“ Brand: The Sanctuary / Texture: Cream / Type: Mousse / What it does: Cleanses, „
I'm a huge fan of products made by The Sanctuary, as in addition to their very affordable price they are simply luxurious. As I adore beauty products that contain patchouli I was delighted to discover its inclusion in their Foaming Shower Mousse and this review discusses my experience with using.
The packaging is considerably appealing to the eye due to being pure white with a touch of vivid orange. We are provided with 225 ml of mousse, which is presented in a tall cylindrical shaped sturdy plastic bottle with an opaque clip on lid, which firmly secures when not in use. Prior to my purchase, my experience with using mousse showering products was very limited with me only having tried out those manufactured by Imperial Leather.
The orange coloured dispenser should be gently pumped a few times to enable a small amount of the fluffy white mousse to be released and I must admit to being amazed at its wonderfully light and soft texture on my damp skin. I was totally smitten with the stunning aroma with the essential oils of patchouli taking its place in the forefront together with a delicate hint of sandalwood and orange. I favour using net body polishers for bathing and showering, as in addition to gently exfoliating my skin, they enable my beauty products to last much longer as well as assisting to create a plentiful lather.
The mousse is easily spread over my dampened skin with the beautiful scent of patchouli significantly intensifying whilst a light fluffy lather is produced. The mousse offers a wonderfully satisfying creaminess to my skin and I find it so luxurious to use. I'm normally one for jumping in and out of the shower as quickly as possible. However, each time I use this mousse, I find myself making the most of my showering experience so that the calming and relaxing aroma fully tantalises my nasal passages as well as calming the mind.
The mousse is highly effective at cleansing my skin of any grease and grime and I favour the fact that The Sanctuary has included vitamins; one of which is B5, which is absorbed by the skin and subsequently offers a high level of moisturisation and regeneration properties. Vitamin E has also been added to the mousse and appears in many skin care products due to its antioxidant properties that protect the skin from UV rays. Consequently, both ingredients enable my skin to feel velvety soft and smooth as well as moisturised. The mousse is effortlessly rinsed away without leaving any sticky residue and I love the fact that I am able to witness the beautiful aroma for several hours after showering.
As I am fortunate enough to have normal skin on my body I do not feel the need to apply moisturiser after using with the exception of a few dry patches that I suffer on my knees and elbows. I cannot speak highly enough of this mousse, as it offers such a wonderfully luxurious showering experience and despite its price of £5.25 it represents excellent value for money as only a small amount is needed for each use. You can make a purchase from Boots where they frequently run special offers where you can obtain free gifts from The Sanctuary range, which generally tend to be a pack of travel size products.
Due to the reasons discussed above, I feel a five star rating to be appropriate.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
~ INFO & PRODUCT DETAILS.. ~
I really like using products from the "Sanctuary Spa Covent Garden" range and have tried out many of them in the past. One of my favourite finds from the range is the "Foaming Shower Mousse" and I have purchased the product for myself on various occasions in the past. I was delighted to be reacquainted with the product recently, after my husband purchased a whole range of goodies from the Sanctuary Spa range for me for Christmas.
The Foaming Shower Mousse is available to buy alongside a whole range of products in the Sanctuary Spa range, most of which you will find in larger branches of Boots. The price as @ January 2013 is £5.50 for the 225ml bottle. Alternatively, you can order the product online at www.boots.com, where postage costs apply.
The packaging for the Mousse is quite simplistic, I must admit, but this offers a contemporary appearance and design that is quite modern, in my opinion. The Mousse is packaged in a white-coloured plastic bottle, with the usual Sanctuary Spa logos appearing on the reverse and front. The Mousse is designed to be 'pumped' through the bottle by depressing the dispenser at the top of the bottle, and this is made of robust, orange plastic which offers an eye-catching contrast to the white and pale colours used elsewhere on the packaging.
* The Sanctuary Spa company is against animal testing of any kind... *
~ MY EXPERIENCE.. ~
I have never experienced any difficulty with pressing on the pump dispenser and even though I suffer with pain and weakness at my hands and wrists in addition to reduced mobility, I am able to use the product quite easily. I wouldn't have thought that those consumers who, like myself, struggle with certain products' packaging styles would have encountered many issues with this product.
The Foaming Shower Mousse is of course, designed to be used when taking a shower. That's all fine and good, but I much prefer to take a bath and do so on a daily basis. For this reason, I like my shower products to be versatile enough to be able to cope with being used in this way. Thankfully, the Mousse has proven that it is fairly adaptable, and so this review will focus on my using the product in the bath, rather than the shower.
Firstly, I find that a little goes a surprisingly long way with this particular product, and so the slightly higher-than-average price tag feels somewhat more justified. I find that really only two light pushes of the plastic 'tap' on top of the bottle will dispense more than enough foamy substance for me to cleanse myself adequately. Of course, the product is used rather more than this on occasion, but this is only because I find it rather glorious to use, and can seldom resist dispensing a second helping of the foamy lather to enjoy during my bathing experience!
The foam feels wonderfully light, which is a blessing on my dry, tired skin. To explain, it is true to say that I enjoy using scrubs and other rather more harsh products to exfoliate my skin on a regular basis, and whilst these products do perform well at removing dead skin cells and leaving my skin feeling lovely and soft, I find they can be extremely harsh on my poor skin, which is very sensitive in its nature and will often scream its frustration at being given an intense scrubbing by way of an unpleasant 'tingling', particularly at my upper arms which are ridiculously sensitive. Whilst I want to achieve soft, supple skin and will continue to use scrub-based products to help me achieve this, I can't deny that the most 'calming' and soothing feeling was experienced at these sensitive areas by using the Sanctuary Foaming Shower Mousse in the bath, rather than using a 'bog standard' shower gel product that really offers very little in the way of a 'nourishing' feeling. The Shower Mousse feels completely soft, as you would expect, and this allows for a more calming, relaxing bath time experience, as a result.
The product's gorgeous aroma is evident almost as soon as the Mousse is dispensed from the bottle, being extremely rich, yet surprisingly light. Without feeling 'heady' or over-bearing, there is a strong spice within the aroma that carries itself delicately over the skin. This gives a lovely warm 'glow' type feeling whilst the product is being used, and it combines nicely with the feel and texture of the Foaming Mousse to provide a nourishing feeling making my dry, thirsty skin feel rather more 'quenched'. I find too that the warming feeling obtained from the Mousse's scent allows it to feel perfectly suited to the cold, winter mornings we have been experiencing lately, although not exclusively, and so this is, for me, another plus-point in terms of the versatility of the product.
I feel that the beautiful scent feels quite uplifting when used first thing in the morning, possibly due to the softened 'spice' type of scent that whispers its presence from my skin following the use of the Foaming Mousse in the bathtub. In my eagerness to experience this 'warming' aroma as long as possible, I have experimented recently with other products from the Sanctuary Spa range and have found that using co-ordinating products in the range alongside the Foaming Mousse, such as the Body Wash or applying the Sanctuary Spa Body Lotion after bathing DOES make the overall fragrance take on much more 'depth' to it, so the scent becomes much stronger. This is a very welcome discovery as far as I am concerned, and so I have embraced this practice as much as possible, to allow the scent to develop further on my skin and envelop me in its amber-like cloud for several hours after bath time. In my experience, this result is really only easy to achieve in products that are of a fairly high quality, with cheaply-branded products not performing at all well, as you would perhaps expect. There is no doubt in my mind that the Sanctuary Spa Foaming Shower Mousse is a rather 'premium' product and again, this makes its price tag seem slightly less relevant.
As with all other products in the Sanctuary Spa range that I have tried before, there has been no noticeable irritation obtained to my sensitive skin - or the troublesome patches of eczema that will 'flare' easily - during or after use of the Foaming Shower Mousse, and the product causes nothing in the way of further irritation or dryness to my sensitive skin. Furthermore, even though the product has a strong scent and aroma, this does not cause any irritation to my delicate skin, whereas many other perfumed products do. To me, this is evidence of the extremely high quality of the product and its mild - and surprisingly gentle - formulation.
In summary, the Sanctuary Spa Foaming Shower Mousse feels wonderfully soft, luxurious and quite uplifting during use. It feels like a luxurious product to use when a little TLC is needed, or an enjoyable 'pampering' session, for which the product is more than capable. Afterwards, I am able to experience the gorgeous scent on my cleansed, soothed skin which lasts surprisingly well, and without any noticeable irritation to my delicate skin. For the reasons outlined in this review, this beautiful product comes with my full recommendation, together with full marks in the product rating score.
This is a review of The Sanctuary Foaming Shower Mousse which I received as a gift amongst other Sanctuary items whilst pregnant. I had quite a backlog of shower toiletries and as I am more of a bath person it takes a while to get through them. I love receiving toiletries as a present as I like trying different types and often get ones I would never have thought of buying myself, like this foaming shower mouse.
The mousse comes in a white plastic container, presumably pressurised to turn the contents to foam. The lid is an orange pump and the top frosted plastic. The bottle is a generous 225ml so I expected it to last quite a while.
Super soften soothe and cleanse your skin with calming orange essential oil and protective vitamin E. Is it just me or is this sentence really bad English? It is taken straight from the packaging. The bottle is marked as a Spa Essential too.
I was really looking forward to trying this product as it is different from my usual shower gels. I do strictly make myself use one product at a time though so I don't have too many bottles on the go. Upon first use, I had to pump the top three times to get the product in flow and it came out all white and foamy, slippy like soap and I really liked the light orangey fragrance. After a few days I noticed the line of product was going down really quickly so I asked my husband if he was using it too (which I didn't mind, I just wanted to know) and he denied any use.
After around a week of use (not every day as I often take a bath) my hands were wet and slippery in the shower and the bottle fell out of my hands, knocking the top off and so the pump mechanism was separated from the main bottle. I put it back in but it wouldn't stay and so I couldn't recreate the pressure in the bottle to make the product foam. So I was left with half a bottle of slippery non foam liquid to wash with. It was cold and unpleasant but I am not a wastrel so had to make do.
I liked this product when it foamed, but was disappointed to really only get a week of use from it. Ok so it was my fault I dropped it but I didn't think it would break the bottle as it did. Looking on the Boots website this costs £5.25 a bottle which is expensive but you can often find them on offer like 3 for 2 so can make better value deals.
This is not a product I would rush to buy again, perhaps I have been put off with the fact that my bottle broke. I would be happy to receive it as a gift though so it wasn't that bad! I didn't mind the product at all but feel the packaging might be made more robust as I am always dropping things in the shower which is naturally a wet and slippy environment. Perhaps I had better stick to baths in the future!
I received this product as a gift, I was really excited as I had never considered buying this range before due to the expensive price tag. The product is stocked exclusively in Boots stores and was launched to give all who wanted to try out The Sanctuary Spa Experience out from the comfort of their own homes.
The packaging is a tall, white, cylindrical plastic container with an orange pump detail with grey and orange writing, with a clear cap. The pump is really easy to use, particularly with the ridged detail on the top preventing the bottle sliding through wet hands. Sadly the bottle is over half full and has already imploded in on itself, making it an awkward shape to pick up, and I now struggle to keep it upright on my shelf. Overall I think the packaging is a bit plain, and dare I say cheap looking, particularly in comparison to their salt and sugar scrub products
This product has been used in a soft water area, and has been tested in a power shower. The product came out onto my bath lily as a thin white foam, which I struggled to make a lather with, even when using four pumps worth, which should give lots of product. The lather didn't last long, and in fact when I checked before I turned off the shower, I still smelt dirty. I then dispensed another four pumps worth directly onto the skin to try and make me smell nice and clean.
The scent is based on orange essential oils, along with sandalwood and patchouli. For me the patchouli and sandalwood dominate, with the orange only giving a slight relief from this heavy scent. I personally don't like the scent, I can only take patchouli in small doses, and the patchouli in this packs a punch. In fact to me this smells quite incensey, a bit like walking into mass. To me, this is not a refreshing or relaxing scent, it just seems cloying (when smelled from the bottle), and old-fashioned. Due to the poor lathering quality of the scent, this product didn't linger after I'd left the shower, which was a benefit for me. However I understand, that fragrances are a personal thing, and everyone has different body chemistry, so this may yet smell divine on someone.
The product also contains vitamin E and pro-vitamin B5, to help protect skin, leaving it soft. I didn't find this, and was using as much body lotion after using the product, as I would with any other non-moisturising shower product.
I only used the product for just over a week, and I'm nearly down to half a bottle. The bottle is 225ml, so that is over 100ml. I would normally expect to get a month out of a product of this size, living in area with such soft water, but I will probably end up with a figure close to half this. That is whenever, get round to using it up, at the moment I am favouring other shower products.
On another note, I do like that this product was produced in the UK, as I am all for buying British, to boost our manufacturing market.
Price and Recommendations
This is priced at £5.10, so not cheap for what you're getting. I could recommend a hundred and one cheaper shower gels ahead of this one, but I shall not bore you further with a list. I'm sure that it comes at no surprise, that I personally wouldn't recommend this product, although scent is very personal, if you like patchouli you might want to give it a try. For me, this is a big no-no, but others on dooyoo, and on the Boots site, rate this product highly, so I would be interested to here, if anyone has a better experience.
Due to the poor lathering, unattractive scent, lack of extra-moisturising properties, dull packaging and being on the pricey side. I give this a measely one star.
This review is also on Ciao under the same username.
I'm a big fan of all things bath/shower related, so I was delighted to receive this Foaming Shower Mousse for my birthday back in November. The fact that it was from the Sanctuary range was a bonus- I love the distinctive scents and luxurious feel of this brand, and am always keen to try out new products.
The Sanctuary is actually a spa in Covent Garden, but they've also been selling a range of skin and beauty products in Boots for a good few years now. There are several different lines within the range, one of which is Spa Essentials, easily distinguishable by its orange and white colour scheme. This mousse is no exception, coming in a white, plastic bottle with an orange push pump at the top, protected by a pull-off cap. It's a clean, fresh look, that certainly wouldn't seem out of place in a real spa.
The different products within the Spa Essentials range share a mysterious, exotic scent, with elements of essential oils. This particular bottle contains orange, patchouli and sandalwood oil, although the ingredients list also mentions fragrance, so I'm sure this is largely responsible for the product's scent. It's a very pleasant one though, with all the essential oils vaguely distinguishable, although none particularly standing out. Unlike a lot of Sanctuary products, however, the scent is quite mild- perhaps this is due to the fact that it's foam, rather than gel. When I'm applying this in the shower, it only gives off a faint whiff, and certainly isn't powerful enough to linger on my skin, which is a shame given the fact that it's a scent I like.
The pump top works well with the foam- a gentle push on the pump releases a dollop of white, airy foam into your hand. It's not at all bubbly, but rather very light with a creamy consistency that makes your skin feels moisturised as soon as you apply it. This is perhaps due to the Vitamin E in the foam, which is known for its moisturising, skin protecting properties. The foam glides easily onto the skin, and is easy to rinse off. I do find, however, that it takes quite a lot of foam to cover my body- unlike shower gel or cream, you need almost a handful of this stuff to cover all your skin, as it doesn't spread as well as most shower products. I think being foam, it's quite bulky but with a lot of air, so it gets compressed as soon as it comes into contact with skin. For this reason, I suspect I'll get through this 225ml bottle quite quickly.
This mousse is priced at around £5 per bottle, which I think is reasonable. I can see this being a product that a lot of people would love, particularly because of its foamy consistency- it certainly makes it feel more luxurious than an ordinary shower gel. The other big plus point for it is the fact that it leaves your skin feeling very soft and moisturised. For me personally, however, this isn't one of my favourite Sanctuary products, and I probably won't be buying it for myself. Its moisturising effects are good, but I prefer a shower wash with a stronger scent, and don't like the fact that you have to use a lot of foam every time you shower. Still, it certainly hasn't been a chore to use, and I'll enjoy this bottle while it lasts!
Boots do a great range of beauty products from The Sanctuary and they are some of my favourite beauty products. Firstly a little bit about their history. The Sanctuary began as a Spa in Covent Garden over 30 years ago. Their philosophy is all about providing the time, space and expertise for women to renew that glow, sounds good to me. Anyway, they are available to buy only exclusively in Boots so they are one of their big product ranges. The products were first produced in 1998 when customers had been wanting to take the spa experience home with them without needing a therapist or special equipment so they came up with the idea of selling their products.
I use a variety of their products such as the body lotion which is my personal favourite and have just recently tried their foaming shower mousse. I love shower mousse as I love to watch them foam up so I thought this would be good to see how well this one performed. This product starts off as a liquid when you get it out of the bottle but then it does foam up quite quickly and goes really nice and thick. The mousse is said to contain moisture boosting, protective vitamin E and Pro-Vitamin B5 so this is good for your skin. It is also said to contain tension relieving Sandalwood and soothing Patchouli to gently cleanse supple skin. I have to say my skin is lovely after using this product, I do really like it. The smell is the same as all the other Sanctuary products which I have to admit when I first tried I didn't like to begin with. I always thought the smell would be quite orangey but that's not the case. The smell is more like a spice smell and the kind that you would get when you visit a spa and have a treatment
The packaging of all the Sanctuary products is very distinctive orange colour but this bottle is actually whitish plastic but has an orange pump and the same Sanctuary logo so you can tell it's one of their products. Like I said above, this products is available in Boots. A 225ml bottle will cost you £4.99 so a little expensive but I think it's worth it for the quality and look of the product.
I was first introduced to the delights of The Sanctuary and its products when I received a voucher for a spa day for a birthday present. I spent a very pleasant day being pampered and have since been a regular user of their products. The Sanctuary is a women-only spa located in Covent Garden and this is a review of their Foaming Shower Mousse which is part of the excellent Spa Essentials range.
The Sanctuary products are sold online through their own website (www.thesanctuary.co.uk) but they can also be bought from Boots which is how I choose to buy them because then I get Advantage points into the bargain.
The only teeny little problem I have with this range is the orange colour on the packaging and that really only applies to the Essentials range. The other Sanctuary products are all in much more muted shades more likely to match your bathroom. But these are, after all, the Sanctuary's equivalent of Sainsbury's Basics so it's quite fitting they should be in the same colourways.
The Foaming Shower Mousse packaging isn't quite so in-your-face as other products in the range. The pump action container is white plastic with the Sanctuary logo in black and the name of the product in orange lettering on the front. There is a slightly opague plastic cap covering the bright orange pump dispenser which does slightly tone down the colour. However, I regard the colour as a very small price to pay for using this luscious product.
The first time I used this mousse I was a little taken aback when I saw what was being pumped out. The bubbles look very thin and insubstantial, rather like those you would find in your washing up bowl and I expected them to disappear just as quickly. That was not the case. The instructions suggest smoothing onto wet skin but a couple of good squirts onto a wetted bath scrunchy or sponge also provides enough creamy lather to deal with anybody's ablutions and, in fact, I generally find there is still plenty of lather left when I've finished.
The ingredients list is completely incomprehensible to the average person, only a couple being remotely recognisable from my science lessons. I've listed the ingredients at the bottom of this review for anyone who cares to read them. In fact, I notice one of the ingredients listed is a twenty-seven letter word (Methylchloroisothiazolinone). This, apparently, is a preservative with anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
Whatever the properties of the ingredients, there is no doubt this product leaves your skin feeling moist, silky soft and smelling delicious. I wouldn't describe the scent as particularly girly either. The essential oils used in this mousse are Orange, Sandalwood and Patchouli which combine into a wonderfully exotic aroma suitable for women or men and the scent tends to linger on the skin for several hours.
This shower mousse isn't cheap, retailing in Boots at £4.99 for 225 ml but a little goes a long way and if you're using it every day it will last for a good couple of months or maybe even longer if you live in a soft water area.
This is a lovely product and fits in very well with other items in the Spa Essentials range. If you want to step out of the shower in the morning feeling clean and refreshed, with moisturised, silky soft skin and smelling of something exotic rather than like a bowl of fruit or a bunch of flowers, then you'll love Spa Essentials Foaming Shower Mousse.
A definite five stars from me.
Ingredients (only comprehensible if you have a PhD in Chemistry)
Aqua, Ammonium lauryl sulphate, Sodium laurate sulphate, Cocomidopropyl betaine, Parfum, PEG-60 almond glycerides, PEG-70 mango glycerides, Pathenol, Tocopheryl acetate, Styrene/Acrylates copolymer, Tetrasodium EDA, Xanthan gum, Benzyl benzoate, Benzyl salicylate, Hexyl cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool, Dipopylene glycol, Sodium chloride. Citric acid, Magnesium nitrate, Magnesium choride, Benzyl alcohol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinane.
On the whole I am usually vastly under-whelmed with 'smellies' if I get them as gifts. Usually, people who know me well know have horrifically sensitive skin and can't deal with heavily perfumed bath or body products.
This year I received a few smelly Christmas gifts, one or two were fine, from close friends, from tried and tested ranges I knew I was safe with, one or two got swapped for other bits with family members, but in an uncharacteristically risky move on my part I kept my sanctuary gift set, bought for me by a friend whom I have recently got back in touch with.
My first deciding factor was the smell, I wanted to be able to use this product, It smelt feminine in a way that I don't often get to indulge in because products like that tend to rely heavily on chemical scents that irritate and inflame my skin. I knew it might be a risk, but I felt like pampering myself
The shower mousse smells perfumed and a little flowery, a soapy sort of smell in the bottle, when it has dried and you are relaxing in the warm in your PJs after the shower it smells beautiful, a much richer, and warmer, version of the raw cream's smell. It also sticks around on your skin for ages after, I could still smell it in the morning.
The smell also hung around the shower until the next day as well.
The second is that the Sanctuary range of products always looks so appealing. They don't rely too heavily on fancy packaging or glitzy marketing. Each bottle, tube or tub is understated, matching and looks like you could use it, instead or sitting looking posh and pretty in your bathroom.
I like the fact that some of the bottles themselves are transparent, as you can see how much you have left. The mousse bottle though, appears to not be see through.
The mousse itself is much like the rest of the range, not coloured heavily but a soft creamy colour.
The bottle is a pump dispenser and a good quality one, it was easy to use, even with wet and soapy hands. In keeping with the sanctuary design the writing on the bottle and the pump part of the bottle are the same colour.
The consistency is much lighter than I was expecting it to be, I thought it would be a bit like hair mousse, or shaving cream, but it is quite liquid, the bubbles in the foam are quite big. When you use it in the shower it comes out foamy but then turns into something that approaches a lotion or liquid soap, albeit a very luxurious one. I don't see what the point of the bubbles is other than a gimmick or to make it feel more expensive, I suppose it does save lathering.
I took a quick look at the ingredients list, there doesn't seem to be anything especially natural in it, although its bottle says "with calming orange essential oil and vitamin E"
The back of the bottle says very subtly "against animal testing" which has further endeared these products to me, I like the fact that they haven't made that a manipulative part of their ad campaign.
I was given a 225ml bottle, I wont look up the price, but I know you can buy it in boots as I have seen them. If I want to continue using this after the bottle is finished then I will have to go looking then. A little of this product goes a long way though, I think that is worth mentioning. My whole shower only needed a couple of pumps from the bottle.
I am happy to say that after two uses and some careful monitoring my skin seems to be able to cope just fine with this mousse, I will say that like many other soaps it does have a tendency to leave your skin quite dry, but I was given some of the sanctuary body milk that it recommends you use this product with and that in conjunction with the mousse leaves my skin very soft and smelling amazing.
A rich creamy body mousse to cleanse and soften your skin / This delicate blend of Orange, Sandlewood and Patchouli Essential Oils calms the body, whilst Vitamin E and Pro-Vitamins B5 helps boost moisture levels leaving your skin feeling soft, conditioned and delicately fragranced /