Product Type: The Sanctuary Leg & Foot Care
Newest Review: ... until you've washed your hands as). On opening the pot I was slightly disappointed that the Foot Souffle didn't have the typical Sanc... more
A treat for your feet
The Sanctuary Foot Souffle
Member Name: redhead78
The Sanctuary Foot Souffle
Advantages: Very light, sooths and softens skin, fresh fragrance
Disadvantages: screw lid, slightly expensive for my tastes
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.
Summary: I use this regularly after long, strenuous walks and it always makes my feet feel better
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