Budget Beauty: Boots Botanics

Boots Botanics 100% Organic Facial Oil – £4.99* (usually £9.99)
Boots Botanics Ultra Calm Skin Relief Serum – £4.99* (usually £7.99)

It’s time for another budget beauty! Being brought up in South West London pretty close to Kew Gardens, I have always been intrigued by the Boots Botanics range. With the tag line ‘the power of plants’ all the items are developed with Kew Gardens to bring you the best skincare products that contain active plant extracts. With the average beauty consumer becoming more aware of the ingredients inside their skincare items, I think it’s great that Boots provide botanic options that are easy to get a hold of and do not break the bank.

The first item I tried is the 100% Organic Facial Oil. Being a girl from the category ‘oily skin’ I used to be petrified of oils and assumed they would only add to the oiliness upon my face. Oh how wrong was I! Instead, using oils are a must have addition to your beauty routine as these little pots help your skin to balance out it’s oil production therefore making your skin less oily. Magic aye! This oil comes in a small glass pot with a pipette and feels every inch luxurious even for it’s tiny £9.99 price tag. The oil contains rosehip so does pack quite a strong smell, but it quickly melts into your skin and provides moisturise for up to 8 hours. Depending on how my skin is feeling I either use this alone or add a couple of drops to my daily moisturiser to give it a bit more of a punch. I’ve also found since using this that my skin appears a bit more brighter in these dull winter days.

The second item was the one I was more intrigued by, the Ultra Calm Skin Relief Serum with none other then marshmallow as an ingredient! Now I’ve never used a product with marshmallow in it before nor have I ever been recommended it for it’s skincare benefits, so when I found out it was inside this serum I instantly wanted to see what it could do to my skin. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts since the start of the New Year my skin has gone off with a bang. Literally! Spots and blemishes galore so I have been reaching for the high potency pots and creams to banish all the badness. This understandably has left my skin feeling a bit red and sore so this serum was the perfect antidote. It is a very cooling gel like product that helps to even out any redness in my skin and helps restore it to a balanced state. Alongside the marshmallow is liquorice and linden flower which all works away to relieve sensitivity and redness. This has really helped to bring my skin back to normal and helps to combat the spot fighting treatments. Whether it is down to the marshmallow alone, this serum has really helped my skin return to a state of calm.

Have you tried anything from the Boots Botanics range before? What are your favourite items?

*pr sample

  • Anonymous

    I was going to pick up the serum earlier today but decided not to, wish I had now after this review, sounds perfect for what my skin needs right now!



    • A Girl and a Beauty Blog

      Go back and get it ;) xx

  • I tried a mircodermibrasion face wash (spelt wrong there i think) and hated it! It was so rough it left my skin bright red and very sore :( That being said I am still interested in maybe buying other products :)


    • A Girl and a Beauty Blog

      I’ve tried that too and the exact same thing happen! Looks like this range is a bit hit and miss but these two products are a big hit!xx

  • These both sound lovely! I’ve found Botanics products to be a hit and miss in the past but I’m keen to give them another go. :)

    • A Girl and a Beauty Blog

      Yeah you are right – some are great but need to be careful with some of the others xx

  • Rachael

    I really like the sound of the serum, I am struggling with blemishes at the moment due to the horrible winter weather and this sounds perfect!
    Rachael x


    • A Girl and a Beauty Blog

      This should help you out a treat =) xx

  • Ive neer tried anything from that range the serum aounds nice!:)


    • A Girl and a Beauty Blog

      I am very impressed by these two!xx

  • Anonymous

    I’ve never tried anything from boots, but that is because I live in Venezuela. I hope to try out there products sometime soon!

    I used to also be afraid of putting oils on my face, but then I noticed, like you, how it balanced the natural oils on my skin. I’m currently using the Blue Orchid one by Clarins x.


    • A Girl and a Beauty Blog

      It’s amazing how putting oil and an oily face helps out so much!xx

  • Josie

    I just bought the super balm from this range today. I’ve had really bad dry red flaky skin on my chin and it looks so much better after putting this on once. It’s also nice as a lip balm and I just put some on my cuticles. Definitely reccommended! I think I might have to pop back for the facial oil while the sale is on, it sounds really nice.

    • A Girl and a Beauty Blog

      Haha I think you should! Glad you like the super balm =) xx

  • The Organic Facial Oil sounds like something i’d like. I am a huge fab of facial oils. I have only tried the facial toner spray from this range & I like that. I have a face mask waiting to be used so I am excited to try that too.

    • A Girl and a Beauty Blog

      This is great especially for the price. Works a treat without costing a bomb xx

  • I really want to try this range soon! great post x

    • A Girl and a Beauty Blog

      Thank you love =) xx

  • May have to purchase these tomorrow after reading your reviews

    • A Girl and a Beauty Blog

      I think you will ;) xx

  • I’ve had hits and misses with the range in the past- their eye cream left my eyes stinging, but I did like their face wipes.
    Great detailed review :)

    • A Girl and a Beauty Blog

      Yeah there are a few products that are not so great but luckily these two work a treat!xx

  • I love Botanics’ Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm, it’s really lovely. I might have to give the facial oil a go whilst it’s on offer! x


    • A Girl and a Beauty Blog

      Go for it! Can’t resist on this offer!xx

  • I’ve been tempted by this range so often – really need to take the plunge and give them a try. These two products sound great so will definitely keep them on my radar! xx

    • A Girl and a Beauty Blog

      You should – I am impressed they work so well on a bargain price =) xx

  • Anonymous

    I really like their clenser- that was a bargain also definately would be tempted to pick it up again xx

    • A Girl and a Beauty Blog

      Think I need to try their cleanser out!xx

  • I am really loving botanics at the moment, it really is a lovely low end brand. x

    • A Girl and a Beauty Blog

      It really is =) xx

  • Wonderlusting

    The balm cleanser is great

  • GTea

    I’m loving the facial oil but unfortunately the the ultra calm serum broke me out terribly (ironic since it helped calm your breakouts haha)