This summer I’ve had the softest, freshest smelling skin ever thanks to working with Sanctuary Spa products! Even my boys have noticed that I smell differently and little Hero settles on my duvet every night, tootsies outstretched in the hope of a little bit of body butter or lotion to keep his little toes soft and sweet smelling. On Tuesday nights, I step into zumba classes as fresh as a daisy [and clamber out in desperate need of fresh air and a hot shower] and I can’t remember the last time I felt my skin cry out for moisture, because it’s just so happy. Life is pretty good for my skin cells right now.
As everyone loves different Sanctuary products for different reasons, Sanctuary have asked four of us blogging Moms to choose a few of our favourites to bring to our readers – and in honour of Superfan Sunday there’s a special offer on the Sanctuary site for Keep Up With The Jones Family readers, starting today!
And so, two weeks ago, after taking in deliveries of a new raincoat for my husband [thank you, British Summer] 50 palm tree shaped drinking bottles [hello, Moana party] and Hero’s long awaited Cars Duplo set [quiet time for Mommy awaits], a verrrry heavy box arrived, for me.
Just for ME. I opened the mysterious box to discover 11 exquisite bottles, jars and tubes of luxury, just for ME. I keep saying this as otherwise these will become free-for-all bathroom products and I’ll awake one morning to a trio of face-mask clad boys grinning at me.
One of the reasons I love Sanctuary is that their products are suitable for all skin types, which means being able to buy whichever I want without worrying if I can use them on my particular skin type [tired, overworked]. I also love them because they look so beautiful in my cabinet, on the side of my bath, or wherever I’ve managed to leave them en route to the shower. I also don’t hold my breath when I look for the price label, and I can get them in nearly every store I shop at. This is all great for those of us with a mom-life where we’re generally chasing our tails 24/7. If you’re a generally unpampered mom like me, take a look, because the favourites I’m about to share are all products I’ve managed to use and enjoy whilst in the company of three under sevens on Summer holiday mode [think of three children running wild like Mowgli in the Jungle Book…or Lord of the Flies; I’m trying to be optimistic here because we’re only on week two of our Summer break].
Whilst I did finally manage to whittle it down to to four – or five – favourites, my dad got very poorly and so my schedule got all jumbled and I got all behind but thankfully the very sweet Hayley at Sparkles and Stretchmarks stepped into breach for me and we swapped over schedules. So after all of this, I was treated to some more lotions and butters to try [who knew there were so many? I feel like I’ve been living in a pamper-free cave…not that there are any pamperful caves, but y’know…] and so I had to decide allll over again. Don’t tell me that you wouldn’t like to be me right now. Haha. If I meet you at a blogging event this year [fingers crossed for BlogCamp] you’ll likely smell me before you see me because I could not be more delicious smelling right now.
Anyhow, here they are, my absolute favourites – although there are at least another seven I could tell you about.
Favourite: One – Sanctuary Salt Scrub
There is nothing like scrubbing your skin with a gritty salt mixture. Exfoliating the stress away and feeling like a new person once you’ve rinsed off it one of the best feelings in the beautycare world, I’m sure of it. I’ll take it over a soak any day – especially since I’m more likely to get five minutes to scrub than an hour to lie in the bath [this hasn’t happened since the morning I gave birth to Hero in 2014].
The Salt Scrub was the first product I fell in love with and it’s also beautifully presented in its huge jar. It sits in my cabinet like the king of beauty treatments as it’s bigger and grander than anything else. The smell is heavenly, and instantly recognisable as Sanctuary. After using this in the shower [come out of the water before you scrub otherwise you’ll just wash it away before you’ve had a chance to use it] my skin feels so soft that I don’t use moisturiser. I’ve used it twice this week and I feel quite marvellous about it, especially on my upper arms and my legs and bottom.
Favourite Two – Sanctuary Wonder Body
Ohhh, my. I’ve never, ever trusted those tinted moisturisers [I get flashbacks to Ross on Friends and his fake tan] but after seeing that I absolutely look better with a bit of a tan this year [hides the drained, exhausted look], I decided to try Sanctuary Spa Wonder Body. Even Gav winced as I showed him what I was about to try. Haha. However, it was pretty impossible not to want to try it after the packaging describes it basically like a superhero in a tube: hydrate, illuminate, transform, refine, even, correct…perfect. Who could resist? My body needs everything in that list. So I tried it – and it really is that good. It’s amazing. This is something I might not now be able to live without – and gives me a bit of hope for my pale legs in Winter! The very clever blurring, skin perfecting particles in the lotion instantly improve the look of your skin – I had to blink twice at my legs as I applied the Wonder Body and my whole body was left looking warmer and with a subtle glow. Even better, it was non-greasy, was absorbed easily and again didn’t stain anything I touched afterwards. It also looks a little bit like chocolate mousse when it comes out of the tube which made it even more appealing to me.
Favourite Three – Sanctuary Spa Overnight Mask
I was hugely hesitant when it came to trying this mask. The words overnight mask and white bed linen don’t really go together in my world but in the name of research I tried this one and I LOVE it. The Overnight Mask is applied to a dry face, neck and décolletage, which I felt a bit odd doing in any case as I’ve generally applied masks to a wet or damp face, but this one is more like a thick moisturising cream. It’s creamy white, which was a relief as if it had been brown I’d have cried [and slept in the boys’ bed, haha]. Instead of sitting on the surface of my face though, the mask dried onto my skin as it soaked into it and felt more like a heavy cream. I have to admit I kept looking at my white pillows and bedclothes with more than a little apprehension, but as I was a non-believer when I first applied the Sanctuary Wet Skin Moisture Miracle too [my all time favourite daily product, I took climbed into bed gingerly and hoped for the best. In the morning my pillowcase was mask-free and my face felt well moisturised. I love that I didn’t have to peel or scrub it off, and that I could go about my business in the morning before my shower still wearing the mask and without scaring anyone who came to the door.
Favourite Four – Sanctuary Spa White Lily and Damask Body Lotion
I LOVE the instantly recognisable “Sanctuary” scent – and so I was skeptical that I’d like this one, as it’s not what I typically associate with the Sanctuary brand, but the dispenser was so pretty and pale pink that I had to try it, and it’s just beautiful, especially for Spring and Summer days when you’re wearing your strappy, floaty dresses. It’s light, delicate and three hours after applying the lotion, my skin still felt hydrated to touch, soft, and the subtle scent was still there. It’s floral without being overpowering – and I’d very happily have this around the house as a go-to body lotion throughout the day after hand washing too. It leaves my skin with a clean, fresh feeling that I love. If I didn’t have my Wet Skin Moisture Miracle on hand in the shower, this would be the lotion I’d apply if I had time in the morning.
So those are my absolute Sanctuary Spa favourites – there are SO many more than I love, and that you can win in a couple of weeks! More details coming soon – but in the meantime you can save money 1/3 on all Sanctuary Spa body butters and moisturisers over at the Sanctuary website in honour of Superfan Sunday! Have a scent-sational weekend [sorry]!