“ Brand: Sanctuary / Balm / Type: Lip Balm / What it does: regenerates, „
I received this as a small gift a couple of years ago and used it a lot at the time. It is a lip balm made by the lovely Sanctuary range at Boots. This is a very popular range at Boots and has expanded in the last few years to include other spin off ranges such as Maternity items etc.
This lip balm comes in a very small tin, about 3 cm wide and about 2cm high. It is a silver metal tin with the Sanctuary range vivid orange colour on the label stuck on top of the tin. It is very easy to open via a screw off lid. Inside the tin is the solid lip balm, it is a pale lemony colour and looks very shiny. You only need to scrape a small amount of balm onto your finger and then rub it onto your lips. It is a slightly greasy texture but then it needs to be like this in order to moisturise your lips. It smells really nice, a kind of cross between vanilla, lemon and flowers. It also smells strong and as though it is a good brand in the way that Molton Brown products smell. I believe one of this products strongest selling points is its smell.
I can't feel the actual balm on my lips for very long after I've used it but they do feel in a nice, soft, smooth condition for many hours afterwards so I would say it fulfils its purpose.
The balm is only available from Boots as the Sanctuary range is exclusive to Boots. It costs £3.49 per 10g tin and can be used for 12 months once opened.
Sanctuary really is a lovely range from Boots and if you aren't familiar with it I'd encourage you to have a look as it's very versatile and so many people like it.
I was given a Sanctuary Lip Balm as part of a gift last year. I like Sanctuary products because they look nice and they are generally good quality, I often buy them as gifts for other people. However, I am not a fan of lip balm. I used to be a lip balm addict until a few years ago when a colleague commented on the fact that he had seen me apply lip balm at least ten times that morning. He told me that lip balm is very addictive and once you start using it you need it more because your lips dry up faster without the extra moisture. He actually compared lip balm to crack cocaine! I thought it was an interesting idea so I decided to go cold turkey. It was hard but eventually I got past the sore, dry lips and found my lips were becoming softer and I didn't need the lip balm at all. Since then I haven't bought another lip balm (saving me a fortune!) and I don't carry one in my handbag. I just keep one or two in a cosmetics bag for very cold winters and when I have a cold. Anyway, on to this particular lip balm.
- The Packaging -
The lip balm comes in a small metal tin (10g) with a lid that pops off easily but doesn't come off on its own. On the lid there is an orange sticker label with the Sanctuary Spa Covent Garden brand and logo. On the bottom of the tin there is a long list of complicated ingredients and it states it is not tested on animals. The overall look is simple but sophisticated much like the other Sanctuary products I have used previously. I much prefer lip balms that are in a tube or stick form as I hate getting my finger all greasy. This tin is a nice size if you wanted to keep it in your handbag to take out with you.
- The Lip Balm -
The lip balm is yellow in colour and smells delicious. I'm not sure what the smell is exactly but I would describe it as sweet, fresh, fruity and floral. It smells edible which is something I like in a lip balm. It is quite easy to get some of the balm onto your finger, although I do dislike the greasy feel on my fingers. The balm is quite thick but not as thick as some others on the market. Once applied to my lips it feels light and slightly tingly which is pleasant. If some accidentally gets into your mouth, which it invariably does, it doesn't taste too unpleasant. Some lip balms taste very chemical but this one doesn't.
- The Results -
I only used the lip balm because my lips had become dry due to the cold as our boiler is broken (I don't want anyone to think I have had a lip balm relapse) so I was looking for an instant relief. I definitely got it with this balm. My lips felt instantly soothed and over the next half hour or so I noticed my lips were feeling moisturised and soft. I used it a few times over the following few days and then my lips were back to normal and I felt no need to continue using it so it was returned to my cosmetics bag. On the bottom of the tin it states that the balm is a "nourishing lip treatment to soften and soothe dry chapped lips", it certainly does what it says on the tin!
- Price and Availability -
I received this as a gift so I have just looked up the price for the purpose of this review. The Sanctuary website states it is a whopping £4.19! It is on a 3 for 2 deal but even so I do think this is very expensive. I don't think I have ever paid more than about £2 for a lip balm so although it is a nice quality lip balm I don't think I would purchase this myself. I can't find it on the Boots website but I know they do usually stock a good range of Sanctuary products.
- Would I Recommend? -
I would recommend this lip balm. My only issues with it are the price and that it doesn't come in a tube or stick form. I don't think I would buy this myself but I will continue to use my tin and I'm sure this will last me a long time as I am only a very occasional user, I promise!
I love Boots and their 3 for 2 offers, especially at this time of the year when ive got a list as long as my arm that I need buy and living a few doors up from a Boots store it makes the job quite quick, well that is until I remember I need some new lip balm as I've lost the one I was using.
The Sanctuary Spa lip balm was on the 3 for 2 offers and as I wanted to try a new face mask and some foot lotion, so the Lip Balm was free in the end, perfect. I don't really know a lot about The Sanctuary Spa other than I like most of the products from their range that I have tried so far. But when I Googled them I found that as a company they have been around for the last 30 years and their flagship spa is based in Covent Garden here in London with two further spa's in Richmond and Cambridge. So as well as actually running a Spa which has every treatement you can think of you can also buy their products online through their website or you can buy them in Boots, which is what I did.
The Lip Balm is sold in a metal tin and retails are £3.99 if you don't get it on an offer and it is similar to the tin of Vaseline you can also buy, however this tin only contains 10g of Lip Balm and I bought it because it states "This indulgent Lip Balm has been formulated to provide lips with intense moisturisation, leaving them feeling silky smooth and nourished" which in this weather is perfect, even more so if we get the dreaded snow storm that the weather girl seems almost too delighted to promise this coming weekend.
With this tin of Lip Balm it is really easy to remove the lip because you simply twist it slightly and it immediately comes off, you don't need to exert too much effort or pressure. Then once the lid has been removed, inside the tin you will see a light orangey coloured Lip Balm which has a peculiar fruity yet menthol aroma to it but you need to put the tin right under your nose to be able to smell it properly. The Balm inside does look very similar and reminds me of Vaseline except it isn't quite as thick a texture as Vaseline is and it doesn't feel as greasy on your fingertip.
As always with any product I buy I wanted to see what the ingredients where within this lip butter and the first two ingredients are Cocoa Butter and Shea Butter both of which are now widely used in cosmetics, creams, lotions and potions because it is absorbed into the skin and helps to smooth and moisturise the skin to replenish lost moisture to keep the skin soft and smooth. Almond Oil also features and it also acts as a moisturiser for the lips as well as well as helping to relieve irritation, inflammation and itching. Macadamia Oil is quick to absorb itself into your skin to leave it feeling soft and smooth and works well with Almond Oil. There is also a hint of Passion Fruit which I only realised from reading the blurb about the Lip Balm and whilst it wouldn't be the peculiar fruity smell I am thinking of, it is most definitely the one giving the aroma. The final ingredient that I am going to mention is the menthol which instantly feels cool on your lips as soon as the balm is applied and this brings about a slight tingling sensation as your lips are treated and soothed, but it is a nice tingling feeling and last only a matter of minutes on your lips.
When applying this product to your lips, all you need to do is remove the lid and using your index finger wipe it across the top of the balm, in doing so you should have more than enough balm on the one fingertip to apply to both your top and bottom lip. As you apply the balm to your lips you can feel a very slight tingling sensation and whilst the balm looks greasy, once applied it instantly absorbs itself so there is no trace left on your lips. Whenever I buy a new Lip Butter, Balm or Cream I always taste it, but with this Lip Balm there isn't anything left on your lips to taste, because everything has immediately absorbed itself there is no taste of passion fruit or anything menthol to lick off, so for me this is an added bonus because I would find it very difficult to resist tasting the balm if there was actually something to taste.
After using this product for the last few weeks, I am still using the same 10g tin and I am yet to make a dent in the balm itself. The instructions say that you can apply it as often as you want and in my case it is at least 2 or 3 times a day, its one of the products which is small enough to carry around in my hand bag and then gets used as I feel my lips beginning to go dry. It does keep your lips soft and smooth and like similar products in this range the more you use them the better your lips feel. In the cold weather I do find my lips become very dry even though I am applying lip balm, so I find it is much better to combine using a balm with my Lush lip scrub to ensure any dead skin lingering around is removed because this can prevent the balm being absorbed and working and I use my Lip Scrub at least twice a week.
So would I recommend this product? I would because it is a product that works and works well and it is readily available, however it isn't one of my favourite lip balms and I would only buy it again to keep in the office to use in emergencies or incase I lost another balm that I had been using. So it's a good second choice, but not my first choice of lip balm.