12.02.2014
5
1680
Expert Sensitive Gentle Cleansing Wash
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5 fl. oz. for $4.69
Last Updated:12.02.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Note: As of summer 2015, we have been alerted by our readers of a possible reformulation. We appreciate your patience as we look into it and work on updating this review thoroughly!

This cleanser is a gentle, very basic formula that is a good option for sensitive skin whether it’s oily or dry. The formula is so mild that it isn’t much for makeup removal, but is fine for those who wear minimal makeup or for use as your morning cleanser. It is fragrance- and colorant-free.

Claims

Claims: Sensitive skin needs extra care when being cleansed. This hypoallergenic foaming wash is specially formulated to be less drying. With soothing aloe vera and mineral water it leaves skin cleansed and refreshed. Fragrance-free. Lanolin-free. Dermatologically tested.

Ingredients

Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Glycerin, Sodium Citrate, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Phenoxyethanol, Aqua Mineralis (Mineral Water), Methylparaben, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Propylene Glycol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract

Brand Overview

Boots At-A-Glance

Originating in England, Boots is named after founder John Boot, and it already had a worldwide presence before its 2004 pilot launch in the U.S. retail market through select Target and CVS drugstore. (Note: Boots is no longer available at CVS.) Its success in these stores led to a full-scale launch in spring 2007. Boots has been part of England's cosmetic history since 1839, and now over 1,500 freestanding Boots stores dot the British landscape. Of course, history has its place, but Boots, on the basis of their longevity, believes that it offers consumers the best products full of quality ingredients and also at a value price. Although it's true that Boots' price point is lower than many drugstore lines (at least those whose products make similar claims and have the same target audience), their line consists of some impressive options, but also contains some areas that left us wanting for more.

Boots’ sunscreens tend to be good, but be aware that some have SPF ratings below the benchmark SPF 30+. Although there are dozens of moisturizers available, you’ll find that many are indistinguishable from one another in terms of their formulas. While there are many great options for sensitive skin among the Boots’ line, there are much fewer choices for those seeking impressive anti-aging formulas due to the lack of beneficial ingredients.

Boots does feature antioxidants, peptides, and retinyl palmitate (a form of vitamin A not to be confused with pure retinol) in many of its products, but they tend to be present at less than impressive, or jar packaging compromises their benefits to skin due to light & air exposure.

You'll find some great options for cleansers, scrubs, sunless tanners, and treatments for dry, chapped lips, all at fair prices, and that's good news. (There are also quite a few impressive makeup products at surprisingly inexpensive prices.) Check our reviews for the products that shouldn’t be missed (as well as the less-than-impressive options).

For more information about Boots, call (866) 752-6687 or visit www.boots.com.

Note: Boots No7 and Botanics brands (only) are sold in Canada at Shoppers Drug Mart stores. In the U.S., most of the lines can be found at Target, Walgreens, and Ulta. As of August 2015, Boots has been acquired by Walgreens.

Strengths: Inexpensive; outstanding options for sensitive skin; good sunscreens; some impressive makeup products.

Weaknesses: Occasional use of jar packaging; some formulas with limited amounts of beneficial ingredients.

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05.14.2015
I found this product scented

This product has a mild scent

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lauren
03.16.2015
Replaced product

I loved this product and as someone who suffered from contact dermatitis and eczema on my face it never irritated it. However Boots have replaced this range now with 'Boots Simply Sensitive' and their Foaming Cleansing Wash may not have the same ingredients. Boots would not confirm this. Paula needs to check it out!

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Constance E
03.16.2015
Beautypedia Team Response

Hi there!  Thank you for the info - we will work on getting this updated :)

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01.31.2015
It deserves the best rating!

I use this in the morning just to lightly cleanse my face and I prefer it so much over any other "daytime" cleanser I've tried. It is a pump dispenser and the foam has substance to it without leaving any residue. My skin feels fresh without dryness or irritation, good way to start the day.

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KT L.
06.22.2014
Great basic cleanser

This is a great cleanser for my sensitive skin. It's non-drying and you can't beat the price!

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Katie S.
02.21.2014
Great basic cleanser for sensitive skin

Nice cleanser at a great price point. It doesn't do much make up removal alone, but is a great follow up to a gentle make-up remover or as a basic cleanser in the morning/shower. I'm very happy with it.

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