“ Brand: The Sanctuary / Scrub / Type: Hand Scrub / Suitable for: Hand / What it does: Exfoliates, Protects „
The Sanctuary is an actual place - a ladies only day spa in Covent Garden, London to be precise. It was one of the first day spas to open and was so inundated with women wanting to visit that there was an enormous waiting list a few years ago. I am not sure what this is like now, but I should imagine it will be easier to get an appointment as day spas are not as rare now. Anyway, due to popular demand they branched out into pampering products to allow us girls to create our own spa experience at home. The range is stocked in Boots (who regularly have 3 for 2 offers on The Sanctuary products) and you can buy the products from The Sanctuary's website too.
I got this product as part of a hand and foot care spa gift set last Christmas (2007) but it took me until late 2008 to actually try it, due to lack of time. The set was a gift, so I have no idea how much it cost. The Hand Sugar Scrub I have is 30ml but you can get 150ml for £6.80 from www.thesanctuary.co.uk and I am sure Boots sell it in store but it is not listed on their website.
The tube I have is actually white and orange and matches the signature Spa Essentials range, however the product is now packaged to look like the product picture shown on here. I have checked, double checked and triple checked that it is the same product I am talking about and it definately is. The set may have even been from the Christmas 2006 range and bought in the January sale for the follwing year (this is something I do!) so it has obviously been rebranded since then.
It is an indulgent hand scrub to provide an essential start to any manicure. It contains White Tea which helps to protect against environmental damage, Vitamin E to soften and moisturise and Organic Sugar to exfoliate dead skin sells. It claims that your hands will be left perfectly smooth and pampered and that it will help to prevent the signs of premature ageing.
It works because of the individual ingredients which work as below (in more detail):
SUGAR - removes dead, dull skin cells
VITAMIN E - is an antioxidant fat soluble vitamin that maintains cell membranes. It traps and neutralises free radicals created by the environment and offers good protection for the skin.
WHITE TEA EXTRACT - is another powerful antioxidant which protects against premature ageing.
As you can see from above the face that it contains two antioxidants bodes very well for its anti-ageing properties. I can't really comment on this as my hands did not look old before I used it, and they still don't.
What I can say is that it is a lovely product to use. It has a gorgeous, unusual fragrance (as all The Sanctuary products do) and it is easy to use.
You squeeze a tiny amount onto wet hands and massage into the skin with circular movements then rinse well. The instructions tell you to apply it liberally but there is no need - I presume this is just to encourage you to use and buy more as a little pea-sized amount goes such a long way.
It is white and thick and contains lots of grains. It is fairly harsh (as your would expect a hand scrub to be) and it feels amazing as you rub it in. My hands have never felt as soft as when I finsed it off. I would highly recommend this product for when you're in the mood for a bit of pampering.
The Sanctuary began with a famous ladies only day spa in Covent Garden, London. They have since created a range of products that allow you to enjoy the relaxing and pampering spa therapies provided at the salon, at home.
Sugar Hand Scrub
The Sanctuary Sugar Hand Scrub is a pampering, intensive sugar scrub that combines sugar, Vitamin E and antioxidant White Tea to exfoliate, soften and moisturise whilst protecting and helping fight the signs of ageing.
Use & Effects
The Sanctuary Sugar Scrub is designed to help prevent the signs of premature ageing by moisturising and helping to protect your hands, leaving them perfectly soft and smooth.
To use rub generously onto wet hands paying special attention to dry areas and the base of your nails. Rinse off thoroughly with warm water. Pat dry. Although designed for use on the hands, this can be used anywhere on the body.
The active ingredients in this scrub are Sugar, Vitamin E and White Tea Extract. Sugar removes dead, dull skin cells. Vitamin E is an antioxidant. Vitamin E is a fat soluble Vitamin that maintains cell membranes. It traps and neutralises free radicals created by the environment and offers good protection for the skin. White Tea Extract is a powerful antioxidant which protects against premature ageing. White Tea does the same job as Green Tea but is so much more powerful. These are all essential ingredients for younger looking skin.
The scrub is a thick white creamy texture and smells lovely; it is only a faint aroma of freshness. When you apply the scrub, you can feel that it is fairly grainy coated in thick cream. When you rub this into your hands, it is gentle and doesn't irritate. I have eczema and do suffer from it on my hands and this has never irritated it, so this is suitable for sensitive skin. When you are rubbing it into your hands, you can feel immediate relief for any tightness your hands may have had due to dry skin. When you wash this off, you are left with a white residue on your skin, which is extremely hard to get off without rubbing with a towel, which defeats the object of what you have done. Rinsing this residue off doesn't remove it, even with some rubbing. I once used this on my face and I was left with this residue for the rest of the day which was a nightmare. Even though you are left with a residue, your skin feels immediately softer, more supple and doesn't feel tight. It does feel very velvety like. Because of the residue that is left on your skin, I have only used this product once or twice as I don't think it's worth it, being left with a residue.
Price & Availability
The Sanctuary Sugar Hand Scrub costs £6.95 for 150ml tube. It can be purchased from Boots, the Sanctuary website or the Sanctuary salon in Covent Garden itself.
This is lovely and moisturising to your skin, but I don't think that it works well enough as a scrub and due to the residue that you are left with, it is not worth it, so I would not recommend this product.
Exfoliate and moisturise to help protect your hands /