“ Brand: The Sanctuary / Type: Souffle / Suitable for: Foot / What it does: destresses, „
Whilst I don't suffer from many problems with my feet, luckily, I do tend to get dry patches on my heels and ankles and we do a lot of fell-walking so my feet do get a bit of a battering and I like to give them a pampering every now and then.
In the past, other foot-specific creams I've tried have always smelt strongly of mint and, as I don't like mint at all, I was always put off using them after the first go. So when I saw that The Sanctuary did this Foot Souffle I was immediately tempted to try it. I love many of The Sanctuary's other products and the smell is one of the best things about them, so the thought of a foot cream with that same lovely, musky smell was too good to pass up, especially as it claimed to "leave dry skin soft and smooth". I bought it from Boots for around £6 for a 150ml pot but as part of a 3 for 2 offer.
The pot itself is very attractive, nice and simple and without much of the bright orange branding typical of the brand. It is short and squat with a screw lid (obviously this kind of pot would be difficult to put a flip cap on, but it is annoying not being able to put the lid back on again until you've washed your hands as).
On opening the pot I was slightly disappointed that the Foot Souffle didn't have the typical Sanctuary fragrance that I was expecting but it was by no means a horrible smell, and was much preferable to mint mint mint! The souffle contains a lot of lavender and tea tree oils and the mix of these is the predominant fragrance you experience.
As well as the lavender and tea tree, the souffle also contains shea butter, so the main properties of this foot cream are supposed to be antibacterial, soothing and softening. Whilst I can't really confirm whether the antibacterial claims are true, the rest of it definitely is.
I scoop a fingerful of this souffle out of the pot and apply it to clean, dry feet, massaging it into all the nooks and crannies and focussing on my toes, heels and ankles. It is a very light, almost fluffy, cream (hence the name souffle!) and spreads and is absorbed into my skin easily and quickly. It feels immediately soothing on my feet, although this could be partly due to the fact that I generally use it after we've climbed a mountain so any pampering my feet receive by that point will feel soothing!
Having said that, however, I do genuinely think that the skin on my feet feels softer after using this cream and they definitely feel pampered. For increased indulgence, I put some clean cotton socks on a radiator to warm up whilst I'm massaging the cream into my feet then put them on over the top, keep them on all night and when I take them off in the morning my feet feel amazing! The skin is uber-soft and the dry skin around my heels and ankles is greatly moisturised and much less flakey.
As the foot souffle is so light it doesn't leave your feet feeling greasy or as though they're coated in product, although your hands do get coated in it, so you do have to wash your hands after application.
Whilst I like this cream and it does make my feet feel better after walking I probably wouldn't buy it if was at full price, but as a tub lasts for so long (6 months and counting for me, with use probably once a week) it is easy to pick a tub up with other Sanctuary items whenever they're on their frequent 3 for 2 deals.
The very slight negatives I find with this product (the lid design, the lack of the typical Sanctuary fragrance and the cost for what you get) are in no way enough for me to deduct any stars from it as it really does do what it claims and what I hoped it would do.
I had never used the Sanctuary range of products before but I recently received a big Sanctuary gift bag for my birthday with lots of different things in so decided to give it a try. The product I am reviewing is from their footcare range and is the skin softening soufflé.
The Sanctuary began as a Spa in Covent Garden over 30 years ago. Their philosophy is all about providing the time, space and expertise for women to renew that glow. I've never been to the Spa but friends have been and they do say that it is a wonderful experience and definitely a very upmarket product.
The Sanctuary beauty products were produced in 1998. Customers had been wanting to take the spa experience home with them without needing a therapist or special equipment so they came up with the idea of selling their products. Apparently they are only sold exclusively at Boots and of course you can buy them in the spa's themselves.
The gift pack that I got for my birthday was £20 but you can buy the products individually. If you were to buy the skin softening soufflé on its own I believe a 50ml bottle would be in the region of £3-4.
The packaging of all the Sanctuary products is very distinctive orange colour with black writing 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.
However, this footcare product actually has a blue label on the front but still says Sanctuary on it and the logo so you are able to tell it is one of their products. It has a very distinctive smell, lavender oil. Now I am not normally a fan of lavender as I find it a bit overpowering and yes this lotion does have a strong smell but it fades after a while (or is this because your feet are so far away from your nose?!!)
The lotion is quite thick, I think the soufflé name tells you that as a soufflé cream is always quite thick and luxurious. The lotion also contains nourishing shea butter which is meant to nourish skin and make it nice and smooth.
The directions for use are quite simple, you massage it onto clean, dry feet, really concentrating on the dry patches. I always put more on the soles of my feet. Then, and here's a little trick, put socks on so the lotion firstly does not get all over your carpet and secondly this will prevent it from rubbing off and in my opinion keeps it on your feet for longer so it can work it's magic for longer.
I definitely find the cream absorbs really well and doesn't make your feet feel greasy at all. The other good thing with this cream is that it actually works, my feet do stay un-cracked and I definitely think my dry patches are reducing in size so that is a definite plus during summer. I find you do have to use it just about everyday to keep the results you have achieved but it is well worth it.
A while ago I got a gift set containing lots of different Sanctuary bath products, and in it was a travel-sized bottle of their foot soufflé. I probably neglect to look after my feet as well as I could, and after coming back from a long day shopping, I got this out as my feet were desperately needing some TLC!
~What is it?~
This is a 'foot soufflé' a posh way of saying foot lotion I suppose! It claims to soften and moisturise feet, while soothing and relaxing them. It contains Tea Tree and Lavender essential oils as well as Shea Butter to help soften the skin
On removing the lid, you will notice the soufflé's strong - yet not overpowering- scent. I wasn't to convinced when I read this contained tea tree and lavender together, as they are both quite strong - and I'm not very keen on lavender- however, the combination works surprisingly well. The reason I'm not a huge fan of lavender products, is that I find the fragrance too flowery for my liking, but combined with the sharpness of the tea tree it gives a gorgeous scent.
The soufflé is pale green in colour and is actually like a lotion, I feel a bit silly referring to it as a soufflé! It was easy to massage in, and only a small amount was needed as a small amount seemed to cover a fairly large area. I have a small patch of eczema on one foot, and I wasn't sure whether or not to apply this onto the affected area or not. I decided to go for it, and strangely as soon as I had applied it I found it gave me instant relief and stopped me wanting to scratch it!
Once applied it does feel greasy for a while which is the main negative thing I have to say about it - especially as the front of the bottle claims it is non-greasy! However, once it had fully absorbed, it made my feet feel lovely and smooth, and notably softer. I have some hard skin on my heels from walking around in stupidly high heels, and although I did find it was softer, this stuff doesn't work miracles and it wasn't gone completely. I'm not very good at remembering to use products like this on a regular basis, however, considering that just one application made a marked difference, I would take an educated guess that if I used this daily I would probably see great results quickly.
As I said, I got this from a gift set, and so mine came in a little bottle with an orange lid, however I believe the full sized product comes in a white tub.
This costs £5.95 for a 150ml tub from Boots.
A luxuriously light, non-greasy foot souffle to soften and moisturise dry feet / Antibacterial Tea Tree and calming Lavender essential oils help to soothe and relax whilst Shea Butter softens /