Product Type: The Sanctuary Body Care
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Lotion That Makes Me Proud To Get My Pins Out!
The Sanctuary Body Lotion
Member Name: Enkaypee
The Sanctuary Body Lotion
Advantages: Smells lovely, really effective moisturiser, leaves skin feeling so soft and smooth
Disadvantages: Pump-action dispenser makes it hard to get an exact amount out, bottle could last longer
My skin, when left to its own devices, gets very dry and scaly on my legs, and the tops of my arms can get quite dry too. I've been on a lifelong mission to find the perfect moisturiser to tackle the dryness, and after going through dozens of half-used bottles lying forgotten in my cupboard, I think I might have finally found it!
---What Is It?---
Sanctuary Body Lotion is part of the range created by the Sanctuary Spa in Covent Garden. The products were designed to give people the feeling of having a spa-type pampering session or therapist, right in the comfort of their own homes.
What the Sanctuary says:
'Replenish, moisturise and stimulate your skin with invigorating ginger, nourishing jojoba and fragrant spices. This wonderfully fragrant, super absorbent lotion nourishes and stimulates the body, smoothing away dryness and revitalising tired skin. Invigorating ginger root extract is combined with nourishing jojoba and pro vitamin B5 for a super smooth finish and a warm tingling sensation.'
This body lotion also claims to provide 24-hour moisturisation.
Sounds good, doesn't it? I certainly thought so, and couldn't wait to try it out.
---What's It Like To Use?---
The lotion is dispensed by a pump-action bottle, which I'd never seen on a body lotion before. It certainly helps to keep things mess-free, but it is very difficult to get an exact amount out of the bottle. Sometimes a whole pump is just too much, but with a bit of practice I seem to have got the art of getting half a pump out down to a tee, which will have to do. All things considered, I've actually grown to look upon the pump-action method of dispensing body lotion quite favourably, as it is less messy, and to rub in a little extra lotion isn't that much of a problem in the greater scheme of things.
In my opinion, this body lotion has the perfect consistency. Some may see it as a little runny, but it certainly doesn't run off my skin or drip at all. Instead, it's so easy to spread on my skin, and goes on so smoothly.
It rubs in quickly, which is ideal in this fast-paced world where no one can afford to spend hours rubbing their skin. It sinks in quickly and evenly, and leaves great results that I'll get onto later...
---Sounds Good So Far...Is It Too Good To Be True?---
Not at all!
The lotion rubs in easily, and doesn't leave any sticky or tacky feeling on the skin. This is one major requirement for me when it comes to moisturisers, as I think there's nothing worse than having your legs stick together for the rest of the day. Hence why this body lotion gets big brownie points from me, as instead of stickiness you get gorgeous soft, smooth skin all over.
The moisturiser really is very effective, as it has really got to grips with my dry winter skin. Ever since the sun came out for the first time about a month ago and I got my legs out for a bit of a tan, I've been using this moisturiser at least once a day (twice at the beginning) and there is now no trace of dryness at all. All the dryness and scaliness is completely gone, and I'm proud to get my pins out in the sun!
I am also prone to dryness on my heels - nothing drastic, but after a couple of rubs with this body lotion my heels have smoothed up nicely. However, it's not specifically for this purpose and if your feet need more care, you may prefer something a little more heavy-duty than this.
I'd actually agree with the claim that it provides 24-hour moisturisation. I apply it every morning after my shower, but I never feel that I HAVE to apply it. My skin still feels suitably moistened and soft from the day before - I simply do it to keep my skin in check, and to prevent my legs from falling into disrepair again.... :o)
As for that warm, tingling sensation, to be honest I'm not sure I really noticed it. The ginger is supposed to encourage blood flow to your skin, which should keep it healthy and glowing - I agree with it looking healthy and glowing, and my skin did feel warm and massaged, but I put that more down to my rubbing in skills rather than any tingling sensation. I have noticed a few comments on Sanctuary's website from other customers who have experienced a burning sensation from this lotion, so if you have particularly sensitive do be careful when using it. I can be sensitive to certain products, but have never had any kind of adverse reaction in my experience.
The smell is delicious! You'll notice it as soon as you take the cap off, and it's one of the big strong points of the lotion. I don't know what jojoba smells like, so don't know if that's what I'm smelling, but to me it smells like a gorgeous mixture of nutmeg and lavender, with a very subtle hint of ginger in there as well. I normally don't like to use very perfumed products as I prefer to get my smell from perfumes and the like, but I love the smell of this and am happy that when I walk around I can still smell it on my skin hours later. I've received several compliments on the smell, and I can totally see why!
---I Want It! Where Can I Get Some?---
I was lucky enough to receive mine as a present from work at Christmas so I didn't buy it myself. I've been so amazed at the good quality of it that I've been dreading running out, as I was sure I wouldn't be able to afford anything this nice and fancy! However, I've been pleasantly surprised at what I've found, as it's remarkably cheap in my opinion!
A 250ml bottle can be bought from the Sanctuary website at the time of writing for £5.10, which I think is extremely cheap. I was expecting a bottle to be nearer the £20 mark! Even better: the website currently has a 3 for 2 offer on their products, including this one, so it's high time to stock up.
Alternatively, you can pick it up for the same price from Boots, or for the even better price of £3.77 from the Debenhams website, to name just a few options.
I'm amazed at the value for money with this body lotion, and will definitely be buying some more when I run out. Considering the fact that I'm very picky when it comes to moisturisers and have tried so many which haven't been what I'm looking for, this is high praise indeed!
---Great, Before I Head Out To The Shops Is There Anything Else I Need To Know?---
The green, environmentally-conscious side of you will be pleased to hear that this lotion is manufactured in the UK. What's more is that the folks at the Sanctuary are against animal testing, so it's good on all counts.
To give you some idea of how much I go through, I use two pumps for each thigh and arm, and one and a half pumps for each shin/calf. I've been using this daily for about a month, and have made my way through near enough half the bottle. I'd prefer it if a bottle would last a bit longer, but as it's such a good price I don't mind paying out for it a little more often.
I love this body lotion and it comes with my full recommendation. It's exactly what I've been looking for as it has tackled my dry skin with ease, and it smells great too. What more could a girl want?!
Summary: The perfect moisturiser for me!
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