“ Brand: The Sanctuary / Type: Bath Cream / What it does: Cleanses, destresses, „
The Sanctuary, is a ladies only day Spa based in Covent Garden. They describe themselves as "an oasis of peace and tranquillity within the busy streets". Their products are available nationwide, not just at the salons, and they follow the same theme as the spa - they provide a bit of relaxation amidst the busy lives we all lead.
The Effervescent Bath Tablets come in an opaque tube showing the ten stacked tablets, and a small piece of foam at the top to prevent them being knocked about within the tube and breaking up. The tube whilst mainly opaque, showing the blue of the tablets through, is designed with accents of orange and blue. There is also a small rope hook at the top for hanging the product should you wish. All in all the packaging looks classy, is something that will look nice in your bathroom and is practical and keeps the product in it's best condition.
The tablet's themselves are individually wrapped in cellophane which again protects them and also I would imagine, keeps the fragrance preserved until you wish to use them. I found I did need to make a little snip in the cellophane with the bathroom scissors to get it off.
After running a hot bath you can drop one in and watch it fizz about and dissolve. I've found it should take no more than 2 minutes to fully dissolve, enough time to get your towel ready, grab a book, perhaps a drink, put some music on, or simply sit back and watch it fizzing away. If you are a bit impatient (okay, I admit it, I am sometimes) then swirling it round in the water seems to speed up the process and breaks the tablet up into smaller pieces which dissolve quite quickly.
When the tablet is fully dissolved the water will have turned a lovely blue colour and the scent of oranges and patchouli fill the room.
For those who have never used a bath tablet before, they do not produce bubbles. I actually quite like this as I found the blue water far more relaxing to look at than the usual mounds of white bubbles we've all become so used to. I also find that usually bubbles have a habit of gathering around my head and if you're not wishing to get your hair wet this can be a little annoying.
The scent is simply gorgeous. You can definitely smell the orange but edging towards a more sweet rather than citrusy orange. That said it is not sickly sweet. The patchouli gives the scent a sweet, slightly musky edge. It's not musky in a bad sense, it definitely doesn't smell like something to give your grandma, but it gives it a sort of comforting smell. You can also smell a slightly herby smell, slightly spicy, but this is balanced well, its not too strong it just makes the sent slightly warmer I can also detect the scent of lemon, but this is more faint than the orange and patchouli.
Personally, I loved the smell. I found it to be rich, but not too heavy. I could smell the scent but it wasn't so strong that it was overbearing. It's not the sort of scent that would give you a headache, yet you wont struggle to smell it.
This may sound like an odd description, but I felt the smell actually smelt quite Christmassy. It's a sort of comforting, homely smell. If the smell was a scene, it would be a little cottage with an open log fire and a family sat in big comfy sofas in there comfiest jumpers. I think it's something to do with the musky sweet orange smell that reminds me of how Christmas, should, if not actually, smell.
The scent is so comforting and relaxing it creates the perfect atmosphere for that perfect winter bath that warms you right up and lets you forget all about the miserable weather outside. It makes you feel all snug.
The scent lingered in the room after the bath, leaving it with a nice fragrance that didn't offend anyone from my mum to my brother to my daughter. I had my bath late at night and the fragrance remained on my skin until I went to sleep but was gone by morning. I found that the smell being on my skin relaxed me so much and I fell into a really comforting deep sleep.
In contrast to the warm winter feel the scent gave off, the blue colour of the water reminded me of holidays. What we all love more than anything on holiday, is blue! Blue skies, blue sea, blue pools. The bluer the better, and the fact we see so much blue on holiday is part of the reason they are so relaxing. There is an actual reason for this, blue is a proven relaxing colour. In colour therapy it is supposed to aid relaxation and stress relief.
So lying back in the water, the heating on full, my bath a gorgeous blue colour, did I feel like I was in the Carribean? Well, not quite, my head was still in that winter wonderland the scent had created. However looking at the water, was relaxing, there is something about blue water that is just so soothing and desirable. Also even something that was a reminder of holidays is surely a boost for the mood. I was more than happy to have been reminded of the Caribbean sea whilst lazing in the bath.
After getting out of the bath I decided not to moisturise as I wanted to be able to know accurately, what it did for my skin. Last night my skin felt so soft! I running my hand up and down my arm as I couldn't quite get over how soft it felt. Today it still feels softer than normal, although not as much so as last night.
So, I'd already established this product was first class when it comes to relaxing, and does the job of softening my skin as well as I would ever expect a bath product too so what other benefits does this product actually have?
Well, orange essential oil is a sunny radiant oil used in aromatherapy to create the feeling of happiness and warmth. I guess this is a better explanation of my 'cosy cottage' image. It also deals well with colds and flu, eliminates toxins and stimulates the lymphatic system. All this is a great benefit, especially in the winter, when I know I personally seem to be constantly ill with one thing or another. It actually boosts the immune systems. It also supports collagen formation in the skin, which is a great bonus. Orange oil is also antiseptic, anti-depressant, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, carminative, diuretic, cholagogue, sedative and tonic. That's a lot of things packed into this one oil. I imagine the anti-inflammotatory would relax muscles, which I definitely felt happen during my bath. I'm not exactly depressed but the anti-depressent property seems accurate as this did lift my mood and I could imagine it relieving nervous tension and stress. I also believe I experienced the sedative aspect as it sent me into a deep peaceful sleep.
Patchouli has an immeasurable value in skin care, claiming to break down cellulite, stimulate the regeneration of skin cells, speeding up healing and preventing ugly scars from forming when wounds heal. So not only does it give a lovely scent to the bath, it's actually doing my skin the world of good whilst I'm lying back soaking it in. I doubt it's a miracle cure, what is really, but I do like the thought that as well as all the other benefits of this product, maybe, just maybe, I'm improving any cellulite, stretch marks or scars. This also fights depression and anxiety, so this adds to the properties of the orange oil, creating that stress relieving relaxed feeling. Patchouli oil is antidepressant, antiphlogistic, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, astringent, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, deodorant, diuretic, febrifuge, fungicide, insecticide, sedative and tonic. Again I can definitely claim to believe it's antidepressant and sedative values, as I definitely felt happy and relaxed. It is said to have a grounding, balancing effect on the emotions, which I although I was happy before having my bath, I can definitely feel is true. It's also said to create an amorous atmosphere, I can't personally vouch for that but I guess that depends on what situation it is used in. It's also effective on fungal and bacterial infections so I guess it is really good for really getting your skin clean and healthy, and apparently it's great for insect bites and wound healing perhaps. It is one of the most active essential oils there is on the skin and is great at regenerating tissue, stimulating the growth of new skin cells, promoting healing and preventing scars. It's also great for over dehydrated skin, which explains perhaps why my skin felt so soft after using this. It's also used for treating eczema, sores and acne. Whatever problems you have on the skin on your body, this oil looks set to sort them out! It is even said to help water retention and aid weight loss, although having a bath is hardly going to make anyone drop a dress size.
Lemon oil improves your concentration, assists digestion by cutting down on acidity in the body and helps with a whole host of internal and external problems. It can help with rheumatism and arthritis on the inside, whilst helping with your cellulite, abscesses, boils, carbuncles and acne on the outside! Lemon is anti-anaemic which is great for me as I suffer from anaemia and I'm willing to try anything that may help a little. It is also antimicrobial, anti-rheumatic, anti-sclerotic, antiseptic, bactericidal, carminative, cicatrisant, depurative, diaphoretic, diuretic, febrifuge, haemostatic, hypotensive, insecticidal, rubefacient, tonic and vermifuge. It aids blood flow and reduces blood pressure. It also can help bring down fever, helps relieve throat infections, bronchitis, asthma and flu whilst also boosting the immune system. It also cleanses the body. It also relieves and soothes headaches and migranes so it really does seem a cure all. As well as all that it is used for clearing acne and greasy skin and hair as well as removing dead skin cells.
All in all these tablets really have it all. The scent is comforting and rich yet not too heavy and they are enriched with oils that benefit you in almost every way. It's perfect for the winter as they boost your immune system, and help with almost every illness going. Whilst enjoying all these effects your skin is reaping all sorts of benefits, from cellulite and acne busting while all the while your general well being and mood are getting a huge lift.
I personally paid £2.90 for my tube of these. With ten in the packet that's ten baths worth, which at 29p a bath is an absolute bargain. The retail price is actually £10, although at Boots at the moment they are on 3 for 2 so it would work out slightly cheaper. For £2.90 I would definitely recommend these 100%. I got mine from a local shop that sells quite cheap branded beauty products, if you have a shop like this near you it's worth checking out if they have any in stock. They can be bought from ebay for similar price.
I'm not sure if I would pay £10 for these as it is quite expensive and I am quite poor! Although it does work out £1 for a truly relaxing hour or so in the bath, which isn't really that bad considering all the benefits the product has. I suppose it is no more expensive than buying a bath bomb.
I would say the product is suitable for anyone as the essential oils are all safe ones. I feel that this would suit women of almost any age. It's not necessarily a youthful product as such, it's not as funky as say lush products, but even us young ones need some comforting sometimes and this is exactly what this product does. I think this could appeal to women right across the age range.
I would say if you need a bit of me time, are feeling a bit down or under the weather and need a pick me up, set an hour aside for yourself and truly indulge in this product, I can almost guarantee you will feel better for it.
Relax and indulge in a perfumed bath to cleanse and hydrate the skin / The water turns a light blue colour whilst Orange, Patchouli and Lemon Essential Oils moisturise and soothe /