“ Brand: Sanctuary / Type: Body Lotion „
=The Sanctuary Kyphi Body Lotion=
The Sanctuary Spa range originated from the Sanctuary Spa in Covent Garden, and is also available in Boots, both online and in store. The original Sanctuary Spa range is known by its distinctive Orange lid and clear packaging, but with the additional on new ranges, this have their own colour way. The Kyphi colour way is a deep red lid, but also continues the clear packaging for the base of the products and this is followed through with its other products.
The body lotion is priced at about £6, but it is always worth looking for a 3 4 2 deal, as Boots regularly promote this offer for their skincare ranges.
This has a different fragrance than the original range, it has quite a unique smell, on first application it is a strong heavy based smell, according to the package, the Body lotion contains, Almond oil, Shea and lotus extract.
The tube is a clear packaging with the labels which explain the product, the lotion is a white colour, whilst the lid is a red lid. The bottle has a pump dispenser, which I find to be very good and practical, as it only dispenses a small amount at a time.
The lotion is not runny, but is slightly thicker, it has a creamy feel to the touch, and a little does go a long way, I like to apply this just after I have come out of the shower, I try to work logically doing arm, body, arm, then working down to my feet, by the time I get to the lower half of my body, the lotion has sunk in and is non greasy on my top half, yet my skin feels soft to the touch.
I find that this is long lasting, and by evening time I still can feel that my skin is soft and hydrated, as I mentioned before it is non greasy product.
I find that the fragrance of the Khypi range is strong, and does last, it is strong and long lasting, and I feel that if I applied a perfume or body spray that it would be a clash of the titans, which is the strongest to come through. I feel that this fragrance may not suit everyone and would maybe suit more mature ladies, just from the strength of the fragrance.
You can imagine my delight when I stumbled across a bottle of this Sanctuary body lotion for a mere £1.99 in Home Bargains. I'd never tried anything from the brand before, and I've never seen this particular range in the shops, but have read good things about their products and was very eager to try this out.
The packaging is probably what caught my attention to begin with. I didn't notice it was a Sanctuary product at first, because I tend to associate these with being orange, but the lovely red shimmery red lid and see through bottle showing off the lovely white body lotion inside, piqued my interest for some reason. When I noticed "The Sanctuary Spa" on the label, I had to stop myself from clearing the shelf into my basket!
I have to admit, the first time I tried this product, I was a little unconvinced about the fragrance. In fact, my first thoughts were "No wonder they're selling it in Home Bargains". However, I have to say, the fragrance actually develops on the skin in the same way perfume does, and after using it a few times, I grew to be quite fond of it. It's a difficult smell to describe, because it doesn't really reflect what I was expecting from the product description. The packaging claimed it contained almond oil and shea, which I thought would be quite light and sweet, but in actual fact it's very musky and almost herby. It's a sophisticated fragrance, one I would associate with the more mature lady, and although it took a bit of getting used to, I have grown to like it. On further investigation, the body lotion also contains lotus extract which could be the reason for the herbal smell. I would point out at this stage that I have smelt the classic range of Sanctuary products, and although this is similar, it does smell different to the classic range.
The body lotion comes in a lovely pump dispenser, which allows full control over how much you're using, and also avoids having to pick any bottles up when your hands are greasy. Obviously as I get nearer the bottom, I will be taking the bottle apart to get my full £1.99 worth of body lotion from the bottom, but in principle, the pump dispenser is a good form of packaging for this product.
The lotion is perfectly white and looks aesthetically pleasing. Consistency wise, it's about right for a body lotion, not too runny but obviously not as thick as a body butter. It's reasonably creamy, but light at the same time, so it sinks into your skin without much fuss, and without leaving a greasy layer on your skin. I always start at the top and work down, and usually by the time I reach the bottom of my legs, my top half is dry enough to get dressed. This is unusual for a body lotion, and makes this one suitable for using in the morning.
The moisturising effects are excellent, and I find my skin feels velvety soft after using this. This lasts until bedtime if I've moisturised in the morning, which is impressive considering the windy weather and central heating my skin is exposed to at the moment. The fragrance is actually quite subtle once it's settled, although I'm not sure I'd be confident wearing perfume on top of this, in case they clashed. For this reason, I tend to use this body lotion in the week when time allows, so I can save my perfume for the weekend. Although I feel a bit naked without wearing perfume, I feel this body lotion makes me smell interesting enough to not require it.
I really like this body lotion, although my only criticism would be that it's not one you can wear with perfume because it is quite a strong smelling lotion. The fragrance will not be to everyone's taste. Availability of this body lotion is a bit of a mystery, because it doesn't exist on the Boots website. When I researched it to review it, I found it in various places including Amazon, Ebay, and Cheapsmells.com costing around £5 for 250ml. I'm not sure if this is an old range of products which has reached end of line, or if it never made it into the main marketplace to begin with, but at £1.99 it's a bargain.
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