This is a part of the Sanctuary range that has been about for many years.
The range is an extension to their SPA resort, so that you can have that SPA experience at home, hopefully with the same results.
This product was purchased in BOOTS retailing at the time of £5.
I thought this was a reasonable price due to the brand and my expectations of what I assumed this would produce in terms of results.
A very well packaged product and tightly sealed perhaps more so than you would expect because of the 'luxury' aspect of the brand who produces this but because of the ingredients and what it aims to do.
The product is produced as a bar of soap/ loofah and a very distinct orange with black grain in they are the natural sea salts within the bar.
The aim of this product is to gently buff and exfoliate your skin with the loofah effect bar. This contains Almond oil which you can definitely feel as the water is applied, this is to soften your skin as you work this gently into your skin.
This also contains EVENING PRIMROSE OIL, which is why it gets such a strong effect and looks more like an aggressive orange bar than a soothing loofah.
The Evening primrose oil is the most highly concentrated form of GLA[ FATTY ACIDS] that your skin needs because it comes with anti-inflammatory ingredients which is ideal after the sea salt naturally removes the dead cells from your skin.
The instructions that the company puts at the back of this packaging is that you need to massage into your skin firmly with wet skin.
For me I thought this would be okay but my goodness, it's almost like washing with gravel [not that I have tried mind you.]
I use warm water on my skin and then proceeded, in circular motion, as directed for the desired effect, but my skin instantly stung.
I thought that's the salt don't worry, it's doing its job. I really don't think so as when you step out of the bath/ shower you are meant to pat your skin dry. I did that and it made it worse.
I thought my skin was heating up as though it had been briefly burned by steam from a kettle and the skin on my arms and legs were just unbearable for at least there hours afterwards.
I did try using this again but not as firmly and there was no change. My goodness, do not waste your money on this product. It is painful I do not lie.
Did anything good come out of it?
I suppose to be fair the Almond oil was quite effective that's why this product has an extra heart, even though this bar of pain doesn't.
The skin did feel soft, but I had red marks on my skin, the Evening Primrose Oil did not bring the anti-inflammatory aspect it was meant to on both of the occasions.
Overall, I would never try a product like this again but stick to the original way of using salt scrubs.
I bought this Sanctuary Salt Scrub Bar when I was looking for an interesting new body scrub to try and couldn't really find anything I fancied amongst the usual tubes and bottles. I thought this would make a nice change and also be more convenient for using in the shower. It costs £5.50 for a 200g bar.
It comes in a simple plastic wrapper which is easily opened, but do not be tempted to put the bar back on the wrapper after using it as I did because it will leave bits stuck all over it. The bar itself is orange and kind of semi-transparent and looks smooth and shiny. You can easily see the grains within the bar as little flecks dotted throughout it. It has a very bland generic 'soapy' scent.
When I first used the bar I found it felt completely smooth and I couldn't feel any of the grains in it at all so it wasn't really doing it's job of exfoliating the skin. It took a couple of uses before I started to feel the exfoliating action because the grains are all within the bar and none on the surface. However, once this first layer is rubbed away you can feel the grains and I find them a little scratchy, though not to the point that it becomes painful to use, but I don't feel they're really doing a great job of exfoliating my skin.
The bar doesn't really produce a lather, more of just a slimy layer that you can wash the skin with. It does feel ok to use but I personally prefer products that lather well as they just feel like they're cleaning more effectively. It doesn't take much rinsing because of the lack of lather.
After using the bar my skin does feel quite smooth, but not like it's really been exfoliated. It also feels really tight, like the skin on my face would after using soap instead of a proper cleanser. It feels really uncomfortable and starts to itch pretty soon after I'm dried off, so now every time I use it I have to make sure I follow it with a moisturising body wash to stop my skin feeling dry uncomfortably dry and tight.
All in all I think this scrub bar is awful and definitely not worth the money, I've used so may cheaper scrubs that do such a better job.
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Sanctuary Spa treats thousands of women every year at their iconic home in London's Convent Garden where they have been helping woman relax and rejuvenate for more than thirty five years. They have a large range of beauty products that are available to buy to help keep woman's skin glowing and healthy looking. The product I am reviewing is part of the Sanctuary Spa in Covent Garden range which can be purchased at a number of different places. The product is a salt scrub bar which contains natural sea salt, loofah and softening sweet almond and evening primrose oils. The product is a great way to cleanse, exfoliate and refine your skin, leaving it feeling revived. I have read reviews about this product in the past and I thought it sounded quite good so I decided to treat myself to a bar this week to see if was as good as it sounded. I love trying out new beauty products particularly body scrubs as I think it's really important to exfoliate your skin to keep it looking healthy. Exfoliating also helps to reduce the signs of cellulite and also polishes skin so it looks brighter.
The product comes in a plastic bag which is wrapped tightly around the salt scrub bar. The plastic is clear so you can clearly see the bar and on the front it states what the product is. You can see that the bar is a light orange colour and has bits in the bar which looks like the sea salt. On the side of the packaging is some information about Sanctuary and how to use the product. As it was the first time I have used this product I read all the information. On the back of the wrapper is a list of ingredients and warnings about where you shouldn't use the product, for example on your face. Although the packaging to the product is really simple it doesn't actually look cheap.
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I purchased a 200g bar from my local Boots store for £5.50. You can also purchase this from the Boots website or from www.sanctuary.com where the bar is priced at £5.00 so is slightly cheaper.
Using the Bar
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Use in the shower or bath, massaging firmly into wet skin using circular motions. Rinse off and pat dry gently for soft, glowing skin. Follow with The Sanctuary Lotion or Body Butter for instant hydration and a smooth finish. I unwrapped the bar and inspected it a little before I actually use it. The bar was really smooth which surprised me as I thought it would feel slightly rough due to the sea salt in it. The bar had a lovely fragrance to it which was more of the primrose oil than the sweet almond. When I was in the shower I grabbed hold of the bar and started using it on my body using circular motions as suggested. The bar was really smooth against my skin and glided across it easily. I did expect the bar to start feeling a little rough as I used it but it wasn't how I expected. I continued to use the bar all over my body. I could feel the sea salt in the bar working on my skin as I moved the bar in circular motions. This was nice as the bar didn't feel too rough but felt as though it was exfoliating a little. The smell of the product became stronger as I used it and it was a very pleasant smell. The bar can get a little slippery; I know this because I dropped it once whilst using it for the first time in the shower. After rubbing the bar over my skin, I could feel a slight residue on my skin which felt soft and silky but not greasy. I stepped back under the shower and rinsed the product off and as did this the smell disappeared slightly. My skin felt different to what it had done before getting in the shower. I wondered what it was going to feel like after patting my skin dry.
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After patting my skin dry, it felt much smoother than it had done before and it felt really clean. I couldn't really smell the product, now I had got out the shower and dried myself. I always apply body butter after the shower so I did this as normal. My skin felt incredible soft and smooth, and this wasn't just down to the body butter. The salt bar had polished my skin and made it feel so smooth and soft and when applying the body butter afterwards this made it even softer than it would if I used the body butter alone without the salt scrub bar.
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I have used the bar a few times when in the shower now and I have definitely noticed a difference in how my skin feels and looks. My skin feels so much softer and smooth and looks soft and healthy. I have used the bar at least 5 times and there's still so much of it left. I would guess that this product would last me a good month if not longer. In terms of value I don't think the bar is badly priced as I would expect to pay the same amount for a good body scrub. I love the fact that the product does come in a bar as it's much easier to use whilst in the shower. As I was so impressed with this product I may even treat myself to another product in this range in the next few weeks. When I run out of this bar I would definitely purchase it again. This is currently my favourite bath/shower scrub bar at the moment. I highly recommend this product to others and you will also notice a different in the look and feel of your skin.
(review may also appear on ciao)
After reading some positive reviews on here, and being partial to a bit of Sanctuary every now and then, I decided to invest in one of their salt scrub bars to see if it would aid in our neverending battle against my husbands psoriasis.
Being a Sanctuary product it is available from Boots stores or their online shop, although it obviously isn't one of the more popular products in their range as I had to trail round 3 shops before I actually found it. You can, however, get it ordered in for you if your local shop doesn't have it in stock, to avoid the delivery charges when ordering online.
The bar costs £5.50 for 200g which is quite pricey for what is, effectively, a bar of soap, but Boots usually have a 3 for 2 offer on the Sanctuary range so I never get anything at full price. Obviously, £11 for 3 bars of soap is still quite a high price, but if it helps my husbands skin I thought it would be worth it, and we've spend much more than that on other products in our attempts to heal him!
The bar comes wrapped in a frosted plastic wrapper with the standard Sanctuary branding on it, but to be honest we threw the wrapper away as soon as we opened the soap so I can't really tell you anything more about that aspect of it, other than that it was easy to open and get into, much like a bag of peanuts!
The salt scrub bar is a deep orange colour with flecks running through it and is about the same size as an average bar of soap, so fits nicely in the soap dish attached to our shower fittings and is easy to hold as it also fits nicely into the palm of my hand. When you hold it it does feel ever so slightly gritty to the touch, but not in a harsh way so it doesn't make it feel uncomfortable.
I tend to use this scrub bar every other time I shower and alternate it with an actual body scrub, my husband uses it every time he showers. I use it by rubbing it onto my shower puff and then rubbing it over my skin, my husband by rubbing it onto his flannel and then onto his skin. When I use it I can straight away feel the little particles of sea salt rubbing over my skin and I tend to concentrate it most on my heels, ankles, elbows and knees, where my skin gets driest, rather than using it as a soap. It feels lovely to use and really makes a difference to any patches of dried skin I might have at the time. My ankles, particularly at this time of year when it starts getting colder, get really quite bad build ups of dried skin and I have to use vast amounts of moisturiser to keep it at bay. Since I've been using this scrub bar, however, it hasn't been nearly as bad as normal and so I can just use a light moisturiser on that area rather than the thicker, more intensive one I normally have to use.
The biggest difference, however, has been to my husbands skin. He has many patches of red, angry looking skin covered in flakey, scaley dried skin which cover a lot of his legs and back. he has suffered with psoriasis for as long as I've known him and so I'm always trying new things to try and ease his suffering as they cause him a lot of itching and scratching, so much so that our bed sheets can often be spotted with blood where he's scratched himself in the night. We've tried many things over the years and whilst some things can work for a while at easing either the itching or the redness nothing has ever healed his skin fully. Exposure to sunlight seems to have the biggest effect but living in wet and rainy Cumbria means that's usually in short supply!
Anyway, since he started using this salt scrub bar (approximately 7 weeks ago now) he immediately noticed a difference in the feel of his skin. The patches of psoriasis are much less flakey and scaley and the scrub really seems to work well in getting the top layer of dead skin removed so that any ointments or lotions he applied afterwards can actually get to the skin underneath and so work more effectively. Previously, he would sit on the sofa on an evening and scratch at his legs all the time, but since using the salt scrub bar he hardly ever scratches at his legs, and usually only just before he has his nightly shower meaning that it's been nearly 24 hours since he last used the scrub.
He also uses other products on his skin to try and help so I can't say with 100% positivity that it is this bar that is making the difference, but the big changes he has seen and felt started immediately after he used it the first time and have continued since so I would be willing to bet a lot of money that it is this bar that is making the difference. It contains Evening Primrose Oil, Sweet Almond Oil and Sea Salts and the first two of these ingredients are known to help with psoriasis. He actually takes Evening Primrose Oil capsules every day, although has been taking them for many months now and they don't seem to be making much of a difference. This leads me to conclude that it could well be the sweet almond oil that is helping so much and I'm now enouraging him to start using the Sanctuary body spray too as that contains some too, as well as jojoba oil, which is also supposed to help this skin complaint too.
Unfortunately for my husband, the thing he doesn't like about using this range is the fragrance. Personally I love it and it is the main reason I continue to buy so many products from the range. I loved it from the first time I ever used it nearly 2 decades ago, and love it still to this day. But my husband doesn't! He objected to my using it in the first place (oh shush, you needn't think I'm going to give up Sanctuary just because you don't like the smell, hubby dear!) and really doesn't like smelling of it himself. As it's quite a strong fragrance it lingers a while (although not as much as the body spray) and he thinks it makes him smell like "a tarts boudoir"! For me, though, having him smelling of the lovely, musky, somewhat spicey Sanctuary fragrance is just an added bonus!
We will continue to buy this soap bar (3 at a time!) as it not only helps keep my skin soft and dry-patch free but has really eased the itching my husband suffered from with his psoriasis. Whilst it is probably a combination of the things that he uses that is helping the most I really think that the fact that this gets rid of layers of dead skin enabling other potions and lotions to work more effectively is making a big difference and suspect that the sweet almond oil is also playing a part in the process. At £5.50 a bar I still think it's quite expensive, but if it helps clear my husbands skin up it will be worth it and it does last a decent amount of time. We're just starting on our second bar now so the first lasted nearly 2 months.
All in all I've been very impressed with this salt scrub bar and it gets a big 5 stars from me.
*I don't want to sound like I think this will help everyone who suffers from psoriasis as I know everyone's skin is different and different products help different people, but it really has helped my husband, so if you're a sufferer to, it may be worth a go*
After finding all The Sanctuary range on here, I thought I would continue my theme and review all the Sanctuary products I have used.
Salt Scrub Bar
The Sanctuary Salt Scrub Bar, which is orange, is basically a bar of soap but with a bit of a difference. It is an exfoliating soap which contains loofah and sea salt which is designed to exfoliate your skin. The loofah and sea salt are obvious ingredients in the bar as it has a sort of grainy texture to it.
Other ingredients include Evening Primrose Oil and Almond Oil which are designed to moisturise your skin after it has been exfoliated.
It is packaged in a clear wrapper bearing the distinctive fish logo of the Sanctuary on the front.
The products claims that it is "a luxurious soap to exfoliate and smooth your whole body.
A 200g bar costs £3.95 which isn't cheap for soap but then all of The Sanctuary products are quite expensive and usually worth the money as they are such good quality.
You can buy this product either direct from The Sanctuary website or from Boots as this is the only place that The Sanctuary range is available to buy.
This product is designed to be used just like an ordinary bar of soap. Get it a little bit wet and rub all over your body, or rub it between wet hands to work up a lather and then rub all over your body. Either way will give you the desired effect.
As soon as you open the soap, you are greeted with the gorgeous smell of the product. As I mentioned in my previous Sanctuary product review, the Sanctuary range has a very distinctive smell to it and this product is no exception.
The exfoliating pieces in the bar are fairly obvious and can definitely be felt the first few times you use the product, the soap can feel a bit rough but after a few applications it soon smoothens out.
The soap lathers up really well, more so than most other soaps I have used and it smells gorgeous when you have used it, and you can still smell the scent afterwards on your skin.
After using this product my skin if left feeling really clean, silky and smoothe.
I would 100% recommend this product to other people. Although it is quite expensive for a soap, I think it is well worth the extra money and it does seem to last a long time.
Don't be put off by the fact that the bar can seem a b t rough at first, this does wear away after a few uses... so just be gentle with it the first few times you use it. I suffer with sensitive skin and have had no problems with this soap but I do take extra care when starting a new bar as the roughness of the exfoliating pieces do hurt if you are too rough.
I have very sensitive skin and have to be careful with bathing products, especially as I have psoriasis. My skin is dry and I like to keep it well moisturised as that helps the psoriasis medication and makes my skin feel softer and less itchy.
This is part of the Sanctuary range, which is a famous beauty spa in London Covent Garden. They do a whole range of products at what I consider to be a good price for a spa brand.
They do not overdo the packaging, most products are unboxed and this particular bar is simply sealed in a clear plastic wrapper.
It looks and is shaped like a normal bar of soap. . A large bar at 200g, in an almost see through orange which is slightly cloudy, but looks very natural.
I love the smell which is sweet, slightly medicinal, herby, which I think is gorgeous. The mix is heady but not overpowering and it smells quite natural. A must for me as it matters not how effective the product is, if I don't like the scent I can't use it. It also seems to blend well and not overpower any other brand products you use with it.
It contains evening primrose oil, sweet almond oil and sea salts.
Evening primrose has anti-inflammatory properties, sweet almond moisturises and the sea salt removes the dead skin.
How to use this
I use this in the bath and shower in combination with one of those scrunchy wash thingy's- what do they call them?
I wet the scrunchy, apply some of the soap and then gently massage over my skin. I don't rub vigorously as my skin is sensitive and also have to careful around the areas I have psoriasis. Sanctuary recommends a vigorous massage, but I find this is effective even with gentle massage.
The soap does not produce a massive amount of lather, but it does produce a lather fairly quickly when you apply water, which I find satisfying as with some products if there is no foam , I don't feel like they are cleansing enough.
Despite the salt scrub this is quite gentle and most important the salt does not sting, which has been a problem with some exfoliators I have used. Most warn not to use on broken or irritated skin, but I did not heed the warnings and rubbing salt in a sensitive broken skin is very painful. There are no obvious gritty bits in this bar , so the sea salt they use must be quite fine.
I find this an effective soap and exfoliator and my skin feels clean and soft and also smells gorgeous. I use this every time I bathe and the scent works well with most of the bubble baths I use.
It seems to last for ages, but be warned men like this too. My husband loves this and if he can get his hands on it uses it pre shave as well as in the shower. As he took such a liking to it, I now try to remember not to leave it in the shower as it disappears at a rate of knots.
I find this much better than other exfoliators as it is really easy to control where you use it so no risk of it getting where you don't want it. Plus I find it less wasteful than other scrubs as I find most scrubs lands on the bottom of the shower or bath rather than on the skin. I also like that it isn't gritty so does not leave any gritty residue on your skin or the bottom of the bath or shower curtain.
I use this most days so I feel it is as good as more gritty scrubs, which I personally find too abrasive and leave my skin looking red raw no matter how gently I apply. This does not do that and yet it does a good job exfoliating.
Would I Recommend
Yes I love this soap. It smells wonderful, leaves my skin feeling soft and clean, gently gets rid of dead skin and does not irritate or sting my very sensitive skin. It lasts for ages and if you buy on a 3 for 2 is reasonably priced for exfoliating mositurising soap. Full price is £5.50 but works out at £ 3.67 if you buy when 3 for 2.
I would recommend this to other people who have skin conditions like psoriasis, which is where you overproduce skin cells so skin becomes red and flaky. I find it extremely itchy, hence the broken skin and spend loads of time every day applying creams and lotions. What I particularly like is this helps slough of the flaky patches and if I am in a rush and don't have time to apply cream, my skin feels comfortable and the lovely scent lingers for ages.
My husband pinches this all the time, so I would recommend for men as well as women.
If you like a really gritty scrub that is so abrasive it hurts your skin , then don't choose this.
5 stars from me
I adore Sanctuary products generally and thought I would try the Salt Scrub Bar because it was one of the few things in the range that I had not tried. This was mainly because unlike all the other bottles and potions, the soap bar looked pretty ordinary. However, just like every other Sanctuary product, it is divine and works brilliantly to make your skin as pretty as a picture and as smelly as a meadow of flowers!
The soap is a dark orange with lots of tiny little light strands of loofah in there. It therefore exfoliates quite nicely. The loofah bits are plentiful enough that it also improves circulation and really makes your skin tingle and feel so clean and fresh. Also the sea salt in there is excellent for the skin, much like sea water.
It smells fruity and fresh like the other original products in the Sanctuary range but it is not as strong. Having said that, the scent does stay on your skin after you have used the soap bar.
A 200g bar costs about £4 so pretty pricey for a bar of soap but this is more than a bar of soap. It exfoliates really well and can even prevent in growing hairs following waxing. Even a tight person light me would buy this again once trying it. It is divine!
Having just reviewed The Sanctuarys Creamy Body Wash and trying to get in that review how good I thought all the other Sanctuary products were, I decided to review another one of my favourites.
I received the Salt Scrub Bar in a gift set about a year ago and popped it away in the cupboard as it didn't really appeal to me. I already used the Sanctuary Salt Scrub and Body Scrub and loved them, so didn't really see the need for another product of this type. Receiving it again in another gift set this year (I get about 2 every year as everyone knows how much I love this stuff!), I decided to try it out as it seemed a waste otherwise.
Appearance wise, it looks like an orange bar of soap with white strands all the way through it. It is actually a "body bar" with natural sea salt, loofah, sweet almond and evening primrose oils. It comes in a 200g bar wrapped in a clear packaging.
When I first tried the body bar, I wasn't really sure how to use it! It was supposed to improve circulation and revive your skin at the same time. I went about cleansing my skin as I would normally do and afterwards, used it as I would a body scrub. The first time you use it, it can feel a bit harsh as the (what I presume are) bits of loofah scrub at your skin. I took the bar and used it in a circular motion on my legs, arms and body and took care not to press too hard.
This product has the familiar Sanctuary scent but not quite as overpowering of some of their products. I will try to describe this the best that I can! The bar smells quite soapy (although not that Grandma type of soapy smell!) so this is difficult. I can smell a hint of orange and what I am guessing are the almond oils. It is a rejuvenating, fresh scent which I am sure would appeal to most.
So how did it work?
Immediately as I used the bar, my skin felt a lot cleaner. I like to use scrubs anyway as I find these help the condition of my skin and make me feel a lot fresher. I do sometimes get a few spots around the shoulder area, so I payed particular attention to this and with regular use of this bar (about 3-4 times a week), within about 2 weeks, I found that I had very few problems in this area. If you have very dry skin, I would recommend also using a moisturiser such as The Sanctuarys Body Lotion or Body Moisture Spray as I find my skin does feel a bit dryer after use.
I still continue to use the bar, but like to alternate it with either the salt scrub or body scrub as I find these are much better for my dry skin, although my skin doesn't feel anywhere near as clean after use with these products. Although it can be a bit drying, it does actually help to remove large areas of dry skin with the scrubbing effect and will help any moisturiser to be better absorbed. Try this and a moisturiser before fake tanning for less patches where the lotion has absorbed into mega dry skin. Or any scrub is good to help prevent ingrowing hairs, if like me, you opt for waxing.
The bar costs £3.95 and can be bought either online from the Sanctuary or from Boots. I would imagine the bar to last around a month with the amount that I have used in a couple of weeks. If you are looking for something to make you feel really clean and refeshed, this product is for you, but do be careful to moisturise after use. Also a scrub is a great way of improving circulation in areas prone to cellulite at a fraction of a cost of so-called cellulite treatments. I would recommend anyone looking for this type of product to try this as well.
The Sanctuary is a wonderful day spa for ladies in Covent Garden in London. They sell a range of good quality products that are also available in Boots The Chemist, and I have been a fan of their products for a number of years now. One of the most well known products is the Sanctuary Salt Scrub, which is excellent but can be rather messy and difficult to apply; you also really need to soak in the bath afterwards, as it doesnt rinse off that easily under the shower. Imagine my delight, therefore, when The Sanctuary introduced the Salt Scrub bar. I assumed that this would give much the same results, but in a more convenient form.
The bar comes in a 200g rectangular block, and is a light orange-brown in colour, speckled with pieces of light brown loofah. It is packaged in a clear wrapper bearing the distinctive fish logo of the Sanctuary on the front (a downwards pointing fish in an orange-washed circle). The marketing blurb claims that it is a luxurious soap to exfoliate and smooth your whole body. Sea Salt and Loofah refine the texture of the skin, whilst Almond and Evening Primrose Oils leave your skin feeling cleansed, refreshed and pampered.
The soap clearly has a glycerine base, as it becomes transparent with use, and would be very slippery if it were not for the loofah particles. These protrude from the soap so it is quite grainy. I found that it exfoliated and cleansed well, although it didnt produce much lather, which I assume some people will not like. It rinsed off easily in the shower. The bar wore down fairly quickly, particularly if I was careless and left it in a pool of water overnight, but it might last a couple of weeks if used daily.
I was slightly disappointed in that it wasnt much like using the Sanctuary Salt Scrub itself. The exfoliating properties were still excellent, but my skin wasnt left feeling as well moisturised, which I guess is inevitable, given that the bar must contain less oil. It still gave a subtle smell of almonds though, which I like because it smells very natural and not at all over-powering.
The cost of the bar is £3.95, although there is currently a 3 for 2 offer running.
Overall, I think this product is better than average, and convenient, although slightly pricey and I prefer other products in the range so I probably wont rush to buy it again.
A luxuriuos soap to exfoliate and smooth your whole body / Sea Salt and Loofah refine the texture of the skin, whilst Almond and Evening Primrose Oils leave your skin feeling cleansed, refreshed and pampered /