“ Brand: The Sanctuary / Type: Cleansing Wipes / What it does: Cleanses, „
I like to use a 'proper' cleanser to remove my make-up as it makes my skin feel really clean that way, however I still tend to keep a packet of cleansing wipes on standby at all times for those occasions when I am too tired or strapped for time to take my make-up off properly.
I've used a couple of the Sanctuary's skincare products in the past and had mixed results, so I wasn't sure what to expect from these wipes. They are described as being 'deep cleansing' and the packet tells me that they will remove make-up, dirt and impurities.
The wipes come in a plain white pack with a sticky re-sealable tab. The writing on the tab is blue and silver, and the overall appearance of the pack is rather unremarkable, and doesn't particularly stand out in any way. The pack contains 25 wipes, and I found that by the time I had used approximately half of the wipes, the sticky tab had lost most of it's stickiness which was quite disappointing, considering these are quite a good brand.
The wipes themselves are fairly thick (although not the thickest I've used) and they appear quite strong - I don't think these are the sort of wipes which will fall apart on you. They have quite a sweet, slightly sickly fragrance to them, although I couldn't put my finger on what exactly it is. I found that even when the sticky tab on the pack stopped sticking, the wipes retained their moisture, which I was pleased with, as they could have easily become dried out.
In terms of effectiveness, I found these to be quite poor. They would remove some make-up, but it would take around three wipes to get rid of foundation or tinted moisturiser, and I'm not really someone who wears a lot of make-up. As for mascara, although there were some black marks on the wipes, which would indicate that they had removed some of my mascara, to look at my eyes, you wouldn't know it, and I have had to use a separate eye make-up remover with these.
They left my skin feeling soft enough, but it took a lot of time and effort to remove my make-up with these, which really defeated the point of why I had bought them in the first place.
A pack of 25 wipes costs £3.87 from Boots. Obviously, given the poor results I got from these, I don't think they are worth the money, and in fact the 99p wipes I buy from Wilkinson's are actually far more effective.
So in conclusion, I would recommend giving these a miss. As I say, you can get much cheaper wipes that do the job well, and this was just another disappointment from the Sanctuary's skincare range.
Anyone doing any shopping in Boots just now will receive a 'free £5 facial skincare voucher'. This can be used on several named skincare products. I was shopping in Boots anyway, so the £5 skincare voucher was a bonus for me.
When I got my voucher, I decided on a packet of Sanctuary (Spa Covent Garden) Deep Cleansing Wipes, and also a Sanctuary Face Mask (which I will review later).
The deep cleansing face wipes come in a white plastic packet with a resealable, pull back, opening at the top, that looks similar to a packet of baby wipes. The only difference is, that the face wipes packet is smaller.
Each wipe is white and measures 8 inches by 8 inches. When I took a wipe from the packet, the first thing I noticed was the hundreds of perforations in the wipe. It looked a bit like a tea bag, without the tea. When I checked the packet is said that the wipes were made of 50% viscose and 50% polyester. I am a bit confused as to why the wipes have these perforations.
The packet also states that the wipes contain natural extracts and essential oils. When I had a sniff of the wipe I did notice a slight hint of essential oils. The only other aroma was more like the smell you would get from an astringent or toner. Obviously I was not too keen on their fragrance.
As I don't tend to wear very much make up, I did expect to only need to use one wipe. One wipe did remove my make up, including my waterproof mascara and my face felt fresh and clean.
For a few minutes after use, the skin on my face did feel very sticky, but this did disappear. Although the cleansing wipe did cleanse my face, it also left my skin feeling a bit tingly. This disappeared after about twenty minutes. This is the first cleansing wipe, that I have used, that has done this to my skin.
Each packet contains 25 cleansing wipes, and it advises on the instructions, that you should use these wipes morning and night.
I did use my voucher to get my wipes, so they did not cost me anything. The normal selling price for them is £3.99. By my calculations this works out at 16p per wipe. If you were to use them twice per day, that would be 32p every day. This is way too expensive for me, so I am glad I don't like them.
As with most wipes these cannot be flushed down the toilet. One good point is that they have not been tested on animals.
I am glad that I did not waste any of my hard earned cash on these wipes. I would not recommend these wipes. Yes they cleanse my face, but they also made it sticky and tingly.
Naturally fragranced with essential oils, these gentle cleansing wipes offer a quick and easy way to remove make-up and leave the skin feeling refreshed and revitalised / Your skin feels soft, bright and perfectly clean /