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In the run up to Christmas I treated myself to the reduced price Sanctuary Spa "Gift of the week" from Boots, using some vouchers I received from my work colleagues when I went on maternity leave. One of the items contained within the set was this moisture rich foot butter, and this was welcomed as my poor feet have been in terrible condition due to not being able to reach them very easily during my pregnancy in order to moisturise or pay them any attention.
The foot butter is an intensive treatment designed to repair, moisturise and soothe dry feet. It contains sweet almond and babussu oils (no I don't know what they are either!) to soothe and nourish, and camomile and aloe vera to comfort aching or tired feet. According to the packaging, you should notice a difference in the condition of your feet from first use.
As mine was part of a gift set, and contained 50ml as opposed to the 150ml version, it came in a little tube instead of a tub like the one pictured. I did wonder how easy it would be to get out of the tube, with it being described as a butter as I expected it to be a thick consistency, and although it is quite thick, it comes out of the tube with ease.
The consistency of this butter is lovely, as it just melts into the skin. A little goes a long way as it spreads really well, so I'm happy that I'll get a good amount of use out of my small tube. There is something very indulgent about the fragrance of this butter, as it has the signature Sanctuary Spa smell which is quite herbal and strong. It does remind me of being at a spa, and when my husband offered to give me a foot massage using this butter, I did close my eyes and imagine I was in a posh spa somewhere.
In terms of moisturisation, I was very impressed that my feet were well nourished after using this, and they felt soft and silky for a couple of days afterwards. This means I don't have to use the butter every day, so it will last longer. Instead I use it about once a week and that's enough to keep my feet looking and feeling nice. I did have some dry skin around my heels and also underneath my toes for some reason (eww!), but after using this butter a few times, the dry skin disappeared and left the skin feeling soft and well cared for.
At full price, 50ml costs £2.50 and 150ml costs £5.50. Although it seems extravagant to have such a specialised product, my feet are looking and feeling much better, and psychologically I feel like I've had a treat when I use this which is important because as a new mum I am trying not to neglect looking after myself. I would recommend this butter for lovely soft silky feet and also for the pampering experience.
(Review also appears on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)
~~ Sanctuary Moisture Rich Foot Butter ~~
I'm a huge fan of Sanctuary products, which I consider to be a luxurious and upmarket range with an affordable price tag. I was fortunate to receive a fairly large supply of toiletries for Christmas; one of which was a beautiful gift set from Sanctuary and this review discusses their Moisturise Rich Foot Butter, which is a fairly new addition to the range. The full size version of this product is contained within a tub, but as mine was within a gift set it is contained within a 50 ml tube with a flip top lid. Consequently, I do not intend discussing accessibility of the product in relation to the packaging.
Prior to using the product I took a glance at the reverse of the tube and was delighted to learn that the butter contains lavender oil, which is one of my favourite fragrances, particularly as I find it so calming and relaxing. I was surprised to discover that the butter also contains tea tree and was a little concerned that it would mask the lavender aroma. I was looking forward to using this product as I cream my feet on a daily basis, as I am prone to hardened skin on my right foot, particularly as I walk rather awkwardly following an operation two years ago.
As one would expect from a butter, it is of a thick consistency and despite mine being contained within a plastic tube it was easily dispensed. The white coloured butter offers the most delightful aroma with the natural lavender oil being the most evident. Whilst I favour the fragrance of tea tree I was pleased that it was very delicate and almost impossible to detect as it was almost hidden in the background. The butter is easily spread and is fast absorbing, which is not really an issue for me, particularly as my foot creams/butters are applied just before I go to bed where I will slip on a pair of socks. I only need to apply a small amount of the cream, which is extremely soothing and it feels wonderfully comforting on my tired feet, which is almost always the case at the end of the day. I also apply a little to my hands and allow it to sink into my skin and work its magic whilst I'm in the land of nod.
This is an absolutely remarkable foot butter as it is rich as its name would suggest, but it is not greasy nor does it leave any tackiness on my skin. It offers intensive moisturisation to rough and dry feet due to its highly effective ingredients such as babassu and almond oil, white chamomile and aloe vera extract, which in combination with the lavender and tee tree oil, offer the most delightful aroma that lingers for several hours following use. Whilst I regularly use foot creams of some description, the noticeable difference following use of this product is that my feet are much softer. The butter effectively keeps hardened skin at bay, but obviously this is only achieved by regular use.
This is the best foot product I have ever used due to the lavender oil and for that reason I will most definitely be making a purchase of the full sized version of 150 ml which is contained within a tub with a screw top lid at a cost of £5.25. Sanctuary products can be purchased from Boots where you can frequently obtain them on a "3 for 2" offer. The butter should be used within 12 months of opening with the tube being recyclable once empty. Sanctuary Moisture Rich Foot Butter receives 5 stars from me together with a high recommendation.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.