18 May 2013

Sanctuary Spa Covent Garden Essentials Salt Scrub

Nothing beats using a good body scrub. It not only gets rid of all the dead skin cells, making the skin softer and more glowing, it also helps prevent ingrown hairs, and is perfect for use before self-tanners. Here are my thoughts on the *Sanctuary Spa Essentials Salt Scrub;

What They Say:

"Sanctuary Spa Essentials Salt Scrub is enriched with sea salt that polishes the skin and leaves it feeling moisturised. The sea salt is sourced from the famous Dead Sea - the salt is blended with oils of jojoba, coconut and almond to make up the scrub. The oils soak into the skin to leave it fragranced, while the salt gently exfoliates dead cells to stimulate and promote cell renewal."

RRP: $19.99 (650g) – Available from Priceline

What I Say:
This is the first time I’ve ever tried any products from Sanctuary Spa so I was quite excited. And as I knew very little about the brand, I decided to look into it a little, and I discovered that the brand is from the UK, and realised that the brand has been around for over 35 years through a Spa in London’s Covent Garden, although the actual Sanctuary Spa Range wasn’t actually launched until 1998…. And I was in fact living in London in 1998 and did spend a fair bit of time in Covent Garden, so that is possibly why the brand did initially sound somewhat familiar to me.

I love the packaging of the Sanctuary Spa Essentials Salt Scrub. It comes in a simple but stylish looking clear preservative style plastic jar, which looks like it is made from glass. It has a flip lid with a metal hinge, and the opening is large enough for you to dip your hand into it and take out a scoop. And the design of the jar makes it easy to use up every last bit of scrub, so that is always a positive.
The actual scrub is creamy in colour and feels nice and gritty, and is a mixture of oils including sweet almond, wheat germ, evening primrose,  coconut, and jojoba, which combined help soften and soothe the skin, while moisturise and protecting it mimicking the action of sebum, which is the skins own lubricant. It also contains sea salt from the Dead Sea, which removes dead cells to improve cell turn over to leave the skin feeling smooth and soft and more radiant.

I do find that the salt settles at the bottom, so you need to mix it around a little with your hand before use.  The scrub is very concentrated so just a small handful of the scrub is more than enough to use on my whole body, and as you massage it over your body, you can instantly feel the scrub doing its magic. It is exfoliating, but without being too harsh on the skin. It just feels so amazing and luxurious while the gorgeous scent spreads through the shower and bathroom. It’s like creating a spa in your very own bathroom!

After rinsing, the skin feels so soft and smooth, and thoroughly hydrated. In fact, it actually feels a little oily, even after drying off with a towel, so it may be possible to skip using a body lotion afterwards, but for me that is simply a habit.

Using the scrub once or twice a week for a few weeks has left my skin feeling and looking so much softer and more glowing. Gone are the dry shins.

As it doesn’t feel harsh on the skin, and as it is so moisturising, I can only imagine that it would be suitable for all skin types, including those with sensitive and dry skin – although keep in mind that as this is a salt scrub, if you have any cuts or scratches on your skin, it will naturally sting a little.

Although the Salt Scrub does contain perfume, it still has a lovely and gently natural invigorating orangey scent, which is far from overpowering. And once out of the shower, and dried off, there is still a lovely subtle scent on my skin.

My only negative about this scrub is that it does leave a little bit of a mess in the shower with remaining salt at the bottom of the shower, and not to mention that the shower does feel a little slippery from the oil, so just a word of caution of being extra careful of not slipping in the shower when using it, and also making sure to carefully rinse the shower after use too so your partner doesn’t slip either!

At just $19.99 for a large tub of salt scrub, this makes fantastic value for such a high quality product.  I will thoroughly enjoy using the rest of the Salt Scrub, and I will definitely consider buying it again.
*This product was kindly provided for consideration, and it has been reviewed in accordance with my Disclosure Policy.

Have you ever heard of the Sanctuary Spa products? Do you ever use a salt body scrub? What is your favourite body scrub?



  1. I adore Sanctuary Spa products. I've bought 3 of their skincare products and absolutely love them. I'm about to start my 4th product by them. You should try them as they are great and inexpensive.

    I also bought 3 of their body products, but have somehow lost them when I moved interstate :(

    1. I have a few more of their products that I'm trialling, so stay tuned for a few more reviews soon. But I will definitely look into their other products as well!

  2. I really love a good body scrub xx


    1. Me too!! You really should try this one from Sanctuary Spa, its lovely!

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    1. Thank you! And thanks for visiting my blog, I'll make sure to visit yours too!

  4. This sounds gorgeous, I would love to get it!!

    Kimberley x


    1. It is really lovely. I will definitely be looking into their other products too!

  5. This sounds lovely, there's been a few times iv been every close to picking this up!


    1. It really is lovely, and come at a great price too, so I highly recommend that you try it!


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