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I originally received this as part of a gift set for Christmas and have been delighted with the results! I have always suffered with dry hands and weak nails, so am always eager to try any new hand cream which can solve this for me.
The cream claims to soften, soothe and smooth dry and chapped hands and contains Shea butter, marshmallow and macadamia oil. It is scented with Soap & Glory’s original pink fragrance. They instruct that you can apply it as often as you want.
On application, this cream isn’t too heavy or thick and isn’t at all oily. With some other hand creams that I had tried previously, you have to wait ages for it to soak in. This is not the case with the hand food.
After the first few days of use, my hands were noticeably softer and smoother. Within a couple more weeks, my nails seemed to be stronger and less brittle as well.
As well as being a hand cream which provides deep moisturising, it also smells fabulous. You’d expect the marshmallow fragrance to smell too sweet; however it is just a feminine, pleasant aroma.
I now regularly apply every morning and night as part of my daily skincare routine, as well as at various times throughout the day. They also do a small travel size version which is ideal for keeping in your handbag.
Although this is a little pricey compared to other creams available, it is well worth the purchase. I’ve always liked the Soap & glory range – however I have always viewed it as something you are given as a gift rather than something I’d choose to buy for myself. However, as I sit and write this review, I now have at least four of these little treasures – one by each sink in my house, one in my handbag and one on my desk at work!
This product says on its front, 'The most astonishing hand cream ever?', and that may well be true. I had never used any Soap&Glory products before I received Hand Food (50ml) as a gift, and I was very pleased with the high quality. The product is very helpful to chapped hands, especially in the winter when the cold is getting to your skin, and doesn't leave your skin feeling greasy or sticky. One small tube also lasts a long time- just a couple of small squeezes are needs to revive dry and sore hands.
The cream smells great, with shea butter, macadamia oil and marshmallow, and is a very handy transportable size for keeping in a make-up bag for day trips, nights out and travel. It also has a small capped nozzle so getting the right amount of the product out of the tube is easy. The lid also unscrews easily if you require getting a large amount of the product out of the tube at once.
The design is pretty, the recognisable 'vintage' design used on all of the Soap&Glory products, and with a nice colour scheme in pink, white and pale cream. The product has a long life compared to a lot of other products, lasting 24 months after opening, although the cream may not last that long is used daily!
My one criticism of the product is that in can be a bit expensive for its small size, retailing at £2.50 for just 50ml. However, as I stated, the product can be made to last a long time, so can be used to be worth its price. I would watch out for it on offer and then stock up, as it is one of the best hand creams I have ever used.
=== Introduction: ===
Soap and Glory are a relatively new company to the cosmetics world. They''''ve only been around for 8years.. I bought the Hand Food moisturiser after borrowing my friends a few times and finding that it leaves my hands feeling really soft and moisturised!
=== Desgin: ===
50 and 125ml bottle: This comes in a bright pink tube, and is quite eye-catching. I would say though, that it is a little annoying, as pretty much all of their tube products come in the same pink shade, and it can be quite difficult to distinguish each product. You really do have to take the time to read the label, or you could end up with a body scrub or foot cream instead of the hand cream that you want.
As labels go, there is nothing overly special about the label on this product, which is disappointing, as many of their other products are quite eye-catching. It''''s a shame really, as this could be overlooked quite easily by some people even though it is a brilliant product!
The 250ml size comes in a hand pump bottle, which makes it ideal for the kitchen or bathroom. It is clear with an off-pink label, again, not eye catching, though some versions (e.g gift sets) come with a more appealing label design.
=== Smell, Colour, Consistency and Absorption: ===
The label says that it contains ''''Shea butter, Macadamia oil and Marshmallow''''. I wouldn''''t say that it smells like marshmallow that much, but my friend swears it does. I think it''''s a little less sweet, but it does smell pretty amazing.
The product is a very nice creamy-white, and it is quite thick, but not gloopy in its consistency, meaning that it rubs on very well and absorbs quickly
=== Price and Availability: ===
The main retailer of Soap and Glory is currently Boots, but it can be found second hand on Amazon or Ebay.
Current prices (as of July 19th 2014):
=== Results: ===
I have found that it leaves my hands feeling very soft and moisturised, and this feeling lasts for a long time! I would say that you should re-apply it after every hand wash, but a little goes a long way with this stuff! I have nearly finished my first bottle, but I bought it a few months back, of course, I don''''t use it all the time, but it has lasted me quite well, so I''''m very happy.
I love this product, it really does what it says on the tube, it''''s non-greasy and makes my hands feel really soft and moistruised. I would say that it is a little on the expensive side for my taste, but you really do get what you pay for and it goes a long way!
Thanks for reading!
=== References: ===
 - http://www.soapandglory.com/blog/about-us/
 - http://www.boots.com/en/Soap-Glory-Mini-Hand-Food-Hand-Cream-50ml_1444120/
 - http://www.boots.com/en/Soap-Glory-Hand-Food-Hand-Cream-125ml_1444118/?affwin&awc=2041_1405281415_dd0915f0fbeb62d132a4571d5939fd1e&cm_mmc_o=-uubkbzfwlCjCKww5kbELCjCvi%20i9%20niioCjCC
 - http://www.boots.com/en/Soap-Glory-Hand-Food-Hand-Cream-Pump-250ml_1444108/
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A few years ago for christmas I received a full soap and glory gift set, within the set were a few products including this one. Everything I had I only used a few times and then gave them away, I just didn't like it at all. The smell gives me a headache it's too perfumed the smell is extremely over powering. I found the hand moisturiser to be of a thick consistency therefor you only have to use a small amount of product. Meh hands constantly felt wet and sloppy and the scent transferred onto anything I picked up including food so didn't taste great. I find this will all soap and glory products so I don't use any of their products apart from the body scrub.i find this brand is quite expensive unless you buy it on a multiple offer in boots or another store. It was worth a try but not for me - personal preference.
I love the amusing Soap & Glory packaging and the way it makes my skin feel. It really is a great brand that has managed to make women feel nostalgic and soft all over!
When I was given the birthday box for Christmas (my family are a little kooky!) I was really excited ! I've read such great reviews about the hand food cream. I suffer from really dry hands, especially in the winter, they become cracked and at their worst, do begin to bleed (not very pleasant!) so I try to keep on top of my hand care routine to minimise stress!
This product really does help my dry hands! It's quickly absorbed into my skin, feels great and helps protect my hands all day. The tube is small enough to keep in my bag for any emergency top ups throughout the day. My hands feel soft and non sticky, which is great in a hand cream!
My only issue is that I'm not too keen on the smell. I don't really like a floral smelling cream, however I don't MIND the smell, I'm not keen but I'm not overly fussed. It's personally just my preference, as I do know that people rave about how wonderful it smells (my boyfriend being one!). And the smell certainly isn't enough for me to stop using it.
There are quite a few positive features of this hand cream:
The smell - This hand cream has a lovely smell, though not to girly meaning my boyfriend will also use it
Packaging - the packaging of this product is really nice, making it perfect for gifts
Quality - I think this hand cream is a really nice quality, not thin and runny but not thick and gloopy. This makes it lovely to apply and leaves my hands feeling really refreshed and is also great at combating dry skin. Also, I have found that even when I only use this cream occasionally it still leaves my hands feeling nice, which I find a big plus as I don't want to apply something 5 times to see the results.
Price - Compared to many products of a similar standard this hand cream stands out as a much higher quality than some more premium brands
Size - I have this in the larger tube size, but have also had it in the pump action before. Both last well with only a little cream needed at a time
When using the pump action bottle I have found that the pump can get bunged up if you don't use it often enough (though this is a great type of bottle to keep next to the sink)
I love this hand cream. I have a very low tolerance for lotions/creams that feel greasy. However, it's difficult to find a good one that sinks in but still leaves your skin moisturized. This hand cream and my longtime favorite, Vaseline Hands & Nails lotion, fits that bill. As a bonus, the smell is delicious. It doesn't linger too long if you find it a bit too strong.
I really like how this moisturises my hands leaving them feeling sort and well cared for. Soap and glory do fantastic skin card products and this is one of their very best. I defiantly recommend this to sufferes of dry hands and in the winter this in your pocket or handbag is your guardian angel!
Yet again another lovely and affordable product from the soap & glory range.
From what I have seen there are two sizes always available a full sized and a pocket sized.
This is one to buy!
As part of my job I use my hands nonstop all the time. I have always had nice long nails but I never really kept my hands in good condition. I heard about soap about glory from a friend who got the whole set for christmas and recommend that I try out the hand food since it's winter and my hands look and feel extra dry without cream. The next day I went and got the hand cream and loved it straight away , it smells really nice with not being too strong and moisturises dry hands and nails. I love the packaging and the fact it is girly and pink which is one of my favourite colours. I finished the hand food really quickly and picked up my second one the other day and always keep it in my handbag to take everywhere I go. If you a wanting a bright colourful hand and nail cream which smells nice and softens dry hands I suggest this product.
As Christmas was approaching my Son (who is a skint student) passed me ten pounds with the instructions to pick myself something up for Christmas. I honestly was happy with this as it meant I could buy myself something I actually wanted instead of receiving a strange smelling gift set from a brand I have never heard of.
A short while later in Boots I was looking at the large Soap & Glory section when I remembered about the £10 to pick myself something. As the Soap & glory products were on offer at 3 for 2 again I opted for a couple of items I had not tried before.
One of these items was Soap & Glory Hand Food. I picked up a 50ml tube just to try out. The bright pink tube of hand cream sits on its flip lid. The lid is easy to pop open and neatly squeeze a small amount of the white coloured hand cream on to the palm of my hand. The cream is of a good thickness and sits in a neat pile on my palm waiting for me to rub in.
As soon as I start to rub the cream in to my hands I am engulfed in the signature Soap & Glory scent of bergamot, strawberries, mandarin, musk, amber and vanilla. It smells amazing and is a great little pick me up scent.
The cream is easily absorbed and leaves my hands feeling smooth and nourished but not greasy. On the tube I am warned not to use this cream on irritated or damaged skin, I do suffer with a small amount of eczema on my hands occasionally and I find that my hands are perfectly fine with Soap & Glory Hand Food.
I use hand cream throughout the day whenever my hands are feeling dry and this is my favourite cream that I keep by my bedside to apply at bedtime as I love the scent so much and I can smell it each time I turn a page while reading in bed.
I only paid £2.50 for a 50ml tube and when it has run out I will happily pay £5.00 for a 125ml tube which works out at much better value for money.
Thank you for reading.
I adore Soap & Glory products and was lucky enough to both last year and this year get my hands on one of the large bags of Soap & Glory do around Christmas time. This means I have many yummy products to use and review! I thought I'd start with Hand Food, which if the name didn't already give away is a hand cream.
I managed to get my hands on a Soap & Glory "Yule Monty" set in a bag/case for just £27 from Boots, which this was part of. I recommend getting one of these when they are around at Christmas time as if you buy on certain dates at the release or wait for the sales then the £27 price tag (compared to the usual £60) means that you pay just £3 for each (full size) product and the bag itself is free. Hand food has been included in these gift sets for the past 2 years that I have had one.
If you buy Hand Food on it's own then a tube of it will cost you £2.50 for 50ml or £5 for 125ml in Boots. There is also a pump bottle version which costs £7 for 250ml. I have the 125ml tube.
I think this is a very good price for a popular branded product and it's certainly worth this price for a decent hand cream if you use one.
You can also find Soap & Glory products in Harvey Nicholls and on both Amazon and Ebay so it's quite easily available.
The packaging is instantly recognisable as Soap & Glory as it features the same pink colour as many of their other products and has the Soap & Glory logo on the front. It is quite girly packaging which I find neither overly attractive or unattractive and it looks ok on my shelf of cosmetics (I certainly wouldn't feel the need to hide this one away).
On the front of the tube Hand Food is written in large white and cream block lettering and underneath in both English and French there is black writing telling you that the product is hand cream and contains shea butter, macadamia oil and marshmallow. On the back of the tube are the usual warnings and ingredients list (if you wish to view the ingredients they can be easily found on soapandglory.com) There is also a small symbol which indicates that the product should be used within 24 months of opening (which gives it a nice long shelf life) and a small British flag logo near to writing which tells you that the product is made in the UK and gives a London address for the company. I like to be able to support British companies and so I really like that they let you know on the packaging that the product is made in the UK.
The tube is large enough to last a long while yet small enough to shove in a bag if staying overnight. It is sturdy enough to do the job, I've never had problems with the tube or lid breaking, being flimsy or clogging up with product.
I don't tend to use this cream every day, more just whenever my hands feel dry and need a pick-me-up, but if your hands are very dry or chapped then you might want to use it daily or even a few times a day.
The cream is a white colour and is easily squeezed out of the tube. It is neither too thick or too thin and spreads and sinks into the hands reasonably quickly and easily. I find that this leaves my hands feeling soft and smooth without leaving my hands slippy or with any stickiness on them which is exactly what I would want in a hand cream. I find that a little of this goes a long way, which means the tube lasts quite a while, especially as I don't tend to use it every day.
I really like the smell of the product, you can definitely smell the shea butter and macadamia oil in there. It leaves a light fragrance on my hands for a good few hours afterwards which I find pleasant.
I can't find any faults with this hand cream, it is exactly the kind of wonderful product I have come to expect from Soap & Glory and so I'm awarding it a whole 5 stars and would happily recommend it to others
I generally have several tubes of hand food around my house, as my friends and family often buy me Soap and Glory giftsets for Christmases/birthdays and it seems to be a legal requirement for all S&G giftsets to have a tube of Hand Food in them!
Hand Food is easily identifiable as an S&G product as it's pink and covered in puns. Also, it has the Soap and Glory logo on it! The tube can be bought in a mini size of 50ml (£2.50) or a regular size of 125ml (£5) This is a Boots exclusive product and so can be bought in their store or online. The bottle comes top down with a snap lid, which is convenient for a product which you use on your hands and can make them slippery.
The cream is easily dispensed from the bottle, although I do find it easy to squeeze a bit too much sometimes. The scent is the 'Original Pink' which S&G use on many of their standard products. To me it smells floral but not sickly sweet, with slight tangs of citrus. Hand Food is described as containing shea butter, macadamia oil and marshmallow. I've checked the ingredients and can see the first two, but I think the marshmallow is just there to sound whimsical (I personally have to avoid marshmallows as they're not vegetarian, but I can't see any animal-based derivatives in the ingredients, which can be found on the Soap and Glory website.)
The lotion is a nice thick consistency and absorbs into hands quickly. If you like S&G products in general you should like the smell as it's very recognisable as from this brand. I tend to use Hand Food before bed and find that it leaves my hands soft, smooth and hydrated. There is no greasy or oily feeling after application.
The only downside about this product is that if you leave it for a while the product can separate and you get a gloopy product with a watery discharge. As mentioned I have loads of tubes of this and only two hands, so I have before taken a few tubes into work to give to colleagues as I didn't want them to all go off!
I like this product a lot (which is lucky given how many tubes I've acquired) It moisturises beautifully and smells great. I'm just knocking off one star for the way it can separate sometimes.
I suffer from sensitive dry skin and eczema and after recently having a baby I am constantly washing my hand following nappy changing, which means I have dry cracked raw skin which develops into a painful rash. I have used Soap and Glory products before and have always been impressed - the witty product names as well as the stylish packaging are very appealing and the products themselves are good quality. The packaging of hand food is no exception and there are two sizes available - a larger one and a smaller one which is perfectly handbag sized. The products are a little pricey but there are often offers such as 3 for 2 on at Boots.
At first I was a little concerned about using this product as it is quite scented - it is a really lovely sweet scent but as my skin is so sensitive I was worried that anything fragranced might irritate it more. However, hand food is the one product which seems to make a difference to my skin. The consistency is great, being thick enough to treat dry skin with a good level of moisture but not so thick that it isn't absorbed. It doesn't leave your hands greasy or slippery and seems to not only moisturise and make a drastic difference to the dry flakes of skin on my hands, but also to relieve the itching that I constantly feel.
My one and only complaint about this product is that the nozzle is tiny and so there is a tendency for build up around the nozzle, which then prevents the product being dispensed easily and also can prevent the lid from closing. A slight adjustment to the packaging and this product would be absolutely perfect!
As a fanatic Soap and Glory lover, I was absolutely thrilled to discover the Hand Food moisturiser!
I received the Soap and Glory Hand Food as part of a bundle for my birthday. I find using regular soap and water to wash my hands leaves them very sensitive and it's almost unbearable to touch anything without cringing, I found the Hand Food perfect for using after I've washed my hands as it leaves them feeling lovely and soft and fully moisturised.
I found with some other hand moisturisers left your hands feeling greasy and you had to use a lot to get the desired affect. However with the Soap and Glory I found you don't need to use a lot to get your hands fully moisturised and smelling fruity and girly.
However I was bought another tube of 'Hand Food' and whilst I was just finishing the end of my other bottle, my new one was waiting under my bed (out of direct sunlight and warm temperatures) after about a month I needed to open my new tube, but after a week or so I found the smell had gone and didn't smell like what it should and it had also gone discoloured! Although this has only happened the one time, I still wasn't very happy.
I also find that with any Soap and Glory, they are very overpriced and I wouldn't generally buy them for myself.
I received Hand Food within a gift set at Christmas along with several other of the popular S&G products which I am slowly working my way through. I am generally a fan of S&G, although tend not to buy it for myself and wait to get it as gifts- But I love the packaging, the concepts of the products and I find that the products themselves generally seem to be of excellent quality. As a student nurse, repeated handwashing leaves my hands dry and sore, and so its quite easy to tell whether a hand cream works or not!
Hand Food retails at £5 for 125ml, which I actually think is really quite reasonable as it is a large tube and other S&G products can be a little on the pricey side (in my opinion anyway). The packaging is so cute, and typical S&G style. It contains lovely ingredients such as shea butter, macadamia oil and marshmallow- all of which contribute to the lovely smell! I can't pinpoint exactly what it smells of, but it certainly is lovely.
The cream is white, and of a medium thickness - Its not very thick, but holds its shape so its not like a lotion either. When applied, it does feel a little wet; to the point where you wonder how on earth its going to sink in. But within 2 minutes, its pretty much absorbed and almost completely within 10 minutes. It claims to be non greasy, and I would say that it lives up to this claim. Once absorbed, my hands feel wonderfully smooth, a little bit tacky, but by no means greasy - which is really important if you're on the go and want to get things done! And the lovely smell sticks around too.
The moisturising effects last several hours for me before feeling like I need to reapply, which seems to be similar to most hand creams.
I love this product, and when I run out I wouldn't hesitate to purchase again, rather than waiting for a gift! It is well priced, for a good amount and the product itself is just lovely.
As the owner of one very dry pair of hands I feel obliged to keep a stash of hand creams strategically located to be permanently available to me. Soap and Glory's Hand Food is the one that sits next to my PC at home. I received this as part of a gift set and it is a smaller size than the regular tube. The full size version is available to buy from Boots for £5.00, and the dinky version is £2.50.
My hands get so dry that the skin will often just crack. If I've let it get quite that dry then I can't use ordinary hand creams such as Hand Food due to the perfumes, and have to use my eczema creams and potions instead. In theory though, my hands shouldn't get into that state in the first place because I'm supposedly moisturising them at every opportunity. I'm not great at remembering to do that of course! However, having a nice hand cream that is a pleasure to use certainly helps in that respect.
Hand Food is the perfect consistency. It is thick and creamy when squeezed out of the tube. It is bright white in colour and has a very subtle, light fragrance. It is supposed to smell of fennel and lotus flowers. Maybe it does, I can't say I've ever smelled either of them! To me it smells 'clean' and vaguely floral.
It absorbs into the skin really quickly, leaving my hands feeling soft and velvety, and most importantly, without leaving behind any sheen or greasy layer. The effect is long lasting as well. I applied some around 4 hours ago and despite having been washed at least twice since then, my hands are still feeling soft.
The list of ingredients does look a little scary, with all manner of chemical names in there. I think this is fairly normal though, and it doesn't claim to be a natural product.
It may not be 'The most astonishing hand cream ever', but it is certainly my favourite for every day use.
A silky, non-greasy hand lotion /