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I bought some Scholl Toenail Conditioner a few months ago to (apparently) improve the look and condition of my poor toe nails. They are not too bad, actually, but they are prone to splitting and the actual top of the nail is a bit bumpy and uneven. I always find they look worse in the winter, or rather when the winter is over with and we come into spring, my poor tootsies look a bit worse for wear.
Wandering around my local supermarket the other night, after buying a few odds and ends, I eventually found myself in the 'corn and plaster' section and noticed this product which looked new and different to me and I decided to read the blurb on the back of the packet. I couldn't read it too well, to be honest, as I had left my reading glasses in the car, but at only £3.99 for a tiny 1.6ml (ONLY!), I thought I would give it a try in the hope that my toe nails might look a bit more respectable.
Once I got back home I had a right old job actually trying to prize the stuff from the cardboard and plastic wrapping. I took a pair of scissors to it eventually and I managed to get it out. I used the Scholl Toenail conditioner that same night after I had had my shower and I was tickled by the fact that it actually looked very similar to a little pen. The liquid is contained within a plastic pen-shaped casing and the conditioner is dispensed by simply twisting the bottom and it comes out of the top. Well, it's meant to be simple, but to be honest I had to have a few goes with this before I managed to get the hang of it.
The conditioner itself was surprisingly runny - far runnier than I had thought it would be. The idea is simply that you 'paint' it onto your nails with the little hairy bits on the end of the pen - much like you do with nail varnish, except the hairy brush is thicker and coarser. As the conitioner is so runny you have to be quite careful it doesn't go all over the place, however, once it is actually brushed onto the toes it does stay in place and as it is so runny it is actually absorbed very quickly indeed.
It takes about five to six minutes to be fully absorbed into the toes and I just used it whilst I was sitting on the sofa having a glass of wine and watching a DVD. The smell is quite a shock, however! I wasn''t expecting it to smell quite so pungent - a bit like alcohol! Well, a LOT like alcohol really. I wasn't sure if it was my wine I could sniff or my toes - then I realsied it was actually my feet! It was quite odd and I'm not altogether sure I liked it.
Did it improve the conditon of my toe nails, I hear you ask? Well, yes and no. A bit, I suppose, but not an amazing difference. They are still a bit bumpy but I suppose a few ridges have got a little bit smoother. The splits have definitely improved, though, so I suppose it must have done some good.
Would I recommend it? I think so, but then as I have never used anything like this before I cannot really compare it to anything else. My toes do look in slightly better health and I am not so ashamed of them now, but I do still think I have a long way to go before I'd parade them willingly in public.
I hate my feet . Quite aside from them being whopping great size 8/9's with hairy toes, I have horrible toenails - thick, cracky, with a slight yellowish colour, and jagged edges due to my inability to cut them neatly. So, when I saw Scholl Toenail Conditioner, I thought it might be worth a go, to see if I could pretty up my little piggies.
It looks as pictured, housed in a clear plastic window attached to some cardboard, you can usually find this hanging up in most chemists, and in many shoe shops. You'll also find the Scholl range in many supermarkets, so it isn't at all had to find.
The product itself is a bit like a transparent pen, holding 1.6 ml of the conditioner, complete with a removable lid, which hides a small brush, a little like a small childs paintbrush, but with thicker bristles. To use, you twist the bottom to get the conditioner onto the brush. It's worth bearing in mind that it actually takes a few twists to get the conditioner to come out the first time. You then need to paint this evenly over your nails, and wait for it to dry naturally, which takes around 10-15 minutes. This needs to repeated daily.
There is a slight alcohol scent to the product, but I have to say this didn't really bother me, as my feet aren't too close to my nose, so I wasn't smelling it constantly. It dried clear on my nails, and didn't leave any obvious residue .
These sort of products do take some time to have any real effect, and it wasn't until i decided to cut my toenails around 3 weeks after starting using this that I really noticed any difference . My nails, that would previously split at the ends when being cut, cut neatly and smoothly the first time, and not only that, but filing away any jagged edges was much easier.
However, when the conditioner ran out after a further week and a bit of use, I still couldn't really see any improvement in the colour of my nails, which was what nI was really hoping for.
Overall, I think this product did do a fair job of improving the condition of my nails - after all, it made them easier and tidier to cut , and stopped them from splitting. However, at around £4.40, it's pretty expensive, and I don't think I will be buying this particular product again, but will instead look for something else that will brighten the appearance of my nails.
Overall, 4 stars - it did do a fair job, but the price puts me off continued usage, and it did not deliver all the results I was after.
I've been trying to improve my condition of my nails, both finger nails and toe nails, and as my finger nails are making such good progress, I've been looking at products which can improve my toe nails, as the nail is brittle, often breaks as it's growing, and has a horrid yellow tint, which I was hoping the Scholl toenail conditioner would help, as it boasts to improve the condition of all nails. Perfect!
The packaging consists of a cardboard back, with the pen being attached in a clear plastic case. The product has the Scholl logo, and the whole colour scheme is blue, yellow and white, which is pretty appealing for customers. The information fro Scholl is that the toenail conditioner is the prefect treatment for dry, brittle and flaky toenails and it nourishes and strengthens nails. The pen is white, and has a twist top, which enables the product to be used.
Application is extremely easy as you twist the top once, which wets the brush with the product, and then brush the nails with the brush, making sure there is a thin layer of the product. The brush is a smaller version of a nail polish brush, and looked pretty effective. If the layer of the product is too thick, then it would take ages to dry and might end up being ineffective for the treatments. I noticed that the product works best after having a shower, as my toenails are clean and makes it easier to apply. The conditioner only takes a few minutes to completely dry, which is a real advantage, and you can apply nail polish once the product is dry, but I felt it wasn't worth it, as I wanted to do the treatment everyday straight onto the nail. The smell of the product was fairly mild, but was a little off-putting, as it smelt of chemicals, almost like nail polish remover, might sound silly, but it didn't smell right to me, I just carried on and tried it, as I thought It couldn't make my nails worse!
The effects of using the Scholl toenail conditioner were not as good as it was expected, yes my nails looked much healthier in colour, it helped get rid of a yellow tint I have, but also made them look much brighter, which meant they looked much better in colour. But I felt extremely disappointed as my nails were still really brittle, they broke really easily during the growing process, so my nails were un changed physically, they didn't grow well, broke and split throughout the process. I was going to try this product for a month, everyday to check the long term effects of using the product, but the pen ran out before I made it, it lasted maybe 3 weeks, using everyday, with a very thin layer per day, and maybe my expectations are too big, but I really thought it would last much longer. It really isn't good value for money.
I wouldn't recommend the Scholl toenail conditioner, as it doesn't help weak and brittle nails to grow much healthier and decrease the likely hood that they will break. Although it does get rid of a yellow tint, it really isn't worth the money paid, as it's to much for just removing a tint of toenails. Rather look for another, better product.
Scholl Toenail conditioner is available in most supermarkets and pharmacists, and online at (www.scholl.com/en-GB/) and costs £4.07 to £4.40 for 1.6ml.
I sometimes wish I could just apply fancy nail varnish on my toe nails or get a pedicure once in a while and forget about my toe nails. Unfortunately, I have not been blessed with healthy nails and my life seems to be a one big search for the perfect nail hardener/conditioner that would turn my brittle, yellow and constantly splitting nails into beautiful, shiny and healthy nails. During almost every visit at Boots or similar shop I buy some sort of nail cure in hope for a miraculous change and since in my opinion Scholl is a very reliable, established brand, I once quickly picked Scholl Toe Nail Conditioner.
It comes in a plastic package with white, blue and cardboard attached to it. Even without the logo, it would be clear who produced the conditioner just by the design of the packaging. It provides all the necessary information at the front (name, use and the promise of hydrating my nails and improving their condition) with further information (such as ingredients) at the back. When I impatiently tore the cardboard, I carefully examined the pen. The conditioner comes in a white and transparent plastic pen with a lid at the top. Having opened the lid, I saw a hairy ending very similar to that of nail varnishes. The main difference is that the 'head' here is made of thicker 'hairs' and isn't as soft.
It took me some time to work out how to apply it - as it turned out, I had to twist the lower part of the pen and the conditioner came out on the top. However, it was not as easy as it may sound. It happened several times that I kept on twisting the pen and not a drop of the conditioner would appear and finally, too much of it almost burst.
Scent is my strongest sense so I tend to smell things a lot; of course I was curious about the smell of this conditioner. When I sniffed it, I was quite shocked to realise that it smelled of alcohol! I must admit I would not sense it if I wasn't deliberately smelling the product as it is very mild and subtle but it doesn't change the fact that it didn't feel right.
Determined to improve the condition of my nails, I carefully read the instructions from which I learnt that I should apply the conditioner daily and I faithfully followed, spreading an even share of the product on each of my nails almost every single day. The texture of the conditioner is fairly runny (almost like water) so it was very easy to apply. According to the instructions, after applying it, I had to wait for my nails to absorb the product which normally didn't take longer than 5-10 minutes. It was quite difficult to actually notice it as the conditioner is transparent and the only difference I could see was a very slight shine it gave my nails after application.
After about two weeks, I could observe a slight improvement in the condition of my nails. They became harder and less brittle; I also noticed fewer split ends (though they were still there). After further two weeks, I noticed that my toe nails became more even and the split ends almost disappeared completely, even though the colour of my nails didn't change significantly which was a bit disappointing. And then suddenly the conditioner finished. It came to me as a surprise because even though the pen is almost entirely transparent, it is not clear at all how much of the product is left.
I cannot say that this is a bad product but it is far from perfect. Because I thought the price (around £4.30 for 1.6ml) was relatively high, I decided not to purchase another pen and seek for a hopefully better, cheaper or more cost-effective conditioner.
This conditioner can be bought in Boots, Superdrug and online.
Thank you for reading my review.