Sadly the iconic Covent Garden Sanctuary Spa is closing at the end of this month. However Sanctuary products are still going strong and I was lucky enough to get a big hamper of them for Christmas.
Included in the hamper, was a 250 ml bottle of body wash. It is described as 'an aromatic body wash infused with essential oils and spices to gently cleanse and condition' .. 'whilst moisturising capsules of sesame oil and jojoba burst on the skin to help leave it feeling soft and silky smooth'. This sums it up rather nicely. It's a nice a body wash which has a pleasant almost understated fragrance. Given the hallmark Sanctuary orange colour, you could expect it to be citrus but actually the small is pretty indistinct.
The bottle instructs that the body wash should be massaged generously into damp/wet skin to awaken senses, stimulate circulation and soften skin. I use an orange shower puff (which came in the hamper) to apply it. There isn't a lot of lather and I think I probably use more of this body wash than other brands, but it does leave my skin feeling clean and fresh. It is definitely moisturising which is a big plus in my view.
***** For those who like to know, the ingredients are Aqua (Water), Sodium laureth sulfate, Glycerin, Acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, Sodium hydroxide, Parfum (Fragrance), Jojoba esters, Triethylene glycol, Benzyl alcohol, Propylene glycol, Acrylate copolymer, Sesamum indicum (Sesame) seed oil, Polyethylene terephthalate, Magnesium nitrate, Magnesium chloride, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Talc, Methylisothiazolinone, Hexyl cinnamal, Benzyl benzoate, Linalool, Limonene, Benzyl salicylate, CI 73360 (Red 30), CI 15985 (Yellow 6).
***** Currently on sale from Boots for 5.50. In fact there's a special deal on at the moment. Spend over 10 pounds on Sanctuary bathing products and you get a free 300 ml Sanctuary body butter which sounds like a good deal.
***** Rating. It's not the most luxurious body wash I've ever used but at the price I think it represents very good value. A respectable four out of five.
I received quite a lot of smellies last Christmas (about 4 bath/body lotion gift sets in total) and am currently working through them all! One of the gifts I received was The Sanctuary Covent Garden gift set which included this body wash, a bath soak and a body lotion.
All the products came in a nifty little gift box so this body wash comes in the form of what could be classed as a travel size 75ml bottle, a cylindrical shape which is transparent plastic with an orange lid. The lid unscrews very easily but as the body wash is really thick it requires a lot of squeezing through the hole to get the body wash out!
The body wash is described as a revitalising special blend of spices and essential oils, and sniffing the body wash it really does power through! It's mildly zesty yet sharp and warm and in the shower the aroma really does evaporate around the room and bring a delightful showering experience! It contains jojoba oil and sesame bursts which add nourishment to the skin so there are visible small orange beads which can subtly be felt exfoliating the layers of my skin.
The bottle instructs that this should be used to massage generously into damp/wet skin to awaken senses, stimulate circulation and soften skin. I find the body wash lathers up really quickly, and creates ample bubbles with a reasonable amount of body wash squeezed onto my shower puff which I can scrub on my body all over. I would say that in terms of value though, it doesn't last long as I have been using this every day for the last week and the bottle is dwindling and I am trying to make it last!
In terms of cleaning properties, it does leave my skin feeling reasonably clean, smooth and refreshed afterwards. It is not recommended for the face area but for my entire body I have not had any reaction to it, so it is quite gentle and is not irritable.
Overall, I like this body wash and certainly would be keen to continue to use it in future when the bottle runs out! It was a nice gift to receive and to buy the bigger bottle (200ml) is £5.10 which doesn't break the bank so I'd certainly recommend this.
I like this brand of items and have bought quite a few of them over the years. For my birthday late last year one of my friends bought me a goodie bag which had a few Sanctuary items in it because she knows I like this brand.
The body wash comes in a transparent plastic bottle. The name clearly on the front. I think the bottle is basic looking but attractive enough. The wash inside the bottle is a nice Orange colour, it does look refreshing inside the bottle.
The wash in my opinion is more like a gel. It has a gel like consistency and is a fairly rich liquid which has tiny beads which are moisturising capsules which contain Sesame Oil and Jojoba. These ingredients are designed to nourish the skin to keep it nice and soft and well nourished. They are designed to burst on the skin to help it feel smooth and silky. I cannot feel them burst on my skin while washing but it does feel incredibly soft.
It kind of foams slightly and doesn't create a lot of lather. When I first used it, I wasn't too sure if I had used enough of the wash, so I added a little more to my sponge. It had the same effect and didn't really create any extra foam or lather. So I just washed in the usual way. I could feel how it felt luxurious on my skin and had a very rich, silky feeling. I could see the beads on my skin and wasn't too sure how it would rinse from my body after I had finished washing. It was really easy to rinse the wash from my skin and the beads disappeared completely without me having to skin them from my skin.
It has a kind of spicy fragrance to it, which is very unusual and not a smell you often have from body washes. I think the fragrance is really nice and a little different to other brands. I do like the smell of this one quite a lot. The best way I can describe the fragrance is it is quite a natural scent. It isn't a really strong scent and not overpowering. Just a gentle aroma.
Once rinsed from my body, I find it leaves my skin feeling really soft and smooth and well moisturised. I do have very dry skin so I do find with this one I do have to use a body lotion or body butter. My skin feels too dry and uncomfortable if I don't use a lotion.
I think this one would be more than suitable for a male to wash too and family members of both sexes. It isn't a feminine scent so male would like it too in my opinion.
A little does go a very long way with this wash, using any extra doesn't wash or give any better results in my opinion. I just use a small blob on my sponge and that is well enough to thoroughly clean my body. Don't do what I did and add a little more to the sponge because it is a waste of time and won't really lather any more than if you used a smaller amount from my experience of using this body wash. I suppose we get used to body washes foaming and creating a lot of lather and we generally expect most washes to lather well, with this one it doesn't have do that.
I think this one would be ideal for teenagers to use and one to take on holiday because the bottle is quite small. It is a 250ml bottle and so a good size to fit into a wash bag to take on holiday or an overnight stay. It wouldn't take much space in the bag and wouldn't weigh too much.
I have very dry sensitive skin and this wash hasn't caused any rashes or irritations on my skin. I am also in my 50's and it is suitable for my more aging skin and would be also ideal for younger people to use too in my opinion.
I do highly recommend this body wash. I think it is a good quality wash and don't be put off by the amount of lather and foam it creates because it does leave the skin feeling well nourished and soft. I don't think you would be disappointed with the results from this body wash.
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I give it 5 stars.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.
Back in January I treated myself to a few bath and beauty products from Boots. Their Christmas three-for-two gifts always go down to half price come Boxing Day and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity for me to try out a few new products without risking wasting too much money if I didn't like them.
I'd heard plenty of good things about the Sanctuary brand (mostly from Dooyoo reviews) and I was desperate to try this brand out for myself so I picked up a few of their gift sets from this half-price sale allowing me to try out a variety of products. One of the sets I purchased included a full sized bottle of this body wash which I've just gotten around to using over the last month or so.
This 250ml bottle of shower gel costs £5.50 from Boots and Sanctuary's own website. This is a little pricey for such a product in my opinion however not so much so that I would refuse to buy a bottle even if I really liked it. Boots usually have three-for-two offers on with this shower gel often being included so that's worth bearing in mind too.
The packaging follows Sanctuary's usual orange colour scheme. The tall, cylinder plastic bottle is see through with the orange body wash within it giving it colour whilst the plastic lid is, again, made of orange plastic.
Sanctuary's logo is present on the bottle along with the product name and some information about it which states this is 'an aromatic cleanser infused with essential oils and bursting with moisturising capsules for silky skin'. All of the information presented to us on the bottle is written in neat, grey print and the bottle is just rather pleasant to look at really.
As mentioned, the clear bottle allows you to see the orange shower gel contained but it also allows you to see what's in the shower gel too. On closer inspection you'll find this orange liquid filled with lots of little pink balls too. These pink balls are those moisture capsules, they apparently contain jojoba and sesame oil and burst on the skin when you're using this product releasing that extra bit of moisture to your body.
The lid is one of those you push down on one side and it comes up on the other side revealing a little rectangular hole for the shower gel to be released from. The shower gel is relatively thick for such a product meaning it's easy to accurately control how much of this product you dispense. Even when full I've never found myself accidently squeezing out too much which means not wastage. Although a little gloopy at first it lathers up well and is easy enough to wash with.
It smells beautiful. One thing I really love about the majority of Sanctuary's bathing products is that they all share the same scent, some may find this a little boring and repetitive but I find the smell is so nice I don't mind. The best thing about them all sharing a scent though is that it doesn't matter which of the many body cleansers, scrubs or moisturisers I'm using from this range, I can still layer than beautiful scent on my skin. I can pick the products I think will suit my needs best rather than having to pick, for example, a body butter purely because it matches the scent of my shower gel (I can't bring myself to use mismatching products)!
Describing the scent is difficult. It's a very deep and quite layered scent and frankly my nose isn't suited to picking up all the different scents, I just know that I like it. I would say it's a slightly spicy scent though and the influence of essential oils is obvious. Sandalwood can definitely be picked up as can a hint of ginger. It smells very relaxing, quite spa like really and very luxurious. I certainly enjoy lathering this scent all over my body.
This product doesn't lather in the conventional way of creating loads of bubbles. A few bubbles are produced by this shower gel but definitely not a great deal. Instead of a bubbly lather when I rub my sponge over a body part I get a thin layer of clear gel over my skin instead. It does give the impression that more is required to wash my body although I've found this isn't the case, a grape sized blob on my wet sponge usually suffices and spreads over my entire body.
When in use the scent becomes quite strong, it's still that slightly spicy, deep scent although it becomes much muskier on the skin. It's really very nice and reminds me of those expensive shower gels produced my designer labels to match one of their perfumes.
The shower gel rinses off of the skin easily and leaves behind no heavy residue. All that is left once rinsing this off is that glorious smell and some beautifully soft skin.
Once the skin is dry there is a noticeable difference in the softness of my skin compared to using a regular shower gel which doesn't claim to moisturise whilst washing. Of course the most important thing I want from such a product is clean skin and I do feel this product does leave me with cleansed, clean and refreshed skin but it also leaves it really soft and hydrated on top of smelling absolutely beautiful. I've noticed the scent lingers on the skin for a fair while after my bath or shower too and, with the use of one of Sanctuary's many moisturisers I can layer that scent and keep it lasting longer and stronger too.
In short, I really like this product. It smells beautiful and leaves that scent lingering, it cleans my body well and is highly moisturising for such a product. Well worth its price in my opinion and I fully recommend it.
Since being bought a big Sanctuary gift set for my birthday, I have fallen in love with the brand. Everything I have used so far has been great. This review is for the Sanctuary Body Wash which is available from Boots and the Sanctuary Spa. It costs £5.50 for a 250ml bottle.
The body wash comes in a clear plastic bottle which has a frosted pull off cap. The bottle has the Sanctuary Spa name and logo printed on the front as well as a small description of the product. The bottle is nice enough but it is a little plain. If it wasn't for being able to see the product inside, it would be extremely boring. The actual body wash is a wonderful light orange colour which also has capsules of sesame oil and jojoba inside and these are a darker orange. I think that these small capsules are what help to make the body wash look so attractive. It breaks up the monotony of a one colour body wash and it looks a bit different from anything else I have in my bathroom.
When using the body wash, it has the consistency of a thick gel. However, due to the added capsules, it is not the smoothest of gels but instead has a bitty texture to it. Now, this body wash doesn't later up very well so you do actually only need to use one dollop of it. To begin with, I thought I wasn't using enough as it didn't lather up well but after trying out different measures of the body wash, I've realised that it doesn't matter how much you use because you get the same results regardless. Although this body wash doesn't lather up well, it does feel fantastic on the skin. The small lather feels very soft and silky and luxurious on the skin. When washing, you can feel the small capsules on your body but they don't hurt or rub at all and they wash away easily instead of ending up being stuck in the bottom of the bath or shower like scrubs do.
Sanctuary use a mix of spices in their products which gives them a quite unusual scent to them. I do like the smell of Sanctuary products though and this one especially. Hot water added to the body wash makes the bathroom fill with the rich, spicy fragrance and it is extremely refreshing. This body wash has a scent different from any other brand I know and it definitely stands out to me.
After using this, my skin feels incredibly soft and smooth but the scent does not last. Not too long after getting out of the bath or shower I notice that my skin doesn't really smell of anything much at all. I really love how this smells in the shower but it is such a shame that my skin doesn't get to smell of it afterwards. For the hefty price tag of £5.50 a bottle, I want more than just a nice smelling shower. So, because of that, I am not completely impressed with this product.
I received a small bottle of this body wash in a set and have been converted ever since. It contains jojoba oil and sesame oil, both of which help to keep my skin feeling soft. On the whole, my skin isn't particularly dry but I am prone to getting dry skin at times on my upper arms, which often flakes after a bath or shower.
Because of this, I would often avoid using any kind of bath or shower gel as it only made the problem worse. That is until I came across this product. I now find that if I use this body wash, it prevents the dryness from happening so it definitely does something to restore my moisture balance. On the downside, I am prone to spots on my body and I have noticed that while this doesn't necessarily cause me to break out if I haven't already, it will do if I already have some spots. On this basis, I wouldn't recommend it if you're very prone to frequent breakouts as it's clearly a bit rich for skin that doesn't need a good helping hand with rebalancing.
The mini bottle that I have initially used doesn't look very big but has surprised me with how long it has lasted. On average, I use the body wash twice per week and predominantly across my arms, shoulders and chest area. A little goes quite a long way so the much larger bottle is good value for money in my eyes. From the smaller bottle, I have since moved onto the 250ml size, which is proving to be a very good buy!
The mini bottle worked slightly differently and the larger bottle has a lid which doesn't unscrew to let the product out. The main lid pulls off but beyond this, you need to press down and squeeze to dispense. This is fine when the bottle is fairly full but with wet hands, I'm finding it a bit more challenging as the product begins to run out. By.contrast, the smaller bottle just unscrewed which I managed even if my hands were wet and I would prefer this to have carried over to the larger bottle but it's only a small gripe.
The smell is lovely with a fresh, clean scent that lingers for some time after use. It does smell a tad spicy but you can also smell the essential oils too.
A 250ml bottle costs £5.50 in Boots. This is pretty good value for money as I've never needed to use a huge amount in any one go.
As a gift, I received three full sized samples of the body butter, body scrub, and body wash in the Sanctuary range.
The little orange bottle that holds the body wash is almost hypnotic, lava lamp like, the little beads of bright, fiery orange levitating in the mixture. As I crack open the bottle, I am at first off put by the smell. While smelling expensive and luxurious, it also smells quite ... chemically for lack of a better word, despite it's natural sounding ingredients. Reluctantly, and body shop supplies on standby, I begin to use it.
The formula itself is quite runny, yet glides onto the skin and almost clings to it like a transparent film. It foams little as you massage it in, but still leaves you feeling refreshed. The little beads add a pleasant secondary texture, and the smell was growing on me more and more by the second. I literally wanted to baste myself like a turkey in this wash.
As I began to rinse, I did sadly, however notice my hands had become quite dry when coming into contact with the product. You do not need to use too much of this product, as it's consistency makes it easy to distribute all over your body.
Overall this is a lovely product.
Price and Availability
This review is for the travel size 75ml version of The Sanctuary body wash, the product is also available in a 250ml size. This product is available both in store and online at Boots and the 75ml size currently retails at £2.50 and the larger 250ml size at £5.50. It is worth mentioning that Boots seem to always have an offer on The Sanctuary products. The most common offers are 3 for 2 and receive a free gift when you spend over £10- which is easily done when the body wash retails at over a fiver! If you like The Sanctuary products then it is well worth buying during the free gift offer as the gift tends to be a Sanctuary gift set or individual product worth £10 and so for your £10 you will get £20 worth of product. A great offer that I estimate Boots run at least every three months. The Sanctuary products are also available from The Sanctuary website (www.thesanctuary.co.uk) but taking into consideration postage costs and frequency of offers my advice would be to purchase your products at your local Boots store or via their website.
The 75ml size of this product is packaging in a clear long, cylindrical container made of sturdy plastic. It has a screw top opening which removes to reveal a large opening for the product to be poured out. Although the tube design does make for a more 'higher end' style product I find it lacking in practicality. I find the plastic too hard to squeeze and as the product nears the end it is more difficult to get out. I also find that when the bottle is full the product just falls out when tipped upside down, it is a little hard to control. But packaging practicality aside it is a very nice looking product. The Sanctuary originally started out as a spa in Covent Garden (which is still there-more information about locations and treatments can be found on the website-see above) and the idea behind the products is that they enable you to recreate the Spa experience at home. The aesthetics of this product lend themselves very well to this aim. The information on the bottle is a mix of orange and navy blue on a frosted label which denotes warmth and relaxation. The packaging of the product would ensure it sat well in a spa setting. For a relatively small bottle the packaging has a lot of information. It has the necessary information such as ingredients, directions, shelf life, contact details and where it was made. It also states 'against animal testing' which I assume means that this product has not been tested on animals. A large proportion of the label, both front and back, has been taken up with the claims about this product. It is clear that The Sanctuary place great pride in the effectiveness of their products- so how does this body wash live up to those great expectations?
The product itself is a translucent orange colour, visible through the packaging which means you can easily identify when you're running out. The product has tiny pink balls suspended throughout the gel, these are 'moisturising capsules' designed to burst on impact and provide a shot of moisture. I personally don't think that these add anything to the product. In actual fact the product raves about it's moisturising properties but I don't find this shower gel any more moisturising than other products that cost half as much. The product also claims to 'gently cleanse' and I do find that after using the product I feel cleansed but as I said before no more so than when using cheaper products. The product description sells the fragrance as 'aromatic' and containing 'fragrant spices' and 'essential oils'. I was prepared for a fragrance that packs a punch particularly as the range is used in spas, I expected a heady aroma that would fill my bathroom but I was disappointed. Although the scent of this product is nice and doesn't smell artificial it wasn't as strong as I would have liked. I have had the bottle open at the side of me in order to write this review and I can't smell it unless I get really close and take a good sniff. The fragrance is sweet and warm with a slight herbal undertone and a hint of soap but not what I would describe as spicy. It smells nice when used on a shower puff but it doesn't cling to you, it's definitely a fragrance that washes away and down the plug hole.
In terms of the products cleansing powers, it lathers up wonderfully and a little goes a long way. The lather is rich and smooth and not too 'airy'. I anticipate five generous showers from my 75ml bottle, quite possibly more so ideal for a week's travel. The gel is of average consistency, not too thick and not too thin.
Overall I think that this product is over priced for what it is and the practicality of the packaging and strength of the fragrance are what let it down for me. Although it was pleasant enough, I won't be buying this product again. It is on the Boots website under 'indulgent bath and body' I think that there are other products around the same price range that could provide a more luxurious showering experience.
I recieved this product as a christmas present along with some other Sanctuary products. I use this product both in the bath and the shower and it feels amazing on my skin when used on a louffer but also when rubbed in by hand. It not only cleans my body but it also leaves it feeling moisurised and smooth. Boots tend to do a 3 for 2 offer on Sanctuary gifts and they always make a great present for both christmas or birthdays. Better still they are great for everyone and there are many different sanctuary products which leaves your body feeling good and healthy. After using this product i went out and bought it for myself because the results were brilliant and it made me feel good about my body and even left my body feeling soft and glowing. Whether youre purchasing this product as a gift or for yourself, i highly recommend buying a gift set as all products have same effect!
I am a big fan of Sanctuary products and was lucky enough to receive this as part of a gift set. I always find that Sanctuary products are of a high quality and even though they can be a touch expensive, I find that they are some of the best products on the market.
Appearance and Smell
Sanctuary products have a very standardised packaging, of orange and white. This is of no exception, with an orange twist lid, and clear bottle. The bottle gives you lots of information about the ingredients used and the Sanctuary products. The body wash itself is orange with, orange beads of "moisture capsules" throughout it. I think that it has quite a warm, spicy smell to it and is very refreshing.
When using this body wash it creates a good lather, with or without a shower puff. When you use the body wash the moisture beads begin to burst and enhance the spicy, aromatic smell. The body wash leaves your skin feeling clean and refreshed, and is left with a clean fragrant smell of warm spices on it. It also leaves your bathroom smelling beautiful! When you get out of the shower your skin is left feeling clean and moisturised. The beads of sesame oil enrich your skin and leave it feeling as though you have just applied a thick moisturising cream.
Sanctuary products are of a high quality and this leaves your skin feeling as though you have just stepped out of a beauty salon on a daily basis.
* INFO & PRODUCT DETAILS.. *
In recent times, I have become quite fond of the Sanctuary Spa range of toiletries and cosmetics, and have been raving about the range to just about anybody who will listen to me. As a result, I received several gorgeous gifts from the range from one of my very close friends recently, who presented the items to me in a gorgeous gift box for my birthday.
One of the items from the range was "The Sanctuary Body Wash" which is a beautiful product that I had tried out before. I was thrilled to receive the generously-sized 250ml bottle as a gift, and couldn't wait to become reacquainted with this luxurious treat.
As @ the time of writing (July 2012), the 250ml bottle can be purchase in-store in larger branches of Boots, (or online at www.boots.com) where it will cost you £5.50 (plus postage costs). You can also purchase the item directly from the company at www.thesanctuary.co.uk for the sum of £5.10 plus postage costs.
These prices are generally more than I would pay for an 'every day' shower gel product, however due to the luxurious results achieved from most of the products I have previously tried from The Sanctuary range, I don't think the price is overly excessive.
The product is fairly attractive in its appearance, consisting of a cylindrical bottle that is made of clear plastic, through which I can see the attractive looking orange-coloured gel product. There is a large plastic cap on top of the bottle that can be removed easily to reveal a 'flip' lid underneath. The branding and image of the product overall are quite sophisticated and 'crisp'.
The Sanctuary is against animal testing of any kind.
* MY EXPERIENCE.. *
My experience of using the Body Wash has been nothing but completely glorious. Firstly, I like the fact that the gel-like consistency of the liquid is very thick, so only a little of the product is required with each use to produce an adequate lather to cleanse my skin. This makes the higher-than-average price tag seem more justified and the bottle has lasted well - even with regular use.
The lather produced by the product is not overly 'foamy' so it doesn't feel particularly 'fluffy' or overly-soapy when I am soaping it over my skin in the shower. This doesn't take anything from the pleasant feel of the product on my skin however, and in place of a light foamy lather is a more 'slicked' sort of feeling, which feels as though it is very quenching to my tired, thirsty skin. The slick-like feeling of the gel on my skin seems to give it a sort of 'coating' which makes it feel very different to other shower gel or body wash products that I use regularly that seem to 'slide' easily and quickly from wet skin. Instead, The Sanctuary product seems to 'cling' better to skin to provide a much more luxurious feel overall.
The gel is a pretty pale orange colour which is highly attractive in itself, but the presence of some little pink-coloured 'beads' throughout the thick gel adds something a little more luxurious to the appearance of the product. When applied to wet skin, the soft beads don't burst automatically, and I find that a little encouragement from a flannel or 'shower puff' goes a long way with getting the beads burst onto my skin. When this happens, the pink-coloured residue washes from the skin, but not without one or two stubborn pink streaks needing further encouragement from a wet flannel. Not a big problem for me, but something that I have noticed each time the gel has been used.
According to the description on the back of the plastic bottle, the little beads are actually "moisturising capsules" and I would agree wholeheartedly that they do add something to the product overall, and are not intended purely for aesthetic purposes. I will mention at this point that I very rarely skip my body lotion or body butter after showering or bathing. I find that my skin can become dry easily, often with an unpleasant 'tightness' being noticeable that I really don't like. For this reason, I will usually always apply some sort of body moisturiser, when time constraints allow. I have to be completely honest here and admit that this practice has not been necessary after using The Sanctuary Body Wash, which is not something I have found with any other body wash product that I have used in recent times. After using the Body Wash, my skin not only feels thoroughly cleansed and refreshed, but completely softened and without any feeling of dryness. This in itself is a reason for me to repurchase the product as it means I am allowed the convenience of skipping my body moisturisation routine, which of course saves me time and energy.
I would point out too that I suffer from hyper-sensitive skin and the occasional 'flare' of eczema which causes me to be cautious with trying out certain products. Not only have I noticed nothing in the way of irritation or aggravation to my sensitive skin, but in fact I was delighted to note a small improvement in the condition of my skin - and in particular, the areas suffering from eczema and excessive dryness - overall. This does go some way to proving my point about the moisturising and nourishing qualities to be found in the product in my opinion.
The aroma of the product is beautifully rich and is strong enough that it can be detected as soon as it is dispensed onto my flannel. Being quite aromatic, there is something I find quite 'earthy' - patchouli perhaps - in the fragrance in its initial stages, but this subsides fairly early on and the thick spice in the background comes forward easily, taking hold of the aromatic tones and producing a thick heavily-spiced scent that feels wonderfully warming.... So much so, that I find it is really quite a relaxing product to use, leaving me feeling pleasantly enveloped in a cloud of warm essence. This beautiful fragrance lasts well on my skin, with me being able to detect it several hours after use. I have found that using matching products from the same range as the Body Wash makes the fragrance take on a deeper intensity however, and this gives the scent much more 'body', leaving it easily detected overnight and into the following day after use. The scent lingers easily on the skin regardless of whether the product has been used in the bath OR the shower, making it slightly more versatile than other body wash products I have used before that only seem to perform well in this respect when used in the shower.
I have thoroughly enjoyed using The Sanctuary Body Wash and whilst it is perhaps more expensive than the price I would normally pay for an average body wash product, there is nothing remotely average about the feeling of the product on my skin, nor the uplifting aroma and nourishing qualities experienced after use. This is an entirely luxurious product that I cannot fault at all, and I have already repurchased it for myself as a result of my positive experiences.
I first received this body wash as part of a gift set two Chrismasses ago. I was so impressed that I asked for the large version this time round.
The bottle is tall and round and looks very expensive in your bathroom!
When I received the shower gel it comes with a sturdy lid that has a satisfying click when you open it. There is then a snap open lid and the liquid is quite thick with small beads in it. These beads are like the scrub part and if you put it straight on your skin you can feel the good work that it is doing.
If you put a small drop of liquid on a flannel or pouff then you will get more for your money! It gets very foamy and goes a long way from such a small amount.
The smell of this product is very much the signature smell for all of the sanctuary spa set which is a light orange smell. It stays on your skin for quite some time after use and if you use it with another sanctuary product such as the body butter you will literally keep the smell on you all day.
It makes you feel very clean and in my opinion it is worth asking for as a present. I wouldnt buy this as an everyday shower gel as it is very expensive at over £7 in Boots unless you can get it on a deal or pay for it with your points.
Sanctuary are a brand who produce some products that I absolutely love but produce an equal amount that I think are at best average. I had decided ages ago to stop buying Sanctuary gift sets and just buy the individual products that I like but when I saw a gift set on special offer in boots I had to buy it. Included in the gift set was a full size bottle of the Sanctuary body wash. This product usually sells for £5.10 and I only paid £19 for the gift set that included lots of other products.
The Sanctuary claim that this product will cleanse and condition the skin and leave it feeling soft, smooth and subtly scented. It's difficult to tell how well a product has cleansed your skin. Certainly it cleaned it as well as any other product I've used, but I can't say my skin felt any cleaner than usual. One thing that I find slightly annoying with this product is that it has bits in it. It's not bitty enough to actually act as an exfoliant or scrub so all the bits do is make the body wash feel not smooth. This is really a personal preference thing. I like smooth shower gels and this one isn't smooth. And as it doesn't actually exfoliate it seems pointlessly unsmooth. However, apart from the little bits in the gel this is quite a pleasant product to use. I love the Sanctuary scent and you can smell it strongly in this product when you use it. However, unfortunately it doesn't actually lather up very well. Even when I used one of those ball things that you put shower gel on it didn't lather up as much as I would expect. This means that you end up using much more of this product than you would of other products.
This product did not leave my skin feeling soft and smooth. It didn't have any impact on my skin at all. I had about a week where I couldn't be bothered to put body lotion on (not unusual for me, it happens sometimes!) and my skin during this time was just as dry and unsmooth as it always is when I don't moisturise. In fact when I use something like Dove I find that I actually can go without moisturising some nights and still have soft skin. That's not the case with this product. And the promise that it leaves your skin subtly scented isn't true either. The smell always faded by the time I was dry.
I'm giving this product 2 stars. It does clean your skin (or at least clean it of visible dirt) and it does smell very nice when you're using but it doesn't lather very well and although it didn't have a negative impact on my skin it didn't have a positive one either. At £5.10 this product is too expensive for me to feel so neutrally about it, therefore I have to give it a lower rating.
As I have mentioned in a couple of my previous reviews, I have vowed not to buy any more toiletries until the ones I currently own are used. I have somewhat of a weakness when it comes to new products, as I could spend hours browsing the aisles of stores such as Boots and Superdrug much to my husband's frustration! In amongst my large stash were a number of Sanctuary items; one of which is their Body Wash and this review discusses my experience with using it.
APPEARANCE OF THE PRODUCT
If you are familiar with this range you will be aware of the bright orange packaging and the body wash is presented to us in a transparent plastic bottle with a flip top lid, which is covered by a further opaque coloured lid, which clips tightly on top. I'm not sure of the purpose of the lid and I removed mine, particularly as it needs a fairly good tug to remove and I retained it solely for reviewing purposes. The product is available in two sizes, namely a 75 ml bottle and a 250 ml bottle. I am fortunate enough to own both, as Boots recently had an offer whereby you could receive a gift box of four travel size products if you spent £10 on the range, so I stocked up on a few of my favourites. However, the product I am reviewing is the larger bottle where we are provided with the Sanctuary logo on the upper section and situated below are details of the contents of the wash.
The appearance of all Sanctuary products always make me think "clean and refreshing", as they are considerably eye-catching. We are advised that the wash will "gently cleanse, invigorate and soften our skin due to its' contents of moisturising sesame oil, essential oils and fragrant spices". This statement was extremely appealing to me, particularly as I favour spicy fragrances, as I always associate them with cold winter months, log fires and comfort. We are able to witness the bright orange wash through the bottle with its' dozens of tiny red coloured balls and what appears to be dozens of small bubbles.
MY EXPERIENCE WITH USING THE BODY WASH
The lid is easily opened and needs to be pressed on the one side to enable the other side to pop up and this is easily achieved with using just one hand whilst the other is free to receive the product. The directions for use are to apply to a sponge or body puff and I favour the latter, particularly as in my experience they provide a more plentiful lather and allow my beauty products to last much longer. I massaged the good consistency wash onto wet skin and was able to witness a white creamy lather. The aroma that greeted me was absolutely stunning and unfortunately, we are not provided with details of the range of spices and essential oils used to create the delightful fragrance. However, I am familiar with the Sanctuary's Body Scrub, which contains patchouli and in my opinion, the wash smells identical although there is no mention of the patchouli content.
The wash is very gentle on the skin, yet extremely effective and I learned that the red coloured capsules, contain both the sesame oil and jojoba, which burst on the skin when touched. Each time I use this product I love to gently press the tiny capsules and witness their contents disperse onto my skin. The wash is extremely effective and thoroughly cleanses my skin and removes any impurities whilst leaving it looking healthy and radiant. I rinse my skin with warm water and am able to witness the effects of the sesame oil, as it always feels silky soft and smooth. As this product is gentle it is well suited for daily use and the fragrance is suited to both sexes.
I have never suffered any adverse effects when using, such as dryness or itchiness and this body wash is yet another firm favourite of mine and will be alternated with my many other favourites toiletries. Due to its' excellent moisturising properties I do not feel the need to apply any cream or lotion after use although it is essential that I apply a moisturiser to my feet and elbows.
INGREDIENTS AND OTHER INFORMATION
There is a considerably lengthy list of ingredients provided on the reverse of the bottle and as you are probably aware, I do not favour copying them into my reviews unless I feel there is something specific that you should be aware of. Sanctuary does not test any of their products on animals. The body wash should be used within 12 months of opening and the bottle can be recycled once empty.
PRICE AND AVAIABILITY
You can purchase Sanctuary Body Wash direct from the Sanctuary website or from Boots where a 250 ml bottle will cost you £5.10.
As this is such a beautifully fragranced and very effective body wash, it receives 5 stars from me.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
For my birthday last year, one of my friends made me up a lovely goody bag, which included several Sanctuary products. Being a big fan of the brand, I was really pleased and couldn't wait to try them out. One of the first I used was this Body Wash, and it didn't disappoint.
It comes in a plastic bottle, with a pull off cap, under which is one of those flip type caps which you push down on one side to reveal the opening on the other. To be honest, it seems a bit pointless having two caps on the bottle- the flip one would be fine on its own for keeping the gel inside safe and waterproof, so I assume the outer cap is only there for aesthetic reasons. The clear bottle shows the gel inside, and it looks very appealing- transparent orange in colour, with tiny orange beads suspended in the gel. According to the back of the bottle, these are 'moisturising capsules of sesame oil and jojoba'.
The product's scent is typical of the Sanctuary range- very exotic, full of mysterious essential oils and spices. It's a deliciously rich smell, that's very distinctive with none of the sickly sweet floral or fruity tones you get with a lot of shower gels. This is definitely a scent I'm happy to have lingering on my skin all day, and, luckily for me, it does stick around for a while after showering, albeit faintly.
It's easy to squeeze the gel out, and the cap's opening is perfect for getting just the right amount out, without slopping it everywhere. Applying this to my skin, it always glides on, and I hardly notice the tiny capsules- being soft, they're not scratchy, so don't think of this as a scrub. Whether it's the capsules or the gel itself, I'm not sure, but my skin certainly feels moisturised and hydrated after using this, as well as smelling yummy!
At around £5 for 250ml, this isn't the cheapest body wash out there, it has to be said. But if you like your showers to be indulgent and luxurious, then this will definitely fit the bill! I probably wouldn't buy this for myself on a regular basis, but would certainly get it if I wanted to treat myself, or as a gift for someone else.
An indulgent body wash to cleanse and moisturise your skin / A subtle infusion of essential oils and spices help you to unwind and relieve tension, as moisture capsules burst open to release Seasame and Jojoba Oils /