“ Brand: Sanctuary / Type: Exfoliator / What it does: Exfoliates, „
I was spoilt rotten at Christmas and received a huge box of Sanctuary goodies to pamper myself with. One of the products included in the kit was this radiance exfoliator, for use on the face. Obviously mine came in a set, but it is available to purchase separately in Boots for £10.50. That's for the same amount I received - 100ml.
It comes in a squeezy tube bottle, with a flip top lid. The exfoliator is brown in colour with small particles inside and I admit didn't look too appealing when I saw it to begin with. But, when flipping the lid open, a glorious scent of lemons hit me and immediately changed my opinion. I'm not sure this was the desired scent from Sanctuary - it actually contains extracts of pumpkin, pineapple and papaya with small granules of apricot and grapeseed exfoliate (so no mention of lemons) - but lemons is the scent that my nose seems to pick up when I'm using the product. The bottle states that the product is fragranced with naturally with plant extracts and essential oils. It also states that it is paraben free and not tested on animals.
Only a very small amount is required in order to produce great results. Having said that, my tube doesn't seem to have lasted me all that long and I will need to buy a replacement soon! A positive sign is that it will definitely be on my shopping list when I next visit Boots, even though it does seem quite expensive on the surface. It is designed to be used 2 - 3 times per week, so isn't a daily thing and even though I was a bit sceptical at first as to whether that would be enough, it certainly is. The only issue is that because it produces such great results and has a beautiful scent, I'm itching to use it more than I need to!
All I do is dampen my face with warm water and then squeeze a small blob from the bottle, rubbing it in with circular motions all over my face. I rub a little more into my chin, just as I seem to be prone to spots in that area as well as rubbing a little more into my forehead and nose. My skin type is dry on the whole, with the odd occasion it getting greasier around my chin (usually when I've eaten too much chocolate!). I also have sensitive skin, yet this product has posed no problems for me to use. From time to time, I also sometimes have dry patchy areas across my cheeks and this has done wonders.
The product has a very grainy texture, which apparently is those ultra fine apricot granules and exfoliate of grapeseed. I then just rinse it away with warm water - I do that as soon as I've applied it really, I don't find that I need to wait a few minutes. Once rinsed, I pat my face dry with a towel and the results are immediately seen.
The results are fantastic. I am not usually one to spend lots on beauty products as I haven't got a large amount of spare cash to splash out on luxuries, but this one will be an exception for me, because of the resulting ultra smooth and soft skin I've been left with. Even after one use, I noticed that my skin was more even, smooth and felt much cleaner and looked much brighter than from using normal soap alone. I also love the fact that I don't have to wait around for it to do it's stuff - some cheaper scrubs I've bought in the past have been ok but have needed a wait time of 3 - 4 minutes before rinsing off. Time is precious to me with a young child!
I was expecting the results to wear off pretty quickly - again, based on my previous use of cheaper scrubs, I've found that an hour later my skin has started to feel it's normal self again, losing the smooth and soft feeling almost straight away. The skin is left radiant as the bottle suggested - as well as providing quite a deep clean, leaving it feeling so refreshed. My skin just glows after using this. I always use it in the evening before bed but even after a good nights sleep my skin feels just as fresh, smooth and soft as it did when I fell asleep.
The bottle suggests applying Illuminating moisture lotion after use, but that's not something I ever feel is needed. I'm not sure if the results would be even better doing that, but I am happy enough with the results of this on it's own.
I would wholeheartedly recommend this exfoliator. It is definitely a treat I will be getting for myself - either via my advantage points or asking for a stash of it for birthdays/Christmas. I have never used an exfoliator or scrub where the results can be seen even after the first use and one that isn't required on a daily basis as it gives lasting results. Full marks from me!
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I first tried this product after becoming attached to the sanctuary spa detox mask and wanting to try more of their facial skincare range. It is quite a pricey range of products but offers can often be found at boots to lessen the blow. The packaging of all the sanctuary range is lovely and this is no exception - a nice bright green lid, and a clear tube so that you can see exactly what you are getting. There is a really lovely fresh smell to this exfoliator.
This product is simple to use - simply apply water to the face and neck then apply a small amount of scrub and use circular motions to get the product working on the skin. The texture of the product is great - there is a gel like consistency with tiny little beads to remove dead skin. These little beads are rough enough to remove dead skin but not scratchy or harsh. I find that it takes a few minutes to get the optimum exfoliating effect from this scrub, but it does not irritate the skin. The scrub simply rinses off after use.
After use I feel that my skin is so much smoother than before and has a nice glow to it, without feeling dried out. My moisturiser applies very nice and smoothly after I have exfoliated using this scrub. I also like to use this product in conjunction with the sanctuary detox mask and when used together these two products make my skin feel so refreshed and look radiant. You only require a very small amount of this product so even though it is quite expensive, it does last a long time. My only complaint is that when you reach the end of the tube, there are often remnants of the product that are quite difficult to get out of the tube.
This is a staple for me - I use it two to three times a week and can see a real difference to my skin.
I'm quite a fan of Sanctuary products although still fairly new to them so I've been trying to get around to testing out anything which sounds appealing to me from this brand. I really love a good facial exfoliator and when I saw this in Boots a few months ago I decided to give it a try using my points on my Advantage card. At full price this 100ml tube of facial scrub costs £10.50 although can often be found on some sort of offer reducing the price.
The scrub comes in a clear, soft plastic tube which stands upside down on its pale green flip top plastic lid. The clear bottle allows you to easily see how much of this product you have left and contains all the relevant information written in the usual neat, clear font Sanctuary tend to use on their packaging. Their logo can be found as well as the product name and a little information about it. It's said this 'refines and evens skin tone for a lasting glow' which sounded perfect for me as I do suffer with quite an uneven skin tone.
The product uses a number of fruity ingredients to give results. The exfoliation comes from 'ultra-fine apricot granules and grape seeds' and a 'trio of pumpkin, pineapple and papaya extracts work natural to help increase cell renewal'. In theory rubbing this product on your face should remove any build-up of dead skin cells revealing the new skin cells and, subsequently, a more even, brighter skin tone.
With this list of ingredients it perhaps won't come as a surprise when I say this scrub smells rather fruity. It's quite a tropical fruity smell this apricot and papaya being the particular scents I can easily pick out of this cocktail of fruits. It's a really juicy and natural smelling product, nice and fresh and not in the least bit cheap and synthetic smelling. Its smell is really pleasant.
In terms of appearance it's a medium brown colour with plenty of dark brown 'bits' in it to exfoliate with. It's quite thick in consistency and comes out of the tube quickly and easily enough not to be annoying but slowly enough for you to be able to really control how much you're releasing. The cap stays in nicely in place protecting my product too so none of this gets accidently wasted.
To use I dispense a blob slightly larger than a pea and rub onto my facial skin in circular motions after cleansing. Whilst I can feel all of those grains exfoliating my skin letting me feel it's working it's also really gentle. It doesn't feel scratchy, uncomfortable or painful and I have no problems using it. I tend to scrub my face with this for a couple of minutes before rinsing off. Rinsing this off it, once again, a simple, easy and pleasant task. A little warm water and it comes off perfectly fine leaving behind no residue feeling of heaviness or product build-up.
The results are just as pleasing as everything else about this scrub. It really does leave my face looking bright, healthy and glowing. Best of all is that all of those red, uneven patches vanish and I'm left with a perfectly even skin tone. It even takes the redness out of any blemishes. There is definitely a visible difference after using this.
It also leaves the skin feeling quite soft and smooth too so my skin feels as good as it looks. The scent doesn't really linger but I don't find this to be too much of a problem with a face product. It appears to be safe for sensitive skin, even my delicate facial skin experiences no negative reactions to using this.
I've been using this two/three times a week for about eleven weeks now and I've only used about a third of the bottle so it lasts well making that price seem a little more manageable.
Another great thing I like to do with this is just use a tiny amount on the back of my hands. I have really constantly mottled skin on the back of my hand and just scrubbing them with a little of this product gets rid of that completely leaving my hands evenly toned and soft too. In fact placing both my hands next to each other when I've used this on one and not the other is a really great way to see just how well this works, the difference in amazing.
All in all I really like this product. It's a little on the pricey side but completely worth it in my opinion, it doesn't require replacing too often either making it more affordable. If uneven skin tone is a problem for you or you just want something to give your face that healthy glow then this is definitely what you need. Highly recommended.
The Sanctuary is a famous spa located in Covent Garden. They have created a range of products designed to allow you to re-create the spa experience in your own home . Not that there is any chance of me creating a serene, tranquil spa-like environment in my house with two very noisy children charging around, but I do like to seize any chance for a bit of pampering that I get. Exfoliation is an important part of my facial skincare regime and, when I ran out of my usual exfoliator recently, I decided that it was a good opportunity to try something different. I chose the Sanctuary Spa 'Brightening Facial Radiance Exfoliator' as I've been impressed with the performance of other Sanctuary products that I've used in the past.
* The Product *
The Sanctuary Spa 'Brightening Facial Radiance Exfoliator' comes in a transparent plastic squeezy tube with a lime-green flip-top lid. The product itself is clearly visible through the tube - it is definitely not a 'pretty' product as it is a sludgy brown colour peppered with darker specks of exfoliating grains. However, despite my preference for all things pink, I know that things don't have to be 'pretty' to be effective and the claims on the back of the tube are certainly appealing. According to the blurb, this product will "allow you to recreate that much loved spa glow at home, leaving skin brilliantly bright and radiant". It has been designed by professional therapists to work on two levels. The first of these is using ultra-fine apricot granules and grape seed to exfoliate and refine skin; the second uses a "trio of pumpkin, pineapple and papaya extracts" to increase skin cell renewal. It claims to leave skin smooth and glowing with radiance. The scent of the product is quite fruity - you can make out elements of apricot, pineapple and grape - but it is a relatively subtle scent which does not linger on the skin.
* My Experiences *
I was really looking forward to trying out this product as my skin was looking a bit dull after the long winter. The instructions say to squeeze out a pea-sized amount after cleansing your skin, massage it into damp skin using upward circular movements and then rinse. Particular attention should be paid to rhe nose, forehead and chin to unblock pores. Despite my enthusiasm for trying this out, my first impression wasn't entirely positive as on applying it to my face, it felt extremely harsh and abrasive so that the exfoliation was not the relaxing spa-like experience I'd hoped for, as it just hurt too much. However, I decided to persist with the product and I am very glad that I did. I assume that my initial experience was due to a build up of the exfoliants at the base of the tube, meaning that the concentration of exfoliants in the initial application was simply too high. Since then, I have not had the same kind of issue - in fact, it is a relatively gentle scrub which appears to have just the right level of exfoliants for me. It is a product that I enjoy using as it feels invigorating and helps to wake me up in the morning.
I have noticed a positive difference in my skin tone and the brightness of my skin since I started using this product about six weeks ago. I have been using it twice a week, sometimes three times, and my skin looks much fresher and brighter. However, I would also like to add that my use of the product has coincided with the appearance of the sun which has definitely helped get rid of that winter dullness and added a bit more of a glow to my skin. I do think that the exfoliator has helped, but I think that the sunshine also has been a factor. The packaging recommends following up the use of this product with the Sanctuary's "Illuminating Moisture Lotion", but it has been fine followed with my usual moisturiser. It can also be used to exfoliate the back of your hands and even up skin tone there - I've tried this a few times and my hands do feel smoother and softer (again, that is likely to be partly down to the improvement in the weather).
* Cost and Purchasing *
I bought this from Boots as part of a 3 for 2 with some other skincare products. Bought individually, it retails at £10.50 which I do feel is a little bit over-priced. It is reasonable value if it is on offer, but I think there are exfoliators out there that will do just as good a job for less money.
* Final Thoughts *
I have been impressed with the performance of this product and would definitely recommend it. I don't feel that it is necessarily suitable for sensitive skin types as it can feel quite abrasive. I also have slight reservations about the level of abrasiveness and the lack of consistency with this. Sometimes it feels very abrasive on my skin, other times it feels like it is barely exfoliating at all - the amount of exfoliants in each squeeze of the tube appears to be fairly random. I am knocking one star off for a combination of the inconsistent concentration of exfoliants and the relatively high price but overall this is a product which I am enjoying using and would buy again in the future.
As previously mentioned, I have very dry skin. I exfoliate 2-3 times a week, sometimes more. I have been an avid user of this exfoliator for a few years now. I've tried and tested many, and will always try something new, but I just keep coming back to this one.
I always get mine from boots, and only ever when there is a 3 for 2 on Sanctuary product on, as at around about £10.00 for 100ml, it's not cheap. One tube does usually last me about 3 months though, so it is quite economical.
Okay, so it's not pretty. It's a bit reminiscent of muddy, wet, sand. And what's with the minty green lid? Bit clinical isn't it?
''Ultra-fine apricot granules and grape seed exfoliate and refine, while a trio of pumpkin, pineapple and papaya extracts work naturally to help increase cell renewal. Skin is left feeling smooth and glowing with radiance.''
What it does
It smells a bit sour. It looks a bit rubbish. But by god does it work. I use a pea sized blob on my finger, and scrub away. The actual beads are quite large so go easy. If you're too enthusiastic with your scrubbing then it's likely to have a cheese grater effect. I think you're only mean to use it once a week but I use it more. After, my skin is dry patch free, smooth and silky. I'm not sure if it's meant to but also, my pores are most definitely smaller immediately after using this.
I really can't recommend this product enough. Having been completely around the block with exfoliators, if you need something for very dry skin this is your one. I'll continue to try new ones, but I think I may always come back to this. 10/10.
Sanctuary products can be bought at most Boots stores or at the Sanctuary spa. It costs £10.20 for 100 ml full price and I do think that is a bit expensive. I bought this facial exfoliator a few months ago as one of my items on the 3 for 2, as that is better value, and I have been using it quite regularly since then, but alternating it with a few other exfoliators as I never seem to just have one!
The exfoliator comes in a long clear tube with a green flip top cap, as pictured. The tube gives all the required information about ingredients, how to use and how often. You can see the product inside, allowing you to see how much is left, but sometimes it does look like more is left in there than there really is, so appearances can be a bit deceiving.
The exfoliator should be used in the same way as most, by squeezing out a small amount and massaging it into damp skin. I feel that this exfoliator is a pleasure to use. It comes out as a brown gel packed with exfoliating particles. Maybe it doesn't look the most attractive due to the colour but I don't really mind that. It smells really lovely - very fruity and natural. The exfoliation is provided by "ultra-fine" apricot granules and grape seed, and the gel contains pumpkin, pineapple and papaya extracts. I think the scent I can detect is more along the papaya and pineapple lines - sweet but with a real zinginess to it.
The gel creates a slight lather on the skin when I massage it in, and there are enough exfoliating bits to make me feel that it is working. It feels very slightly rough but not harsh. The granules are uneven in size but all fairly small. I would not have called them "ultra fine", as I have used exfoliators with much smaller and finer scrub bits, but I think they are a good size as they get a good balance between so fine you can barely feel it, and so coarse that it feels too harsh. The exfoliator is very easy to rinse off with warm water.
This exfoliator claims it will give radiance and brighten up the skin. I do feel it leaves my skin really smooth and feeling very nice. It makes me feel brighter and very clean but to be honest I'm not sure the difference in skin brightness is really that noticeable to the eye.
Overall I really like this one, but I do think it's a bit expensive at full price and there are other exfoliators I like which are cheaper and contain a larger amount, so I won't rush to replace it when it's finished. However, I would definitely consider picking it up again if on offer and I would recommend it if the price doesn't put you off.
The Sanctuary began life as an actual spa where people could relax and be pampered. After creating a range of indulgent products for the skin, they opened them up for the public to purchase and enjoy without having to travel to a spa. They all contain natural ingredients and aim to give the consumer a spa treatment from the comfort of their own home. I don't own too many products by this brand but the Brightening Facial Radiance Exfoliator was something that I was very eager to try.
What does it do?
The product is a skin brightening facial exfoliator. The purpose of an exfoliator is to remove all the dead skin cells from the face which stops pores from becoming clogged and enlarged, and prevents blemishes forming. As it sloughs off the dull skin, it promises to reveal the radiant healthy skin underneath and to give you a glowing complexion. It also promises to increase the growth of healthy new skin cells using a concoction of natural ingredients.
How does it work?
The product contains Ultra-fine granules of Apricot seeds and it is these that perform the exfoliating action. As the particles are rubbed against the skin, they knock the dead and dull skin off the surface of the face and they leave it feeling soft and smooth. Grape seeds are included for the same purpose.
Pumpkin extract is present because it is an antioxidant which means that it removes aging toxins from the skin so that you can look younger for longer. It contains Zinc which helps to prevents blemishes and fatty acids which in turn encourages the development of healthy new skin cells. It also nourishes the skin with plenty vitamins.
Pineapple allows the skin to maintain its elasticity, hydrates the face and repairs skin damage. It prevents the skin from aging prematurely and leaves it purified and in a better condition. Papaya extract is included for the same reason. Lemon is present which helps to tone and brighten the skin as does Manderin.
How do you use the product?
The product is simple to use and I store mine in the shower as I find it more convenient to use there. After cleansing my face, I squeeze a pea sized amount of product onto my hands and then smooth it onto my skin. I gently massage the product into the skin on my nose, cheeks and forehead for a few minutes. The product can then be rinsed away and followed up with a good moisturiser. The product is too harsh on the skin to be used daily and the Sanctuary recommends that you shouldn't use the product more than three times a week.
Packaging and Price
The product comes contained within a clear plastic bottle and you can see the brown coloured product inside. It has a green flip top lid on which it can stand so it looks tidy on display. The product costs £10 and for that money you will receive 100ml of the exfoliator which is what you would expect from the Sanctuary. I purchased my bottle from Boots but it also available from a range of websites.
The brown colour of the product in the bottle is a little off putting but it does look natural and so it enhances the pampering experience. When you squeeze the solution from the bottle, you see that the liquid is actually almost clear and that it is all of the exfoliating particles that have made the product look brown. This just goes to show how packed full of particles the product is and there are some larger ones and some smaller ones.
The product smells completely delicious and the dominant scent is that of oranges. I am not really ones for citrus scents but this one is so fresh, clean and natural smelling that it is a pleasure to use. It is made even more enjoyable by the fact that the aroma is 100% natural and has been created using only plant extracts and essential oils.
The consistency of the product is like that of liquid soap so it is easy to massage into the skin without any of it running off and making a mess. The liquid part feels very silky and glides across the face which prevents any pulling or dragging as it is massaged into the skin.
The particles are solid and quite gritty but as long as you don't massage them too roughly, then it shouldn't hurt or cause you any discomfort. I prefer them to be hard like this, rather than too soft as then you feel like the product is really getting to work. It almost feels the same as when you get sand on your face at the beach.
The exfoliator doesn't sting while it's on my face and there is no discomfort at all. Once it's time to rinse off the product, it does take a while to make sure all the particles are off the face and it does take a bit of effort. Again, I see this as a good thing because while I am getting all the bits off, it also means that I am definitely getting all of the solution off so then I know that there won't be any irritation from any of the solution being left on my skin.
After I have dried my face, my skin does feel conditioned and nourished. At first there is some redness and this does take a while to subside, but eventually it does. There is no tightness or dryness and this is one of the few products of its type which does not leave me reaching immediately for a moisturiser so it must be very hydrating.
My face feels really smooth and silky, and there is no rough skin left on my face. My pores look much clearer and they seem to be reduced in size which is not something I was expecting to happen. As for my complexion, it does seem brighter and healthier just as promised.
All in all, I could not be happier with this scrub. It is a lovely and natural way to remove dead skin from the face and it smells so invigorating and refreshing that it is a treat to use. I like how smooth and hydrated it makes my skin feel and it improved the complexion of my skin from the very first use. This may very well be the product which finally converts me into being a Sanctuary fan.
I am always on the look out for products that promise me more luminous looking skin and I know who important it apparently is to exfoliate at least once or twice a week so when this product was on offer, I thought I would give it a go.
This 100ml plastic recyclable tube retails around £7.70 when not on offer and is see through so you can see the product inside which is brown and grainy. The light green flip top lid opens to reveal a small hole through which the product is dispensed by gently squeezing the tube.
This is marketed as a brightening facial that refines and evens skin tone leading to a radiant looking glow by sloughing away any build up of dead skin cells you may have that can cause the skin to look tired, dull and/or patchy. The tube states that this is a professional exfoliator and has been designed by therapists to work on two levels as described in the following paragraph.
INGREDIENTS OF NOTE:
Ultra-fine apricot granules and grape seed help the exfoliation process whilst pumpkin, pineapple and papaya extracts help the skin renewal process and leave the skin feeling smooth after use.
This product is meant to be so gentle that you can use it 2-3 times a week but although it is stated that the apricot granules are ultra-fine I do find them quite harsh on my skin and feel like they are scratching the surface. Of course you need a certain amount of abrasiveness in order to exfoliate the skin with most products (although I do know there are exfoliating products that are granule free to prevent any damage) but it is only as I have gotten older that I have realised that more harm than good can be done by products that have quite abrasive ingredients in them so this would not be my first choice once my tube runs out. However, I combat this by just being very gentle with how I apply the product. The results have been quite good so far although I have only been using this for a few weeks. My skin does look clearer and slightly brighter in tone although not markedly so. I have some dark areas on my face which have been left from past blemishes and I am hoping that in time regular exfoliation will help to tone these down as at the moment because of the skin is so delicate in those areas, they actually look a bit worse after using this than better but over 24 hours return to their normal hue!
I don't really know what refining means other than to guess that it means minimising pore size but as I don't really suffer from open/large pores this is not something I can comment on although I do have some small blackheads on the nose and hasn't as yet made a huge difference to those. My skin does feel soft after using this product and not overly dry but I do still need to apply moisturiser afterwards.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE:
This product should be used after cleansing and the skin should be slightly damp before applying (according to the directions, a small pea-sized amount (although I find a little more than that to cover the whole area of my face adequately). Small upward, circular movements should be used, paying particular attention to areas where pores can become easily blocked, i.e. the nose, forehead and chin. The eye area should be avoided completely. You should then rinse away with warm water and apply moisturiser.
A therapist tip on the tube advises that this product is also good to use on the back of your hands if you want to even out skin tone on that area as well.
This product has been dermatologically tested, is naturally fragranced with plant extracts and essential oils (not that it smells of anything much), is against animal testing (so your conscious can remain clear) and is paraben free.
Overall I would say this product is satisfactory but perhaps better to less fragile or younger skin.
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About 6 months ago I thought I'd treat myself to some nice facial products. I consider The Sanctuary products to be fairly pricey for off the shelf (i.e. not a beauty counter) in Boots. There is regularly offers on this brand of products (for example at the minute 18/01/11 there is up to £5 off products) and at the time there was 3 products for the price of 2. At the time it cost £9.99 but have just checked the website and is now £10.20....prob down to the rise in the VAT :-( In real terms, taking into account the offer I got, it cost around £7 and so I was expecting good stuff and it did deliver!
The packaging is nothing special but I do feel that The Sanctuary products have an air of elegance around them and look really smart on the bathroom shelf. The bottle is clear and so the brown (!) exfoliator can be seen containing flaky bits. I think the product its self, though sounds pretty disgusting, is actually quite attractive. When squeezed into the hand, it smells good-not good enough to eat!- but pleasant, quite sweet which I think is probably down to whats in it! It contains apricot granules and grape seed which exfoliate the skin, removing dead skin cells and leaving skin smooth and bright. It also contains pumpkin, pineapple and papaya which is meant to help with cell renewal.
The website recommends massaging a small amount into a damp, cleansed face paying particular attention to the nose, forehead and chin. Rinsing with water and then moisturising. I tended to exfoliate my skin and then follow with the Sanctuary Thermal Detox Mask. I have to say, with regular use, every couple of days or so my skin did feel brighter, smooth and clearer. I enjoyed using the product, it felt nice to treat myself.
The bottle is 100ml in size and I would say, using regularly a small amount lasted me about 3 months- so all in all not too bad.
The latest exfoliator I have been using for the past three weeks is this one from Sanctuary which cost me £6.99 for a 100ml tube I tried it as it had a 50p off offer and Sanctuary is a brand that I have used before. It did not look particularly attractive in the tube with a lime green top and the brown contents clearly visible inside however looks can be deceiving as it has a nice smell to it, a very citrus smell without being over powering at all.
When you massage this into your skin you can feel the seeds inside of it cleaning your skin, apparently it contains both grape and apricot seed powder which gives it the rough abrasive qualities and a mix of juices and oils that are intended to care for your skin. I found that you do not need to use a lot of the scrub to get the desired effect and while it does not exfoliate really effectively it is not overly harsh on your skin either. It also washes out easily and you are not finding bits on you after showering. It does produce a little lather but not a lot.
I have found this to be an effective exfoliator, it leaves my skin feeling refreshed and smooth and certainly it is effective at removing dead skin and dirt without being too harsh on my skin as I use it on my face and body with no reaction or sensitivity at all. I liked the citrus smell and the fact that it is not overpowering, I have also found that I do not need to use a lot at any one time and as such I have only got less than half way through the tube in the just over three weeks that I have been using it.
Certainly this is an exfoliator that I would use again as it is good value for money in my opinion.
I recently ran out of my normal exfoliator, Lush's Angels on Bare Skin. Exfoliating has become a regular part of my skin-care regime and I make sure I use one a couple of times a week to remove any dull dead skin cells. However my nearest Lush store is a bit of a trek so I decided to look for an alternative to use in the meantime. Browsing the aisles in my local Boots I spotted that the Sanctuary Mini's range was on a 3 for 2 offer and one of the items that caught my eye was the 'Brightening Facial Radiance Exfoliator.
The exfoliator comes in a pastel green tube, which stands upright on a white lid. As I was unsure how well the product would work I opted to by the mini tube which contains 15ml of the product and is priced at £2.55. However this is available in a larger 100ml tube as well (which is pictured), priced as £7.70. The front of the tube states that the use of the product refines and evens the skin tone for a lasting glow. The back of the tube states that this product contains no parabens and that it is also not tested on animals.
I first used the scrub at night, just before going to bed. The product is a fairly thick but squeezes out of the tube easily. The exfoliator consists of a translucent brown gel with brown coloured gritty bits in it. Scanning through the list of ingredients I see that this is apricot seed powder and grape seed powder. The scrub also contains a trio of pumpkin, pineapple and papaya extracts which naturally help cell renewal.
Before using I rinsed my face with warm water and then squeezed a pea-sized amount onto my hands. I massaged this slowly and gently over my face. As I was doing so I noticed that the product had a subtle but rather pleasant and fresh citrussy smell, that reminded me of freshly squeezed lemons. According to the list of ingredients on the Sanctuary website this is due to the addition of lemon and mandarin essential oils which help to refresh and revive the skin.
As I massaged this over my skin the gel began to froth up a little to produce a small amount of lather. I could feel the grainy bits in the gel getting to work. To be honest I found these to be a bit harsh and abrasive even though I wasn't really applying too much pressure. My skin started to tingle but this subsided once I'd rinsed it off. I wasn't left with any sticky residue and despite it feeling a bit harsh it didn't cause any redness.
I normally exfoliate a couple of times a week but there was a gap of a couple of weeks between my last exfoliator running out and me using this one, so my skin was looking a little dull. This was not helped by the harsh weather we've been having either! On washing off the exfoliator my skin felt very smooth to the touch but I still applied a moisturiser on afterwards to complete the routine. My complexion also looked much clearer and brighter.
I find the tube very handy for taking away with me when travelling. As much as I like my lush cosmetics I have to admit some of them are not always the most practical things to take away with you! For occasions like this I'd be quite happy to use the Sanctuary exfoliator. However due to the fact that I felt this was a little rough I will be reverting back to my normal exfoliator and saving this for when I am travelling. As I only use such a small amount each time I exfoliate the tube lasts quite a long time - I have been using the 15ml tube for about a month now and have got about half way through, so I think this is really good value for money.