“ Brand: The Sanctuary / Type: Oil / What it does: Cleanses, Protects, Nourishes „
Well, I'm already a mum but I'm also a mum to be for the second time and at the start of my pregnancy one of my good friends gave me some Sanctuary Mum to Be products. She knew I already liked the regular Sanctuary range on account of their being lotions and bottles of it all over my house so she thought I would like the mum to be range. One of the products she gave me was the supple skin shower oil.
Keeping your skin nice and hydrated and smooth during pregnancy is a nice feeling as you never feel completely glamorous or 100% during pregnancy so to be able to do something nice like this for your skin is great. I love to use oil on my belly as its here the skin really dries out with all that stretching and growing. I can't say I am using it to prevent stretch marks as I already have those from my first pregnancy despite using all the creams but I like the sensation on my belly and to keep it moist and hydrated.
The oil is from The Sanctuary Spa Covent Garden and comes in a nice little tube. The mum to be range has a purple flower design on the front of all their bottles as opposed to the orange packaging that you find with the rest of the Sanctuary range. Sanctuary say this oil will gently cleanse, hydrate and sooth skin with nourishing coconut oil, protective vitamin E and regenerating rose hip seed oil. On the back of the bottle it gives you more information about the oil, "take extra special care of your skin with our gently foaming shower oil. A sumptuous blend of moisturising sweet almond and coconut oils infused with protective vitamin E and tamanu oil to keep your skin soft and smooth. Tight, dry skin is soothed clean with a combination of organic rose hip seed oil, a powerful skin regenerator rich in essential fatty acids and borage oil to promote flexibility and suppleness in the skin."
Like advised I use this in the shower. I apply it to my wet skin and basically smooth it into my tummy and thighs, I don't really use it on my arms and legs as I like to just concentrate on the areas that really need it. The oil is quite thick, way thicker than a cooking oil consistency and I find the oil really grips and coats my skin. When you rub it in it does lather up a little bit but not like a body wash would do. The oil then sticks on my skin for a bit until I wash it off so I feel like I am really coating my skin and letting all of that good moisture soak in. I love the fact that it contains rose hip seed oil as I like to think it's really working to repair my skin. After my shower you can feel that my belly is definitely a lot smoother and it has held a lot of its tightness so hopefully after I have given birth this oil will help to get my stomach back to its old firm self!
With all of that you would think there is nothing and to say about this oil, well, unfortunately it smells disgusting!! I don't know what it is that makes it smell so bad but I just don't like it at all, it's almost quite off-putting but I still use it in the shower and manage to get over the smell by then using a really smelly fruity body wash to get rid of the awful smell. Thankfully it does not linger on my skin other wise I would not be able to use it at all which would be a shame as it works so well. How would I describe the smell, well, it's kind of an oily, chemical smell that is not like any of the other Sanctuary smells which is a shame.
Apart from the smell, a great working oil for mums to be!
I received a sanctuary mum to be set from my hubby not long after we learnt our happy news. In the set there was three items - a body butter, a shower oil and bath soak (see separate reviews). This shower oil is the final product in the set for me to review.
The Sanctuary is a women's spa in Covent Garden, London. As such, products in this range tend to be of exceptional quality, made from fine ingredients and tend to be priced accordingly. Their products are available for order direct from them online, or alternatively are stocked in Boots stores up and down the country.
The shower oil can be purchased for £7.14 for a bottle of 250ml on the sanctuary website, but is also part of the current 3 for 2 offer on the site.
THE SHOWER OIL
The supple skin shower oils is said to 'gently cleanse, hydrate and soothe the skin', which is ideal for stretched and stressed skin during pregnancy. It comes in a plastic bottle with screw cap. Once removed the cap reveals the top of the bottle which has a plug in, with a hole through the middle - much like you get with a bottle of olive oil. The bottle is made of clear plastic, through which you can see the oil - which is a rich golden colour.
The key ingredients in the oil are:
Borage oil which nourishes and strengthens the skin, Coconut Oils which are a light natural emollient that help to moisturise and protect the skin, Rosehip Seed Oil which is rich in essential fatty acids, Omega 3 and 6 and known to be a powerful skin regenerator and to help prevent premature ageing, Sweet Almond Oil which is easily absorbed and helps to leave the skin 'soft and satiny smooth' and Tamanu Oil which helps improve skin elasticity, smoothness and firmness. It also contains Vitamin E which is a fat soluble vitamin that maintains cell membranes. It traps and neutralises free radicals created by the environment and offers good protection for the skin.
The oil can be applied to damp skin in the bath and shower and gently rubbed into the skin directly using a sponge or flannel. It is quite runny to apply and I found that it slipped off my skin quite easily, so you need to be quick to massage it in. Being an oil, it doesn't foam up or feel particularly cleansing, but it does feel really caring and moisturising on your skin.
As it is non-foaming, you need a fair amount of oil per application to feel like you have washed thoroughly. However, I only use on areas of skin that are particularly stressed by pregnancy - notably my stomache and thighs - as not only does this ensure that the product lasts longer, but I prefer to use a foaming shower gel to generally wash and cleanse my skin.
The oil smells quite floral in scent and is relaxing too. The main scent I can detect is that of the rosehip seed oil and I can't detect the coconut oil at all - which is a shame for me as I love coconut scented bath products.
As I have said, the smell of the oil is quite relaxing and it feels an indulgent, pampering product to use. The oil is also surprisingly non-greasy on the skin and leaves my skin feeling really moisturised and cared for. It is very gentle and excellent for use on areas of dry skin too. I wouldn't go as far as to say that the product would prevent you from getting any stretch marks in your pregnancy, but it does leave your skin feeling really soft and cared for.
This makes a lovely gift for any mum-to-be.
I recently received this in a Mum-to-Be Pure Pamper Bag at my baby shower, from my best friend. It came in a small pack along with a Collagen Boosting Body Butter and Soft Skin Bath Soak. Out of the three items, my favourite is definitely the Supple Shower Oil.
Being almost 8months pregnant, I've been starting to worry about stretch marks, and what is happening to my skin as I get larger. Having done nothing so far in terms of moisturising my skin, I was worried I had left it too late. But then, my best friend bought me this lovely set a few weeks back.
I use the Supple Shower Oil more when I'm in the bath admittedly. I make sure that my skin is lovely and damp, and then pour some of the oil onto my hands. I rub it between both hands, before rubbing it across and around my belly. It does foam ever so slightly, but it gives the most luxurious feel as it's applied. After rubbing it on my belly, I rinse off with the warm water, leaving my skin feeling so soft. It's funny as well, because baby always kicks when I do this!
Now I use it every time I bath, and although I only have the 75ml bottle, it does seem to be lasting really well, as only a small amount is needed each time.
I haven't yet used any of the other items in the Pamper pack, but I'm sure when I do that if they're as wonderful as the shower oil, then I'll be in heaven! The only downside is my local Boots does not sell the Mum-To-Be range, as there's a few other bits I'd like to get to try!
THE SANCTUARY MUM TO BE OVERVIEW
The Sanctuary Mum-To-Be range uses natural ingredients and Essential Oils, specially designed for pregnant and post-pregnancy skin.
The Sanctuary blind tests each product on a panel of 60 women between 3-8 months of pregnancy and each product scored 8/10 or higher.
MUM TO BE SUPPLE SHOWER OIL
The Supple Shower Oil contains Coconut Oil, protective Vitamin E and regenerating Rosehip Seed Oil. To me, not a great combination as the smell is quite strong and not all that pleasant. It is quite earthy. I could not smell coconut at all. The combination is meant to clean the skin of the stomach, adding moisture rather than drying it out. You apply to damp skin, which is a bit of a pain in the shower. I tend to give up and smear it on under the running water.
It is about £6.50 for 250ml but you only need a small amount and it does last well.
I was given this product as a gift and if I am honest I would not buy it again. I do like it but it is quite expensive and I am not sure what it is meant to do. I guess the oils moisturise the stretched skin on your stomach rather than a soap that would dry it out. However, I feel that if I didn't have this product, I would just avoid using any product on the delicate stretched skin of my stomach. Providing it gets a dunk in the water, it isn't all that important to me to scrub it clean. The baby does seem to like it when I massage the shower oil in - but maybe he is kicking in protest! Who can say!
I didn't really like the smell. It is quite earthy. Definitely not as nice smelling as the other Sanctuary Mum-To-Be products available and I think they are just playing to a market of pregnant women who will buy anything to stave off stretch marks!
I think this product is quite nice but not something I would buy. Great as a gift though if anyone is offering!!
Gently cleanse, hydrate and soothe the skin with nourishing Coconut Oil, protective Vitamin E and regenerating Rosehip Seed Oil /