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Sanctuary Mela Rose & Pistachio Body Butter
The bottom of my wardrobe is filled with toiletries, not that I am a hoarder or obsessive, but when there is an offer on, I am usually first in the queue and I use this an excuse to try new products.
Sanctuary Spa products originated from the Sanctuary Spa in Convent Garden, and are now sold in Boots, both in the store and online.
At Christmas I received a set of three mini Spa Body butters, all the tubs were 50ml and giving me a good introduction into the range of Sanctuary products, not that I needed much of an invite!
This may sound mad to have lids as a sub-section, but all Sanctuary products are colour coordinated according to the fragrance and range of the product. The original Spa products have the Orange Lids, the Kyphi have red lids whilst the Mela Rose and Pistachio have a beautiful deep purple lid, all the range has the clear base to the bottom of the products.
The base of the pot is a clear colour with the purple lid, and the sticker explains about the products, with this range the label is purple and gold decorations, giving it a middle eastern feel to the product.
Rose is a staple within the beauty range, as it is an excellent skin refresher, whilst the Pistachio has moisturising elements, also in the butter is sesame oil, Shea butter, which is a treat to any skin, and Fenugreek, which promotes calming.
Once I opened this butter, I could immediately smell the fragrance of roses, I just closed my eyes and imagined that there a dozen red roses waiting for me, ok I can dream!. Yet the secondary smell had a nutty feel to it. Yet neither smell was overpowering, they just mixed together so well.
The butter is quite thick, so it is a case of dig in and get some butter out, the butter was rich and smooth, yet had a light and fluffy feel, it felt a marshmallow.
I applied straight to my legs, as I find that during the cold weather my skin gets dry, and needs some extra help, my skin immediately felt soft, the butter sunk in almost straight away, and it was not greasy at all. The scent was wonderful, the roses, the nutty smell, I just felt like I had been whisked away to exotic spice markets.
=Would I recommend=
A great big yes, this is literally my favourite body butter, I do have to confess that after Christmas some of my Boots points disappeared, and hey a big tub of the butter was the exchange.
The Body butter is not the cheapest of items, as it was about £10 for a 300ml tub, but it is worth looking out for when Boots do a 3 4 2 offer on skin care.
This does go a long way, and really hydrates my skin, I would defiantly use this Body Butter every day.
Now I am the queen of body butters, I love them and am almost a collector now I have so many. This particular one has the most amazing smell of them all. Its a little bit addictive once its on my skin I just cant stop smelling it.
It is in the Mela range, part of my gift set, and has the really pretty purple and gold writing with a swirly indian style picture. It uses rose extract for scent with pistachio, sesame and fenugreek to moisturise. Fenugreek has restorative qualities and can make your skin feel brand new it seems! It feels soft, it smells amazing and the soft skin lasted for a few days without needing to reapply any product, especially my knees which can be quite dry.
Its really easy to apply, just rub in a generous amount all over apart from your face. It can bring you out in bad skin or spots if you use it on your face as I found out when I put it around the top of my neck by my chin.
They are against animal testing just like the body shop, and its paraben free like the other mela and sanctuary products.
The smell is really strong, and because I have the small bottle which is a top down lid and squeezy, rather than the larger tub I almost used the whole thing in one go. I find this doesnt go as far as the body shop body butters but it was nice for a change.
If you want to buy the mela gift set it comes from Boots and costs £10.50. You get 4 mini products and a nice purple box with a bow.
I like using different kinds of body butter; I must say I have an obsession of some kind when it comes to "smelly" body creams and butters. Boots the chemist is the heaven for lotions and potions so I buy most of my cosmetics and creams from there.
I prefer using body butter because it's thicker and more luxurious than body lotion; one of my favourites is Sanctuary Mela rose & Pistachio Body butter.
I never purchased this body butter before, although I did constantly hear about it. Boots had an offer of 3 for 2 on all sanctuary products, so I bought three different body butters and one of them was Sanctuary Mela rose & Pistachio Body butter.
== Sanctuary Mela rose & Pistachio Body butter ==
I must say that the packaging was what made the product so attractive. Although it was a basic roundish pot made out of opaque plastic, it was livened up by an eye catching label with purple and gold decorations. At first it gave me the impression that it was Indian due to the colours used. However when I picked up the pot and read that the main constituents were rose and pistachio, famous Lebanese desserts sprung to mind.
I had never tried a body butter with pistachio before so I was so excited about this one especially after reading the sumptuous words inscribed on the pot!
Rose is well related with beauty products. Roses' beauty and effectiveness has been used for centuries and centuries. Not to forget that rose water is an excellent skin refresher and can help reduce signs of aging and wrinkles.
Pistachio butter has moisturising qualities because it penetrates the skin easily and has that special "nutty but sweet" aroma.
rose & Pistachio Body butter also contains some wonderful ingredients such as sesame oil which is rich in vitamins and minerals in addition to it working as a perfect moisturiser. There is also Shea butter which is another great skin softener and Fenugreek which is well known for its calming and soothing effect.
== The smell and texture ==
The smell was simply amazing and I simply adore the smell of the product. I could smell the lovely fragrance of rose and the sweet yet slightly nutty pistachio butter. I have ever come across such a sublime and divine smell.
Sanctuary Mela rose & Pistachio Body butter has a rich, glossy and silky texture. I was surprised to see that it was light and fluffy even though body butters are usually very viscous. I just could not wait to try it out.
== My experience ==
Bearing in mind it's a body butter, I applied a small quantity of the body butter to my skin. I was pleasantly surprised to see the body butter had sunk into my skin immediately! Unlike some other brands it wasn't greasy or oily and it didn't take ages to penetrate into my skin.
Immediately, my skin was moisturised and hydrated and trust me it lasted until the end of the day. Again, the scent of this body butter is its main asset. I love the smell of it. It's gorgeous and it lasted all day long.
I've been using it for several weeks now and I can really say it's one of my favourite products.
== My recommendation ==
I'm more than happy to recommend it without any hesitation. It can moisturise and nourish your skin. It is so light and it is not greasy hence you even forgetting that you applied a body butter. In my opinion, the smell is the main selling point here with the unorthodox combination of pistachio and rose which was a complete success.
The only thing which might put people down is the price but I have to say it was well worth every penny and I highly recommend buying it even at such a price.
For people who are interested in knowing whether this product has been tested on animals, it has not been tested on animals in addition to it being paraben-free.
== Prices and availability ==
Mela rose & Pistachio Body butter is slightly expensive at £9.50 /300 ml tub; however it's available on Boots in a special offer 3 for 2 mix and match offer so it will work out to be slightly cheaper.
I'm slowly trying to work my way through all Sanctuary and Lush products, an expensive aim I know! Fortunately, probably to try and prevent me going bankrupt with that aim(!) my family are happy to buy me their products as gifts during Christmas and my birthday and I am always happy to receive them.
This body butter is one of those gifts that I received last Christmas.
As with most body butters this comes in a small round tub. There is a round label on the top with a purple top and bottom. The top part has the Sanctuary logo and name and the bottom part has the name of the body butter and tells me that its from sumptuous Indian traditions. It also tells me that the tub contains 300ml. The middle part of the label has a golden swirl pattern and tells me that this is from the Mela collection. There is a label on the side of the tub with the same pattern as that on the top telling me that it is a body butter from the Sanctuary.
There is also a label on the bottom that tells me that this body butter is derived from Indian traditions and that rose oil is included to enhance the fragrance whilst the pistachio is included nourish the skin.
As with all Sanctuary products this smells absolutely divine. On opening the tub you can immediately smell the product. Initially it smells of Rose but this is almost immediately followed by the pistachio which blends perfectly giving the rose a nutty overtone.
The butter itself is very thick and reassuringly creamy. Unlike some other body butters I have used it isn't too thick to be easily removed from the tub and so you only need a quick scrape of your fingers along the top of the butter to remove a reasonable amount. When on your fingers it feels very luxurious and the scent is even stronger although not overpowering. It's actually quite a relaxing smell.
When rubbing the body butter in to my skin it spreads easily and is absorbed by my body almost immediately. I like this because it means I can moisturise a lot quicker then I have been able to with other butters that seem to take forever to rub in. As soon as it is absorbed my skin feels softer, smoother and more moisturised then before. However I don't find that it's too greasy either and doesn't leave the oily layer that some moisturisers can and so should be suitable even for those with oily skin.
Even when rubbed in the scent is strong almost surrounding me like a perfume would and so you probably don't need to add a perfume on top of this; however if you choose to then I think the smell would blend with most perfumes and so this shouldn't be a problem.
This body butter provided my skin with a lot of moisture whilst actually using very little product. The scent lasts all day as does the moisturising benefits and so you should only need to apply this once a day.
I have been using this for just over a month now and there has been a noticeable difference to my skin. Although I was using moisturisers before this one it has made a noticeable difference to my skin. I suffer from dry skin and whilst this hasn't completely eradicated the problem it has reduced it. It's also helped with my cracked heels where nothing else has seemed to work!
I can't recommend this highly enough and it gets 5 out of 5 from me.
The tub has a shelf life of a year, as I said I've been using mine for just over a month and have probably used just over a fifth of it so I'm guessing it should last around 4-5 months although if you have very dry skin you will probably end up using more.
Where Can I Get Mine?
Sanctuary products are available either in Boots or direct from the Sanctuary themselves. I believe this only comes in a 300ml pot and it costs £9.18
The Sanctuary Connections
I recently got this as a freebie for spending over £10 at boots on Sanctuary - nae, 2 freebies, as I accidentally split my order into 2 as I was spending around £30 on it. If you read a lot of my reviews over the next week or so you're going to realise just how much I splashed out!
This is another goody from Sanctuary - up until now nearly all, or possibly all of my products have been the essentials range, this is as the title suggests part of the Mela range.
The body butter comes in a nice round tub, there's 300ml of product in it, the tub has the beautiful pruple and gold colouring as pictured above. The lid is a standard screw lid. On the bottom a symbol suggests it's ok for 12 months after opening.
I've got various lotions and such but none specified to be body butters, so I was expecting something with a typical lotion consistancy - this does not, there's a reason it says butter! Ok not that thick but it's more like a cream than a lotion. The smell is Rose and Pistachio - I'd say this is quite accurate, the smell is pleasantly balanced and doesn't smell too much like some old rose soaps can to me, ie very very floral. It really does smell quite edible actually! It's perfumed reasonably heavily, the smell is very noticeable upon opening, but it's not overpowering on your skin - just leaves a light fragrance, this lasts I'd guess.. 3 - 4 hours.
The body butter is a creamy, slightly offwhite colour. Application is simple - the consistancy did concern me on this point but it causes no trouble. I quickly found you only need a very tiny amount of this - to get enough to do my whole forearm for example I lightly run my fingers over to coat the ends of my fingerpads, if you dig in and take a nice big dollop you're going to take a while to use it up!
My skin is dry and excema prone, which despite the obvious thought being it'll all soak in, with some this can take many minutes and leave my skin greasy, however this body butter seems to be soaked in almost immediately, you could put it on right before dressing with no concerns. It's also veyr moisturising, 1 or 2 thin applications does me plenty - 2 only on the dryest areas of my body (usually softened with 4 - 6 applications over an hour!), so very very effective.
1 little warning is it does say to not use on the face - I'm not sure why this is, and I have to say I ignored it with no ill effects - obviously keeping away from the eyes.
Like all sanctuary products I've tried, the only way I can describe this in 1 word is luxurious. I'd not worry about going for one of their body butters again (possibly a different type but that's nothing against this smell at all, just my inability to stick to the same product!), ultimately it does exactly what you want any body butter/moisturiser etc to do.
With such small amounts being needed I'd think if used all over this would maybe last the average person.. 3 months? May well be longer, always hard to judge, certainly it's not going to run out every fortnight anyway.
At full price it costs £8.49, which while not the cheapest is still far less pricey than some brands and honestly I see no way this could be improved. It gets 5* as there's just nothing bad I can find!
Very highly recommended!
Sanctuary Mela Rose & Pistachio Body moisturiser
I received a mela set a few days ago after passing all my A levels! Anyway, I received the set which was from the small collections that sanctuary does and I had never tried the mela collection before. The set contained the mini version of four of the products (which I will review when I have used them some more).
*About the product*
They are all miniatures and this product when it is full size it comes in a tub like the body shop body butter tubs, which I don't like I much prefer the lotions and body butters in tubes, and this mini one is in a tube.
It has really nice packaging, it has a like indian henna tattoo design on the front which is coloured with rich vibrant purples, pinks and golds. And it looks really really pretty so it would make a great gift (on appearance).
*Using the product*
I have only been using this product for 2/3 days but it is just really great I had to do a review on it, so I will update this review when I have used it some more too.
Only using this product a few days and it is really nice. It applies really smoothly, it absorbs into my skin easily and quickly, unlike some moisturisers which take forever to absorb. It also does not leave a greasy/oily film on my skin which is good as it means all of the lotion has absorbed.
It also smells really nice, it smells like rose and like herbal scents, which is a refreshing change from the generic body lotion scents. It is a unusual scent and it kind of reminds me of lush as it smells 'earthy' and unique.
Even before opening the bottle I can already slightly smell the lotion which is really nice and the scent stays on my skin for a while if I dont need to wash my hands a lot. I did some baking of cinnamon muffins yesterday and I put this on and then I had to obviously wash my hands quite a few times and I found that after this I could not smell the lotion anymore. But my skin was still soft/smooth and moisturised.
*Rose extract - helps release tension
*Pistachio - nourishing and moisturising
*Sesame - rich in vitamins, fatty acids and anti oxidants
*Fenugreek - Moisturising and softening
Overall I think it is a really great body butter (better than the body shop ones in my opinion) and it is really really moisturising and smells great! I got this as a set which cost £10 on the sanctuary website where you get four mini versions of the product (which I think is a lot better than buying the bigger ones as you get to try the products in mini and it is a really good price). But the butter on its own for a 300ml tub is priced at £8.49 on the sanctuary site, but you can also buy these products at boots.
*Easy to apply
*Absorbs quickly and easily
*Smells really nice and unique
*Set would make a great gift
*mini version so ti would b great for traveling or would be good to put in handbag as a hand lotion though out the day
*Contains some natural ingredients
*Very nice packaging
*full size version is a little bit expensive
Thank you for reading my review
This body butter is so very soothing to the skin in my opinion. It is very easy to apply and sinks in well. If you apply it to dampened skin it will be absorbed more easily and the sensuous fragrance will be longer lasting.
The product contains a heady, warm and spicy mix based around well loved Indian herbs and spices, that are mixed into a seductive light and airy body butter that I feel has a really lovely fragrance.
You can either buy online direct from the Sanctuary Spa or from Boots either online or in store, with a 300ml tub costing around £7.99. The tub itself is adorned with indian themed patterns and textures, with purple highlights, in an easy to use tub.
The body cream has such a strong long lasting smell that it doesn't really need anything else, it can be worn without the need for additional perfumes, but if so desired you could use it with other products from the same range.
The product is mixed into this musky and headstrong blend with the following properties in mind. The rose extract: is mean't to ease away tension, heal, calm, and aid sleep. Fresh green pistachio: has been added for its wonderful moisturising and smoothing abilities. Sesame: is rich in minerals, antioxidants and various essential vitamins and Fenugreek: offers it very own softening, calming and moisturising properties to the mix.
If you want to try a variety of items from this range I would recommend that you check out the Mini Mela Delights gift set which sells for around £10 as it contains a good selection including: the rose and pistachio body butter 50ml, amla and cardamom shower drench 75ml, black pepper and ginger body scrub 50ml, amber and tamarind bath nectar 75ml.
I was bought this by my sister for Christmas and it is one of the favourite presents I got. It is from The Sanctuary's Mela range which is a very unusual, distinctive scent which makes you think of somewhere exotic and hot like India, for example. It is spiced and quite heavily perfumed and the good thing about using this over other moisturisers is not just the soft skin you get but it almost substitutes as a perfume some days.
I would not wear this on top of a heavy perfume in case the scents clash.
I tend to use this moisturiser at night before bed or after a bath or shower as it is quite heavy and takes a little while to sink in fully but it pays off when you wake up the next morning to much softer skin.
The packaging is gorgeous too, in a tub of purple and gold design.
It has made me want to try out the whole Mela range just for the smell and how nice they will look together in my bathroom!
This is quite simply heaven in a body butter. Last year while shopping in Boots they had a Sanctuary promotions person in who was giving out free small tubs to those who were interested in the Sanctuary range. Being a student I jumped at the opportunity of a freebie, despite never being a fan of Sanctuary before, and I straight away fell in love with it.
From my previous experience and what I have heard from other I always believed sanctuary was more aimed and more suited towards the mid-aged and above, oh how wrong I was! The Mela body butter has a thick, luxurious texture that is not at all greasy. It rubs into the skin easily, leaving it well moisturised and silky smooth, and repairs any dry skin. It is exactly what you want from a body butter!
The fragrance of the body butter is long lasting and exotic. It main ingredients as the title tells you are rose and pistachio, rose which is known for its soothing qualities and beautiful scent, and pistachio known for its nourishing properties. It also contains sesame and a herb called fenugreek, which has very powerful restoring powers.
It is just below £8 in price, which is typical of body butters of this quality. It is a shame you cannot buy miniatures, but it is worth looking out for offers such as 3 for 2, or spend over £10 in sanctuary and get a body butter free. Even without the off it is well worth while purchasing and is worth its money. I definitely recommend this to any aged adults. I would not give it to teenagers or younger as I don't think they will like it as much or appreciate the quality of this product.