I have always been a fan of the sanctuary range of body care products and would buy them for the gorgeous scent alone. I recently treated myself in Boots to a generous sized tub of sanctuary ultra rich body butter for no real reason other than it was another grey, damp day and I was in need of cheering myself up a bit! The 300 ml tub set me back by £12, but I knew it was a product I would really enjoy using.
The body butter comes in a sophisticated white plastic tub with screw top lid. I like this kind of packaging as it makes it easy to get every last drop of product out, unlike the pump action bottles. The information on the tub claims that this body butter is an ultra rich formula and promises that the shea and cocoa butter it contains will leave my skin feeling smooth and well hydrated. The body butter is designed to melt into your skin at body temperature and is best used after a bath or shower on slightly warm, damp skin. So how does it perform?
The first thing to say is that like all the sanctuary products I have used this body butter has the gorgeous scent that I love so much. It is hard to describe but I can’t imagine anyone not loving it! The butter itself is very thick and creamy. It easy to massage into damp skin and really does seem to melt into my skin. The results are brilliant! After use my skin not only smells gorgeous, but feels soft and moisturised. Unlike some body butters I have tried this one has no hint of grease and is very quickly absorbed, meaning I don’t have to massage for ages before I can get dressed!
Overall I would highly recommend this tub of body butter. It is expensive, but I really do think you get what you pay for in this case! It is on offer in Boots at present as part of a 3 for 2 offer.
What a treat this is and then a little bit of a sensitive skin disaster when it sinks in.
A pot of yummy goodness of Cocoa, Shea butter, oil from Macadamia nuts, sweet almonds, with an extra lashing of vitamin E.
The texture of this product screams luxury and is fantastic to apply to skin, you only need a small amount and it goes far. The cream is quite thick and I would say you really need to take time out of your day to let this sink it, its not a quick application and then a dive into your clothes but a treat to pamper yourself with.
This smells like an aromatherapy treatment, very calming yet it invigorates.
However, once I applied this product all was well then ten minutes late, by Jove, the burning sensations kicked in and once again with Sanctuary I found myself trying desperately to wash off this product and apply cooling cream or E45 to ease the irritant.
For skin that is not sensitive this would be great, for I did feel that my skin was soft and the scent lasted all day but I wouldn't go through the burning sensations to achieve it not even for beauty.
Sanctuary have a large range of body and skin care products and I was lucky enough to get a big hamper of Sanctuary goodies for Christmas which included a large tub of body butter. I''m a fan of Sanctuary products and this has done nothing to dampen my enthusiasm The tub comes in a generous 300 ml size and you can get it at Boots for a tenner which I think is pretty reasonable; you can expect to pay around three pounds more for 200 ml of Body Shop body butter. The lid promises an ''award winning moisture boost to instantly smooth and soften for a lasting silken finish''. I did try to find out which awards this butter has actually won but although various websites refer to is numerous awards, I haven''t been able to get more detail. No matter, it contains Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Sweet Almond Oil, Macadamia Oil and Vitamin E but actually doesn''t smell very strongly of anything. The fragrance is light and flowery and definitely not overpowering. It doesn''t linger on my skin. Whether this is a plus or minus will depend on what you''re expecting from the product but it suits me as I usually apply it straight after my morning shower and it then doesn''t compete with my perfume. The texture is light and creamy. There is a very slight orange tinge to the butter which looks glossy and inviting. Actually I would describe it as more of a souffle than butter which I tend to think of as being heavier and denser. This version from Sanctuary is much less intense but still feels very nourishing. Body butters get their hydrating qualities from the seeds and oils that make up the base of the butter. Cocoa and shea butter are typical ingredients and the formula in this Sanctuary product really seems to work. It gives my skin an immediate moisturising hit. It''s quickly absorbed and unlike some body butters isn''t at all sticky.
As I''ve got older, my skin has got drier so a good body moisturiser has become an essential part of my beauty regime. I like to try different products and this is certainly one of the better ones I''ve tried.
I have used Sanctuary products on and off for as long as I can remember, usually having been given them as gifts sets or having purchased them myself when Boots have a 3 for 2 off running.
You can currently purchase a 300ml tub of the Sanctuary Body Butter for £9.50 from Boots (June 2013).
The body butter comes in a tub that is opaque white and has an orange screw off lid that is easy to use and does not leak. I like products that come in tubs as it allows you to get all of the product out and at this price you will be wanting to get your monies worth.
The body butter is a soft orange colour and contains shea butter, cocoa butter, macadamia nut oil, sweet almond and vitamin E which are supposed to work together to leave your skin feeling soft and well nourished. The body butter is thick, but not as thick as others I have used, such as the Boots own body butters. However the body butter soaks into my skin well and leaves it soft, less dry and also smelling of flowery almonds! The scent of most of the sanctuary products in very distinctive and lingers for a long time after application. I find that it conflicts with other products and is best used on its own. In addition I have sensitive skin and although the body butter does not irritate it, I cannot use it on my legs straight after shaving as it stings.
Overall, I am undecided as to whether or not to recommend this body butter as it does leave my skin feeling soft and nourished, but I cannot use it everyday and also find it to be expensive and overly perfumed. So if you can over come these issues it may be the product for you, if not I would stick to others that are on the market.
I received this Sanctuary body butter as part of a pack at Christmas. It's not something I'd have bought myself but I always give gifts that I'm given a proper try so that I can give an honest thank you. This particular gift turned out to be a real hit, and nearly all gone now.
The pot is a matt finish, with a nice orange shade lid to tone with the colour of the butter. Initially I thought the pot was coloured, but its clear plastic - so the colour you can see of the pot is actually the butter inside.
The consistency of the butter is a very soft cream - not runny, but softer than I expected anyway. The perfume of the butter is quite strong in my opinion, but it is a really pleasant smell - can a smell be both gentle and strong? If so, this is it! I get whiffs of vanilla and a sweetness, very femine. The ingredients which go towards fragrancing the butter will be cocoa butter, shea butter, (which it's "crammed" with) and the sweet almond oil and macademia oil (which it's "laced" with)!
Underneath the pot, it's explained how the ingredients have been carefully chosen for their properties - nourishment is derived from the cocoa butter and shea butter, and "super moisturising" from the oils and vitamin E.
The instruction under the pot is to "smother generously over clean skin" but I don't tend to use it like that, I don't like the sensation of being "smothered" in anything!! I prefer to pop a small amount into my palms and rub in a bit at a time. I like to use this on my legs after a bath, as it goes a long way and does give immediate effects, leaving my legs feeling soft and giving off a lovely smell. It absorbs easily and quickly and doesn't feel greasy at all. Another note on the tub suggests paying particular attention to dry patches - knees, heels, elbows. I think when you're moisturising it's kind of natural to do that, but I can't really say this gives any noticeable benefit to those dry areas over and above the other good results I've already described.
My pot is 150ml but 300ml retails for £9.50 in Boots - this is not a cheap product, but I do think it feels like a touch of luxury. At that price I'm not sure I'll be replacing the tub out of my own pocket, but I was especially enthusiastic in my thanks to my friend who gave it to me, so you never know your luck...!
=The Sanctuary Body Butter=
The Sanctuary is a luxury Spa in Convent Garden London, and they have produced a range of luxury products which can be purchased in Boots.
At Christmas I received a Sanctuary Spa gift set, and among the items was a Body Butter, although it was a small pot.
The standard large pot is a 300 ml pot, and is priced at around £10, and this can be purchased from Boots, it is worth looking out as Boots regularly do 3 4 2 offers.
=The Body Butter Packaging=
The body butter comes in a clear plastic tub, and this has a bright orange lid, the lid is a screw on lid. The orange is the colour that is associated with the Sanctuary products.
=The Body Butter=
The butter is white in colour and is a thick consistency and has a glossy look to the product. The butter contains Shea butter and cocoa butter, it also has oil from sweet almonds and macadamia nuts, all of these ingredients are known for the properties in skincare. The butter also has added vitamin E.
The butter is easy to apply, I just dig in and get a small scoopful put of the tub, the butter is easily absorbed into the skin, and it does not leave a greasy feel, within about 30 seconds of use, I can feel that my skin has been hydrated and moisturised, the scent of the product I found it to have a spicy smell, mild but a musk element to it.
The butter soaks in well to the skin, so you are not left with a greasy feel that would go over clothes when you try to get dressed.
Even after 8 hours my skin felt smooth, and I really found that a little goes a long way with this cream.
=Would I buy again=
I would buy again, but as a treat, not for the fact that I don't like the Body Butter, I love it, but I feel that I cannot justify the price to be an everyday product, so I tend to stock up at Christmas when the offers are on at Boots, and with mix and match of lotions then I find that there is usually a pot of two ready for emergency use. The butter is rich and for when my skin is dry this does really hydrate it, and I would highly recommend it.
The body butter from The Sanctuary Covent Garden is one of the few body butter which can compete with the butters from the Body Shops in terms of nourishment and the feeling of pure luxury.
Sanctuary products are available in Boot's and the body butter costs £9.50 a tub. I usually buy a lot of Sanctuary products at Christmas time when they are usually on a buy 3 for2 offer. They always have really nice gift sets which make really nice gifts for people or just as a treat for yourself.
The body butter is made with both shea and cocoa butter as well as a mix of macadamia oil and vitamin E.
The butter isn't as solid feeling as the Body Shop butters but it is just as luxurious feeling to use as it has a really thick and creamy consistency.
The scent is one that is sweet but overly so and it is really nice for a change from the fruity smelling butters that I normally buy. I probably wouldn't use this to scent my skin with on a daily basis but it does make a refreshing change.
The butter is really rich on my skin and very nourishing. It feels heavy enough to moisturise even my dry skin and although it takes a couple of minutes to absorb it doesn't leave my skin feeling heavy or greasy afterwards.
Some butters can be far too heavy afterwards on my skin but this one actually didn't feel like that and after it had absorbed it just left a sort of lovely sheen on my skin but it wasn't shiny or tacky to the touch.
I still probably wouldn't use this in summer unless maybe after a day of sunbathing as I prefer a lotion in summer but it was really good for my dry winter skin that needs extra care.
If you are a fan of rich body butter instead of lighter lotions then I can't see why you wouldn't like this. It is rich and creamy and very nourishing. The fragrance isn't one that I would want to wear during the day but I found it nice to wear at nights and as I said earlier it made a nice change from the fruity ones I normally buy.
I feel like I am always trying to empty the cabinets in my bathroom of products. Just as I get through a few bottles of Christmas gifts I end up receiving loads more for my Birthday! Now this isn't necessarily a bad thing as it normally means that I have silky smooth soft skin that looks and smells wonderful most of the time. This makes me feel confident and I normally use a shower gel or cream in the bath or shower, a face mask, a hair mask, shampoo, conditioner and then body and face lotions when I get out of the bath too - all for free!
Sanctuary is a brand of products I know and trust really well. I also love Champneys. Because of this at Christmas and on my Birthday I am always gaining products from both ranges. There is usually a new range every year but there are some staple classics that I just love using all year round, this body butter being one of them.
I actually received this Sanctuary body butter in a hamper from my husband at Christmas time and it comes in a 300ml tub. This normally retails for £9.50 in Boots and £9.20 on the Sanctuary website but it is normally cheaper to either buy in a 3 for 2 gift set at Christmas time with other favourite products of mine or in a 3 for 2 in Boots which runs at various times all year round. I never pay full price for Sanctuary products and obviously I didn't pay anything for this body butter at all!
This body butter is a light coloured cream that comes in a round plastic pod with a bright orange lid. This is nice simple packaging but I would rather that than them bump the price up for fancy packaging! I don't feel that this looks cheap either which is fantastic as I like to have my nice products out on display in my bathroom.
To use this body butter I just unscrew the lid and start slapping this on my clean, dry skin. Because the body butter contains shea butter, cocoa butter and macadamia nut oil it is softening and smells wonderful too. It also contains Vitamin E and sweet almond oil which all help to make my skin moisturised and beautiful soft and smooth. My husband absolutely loves my skin after I have used this body butter and even if I have used it in the morning before work he can often still smell it when he kisses my skin. This body butter is shiny in appearance and the texture is perfectly smooth. It is quite thick but not annoyingly so and I find that my skin absorbs it quite quickly as long as I don't apply too much to any one area. This definitely feels like a luxury product when it is going on and I absolutely love the feel of it against my skin. The main scent that I can notice is the cocoa butter and I always notice this for at least a few hours afterwards which is wonderful for a body butter. The smell isn't overpowering like some cocoa butter based products that I can think of which is another plus point for me.
I definitely feel that this body butter is worthy of 5 out of 5 stars. It is so simple to apply to my skin, smells delicious and is absorbed quickly. My skin does not feel greasy after I use this and within just a few days of using it any dry patches that I had were eradicated completely which is another plus point for me. There is no greasy film left on my skin and a little goes a long way. This feels like a luxurious product and I have no problems using this once or twice a day. I find that a pot lasts me about 3 or 4 weeks, sometimes more, depending on whether I do my whole body with it or just my arms and legs which I sometimes do if I am in a rush. As long as I use it daily my skin is left soft, smooth and moisturised which is fantastic - particularly at this time of year!
I have written reviews before about my love of body butters. I think I have about 7 or 8 of them sitting around in the bathroom now. As part of the set I got for my birthday, I got a tub of The Sanctuary Body Butter. I did get a full size tub which usually costs a shocking £9.50 for 300ml. I say shocking, but a 200ml tub from The Body Shop usually costs £13 at full price. The Sanctuary products can be found in Boots or Boots online.
The body butter comes in a large white tub with an orange lid - the Sanctuary signature colours. The tub is quite plain, with the Sanctuary name on the front as well as the name of the product. The orange lid is a screw top like you would expect with any other kind of body butter. I tend to keep my body butters separate from my other bath products but this one fits nicely on top of the others.
Unlike with the Body Soak from Sanctuary, once I opened the lid to the body butter, I was instantly hit with a lovely, sweet scent. At first, I didn't think the scent was very feminine but once I got a better smell, I realised that there was a very distinct scent there. In this body butter, you can find cocoa butter as well as macadamia oil which is what I smelt. There is also almond oil in there too which, when mixed together, smells amazing. The mixture of almond oil and macadamia oil means that this body butter should make your skin lovely and soft but at the same time, giving your skin a really sweet scent to it.
Apart from the scent upon opening the tub, there is also the view of the wonderfully white and creamy body butter. This does look a little thinner than those from The Body Shop but this just means that a smaller amount will go a long way. I only used a tiny amount on my fingertip to use on my calf and that covered it completely. I was surprised at how little of this product I needed and how far it actually went. For this reason, this is a much better value for money than a body butter from The Body Shop as you never need to use as much so the tub will last longer.
After using this on my calves, (it's where I test all new products) I could immediately feel how much softer my skin felt. The body butter moisturises very quickly and easily. I always get really dry skin on my calves and find that I need to moisturise every day in order to stop this from happening. However, with this one, I left it for a day after using to see what would happen to my skin and it was still wonderfully moisturised after two days.
Up until now, I have been very loyal to The Body Shop but I think I may have found my new favourite.
I was bought a Sanctuary set as a secret Santa gift and inside there were 3 different little tubs of creams one of which was the body butter. I have looked the item up for the purpose of the review and I found the set I was bought sold at £12 for the 3 but to buy the product separately is £9.50 for a 300ml tub. In comparison to the Bodyshop body butters this is actually a decent price however I don't think it is anywhere near as nice.
The product comes in a plastic tub with a bright orange screw top lid, orange and peach are the colours of the Sanctuary brand.
On opening the tub the smell is not too strong, the smell is like a spicy chocolate smell and is really lovely although I do prefer fruity smells for things I put on my skin. The butter isn't as thick as some others that I have used which is a shame as I feel the thickness of the butters adds to the luxurious feels but for me this one just doesn't feel luxurious.
The butter spreads into your skin well and a small amount seems to spread out a really long way on your skin, I find that my skin feels slightly damp after using the butter which I find a shame as I want to have a product that I can use and then dress and I feel I can't dress immediately after rubbing this into my skin.
The smells of the butter lasts well on my skin however the smell seems to change a little over time on your skin and I find I'm not as keen on the smell after a few hours whether it is that the cream has developed a different smell as I think it is or whether the smell just becomes sickly I'm not too sure.
I find that my skin feels nice after using this butter and the effects of the product do last however the fact of the smell puts me off and I find compared to others it is slightly inferior so I will stick with my other brand but I would still rate this 4 stars and still think it is a decent product which will provide you with lovely feeling skin.
The Sanctuary is a spa in covent garden so, as with any spa product, this would definitely fall well into the 'luxury' 'pampering' product category. I actually received a small tub of this as part of a Sanctuary gift set at Christmas but it is available to buy in pots of 300ml for £9.20 - direct from the Sanctuary, online of at Boots. The Sanctuary website boasts that this has won 'numerous awards' including Best Bath Treat by Essentials 2012 Beauty Top 100.
The body butter comes in a round clear plastic tub with a bright orange lid - the signature colour of the Sanctuary range. The butter itself is more like a very thick cream in consistency. I usually use Body Shop body butters which have a much more solid appearance. It is white in colour and has a thick, glossy appearance - it even looks luxurious! It has a strong scent which is divine - really distinctive and 'expensive' smelling.
It is made from shea butter and cocoa butter, the oil from macademia nuts and sweet almonds and has added Vitamin E. It is great for adding moisture to the skin and I use all over my body after a shower, when my skin can feel particularly dry. It is really easy to apply as you can scoop up as much as you need with it having a creamy consistency rather than a harder butter like feel. It rubs into the skin easily and is absorbed rapidly too, meaning you can dress quite quickly without your skin feeling greasy. It leaves my skin instantly feeling softer and more hydrated and also leaves it lightly scented with it's divine smell. I instantly feel pampered and uplifted. After use, my skin feels much less dry and remains moisturised for hours - the scent also lasts well which is an added bonus. I do have a tendency to sometimes develop dry patches of skin and I find that this clears them up really quickly. It is also great for areas of skin that are naturally drier - elbows and knees - giving them a much nicer feel and appearance. After several uses, my skin really did seem no look noticeably better - it also felt in much better condition - tighter and firmer. Not quite a miracle worker but not far off.
Overall, a luxurious body butter that smells divine and does a fantastic job. It makes a fantastic gift (even if it is to yourself!) and is great for a pampering session - fabulous!
At the moment, I am making a conscious effort to work my way through my stash of body moisturising products. I seem to have accumulated a real variety of these as gifts in the last few years and, with the seemingly endless cold weather, my skin has been in need of a bit more moisture than usual. The product that I am currently using is The Sanctuary Body Butter. I received this as one of the products in a large gift box last Christmas, but it is also available as a product in its own right.
* The Product *
The Sanctuary is a famous day spa in Covent Garden which has created its own range of 'spa' type products. The packaging of this particular product is very simple - a large cream plastic tub with a screw-on orange lid. There is nothing very exciting about the packaging, but the Sanctuary brand is well-known enough not to have to rely on fancy gimmicks for their products - the use of their instantly recognisable orange brand colour is probably enough.
The text on the lid says "treat your body to an intensive moisture boost with rich cocoa butter, creamy shea butter and macademia nut oil". This instantly gives me the impression of a luxurious product as all of these elements are associated in my mind with pampering and luxury. Cocoa butter is the cream-coloured fat extracted from the cocoa bean and has been used for centuries as a means of keeping skin soft and supple. It is also beneficial for aiding in the reduction of scarring and stretch marks, hence the popularity of creams containing cocoa butter for pregnant women. Shea butter comes from the nuts of Karite trees from the African savannah and is known to be a very effective moisturiser, which helps to promote the renewal of skin cells and also contains cinnamic acid, a substance which helps to protect the skin from UV rays. It also contains almond oil for softening, macademia nut oil for smoothing and the protective element of Vitamin E.
*Application and Results *
On opening the tub, the body butter itself has a thick creamy texture and a slightly glossy appearance. It looks like a high quality product - the thickness again gives the impression of luxury and the glossiness gives it that slightly more premium feel. The smell of the product is delicious - it smells warm, creamy and inviting, especially on a cold morning where you really need the most that a little bit of pampering can give you. The strongest scent is that of the cocoa butter, although this is not as strong as in something like Palmers Cocoa Butter (which, to be honest, just makes you go round smelling of chocolate for hours) and there are other more subtle scents mixed into the Sanctuary Body Butter such as the nuttiness of the almond oil, a hint of citrus fruit and something slightly sweeter which I can't identify.
The Sanctuary Body Butter is easy to apply. You simply scoop it out of the tub with your fingers and massage it into your skin. The texture is very thick and creamy, but it actually absorbs into my skin much more quickly that a lot of other body butters that I have tried. An additional bonus is that it doesn't seem to leave any residue at all, whereas other creams can leave a slightly greasy sensation even after the cream is absorbed. I do need to wait a few minutes before getting dressed after applying this, particularly if I am wearing skinny jeans or tights, but that is a small price to pay for something that feels so good to apply. The fragrance lasts well too - it is not an overwhelmingly strong fragrance but I occasionally notice the smell during the day and it is a very pleasant scent. Layered with coordinating Sanctuary products, it would probably last even longer.
In terms of results, I feel that the short term results of this cream are fantastic. My skin feels instantly soothed by applying this cream and once absorbed, my skin feels smooth and soft. However, I do have a few reservations about the longevity of the results from using this cream - on very cold days I have noticed that my legs start to feel dry again within a few hours, and they can feel very sensitive. Re-application of the body butter before bed does alleviate the sensitivity, but I would prefer a cream which kept my skin feeling soft for a longer period as I don't have a huge amount of time to spend on pampering myself. I think this might just be a winter skin issue though and I'm not entirely sure that any cream would completely resolve the issue.
* Price *
The Sanctuary Body Butter is available from Boots in a 300ml tub for £9.50. Like most Boots products, this is often on the 3 for 2 with other skincare brands. It is also available in various gift sets in the run up to Christmas. This is relatively expensive for a mid-range body moisturising product but I honestly believe that it feels more like a premium product. I have spent a lot more on Clinique products which I haven't liked as much so I feel that this represents good value for money.
* Would I Recommend It? *
Yes, I would definitely recommend this product. I do have that slight issue with the lack of long-lasting results but I do believe that is probably just a 'winter skin' issue. I don't use it as regularly as I should either - I really need to get into the habit of moisturising my skin every morning, not just on the mornings that I remember to do it. Used regularly, I believe that this product has fantastic moisturising benefits, leaving skin soft, smooth and protected against the elements. It would probably be equally as soothing on slightly red summer skin as well. The delicious fragrance of this product is another benefit - it just smells so good. Overall I would give this five stars - it looks like a premium product, it performs like a premium product yet it still costs under £10 - perfect!
I've not normally tended to buy too many cosmetic product, I've always tended to stick to what I know didn't set my excema off. However, having been free of it for a year or so now, I've accumulated a fair amount of products. This one, was part of a sanctuary gift set given to me for my birthday.
Sanctuary is a brand which want to bring the spa experience right to you at home. The brand is actually named Sanctuary Spa Covent Garden, arising funnily enough from their actual, fancy, spa in Covent Garden! Now, I'm a fan of a nice spa, however, pennies being as limited as they are, it's a relatively rare concept! Roll on some products that bring that lovely, relaxing spa feeling to home!
Whilst getting ready for a girls night out, I delved into the cupboard full of cosmetic products and went for this one. The pot is exactly as the picture, so I opened the lid (which comes off easily) and gave it a sniff... I don't like products that don't smell lovely and fruity! (What's 'musk' all about??). The texture of this body butter is lovely. As soon as you put your fingers in the pot, it's really thick and just feels very luxurious! It's a light cream colour and and has a slightly shimmery, pearlescent sheen to it. It really looks very nice in it's pot!
So after applying liberally to my legs, I left it to sink in and do its moisturising thing! It sank in very quickly, and straight away made my legs feel lovely and smooth. Having put it on, it doesn't feel too heavy or greasy, it's lovely and light and having sunk in after a few mins, I was ready to be getting my gladrags on, because my legs didn't feel 'claggy' which was great. I find that some moisturisers leave your feeling claggy for quite a while after.
The smell of this body butter is really lovely. When you first open it and rub it in, there's a lovely smell of cocoa butter that comes from the butter. The scent hung around much after I had left it to sink in and it definitely has made me widen my remit scent wise!! Having used it a few times, this body butter is really amazing and has a really lasting effect. I generally tend to have very dry skin, and this has stopped my legs going too dry.
My verdict for this product: This is a range I've not used before and definitely will continue to do so!
Although this was part of a gift, I've still seen it available in the cosmetic section of boots. I would assume that it's also available in a range of related stores! This item is available for £9.50 for 300ml which, admittedly does seem quite expensive to me, it's still pretty average for a body butter. Plus it does come in a nice large tub which is good. I would say is really good value for how well it works. Also, boots often have an offer on their cosmetic products of 3 for 2.
~ 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. I was delighted to be reintroduced to some trusted favourites alongside some new products from the range to try out, after my husband purchased a whole range of goodies from the Sanctuary Spa range for me at Christmas time. This review will focus on my experiences of using "The Sanctuary Spa Body Butter."
The Body Butter 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 £9.50 for the generously-sized tub, which is 300ml in size. Alternatively, you can order the product online at www.boots.com, where postage costs apply.
The packaging for the Body Butter is quite simplistic, I must admit, but this offers a slightly contemporary 'sleek' design that is quite modern and stylish, in my opinion. The large tub is a circular shape which appears to be made of white plastic at first glance, but in actual fact the plastic is clear, and the white appearance of the tub is simply the thick cream contained within appearing through. There is a large, sturdy lid on top of the round tub that is a bright orange colour and this offers a little eye-catching detail.
The Sanctuary Spa company is against animal testing of any kind.
~ MY EXPERIENCE.. ~
I have found it easy to use the Body Butter and have suffered with no difficulties in terms of the product's packaging. The lid screws off easily from the top of the tub and I can manage to remove and replace this quite easily, even though I suffer with limited mobility and weakness in my hands and wrists. I think too that the plastic tub is very robust as it has never cracked or broken even though it has been dropped a few times as a result of my clumsiness!
The Sanctuary Spa Body Butter is very thick, as you would expect. The cream's appearance is extremely inviting; the thick cream-coloured Butter has a beautiful glossy 'sheen' to it that is somewhat lacking in other Body Butters that I use regularly. The Sanctuary Butter looks to be deliciously soft and fluffy, whilst the gorgeous aroma is easily detectable, even as the lid is unscrewed from the tub. There is nothing off-putting about the Body Butter's appearance or initial first impressions at all.
I find the texture of the Sanctuary Body Butter to be wonderfully soft and surprisingly 'light' to touch, which is very welcome on my tired, dry skin. I find that some body cream products can feel extremely 'heavy' when they are being smoothed over the skin's surface and I can't confess to finding this feeling particularly enjoyable. The Sanctuary Body Butter in comparison is rather light, which is surprising to me as the consistency of the Body Butter looks extremely thick in its tub. This is an observation rather than a criticism, however, and I am happy to admit finding it extremely enjoyable to smooth the rich, buttery cream over my tired skin.
Whilst I am carrying out this process, I am able to witness the Body Butter's gorgeous scent which really 'blooms' at this stage, allowing its essence to 'soak' into the skin's surface. The scent is what I would describe as Sanctuary Spa's "Signature Scent" in that the Body Butter matches the scent of several other products from the same range. This scent is extremely rich, yet surprisingly light to wear. Without feeling 'heady' or over-bearing, I find that there is a strong spice within the aroma that carries itself delicately over the skin. I find too that the Butter's gorgeous aroma feels quite 'warm' so it has an enjoyable 'uplifting' quality that has been extremely welcome during the recent cold weather we have been experiencing of late. To me, this product is perfectly suited to using during the cold winter months due to it's glorious 'warming' feeling.
I feel too that the beautiful scent feels especially 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 application of the Body Butter to my thirsty skin. In my eagerness to experience this delicious aroma for as long as possible, I have experimented recently with other products from the Sanctuary Spa range, using them in conjunction with their sister Butter. To my delight, I have found that using co-ordinating products in the range alongside the Body Butter, such as The Sanctuary Spa Body Wash during bathing, for example, really DOES make the overall fragrance take on much more 'depth', 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 then, that the Sanctuary Spa Body Butter is a rather 'premium' product.
In terms of moisturisation, I find the Sanctuary Spa Body Butter performs with excellence, leaving skin silky soft, thoroughly moisturised, and completely free from any patches of irksome dry skin that were lurking beforehand. In my book, this result is pretty impressive, as I can't admit to having soft and smooth skin naturally, due to its sensitive and (very) dry nature. The Sanctuary Spa Body Butter seems to be something of the perfect match to my skin woes however, leaving even the rough skin on elbows and feet soft and smooth.
As with all products in the Sanctuary Spa range that I have tried out before, the Body Butter has caused nothing in the way of irritation or aggravation to my sensitive skin, nor has the use of the product caused any sort of aggressive 'flare up' in terms of the eczema and dryness that plagues my arms and legs. These results have allowed me to conclude that the Butter carries a rather mild and gentle formula which feels as though it works in perfect harmony with my hyper-sensitive skin.
For the reasons outlined in this review, the Sanctuary Spa Body Butter is most definitely a product that I will purchase for myself in the future. I also plan to buy the Butter as a gift for my friend as I think it would make a really lovely gift due to feeling so luxurious and indulgent. I have no hesitation in recommending the Body Butter, and I'm awarding it full marks in the product rating score as a result of my positive experiences.
I was actually a tad disappointed with this product in the range, my hands now dry from using the body wash, I anticipated Sanctuary had anticipated this and provided a body butter that would not only soothe and soften my newly exfoliated body, but at least nourish my hands a little too. Containing all sorts of goodies, including cocoa butter and almond oil, I thought this would be a beautifully nourishing product.
It comes in a nondescript orange lidded pot, and the product itself is a peach/off white colour. Like other products produced by this brand, it's quite thin, yet easy to use. It takes a little longer than other lotions to soak into the skin, and leaves an ... Average result.
My legs were pretty much as soft as they had been prior to use, I felt slightly more hydrated, but not dramatically. As for my hands, somehow they actually got a lil' bit worse, they got a bit flakey within a couple of hours.
Can't say I'll be using again. It's okay, but average at best.
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