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Brand: The Sanctuary / Type: Body Scrub / Suitable for: Body / What it does: Exfoliates,

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      15.09.2013 20:05
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      Removes dead skin cells, cheap to buy.

      I love Sanctuary beauty items, I buy them because they are affordable ,but I hadn't bought the body scrub before. My mum actually gave me this scrub because she bought it and didn't like it very much. She always asks me first if I want any product she doesn't like because she knows I often do like them. I always get first refusal so she does make me a very happy bunny.

      The scrub comes in a transparent plastic tube which has a flip back orange lid. The scrub is a bright orange colour, it does look lovely inside the tube. Once flipping the lid back I can definitely smell an orange fragrance. The fragrance is really pleasant and a really nice one.

      The scrub has tiny beads in a gel kind of liquid, they are very fine beads, not too big for a body scrub in my opinion. It is easy to apply the scrub to the skin on the body. I use a body sponge and just pour a small amount onto the buff and then just gently glide it all over my body. It feels really nice on the skin. it isn't too harsh or too abrasive on the skin in my opinion.

      It has a soft texture and quite soft, it is fairly rich and doesn't have a runny consistency, so it doesn't drip all over the shower tray. It stays on the sponge very well until it reaches the body.

      Only a small amount is needed because it does give a foaming effect on the skin. I like to use it on my elbow area and knees. Also on the soles of my feet. I find it feels gentle and not too rough a texture on these areas. I also like to use it on my arms, chest, I find it is a gentle scrub for the chest area because it is more softer on the chest area. I find it isn't too harsh for this area. It gentle works all over the body to remove those dead skin cells. Once I have massaged it all over my body, I just rinse it away. It is very easy to rinse from the body too with no problems removing it.

      I find that once it is fully rinsed, I can definitely feel the difference the way my skin feels. It feels extremely soft before I have even dried it. After I have dried my body, I can feel it is very soft and smooth. Then I apply my body lotion and the skin feels super soft and an absolutely a lovely feeling.

      I also pay attention to the sides of my upper arms, I tend to have more rough patches in this area and the scrub works really well to help soften this more rough area of my body. It is a polishing scrub which can be used daily if needed because it is so gentle.

      It is however only to be used for the body and not the face area. It contains orange oil which is a natural ingredient. The oil does help to soften the skin and works really well with the fine beads. It renews the skin and helps it look much softer and in a nice condition. Some people only pay attention to the skin on the face and completely forget that the rest of the body needs help too. I always take care of all of my skin and always have done since my teenage years.

      This scrub is ideal for anyone wanting a nice gentle scrub and also for teenagers to begin to take care of their body. I think it is extremely good quality. I have checked the Boots website and it is currently priced at just £5.25 for a 200ml tube. I think for this price it is amazingly good value for money. It does last quite some time because only a small amount is needed to help soften the skin.

      I will buy it in the future because it has helped to remove dead skin from my body and works a treat. I am pleased my mum gave me this scrub, I have no idea why she didn't like it but at least she didn't throw it away and recycled it to me as a freebie and I am chuffed she did because I love it.

      I do highly recommend this scrub and it gives my body all the results that I expect from the Sanctuary beauty scrub. Well worth a try in my opinion.

      I give this one 5 stars.

      Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.

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        17.07.2013 15:30
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        Definitely recommended.

        The Sanctuary Body Scrub

        I received a beauty care package from my sister for my birthday recently, and this is one of the products that she had popped in it. The 200 ml tube is currently priced around £5.50 (and is on the three for two at Boots)...

        The bottle looks very much like a large oversized tube of toothpaste, and stands cleverly on it's lid. It had a flip top, which once opened allows a nice sized 'dollop' out when you need to use it. I personally like to smooth the body on with my hands - working on the theory this will also work to benefit my hands while I apply it... It does however work well is used on a wash product, such as a shower pouffe, or sponge.

        The product is made with 'fragrant patcchouli and orange oil' - which make the product a nice translucent orange colour, and with natural pumice in the mix it works well to ex-foliate my skin. The bit of natural pumice to me are nice and small flecks of grey - the colour mix does in my eyes make it attractive. Personally I feel the smell of the product makes it unisex (this may be because I have a male friend who loves the smell of patchouli though)...

        The scent does stay on my skin for a short period after washing with it, and it does leave my skin feeling softer, and fresher. The package does recommend using the matching body care range for the best results (don't they always?) - however I have found that any moisturiser works to keep my skin soft after I have used this.

        Overall I do feel the product is a good quality scrub, and that it is well priced for what it is. It gets four starts from me, only loosing one as I have used cheaper scrubs that achieved the same results that were cheaper.

        Definitely recommended.

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          21.06.2013 09:05
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          A pretty average body scrub

          The Sanctuary Body Scrub is the last item that I received in a gift box for my birthday earlier on in the year. I have to be honest to begin with and say that I'm not the biggest fan of any body scrub. I much prefer a smooth and silky feeling shower gel but as I have liked so many other Sanctuary products, I was more than willing to give this one a go.

          Sanctuary products are available from Boots and the Sanctuary Spa in Covent Garden. This particular product currently costs £5.50 from Boots for a 200ml tube.

          The packaging for this body scrub is much like any other product in the Sanctuary range. The plastic tube is see through for the most part, save for the black printed text which gives the Sanctuary logo, name of the product as well as a description. At the bottom of the tube is an orange flip cap which is really easy to open. The orange colour of the cap is in keeping with the Sanctuary brand colours which means this matches the other products I have.

          When squeezing the scrub out of the tube, I can quickly feel that it is of a really thick consistency, much like a paste. The scrub comes out of the tube really easily so you only need to squeeze it gently in order to get a decent amount in your hands. As well as being thick, the scrub has a rough texture to it. This comes from the particles inside the liquid and those are what makes this a scrub instead of a shower gel.

          When using this product, Sanctuary advise that the best results can be seen if you use in a slow, circular motion on the skin. As a body scrub, this is designed to help clear your body of dead skin and to make it feeling wonderfully soft and smooth. The circular motion helps to exfoliate the skin. This product does feel a little rough on the skin but not as much as some other body scrubs I have tried in the past. Whilst in the shower or bath, I can feel the particles rubbing on my skin but it doesn't feel uncomfortable at all. The scrub also has the addition of a soothing orange oil which helps to make the scrub feel softer than it maybe should.

          As scents go, this one is very gentle in comparison to other Sanctuary products. The scrub contains patchouli oil as well as the previously mentioned orange oil. Strangely though, I don't really smell either of these in the product. I would have loved for this to smell more like the orange oil but instead I got a weakened down version of the scent that you normally get with a Sanctuary product. Usually, these smell quite strong in the bath or shower but not this one.

          After using the product, my skin does feel very soft and exfoliated. I can definitely feel the difference between my skin before and after using this body scrub. I do feel that my skin feels even softer though with the use of a body moisturiser straight after but the body scrub on its own does do a good enough job. This is one of the better body scrubs I have used mainly because it doesn't feel incredibly rough on my skin. I would have liked this so much more though if the scent had been stronger.

          *This review will also be posted on my blog and other sites*

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            16.01.2013 12:11

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            Wouldn't buy again due to disliking the smell.

            The body scrub is presented in a triangular tube like most standard exfoliating products, it appears surprisingly gritty looking through the plastic and I was initially concerned about how harsh this will be on my skin. It's a peachy, orange colour and has a similar smell to the other products in the range. As I squeeze it into my palm, it's revealed to actually be very light and delicate, and again quite loose in consistency.

            As I work it into my skin, I find it's a lot more gentle than similar products, yet still very effective. You barely feel the mixture dance against your skin and banish dead skin. All you notice is how incredibly smooth it leaves your skin afterwards. However, I did find the smell rather off-putting, and it clung to my skin until my next shower a day later! A good thing I suppose if you like the smell...

            Pleasantly surprised, though not my favourite scent.

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            13.01.2013 01:06

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            great love it

            WHAT IS IT?
            This scrub is a soft body scrub created by The Sanctuary.


            WHAT I THINK OF IT
            This is a great scrub, I got it in a set for a christmas present and it does compliment your skin by making you feel soft and clean, not to mention the enduring smell that makes me love it even more. If you're looking for a strong body scrub, though, I would not recommend this one, it is suited for sensitive skin and it does just the job. In my opinion, I love it more every time I use it and am very grateful someone has bought me this lovely present that suits my skin so well. It is a great quality product and I think it's something that makes you feel great inside and out. Use it once in the shower, and you'll feel great for the rest of the day, maintaining that fresh clean smell.


            OTHER COMMENTS
            Great product, totally recommend, love it.

            RATING
            5 Dooyoo stars

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            07.01.2013 13:50
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            A lovely body scrub which I shall be buying often from now on.

            One of the things I love about Dooyoo is that I not only get to recommend good products and warn people about bad products, but I also get product warnings and recommendations from others which I then apply to my shopping sprees. Such things are probably most useful when making expensive purchases but it's nice to find little gems the form of smaller, cheaper purchases too, beauty products for example. On this site I've come across many rave reviews for Sanctuary and Champneys products, brands which I overlooked and walked past in stores before. After reading so many reviews though I've found myself wanting to try different products from these two brands more and more recently and so I decided to take full advantage of the Boots half price sale and bought myself a couple of gift sets from the two brands so I could try these products out without breaking the bank.

            I managed to get quite a nice little Sanctuary set for £9 which contained many different full sized products, quite a bargain! In that set was a 200ml bottle of this body scrub which I was very keen to try out as I love body scrubs! When purchased from Boots a bottle of this size will cost £5.50 which I don't think is too bad of a price compared to what I usually pay for such a product.

            This body scrub comes in a clear soft plastic bottle which stands upside down on its orange flip top lid. The clear bottle allows you to easily see the orange scrub contained which adds a splash of colour to the packaging and allows you to see how much you have left. On the front of the bottle is the Sanctuary logo along with product name and description in black lettering. This one is described as being 'a natural scrub that's so gentle you can use it every day to leave skin cleansed, radiant and refined.' The back of the bottle has all the usual information you'd expect to find such as directions for use and ingredients. The packaging as a whole looks quite simplistic yet sophisticated and I quite like it.

            The scrub contains 'soothing orange oil' and 'rejuvenating patchouli' as well as natural pumice grains to exfoliate and buff the skin. This can be used an exfoliating shower gel if you'd like although I prefer to use it purely to exfoliate and use a different product to cleanse and clean my skin.

            Flipping back the lid reveals a small circular hole which is used to dispense the product. Through this hole you can also smell the scrub and it really is a lovely smell! I do usually go for fruity scents when it comes to bath/shower products so this was something a little different for me but lovely all the same. The scent still has a fruity orange undertone to it but also quite a subtly spicy ginger scent. It smells very fresh and awaking without being overpowering and it is a scent I have now become rather fond of and am keen to layer using other Sanctuary products.

            The scrub itself is mostly clear with a slight orange tinge to it which makes it look fully orange when there's a lot in the bottle. A tiny amount of this is packed full of those little pumice grains which exfoliate the skin meaning you can sure you're getting a good scrub. I have found that a little of this goes a long way so that 200ml bottle will go a long way. I tend to use a blob slightly bigger than a pea at a time and find I can get both arms done out of one blob, my torso out of another and each leg/foot out of another blob each. It lathers up really quickly into a rich creamy lather which spreads along the surface of my skin and because there are so many pumice grains packed into it every inch of my body covered by the scrub still gets those dead skin cells buffed away. Whilst I'm doing this that lovely scent is left floating around my body and it lingers there too for an hour or so which is very nice, particularly when followed with the Sanctuary body lotion which has a very similar scent thus making it stronger and longer lasting.

            The results of using this scrub are really very noticeable and very nice. My skin just looks brighter and healthier after scrubbing with this and it feels silky smooth and extremely soft. I must admit I was very surprised at how well this scrub worked as it so gentle, it almost feels grainless at times and it definitely doesn't feel rough or uncomfortable so to find it still exfoliates so well was a pleasant surprise. I do have rather a lot of rough, hard skin on the balls of my feet and heel and this scrub even does a pretty nice job at smoothing that out a bit for me too! Whilst I would certainly agree that this is gentle enough to use daily I personally don't feel that there is a need to as this does provide a really good exfoliation, something I feel is only needed once a week or so.

            I would absolutely recommend this body scrub. It smells lovely, is a decent price, goes a long way and is extremely effective. I can't pick a fault with it and it certainly lived up to my expectations.

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              13.09.2012 22:51
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              Would definitely recommend as a small treat!

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              I suffer from patches of eczema which I feel quite self conscious of and also have slightly dry skin. Alongside this, I epilate my legs and so can find myself with the odd ingrown hair. These are the main reasons I use a body scrub alongside the fact that it is refreshing.

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              I use this scrub everyday in the shower as it is quite a gentle scrub and is recommended for daily use. My favourite thing about this scrub is the smell (as with all Sanctuary items)! It's refreshing and clean and leaves you feeling fresh. The scrub has quite small pumice balls which are gentle on your skin but are still effective on a daily basis. It also foams up and so a small amount on ex foliating gloves will go a long way.

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              I love using this scrub but I haven't noticed amazing results. My skin has improved (also using the sanctuary body butter) but I would ideally expect much softer skin and an improvement with ingrown hairs. However, this is a gentle scrub and I think it's good for daily use to refresh.

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              The standard tube (200ml) is around £5 which I think is good value considering how refreshing it is and it does feel like a treat. It also lasts quite a while as a small amount goes a long way.

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              I would definitely recommend this scrub as it is a daily treat for you and your body, and it smells amazing!

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              13.09.2012 10:20
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              A beautiful Sanctuary product that I recommend.

              ~ Sanctuary Body Scrub ~


              I am a huge fan of the toiletries in the 'Sanctuary' range and was therefore delighted to receive a small gift set for my birthday in June which contained some miniature-sized versions of some of their products contained within. One of these was a small tube of the Sanctuary Body Scrub and this review outlines my experiences of using the product.

              My tube is very small, being only 50ml in size, however I found this the ideal size to take away with me on a recent weekend trip away. The "Sanctuary Mini Spa Essentials Body Scrub" is available to purchase in the small 50ml tube within larger branches of Boots, or online at their website at www.boots.com, where the current price is £2.50. I believe there is a larger tube available too, and the price for this is around £5.50.

              The packaging for the Sanctuary Scrub is in keeping with other products from the range, being quite simplistic but with a rather sophisticated edge. Colours of orange and peach are used on the packaging which correspond perfectly with the product itself, which is a pale orange colour and is clearly visible through the plastic packaging.

              The product is very thick, which is normal practice with body scrubs in my experience. The thick 'paste' type liquid is easily dispensed with a light squeeze to the tube and I have never experienced any difficulty in doing this, even with reduced mobility and weakness in my hands. Whilst this is perhaps not the most relevant point for many consumers, those with limited mobility may find it reassuring to know that the packaging has posed no problems for me in this regard.

              The scrub is a pale orange colour as I mentioned and is generously 'peppered' with an abundance of rough-feeling 'particles' which form the base of the scrub. These small particles actually resemble large grains of sand and are quite fine in comparison to the particles in some of the other body scrub products that I use regularly.

              The idea behind the product is to apply a generous helping to the skin and rub it in, before rinsing it off in the bathtub or under the shower. The packaging actually gives a little advice and information about application of the scrub and massaging it into the skin using 'circular' motions. I have found that products like this work best when a little time is taken during the application process, so I tend to concentrate on the areas of the skin that are most susceptible to dry skin; for me, this is around the knees and on the upper arms, where I suffer from dry skin and frequent flare-ups of eczema. To my mind, this is not the sort of product that is welcome during a rushed bath-time routine when time is short. Instead, I think of products like this one as being a sort of 'pampering' product that is best kept until time is more plentiful and I can take my time with applying it. I find too that a little extra time is required to rinse these sorts of products from the skin, as the small particles contained within have a tendency to 'cling' to wet skin, so further rinsing may be required. Certainly this is what I found to be the case with the Sanctuary Scrub but in all honesty, my range of Sanctuary products are generally used perhaps twice a week to achieve a luxurious bath time experience - they are NOT the sort of products that I use everyday for a quick wash in the tub. This is down to personal choice of course, but I find the Sanctuary range of products are really quite luxurious - and are generally quite expensive - so I want to take my time and enjoy these products to their fullest.

              It is fair to say that I am usually fairly cautious when using a scrub product for the first time, mainly because I find they can be quite abrasive due to the rough particles contained within. This can make them feel quite harsh, as their role is to assist in removing dead skin cells and leave skin 'buffed' and of course, scrubbed. I didn't feel the usual caution when using the Sanctuary Scrub for the first time, mainly due to having experienced no irritation or unpleasant side-effects from any of the other products I have used in the range. This assumption proved to be correct, and I am happy to report that indeed there was no irritation to my hyper-sensitive skin experienced after using this product. Whether this is down to the addition of "Soothing Orange Oil" within the product is anybody's guess but whatever the reason, the end result is only calm, softened skin.

              The smell of the Sanctuary Scrub is very pleasant and is identical to other products in the range that I own, making the scrub perfectly suited to use alongside them. I find that there is a strong spice within the aroma that carries itself delicately over the skin. There is the addition of Patchouli within the product's ingredients, and I find that this really gives a lovely warm 'glow' type feeling whilst the product is being used and it lasts well after use too, being evident on my skin for several hours afterwards. This impressive result is probably down to the product being used alongside matching products in the Sanctuary range, that allow the fragrance to become much more 'robust' and the matching Body Lotion in particular really allows the scrub's fragrance to 'develop' on the skin, working in perfect harmony with its neighbour.

              I find that the scrub works very well, leaving my skin feeling wonderfully softened and free from dry skin, which is of course the whole point of using a product like this one. The scrub provides wonderful exfoliation properties to the skin, and I find that taking a little time during the application process really pays off, particularly if I take my time and apply the product to the skin using 'circular' motions, as recommended on the packaging. I find that this method effectively removes dead skin cells and after rinsing, my skin feels rather rejuvenated and refreshed, but also feels wonderfully softened.

              When using this scrub, I find that applying my Sanctuary Body Lotion or Body Butter directly after use really allows the scrubbed skin to fully absorb the lotion or butter and the moisturisation properties feel even more nourishing than they usually do as a result, presumably because the scrub has 'prepared' the skin to an extent. The end result is fully softened skin that is close to being what I would describe as 'baby soft' which is really quite impressive, by anybody's standard.

              To conclude, I was thoroughly impressed with Sanctuary's Body Scrub and I would not hesitate to purchase it for myself in the future. I felt the results achieved were second to none, and providing fully cleansed, buffed and softened skin was easily achieved by the product, with noticeable effects after only one use. With continued use however, my skin has really benefited from using the product and has been left 'baby soft' with no unpleasant dry patches left behind. This product really deserves full marks in the product rating score and comes with my full recommendation.

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                08.08.2012 12:18
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                4/5 - it's gentle, but not a miracle if you need it

                I have the mini version of this product in a squeezy tube. I received it in a gift set, but it is available at Boots for £2.50 for 50ml.

                The product claims to be a 'gentle, exfoliating gel body scrub' which is exactly what it is. You use it in the shower before your body wash and apply in circular motions; some people apply with a mitt, but I don't bother. I apply it to my legs and arms almost every day and it keeps them soft and smooth.

                The packaging is really good because the cap is at the bottom so it's always easy to get the gel out. It's also easy to control how much you get out which is a plus for me because some bottles give you huge amounts of the product that you don't need.

                The gel itself is orange with lots of little grey/green pieces suspended in it. When applied to the skin it does foam up a bit to increase coverage and this also allows you to see where you've applied it. The smell is really nice, like most sanctuary products, and the scent is Patchouli and orange oil. As the gel is applied before shower gel, I can't really notice the smell after my shower. Other ingredients include pumice which is well known for its buffing properties.

                I am surprised at how long the small bottle lasts; I would say it's probably about 3 or 4 months of nearly every day use and possibly more. The small bottle is also very handy for taking on holiday.

                I personally prefer scrubs with a bit more grit. The sanctuary body scrub is described as gentle and has less grit than my favourite exfoliator - the 'sugar babe sugar scrub' from lush. Of course the lack of grit is a plus for some people that think some sugar scrubs are too painful and scratchy to apply. It's very good as a daily scrub, but I prefer to use something with a bit more power every now and then to really polish the skin.

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                22.07.2012 19:06
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                A great product, and a good price for such a good brand like Sanctuary.

                I was lucky enough to receive 2 different Sanctuary body sets as Christmas presents, and this was a new experience for me as I had never used Sanctuary products before. I am now a huge fan and do not know who I lasted so long without coming across them sooner.

                Appearance
                The Sanctuary range has a very striking white and orange packaging for its ranges, but is quite simple in the design, something I like as it is not too fussy and over bearing. The scrub is orange in colour and of a medium consistency. The grains of natural pumice in the gel are quite small and not too rough, allowing for daily use if you wished to.

                Use
                I tended not to use the scrub every day as it states you can, I was happy using it every second or third day. The nature of the pumice grains means that you can use it daily if you wish to for quicker and longer lasting results, but I found that using it every second or third day allowed my skin to be exfoliated well, and created a soft, smooth sheen to my skin that did not dry out and left a healthy glow. The gel itself is great to use, spreading well over the skin, allowing for an even distribution of the pumice to give a well exfoliated experience to all of your body. I was very happy with this as some other exfoliator products I have felt that I really had to work at distributing the exfoliating product within the shower gel, but this is a breeze to use. The gel that the pumice is incorporated in leaves your skin with a healthy glow and has a nice smell which lingers on your skin throughout the day, but is not too overwhelming that it is all you can smell all day.

                I was extremely happy with this product and have used it since my gift sets ran out. It is not overly expensive at £5.25 for 200mls, especially if you only use it every 2 or 3 days as I do. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a gentle exfoliator that does not leave your skin feeling as if the top 2 layers have been removed in one go.

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                08.07.2012 20:39
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                Great product, perfect body scrub.

                As far as Body Scrubs go the Sanctuary Body Scrub is not overly gritty or rough on sensitive skin. The beads inside are quite soft but still manage to exfoliate the skin nicely. I found that Sanctuary Body Scrub leaves skin feeling soft and smooth. I have quite sensitive skin and usually fancy soaps make me swell up or come out in a rash. Body Scrubs can be especially irritating, however the Sanctuary Body Scrub does not upset my skin in anyway and is definitely one of the best shower products I have ever been given. The product has a luxurious feel and does not immediately run off your skin when applied instead it can be worked into a smooth lather whilst the beads exfoliate your skin. The Body Scrub has a warm aroma and a smell that remains on your skin but is not overly powerful and highly perfumed. This product was given to me as part of a gift set and was definitely one of the highlights of the set. I greatly recommend this product for anyone looking for a Body Scrub for sensitive skins.

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                  14.02.2012 23:49
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                  A really great scrub that leaves your skin soft and smelling wonderful

                  Sanctuary Spa Body Scrub

                  ~~~The Company~~~

                  Sanctuary spa products are a brand of product made for the Sanctuary Spa in Covent Garden and are now available to buy for a home spa experience. You can purchase them in one of their spas or online from their website. Sanctuary started over 30 years ago with their first women only spa in Covent Garden.

                  ~~~The Product~~~

                  Sanctuary body scrub is a product from their spa essentials range. It comes in a clear tube with a flip lid which is much handier than a screw lid as you can stop the flow easier. It has the traditional orange lid with the trademark fish symbol above the Sanctuary wording. Sanctuary Scrub contains natural pumice made from volcanic rock which helps to gently remove dead skin cells. The scrub also contains patchouli and orange oils which together create not only an amazing smell but a rejuvenating and awakening scrub that leaves the skin soft and refreshed. This scrub is suitable for pregnant women as the oils are on the safe list. Some oils cannot be used as they may induce labour. The smell is amazing and it lasts for ages on your skin. You must shower first to clean the skin, Sanctuary do an amazing body wash in the same essentials range so that would be a good product to use if you wanted the complete spa experience but I don't have any left so I use my normal body wash to begin with. Once clean apply the scrub to wet skin using circular hand movements. Rinse with clean water. Once you have rinsed away the residue you are left with very soft skin. Pat dry and then moisturise; they suggest Spa Essentials body lotion but I suppose any will do.

                  ~~~My opinion~~~

                  Sanctuary products are a real treat and in my opinion well worth the money. This has lasted a long time and you do not need bucketfuls to do the job. The smell is really wonderful and does seem to hang on to the skin for a good while. My skin remains soft all day when I use it even when I wear jeans. Normally jeans tend to rub my shins (I kneel down a fair bit at work) and I often end up with rashes because I scratch but when I have used Sanctuary I tend to stay itch free because my skin isn't dried out as much.
                  My product is the 50ml size and was a gift so I am unaware of the cost of 50ml but their website is selling 200ml for £5.25
                  http://www.thesanctuary.co.uk

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                  17.01.2012 13:55
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                  ~Body Scrub~

                  I love body scrubs. I prefer them to plain shower gels/shower crèmes as they exfoliate your skin as well as cleanse it and they make you feel cleaner and your skin is always extra soft and smooth after using them compared to with gels and crèmes. So I was really happy when I got some lovely body scrubs this Christmas.

                  I received this mini body scrub as part of a gift set this Christmas. I received two of these actually, from two different sets. Although, this can also be bought on its own - at £2.40 from Boots. This is really expensive as it comes in such a small bottle and there is only 50ml in it which only lasts about five washes for me.
                  Because of the price I wouldn't buy this as an everyday body scrub but as a treat now and again I think this is lovely. As a gift I am thrilled with it.

                  This comes in a small plastic tube which is transparent with an orange flip on/flip off lid. The writing on the tube is black apart from some white text in a small orange rectangle which says 'SPA ESSENTIALS'. The scrub itself is a pale orange colour which looks bright and makes the tube stands out. I like this bottle design as there is not too much going on with it but it still looks attractive.

                  The scrub itself is lovely to use and after using it my skin always feels great. It has a salty texture which isn't too rough. The grains are very small and you can see they are white when you use it. Because of the orange colour in this you also get a lovely looking glow on your skin as you're massaging this in. It is easy to rinse off with warm water and once you have done so your skin feels really soft and cleansed. This also seems to give your skin a healthy glow as there are tiny bits of glitter in it. I wouldn't even call it glitter as it's so small but whatever it is it gives you a glow. I think it is the particles in the orange oil. Sorry, I am really un-technical and not at all scientific.

                  The smell is also really gorgeous. The fragrance is patchouli. I love it. The fragrance has good staying power, too - especially when you combine this with other products from the range like the body butter, which I adore.
                  Another advantage of this scrub is that it says on the bottle that the company is against animal testing.

                  Overall I really like this. The only thing I am not keen on is the price! At £2.40 for just 50ml it does seem very expensive. But as part of a gift set you might be able to find a better deal on this, and you may also get some other products from the range, too, and of the ones I have tried I would recommend them all as so far I am a big fan of this range and this body scrub is one of my favourite scrubs that I have ever tried. I would give it the full 5 stars if only it was cheaper.

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                    17.04.2011 14:46
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                    A lovely body scrub well worth the money.

                    Sanctuary products are amongst my favourite pampering goodies and I was lucky enough to have been given a gift box a little while ago which contained a travel size body scrub , 50ml of orange and patchouli scented gel containing flecks of pumice which claims to "leave skin awakened, invigorated and sublimely soft with a natural glow". Well sounds good to me!

                    Sanctuary Spa are an interesting company and looking on their site I dicovered that it was founded 30years ago in Covent Garden as a Spa specifically designed for the female dancers of The Royal Opera House and from there it has gone from strength to strength and although their products are generally a bit pricey, in my opinion the extra pennies are worth it.
                    Back to the body scrub!

                    It comes in a simple ,clear plastic toothpaste type tube through which you can see the attractive, flecked orange gel. The top is of the flip up variety in a vibrant orange. It closes well and can stand upside down in the shower easily. The body scrub that is , not me! The product description and instructions are in clear black writing with the exception of "Spa Essentials" on the front which is picked out in white on orange.
                    Overall an attractive presentation.

                    So, imagining I am an Opera House Dancer, I pirouette off into the shower and,after a nice shower I squeeze the thick glistening gel into the palm of my hand and prepere to scrub. Mmmmh a lovely zesty smell of oranges and patchouli greets my nose, I like citrus smell so this suits me very well. The flakes of pumice are not too hard or too many so you don't feel that you are being sand papered and all together it it is a very nice experience.
                    I concentrate on the back of my arms and legs and massage gently with circular motion as advised on the back of the tube. it rinses offf easily and leaves your skin nicely glowing and also with a delicious scent which stays with you after you have patted yourself dry.

                    My Opinion

                    I really enjoyed this body scrub, the texture suited my slightly dry skin and with daily use I noticed that the "lumpy bits" did become smoother. I managed to make it last for 6 or 7 showers but I am only little! I also like the mixture of the refreshing orange essential oil mixed with the warm patchouli which compliments it well. I would recommend this for a serious bit of TLC (particularly if you follow it with a matching body lotion). So whether you can dance or not, try this lovely body scrub.

                    50ml around 2.40pounds.
                    200ml around 5.10pounds
                    Available from Boots or on line from thesanctuary.co.uk

                    Sanctuary also advise you not to use this scrub on your face, don´t get it into eyes or use on irritated skin.
                    They are also against animal testing.
                    Thank you for reading my review which may also be posted on ciao under splishsplash

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                      15.04.2011 08:13
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                      An extremely effective scrub from The Sanctuary

                      My biggest indulgence in life, apart for my passion for Betty Boop figurines, is most definitely toiletries and fragrances and I own far too many products! It was when I sorted through my various carrier bags a few months ago; all of which are brimming with different bottles, tubs and tubes that I discovered a number of Sanctuary products. I couldn't recall having ever used this range before until I actually opened the Body Scrub, then I remembered I had received a gift pack of travel sized bottles and tubes a couple of years ago. You may be aware from my previous reviews that I am a real fan of The Body Shop scrubs, as I find them extremely effective and beautifully fragranced. However, the last couple of months have seen me alternating between The Body Shop and Sanctuary and this review discusses my experience with using the Sanctuary's Body Scrub.

                      APPEARANCE OF THE PRODUCT

                      The packaging of this range of products always appears clean and refreshing and the 200 ml of body scrub is no different, as it is presented to us in a transparent tube, which sits neatly on its' bright orange flip top lid. There is an image of a swimming fish located on the upper section of the tube and underneath we are able to witness the familiar Sanctuary logo together with the words Spa Covent Garden. We are informed that the scrub contains natural pumice, rejuvenating patchouli and soothing orange oil.

                      MY EXPERIENCE WITH USING THE BODY SCRUB

                      I love to be able to pamper myself and whilst I have never visited a beauty spa I enjoy using various products at home, particularly as there are so many from which to choose. The flip top lid is easily opened to allow me to dispense a small amount of the scrub, which is a little runnier than I could recall. The scrub is bright orange and its' appearance through the tube looks as if it contains tiny bubbles. I am able to witness tiny white particles, which when touched, feel slightly gritty, so I presume this to be the natural pumice. Whilst the scrub contains both patchouli and orange oil, I am unable to detect any zesty fragrance, as the most prominent aroma is definitely the patchouli, although I would state that it is not overpowering. I absolutely adore the calming and very relaxing fragrance of patchouli, so the omission of the aroma of the orange oil is neither here nor there as far as I am concerned.

                      As with all products of this nature, I gently massage into my wet skin using circular motions and what I particularly like is that it creates a slight lather. The sensation of the scrub on my skin is always extremely favourable, as whilst it is gentle it is clearly removing any dead skin, as the area in question feels silky soft and smooth to the touch. I can instantly feel the oil content and the first time I used this I thought my skin felt too oily, but it was soon rinsed away with no remaining residue. As the scrub is intended for the body it should not be used on the face and I use the scrub on my entire body including my feet, then rinse with warm water and towel dry as normal. This is an adorable scrub, particularly as it effectively smoothes and softens my skin as well as removing any loose particles and it leaves its' gorgeous, yet delicate fragrance lingering on the surface for a considerable time afterwards. A real bonus with this scrub is that it does not leave the base of my bath feeling oily or slippery, which is something I have experienced with other brands in the past.

                      Whilst I favour using moisturising creams and butters, particularly after I have bathed or showered, for the purpose of this review I omitted this process for a period of 7 days to ascertain whether this scrub leaves a drying effect. Fortunately, I suffered no adverse reaction when using the product itself neither did my skin feel dry or itchy. Although the scrub left my skin feeling soft and smooth, it does not really moisturise so it is necessary to use a moisturising lotion or cream afterwards. This is something I always favour, particularly as I love my skin to be silky soft and smooth, which only butters, lotions and creams can offer. Although this scrub can be described as gentle and is suitable for daily use, I only use these type products two or three times a week, which in my opinion is sufficient to keep any rough skin areas at bay. I cannot recommend this product highly enough and as a result, it receives five stars from me.

                      INGREDIENTS AND OTHER INFORMATION

                      There is an extremely lengthy list of ingredients contained on the reverse of the tube and for obvious reasons I do not intend copying them into this review. The scrub should not be applied to irritated or damaged skin and Sanctuary does not test any of their products on animals. The scrub should be used within 12 months of opening and the tube is recyclable once empty.

                      PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

                      A 200 ml tube will cost you £5.10 in Boots, but they are currently running an offer where you are provided with a free gift if you spend £10. This offer is well worth taking up and I made two x £10 purchases in order to receive two beautiful gift boxes with each containing four "Me Time Spa Treats". I was lucky enough to receive a 75 ml body wash, 50 ml body scrub, 50 ml body butter and a 30 ml hand cream, which in my opinion is excellent value for money. Unfortunately, there is no information contained on the Boots website giving details of the expiry date, so I would grab them fast whilst they are available.

                      I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.

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                    • Product Details

                      Blends Natural Pumice, Orange and Patchouli Oil to gently exfoliate, invigorate and moisturise the skin / An indulgent body scrub to invigorate and moisturise your skin / Gently exfoliate in the shower with Natural Pumice, Orange and Patchouli Oil to wash away dead skin cells