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Brand: The Sanctuary / Texture: Cream / Type: Hand Cream / Suitable for: Hand

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      18.03.2013 13:12
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      I'll definitely buy it again and I do think it's lovely..

      I really like the beautiful range of fragranced toiletries from the 'Sanctuary Spa' range and have tried out many of them in the past. A short time ago I came across a small tube of fragranced hand cream within the confines of my vast stockpile of toiletries that I am currently working my way through. This review outlines my experiences of using the "Sanctuary Hand Cream."

      My tube is quite small, being a neat 30ml in size. This is currently available to purchase from larger Boots stores for the price of £3. You can also purchase online at www.boots.com, where postage costs apply. I believe I actually received my hand cream as a free gift on some magazine or other some time ago.

      The packaging for the product is in keeping with the Sanctuary range overall, providing a simplistic, yet sleek appearance, thanks to the use of the bold orange colours used on the plain white tube. The white tube is made of good quality plastic that is robust enough to prove fit for purpose, without being so hard that I find difficulty with dispensing its contents from within. Likewise, I have had no issues with using the orange-coloured 'flip-up' cap that is located on the end of the tube, being able to open and close it when I want to, without difficulty. The product is therefore one that I would recommend for use by consumers who struggle with mobility issues at times, as I do.

      The Sanctuary Hand Cream product is rather 'average' in its appearance, it has to be said. Comprising of a plain white cream product, there is nothing particularly innovative or 'different' about this cream compared to others that I use on a regular basis. True, there is an attractive glossy sheen to the cream's appearance, but that is probably the only noticeable trait I can find when dispensing the cream for use. These points are mere observations on my part, as the gorgeous aroma is noticeable very early on during the cream's use, banishing such concerns in an instant.

      With a deep 'spice' at the aroma's core, the Sanctuary Hand Cream product is the perfect 'sister' product to many others within the Sanctuary range, allowing the same 'warmth' to be present in its beautiful fragrance. This is an extremely welcome discovery, as I find the wonderful Sanctuary fragrance to be rather uplifting in its presence. Without being over-powering at all, I find there is a gentle 'floral' aroma present in the fragrance too, although this is fairly quiet and sits neatly behind the spicy amber-like scents. The culmination of these scents feels surprisingly contemporary and extremely pleasant.

      I find too that although the scent makes its appearance eagerly and quite early on, the aroma never gains too much 'strength' in its 'body' as such, so it never feels over-powering or heady. This is a difficult balance to achieve, I have found, with other hand cream products that I have used before. Such products often have scents that are rather too 'heady' for my own tastes and I find their scents seem to scream their presence at me after the creamy product has been absorbed into the skin, with this result often lasting for several hours too. I can't confess to finding this trait particularly pleasant, as I much prefer to experience the fragrance of my chosen hand cream during the application process and for a short time afterwards, with it quieting down significantly after this time. To my delight, the Sanctuary Hand Cream performs wonderfully in this regard, and it has never felt like it has 'interfered' with any other scented products that I have used during the course of the day, instead, providing something of a 'delicate whisper' from the skin's surface for a while after application then melting quietly away altogether. So, pretty perfect, really.

      In terms of effectiveness, I find the Sanctuary Hand Cream performs very well, and indeed it lives up to its claims that it will: "help restore moisture to the skin and give immediate comfort to dry hands." Indeed, I do find that the product helps moisturise my hands effectively, with the dry feeling previously experienced being smoothened out completely, and soft, thoroughly moisturised skin being left behind instead. I find too that the uncomfortable dryness that is usually present across my knuckles is no longer noticeable, so I do feel that the product lives up to its claims in terms of coping with dry hands. I have also found that these results are rather long-lasting, with the effects being evident into the following day after application, which I think is fairly impressive when other, less effective, hand cream products are compared.

      I haven't found any issues when applying the product, finding the white cream spreads easily over the skin's surface, without copious amounts of massaging being required in order for absorption to take place. Instead, I find the product feels quite 'light' and this allows it to be rather rapidly absorbed. This allows the product to feel quite convenient to use, which is a stark comparison to another hand cream product I had been using recently that seemed to take an absolute age to 'sink' into the skin. I found this annoying, tedious and time-consuming, and ultimately, the product ended up in the bin as a result.

      The claims made by the manufacturer are that the product is "Non Greasy" and I do agree with this statement whole-heartedly. There is no hint of anything greasy either in the product's texture itself, or on the skin's surface once the product has been applied, which is a blessing, as this aspect of such products is something else I really do not like. The omission of such annoyances allow the Sanctuary Hand Cream to feel much more pleasant - and, of course, convenient to use - than other hand cream products that have failed on such points, as far as I am concerned, at least.

      There is really only one negative point I have found with the use of the Sanctuary Hand Cream, and that is that there is a slight 'tacky' sort of residue left behind once the product has been applied. Perhaps I have been spoiled by using some rather expensive, 'top-end' hand cream products of late, all of which had no such annoyance evident, but there is a definite tackiness to be found on the skin as the Sanctuary product sinks into the skin's layers. In all fairness, this doesn't take too long to vanish altogether, which lessens the annoyance of its presence, of course. I have found it rather noticeable, however, that the Sanctuary Hand Cream leaves behind a little sort of 'film' on the skin, making it slightly less convenient than those rather 'premium' hand cream products that I mentioned before, that leave only baby-soft skin behind after use.

      Taking everything into account, and of course, considering the rather 'purse-friendly' purchase price of the beautifully-scented Sanctuary Hand Cream, I do feel that it is definitely worth a recommendation, and I wouldn't hesitate to purchase it for myself in future. True, it is not the best hand cream that I have ever used, but it is definitely one of the nicest, and I feel it offers a good quality product that works quite well in moisturising my dry hands for an affordable price. For these reasons, I feel the Sanctuary Hand Cream is deserving of four stars in the product rating score.

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        07.02.2013 20:56
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        A lovely soft treat for hard working paws (hands)

        Before I decided I would treat myself to a small tube of Sanctuary hand cream whilst in Boots a few months ago, I had often walked past the Sanctuary products in store just thinking they were out of my price range. Normally, I am not one to spend more than £1.50 on a hand cream (in my desk drawer at work there are the remnants of a tube of 'value' hand cream that I have been slowly using over the past three years!). So, as far as hand creams go, I am not the most avid consumer. However, I was window shopping in Boots one lunchtime, feeling a little blue and felt like buying myself something nice for a change.

        **Product**
        I bought a small (a 30ml travel sized tube) for £2 in Boots. The plastic tube is your usual squashy plastic tube but this has a flip lid that is easy to open (without hurting your fingers) but is sturdy enough to be put in your handbag without fear of the lid coming open and dispensing hand cream all over your things. The travel sized 30ml tube is a nice size- it is 1-1.5 inches wide and 4 inches tall.

        **The Cream**
        The hand cream itself is white and quite thick- I would describe it as thinner than sudocrem but thicker than a shampoo- sort of mid way consistency. It is quite heavily fragranced and smells like a luxurious perfume or a quite fancy department store. The scent is a powdery clean and soft smell and is quite a grown up smell- it is not like your average So! or Impulse smell, it is more like a Chanel sort of smell- expensive and luxurious- like a warm cashmere or angora sweater type scent.

        **Does it Work?**
        This product describes itself as 'whisper-light non greasy, nourishing cream'. It does have a non-greasy feel and your hands do feel velvety soft and moisturised after applying the cream, but I would not describe it as whisper-light. It just doesn't feel to be the right word to describe this. It is quite a hearty cream as it does make your hands feel as if they have been nourished- I would say if you tend to get dry hands, do try this as it does leave your hands feeling really soft.

        **Technical Bits**
        The back of the tube notes this has a 24 month shelf life. The product is not tested on animals and contains no parabens. It contains shea butter and sweetened almond oil. The ingredients list is long, I will not type it all out here, but if you have a known allergy to any specific hand cream ingredients then I would advise you checking the list on the pack before buying this.

        **Overall**
        Coming from someone who generally does not use hand cream on a daily basis, who works in a badly air conditioned hot and stuffy office and types all day and also paints and doesn't use rubber gloves when I really should and is prone to chilblains- this product has really turned around my opinion of hand creams. Although I still only use this occasionally (when my hands feel uncomfortable or dry) I would definitely buy this again. I expect this small tube will last me several months, but I will be buying it again as I love the smell and the soft matte velvety feel.

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          20.12.2012 16:52
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          The Sanctuary hand cream

          I really like The Sanctuary range of products that you can find in Boots. I have been using them for a number of years, first receiving them as a gift set if I remember rightly and I like the smell and the performance of them so I go back to them time and again.

          One of the lovely products that they sell is this gorgeous hand cream. I have the little travel size which is 30ml as I like to keep this one in my handbag as its nice to apply throughout the day to keep my hands nice and soft. It fits well in my bag and has a handy flip top cap at the end so its easy to get in to, squeeze a dollop out on my hands and then replace in my bag without getting messy. This cream is part of their spa essentials range and it comes in the familiar orange packaging so you know it's a Sanctuary product with the familiar black writing and logo on the front. I think this gives the products quite an upmarket and classy look and makes you think to begin with that they are a very good product. I had definitely thought this whenever I had seen it in Boots even before I had tried the products.

          The Sanctuary call this hand cream, "Our whisper-light, non-greasy hand cream with conditioning shea butter and sweet almond oil will help restore moisture to the skin and give immediate comfort to dry hands. Your hands will be left feeling soft and smooth whilst delicately fragranced." I definitely agree that this cream is not greasy. You can definitely tell though that is has an inclusion of oil as the cream has a bit of a sheen to it and a oil based consistency and when I apply it to my hands it just coats them really quickly and well and does not leave them all slick and greasy. I only need to use a small amount as the oil acts as quite a nice lubricant to work it all the way over my hands entirely. its definitely really absorbent and in a few minutes my hands are nice and soft and have no residue left on them.

          The smell is an interesting. It is quite a spice like smell and one you would definitely find in a spa such as The Sanctuary and the kind that you would get when you visit a spa and have a treatment. It's quite a rich, fragrant smell and if you like that sort of thing then I think you will definitely like this. Its unique and different and one I really like for my hands.

          This hand cream is available in Boots and a 30ml tube will cost you £3 which I think is well worth the price.

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          18.12.2012 19:38
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          A very pleasant hand cream

          Last Christmas my sister bought me some Sanctuary toiletries including their SPF15 hand cream.  I usually use Neutrogena, so I took this to work to use as my "desk cream".  I actually really like the cream, I was suprised how good it was especially as this was the first time I had come across Sanctuary stuff.

          It comes in a 100ml tub with a flip cap lip lid.  The cream is thick for a hand cream, although no where near as thick as Neutogena.  I would describe the colour of the hand cream as a very light peach colour with an usual slightly masculine smell of men's talc, and although unusual I find it quite pleasant as I prefer smells which are not too girly.  

          The cream includes anti-oxidant white tea, vitamin E and Shea butter and is easily smoothed across my hands and fingers and quickly socks in without leaving any greasy residue.  I also find it is good for softening my cuticles so I can push them back from my nails and this cream leaves my hands feels soft and hydrated.

          I can't really comment about the SPF15 as I use the cream more on my fingers and palms rather than the tops of my hands, plus I am very pale so I am not sure SPF15 would offer me any protection anyway. The SPF and UVA is there as anti-ageing and apparently according to the description on the back helps shield skin again the premature signs of aging.

          This is a really pleasant cream with a scent which I like and I like to put it on sometimes whilst I am at my desk as I do find the scent quite relaxing.  I am guessing this is a medium expensive cream, I don't know, but am about to look...

          ...It seems to come in at about £5 so is slightly more than I would normally pay, would I would buy this again as a treat for myself and a bit of Luxury.

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          14.12.2012 22:29
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          An average product

          Last year I received a Sanctuary gift set from my secret Santa at work and within it there was this product. I have heard people rave about the Sanctuary range but I had never tried any of their products until I received this set.

          Boots sell the Sanctuary range and you can also buy it from their own website, the range isn't exactly the cheapest but there are also ranges much more expensive too. I had a small tube of this product with it coming in a gift set but you can buy this in a 75ml tube.

          The product comes in a see through tube with a bright orange flip top lid on it that the tube sits on, you can see a very pale cream inside which looks lovely against the bright orange of the lid.

          The cream is thick and as daft as this will sound it feels silky, the cream is easy to get out of the tube with a little squeeze and it rubs in easily and spreads around your hands really well. The smell of the product is very distinctive and I am not really that impressed with it, it smells sweet but soapy at the same time and the smell does remain on your hands for quite a while. The cream doesn't really absorb very easily and it is no use for me when I am working and even at home I am pretty impatient so I don't like waiting for it to soak in properly.

          The cream leaves my hands feeling nice and soft once it has fully absorbed and the effects last for a good couple of hours. I can only give this cream a 3 from 5 as it doesn't smell wonderful in my opinion and it takes too long to absorb, also when you compare it to creams that are better than this one it is also a higher price. I will stick with Dove or Nivea.

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            13.07.2012 15:32
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            a very good hand cream

            I love the Sanctuary bath product range and have done for many years but I had never seen the hand cream and so I was looking forward to trying it when my friend bought me some as part of a pamper package for my birthday.

            The Sanctuary is a spa in London's Covent Garden and this information is presented on the hand cream packaging. The hand cream comes in a white coloured tube with an orange lid and orange and black writing which fits in well with the brand as a whole I think. The plastic tube is recyclable and contains 75ml of hand cream so it is a good size but not too big to pop in your bag and carry around with you.

            The tube sits on its lid which is something I really do like from a product such as this because the cream is able to make its way to the bottom of the tube making it easier to access when you need it rather than having to wait for it to reach the bottom of the tube each time. The hand cream is suitable for use for twenty four months after opening which I think is a good thing as I don't really remember to user hand cream every day and so a tube will last me quite a while.

            The actual hand cream is quite a thick consistency and white in colour. The packaging tells us that the hand cream contains nourishing sweet almond oil and moisturising shea butter but I would advise that this cream smells exactly like the Sanctuary bath range which in my opinion is sweet and almost exotic smelling.

            I use a pea sized amount of this hand cream each time I use it and feel this is just about right for my hands but it really is down to the individual as to how much they use. The hand cream rubs in to my hands nicely and the formula is not greasy at all. As I seem to spend my life working and cleaning my hands can suffer a little bit but this cream really helps give my hands a nice treat. I have suffered no reaction to this cream and my hands can be sensitive at times and so this seems to be quite gentle really.

            My favourite thing about this hand cream, above how lovely and soft it actually makes my hands feel, is the scent. When I rub the cream in to my hands the sweet smell is very strong and whilst this settles down the scent is still noticeable on my hands for a good couple of hours after application which I really like.

            A 75ml tube of the Sanctuary hand cream will cost you £5.10 directly from the Sanctuary website and whilst it isn't the cheapest on the market it does work really well and I think offers good value as you don't need much for each application. I find I only really need to apply it once in the morning for softer feeling hands all day and so it does last well too.

            Thank you for reading my review!

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              29.01.2012 23:29
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              good hand cream but not the best

              Sanctuary Spa offer a range of skin and body treats.

              ~Hand Cream~

              This hand cream is part of the Spa Essentials range that Sanctuary Spa offer. Sanctuary market this hand cream as being lightweight and non-greasy. It contains shea butter to moisturise and protect. It also contains almond oil to leave your hands satin smooth.

              This hand cream should leave your hands feeling lovely and moisturised whilst gently fragrancing them.

              ~Packaging~

              This hand cream is presented in a convenient, squeezy tube with a flip lid. The design of the tube is consistent across the Spa Essentials range - white with orange and black writing and an orange lid.

              ~Price~

              This cream can be bought from Boots in a 30ml size priced at £3.25. It can also be purchased from www.thesanctuary.co.uk for £3.11 (30ml) and £5.10 (75ml). Sanctuary Spa products are often on offer (usually 3 for 2) in Boots.


              ~My Thoughts~

              I suffer with really dry hands and this is even worse in the winter. I have tried and tested various hand creams and the latest one was given to me by my Sanctuary Spa obsessed Mum. She uses this one so it came with a good recommendation. I have the 30ml tube which is available to buy in the travel cosmetic section of Boots. I'm sure it is a little cheaper in there compared to the Sanctuary website. The price isn't too bad but this certainly isn't the cheapest.

              My usual Hand Food from Soap and Glory is much more value for money but as I received this for free, I wasn't going to complain. The packaging is very basic but does the job and is very easy to use. The 30ml tube is ideal for placing in a hand bag for emergency top ups throughout the day.

              ~Application and Results~

              This hand cream dispenses very easily. The cream is shiny white and at first glance, the cream has a rich, creamy consistency. This to a treat for my hands to experience. One tiny blob in the palm of my hand is sufficient to fully coat my palms, back of my hands and around my fingers in cream. The cream turns very soft and creamy allowing it to be spread easily.

              The hand cream has a light scent which does linger for a short while. It is a scent that I asscociate with many Spa Essential products and is faintly floral with a sweet undertone. This cream absorbs very quickly and within a moment or two after rubbing it across my hands, I can get on with my chores or other activities as my hands do not feel greasy or slippy.

              This hand cream performs very well. When my hands are dry and sore, a small blob of this quickly sorts them out and leaves them in a more pleasant condition. Once applied, my hands feel cool and comfortable. The skin around my palms (where dryness is common) feels relieved and super soft to the touch. My fingers and nails feel silky soft and generally, my hands are in better condition. The results do not last as long as other hand creams in the same price bracket and I find myself needing to reapply this a few times during any given day.

              ~Conclusion~

              This hand cream is lovely to use and works well. It has done wonders for my dry, Winter hands but once my tube has finished, I will go back to using Hand Food as it works just as well and smells so much nicer.

              Overall 4/5

              Thanks for reading :)

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                08.12.2011 22:59
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                Try before you buy if you have the option.

                I have used Sanctuary products in the past and have generally been pleased with their quality. I currently have a bottle of Sanctuary Hand Cream which I'm using because my hands get particularly dry because I have to wash my hands six million times at work (I'm a nurse) and so it's really nice to be able to treat my hands to a little bit of love and care! A 75ml bottle of the cream cost me £5.10 from the Sanctuary website - which isn't a bad price, particularly as a little of the cream goes a very long way. There are often also 2-for-1 offers on this website and so this is a little added incentive.

                The Sanctuary Hand Cream is contained in a plastic tube-like bottle that has a orange flip top and can be stored on it's cap so that the cream is always at the bottom and ready to come out. It comes out easily with a gentle squeezing pressure on the bottle - although there is a little of the cream which remains stuck to the side and so I think there will be a little waste. The hand cream is a very light peachy colour and looks thick, creamy and rich. It has a lovely smell which is fresh and smells very sweet, but it is not fruity or floral and so it's actually hard to identify the actual aroma......but it is pleasant.

                Using the cream is a positive experience because the cream is very rich and you really do only need the smallest dollop to massage into your hands. I tend to massage it all over my hands and wrists and then spend a little time doing extra massaging around my nails and knuckles, which tends to be where my hands get driest. When I first put the cream on, it is true that it does feel a little greasy and it takes a while to fully absorb (up to about 5 minutes) and I have to admit that I don't like the slightly damp clammy feel that my hands initially have. However, after about five minutes, the cream absorbs well - and then my hands are left feeling nicely hydrated and moisturised. It feels gentle and yet intensive on my hands, although I do often need two or three applications a day to keep my hands in the best shape possible.

                I do suffer from sensitive skin but I have never reacted negatively to this product. However, my daughter has used it (who does not suffer from sensitive skin ironically) and she complains of a burning sensation where her hands feel very hot and quite uncomfortable for about 30 minutes after application - and so she doesn't use it. Therefore, if you have the option of sampling this product before purchasing it, then it might be worth doing that.

                Overall, I do like this product, but I do have a slight concern over wholeheartedly recommending this because of the reaction my daughter has to it.

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                13.10.2011 21:39
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                Not Recommended.

                I go through phases where I'm really good at looking after my hands, I moisturise them several times a day and generally take good care of them. I then go through phases where I neglect them until they become so dry that they distract me from everything else. I bought the Sanctuary Hand Cream because I was out of my usual hand cream and I desperately needed some. My hands were dry and when they get really dry I get a few patches where the skin is extra dry and I find it difficult to find hand creams that will sort these dry patches out immediately. There wasn't a Body Shop where I was so I headed into boots and bought a 30ml bottle of this for around £3. The size of this was perfect. I'm on the go a lot which is half of the reason why my hands become so bad. When I was sat in an office all day I just kept a bottle of hand cream on my desk and my hands were always lovely. Being such a small size this could fit in my already overcrowded bag without any problem.

                When I first used this hand cream it didn't really do anything. It is such a light moisturiser that it didn't have any impact at all on my very dry skin. I used it for a couple of days and it just didn't do anything. I left this in my hand bag and went to the Body Shop to buy one of their hand creams. I left this one in my hand bag and didn't really think about it again until I was away from home and had forgotten to pack my hand cream. I found this one in the depths of my hand bag and I used it again out of desperation. My hands were in pretty good condition at this time and I found that this hand cream is actually a really good maintenance hand cream. It kept my hands in good enough condition for the week or so that I used it. It kept them soft and smooth. I did find that I had to use a lot of the lotion though just to cover my hands.

                I wouldn't recommend this product. It's fine if you just want to maintain already soft hands but I want a hand cream that I can use when my hands are dry and this doesn't adequately moisturise dry skin. It also doesn't go very far so although this hand cream was only £3 it isn't good value for money.

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                  11.09.2011 19:54
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                  The Sanctuary hand cream

                  'The sanctuary' products are perfect gifts for females of any age who enjoy looking after themselves. Their product range is very diverse and they are amongst the best selling products at Christmas times as they do gift sets which are affordable and still very high quality. I was lucky enough to receive one of these sets for Christmas last year. My set was a big hamper full of products from shower cream to exfoliator. Amongst my haul of Sancturary products was this hand cream.

                  The hand cream, I believe, is travel size at 30ml. It came in an off white coloured tube with an orange lid. Orange and cream are the tell tale signs of a sanctuary product. It has the sanctuary logo on it and the name of the product. It also says that it contains shea butter which helps to moisturise your hands and make them soft. Given that I work in a restaurant covering waiting on tables and bar work hand cream is an essential item for me as I am constantly dealing with food and money which leaves my hands in quite a poor state!

                  The hand cream itself is white in colour and feels quite thick to touch. The smell is so fresh but hard to describe, I'd say it was quite floral too but not too much like perfume! The smell would appeal to all age groups as I know my Grandma thoroughly enjoys Sanctuary products, too. You only need 2 pea sized amounts of the cream on both hands to be able to cover the whole surface are of the palm of your hand and the backs of your hands.

                  The cream absorbs into the skin so well and isn't sticky or oily but instantly makes my hands feel smooth and replenished. It is best to apply the hand cream on clean skin and you can use it whenever you want it. I usually apply it after a bath or shower when my skin is clean and quite soft already. The smell lingers on the skin after it has been absorbed which is a great touch but I can't stop smelling my hands afterwards! The softness is touchable which I like as I like seeing how products are working and helping my skin. If you've read my other reviews you will know that I suffer from sensitive skin but this cream has no negative side effects on my skin whatsoever!

                  On the Boots website this hand cream retails for £3.11 which is a great price for such a high quality product.

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                    29.04.2011 15:20
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                    My hands love it.

                    My hands really take a hammering sometimes and even though I try to wear gloves most of the time (I work on a boat), sometimes it just isn't practical.

                    At the moment I am working on replacing worn out canvas seat covers and dodgers and the heavy material seems to gobble up the moisture from my hands so I am needing a little extra strength hand care.
                    Sanctuary produce some of my now, favourite products. After recieving a lovely gift box full of travel sized goodies I am a definite convert to their Sactuary Spa range.

                    My 30ml tube of hand cream comes in a simple white toothpate type tube with a bright orange flip up top. On the front, printed in dark grey is the Sanctuary fish logo underneath which is written "Sanctuary Spa Covent Garden" then, in orange "Hand Cream" again in grey is "care for your hands with moisturising shea butter" and below this "Spa essentials" is picked out in white on an orange background. The whole simple and fresh effect is rounded off by stating the size, in this case 30ml which is the travel size.
                    On the reverse is the product description which claims that their "whisper lght non -greasy handcream with conditioning shea butter and sweet almond oil will help to restore moisture and give immediate comfort to dry hands," Just what I need.

                    My experience.
                    The thick ,almost toothpaste type cream is, you guessed it, creamy in colour! it comes out easily and not too quickly, in a little squiggle into the palm of your hand and has the lovely faint citrus fragrane that is the signature of this lovely gift set. I massage it into my hands as directed, in no time the cream is absorbed into my hands and, tis true ! my hands do immediately feel better. A little does go a long way and the lovely fragrance stays for a few hours and my hands are restored to softness.

                    My Opinion.
                    For me it is a great hand cream ,the ingredients of moisturising shea butter, sweet almond oil and aloe vera suit my dry hands and even though I think it is a bit expensive, I would happily buy it in the 75ml tube which is better value, or, happily recieve it as a gift! But hurry up, next week I´m starting sanding, groan!

                    Available from www.thesanctuary.co.uk where the 75ml is on special offer of 3 for 2
                    75ml 5.10pounds. 30ml 3.11pounds

                    Can also be bought from Boots but I only found the 30ml on their site.
                    Against animal testing, paraben free and last for 24months when opened. Avoid contact with eyes.

                    Thank you for reading my review which may also be posted on Ciao as Splishsplash

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                      20.04.2011 09:25
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                      the only hand cream I can see myself buying

                      I don't usually particularly choose hand cream, since I work from home I just use the same moisturiser I use for the rest of my body as it's easily at hand. However, I recently received a travel size of this hand cream as part of an offer from Boots. Besides the fact that I'm a sucker for an offer I love Sanctuary products and find them to be very good quality, I therefore wasn't going to say no to a chance to try this out.


                      The Product
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                      This is a hand cream from the Spa Essentials range. Although the Sanctuary do do a hand cream in this range with SPF protection this review is for the one without.

                      The hand cream comes in a tube typical of those containing hand cream and looks plain yet very professional. The description tells me that this cream aims to "restore moisture to the skin and give immediate comfort to dry hands." (Information taken from www.thesanctuary.co.uk)


                      First Impressions And Use
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                      Flipping the lid open, which by the way is clicked close quite firmly and so requires quite a bit of pressure, reveals a small hole through which the product is removed. The smell can be smelt rather delicately if you try to smell it through the hole, I was slightly concerned initially as when smelt like this it isn't very noticeable at all so I was worried that it wouldn't be strong once on my hands.

                      Squeezing the tube is easy and since the hole is so small it makes it easy to remove just the right amount of product. I've found with some creams that the hole can be too large resulting in a lot of wastage, however this doesn't suffer with that problem at all - the hole only releases a tiny sliver of cream at a time. At this point the smell still isn't really noticeable but the cream feels soft and cooling against my skin.

                      As I rub this into my skin it seems to almost melt into my skin and is absorbed immediately, as with all Sanctuary products a little goes a long way and so only a tiny amount is needed to cover my whole hand. Strangely, once I rub it in, the smell actually becomes stronger and is very noticeable. The scent is that spicy smell typical of the spa essentials range. I'd definitely say it's a more feminine then masculine smell and whilst it does smell like the rest of the range there is something else in there that I'm guessing is the sweet almond oil although I can't place it for sure.

                      Once rubbed in, which due to the fact it literally melts into my skin, only takes a matter of seconds, it leaves no layer on my skin at all and my hands are left feeling silky smooth.


                      Results
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                      I know I've not used hand creams before this so haven't really got anything to compare it with but I have completely fallen in love with this product and can't see me ever buying another kind of hand cream.

                      Those of you who regularly read my reviews will know that I had a bit of a fight with a cup almost a month ago now. Whilst I still need the actual cut covered, the bandage came off last week. This had been on 3 weeks and as I had to keep it dry and protected I had no way of moisturising my skin under it. As you can imagine it was incredibly dry and my skin had suffered quite a bit during those weeks.

                      I immediately reached for this hand cream thinking that Sanctuary usually produce good quality products so this would be a good test for this one. Also it does promise immediate results which is exactly what I needed. I'm happy to confirm it does actually deliver on this promise - although I did need to use twice as much as I usually would it completely softened and moisturised all my dry skin on that hand after the very first use.

                      As you can probably imagine if it can 'cure' that then it's easily able to keep my hands moisturised throughout the day although depending on what and how much I'm doing I do need to reapply between two and three times a day in order to keep my hands moisturised.

                      The smell lingers on my hands for between 2 to 3 hours although this isn't strong or overpowering just a delicate but definitely noticeable perfume. I mentioned earlier that my hands are left feeling literally silky smooth, although unfortunately I can't say that this lasts right through to the next application it does last for 30-60 minutes.


                      Active Ingredients
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                      This contains Shea butter to moisturise and protect your hands and Sweet Almond Oil which helps to leave the skin soft and smooth.


                      Other Information
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                      The shelf life of this product is 24 months but the travel size is the one I have and when used 2-3 times a day it has lasted me just under a month. When finished both the lid and tube itself can be recycled.

                      As far as I can see this is suitable for both vegetarians and vegans but please confirm this before purchase. I can however confirm that it is paraben free and as with all Sanctuary products nor the ingredients or the finished product has been tested on animals.


                      Price, Availability And Recommendation
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                      Sanctuary only sell their products either directly from their site or from Boots. The full size version of this (75ml) costs £5.10 when bought from the Sanctuary themselves. The price is usually the same in Boots but I can't find this size on their site to confirm this. The travel size (30ml) costs £3.11 in both places.

                      On the larger size the Sanctuary have a 3 for 2 offer. Boots, on the other hand, have a different offer on the smaller size, the only size I can confirm that they stock. You receive a box of four travel size products (the hand cream, body butter, body scrub and body wash all from the spa essentials range) when you spend over £10 on selected Sanctuary products - this is one of their selected products.

                      As for whether or not I'd recommend it - yes, without question. It smells wonderful and the scent lasts on my skin. Although it doesn't last as long as some other products, I've found the scent doesn't usually last too long on my hands anyway so this was no surprise. It did however work wonders both in keeping my hands moisturised and moisturising them when they were dry and therefore I'm more then happy to recommend this and give it the full 5 out of 5.

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                        20.04.2011 08:07
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                        A high quality hand cream from Sanctuary

                        As I suffer quite badly with my hands, which frequently become very sore due to dry and cracked skin that sometimes bleeds, it is essential that I use a good quality hand cream. Unfortunately, my hands have taken somewhat of a battering over the last month or so, as I have been spending a little time clearing the weeds from my garden and it is very rare that I wear a pair of gloves. Of course, this is my own fault and due to my stubbornness I am paying the consequences. A product that I have been using over the last couple of months is one belonging to the Sanctuary range and this review discusses my experience with using their hand cream.

                        APPEARANCE OF THE PRODUCT

                        I initially received a 75 ml version of this hand cream as a gift, which has since been used. However, I am now using a travel size version, which I received in a free gift set from Boots, as I spent over £10 on qualifying Sanctuary products. I am currently half way through the smaller tube containing 30 ml of product, so this review will concentrate on the current product that I own, which is identical in appearance to the larger version.

                        What I love about Sanctuary products is their clean and refreshing orange coloured packaging, as it always looks extremely eye-catching. The hand cream is presented to us in a white coloured tube, which sits on a bright orange flip top lid. The familiar Sanctuary logo is situated in the upper section with a small image of a swimming fish and we are informed that the cream will care for our hands due to its' shea butter content. There is a little information contained on the reverse of the tube where we are advised that the hand cream is "whisper-light". I found this description very pleasing, as it creates the illusion of a luxurious and effective hand cream.

                        MY EXPERIENCE WITH USING THE HAND CREAM

                        Unfortunately, I experienced a few difficulties when attempting to use the cream on the first couple of occasions, as the flip top lid was so difficult to open and as a consequence, I really needed to tug at it. Thankfully it loosened up after only two uses, which allowed me to gently squeeze out some of the good consistency cream, which is coloured off-white. The aroma that I am immediately greeted with is simply delightful and if you are familiar with the Sanctuary range you will be aware of the beautiful fragrance of their products. For some unknown reason Sanctuary does not advise us of the aroma and simply state "delicately fragranced", but I can definitely detect what I believe is patchouli although I may well be wrong. In my opinion, the fragrance is almost identical to the body wash and scrub. However, there is another beautiful aroma, which I do not recognise and it smells slightly floral, so this hand cream would only be suited to the female population.

                        When I initially started using the hand cream, my skin was free from any cuts or splits and it was both easily applied and absorbed leaving no greasiness or sticky residue. However, recent weeks have seen several splits and cuts on my hands due to my gardening escapades and I was initially a little dubious about applying a perfumed product to my skin. However, I cannot state that I experienced even the mildest of burning when it made contact with my hands, so it clearly is "whisper-light", as the manufacturer claims. I have a few favourite hand creams, with Soap and Glory's Hand Food being top of my list. However, this product is an equal match for Hand Food, as it offers superb results and after only one application I could witness the smoothness and softness that the shea butter and sweet almond oil delivered to my skin. This is an extremely high quality hand cream and the 30 ml tube that I am currently using is perfect for slipping into my handbag, so that I can keep reapplying throughout the day. I tend to apply hand cream each time that I have washed my hands, although some people may think that is a little excessive, but it is essential for me, particularly when my hands are particularly dry and sore.

                        What I love with this product is that the gorgeous delicate aroma lingers on my hands for a good few hours and I often find myself sniffing the top of my hand. I cannot recommend this product highly enough and with regular use it offers me superb results. Consequently, Sanctuary Hand Cream receives 5 stars from me.

                        INGREDIENTS AND OTHER INFORMATION

                        There is an extremely lengthy list of ingredients provided on the reverse of the tube and I do not intend listing them in this review. However, I can confirm that I did not suffer any adverse effects despite my hands being very sore over the last couple of weeks. Sanctuary does not test any of their products on animals and this hand cream is paraben free. The cream should be used within 24 months of opening and the tube can be recycled once empty.

                        PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

                        I have checked online for a price and would advise that Boots only sell the 30 ml tube for £3.11 whereas you can purchase the 75 ml tube for £5.11 direct from Sanctuary. However, the best deal is to visit Boots and purchase two other Sanctuary products, such as the full sized body wash and scrub for £5.11 each and receive a free gift set containing this hand cream plus three other good sized products.

                        I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.

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                          08.02.2011 16:46
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                          A really great product - Recommended! :)

                          The sanctuary spa hand cream

                          I love sanctuary products, they just smell amazing and they work really well too. I have been using this product for about a month or so and it has nearly run out, so I though I would do a review of it before it runs out completely.

                          *About the product*

                          I have the travel size version which is 30ml or 1.01 us fl oz and the full size version is 50ml. It comes in a small squeezy tube and it contains some natural ingredients such as Shea butter and almond oil. A full ingredient list is as follows:

                          *Ingredients*

                          Aqua (Water), Butylene glycol, Myristyl myristate, C12-15 alkyl benzoate, Potassium cetyl phosphate, Cetyl alcohol, Hydrogenated palm glycerides, Cetearyl alcohol, Stearyl alcohol, Parfum (Fragrance), Citral, Benzyl salicylate, Coumarin, Linalool, Benzyl benzoate, Hexyl cinnamal, Limonene, Phenoxyethanol, Tristearin, Dimethicone, Panthenol, Lecithin, Cetearyl glucoside, Disodium EDTA, Polysorbate 20, Prunus amygdalus dulcis (Sweet almond) oil, Imidazolidinyl urea, Butyrospermum parkii (Shea butter), Acetylated glycol stearate, Aloe barbadensis leaf juice, Citric acid, Caramel, CI 19140

                          *My opinion of the product*

                          -Packaging and additional information

                          It comes in the usual white and orange packaging, like most sanctuary products. It comes in a small squeezy tube, which is great as some hand lotion and other moisturisers come in tubs which I don't like as it is less hygienic.

                          This product is paraben free and this company does not test on animals. It says on the product that it is light, non greasy and gives immediate comfort to dry hands and as I have dry skin this product sounds great.

                          -Appearance and Scent
                          It is a really clean white lotion and it smells exactly like all of the other sanctuary products such as the body wash and the body butter. It is a bit difficult to describe the scent but if you have used Sanctuary products before you will know the fragrance. The scent may be due to the shea butter and almond oil ingredients.

                          -Texture, Application and results

                          It has a thick, creamy and smooth texture but when you rub in to the skin it immediately thins out and evenly smoothes al over my skin, it feels really really nice to apply and it is a really great cream.

                          The best thing about this product is that it absorbs really quickly to leave you skin feeling moisturised, hydrated, smooth and soft without the greasiness that some other lotions can. It does not take long at all for the lotion to absorb, it literally takes less than one minute and it has all been absorbed. It keeps my skin feeling moisturised and smooth for ages, for most of the time I have this product on actually.

                          It leaves my skin incredibly smooth and super soft after applying this product, it also leaves my skin fragranced with the original sanctuary product scent, which is really nice. It is a warming scent and it is lightly floral too. I find that the scent does become more subtle through out the day but it does stay there, well until I wash my hands, then I can put some more on.

                          *Price and Availability*

                          I received this product as part of a set at christmas and I have the travel version. The travel version and the full size version (along with all of their products can be bought from the link below). The travel version costs £3.11 for 30ml and the 50ml is priced at £5.10, which is a bit expensive for a hand cream, but it does work really well, although I have run out of the product quicker than all of my other hand creams I have used in the past.

                          Conclusions
                          Good points

                          *Smells great
                          *Really intensely moisturises my skin
                          *leaves my skin hydrated, super smooth and super soft
                          *Absorbs really quickly
                          *Non greasy and does not feel sticky
                          *Travel size available
                          *Available for their site and also in boots
                          *some natural ingredients
                          *great for my dry skin
                          *squeezy tube is good for getting out the amount of the product you want with out wasting any of the lotion
                          *Great for on the go and traveling
                          *Paraben free and they do not test on animals

                          Bad points

                          *A little bit expensive and it runs out quite quickly

                          Thank you for reading my review

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