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I was given 2 tubs of the sanctuary mum to be cream during my second pregnancy. At a time when little luxuries can make you feel so much better, it was a lovely gift to receive. I went on to buy another tub for my next pregnancy so you can tell that I found it to be a good product.
A tub of this cream costs £10.25 at. Boots but the sanctuary products seem to be on a 3 for 2 offer very regularly. For your money you get a large tub holding 300ml of cream. Each pot lasted me about 3 months (applying twice per day) so it was actually quite good value for money.
The blurb states that this product Strengthens and boosts collagen levels while helping prevent stretch marks. It also says that it is hypoallergenic and paraben free.
The cream is thick and rich and as the name suggests is more of a butter than a cream. It is very satisfying to take a large scoop from the pot and apply it to strained and tired skin. It is absorbed into the skin surprisingly quickly and doesn't leave you feeling sticky. This is great when you are in a hurry and can't sit around waiting for it to dry before getting dressed. The fragrance is fresh and light and lasts for quite some time after application.
The cream left my skin feeling soothed and refreshed. You can also put the cream in the fridge to cool it if you want it to be extra soothing but I never got around to trying this.
Whether or not it really did prevent stretch marks I will never know as I already had some but I didn't get any more. However I would recommend this during and after pregnancy anyway. It says on the lid that it is midwife approved. Not sure what this claim is really saying but I will add my approval too!
==The Sanctuary Mum To Be Collagen Boosting Body Butter==
when I finished work to start my maternity leave a couple of weeks ago, the girls in the office gave me a little send off with a few gifts and a fair bit of cake which was sweet of them. One of the gifts I was lucky to receive was this Sanctuary Mum To Be Body Butter.
I didn't know how much was paid for it but having had a look online I can see that a tub of the 300 ml size of body butter would set you back a little over the ten pounds at £10.25 pence.
The design of the packaging is similar to other body butters that I have used in the past and the wide pot that the product comes in has a large screw off screw on type of lid. I don't think this works that well as I can never seem to get the threads lined up right the first time when it comes to putting the lid back on and this is always made harder by having greasy hands.
However the product inside the tub is really very nice indeed and I am very happy to have received it from a work colleague. The cream is a very thick and rather solid butter like one and a little of it really does go a long way. The aroma that comes from the product is again really nice and appealing as it smells of the rose hip that is contained in the ingredients along with the coconut oil. It smells sweet and feminine whilst also feeling a little bit relaxing (if indeed that can be created into an aroma.)
The ingredients also contains a lot of vitamins and minerals and this is I suppose helping in the collagen boosting aspect that the product claims to have. The body butter is midwife approved and is said to help the elasticity of the skin which is ideal when the bump stretches the skin so much.
I have been using the product for a good couple of weeks now everyday and not only dose it feel nice going on, with a lovely aroma but it is also making the skin on my bump and legs fel super soft and cared for. I think if I were going to get any stretch marks I probably would have gotten them before now and even on my last pregnancy. My midwife said that your either one of the sort of people who suffer with them or your not and even with using a ton of products it often won't help that much. Luckily I seem to be one of the people who don't suffer with them but using products like this can only be a good thing surely.
I think the fact that my skin is feeling softer, smoother and generally more nourished is probably going to help with it getting back into shape one the little one makes an appearance. I love using the body butter and it is a great product. As I said before a little goes a long way and I am sure that there will be plenty of the product left for once the baby arrives and I can use it to help my body get back to the slim shape it once was!
I think this is a top product which although is a little expensive and probably not something I would buy for myself is a lovely item to get someone as a gift and is great to use. I think a score of 4 out of 5 star rating is in order and a recommendation! The one minus mark being that silly screw lid which I have problems with!
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I received a sanctuary mum to be set from my hubby not long after we learnt our happy news. In the set there was three items - this body butter, a shower oil and bath soak (see seperate review). It was a lovely set to receive and I would definitely recommend it as a gift for any mums to be you may know. The set is trial sized and I have since purchased the products seperately too.
The Sanctuary is a women's spa in Covent Garden, London. As such, products in this range tend to be of exceptional quality, made from fine ingredients and tend to be priced accordingly. Their products are available for order direct from them online, or alternatively are stocked in Boots stores up and down the country.
The body butter comes in a round plastic tub with purple labelling, as shown in the picture above. The lid unscrews and the tub is filled (to the brim - great value!) with a white cream. Other body butters I have used are certainly more solid than this, where you have to literally dig in and scrape out, but this I would describe as more of a very thick moisturising cream. The cream contains cocoa butter, almond oil, borage and organic rosehip seed oil. All of these ingredients have effects that lead to the claim that this butter 'restores skin elasticity and boosts collagen synthesis'. Any expectant mum would be impressed with these claims, especially those with worries about stretch marks like me!
For those interested, the sanctuary state that the key ingredients (and their aims) are as follows (quoted from their website):
Extracted from the seed of the blue, star shaped borage flower it contains gamma linoleic acid (GLA) which nourishes and strengthens the skin.
A light natural emollient that helps to moisturise and protect the skin.
Rosehip Seed Oil
Rich in essential fatty acids, omega 3 and 6. Is known to be a powerful skin regenerator and helps to prevent premature ageing. Is moisturising, skin smoothing, softening and protecting.
Sweet Almond Oil
Has a fine texture, is easily absorbed and helps to leave the skin soft and satiny smooth.
Helps improve skin elasticity, smoothness and firmness.
Antioxidant. Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamn that maintains cell membranes. It traps and neutralises free radicals created by the environment and offers good protection for the skin'
So, quite an impressive list of ingredients and effects! The smell of the product is also very refreshing, to me the dominant scents are that of the coconut and almond oils.
The body butter comes in tubs of 300ml, priced at £10.20 - so quite pricey but definitely a luxury product. If you but from boots, you also earn advantage points which is an added bonus. I've also just noticed (11/02/11) that the sanctuary has a 3 for 2 offer on these products at the moment too, so this could be worth a look.
As with all moisturises, apply to dry skin and rub in. As this is for pregnant ladies, special attention should be paid to areas where your skin has stretched - notably the tummy(!), thighs and breasts. I have found that this cream is really easy to apply and quickly absorbed into the skin. It feels really rich on my skin and instantly leaves it feeling soft and smooth - like it is well nourished. The smell also lingers on your skin for several hours, so it is really refreshing too.
As I have said, my skin feels well looked after after using this. I have no stretch marks at 8 months pregnant, but I wouldn't say that this was down to this cream (there's a scientist in me!). I've done all the right things - like drinking plenty of water - and I'm told stretch marks are mainly down to genetics anyway! But, none-the-less, I love this body butter and wouldn't be without it. Being heavily pregnant, I often feel pretty rubbish and like a big lump, and when I've used this product it has picked me up and made me feel pampered, so for me, it's worth it just for that. And my tummy feels soft and smooth too - which is good when we want to feel baby moving about.
This body butter claims to boost collagen and restore skin elasticity in areas that are stretched. It's a tall order, and my stretch marks say that it doesn't quite fulfil it.
The product itself is nicely packaged and not particularly ostentatious looking despite its quality. This is definately a body butter rather than a lotion because is is thick and creamy- if you were to dig your hand in, it would suck at your fingers when you tried to pull them out. The fragrance is heavenly and very luxurious- at a time in your life when you feel that so much is denied, a bit of luxury goes a long way. The butter is wonderfully moisturising and does make skin feel temporarily firmer.
Sanctuary do not test their products on animals, which is a real plus for conscience conscious buyers. Although I used this throughout my pregnancy and still developed horrendous stretch marks, I'm not sure that any product can override a skin's genetic tendency to self-destruct. Even knowing that I'll still end up with a new clutch of stretch marks, I'll use this body butter again just because it smells so damned good!
I recently received the Collagen Boosting Butter within the Deluxe Gift Set, and also in the Ultimate Retreat Hat Box (both were gifts from family/friends).
I finally tried this Body Butter last night, and was very impressed with it! It is said to improve skin elasticity, and now being 36 weeks pregnant I have been concerned about my skin and the effects that my growing bump would have on my skin.
The Body Butter smells and feels luxurious. It is quite a thick cream, but it rubs into the skin very easily without leaving it feeling greasy as some body butters do. Having read the list of ingredients, I was surprised at how smooth the cream was - with so many different oils listed, I would have expected the cream to be greasy/oily. Very little was needed to moisturise my whole bump (and being 36 weeks, you can imagine how big it is now!), so although I only have the 125ml tubs, I can foresee these lasting quite a long time.
The body butter contains Beeswax, borage oil, cocoa butter, rosehip seed oil, shea butter, sweet almond oil and tamanu oil. These ingredients are supposed to help lock in moisture to the skin, help with the skin's elasticity and also to help keep the skin firm and smooth. I will now begin to use the cream daily, in the hope that this is true!
You are able to get bigger tubs of the body butter, from either Boots or directly through The Sanctuary's website - a 300ml tub will cost you £9.99 which is quite a good price considering the quality of the product, and comparing the price to other similar products on the market.
My only issue with these products isn't actually a problem with the products, but more with Boots - only the larger stores tend to stock the Mum-to-be range, which I find quite disappointing. My local Boots did not have the range, so I had to ask my Mum to get me some when she went shopping to the nearest city. I can't help but feel that Boots are maybe missing out on an opportunity here!
I had this when I pregnant with my now 7month old baby son, it was a present from my mother in law (who said that mother in laws were horrible!) and despite definitely not being pregnant now, I'm still using it as it's a really lovely product.
Price and Availibility
I didn't buy mine, but a quick search online and I've found that you buy it from The Sanctuary website direct, £9.99 for 300ml.
What's in it?
The ingredients list oozes with lots of lovely natural things. Which is really important when you're pregnant because you should stay away from harmful chemicals and toxins. In this lovely thick cream you'll find: Beeswax to increase your skin's essential moisture. Borage Oil which nourishes and strengthens the skin. Cocoa butter to keep your skin soft and supple (also good on stretch marks Rosehip seed oil to smooth, soften, and protect your skin. Shea butter to moisture and protect. Sweet almond oil and Tamanu oil to improve elasticity and firmness.
All these natural oils and butters and perfect for the pregnant body, but are also good for once you've had the baby too, to keep skin soft and supple.
The Body Butter comes in a large tub with a screw top lid. It is very simple packaging with a logo, product title and floral image to the front and description to the back. I prefer this type of non fussy packaging as I think it shows they've spent more time on the actual product.
Opening the product, the first thing you'll notice is the sweet natural fragrance of the butter, it's not overpowering and very subtle. It feels like a rich, thick butter, not too greasy that it sits on your skin and makes it look oily, it absorbs really well. I like to apply it everywhere, you may need a little help with harder to reach places when you have a huge bump in the way! I concentrate on the backs of my arms, chest, tummy and thighs, it smooths over really well and skin feels instantly moisturised.
All in all, it's a lovely cream. It is perhaps a little pricey - and there are plenty of other products on the market that have these natural butters and oils in that are cheaper. Also, despite it being a big tub, if you're applying it all over and often, it will soon need replacing. I'd suggest buying this as a special treat in your last trimester when you're feeling down and just want the baby to come! Or, suggest it as a birthday or christmas present for yourself if someone is wondering what to get you.
THE SANCTUARY MUM TO BE OVERVIEW
The Sanctuary Mum-To-Be range uses many natural ingredients and Essential Oils, specially designed for pregnant and post-pregnancy skin. I have found their products generally to be very good for stretched and dry skin. The Body Butter is no exception.
The Sanctuary blind tests each product on a panel of 60 women between 3-8 months of pregnancy and each product in their range has scored 8/10 or higher.
MUM TO BE COLLAGEN BOOSTING BUUTER
This is a lovely thick cream that is very easily absorbed into the skin. Apparently the combination of Cocoa Butter, Almond Oil, firming Borage and organic Rosehip Seed Oil restores skin elasticity and boosts collagen synthesis. This is what the people at Sanctuary say and I could not disagree. I have been absolutely converted! When using it, your skin feels instantly smooth and hydrated but not at all greasy.
THE INGREDIENTS AND WHAT THEY DO
Here are the ingredients and what they are meant to do to your skin, according to the Sanctuary.
Beeswax increases the skin's essential moisture keeping skin naturally moisturised.
Borage Oil contains Gamma Linoleic Acid (GLA) which nourishes and strengthens the skin.
Cocoa Butter keeps skin soft and supple due to the highly concentrated natural fats which melt at body temperature so that it is readily absorbed into the skin. (I have used several cocoa butter products over the years and can definitely vouch for this one!)
Rosehip Seed Oil is rich in essential Fatty Acids, Omega 3 and 6, helps to prevent premature ageing.
Shea Butter is rich moisturising butter with protective properties.
Sweet Almond Oil is easily absorbed and helps to leave the skin soft and satiny smooth.
Tamanu Oil helps improve skin elasticity, smoothness and firmness.
I cannot comment on the powers of the individual ingredients so I have to go on what the Sanctuary tells me about their properties. But I can comment on the final product and it absolutely does all the things listed above as specific to each ingredient.
It is about £10 for 475ml and lasts pretty well. I started using it on my pregnant belly but because I loved it so much I started using it on my legs too. It really has lasted well and I think it is well worth the money for a good body moisturiser that is so easily absorbed and makes your skin so soft.
I started to get itchy skin mid way through my pregnancy and I was paranoid that it meant stretch marks were imminent. I plastered this over my stomach and the itching really honestly did stop. Also I still don't have stretch marks and only a few weeks to go. Though I have used bio oil and mum to be stretch mark oil throughout the pregnancy as well. I am not sure how well this cream combats stretch marks compared with oils. I feel that oils would do a better job. But that is just a feeling I have. This moisturiser is stunning.
I would rate this product very highly indeed. On price it is not too expensive because it really does last well and it smells really really nice. I would definitely use it again. Even if you aren't a mum to be, you should treat yourself to this luxurious body butter.
A luxurious body butter which restores skin elasticity and boosts collagen synthesis with moisturising Cocoa Butter, Almond Oil, firming Borage and organic Rosehip Seed Oil to leave skin soft and supple /