“ Brand: The Sanctuary / Type: Facial Wash / Suitable for: Face / What it does: Cleanses, Purifies, „
I usually really like The Sanctuary range, though before I bought this my experience had been limited to their bath products and body scrubs. These have always worked well for me, so I thought I'd give their facial range a try. I bought a small (50ml) bottle of this cleansing wash in Boots for £2.50, which I thought was very reasonable, especially as most of the other Sanctuary things are priced quite highly.
I'm afraid to say it wasn't worth the price! The first thing I noticed when I opened it was the smell- it's very pungent, and the best I can say is that it's an unusual scent! I think it might be the essentail oil they use, geranium, or possibly the extracts of cornflower and chamomile. All of which sound good, but the overall effect is of a plant that's going off! But there's a strange part of me that always believes something must be doing me good if it smells bad, so I went ahead and used it.
The instructions tell you to massage into damp skin, so I rinsed my face and massaged away. I found I only needed a little blob of the clear, gel like liquid to work up quite a lather on my face. After that I rinsed, and went away with a tingling, fresh feeling face which I assumed was a good sign. It wasn't. The tingling quickly turned to tightness, and the tightness to dryness and I had to resort to smothering myself in moisturiser to counteract the problem. On the plus side, the oily ares of my face were no longer oily, but it felt like all the natural, healthy oils which keep your skin hydrated had been flushed out.
Thankfully, the effects weren't long lasting, but it was enough to put me off using it again! I'll be sticking with my usual Olay from now on!
I don't usually use Sanctuary products as they seem quite expensive, I bought this a while ago when Boots were giving out the £3 off Sanctuary skincare vouchers. This was one of the cheapest products and at the time I didn't have a face wash so thought for £2.95 (normal price £5.95) it was worth a try. The bottle I bought was 200ml.
What is this product?
Its called Cleansing Face wash and it promises to purify, cleanse and condition for 'Spa perfect skin'.
The product claims to remove all traces of oil and make-up including stubborn mascara, I aren't happy with using a face wash on my eyes so I can't comment on the effectiveness of that.
~The key ingredients:
Vitamin E and Glycerine which are used to hydrate and protect.
This is a non-drying formula (apparently) with Cornflower, Camomile and Cucumber to soften, soothe and refresh skin.
It is naturally scented with plants extracts and geranium oil according to the blurb on the back.
~Directions for use:
Massage into damp skin on the face and neck with gentle circular movements then rinse thoroughly, It recommends to use a toner and moisturiser afterwards and believe me you will need a moisturiser!(more about that later)
So what do I think of it?
~First the plus points:
The bottle looks good; it's a white plastic pump bottle with pale blue and silver writing on it. It does look really classy and I'm proud to have it in my bathroom.
The pump works easily and only a small amount comes out at a time so you don't waste any product.
....Thats about it for the plus points!
~The negatives, long list coming up....
I used this for the first time last week on my holidays, so I squeeze out a blob and start massaging it into my face and the smell is a cross between chlorine and hairspray, very chemically and off putting!
It didn't even remove my foundation very well as when I dried my face on the towel it smudged all over the towel! I don't wear a lot of make up so this would be useless for those who do.
After I had dried my face (after rinsing with water again to try and clean it!) my skin felt very tight and uncomfortable.
I applied moisturiser straight away as I couldn't stand how it felt and as I rubbed in the moisturiser I could feel dry patches on both my cheeks, I don't have dry skin at all so this was unusual for me.
I used it just that once and my skin a week later is still not back to what it was, a horrible product and if that's what 'Spa skin' is like I don't want it thank you!
This has put me off Sanctuary products thats for sure.
I bought this as I have quite a few sanctuary products and thought this would be a decent alternative to Liz Earle which I normally get. As I really like their other products so I thought I would give this a try.
I bought the little bottle which at £2.50 I think it is quite a good price and it is also a good idea to see if you actually like it without wasting more money than you need to.
The packaging is a white plastic bottle with silver and blue writing on the front. When I opened the bottle it has a little hole in the top and you have to squeeze the bottle for it to come out. It is quite thin in consistency and it has a lovely pearly grey colour. I was expecting a lovely smell as with their other products but was disappointed by this as it just smelled soapy.
It lathers nicely and you do get a lot of foam from a little squirt which was good. When I rinsed it off I felt it made my skin feel a little tight but not enough to stop me using it.
I expected more from this really and wont be buying anymore of this when my bottle runs out. Maybe my skin was just sensitive to it but I did feel gutted as I like the other stuff made by them.
I think you should try this if looking for another brand of facial wash but only buy the small bottle just in case.
I have been using Boots No.7 soft and soothed gentle cleanser for a few years now, and love it, but at £7.00 a bottle, it is expensive to use on a daily basis. I have been looking for a cheaper alternative, and my first try with Boots cucumber 2in1 cleanser was a disaster, so I then moved on to the Sanctuary Spa facial wash.
This comes in a tall white bottle, with a pump action dispenser and frosted plastic lid. Although I think the white bottle with its blue and silver writing looks quite stylish, I don't think it's the most practical choice. In the two weeks I was using this, it managed to get marks on it from when I had been washing off make-up, and also I splashed mouthwash onto the bottle, meaning it looked a bit grubby - but that could just be because I'm a sloppy mare!
~What they say~
Sanctuary claim that this wash 'purifies, cleanses and conditions' for Spa Perfect Skin. They also state that this has been professionally developed for their spa facials. It has 'carefully chosen natural extracts and essential oils' which apparently protect your complexion from ageing. All sounds good so far...
The face wash is a pearly greyish white colour and is quite thick and gloopy. I was surprised by the smell of this wash, most of the Sanctuary products smell gorgeous, but I wasn't keen on this. It just smelled soapy, and actually reminded me of the cheap handwash you get in public toilets.
Just two pumps of the liquid are enough, but you need to add plenty of water, as this stuff does not lather up very easily.
I really wanted to like this stuff, but unfortunately I am finding it difficult to think of anything good to say about it. The first time I used it my skin felt very dry and tight, but I decided to give it the benefit of the doubt and kept using it for two weeks. I found the more I used it the worse my skin got, until eventually I had to admit defeat and switch to another product.
During my two weeks of use, my skin became very dry, and straight after using this would feel tight and uncomfortable. I have been trying to take more care of my skin lately, have cut out caffeine and been drinking lots of water. It may be a coincidence, but around three days into using this, I noticed the first spot I had had in ages, angry and red on my cheek. I finally stopped using it, when I noticed the skin around my nose was so dry it was beginning to look scaly.
This costs £5.95 for a 200ml bottle from Boots. I actually bought it with a £5 off voucher, so only paid 95p - still more than it is actually worth in my opinion.
Well, needless to say, this is not a product I will be using again. I think it is way overpriced and it left my skin horrendously dry and flaky -not the look I was hoping to achieve! I am really disappointed with this, but still at least I didn't pay the full price, then I would have been really gutted. If this is what Sanctuary use in their spa facials, remind me not to go to the Sanctuary Spa any time soon!
Vitamin E, Chamomile and Cucumber gently dissolve make-up and daily grime leaving skin soothed and refreshed / Your skin is purified, looks fresh and healthy /