Product Type: Soap & Glory Hand & Nail Care
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Soap & Glory Hand Food
Member Name: Dryad
Soap & Glory Hand Food
Date: 11/03/12, updated on 12/03/12 (110 review reads)
Advantages: Sinks in really fast, formulations are not tested on animals.
Disadvantages: Not as nourishing as I expected
One skin care product I am never without is hand cream, and although my favourite is the L'Occitane shea butter range I rarely buy it because of the cost, so I've tried everything from 99p tubes up. I've been reading a lot of good things about Soap and Glory in particular their 'Hand Food' hand cream so was pleased to receive one when I asked the hubby to get me "some hand cream" on his last jaunt into Swansea.
He bought me the 125ml one which cost at the time of writing £5.00 and £2.50 for the 50ml size. At the moment they are part of a 3 for two offer so he got a tube for my mother as part of her mothers day present too.
The tube is as the Dooyoo picture and comes unboxed. The flip top lid and dispensing 'hole' underneath is no different to any other of this type of lid.
The scent of the hand cream is quite subtle which is good if you are wearing other scented products or perfume; it was pleasant but smelt fairly generic to me, which surprised me as I love the smell of other Soap and Glory products I've sampled.
I don't usually put long lists of ingredients in my reviews unless to point something out, which is what I want to do here. The list is very long so I won't include it all just the first several ingredients. Which are: Aqua, glycerin, cetyl alcohol, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), grape seed oil, Dimethicone (a silicone oil), Glyceryl sterate, Macadamia seed oil, sweet almond oil.... And so forth for a further 24 or so ingredients. The reason I've included this list is because I had read that this cream contains shea butter and grape seed oil as some of the top (so higher quantity) ingredients. However despite being listed high up in my opinion these excellent moisturising ingredients must be included in very small quantities indeed. Because the texture of the cream despite looking quite thick before rubbing in is actually as light as air and a little 'wet'.
This light texture is fabulous if you want a quick hit of moisture and want your hands to show no trace of hand cream quickly, wonderful if you are busy and don't have time for even a few seconds of 'sink in time'. However this does mean that if you have dryish and or 'older' skin re-application is necessary quite often. Personally I don't favour hand products this light.
When I first squeezed the white cream onto my hand it looked quite impressive it didn't lose its shape and seemed as mentioned to be quite thick. However when I went to spread the cream I was shocked that in one stroke the cream was gone, sunk straight in to the palm of the hand stroking across the back of the other (which is not where I wanted the cream to go, the tops of my hands are where I normally concentrate my hand creams). This is very impressive if you are looking for immediate absorption and I can see how this would be a very good selling point for many people. However I wanted to be able to spread the cream without having to apply half the tube just to get coverage of the whole of both hands and wrists.
I would class this as a glycerin hand cream, which I usually avoid mainly because I do not find them particularly comfortable on my skin or effective for long enough, but also because glycerin does not moisturise in itself but is hydroscopic in nature. Which means it attracts water. There is some controversy as to whether this works well in skin care. It is meant to take moisture from the air/environment into your skin but some think it may take the moisture from your skin into itself, therefore plumping up the outer layers but dehydrating the lower ones where the new skin cells are forming.
I wanted to try this cream mainly because of the shea butter as I know that this is an excellent moisturising ingredient which works well for me and is full of natural vitamins and minerals which are generally good for the skin. Having used raw fair trade shea butter mixed with other oils myself to make skin and hair care products I know what the texture of a high shea butter content product looks and feels like even when very whipped, and this cream has none of the characteristics I would expect. Which is what makes me think that this product contains only very small traces of the excellent butters and oils it lists.
I know that this cream is very popular but I have to be honest and say that for me it was far from being up there in the top 5, or even 10. I didn't feel it deeply moisturising enough, and the effects did not last for long. There are other creams which are cheaper or around the same price which work far better on my particular skin. This is one which I will not be buying again which is a shame as Soap and Glory do not test their products on animals. In fact I was so disappointed with it that I would have been embarrassed to give it to my mother who is 72 and even when younger had quite dry hands. I gave the other tube to my daughter whose younger skin does not need a rich hand cream and bought something else for my mother.
Recommended for younger skin or skins which aren't very dry.
Avoid if you need a rich soothing long lasting hand cream.
Summary: A nice cream which I found didn't live up to the claims.
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