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      03.10.2012 20:08
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      Create Your Own 'Sanctuary' At Home

      I was first introduced to The Sanctuary range about 2 years ago when I was bought a gift set for my birthday. The Sanctuary The Sanctuary Covent Garden is based in London (the name is a bit of a give away) and is a posh spa which is exclusive to ladies! The Sanctuary products only used to be available within The Sanctuary itself but they decided to release their range to be sold in shops so woman could 'have their own Sanctuary at home'. The Bath Relaxer The Bath Relaxer product from The Sactuary range is basically a bath oil. It comes in a clear bottle with the Sanctuary logo written across the front. The lid is clear and the opening from which you pour the bath oil is orange (most of the Sanctuary products have this colour scheme) This oil claims to be 'an indulgent bath oil which soothes and moisturises the skin. Price The Sanctuary Bath Relaxer costs £4.50 for a 250ml bottle which is fairly reasonable, this is one of the cheaper products in the Sanctuary range. The Smell All Sanctuary items have a very distinctive smell, its quite hard to explain but once you smell it, it's a smell you wont forget. The ingredients in this Bath Relaxer include almond oil, along with essential oil and spices. So overall, you have a product that smell fairly sweet but has a spicy undertone - very nice indeed! This product also smell slightly oily which would make sense with it being a bath oil. To Use The instructions advise you to pour about 2 lid full's under warm running water. My Opinion My first thoughts after pouring the product into the bath is how slippery it makes the bath. Be very careful when getting it as the bath will be so slippy. The bath relaxer doesn't actually produce bubbles as it is just an oil which is designed for you to lay back and relax in. While I lay in the bath, I notice that the product leave a film of oil across the top of the water, not big oil patches but small little bubbles of oil lay all across the surface of the water. I find that this product is great to use in the bath when you are shaving your legs as you don't actually need to use any shaving gel as the oil makes your legs so smooth and sort of leave a protective film so shaving is very easy. When I get out the bath, my skin feel so soft, you can rub your legs together and they literally slip off one another where they are so moisturised from the oil. The scent of the product is left on your skin afterwards and even after you have dried yourself which is very pleasant and the bathroom always smells very nice for a while after you have emptied the bath. There are only a couple of downsides to this product, the fact that it makes the bath so slippery and also the mess it leaves in the bath after you have emptied it. Its extremely difficult to clean the bath as the cleaning products don't actually stick to the bath because of the oil.

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      15.09.2012 16:48

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      This bath soak smells great and with just a little added to your bath, soothes away a long day. The texture is a little greasy, as it is an oil-based product, but it leaves your skin feeling ultra smooth and soft. I wouldn't use it alongside a bubble bath, it is in replace of. It is perfect for a relaxing soak in the tub, and as I find with all Sanctuary products, the quality is fantastic!

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      12.03.2012 01:39
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      A star product perfect for pampering

      I am a massive fan of sanctuary products and have a lot of the range, some which I received as gifts and others that I have bought. This particular item was one of many sanctuary gifts at Christmas. It was the first time I tried this but I was definatly not disappointed. The packaging is that typically associated with sanctuary items; clear plastic and orange, it is of good quality and is what i would normally expect from the sanctuary range. The scent of the product is again that typical of the traditional range...... Amazing... I always find it difficult to describes smells but this is spicy and sensual and instantly relaxing, as it's name promises. As with most of the products it contains moisturising properties such as jojoba oil, sweet almond oil and early primrose oil. It is orange in colour. The idea is that you pour it under a running bath and relax. It doesn't foam particularly but you can feel the softness of the product in the water, it instantly coats your skin with a veil of product which both leave it feeling extremely soft with the amazing scent. I almost did not want to use shower gel for fear of washing it away. An amazing product, my only complaints are that it can leave the bath slippery after use, so just be careful and also that I felt I had to wash my face free from the bath water after, I don't like using oily products on my face and it felt too heavy for my skin here.

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        22.11.2011 20:57

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        just ok

        The Sanctuary Bath Relaxer was given to me as a gift after giving birth to my daughter. As I became a new mum I was desperate for a little bit of pampering in the comfort of my own home. I love The Sanctuary Spa product especially for the gorgeous smell and the quality that makes you feel like a million dollars. The 250 ml bottle comes at £5.10, however very often there are a variety offers available such as 3 for 2 from Boots or directly from the supplier's website. This orange, rather thick liquid comes in a clear plastic bottle with a handy open-close click top that makes easy to pour just the right amount you require. Pour the product directly under the hot water and the bathroom smells sensational. This item contains jojoba oil, almond oil and evening primrose oils. The down side for me is that the oily texture does not create any bubbles and also leaves the bath rather slippery. The product leaves the skin soft and delicately fragranced, however not for long. I probably would not buy it myself, but would use it again when given as a gift.

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        10.04.2011 13:37
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        a great product despite my original opinion of bath oils

        I should probably start this review by saying I hate bath oils. Can't stand the things. No matter how little I use they always leave my skin feeling extremely oily and I always have to jump in the shower after to remove the layer left on my skin. However, knowing I love Sanctuary products some well meaning person bought me this as a gift for Christmas. Not wanting to seem ungrateful I thought I'd give it a try, after all, it was a Sanctuary product and their products hadn't let me down so far. What Is It? ~~~~~~~ This is a bath relaxer oil from the Spa Essentials range. For those of you not already aware then this range is designed to help you recreate the spa experience at home. The products in this range combine essential oils and spices and all have the same warming, spicy scent. It is coloured the same light, transparent orange as most the other products in the range. The bottle has a flip top lid which you can't really smell the product through. It contains three main oils (almond, jojoba and evening primrose) but more on these later. First Impressions And Use ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ As I said above, you can't really smell the product through the flip-top lid but I had experienced this with the foaming bath soak so wasn't put off as I assumed it would be noticeable when actually in the bath. Pouring this into the bath is easy; I need to squeeze the bottle to try and remove some oil but I like this. Usually with oils it's all too easy to remove too much as it just pours out the bottle - this is probably half the problem I've found with oils previously. After my bath is full the smell is very noticeable and strong enough to fill the whole bathroom, as with most oils there was a noticeable oily layer on the top of the water. I'll admit to being put off by this as this is exactly the problem I find with other oils but as with anything, the proof is in the pudding as they say! Getting into the bath I didn't really notice any change to the water, thankfully in my mind this was a good thing as it didn't feel overly oily. However, it didn't make it feel softer or anything either, to combat this I combine it with other products (the foaming bath soak worked well as the scent is the same but they're two expensive products so you might want to find something cheaper). Results ~~~~ On stepping out the bath I was pleasantly surprised that this hadn't left an oily layer on my skin at all, instead it just left my skin incredibly soft and moisturised. I was a bit cautious with the amount I put in initially and probably didn't put enough in the first time because although my skin was left soft it wasn't quite as soft as it was when I added a little bit more so this is something to be aware of if you're interested in this product. I did find that I needed extra moisturiser in the evening but after use I could easily skip the moisturiser in the morning without any adverse effects on my skin. Although it does claim to be relaxing (it is after all, a "bath relaxer") I can't say that I experienced this at all but then I'm not one for relaxing in a bath - maybe if this is something you enjoy anyway you might find this to be different for you. The scent did linger on my skin for around 3 hours (this was almost doubled when combined with the bath soak and lotion!) Finally, with daily (or alternative days) use one bottle will last around 2 months. Price, Availability And Recommendation ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Sanctuary only sell their products from their website or from Boots. If you buy direct from the Sanctuary a 250ml bottle will set you back £5.10 and is on a three for two offer. Buying from Boots the price is the same but the offer different. Usually this will also be on a three for two offer but they currently (April 2011) are offering a box of four mini Sanctuary products if you spend over £10 on qualifying Sanctuary products. This is one of their qualifying products. As for recommendation I think the smell and effects of this is wonderful and despite me usually hating bath oils I really quite liked this. I do, however, think this will be too oily for those with oily skin anyway. For those with normal/dry skin though I have no problems in recommending this product. I'm going to give it 4 out of 5 since I feel it would be too oily for oily skin but this is a general problem with bath oils and not specific to this.

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          28.12.2010 20:23

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          Fantastic product, nourishing, and calming

          I love this product, it smells gorgeous - it has a mixture of almond oil, essential oils and fragrant spices. I have a 250ml bottle and although I shower every day - I love to unwind in the bath most nights too. The great thing about this product is that you do not need to use very much with each application so you really get your money's worth (it does say on the bottle pour generously under warm water-but I suppose its your own preference). If you put it directly onto your hand it feels quite oily - so I find a small application under running water is enough to leave my skin very silkly and smooth after bathing. The oils in this product are jojoba, almond and evening primrose - and if you buy this product you should definity follow it up with the Spa Body Butter its a great combination. I visited a Spa once and paid £120 - and to be honest these products probably do the exact same thing for your skin. - Im saving for a Wedding now - so my Spa days are gone for now - in the meantime I'll be using this brand.

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          19.08.2010 13:46
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          Amazing luxurious and sensual product.

          This product is brought to you by the luxuary brand that is sanctuary and the people who own the famous day spa in Covent Garden, London. The product is from the traditional, original sanctuary range. It is in a clear bottle with a orange cap and the liquid inside is a orange/gold colour. This is a colour theme that runs through the whole of the original product range. This product has various ingredients such as: jojoba, evening primrose and almond oil. These oils moisturise and nourish the skin as well as aiding a sensual, relaxing bathing experience. I found that this is a high quality prouduct and is worth every penny. I have been spending money on this product and the range as a whole for many years. When purchased at Boots, quite often they have three for two deals on these products; this is worth taking advantage of as you get more for your money. Bought seperately it costs £4.99 for 250ml. The only advice I would give would be not to put too much in the bath as it leaves the bath very slippery and can leave your skin a bit greasy. Only use a little bit, it goes a long way. Overall this product is fabulous, it is a real relaxing bath treat and will enhance any 'me' time experience.

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          17.07.2010 00:47
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          "Relaxer" is the right word to use!

          I received this bath relaxer in a gift set for Christmas, from a family member who knows how much I love the Sanctuary products. I am a huge fan of the signature fragrance of the Spa Essential range, and the bath relaxer doesn't disappoint. When it comes to baths, I do normally prefer a product that will give me loads of bubbles to sink into, but this is more of a bath oil. The scent of it fills the whole bathroom though, making a really luxurious and pampering experience. I've also noticed that every time I use it, my skin feels really soft and nourished, without having to apply any extra moisturiser. My only problem with it has been that because it is an oil, it leaves the bath very slippy, so you have to be really careful when you use it. The product (to buy on it's own) is quite expensive for a bath oil, but this is because they are an exclusive product from the famous spa in London. It is worth it for the mini pampering experience you get from using it - even better when you combine it with some of the other Sanctuary products!

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          03.03.2010 17:09
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          luxurious products when you need to pamper your skin

          The Sanctuary Spa range sold at Boots and based on their wonderful spa in Covent Garden, London, is a great range of products of exceptional quality. This particular product is one from their classic range and the scent is light yet luxurious, achievd by a successful combination of essential oils. It is intended for use in the bath, and it should be poured into warm running water. A tip of mine is to keep the bathroom door shut as your draw the bath so that the rich scent fills the room as it is infused in the water. This product works wonders for the skin and hair, and cleans the skin while coating it in a deeply moisturizing scented oil. One major problem of this product is that it makes hair really greasy due to the oils, so I would suggest using it on a night before bed and washing hair thoroughly in the morning so that it has time to saok in overnight and condition hair.

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            13.01.2010 13:35
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            A gorgeous, luxurious bathtime treat

            I have a confession to make. I am a bubble bath hoarder. My bathroom is littered with a vast array of bath essences, milks, oils- all with a sorry inch or two left in the bottom that I haven't finished before moving onto the next one. Surveying the chaos last night, this bottle caught my eye. I bought this maybe 18 months ago, used up most of it, then forgot all about it. So I thought I'd treat myself to a Sanctuary evening, and use up some leftover Kyphi scrub at the same time. Having opened it first 18 months ago, I checked the back to see if it would have 'gone off'. 36 months, the bottle said- I guess maybe its got a longer life because it's oil, rather than anything thick and creamy. Plus, it's got a plastic lid over the flicky opener bit inside (you know what I mean) so it should be pretty well sealed. I was a bit surprised, given the use by guidelines on the back, that it smelt a bit old and past it. Nothing majorly unpleasant, just not as fresh and strong smelling as before. At its best, this is what I love most about this bath relaxer- typically Santuary, it smells dusky and mysterious, with hints of patchouli, almond oil and spices. Like something the three wise men might give as a gift! And the smell lingers on your skin afterwards, giving you a luxurious exotic scent. Mmmmmm. The liquid itself is oily, in texture and colour (pale yellow), and turns your bath oily too, floating on top of the water. But don't be put off- surprisingly it doesn't make my skin feel oily or greasy afterwards- more just moisturised. I'm not quite sure why it's called relaxer- I can't say I felt any more relaxed than I usually do after a hot soak. This is now selling for about £5 for a 250ml bottle, which lasts a long time (particularly if you hoard it like me!) as you don't need to use much for each bath. It's a middle of the road price for a luxurious product that would make a great gift for a bath lover, if you can bear to part with it!

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            01.01.2010 14:44
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            A bath oil with a pleasing scent, didn't care for the formula.

            My Review: I liked the scent but that's about all. Obviously as its an oil, it sits on the surface of your bath, like a miniature Exxon disaster it drifts towards you with inevitable certainty and despite your best efforts you end up coated in it. The oils that got on me just would not sink into my skin so I was left with an oily and almost slimy sensation that was absolutely awful. Unlike the birds, I didn't get a young hot environmentalist wielding a bucket of washing up liquid and a back brush to get it off me, I had to settle for a shower. Although I wouldn't repurchase the product, I have used a couple of drops in an oil warmer with a tea light under because I liked the smell (not sure how safe that is so do it at your own risk!) so that might be a way for you to use up the product if it's not for you bath-wise! Background: I was given this product approximately one year ago as a gift. Straight off there isn't a sensation I hate more than the feel of grease and oil so when I received this I wasn't sure about it at all but being game for anything I tried it over a period of about a month. Packaging: The product is dispensed through a pump bottle which comes with a secure lid which useful if you need to travel with it. Price: £4.99. Prices correct at date of review. Although I didn't like the product, if you like bath oils then this is a reasonable price considering the amount of product you receive. Also reviewed on BeautyJudge.

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            02.01.2009 20:56
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            Great for an occasional treat

            I first started using The Sanctuary products about two years ago when my Sister bought me some as a birthday present and I have used several of their products ever since. The Sanctuary Bath Relaxer comes in a clear plastic bottle. It has orange and blue logo and writing on the front. It has an orange top which you have to press down to open and a clear plastic lid over that. It comes in 250 ml size and currently costs £4.95 from Boots. The product itself is basically a bath oil and is transparent orange/yellow in colour. The smell is hard to describe but is very distinctive and a lot of the range is the same smell. You can definitely smell almond in it. To use you pour the oil under hot running water. Be aware that it does not foam or give bubbles as it is a bath oil. When you lay in the water it really does relax you with the aroma and so it does as it says on the bottle. I felt that this product is very effective and when you get out of the bath you have no need to moisturise as this product has already done the job for you. My skin felt very soft and as the oil is left on your skin I just rubbed it in and didnt bother with a body lotion. A word of warning though! This product leaves a coating on the bath and it is very slippery. I had to rub the sides of the bath to get it all off as my hubby said it was like an oil slick! I do like this product as it left you with soft and lovely smelling skin but I prefer other products in the range. I would recommend this but only as an occasional treat.

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              11.12.2008 22:50
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              I quite liked this oil, but I probably wouldn't buy it myself.

              For those of you who are not familiar with The Sanctuary, I can inform you that it is a ladies-only day spa which was opened in Covent Garden, London thirty years ago. The Sanctuary spa has also brought out a range of bath and body products, which can be purchased from their website or from larger Boots stores. According to the bottle these 'help you to create a pampering spa experience at home'. I have tried a number of products from the range, but this review is for their 'Bath Relaxer' which was given to me as a birthday present a few months ago... Firstly it is important to note that the 'Bath Relaxer' is not a bubble bath, but is more of a bath oil. This means that the water becomes very oily and slippery, so you do need to take care when getting in and out of the bath! However one large benefit of this being an oil is that your skin feels very moisturised afterwards and you shouldn't need to moisturise as well (always a positive in winter when you want to get dressed again as soon as possible because it's freezing!). The scent of the bath oil is very pleasant and it does help you to relax, which is good as this is what it claims to do! I don't know a huge amount about scents, but according to the bottle the fragrance is made up of jojoba, almond and evening primrose oils which are 'laced with fragrant spices'. Sounds good to me! The oil itself is a pale yellow colour, which you can see through the clear packaging. The bottle that the oil comes in is made of clear plastic, with an orange lid that you press down to open. This is then covered with a clear lid for extra protection from leaks. The bath oil was nice enough and did what it said on the bottle - I did feel that it helped me to unwind, de-stress and indulge my body. However I wasn't that impressed with how heavy the oil seemed to be on my skin when I got out of the bath. The directions for use say 'Pour generously under warm running water', which is what I did and I wasn't hugely impressed with how it left me feeling like an oil slick! The next time I used this, I used less and had the same feeling, so either I am putting far too much in or the oil is just a bit too thick. I was left feeling not very clean and whilst I smelt nice, it was just a bit too sticky! Overall not a bad product, but not one of my favourites either. I much prefer the other products that I have tried in the range over this one. If you do fancy trying this out though it currently costs £4.65 from Boots.com for a 250ml bottle.

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                23.08.2008 21:17
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                A great indulgent gift.

                I love The Sanctuary products, this fact is so well known that I get loads of stuff for birthdays and Christmas's! I love my baths and all you need to do with this is pour a small amount under running water, it isn't bubble bath so you don't get bubbles, and as it is an oil it does leave your bath a bit slippy - just make sure you warn the rest of the family after you have got out (well you don't want to have to set in and clean it straight away do you!) I have had a few bottles of this now and I really love the smell first of all, it just smells so comfortable and effortless, it really does make you feel relaxed just sniffing it in your bath. I also love the way it makes my skin feel, it leaves it lovely and soft but also nicely moisturised which is great for my dry skin. As I have always been bought this as a gift I have no idea how much it costs I'm afraid but it does last a long time as you don't need to use much.

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                  31.12.2005 01:03
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                  A pampering experience without travelling all the way to Covent Garden.

                  I’ve just tried out one of my Christmas pressies, a little gem my mum picked in the form of a bottle of Sanctuary Bath Relaxer. The Sanctuary Covent Garden is an ultra posh ladies only day spa in London which exists, it seems, simply to add a little bit of luxury into our lives. Now they’ve made a deal with Boots allowing them exclusive sale of their gorgeous beauty products, we can all pamper ourselves (even those of us not brave enough to drive into London!). The Relaxer is basically an upmarket bath oil, coming in an attractive understated plastic bottle emblazoned with The Sanctuary name and logo. It looks great in the bathroom and you can be smug in the knowledge that everybody, repeat EVERYBODY, knows you’ve got a luscious bottle of *something* Sanctuary. The oil itself has the very distinctive Sanctuary aroma. It smells sugary sweet with a hint of bitterness in the undertones. There’s neither a fruity or floral fragrance to it, the Relaxer has that kind of smell which tells me it’s there for a purpose rather than to make me smell nice. I can smell the sweet essential oils which Sanctuary have used, and there’s a definite oily aroma to it which my fella hates but I love. As per the instructions, I pour a small amount (around 2 capfuls) under warm running water and jump in the bath. Well, I wouldn’t advise you to jump as the first thing I noticed about the Bath Relaxer is how damned slippery it makes the bottom of the bath. I very nearly went *** over *** stepped onto our non-slip bathmat – never put your trust in manufacturers claims, the bathmat was definitely not non-slip when used in conjunction with the Relaxer! When I do eventually slide myself into a comfortable position I lie back and do as it says on the bottle, relax. As with any other bath oil, the Relaxer doesn’t produce any bubbles but the indulgent sensation of the water itself more than makes up for this. It leaves a film of oil spots on top of the water but not those huge oil patches which occur with cheaper bath oils, the Relaxer has penetrated the water making the whole tub feel moisturising and oily rather than just adding an oil and watching it rise to the top. I know I’ve got a good bath oil when I can rub my legs together under the water (steady…) and I can feel my skin sliding rather than pulling. A wonderful sensation whichever part of your body you decide to rub! The aroma of the Relaxer when I’m lying back in the warm water is delicious, the sweetness of the oil really comes though and this (I think) is what makes this such a soothing bath. I actually felt more relaxed when I got out of the bath and I’m sure I fell asleep quicker when I went to bed. My skin felt smooth and beautifully cleansed, while the slight greasiness the Relaxer left on my body was soon absorbed as a kind of extra moisturising bonus. I didn’t need to use a body lotion after I’d dried myself, which is unusual for me as I tend to have dry skin and I get terrible itchiness if I don’t moisturise after a bath. The Sanctuary smell was still vaguely evident on my skin when I got up the next morning, and as I love the scent I simply topped it up by applying The Sanctuary Body Lotion which compliments the Relaxer’s smell perfectly. I also found the Relaxer is great when I shave my legs in the bath. The oiliness of it helps the razor to glide smoothly over my skin with no pulling or burning afterwards, make sure not to get the handle wet though or you'll never keep hold of the razor! The only downside with the Relaxer is the mess of the bath afterwards, if (like me) you have a fag in the bath you'll inevitably drop a bit of ash into the water which can't be helped. In a bubble bath you're not actually aware that you're sitting in the equivalent of a diluted ashtray but the Relaxer shows up every tiny bit of ash by making it float on top of the oil - as well as glueing it to the sides of the bath when you drain the water... Nice... The Relaxer isn’t as expensive as you might think compared with other The Sanctuary products, it costs £4.50 for a 250ml bottle and from this you’ll get 8 -10 luxurious baths. Go on, treat yourself – but get hubby to clean the greasy bath afterwards!

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                  A very soothing infusion of Natural Palm enriched with Essential and Spice Oils / An indulgent bath oil to soothe and moisturise your skin / The subtle infusion of natural Almond Oil enriched with essential oils and spices help you to unwind and relieve tension /