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I received a pot of this Sanctuary Creme Souffle as a gift from my husband for my birthday this year. I had previously used body butters and lotions from The Sanctuary and been very pleased with their effects so was keen to see if the Souffle lived up to this. I was also pregnant at the time so was conscious that I needed to keep my skin well moisturised, particularly around my stomache and thighs so this was an ideal present to receive.
The Souffle comes in a large plastic pot that is white in colour with a bright orange screw on lid, as is characteristic of the Sanctuary range. The pot contains 475ml of product and costs £10.50 at Boots, although it is often available on promotions (currently available on a 3 for 2 offer, December 2013). It contains a 'smoothing Red Seaweed extract and Vitamin E which have been whipped together with nourishing Jojoba Oil and Mango extract for satin soft skin'.
On opening the tub, there is a foil seal that needs to be removed. Under this, there is the 'souffle' which looks mousse like in consistency and texture. It is an off white colour and smells luxurious - with a dominant scent of mango with the jojoba oil. It is light and fluffy to the touch and doesn't feel too greasy. I apply a small amount directly to my skin and rub in - it absorbs really quickly and leaves my skin feeling moisturised and lightly scented. It works well on particularly dry patches such elbows and knees, leaving the skin feeling soft and smooth. It felt soothing on my stretched skin during pregnancy and I found the scent to be quite calming and relaxing as I got a whiff of it during the hours after application.
love the bubbly light texture of this and how light it feels on my skin in comparison to body butters that can be rich and heavy. It does just as good a job as a butter though and I only need a small amount per application as a little goes a long way, so the tub, which is large in size, lasts a long time. I do think that it is a lot to pay for a body moisturiser but, given the tub size and it's effectiveness, I do think it is worth the money - if you can pick it up on an offer, then even better.
Anyone who regularly subjects themselves to reading my Dooyoo ramblings will know that I am in love with the Sanctuary Spa range, developed in the spa chain of the same name and easily available in Boots stores and online. Not the cheapest yet not offensively overpriced when you're at that stage in life (or more to the point, stage in your late 20s) when you realise that skin care investment and Me Time indulgence is a necessity to survival if you intend to do it with any degree of aesthetic credibility, the range screams quality and for me overly justifies the slightly higher-than-perfect price tag.
The latest product I will be reviewing is their Creme Souffle body moisturiser, which frankly is just a joy to use and, at £10.50, isn't going to kill your purse off either. Given that The Body Shop will try to get even more out of you for their Body Butters, which are credible performers but lack the sensory indulgence and feel of quality that this product can boast, it's actually a steal.
Let me elaborate on why...
So your £10.50 gets you a generously sized pot of Creme Souffle. Why the silly name, I hear you ask? Well I wondered too, how a body moisturiser could be a Souffle, but Sanctuary have totally pulled it off. More on that later.
It is fundamentally a body moisturiser which boasts Red Seaweed Extract, Vitamin E (always a winner in skincare for me), jojoba oil and mango extract. The idea? That the jojoba is nourishing and the whipped-up product leaves you with satin-soft skin. It claims to be luxuriously light and fluffy and easily soaked into skin.
Full ingredients: Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Stearate, Glycerin, Sodium Lactate, Parfum (Fragrance), Phenoxyethanol, Panthenol, Xanthan Gum, Tocopheryl Acetate, Benzoic Acid, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Fruit Extract, Dehydroacetic Acid, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Hexyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Benzoate, Linalool, Limonene, Benzyl Salicylate, Coumarin, Citral, CI 19140 (Yellow 5), CI 15985 (Yellow 6).
So, does it do what it claims?
Oh wow. How I found out how a moisturiser can be a souffle. Inside this good-sized semi-opaque pot with its cheerful orange screw-off lid is the most divine smelling cream.
But the best part is when you reach into the pot for the first time. Beneath your fingers you find a cream which is insanely light and fluffy, and indeed has bubbles of air throughout it. But this isn't light in the sense that, to touch, it collapses. Nor is it full of air to the extent that it has no substance and makes the pot a poor investment. No, the cream is substantial, generous, creamy, light and smooth and yet still holds its texture and consistency without running. You just swoop your fingers over the contents of the pot and a sensible amount will follow the motion of your hand and you can then apply and, with the consistency holding, you then get to massage this gorgeous product into your skin, feeling the rich, nourishing product melt into your skin as you go.
Does it sit on your skin and feel heavy? No. It soaks in quickly and that mango and jojoba scent clings to the skin, not overpowering or overly sweet but intoxicating and relaxing, feeling so luxurious and like a real treat. Skin is soon left feeling back to normal - but softer. And if you apply this beauty after a proper skin scrub, then you will feel sublime, with the most incredibly soft skin.
Does the product last? Yes. Despite the air pockets in the pot, it is so rich and thick that you don't need a vast amount of it - therefore, yes, it more than justifies its price tag, which frankly is just not expensive when what you are effectively investing in is a spa level body moisturiser which not only does what it sets out to do but is also a complete delight to use at the same time. I use a range of body moisturisers but when I really need some Me Time - and its so rare at the moment that I really like to make the most of it when I get it - this stuff comes out and I have my treat. As such, it is lasting incredibly well. Now half an hour after my pampering session, I can still smell this lovely product on my skin but I feel in no way tacky or greasy. My skin feels soothed and the lightly citrusy scent combination is gentle, relaxing and feels indulgent. In summer it feels citrusy and bright and yet in winter it feels like a really nice treat that reminds you of sunshine without feeling out of place and too light. In fact, at Christmas time with mulled spices around, this would feel beautifully suitable and indulgent to use.
So do I recommend? Good god yes. Men, if you want to spoil your woman, get her this for her Christmas stocking. Now.
I recently received a pot of Sanctuary Crème Souffle free when I purchased another Sanctuary product in Boots - Sanctuary quite often run these promotions with full or trial sized products being given away when you make a purchase. To be honest, I'm not a huge fan of Sanctuary's 'orange lid' range, which tends to be overly perfumed in comparison to their other ranges, but I'm also nosey enough about trying new products that I wanted to give this a try.
Sanctuary Crème Souffle is a body moisturiser which, although it comes in a large tub like body butters, has a completely different texture. As suggested by the name, Crème Souffle has a whipped texture and contains air bubbles, so when you scoop some out it is a bit like scooping chocolate mousse. The novelty of the texture is something I like, and the crème goes deceptively far when applied to the skin - I've been caught out applying a bit too much of it a couple of times because it has such a light texture.
So....the smell. As anyone who uses Sanctuary products will know, the range with the orange lid is their main range and it has a signature scent. I think it must be a 'love or hate' scent, because my mum and sister are both fans, but I find it overpowering and unpleasant. I like fragrances that are natural or evocative, but this one just hammers me over the head and yells 'PERFUME!!!' at me. It is a formal, stuffy, old-fashioned, strong floral perfume if you ask me. However, the Sanctuary range is very popular, so I may be in a minority here. It is disappointing for me that this product contains extract of mango and jojoba and yet has such an overpowering smell.
Is it a good moisturiser? I would say yes and no. The crème does go a long way and is deceptively rich. However, after it's had time to soak into the skin, I can't detect any of the luxuriously soft feeling that you get with a really good shea butter or cocoa butter cream. My skin just feels back to normal - not dry, but not like it has been treated either. Although Sanctuary have avoided using parabens in this product, it does contain a lot of chemicals, including the aforementioned parfum and some colours.
Sanctuary Crème Souffle retails at just over £10 for a 475ml pot. This is a large tub of crème so, for anyone who particularly likes the product, it's not a bad buy and lasts for ages. It is always worth looking out for Sanctuary's offers in Boots, too. I personally won't be buying the crème for myself, as the most positive thing about it for me was the novelty texture, while it's just an average moisturiser and too highly scented. If I received a freebie again, I'd pass it on to Mum or Sis next time, as at least they'd enjoy the smell!
I was given this as part of a Sanctuary set for Christmas and was immediately keen to use it as I know their products are meant to be of a high standard.
This souffle moisturiser comes in a huge tub which is made from a frosted clear plastic and has a frosted orange plastic lid. The orange colour is synonymous with the sanctuary brand so though ordinarily might put me off it just fits well with the overall look. On top and around the circular edge of the tub there are stickers which tell you a little bit more about this product, what is in it and what it claims to do.
As soon as you open the tub there is an instantly a heavily perfumed scent that comes from the tub. In the information provided it simply says softening oils and mango are used in this which put me off a little because it smells so strongly of anything but these things. Having had a look at the ingredients it does have jojoba in it and also parfum so this does go some way to explaining the strong smell but I still find it a little odd. underneath the strong perfumey smell there is a light creamy scent which gives you a hint of what the cream is like.
To look at when you first open it the cream appears to be quite smooth but when you dig your hand in there is a little surprise. Just like a real souffle this cream is aerated so that it has bubbles of air in it - as if it has actually been whipped. The sensation then when you reach in to take some out is as if you are reaching into a decadent chocolate mousse which certainly gives the sense of a luxury product.
So then my main issue really lies with the cream itself. Due to the thick bouncy nature of it when you remove it from the pot, probably in part because of the pockets or air, I expected this be a thick and decadent cream. Instead almost immediately as you apply it to your skin the bubbles disappear and the cream becomes very thin, light and frankly not very luxurious at all.
I have read other reviews of this product on here and pretty much all of them are positive apart from one express review. I think this is probably down to personal preference for cream consistency as I much prefer a very thick and almost sticky cream whereas this is extremely light and thin. It would make it a nice cream for summer I suppose but when I moisturise I really like to feel as though I have fully hydrated and moisturised my skin. I quite like the feeling of sitting in thick cream so when this sinks in immediately that bothers me slightly and doesn't feel like I'm getting a luxurious moisturising.
Once the cream has soaked in there is a slight oiliness to the skin which isn't particularly nice feelings and the heavy perfumed smells lingers instead of the creamy smell so you are left feeling like a walking incense stick. My skin doesn't immediately feel moisturised with this cream either, I would say initially it actually feels more dried out than before but after a couple of hours it begins to work and my skin feels soft. This is a weird sensation and I have to say I'd rather it just worked straight away.
This cram costs £10.50 for 475ml. Now that price is huge but admittedly you do get a lot of cream (and air) for your money. I have to say I wouldn't personally be paying that because I don't like this product all that much, but as it was free I'll continue using my current pot until it is finished.
Overall, this might be a nice cream for some but it is too thin and heavily perfumed for me.
I recently discovered Sanctuary products and currently they are on offer in Boots 3 for 2.
Sanctuary Creme Souffle costs £10.20 in Boots, a tub contains 475ml.
The cream contains jojoba oil as well as mango extract, vitamin E and red seaweed extract.
The cream is said to lock in moisture and the red seaweed extract is used to smooth the skin. The vitamin E extract helps to neutralise the free radicals in the environment and protect your skin.
When you open the cream it smells really fresh, it has a hint of mango but it also smells quite floral. The cream itself has a lovely mousse like texture when you remove it from the container it feels light and fluffy like it has been whipped.
To use the cream you are recommended to slather onlto your skin paying particular attention to drier areas.
When you use this cream it absorbed really quickly, you can get dressed almost immediately. The cream spreads on your skin really easily and you onlt need the smallest amount to cover your whole body. I use an amount about the size of a plum.
After just one use of this cream I noticed an immediate difference my skin felt silky and smooth. It even banished dry patches. The smell which is really fresh and feminine lingers throughout the day, it lasts even longer if you use this with the other products in the range.
The cream is a little more expensive than others but it is worth it as you only need a small amount, I have been using this daily for well over a month and only a quarter of the pot has gone.
I would give this five out of five.
----------WHAT IS IT?----------
Don't be misled by the name, this isn't edible! Although it's so delectable on your skin that you're going to wish it was.
I'm fortunate to have a bucket-load of Sanctuary products (thank you boyfriend who doesn't think I know about Boots 3-for-2 offers every holiday), but I love Sanctuary so that doesn't matter. Crème Soufflé is my favourite moisturiser from Sanctuary.
----------WHAT'S GOOD ABOUT IT?----------
This is completely different from any moisturiser I have ever used - for all the right reasons! It's a light moisturiser that looks like it's been air-whipped, as there are little air-bubble pockets in the moisturiser itself. When I first used it I was so delighted by how it felt that I made my pretending-to-be-reluctant boyfriend try it too. It really DOES feel as though you've dipped your fingers in crème soufflé (probably why they named it that...)! Unlike other moisturisers that I've tried in the past that are light, you really don't need to use a lot of this to really spread it; it's obvious that it's not cheap moisturiser, and it's quickly absorbed - great for when you're in a rush. I use it every day over my whole body, without needing to use a lot of it.
The smell is hard to define, but on the tub it says that it has extracts of mango, jojoba, red seaweed and Vitamin E. Personally I think it smells similar to all of the other Sanctuary products but it's a lovely sweet, not overpowering scent.
I just smelt my arm, I used this moisturiser about six hours ago, and there is still a lingering scent. Not a great deal of smell but my boyfriend always comments that this stuff makes me smell good. Bonus points!
As with a lot of body moisturisers it states not to use it on your face, but I do anyways because it's light enough, and not greasy. It doesn't give me 'moisturiser-shine' and I've found it to be a good base for my makeup. However I'm not recommending that you do this; this is just in my opinion.
And, like all Sanctuary products, it's not been tested on animals. Good stuff!
----------WHAT'S BAD ABOUT IT?----------
Currently I believe that the only size available is this massive tub of 475ml / 16.06 fl. Oz; I measured it at 10cm/4inches in diameter, standing 9cm/3.5 inches tall.
While that's fantastic because I can see it lasting AGES, it's too bulky to carry around or travel with easily. Additionally, if you don't use moisturiser every day, then this could be a bit of a money-waster as other Sanctuary products I've had do expire (they stink after about a year). I've had a good look at my tub and I can't find an expiry date, but just a warning for you!
----------CREME SOUFFLE VERSUS SANCTUARY'S REGULAR BODY LOTION----------
I don't know if the Crème Soufflé is just Sanctuary's regular body lotion that's been whipped up, but I'm tempted to guess that they are different formulas (I did actually try reading the different ingredients labels but got boggled by all the ten-syllabic unpronounceable words, sorry). I have quite sensitive skin, particularly on my hands recently, but have no problem whatsoever when using the Crème Soufflé. However with the regular body lotion I've had some terrible reactions to it on my hands, with my hands stinging and even swelling up. I have no idea why this is as I used to use the regular body lotion before I got the Crème Soufflé, but that was several months ago. I thought perhaps the lotion may have expired, so I opened a new regular body lotion but suffered the same adverse reaction. I then tested it on my boyfriend (poor thing but that's what he gets for choosing to live me) and he ALSO had a bad reaction to it! I don't know if I've perhaps just picked up some dud ones, but I probably won't be using them again. Thumbs up for the Crème Soufflé though.
The packaging is typical of the Sanctuary range. It's a big whitish/semi-transparent plastic tub with a tempting burnt-orange plastic screw-cap. I listed the measurements earlier but will also include them in this section:
475ml / 16.06 fl. Oz.
I measured it at 10cm/4inches in diameter, standing 9cm/3.5 inches tall.
----------PRICE AND AVAILABILITY----------
The Crème Soufflé is currently available from Boots or the Sanctuary website for £10.20, but you may be able to find it elsewhere on the web. I'm lucky to have received this as a gift; I would never spend £10.20 on moisturiser! But I do know that very often Boots has Sanctuary products on offer so keep a look out. Do I think it's worth it? ABSOLUTELY.
My Mum loves items from the Sanctuary range, and luckily there is so much choice that I can get her plenty for her birthday and christmas without repeating myself! Luckily just before christmas there was a three for two offer on, which happens quite regularly. I aimed to buy three items for around ten pounds each and therefore spend £20. I was lucky and had some points saved up so I didn't part with out right cash as such.
A lot of the items in the range looked nice, but I wanted to buy something substantial which looks like a gift and you are less likely to buy yourself. This tub looks lovely as it is very large (475ml) and presented nicely. Although I wouldn't normally spend £10 on some moisturiser, it is nice as a gift and much cheaper pence per ml than the Body shop body butters which are incredibly popular.
The Souffle has a screw on and off lid, which is nice and easy to use, until your hands get covered in moisturiser and then it's a bit slippy! The cream has a very light non distinctive smell, but it is very nice and floral, quite subtle but very mature. The scent lingers on the skin for quite a few hours afterwards, but it is not over powering at all, you only get a small whiff of it every now and then, which is quite pleasant.
The texture of the souffle is as the name would suggest (I was curious to find out what it would be like judging by the name) it is light and very airy just like a mousse, but the beauty of it is that the cream itself is still quite thick and luxurious. It manages to be substantial yet maintain a nice airated texture. I have never seen a moisturiser quite like that before and it was a really nice novel touch which added some luxury.
The moisturiser itself was excellent on my skin. My skin is quite dry and prone to eczema. It didn't irritate my dry patches, and it did make my skin ever so soft, for a couple of days afterwards.
I would definitely buy this product again, and I would especially recommend it as a gift as it is a lovely all rounder.
I'm not sure if other reviewers here are employees of this company, because I can't praise this product from my experience. Yes, smell is nice and so on, but I don't think this is the most important aspect of a moisturiser. This "moisturiser" completely dries out my skin. I have normal skin, not particular dry skin, but after using it, I needed to wash the stuff off my hands as they felt completely dry and I needed to put a hand lotion or aloe vera lotion on. Uncomfortable feeling on the body. I don't think that's what a moisturiser is supposed to be like. I kept on using it for a bit because this product is not exactly cheap but then I binned the more than half-full pot. It's just not worth it. I can easily get a cheaper moisturiser who does its job.
There is nothing more luxurious than pampering yourself with some of the gorgeous products from those lovely people at the Sanctuary Spa in Covent Garden.
Once upon a time the Sanctuary Spa experience was something only to be enjoyed within the confines of the spa itself, but with the launch of the the Sanctuary skin care range it became possible for people to take the spa experience home with them.
Sanctuary Spa Essentials Crème Souffle retails at around £9.49 for a generous 475ml tub. The souffle is light and fluffy and easily absorbed into your skin.
It feels so luxuriously light and airy that it is able to envelope the body, with its creamy moistursing qualities, resulting in much softer and smoother feeling skin. You will enjoy using this souffle, especially in summer, as this is the time when you really need to put some moisture back into your sun drenched skin.
The aroma of the body souffle is so evocative, with top notes of fruity mango extract and real jojoba oil for that luxury skin so soft feel. Add to that, a mix containing vitamin E to improve skin tone and elasticity and soothing red seaweed extract.
All the ingredients have been blended together into the softest of souffles, to give you a wonderful light body mousse, with an amazing texture and feel.
Best results can be had if you use the souffle on damp freshly washed skin, as this allows it to sink in more quickly, retaining plenty of moisture and aroma too.
There are many other complimentary products in the range, including an eau de toilette. By using a combination of these products you will be able to layer the frgarance and maximise the over all effect.
The smell of the original Sanctuary products is absolutely amazing. The smell is slightly herby, but not too much, slightly sweet and spicy, but not too much and all of these fragrances combined e to make an understated but thoroughly gorgeous signature scent. The creme souffle is no exception. The product is a creamy body moisturiser that comes in fairly large tubs so that it can be slathered on liberally. The scent sinks into the skin and so lasts ages and so you smell wonderful all over! The scent is even better when layered with other Sanctuary products. The moisturising qualities of the body lotion give silky smooth skin, especially if applied after a bath or shower. The smell itself I think is the product's best feature, with the smell being very soothing and relaxing and so a very good product to use to help relax after a long day.
Sanctuary's Souffle body moisturising creme comes in a decent sized, frosted, see through tub with an orange lid printed with their logo.
On opening the lid you are met with the gentle fragrence that smells of essential oils but is not overpowering. Its a sweet but spicy type of scent that is typical of other Sanctuary products.
The cream is an off white colour and is souffle looking as the name suggests.
On application it soaks straight into the skin and does not leave it greasy, just soft and with a gentle sanctuary smell. It is a very light fluffy cream which I think makes it ideal for the daytime. I do prefer a heavier cream on a night time.
The souffle contains mango, joboba, red seaweed extract and vitamin E to help hydrate and nourish the skin.
I was given this as a gift but seen that Boots sell it for £8.99, then you get your advantage points on this. It contains 475ml of the product so you get a decent amount in it.
It lasts me about three months if I apply it once a day so I feel it is good value for money.