Product Type: Soap & Glory Hand & Nail Care
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Soap & Glory Hand Food
Member Name: walsha11
Soap & Glory Hand Food
Advantages: Smell, brand, soft skin, no dryness, packaging.
Disadvantages: Does impress straight away
I received this product as a gift from my sister for Christmas, along with a few other products from the range. I really like the Soap & Glory brand because it offers quality but at an affordable high street price. That is not to say I have been impressed with every product they offer, some of them simply don't live up to the label and you can find cheaper, better alternatives elsewhere. However, my general feeling about their range of bath items and cosmetics is that they are good quality, nice to use and generally fall within my price range. This product in particular is designed to be a hand cream which is both non-greasy and hydrating, with the end result being super smooth hands. Sounds good, eh?
I usually have a vast supply of moisturisers to choose from as I am so often given them as gifts for birthdays and Christmas. I am not the kind of person who moisturises every time I get out of the bath so they don't tend to deplete all that quickly. I usually moisturise once a week and as long as the product has a pleasant smell and a nice thick consistency I am a happy consumer. In terms of moisturisers which are specifically designed for my hands I can't say I have ever owned one before. I'm not particularly into doing my nails and with a busy schedule it simply isn't feasible to treat myself to a manicure. That is why I was so pleased to receive this product as a gift, because it meant quick relief for dry or overused hands.
I don't tend to get raw or flaky skin on my hands - but I did burn a large proportion of my right hand a few months ago and while the skin did not scar it has become a little dry ever since (sounds attractive, I know). I think I have quite tough skin on my hands and have often felt like I would like them to be a little softer - but having never used a hand moisturiser before I didn't really have any expectations other than thinking it should be a quality product based on the brand.
The packaging is easily recognisable as a Soap & Glory product because of the distinctive pink colour used on the majority of their packaging. This product also has the characteristic 50s style type and design. In general I really like the packaging of the range, and this product in particular. I think the designs are functional and extremely practical whilst retaining stylish and feminine elements which make them look really good when displayed in shops and in your bathroom. This moisturiser comes in a large plastic tube. The shaft is easily squeezable, making accessibility to the product possible. It has a lid which you flick open and a pea sized hole through which the moisturiser can be squeezed out. I like this design as it makes it easy to use the product, even with slippery/greasy hands. It also means that when the moisturiser begins to dwindle you can cut open the tube easily and use the remainder of the hand food.
The tube is 125 ml which is rather large for a hand moisturiser - I think if I had the choice I would opt for a smaller tube so that I can carry it in my handbag and use it wherever and whenever I need it. However, I do think the design in general is good and completely trouble free to use.
So, what was the hand cream like? Well my opinion has changed the more I have used the product but my initial reaction was slightly underwhelmed. The cream is light in consistency and not nearly as thick as I had hoped for - I really like a thick cream as it gives my skin an instantly hydrated feeling and feels very indulgent to apply. This consistency didn't put me off altogether though and I persisted in using the product as it smelt nice and seemed to be having a minimal effect on the softness of my hands. However, the more I have used the product the more I have noticed the difference. My hands feel smoother, more hydrated and it has actually made a big difference to the dry residual skin left over from my burn. The smell of the cream is lovely too - making it really pleasant to use. The tube states that it contains shea butter, macadamia oil, marshmallow, lotus flower and fennel. A weird combination of ingredients I thought, but the smell is simply lovely. It has a very light, floral and yet punchy fragrance which has great staying power. Though I was not initially sold on the quality of the product I actually think, having used it more, that it is a lovely hand cream which really has improved the softness of my skin. I have also used the cream as a body moisturiser because I felt that I would never use it all if I was just applying it to my hands! It has the same lovely softening effect on my legs and arm and leaves that great aroma which sticks around for a couple of hours.
I have been really impressed by this cream and I think if I continue to apply it regularly I will see increasingly good improvements on my skin. As I received it as a gift I am not entirely sure how much my sister paid for it or where she purchased it. However, looking on the Boots website it is available for £5.00 which seems like a reasonable price for this cream as it comes in such a large size and lasted me for 3-4 months in total (longer if I had just used it on my hands). You can often get Soap & Glory cheaper in other high streets stores or supermarkets as they are widely available - and obviously there are always cheaper deals to be had online. I would suggest waiting for an offer at Boots as these ranges often come on 3 for 2 which can save you a decent amount of money and means you have an excuse to re-purchase your favourite products or try something new!
Overall I would definitely recommend this but I think I might also try some other hand moisturisers to get a comparative view.
Summary: A nice hand moisturiser for those dry skin days.
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