Product Type: The Sanctuary Bath / Shower
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Sanctuary Salt Scrub
Member Name: ladybracknell
Sanctuary Salt Scrub
Advantages: Leaves skin soft, moisturised and sweet smelling
Disadvantages: The jar is heavy and the salt corrodes the metal clip.
I'm a huge fan of Sanctuary products and the Spa Essentials range in particular. My appreciation of these products stems from my one and only visit to The Sanctuary in London which was a birthday treat received some years ago which was intended to ease the pain of celebrating a significant birthday.
The Sanctuary is a women-only spa, the first of which opened about thirty years ago in Covent Garden, and where it's possible to spend a relaxing day indulging the senses and being pampered into the bargain. Since those early days, the spa has extended and opened branches in Richmond, Cambridge and Bristol. It isn't cheap but for a special treat, it's well worth the expense and I've put the web address at the end of this review. I emerged from my Sanctuary experience if not quite a new woman, at least one who smelled great and was reinvigorated and determined to fight the oncoming years.
As a consequence of that visit, my friends and family always know what to buy for presents and, true to form, one of my Christmas presents this year was a replacement jar of this fabulous product.
Price and availability:
Sanctuary products are always available from Boots, and frequently as part of their 3 for 2 offers. The Salt Scrub is currently retailing at £10.20 in store and also on the Boots website where it can be ordered for collection in store or delivered to your home address for an additional charge. The product is, of course, also available from The Santuary itself.
This product is part of the Sanctuary Spa Essentials range and as far as I'm concerned, it's an essential part of my toiletries collection and I use it on a regular basis.
The product comes in a clear glass Kilner jar containing 650g of scented oil infused salt scrub, carrying the discreet Sanctuary fish logo and name. The style of this container is designed to fit in with practically any bathroom décor. The jar has a rubber seal to ensure that the salt and oil don't dry out.
The scrub contains sea salts and a blend of oils (sweet almond, jojoba and coconut) which produce a delicious scent which sits nicely with all the other products in the Spa Essentials Range. It isn't a particularly sweet and girly scent and, in fact, is an almost unisex scent and I think most males would be quite happy to use it too.
Using the product can be quite a messy business, however, as it is a bit on the gloopy side. A small scoop of scrub should be sufficient to tackle arms and legs and I usually apply it with my hands and then scrub with a net body polisher before rinsing off. Once rinsed away, it leaves the skin exfoliated and feeling soft, moisturised, shiny and smelling absolutely wonderful. The scent tends to last for several hours, especially if you've also applied some Spa Essentials Body Butter or Lotion after you've dried off.
There are a couple of minor niggles about this product, the first being the container. The jar is pretty heavy and if lifting with wet hands be extra careful because it will then be slippy. I dropped a jar whilst showering and the result was a small chip in the bath! The other problem I've found is that because salt is a fairly corrosive substance, the metal clip which fastens the Kilner jar gets rusty until you clean it off and dry it thoroughly every time you use it, and if you leave the jar on display in the bathroom, the steamy atmosphere will make the metal rusty whatever you do.
This isn't a product that will last for a long time, although the chances are you'll use it so often that it will be gone in a few months. I've found that after about six months, the scent becomes slightly different, I suspect because the oils are degrading in some way. It isn't an unpleasant scent, just not quite as it should be.
As I've become middle aged, I've found that my skin tends to dry out much more quickly and using this salt scrub a couple of times a week has helped to keep me skin, especially arms and legs, moisturised and smooth whilst gently exfoliating all the dry skin away.
I've tried on a couple of occasions to make my own salt scrub and although it was easy to make and reasonably good to use, it didn't come anywhere near comparing to the Sanctuary product. I highly recommend this salt scrub (and all other Sanctuary Spa Essentials products too, for that matter) for anyone who enjoys a little bit of home pampering. Despite the one or two little niggles I've mentioned, I would definitely class this as a five star treat.
London WC2E 9DH
Summary: A beautiful, indulgent product which pampers the skin