Product Type: Soap & Glory Hand & Nail Care
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A Feast For My Hands
Soap & Glory Hand Food
Member Name: sandemp
Soap & Glory Hand Food
Date: 30/12/12, updated on 30/12/12 (81 review reads)
Advantages: Soothes, softens, scent
Disadvantages: Not widely available other than Boots
This highly scented hand cream is available in three sizes, the smallest (and cheapest) tube being a 50ml flip top tube that is perfect to slip in a hand bag or pocket and is generally available at Boots (in-store or online) for £2.50. The mid-sized tube contains 125ml, is once more flip top and retails at £5, while the largest size is actually in a pump action bottle and contains 250ml for just £7. So obviously the larger the tube/bottle you buy the more economical the cream is to buy. While obviously not the cheapest of hand-creams, even at the £2.50 for the travel size I still feel that Hand Food provides reasonable value for money as I only need to use a pea-sized amount each time.
As appears to be the theme with all the products within the Soap and Glory original Pink range, the tubes and bottles that house Hand Food are incredibly pink, while this does mean that they all match, if you are one of those that believes there is such a thing as too much pink, then you may find the ultimate girlie effect a little off-putting. Luckily I am not one of these people and find that the pink is not so garish as Barbie pink and is just subdued enough to be able to take pride of place on my bedside cabinet and kitchen windowsill. Both size of tube are completely opaque, which does mean that you are unable to see how much cream remains and has a flip top lid that snaps opens to reveal a fairly small aperture through which the cream can be dispensed. The larger bottle, however, is made of transparent plastic which reveals the cream in all it's creaminess and features a pump for dispensing the cream. So far (with my limited experience) I have found that with the tubes the aperture is the perfect size to accurately dispense the cream, while the lid has proved durable, even when the smaller tube has been thrown into my handbag. But I do find that I need to ensure that I close the tube before rubbing the cream into my hands, otherwise the tube does become a little greasy. If truth be told I find the pump action bottle far easier for everyday, at home use, the pump works well (although it does need priming before the first use) and dispenses the perfect amount to massage into my hands.
Looking on the Boots website (it does appear that this hand cream along with other Soap and Glory products is virtually exclusive to Boots) they describe this cream's scent as "fresh bergamot, strawberries and mandarin, with floral and fruity mid-notes, and musk, amber and warm vanilla". Now to me this sounds more like a description as a perfume than a hand cream and is just a touch over-the-top. The cream itself is of a fairly thick consistency and glossy white colour, not so thick as to be unworkable but far thicker than a lotion. A pea-sized blob is all that I need to completely coat both hands and it spreads easily over the skin and absorbs quickly leaving a slight tackiness that lasts less than a minute, meaning that I don't have to wait an age before getting on with every day life. To my nose the scent starts off very sweet with fruity backdrop and maybe the tiniest hint of citrus, which quickly develops into a warm floral scent (by the time I've finished rubbing it in) and as the floral scent fades within half hour I'm left with hands that carry the gentlest of a warm, slightly musky scent for the next hour or so.
With such intensive moisturising ingredients as Shea Butter and Macademia Oil and the surprise addition of Marshmallow root (yes it is actually a plant not a sweet), this cream does wonders for my hands. Immediately after application my hands feel soft, supple and lightly scented with any effects from harsh weather being calmed. While I did find that the areas of psoriasis did sting on the first application, that first application was enough to begin he process of soothing and softening those same areas so that they could begin to heal. By using Hand Food several times a day, after every hand wash, within two days the horrible scaly patches had improved noticeably, so much so that I was no longer needing to cover the areas with plasters to prevent the skin catching. I will admit that after a couple of days I did add the Endless Glove hand cream as an overnight treatment to my hand care routine, but still those areas on my hands are now hardly noticeable and vastly improved, while the rest of my hands are covered in baby soft skin. Hand Food also has a relatively long shelf life (which is clearly marked on each tube/bottle) of 24 months or two years from the day they are opened.
While this would probably not have been my first choice of hand cream, I have to say that the Soap and Glory Hand Food has actually impressed me. It's worked wonders on the problem areas of my hands, while caring for the rest of them, leaving the skin as soft and smooth as a baby's bottom. I also love the fragrance, it's feminine without being too sweet and sickly and fades to a lovely warm aroma. Even better this fragrance is the same as the many other products in the Soap and Glory original pink range, meaning that I can build up the layers of scent without any one aspect clashing. I also like the fact that Soap and Glory test their products on humans rather than animals, although it does have to be said that they use rather a lot of chemicals (you can find the full list here http://www.soapandglory.com/hand-food ).
If I were forced to state any negatives, I would have to say that my only real gripe with this hand cream is how hard it is to get hold of, I live in a small town (smallest in the country as it happens) and we only have a small Boots that only stocks a very limited range of any line of beauty products so I will have to travel quite a distance when the time eventually comes to replace my stock (either that or go online). But as I only need to use such a tiny amount at once and have received so many tubes and bottles I can't see that being for quite a while yet. In fact I hopefully have enough to last me through until next Christmas when I may receive some in gift sets from Santa or be able to buy some sets in the Boots half price sale, when they become even better value for money.
Summary: A brilliant hand cream that's saved my hands
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