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The Sanctuary range originates from the spa in covent garden, I received one of their gift sets from my mum for christmas, and it came with 4 products from the mela range in a pretty box. The bottle has a pretty purple and gold label and it looks really expensive in the bathroom! Its based on indian bathing as a theme and it certainly has a smell and a look to it that might be from that country.
This one contains fruit from the amla tree which is full of antioxidants, along with vitamin c, cardamom, jasmine and gotu kola it smells amazing. Its a really refreshing smell and when its mixed with water it really wakes you up.
To use just use a small amount and froth it up either with your hands or with a shower scrub wiring sponge. The gift set bottle is 75ml but I think you can get a full sized one. The lid is screw top and the bottle squeezes a little but the product generally falls out if you tip it upside down.
The liquid is quite thick but silky feeling, and is a beige colour. Its a creamy wash rather than soapy and it leaves your skin feeling quite soft and alive. It states it is paraben free, and that they are against animal testing.
If you want a sanctuary experience but dont want to spend a huge amount of money on a treatment then use this instead. I dont use it every time I shower but its nice for a treat, remember a little goes a long way!
*Price & Availability*
I had my Sanctuary products for Christmas so fortunately did not have to but this myself. Sanctuary products are available from Boots stores on online at www.boots.com. The Mela range is fairly new and the Amla & Cardamom Shower Drench currently costs £5.49 for a 250ml bottle. Sanctuary products are sometimes on 3 for 2 offers.
*Using The Product*
The shower 'drench' is easily dispensed from the flip top cap and I squeeze a 20p sized blob onto a shower scrunchie. This lathers really well and quickly, producing a thick dense foam.
The fragrance is something very special and unusual. I would not have been able to pick out the cardamom if I had not known what the product contains, but this really adds an aromatic feel, along with spicy fruity alma fruit.
There is plenty of Vitamin C stacked into this product.
*What I Think*
I really enjoy using this product in conjunction with other products from the Mela range. I love the 'Hindi' feel of the product packaging and smell is amazing. The foam is cleansing and I do feel moisturised after use. The smell stays on my skin for many hours after use and I am always sniffing myself when I have showered with this.
I find it invigorating and revitalising.
However, that is some price tag and it is not something I would buy for my self regularly, if would have to be as a treat with my advantage card points or as a gift for me to not feel guilty!
The Sanctuary Spa has been around for 30 years in Covent Garden. Its philosophy is to provide relaxing and rejuvenating treatments by women, for women. In 1998 they released a range of Sanctuary products so you don't have to go all the way to London to treat yourself.
The Amla & Cardamom shower drench is part of their Mela range, a series of products based on Indian traditions. It contains vitamin C, amla (also know as Indian gooseberry), jasmine, cardamom and gotu kola (a medicinal herb). These ingredients give the shower gel antioxident properties and claim to be soothing and stimulating.
The scent of this is gorgeous. It's a rich creamy smell with some spicy cardamom. I could also pick out the jasmine. It made my shower smell great and the scent lasted on my skin and in the bathroom for a couple of hours.
The gel is a milky colour with a creamy texture. It doesn't lather very much but feels very smooth on your skin. I used it instead of shaving foam and it made shaving my legs very easy and comfortable. My skin was left feeling soft and moisturised, which is what I would expect from a product called shower drench.
The bottle is made of clear plastic so you can see the gel through it. It has a lid that you have to remove to get at the opening. The opening is the standard shower gel one where you press down on one side to pop up the hole. I found it a little fiddly since I have long nails and would have preferred a simple flip cap.
I got this as part of a set for Christmas, but if you buy it on its own it costs £5.49 for a 250ml bottle. It's available from Boots, the Sanctuary website and the Sanctuary Spa itself. It's not the cheapest shower gel but I think it's a reasonable price for a treat or would make a lovely gift.