“ Brand: Sanctuary / Type: Body Scrub / Suitable for: Body / What it does: Exfoliates, „
Another of my gift set from sanctuary from my mum was this black pepper and ginger body scrub. Its not good to exfoliate your skin everyday, so I am only using this once every two weeks as afterwards my skin feels quite sensitive, especially around my ankle area and bottom of my feet. It comes in a 50ml squeezy bottle and there is a larger version available.
It comes with a top down flip lid, you can squeeze the bottle to get the product out. Its quite thick, and has little bits of crushed coconut that exfoliates, and the ginger and black pepper heals and stimulates your skin. It leaves a lovely smell on your body for a while afterwards, so I wouldnt use another shower gel afterwards or the smell will be removed.
To use gentle rub it all over your body, and you will see the dead skin start to be removed. Dont rub too hard and dont use it on your face as it will not feel very nice and can scratch your eyes if it gets in them. Its also not suitable for damaged or irritated skin, it will make it feel sore and further irritate it.
The bottle has a lovely purple and gold shiny matte and shiny label on it. The bottle generally looks good quality and with all four products lined up in my bathroom it looks really smart and expensive.
It was a lovely present and I dont think I would buy it myself as santuary products are super expensive unless you can get a deal in somewhere like Boots.
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 Black Pepper and Ginger body scrub is part of their Mela range, a series of products based on Indian traditions. It contains ginger, black pepper and coconut which are meant to have warming and stimulating properties, remove toxins and moisturise and protect your skin.
The scrub comes in a clear squeezable tube with a flip cap at the bottom. The design allows you to see the product, and since it's stored on the lid, gravity means you can easily dispense it. The label is purple and gold with an Eastern feel that very appropriate for the range.
The scrub itself is a thick white paste with little black specks which I suspect are pepper. The texture is extremely thick, bordering on a putty and you can feel fine exfoliating particles in it. These particles are crushed coconut shells so it's very natural. Despite the thick texture it goes on to your body very easily. The coconut shells provide a gentle exfoliation compared to a lot of scrub products so I think this would be good for sensitive skin.
After use my skin felt very soft. There was no redness from exfoliating particles and no residue that I've had with some other scrubs. The level of moisturisation was just right for my skin leaving it feeling healthy and refreshed but not greasy.
My main disappointment with this scrub was the scent. I was expecting something delicious and spicy after using other products in this range, but it in fact smelt like a generic body product- slightly perfumed, maybe a hint of spice, and I couldn't make out any distinct notes.
This costs £5.99 for 200ml. I used about 2 10p sized blobs for my entire body so this should last you a while making it pretty good value in my opinion. I've rated it down for the lack of scent, but I would still buy it again for the lovely smooth soft skin it left me with.