Product Type: The Sanctuary Bath / Shower
Newest Review: ... of the house. Stuff the washing up and the cleaning, this girl was getting spoilt. Music on, wine poured, bath deep. And I am now, afterwar... more
Enjoying My New Love Affair
The Sanctuary Hot Sugar Body Polish
Member Name: missrarr
The Sanctuary Hot Sugar Body Polish
Advantages: It works and its a delight to use
Disadvantages: None whatsoever
Worry not, Mr Rarr is still in residence. He's just sharing me with another love. One introduced to me by another member of this good site, no less.
Oh, get your minds out of the gutter.
I'm still faithful to my man, but I am head over heels in love with the Sanctuary Spa range of beauty products. And it is one Louisechackett who is responsible for it. Should I ever meet you, Louise, I owe you a drink! Let me explain...
***WHAT THE DEVIL ARE YOU ON ABOUT, WOMAN?***
Okay, a couple of months back I read a great review by Louise about Sanctuary Spa's sleep-aiding body butter (I highly recommend you read this, ladies, and it shows the Dooyoo really works). The product sounded insanely gorgeous, with great scent, great skin care and soothing relaxation all in one hit.
Prior to this revelation, I had an awareness of the Sanctuary brand but had always told myself that they were out of my price range and therefore never tried them. But I was soon to learn that you get what you pay for and the products in the range may be a bit pricey but the combination of their quality and their duration makes their value pretty damn decent. Added to this is that the range has been very generous to me - more on that later.
Before Louise's review, Mr Rarr's grandparents had kindly given me some Boots vouchers and at a time when money was tight they were such a welcome gift - the only thing was, as I promised myself something special with them, what to buy? Louise's review swung it - I obsessed about this magical-sounding body butter and when I one day was staying with Mum and shopping in her large local Boots store I saw that Sanctuary were 3-for-2. They also stocked this dream product. Job, as they say, done. Not only did I pick up my hopefully new favourite moisturiser, I toddled off with a facial moisturiser and a pot of Hot Sugar Scrub too.
Now, it would be fitting for my first review of this range to concern the sleep-aiding butter and that had been my intention. But on a day off with one day of work ahead between me and a week's holiday, I decided to treat myself to a proper girlie pampering session today when Mr Rarr was out of the house. Stuff the washing up and the cleaning, this girl was getting spoilt. Music on, wine poured, bath deep. And I am now, afterwards, sitting here unable to stop caressing my own skin because of its soft, smooth, healthy feel - a rare thing. The cause? Sanctuary's incredible Hot Sugar Scrub.
A real spa in Covent Garden (that I can only dream of going to one day), Sanctuary Spa, their range of products are a result of trained therapists and feedback from genuine spa customers. Their intention is that you should feel happy because that is when you are at your most beautiful - and I'm so happy right now I might have a crack at David Tennant just to say I tried.
There are now spas in Bristol, Cambridge and Richmond, so you don't have to ruin your glow by trudging through London either. And the range is stocked at larger Boots stores, although some key products are at smaller stores - just not the really good stuff, in my experience.
Basically the range is now pretty hefty - skin care, body care, travel sizes, you name it and they probably have a product for you. You can also order through Boots.com and Sanctuary.com.
The range was launched in 1998, after the spa itself had gained a pretty huge following - it was opened as a gift to the wife of Gary Cockerill, a choreographer (she was a ballerina). The place is not lost on the celebrity set - apparently both Debbie Harry and Dawn French are fans, hosting parties with Sanctuary Covent Garden as a venue.
***HOT SUGAR SCRUB***
I needed a new facial moisturiser but what was my third product to be? I had been aware that my skin was looking dull for some time when I saw this offer, and so I promised myself a scrub of sorts. The pot of Hot Sugar Scrub looked reassuringly stuffed full of product so it seemed a good choice - retail, this is £11.25 through the company's own site or £12 through Boots.com.
The Boots.com product description says this has been "bought back" - it is certainly in different packaging to the Dooyoo photo. It is now in a sturdy-feeling clear plastic pot with an orange screw-top lid. For your money you get 550g of this "award-winning" product.
Inside you have a thick, dense product with plenty of clear sugar crystals. A little truly goes a long way, so whilst I use mine as a treat when I really need a confidence boost, it is going to last me for a long time indeed. Be careful not to open it under the shower - the scrub reacts with moisture to give it its initial heating kick which is so nice even in summer and in cooler months is a real treat. This is supposed to give a deeper gentle cleanse, and whilst it may do that what I really want to rave about is the skin polishing qualities.
In this gorgeous product the heavily-packed sugar crystals initially do a good, robust job of buffing your skin up. The clay-like cream that binds them together warms the skin well for a few seconds and then starts to melt away to an oil-like substance which is a great way of stopping the crystals from becoming too abrasive. This means that you can continue to rub the crystals around the skin (you are advised to use circular motions to do so) for some time, really working away the dead skin cells and enjoying the lovely scent, and eventually some of the sugar crystals seem to start to dissolve so you have the feeling that your skin has been moisturised by the oils and buffed up as well. The base is Kaolin clay, which draws out impurities, so that face that you can use this for a good few minutes allows that to happen. The sugar is organic and whilst the label doesn't elaborate on what the scent bases are (this is just listed as "fragrance" - perhaps an attempt to guard a secret of their particular range and spa treatments?), I would hazard a suggestion of slight citrus fruit combined with something else. It is soothing, pleasant, smells good enough to eat and is far from overpowering - subtle, indulgent and relaxing, whatever the precise combination is.
***OKAY, SO IT'S NICE...DOES IT WORK?***
Oh heck yes. First off, when I'd enjoyed a circulation-boosting all-over rubdown (you don't have to imagine that bit), I stepped from bath (where I'd stood applying the product to my skin-wet skin) and into the shower to wash off the residual oils and sugar. I then towel-dried my skin and was amazed at how smooth, soft and happy it felt - were it not a roasting hot day in summer when I have recently been running all over the place in hot conditions or being dried out by air conditioning, I doubt my skin would have needed moisturising, but this being the height of summer I have done so. But even before that, the smooth surface of my skin was amazing and something I thought my dull, boring white skin would never achieve. I am not so much an English Rose as a half-Irish untan-able freak who wouldn't need a white sheet to dress as a ghost for Halloween, so I am resigned to never "glowing" but this product has got my skin as close to smooth and shining as it is ever going to get. For that, I will love it eternally.
The ingredients are :PEG-8, Zeolite, Sucrose, Kaolin, Glycerin, Zinc Oxide, PEG-220, Parfum (Fragrance), Silica, Benzyl Salicylate, Linalool, Benzyl Benzoate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene. So it's not entirely natural or Lush-esquely smug, but then it doesn't claim to be. There aren't any parabens, which is a good start.
Whilst I can't see anything on their website, Sanctuary Spa are quoted by email on nottested.co.uk as saying that neither their ingredients or finished products are tested on animals - unless you count (probably very willing) people.
...Overall I just love this product. You have to dig a little bit of the product out of the pot which gives you an indication that for your money you get a lot of product, and it goes a long way on your skin as the temperature softens the mixture, so combined with the fact that it is so effective, I think that the price is acceptable. That said, I would not use it daily - I would sooner buy a cheaper body polish to use day to day and use this when I really want to feel great about myself.
Beyond that, I love the heat it produces - not too hot but very noticable - and I love the scent, whatever it may be. But most of all I love the way it leaves my skin feeling so good, and also ready to make the best of any moisturising product that I may follow it with. What's the point of soaking already dead skin cells with moisturiser? Its almost enough to make me think that it's worth getting outside in my shorts to try to achieve tanned legs, but at 28 I know from experience that there are some miracles you just can't perform. A shame - because the only thing that would make my legs look better right now (apart from overall dropping about a stone), would be a tan. But if anything can make my pasty pins look and feel this happy then its a heaven-sent delight and I am so grateful that I found it!
Summary: A brilliant body scrub