Product Type: The Sanctuary Bath / Shower
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The Sanctuary Foaming Bath Soak
Member Name: redhead78
The Sanctuary Foaming Bath Soak
Advantages: Smells lovely, feels luxurious when you're soaking in a bath full of it
Disadvantages: Doesn't produce enough bubbles, bubbles don't last very long, have to use a lot of it, cost
A bath without bubble bath seems completely pointless to me as it's the aroma and the silky feeling the bubble bath gives to the water that make it a much more relaxing experience so en route to the accommodation I made my husband stop at Boots. As I was feeling in need of some indulgence I headed straight for the Sanctuary shelf as I love their products and have yet to find one that disappointed. I always have a stash of different bubble baths at home anyway so decided to treat myself to a mini travel version of their Foaming Bath Soak.
With it being a Sanctuary product it is only available from Boots stores or online shop or from The Sanctuary Spa itself. Whilst it can sometimes be frustrating that it isn't the easiest range to get hold of I also quite like the fact that you don't see it in every single shop you go in like some other ranges so it makes it feel like more of a treat and a luxury item. And, let's face it, if it is Sanctuary in particular that you're after it generally isn't difficult to find a Boots store - even in the Lake District!
My little mini version cost £2.50 for 75ml but is also available in the standard larger size of 250ml for £5.50. It is very rare that the Sanctuary range isn't on some kind of offer in Boots, usually a 3 for 2, so I would normally only ever buy their products on offer. As this was a one off treat in an emergency I resisted the temptation of other bounty to make my three products up and just stuck to this one!
The travel sized version is an exact replica of the larger one, only smaller - obviously! It comes in a bottle through which you can see the bubble bath inside so you know how much is left (not much if you like a luxurious bath and have only bought this little bottle, but more of that later!) and has a screw top orange lid that is standard fayre with the Sanctuary. The front of the bottle tells you to "Immerse yourself in decadently creamy, cleansing bubbles with moisturising wheat proteins and fragrant essential oils".
To use it is simple and like most other bubble baths - you just pour it under hot running water. Personally I always give my bubble bath a really good swishing too to create lots more bubbles. This was where I first started to get slightly disappointed as this one didn't really produce big floaty bubbles, more like a creamy foam which didn't froth up all that much. I can't really fault the product for this as it does call itself a Foaming Bath Soak, I suppose I just expected it to be more foamy really.
Despite the lack of big bubbles filling the bath the aroma didn't disappoint and was everything I expect from a Sanctuary product; rich, intense, slightly spicy and lots of musk. It's one of my favourite scents in the toiletries world and I absolutely love it. An added bonus is that is also lingers on the skin for ages afterwards so prolongs the soothing, papmered feeling.
A further disappointment was that the foam that was produced didn't last very long. When I have a bath I generally settle in for the long haul with a drink, a good book and at least an hour spreading out in front of me. With the price of this bath soak I would expect it to be a high quality product that would far outweigh the cheaper likes of Radox and Palmolive etc but sadly, it didn't. After about 20 minutes I noticed the bubbles were rapidly disappearing and after about half an hour I decided I may as well just get out of the bath. None of the usual emptying out some of the water and topping it up with hot, it wasn't worth it.
Whilst I was actually in the bath, though, I did have a lovely relaxing indulgent experience. I think the fragrance more than anything helped with this, but it did have a nice silky feeling to it too. So it does actually feel like a nice product when you're actually using it, but it's just not quite as nice as I'd been expecting.
When I got out of the bath and dried myself my skin did feel nice and soft but it didn't feel overly moisturised and, to be honest, it didn't really feel much different to when I've used other bubble baths. I think the fact that the fragrance lasts to well on your skin makes it feel like a much better and much more moisturising product than it actually is, if that makes any sense?
Because this foam didn't produce as many bubbles as I like to have in a bath I ended up using the whole bottle on just this one bath. That wasn't necessarily a bad thing in this one particular case but only because I'd bought it specifically for this one bath after our mammoth hike and it was meant as an indulgent, relaxing treat. However, for me to get the standard of bath that I like, if I had a larger 250ml bottle it would only last me 3 or 4 baths which, at £5.50 a bottle is a little too indulgent for me. So the price alone would put me off buying this bath foam again, although if it had given me an amazing bath experience I probably would treat myself every now and again to use when I was in the mood for some extra special pampering. But, as you can buy a bottle of Radox twice the size of the standard sized one of this for less than £2, this Sanctuary bath foam would never become my standard bubble bath of choice, especially considering that, fragrance aside, it didn't do anything that a cheaper bubble bath does just as well.
Unfortunately, in this case, the Sanctuary range has disappointed me and I'm struggling to rate it. I think it only really deserves 2 stars as it does smell really nice and it feels nice when you're soaking in it, but the poor quality and longevity of the bubbles/foam and the fact you have to use so much of it when it works out at around 5 times the price of equally good bubble baths drag it down. Loyalty towards Sanctuary really wants me to award 3 stars but I really don't think I can.
Summary: Unfortunately this isn't even good enough for me to buy as an occasional treat