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I ventured into a Boots Pharmacy when I was in London. I thought I was only going to pick up a few things, but I ended up walking away with two heavy shopping bags worth of beauty products - Everything I bought was something I knew I wouldn't be able to get in the U.S.. There, my purchases are all justified!
Most of the products are from brands I am familiar with, except for one - Sanctuary Spa Covent Garden. I only find out later that there used to be some beautiful Sanctuary Spa locations, but due to declining business, the company decided to close all locations and focus on selling their beloved product lines instead. I am really bummed as I look through pictures showing what the spas used to look like and they are gorgeous...wish I had the chance to experience it myself.
The brand definitely has lots of loyal admirers...one try of their products makes me understand why this is such a beloved brand in the U.K.. I am regretting not buying more as Sanctuary Spa doesn't ship full product line to the U.S., and Boots U.S. doesn't carry this brand at all. However, because of limited luggage space, I've decided to pick a few things for body care and a few things for face care, so that I get to experience the brand from head to toe.
The Body Pampering Trio
I am very drawn to this trio of shower souffle, shower cream, and body lotion because of their scent and how they feel on my skin. The simple packaging also appeals to me as I can quickly understand what each item is for. All 3 products promise 12-hour or 24-hour moisturization, which I can't say it's true. Having worked in this industry, there are probably some disclaimers on how the test was done to support this claim. Regardless of the claim's accuracy, I would give these an A+.
AIR-WHIPPED SHOWER SOUFFLE
I have to confess that my decision to pick up this product is mainly based on the wording in the product name. "Air-whipped" and "Souffle" sound like a lot of fun and who wouldn't want to try a beauty product that makes them happy before they've even used it?
What Does It Do? This is a body wash that has a mix of cotton and mango seed oil and promises to leave the skin feeling beautifully cleansed, nourished, and silky smooth.
Texture As the name is suggesting, the texture resembles the inside of a souffle - very soft, fluffy and airy.
Scent This shower souffle has a very strong fragrance from a blend of cotton and mango scents. It smells wonderful for me, but I know this is not for everyone, especially if you're very sensitive to scent. On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being very fragrant), this is a 10.
Usage I use this as a body wash. One thing to note is that the nozzle is star-shaped (like the icing tool for baking) and it is sometimes quite difficult to get the product out of the tube. I love it anyways because the shower souffle comes out just like icing for cupcakes, and like I've said before, it makes it more fun! The lid can be removed if it gets to be too hard to use the nozzle.
Results Not only is this fun to use, it's also a good moisturizing body wash. It does take tiny bit of extra rubbing to get the souffle to blend/dissolve on my skin. The lovely scent also stays on my body even after washing off.
12-HOUR MOISTURISING SHOWER CREAM
Right before I left for London, I saw that Nivea launched its in-shower moisturizer in the U.S.. When I saw this shower cream at Boots, I thought it was similar to the Nivea item, so it went straight into my shopping basket.
What Does It Do? This is a body wash that contains shea butter, sunflower oil and Vitamin E and promises to hydrate skin all day without the need to apply extra body lotion after shower.
What It Doesn't Do What I realize after I use it for the first time is that this is not one of those in-shower moisturizers - a body lotion you apply in the shower after using body wash and while your body is still wet. This is strictly a body wash that has moisturizing benefits. I think the naming convention throws me off a little bit.
Texture The best way to describe it is a creamy liquid form that is somewhere in between the texture of milk and yogurt
Scent This shower cream also has the same strong fragrance as the shower souffle. Again, on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being very fragrant), this is a 10.
Usage I use this as a body wash. Because it doesn't lather up like a typical body wash, some may have the urge to use more, but it's really not necessary as a normal amount will do the job.
Results I love the feeling of this shower cream on my skin - It reminds me of a milk bath because of its creamy liquid texture. While it doesn't lather up, it's working hard on cleansing my body and moisturizing my skin at the same time. I also love how the scent stays even after I wash it off.
SILKY SMOOTH BODY LOTION
"Silky Smooth" is exactly how this lotion feels on my skin. I can't truly confirm whether my skin stays this way for 24 hours (as the claim has suggested), but this is a good body moisturizer nevertheless.
What Does It Do? This is a body lotion that contains ginger, fragrant spices, and jojoba and promises to help stimulate circulation and provide long-lasting moisturization.
*Please Note* Because this lotion contains ginger (the ingredient that helps stimulate blood flow in the skin), some people may experience irritation such as redness and tingling sensation. I personally did not experience either of those, but if you have skin sensitivity, I wouldn't recommend trying this product. This also comes in travel size for half the price, so if you still want to try it, at least you won't have to invest for a full bottle.
Texture This is in between a liquid and creamy form. It's lightweight and blends in quite easily.
Scent This body lotion also has the same strong fragrance as the shower souffle and shower cream. Again, on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being very fragrant), this is a 10. For me, I like the consistent scent across all 3 products.
Usage This is lightweight enough to be used all day. Because it comes with a pump and has nice packaging, this can also be a nice addition to any guest bathroom. Your guests would love you for this!
Results Silky smooth is really how my skin feels. The moisturization for me doesn't last 24 hours as the claim has suggested, but it is long-lasting. You probably have experienced some body lotions that last about 5 minutes before your skin feels dry again. This is definitely not one of those.
This trio's moisturizing feature makes it a good candidate for winter usage. It's also suitable for everyday use in low humidity environment because of its lightweight consistency.
I would love to buy Sanctuary Spa body care again if I can get my hands on them. Not only do these beauties work well, they also come at ultra affordable prices. These three range from USD $8.22 - $10.46, or $0.98 - $1.25 per ounce, which is comparable to U.S. drug store brands. I am also getting something that looks much more luxurious than my Aveeno body lotion (which I love, but you know what I mean!). I am happy to share that Sanctuary Spa U.S. site carries quite a bit of their Facial Care products, which I've also tried and loved (will share in another post). Maybe they will consider adding more Body Care in the near future!
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