The Daily Beauty: Sanctuary Spa 2 Day Moisture Shower Oil

by Sasha Wilkins on January 22, 2013 · 6 comments

Sanctuary Spa 2 Day Moisture Shower Oil

I’ve definitely noticed that as I’ve got older, counter intuitively, the skin on my body has got much, much better in terms of dryness: in my teens and Twenties I had hardcore crocodile skin on my legs, but now it rarely gets to that point. Proof positive that moisturising properly, that is at least once a day, instead of when there’s a full moon and I can be arsed, really does make a difference.

And it’s nothing to do with the price of the products I use either. I’m as likely to be smothering my body with Nivea or Cetaphil as I am something delicious from Space NK. (My philosophy with all beauty products is that if you can afford more expensive unguents then great, because there’s often a payoff in terms of R&D, fragrance quality, and ingredients, but there are shelves and shelves of excellent stuff in Superdrug too.)

Anyway, the latest anti-crocodile skin product that I have been testing is Sanctuary Spa 2 Day Moisture Shower Oil. I do think that a moisturising shower product is a great idea for the winter, and this really does seem to do the trick: I didn’t have time to slather on body cream after my shower yesterday, and this morning my legs still felt soft and non-crocodile-y. Although it’s marketed as an oil, it comes out more like a gel, and isn’t slippery at all.

I have to say I had absolutely no idea what  its star ingredient gold of pleasure oil was until I did some Googling: it’s a member of the Brassica family, is more commonly known as Camelina Oil, and is very rich in natural antioxidants, such as tocopherol and had exceptionally high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Along with olive oil it really does do the trick in this cleansing oil/gel product, which lathers nicely but still feels luxuriously moisturising. It also contains brown seaweed, with its hefty dose of omegas 3, 6 & 9 which Sanctuary believe supports skin’s ability to hold on to moisture for 2 days after one use.

It’s a nice generous bottle for the price, and you barely need any per application. I think it’s excellent value for money.

Sanctuary Spa 2 Day Moisture Shower Oil 250ml £6.99

 

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Hannah Cagney & Lace January 23, 2013 at 05:18

This sounds like the product my body is crying out for – I’ve heard so much about the L’Occitane almond shower oil but have always been put off by the high price point. *Runs to Boots in lunch break*

Hannah http://www.cagneyandlace.com

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Janie January 23, 2013 at 06:31

Thanks for this excellent review of a product, I’m gonna try some!
Jx

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Karen @ The Beauty Blog January 23, 2013 at 07:05

Oh I so agree about The Sanctuary products – fantastic value for money and I just love the smell. They used to make gorgeous bath cubes that were among some of the nicest bath products I’ve ever used.
I also agree that some premium brand products do contain higher quality ingredients, but I’ve also come to realise that a lot of high street brands are actually owned by the same parent companies as their more expensive counterparts and the science and research filters down – particularly brands like L’Oreal, Garnier and Olay. For their relatively cheap prices you get a lot of bang for your buck!

Karen http://www.thebeautyblog.co.uk

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Gina Gill January 23, 2013 at 15:02

I’ve always used the L’Occitane almond shower oil which is just amazing for my dry skin so I will definitely be trying this product…All the benefits at more than half the price, can’t argue with that….

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Marina(Makeup4all) January 24, 2013 at 05:06

I wanted to write about L’Occitane’s almond oil and just saw that I was not the only one thinking that way :) It is a favourite of a lot of people and I do like it myself.

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disneyrollergirl January 28, 2013 at 10:07

YUM, sounds amazing. So… it’s a shower gel that also moisturises, yes? Or do you use it AFTER shower gel?

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