(Other MODERATE concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive))



(Other MODERATE concerns: Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)Other LOW concerns: Data gaps, Endocrine disruption)


(Butylated hydroxytoluene, a potent synthetic antioxidant that also has health concerns when consumed orally. The amount of BHT uses in cosmetic products is typically 0.01-0.1%, and does not pose a risk to skin, nor does it penetrate skin far enough to be absorbed into the bloodstream.)



(Shows low concerns of Cancer and Other HIGH concerns: Contamination concerns😉




Would I buy again

I don’t think so. I strongly feel there are better options available in the market. They may be pricier but I don’t mind paying more, if I’m sure it will work better for my skin. When I do come across better options, I sure will update you guys.

Do I recommend

I personally would want to recommend something better. Something with more cleaner ingredients, with a greater SPF and something more effective.

However, if you are looking for a day cream that’s mild, budget friendly, with low SPF since you are indoors often and have dry skin or is exposed to dry conditions like sitting an air conditioned office all day then I would recommend this.

I will be posting another product in the Boots Botanics range in my next post. Stay tuned for that, until then tc guys.




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