Today's review is of Sanctuary Spa's Warming Detox Charcoal Wash, which seemed a fitting product to try at this time of year!
I was initially intrigued by Sanctuary Spa Warming Detox Charcoal Wash when I saw the slimline tube in Boots and thought that it might be along similar lines to cleansers offered by the likes of Origins and Ren. However, as I tend to prefer oil based cleansers, I bypassed it and only revisited the product when the PR kindly sent me a sample for review.
Sanctuary Spa Warming Detox Charcoal Wash is described as an intensely purifying yet non-drying deep cleansing daily face wash. The face wash is designed with warming benefits to help open pores and contains charcoal to help draw out impurities, whilst also removing excess oil, reducing shine and leaving skin smoother & looking clearer.
On first impressions, I liked the design of the packaging which incorporates grey & thereby hints at the key ingredient of charcoal. I also liked that it's easy to see at a glance which skin type the product is aimed at. The functional tube with flip top lid made it easy to control how much product was dispensed. What's more, I appreciated the clear directions which I feel is important given that the cleanser is rather different to the standard drugstore face wash offerings. With this in mind, it's worth pointing out that I find the name to be rather misleading. Described as a "wash", Sanctuary Spa Warming Detox Charcoal Wash actually takes the form of a cleansing jelly. The gel is designed to be massaged onto dry skin until it transforms into a silky oil. Once water is added, it transforms into a milky wash. Such formulas are starting to creep into the offerings by drugstore brands but are usually the preserve of brands such as Oskia, Ole Henriksen and Nude.
Sanctuary Spa Warming Detox Charcoal Wash initially appears as a lightweight, grey gel. It didn't have a great deal of slip when applied to dry skin, despite transforming to an oil texture and as such, I didn't feel that it lent itself particularly well to facial massage. Once water was added, it effortlessly transformed into a lightweight milk which didn't lather (the directions state that it will but I was pleased that it didn't) but was easily rinsed away. During use, I didn't notice any warming sensation which was unexpected given the name but it wouldn't put me off repurchasing. The wash is naturally fragranced with plant extracts & essential oils. I enjoyed the scent which reminded me of more expensive, spa products.
I'd have preferred if it could be applied to the eye area as I like the convenience of all-in-one products which allow me to forgo a separate eye makeup remover.
Following use, my skin was left feeling clean but not stripped or dry which may be partly owing to the high concentration of hydrating glycerin within the formula (although I didn't notice any residue on my skin & still needed to moisturise afterwards). I feel that Sanctuary Spa Warming Detox Charcoal Wash is a good quality drugstore cleanser which offers value for money at just £9 for 100ml.