Product Type: The Sanctuary Hand & Nail Care
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A Sanctuary for My Paws
The Sanctuary Hand Cream
Member Name: norton501
The Sanctuary Hand Cream
Advantages: Super Soft Paws
Disadvantages: Pricey if you use a lot of hand cream
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Summary: A lovely soft treat for hard working paws (hands)
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