Product Type: Soap & Glory Hand & Nail Care
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'The most astonishing handcream ever?'
Soap & Glory Hand Food
Member Name: jimmychoogirl
Soap & Glory Hand Food
Advantages: softens and smoothens hands, locks in moisture, lovely scent
Disadvantages: not quite as good as Endless Glove
I am a big fan of Soap & Glory products and although I will openly admit to the fact that some of their products do not live up the hype, on the whole, I love many of their products and therefore will continue to buy from their brand. I use hand cream on a daily basis and the one that I now religiously is 'Endless Glove' by the Soap & Glory brand, however, when it wasn't in stock I decided to buy 'Hand Food' as it was by the same brand and figured it couldn't be too different to the other one and even if it was, I hoped it would have been of similar quality.
~~What is it?~~
Soap and Gloryis a brand that is mainly limited to Boots; though I know that ASOS also now stock it. It is know for it's Retro style packaging, which is very 50's housewife orientated and most of their products come in a candy, girly pink colour complete with puns or captions in order to grab the buyer's attention.
This particualar item is one of their hand creams, to my knowledge, they only have two. There isn't really much to say about it as everyone knows what hand cream is; the basic idea is to hydrate and moisturise your hands, leaving them soft and smooth.
~~Price and Avaliabilty~~
There are two size varitations that I am aware of for this hand cream, being 50ml and 125ml.
A 50ml bottle will cost you £2.50.
A 125ml bottle will cost you £5.00.
This may seem expensive for hand cream, though for this product I think it is definitley worth it and Soap & Glory products are also often on offer, such as 3 for 2.
This brand was made avaliable in 2006 and was limited to Boots only, though I have now noticed ASOS have started to stock it, especially around christmas time and am currently not aware of anyone else who stocks them.
'The most astonishing and cream ever? You decide!'
Soap & Glory claim that this product is a non-greasy hyrdrating hand cream with shea butter, macadamia oil and marshmallow. Apply it as often as you want to soften, smooth and soothe dry, chapped, or otherwise hampered hands.
The hand cream has it's very own, unique scent and one that I would not immediately associate with a handcream. I often find handcreams to have a subtle floral or fruity smell that is somewhat refreshing, however, this has a very sweet smell to it. It is not at all overpowering and is very pleasant, I think the top notes are the sweet, yet subtle and refreshing scents of the shea butter and marshmallow. After looking at the ingredients I can also see that this product has Sweet Almond in it, which I think also adds to the sweetness of the scent.
~~Using/ Applying the product~~
The handcream is very white in colour and is the normal consistency of a hand cream, it not slightly thicker. It is not all all runny or thin, such as you might expect with a cheaper brand. It has an even so slight glossy sheen to it, which makes it look a little more luxurious.
To the touch the product feels very moistrusing and cool, it is not at all greasy, it feels very soft and even so slightly 'bouncy'. When applying it seemed to soothe my skin as soon as I was rubbing it in. As soon as began to rub in the handcream the scent became a little stronger and a little more noticable, which I liked as I really thought the scent was something different for a handcream and I really enjoyed it.
The handcream seemed to go a long way and I only needed a small amount in order to feel I had enough on in order to moisturise and smooth my hands. The hand cream absorbed very well into my skin, only taking a minute or so do so. After this my hands felt soft and moisturised, but they did not leave behind that sticky/ greasy residue which is sometimes there when using handcream.
After using this handcream the appearance and smoothness of my hands had changed noticably. Although they never felt 'rough' or 'cracked' to begin with, they were quite dry and never really felt moisturised, yet after using this product they felt extremley hydrated and moisturised.
My hands also looked smoother to look at, as well as to the touch. The handcream had somehow managed to fill out any fine lines in my hands and in such gave them a smooth, softer appearance. They felt very well mositurised and had the feeling that the moisture was locked in, yet did not feel greasy at all.
The only thing that I found with this handcream it that I had to continually use it everyday in order to achieve these results and say I forgot to use it one day I would definitley notice it the next as my hands would feel somewhat 'tighter' and would not be soft to the touch. Now although this shows it works, to me, this also means that it is not as good as my favourite 'Endless Glove' handcream as I could often find that I only had to use it 4-5 times a week in order for soft, smooth hands and for it to lock in the moisture. It doesn't really bother me having to use the handcream on a daily basis, as I tend to do this anyway, but for those of you who want to use a handcream just a couple of times a week, I don't think this is the one for you.
I found that the scent lingered, which was something I really liked about this handcream. I have never come across a sweet smelling handcream before and if I have, it has only been floral-sweet or fruity-sweet and not the same kind of 'candy/marshmallow' sweetness this has to it. Although it may seem like it is aimed at the younger generations due to this scent, I really do think it would appeal to most people as although it is noticable, it is still subtle and is not at all sickly.
I really like this product, as it has done what I needed it to do and I have no realy faults or complaints with this product. Although, the price did originally seem a little steep for a handcream, I think the price is well worth it as within 2-3 days my hands were left feeling soft, soothed and relived.
I really like the fact that it has a non greasy formula to it yet still works well and efficently as a hand cream; something that I have struggled to find before. I also really love the scent as it was different and unusual and not something that I had been expecting, yet it was surprisingly pleasant and was really nice to have a sweet smelling handcream, opposed the the 'normal' floral smelling handcreams.
Had the handcream been able to lock in the moisture as well as 'Endless Glove' (although it still does a pretty good job!) I think that this would have been my new favourite due to the lovely scent and the fact it comes in pink packaging, though, the fact that it is not *quite* as good - though still very close- means I will be returning to Endless Glove. That is not to say I would not buy it again, as if Endless Glove is out of stock, or stops being made then this handcream would definitley be my next best choice!
~~Is it good value for money?~~
I can see this item lasting me for quite a while, due to the fact that you only need to use such a small amount each time. Therefore, although £5 may seem a little more expensive than the normal £1-2 mark of most handcreams, due to the results and the fact it will last me a long time I think it is well worth those extra pounds!
I have had my 125ml tube for about 2 months now and have not even used half, which is with daily usage and often usingit more than once daily, therefore, to me it definitley works out as value for money!
-Leaves hands soft, smooth and soothed
-Lovely, unusual scent
-Often on offer
-Non greasy formula
-No horrible residue is left behind
-Locks in mositure well
-May seem expensive for a handcream
-Does not lock in moisture *as well as* Endless Glove
~~Overall/ Would I reccomend?~~
Overall, I really liked this handcream. It done the job it intended to do and done it well. I really liked the scent it had to it and the fact that you only need a little amount each time means I can see it lasting me a long time, making it good value for money.
I would reccomend this item on the basis that I would repurchase, should my favourite not been in stock, and if you do not mind applying handcream everyday (as I know most people already do) then you really shouldn't be able to find a fault with this product. I think that if I had not before tried Endless Glove then this would definitley be my favourite handcream!
~~Ingredients~~ *Please not I have not listed them all, just the main ones*
Parkii (Shea Butter)
Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil
Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil
Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil
Summary: 'The most astonishing handcream ever?'
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