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I like the french name for this that is also shown on the lid "au beurre de karite d'afrique creme" Sounds soo much nicer!
Avon Planet Spa African Shea Butter Foot and Elbow Cream with AHA
Recyclable clear plastic tub with white plastic lid
The icons on the bottom of the bottle advise the user that the shelf life is 12 months once the product is opened and that the container is recyclable.
As is frequently the case the directions are on the back of a label stuck onto the container, but it is impossible to peel open to read them
Price: £5.00 but Avon products frequently on offer
A sticky cream to treat your feet and rough skin on elbows.
I love Avon products and always look forward to receiving a catalogue; I first tried this product when it first came out and loved the sweet smell and the way it made my feet feel.
This is frequently available from Avon along with other Planet Spa African Shea Butter products, it is not currently available on their website to check the claims for the product, but I found this very useful when I had hard, dry skin on my feet after a winter of them being enclosed in shoes and socks and on the problematic hard skin on my elbows. However, I soon realised that the product was not quite living up to my expectations when I mixed it with other similar products that were having a much nicer and more effective impact on my feet. I think as part of a routine when there is a hard skin problem it will help. But it doesn't work as well as some other products. The bst thing about this product is the smell.
The fragrance is delicious and this is the sweetest smelling Shea Butter product I have tried. I also use the Brown sugar and Shea Butter Body Scrub and this has exactly the sae fragrance, which is subtle and sweet.
What I like about it:
Fast to absorb, but leaves a sticky not smooth feel.
What I don't like:
Sticky feeling cream, makes my husband worry that I am walking the product into the carpet.
Part of a problem hard skin removal regime.
Pampered foot routine application.
Why You Should Try It:
If you have tried other Avon products in the African Shea Butter range, give it a go, it's OK and nice to use a whole range. I think it is beneficial to a point for serious hard skin issues, but you will need a decent removal regime as well.
I have found this is a better product to use under socks in the winter or at bed time as it leaves the foot sticky and slippery. Simply remove a little with your fingers and rub into your feet and elbows.
Price and Availability: Usual price is around £5.00 for 75ml tub, however Avon frequently have offers in their catalogues. Available via a Representative from the Avon Catalogue, Avon on-line, Sometimes outlets such as eBay or Amazon (see the Dooyoo links).
At £5.00 there are much better products.
II am not usually a fan of Avon products; I am often disappointed by the quality but this one does what is says on the tin (or 75 ml pot to be more accurate) and is great value for money.
It comes in a clear plastic 75 ml tub - pretty plain packaging but I don't mind that. It has two great ingredients known for softening skin. Firstly Shea Butter which has been used for centuries to nourish, moisturize and heal the skin. It also has anti inflammatory qualities. Secondly it has AHAs (or Alpha Hydroxy Acids). According to Wikipedia these are naturally occurring acids found in sugar cane juice and lactic acid and are used in peel formulas to improve the skin's texture.
I use it to soften and nourish dry skin on my feet and it works, quickly re-hydrating dry areas and improving the overall appearance of the skin. It takes a while to absorb so I try to ensure I can just sit for a while to get maximum benefit; or even better I apply it just before I go to bed so that it can really soak in overnight. I've not really used it on my elbows but reckon that it would soften any dry patches of skin. It has a unique fragrance that I can't quite place - the nearest I can come up with is burnt vanilla. It's not unpleasant but it is distinctive and may not be to everyone's taste.
I've checked on the Avon website and it doesn't seem to be available although there are similar products. However it looks like you can get it on ebay though for under £5 a pot.
As I've said in other reviews, I have problems with my feet so I use a whole range of products to keep my toesies happy and functional.
I've been using Avon products for donkeys' years and their Planet Spa range is one of my favourites. I was very pleased when I discovered this African Shea Foot & Elbow Cream a few years ago.
Avon's Planet Spa African Shea Foot & Elbow Cream contains shea butter. I'm a big fan of cocoa butter in products and I was intrigued to find out that whilst both plant-derived butters are popular in cosmetics and creams, shea butter has more nutrients of the two, including higher levels of vitamins A and E. Interestingly, shea butter is also cheaper!
The other main ingredient in this cream is AHAs. Google is my friend, as I discovered AHA stands for Alpha Hydroxy Acid and is another common product in lotions and potions, designed for exfoliation.
This product comes in a 75ml screwtop, shallow jar made of sturdy plastic. The screwtop opens easily, revealing a foil seal which is easily torn off (remember to scoop any product that's migrated onto the foil back into the jar to avoid wastage!). The cream usually costs £4.50 but Avon are always having various multibuy offers on so it's easy to buy it cheaper. I usually stock up on 3 or 4 pots when it's on BOGOF or some such deal.
The cream itself is super-goopy thick and has a really strong chocolatey smell, just like cocoa butter. It smells wonderful if you're a chocoholic like me!
I really like this cream and use it regularly on my feet, particularly when my heels are threatening to crack. It's easily applied although it takes a little while to rub in and it's all too easy to apply too much.
One word of warning: I've discovered the hard way that if I have any little cuts on my feet, or on the fingers I rub it in with, the cream stings very badly. I've found out about invisible paper cuts the hard way on too many occasions! It doesn't cause any nasty reaction but it stings enough for me to have to wash my hands thoroughly after application. My guess is this is due to the AHAs in the cream, which various internet sources do list as a possible reactant to those with sensitive skin. Apparently in much higher concentrations, AHAs are used in chemical peels 0_o
In conclusion, though, this cream is very good for softening and soothing my feet. I love the smell and consistency of the product, but I do have to watch out for little cuts on my skin when using it so I'm knocking off a star. Perhaps I should start wearing cotton gloves for application...
Planet Spa African Shea Foot & Elbow Cream is ideal if you've got dry skin and are looking for some relief. It's extremely inexpensive for a product like this at £4.50 per pot, and often comes up on sale for even less too! It's an exclusive Avon product so you can only order this from Avon online or from an Avon representative.
I've tried a few products over the years to deal with my dry feet, from 99p Tesco products to £10 Boots exclusives! This is without a doubt my favourite when it comes to chipping away at the hard skin on the soles of my heals though.
I'm not a huge fan of the smell of shea butter, but I do like the thick, moisturising, luxurious feel I get when I scoop out a blob and apply it to my dry skin. This is designed to go on elbows and feet, where tough skin is at its worst, and it's definitely thick enough and tough enough to tackle such areas.
My feet in particular, my feet are very coarse, and I'm really pleased to say that this cream tackles even that. It works especially well if I apply it generously, put on cotton socks overnight, then rub it in/off in the morning. I find the skin on my feet is a good 50% softer than it was before I started.
The only downside to this is the smell, which I'm just not particularly keen on. I think that's personal preference though, and I wouldn't put anyone off trying this just because it doesn't smell as tempting as other products do. Though strawberry and tangerine products might smell more tempting than this, in my experience they don't work half as well.
== Planet Spa African Shea Foot & Elbow Cream with AHA ==
Produced by Avon and available from a representative, or online from their website , this cream is from the Planet Spa range.
The R.R.P is £4.50 but like all Avon, often comes up on offer at this present time it's available for £2.75.
== The Product ==
The product comes in a plastic see through pot with white screw top lid and contains 75 ml.
The label on the top tells you it's a foot and elbow cream with AHA, and contains African shea butter .
I must admit to not knowing what AHA is , other than the 80's band with the lovely Morten Harket, but apparently AHAs provide extra exfoliation.
The African shea butter is what caught my eye as It contains a rich amount of unremovable fatty acid which makes it better than cocoa butter.
Shea butter contains everything to make skin smoother, softer and healthier, and the therapeutic properties it contains protect and well as repair the skin.
Under the pot it a peel back label that informs you the cream softens calluses and smooths rough dry heels and elbows.
It's dermatologically and clinically tested.
To use apply daily to feet, knees, elbows and other dry areas.
The cream itself smells lovely I think the shea butter has been mixed with a vanilla scent , and feels luxurious and thick when on your skin.
== In Use ==
I originally bought this product for my feet , the area around my heel is always dry and with the summer coming up , I wanted my feet to be flip-flop ready and as this was on offer at the time I thought I would give it a go.
For use on your feet they advise you apply this before bed and wear a pair of cotton socks over the top.
You can buy some socks from the Avon range , but I already had some cotton pop socks which were perfect for the job .
I have been applying this very generously all over the heel area before covering with the socks before i go to bed . I have also applied it when I have been home all day to give my feet an extra boost .
I don't have problem elbows or knees, but I do have a strange dry spot on the top of my foot by my ankle. Years ago I was hit with a hockey stick which left a lump that never went away . This lump has never bothered me but the skin there is always dry which makes it more noticeable and despite using all sorts of creams over the years it remains there. So I have been using the cream on there too.
== Results ==
Well I have used the whole pot now , which lasted about 3 weeks of generous use. My heel area is definitely looking a lot better than before and feels nicer to the touch .
It hasn't made all the dryness go completely , and there is still some work to be done to achieve perfection but overall I am pleased with the results of the cream alone .
I also think in conjunction with a foot file or pumice stone the results would be better for the feet.
My strange lump however it totally dry skin free , I am actually amazed by this as I have used every cream under the sun in the last 20 years and it's never quite disappeared.
== Thoughts ==
Whilst the feet results could of been better , I still think on its own it did a pretty good job , but as a moisturiser I think it's amazing , I can not believe my how well it cleared up my dry patch when all other creams had failed including prescription creams .
I put this down to the shea butter it contains, as it probably only contains a tiny amount I have just bought some pure shea butter as this cream has made me fall in love with it .
As for this cream would I buy it again ? Yes definitely , it's a reasonable price , especially when it's on offer. It feels nice to use and the smell is lovely and is a great moisturiser .
feet- 3 out of 5
elsewhere -5 out of 5
overall - 4 out of 5
One of my favourite ranges from Avon is their Planet Spa Shea butter products. I have very dry skin on my feet, and often get dry elbows and this cream is absolutely perfect. It comes in a 75ml pot with a screw top lid. When you take the lid off the beautiful smell hits you straight away. It smells absolutely divine almost chocolatey.
The cream is very thick and is quite easy to apply. It absorbs into my feet and elbows very well. I like to use the cream on my feet at the end of the day and put cotton socks on after to maximise the benefits (these can also be brought from Avon). The cream leaves my skin soft and well moisturised.
The beautiful scent lingers on my skin for several hours, it is much milder on my skin than in the pot and is not sickly. A pot of this cream lasts for quite a while as a little goes a long way.
The cream can be brought either from an Avon representative or direct on online. Prices and offers vary. There are also other products in the Shea butter range including a face mark and hand cream.
I absolutely love this cream- its is by far the best foot cream I have found, smell lovely and leaves my feet soft.
This review also appears on CIAO under the same username.
=Avon - Planet Spa African Sheer Foot and Elbow Cream=
This is an Avon own brand product and can be purchased from an Avon representative or direct from the Avon website.
The cream is part of the Plant Spa range from Avon, and this is the foot and elbow cream.
The cream comes in a small tub, the tub is a clear plastic, and the lid is a white screw lid. The size of the pot is 75ml .
On the bottom of the tub there is a round label, this gives you a list of the ingredients used as well as what part of the body to use the cream on. The label opens up and this contains the list of ingredients in other languages.
The sticker in the lid has a swirly pattern and this has the name of the product, and explains that it conatins AHAs which provide extra exfoliation.
As with all Avon prices the price can vary, as to whether it is on promotion or part or a special offer, but if you brought it without any offers it is £4.50 for a 75ml pot.
Once you have unscrewed the lid, there is a foil seal that needs to be removed, then you see the cream, the colour is a off white colour and has a shiny sheen to it.
As this is for elbows and heels I use it as a night product, as with all lotions there is a risk of staining to furniture and clothes. So last thing at night, I give my feet a wash then apply the cream to my heels and then pop on a pair of socks. Avon do sell cotton socks that you can use with this product.
I was expecting the cream to be thick like a body butter but it was not thick as such, it was thicker than a cream and lotion but not as thick as a body butter. The cream had a sweet smell, I could not really identify any particular smell bar a smell of Shea butter.
I dipped my fingers into the jar and immediatly it felt cold to the touch, I scooped some into the palm of my hand, then used the palm of my hand to rub the cream into my heels, I noticed that it was smooth, and applied easily to my feet but did not sink into my feet immediatly, I noticed that even 10 minutes later it was still on my heels, although my heels felt warm, so I guessed that the cream was starting to work.
I then put socks on, and noticed that the cream had soaked into my socks.
=off to bed=
I wasn't quite sure what to expect, bit when I removed my socks, I noticed an improvement in the softness of my heels, they were less dry, less inflamed, as I do suffer with cracks on my heels, and have tried a lot of products. This was an improvement.
For a week, I followed the same regime of applying nightly and within a week, the improvement on my heels were literally 100% turnaround. I did soak my feet in cream, so that when the socks went on then the cream would continue working.
I usually use the cream once or twice a week, on my feet just to keep the top up condition.
I have used this a couple of times on my elbows and have found that the cream worked as equally good, and now I use this as a once a week top up just for extra kick start,
=My Overall Verdict=
Even at £4.50 a tub this cream is literally worth its weight in gold, even better when it is on offer.
The only niggle I have is a lack of information about the product, as I would like to know more about the plant extracts as I am interested what I am putting on to my skin.
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The product I am reviewing is Planet Spa African Sheer Foot & Elbow Cream. This product is by Avon and claims to relieve dry heels and elbows as well as softening calluses. The product contains AHAs which provide extra exfoliation. I have no idea what this is and I can't find any information on the product about this either. The cream comes in a round tub which has a white screw lid. On the lid it states what the product is. On the bottom of the tub is a round label that tells you where you can use the product and it also gives you a list of ingredients. If you open the label up this also lists the ingredients in different languages. The lid unscrews easily to reveal a foil seal which needs to be removed in order for you to get to the cream. This seal peels off easily and can just be thrown away. The cream is an off white colour and looks very shiny. I was a little surprised at the look of the cream as I was expecting it to be quite thick but on appearance it looks rather runny. I always find a lack of information on Avon products so I can't really tell you much more about the product itself apart from using the product and the results.
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You can purchase this from an Avon book through your local Avon representative or you can order the product direct from the Avon website. The product is currently priced at £2.70 for a 75ml pot, which is reduced from £4.50.
Using the Product
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After having a bath I opened the tub ready to apply some of the cream. I was expecting the cream to smell slightly sweet and buttery. I smelt the tub of cream (more than once) and liked the sweet smell of the cream. The smell reminded me a little of burnt sugar but it was a light smell and not too strong. I actually really liked the smell of the cream and was looking forwards to using it. I dipped a finger into the cream so I could apply this to the problems areas. As I dipped my fingers into the cream it felt cool but extremely smooth and silky. This is when I noticed that the cream was runnier than what I imagined. The cream wasn't as runny as a lotion but at the same time it wasn't as thick as body butters or other creams I have used before. I only used a small amount at first and thought I could apply some more if I needed to. I rubbed a small amount onto my elbows and I also applied it to my knee's as well. As the cream is quite silky and goes on very easily you don't need to use a lot of the product. As I used the cream I was aware of the delicious smell that the cream had. I also applied this to the heels of my feet as they were looking and feeling a little dry. I put some cotton socks on my feet to ensure that the cream did a good job of moisturising my heels and a good 30mins later I then got into bed. The cream takes slightly longer than I expected to soak in. I would say that it's best to leave the cream for a good 5-10 minutes before getting into bed so that it has been absorbed properly. Although I had applied the cream to my elbows, knees and my heels, I couldn't really smell the scent of the cream anymore which was a little disappointing. I went to bed as normal and would check the results in the morning.
After getting out of bed I then decided to look at my heels to see if the skin looked as though it had improved. I removed the cotton socks and was impressed to see that the dry skin had improved and didn't look as dry as it had done before applying the product. The heels also feel slightly softer as well. I then felt my knees which can sometimes feel dry and a little rough and noticed a difference in this area as well. My knees felt slightly smoother than before and after feeling my elbows and looking at them I noticed the same results. I was impressed and I had faith that if I continued to use the product the condition of these areas would improve.
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I have been applying the product daily for over 1 week and my elbows & knees have become less dry and they feel a lot smoother than they did before using the product. As you only need to use a little of the cream for these areas, the tub is going to last me a good month or so before I need to buy anymore. I love the sweet scent of the product; how-ever it's a shame that I can't really smell the cream once it has been applied. The downside to this product is the time that it takes for the cream to soak in. The cream is very slow at sinking into your skin, much slower than other creams and treatments that I have used before. Not only did the cream help the skin on my knees and elbows but it also helped the skin on my feet as well and these have also become less dry and a lot smoother. I would definitely recommend this product as it works well and is good value when it's on offer. I probably would purchase this product again as it does work well and I have been impressed with the results.
(review also on ciao)
===Why I Got This===
I enjoy trying out new creams and lotions and when this one was on offer with Avon at 3 for £5 I decided to give it a go. Our feet always need a bit more attention in the winter and I have been slow to try out the Planet Spa range with Avon. Also I like other products that contain shea butter.
Round transparent tub with a white screw top lid.
With AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) African Shea Butter. Made in Poland.
Use within 12 months of opening.
I got this as a bargain at 3 for £5. Normal price is £4.50.
Avon state that the cream 'relieves rough, dry heels and elbows, and softens calluses. AHAs provide extra exfoliation'.
This is an unusual product. It comes in a round tub and when you take of the screw top lid the cream is sealed in with a foil covering which has to be unsealed and peeled away - very difficult in my case.
I was surprised to find my tub was only about half full - but presumably the weight of the contents was correct.
It is a very strong smelling cream and is a beige colour. The smell is very strong and nutty and sort of like caramel and fudge as well - with a burnt tinge to it. After using Body Shop Body Butters I can only say the texture of this cream is gloopy and sticky - not a great combination.
I can only assume that this product contains the AHAs as a sort of exfolient - but I do not know why this cream is only said to be for feet and elbows - and not hands as well. But there is no explanation on the website or container as to whether it is suitable for other parts of your body.
After my surprise as the small quantity of cream in the tub I used a good application over both my feet. It was lucky that I was doing this at bedtime as it was much too sticky to have got dressed. It did not seem to soak into my feet for ages but I did not bother to use bed socks. It has a very strong fudgy aroma which I wavered between liking and finding too over-powering. When I got up in the night to go to the bathroom I was overwhelmed with the smell, which was still on my feet in the morning.
Moisture wise the cream did make my feet feel smooth, but I did not have cracked heels or anything really bad to begin with. The cream is sticky and to me is not so nice to use - compared to the Body Butters I have been using which were a pleasure to apply.
Also unless you like the smell you will find it really off putting.
I am not even sure I want to use the rest of my pot and if I had not had it so long in my drawer I would be returning it for a refund.
3 stars - and that may be a little generous.
===Would I Recommend?===
I've used this product for a couple of years now on my feet. This cream is specifically designed to be used on the heels and elbows to help soften and relieves rough, dry skin and softens calluses. The cream contains African Shea butter and AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) which provide extra exfoliation by lightly removing the skin layer. The cream has unfortunately been discontinued from Avon - however it is still widely available from eBay and Amazon for around £4 for a 75ml pot.
The cream comes in a screw top pot with no instruction, as with most Avon products. Although it's not too difficult to know how to use this! Instantly, as soon as the lid is off, the sweet, butterscotch aroma of the cream is detected. It doesn't smell artificial, it actually smells like I have a bag of toffees next to me! -not great for my waistline! The cream is a pale creamy colour and is thick to touch, almost like condensed milk.
It is easy to apply a scoop of this cream to the feet and elbows, a tea-spoon is all that's needed for the each foot. It is quickly rubbed over the feet, however as the cream is so thick it does not totally absorb into the feet for a good few hours. Because of this, I tend to apply the cream last thing at night and then put on socks to ensure I don't wipe it off all over the bed. My skin does feel a little sticky after I've rubbed it over my skin, it's not tacky enough to make me wash my hands, but there is some residue left.
When I wake in the morning, the cream is fully absorbed and my feet feel baby soft! The skin on my heels looks and feels healthier and moisturised.The skin on my feet isn't terribly dry to start with, but it does look chalky and white every now and then so I do need to use products like this. I have used regular body creams on my feet before and the results haven't been great, but I can definitely tell the difference when I have used this product. Maximum results from this cream can be achieved if the feet and scrubbed with a pumice stone prior to using it.
I tend to use this cream once a week to nourish my skin, but it can be used more frequently for seriously dry feet. A 75ml tube last me about 4 months with a weekly use.
Overall, this is a fab cream for the price. It moisturizes and softens helping get my feet ready for sandals and it smells good enough to eat.
As soon as the warm weather arrives, out come the flip flops but after a couple of days, the dry skin starts to appear on in feet, especially around the heels.
I always use Scholl, which does a fantastic job but can be a bit pricey. Avon recently had this product on offer for just a couple of pounds, it normally retails at about £5.
The product comes in a little white tub with a screw top lid and contains 75ml of the cream, it contains She Butter and AHA (like me, you probably have no idea what AHA is but when I asked my sales representative, she said it was a type of exfoliator).
The first thing that you will notice when you open the lid is the smell, I personally really like it, it smells really sweet, a bit similar to honey however my other half commented burnt sugar and hated it!.
Application is really easy, the first time I used it, I did not have time to scrub my feet with a pumice stone but I applied as soon as I had dried my feet from my shower (so my skins was quite soft), simply rub into the areas from where you most suffer from dry skin. I prefer to rub all over my feet.
It absorbed really easily and I was able to walk around afterwards without bit sticking to the soles of my feet.
Within a couple of days, I could really notice the difference, my hard skin was dramatically reduced and there was hardly any dry areas.
Although it is advertised for elbows too, I don't really have dry skin there so I haven't used it however based on the results it gave on my feet, I can assume it would be good too.
For £2, I would recommend as the product did what it should however if this was not on offer and at full price, in then becomes in the price range of Scholl so I think I would by the Scholl product instead.
I bought this foot and elbow cream solely for my feet (excuse the pun) and didn't use it on my elbows as they aren't really a problem area for me with dry skin. I don't tend to have very dry skin on my heels, but it can get a little dry sometimes, especially when I am on my feet for a lot of the day and I like to moisturise to keep them good and soft.
I decided to buy this foot cream alongside the Avon Moisturising Socks that are to be worn overnight along with foot moisturiser in order to get rid of dry and unflattering feet. I bought this one as I wanted to soften my feet up a bit for a beach holiday last year.
What You Get
This is a tub of cream that has lots of great moisturising promises in the bottle, it boasts that it contains African Shea butter, which is a well known moisturiser that normally appears in more expensive products and it also has AHA in it (which I never have heard of admittedly) but in the book it says these are suppose to provide extra exfoliation. The main purpose of this foot and elbow cream is apparently to soften dry heels, which was in fact the reason I decided to give it a go.
The first thing I noticed about this cream was the smell, it wasn't exactly what I would call a nice smell at all, it also wasn't completely repulsive either. It has kind of a nutty, zingy, medical smell off it, though when I first opened mine it smelt a little off and I thought it had gone out of date, this put me off the product a little, but I figured that most foot creams don't smell amazing generally either.
Applying this cream was easy, it was rather easy to spread and blend, and because I was using it with my Avon Moisturising Socks, I could use a little more than usual to give it time for loads to soak into my skin. I gave my feet a good rub with this cream on to heat them up a little and maybe encourage exfoliation as well and then popped my socks on and left them overnight.
In the morning I took off my socks and found that the cream had nicely absorbed into my feet, there was no real mess or fuss about this cream in this way. However sadly, my feet didn't really seem any more moisturised than the night before, though I didn't expect results straight away, I continued to use the rub until it was finished, this tub lasted for almost a month with regular use, which wasn't bad for the price, but even after the tub was finished, my heels hadn't improved much, they were a little more moisturised but the results weren't good enough for the amount of time I had used the product, so I decided that I wasn't going to waste my time on this product anymore and went to buy Lush Fair-trade Foot Lotion, which gave much quicker, more visible results.
Price and Availability
You can only buy this product either online at Avon.co.uk or by ordering it from your Avon Representative, it costs £2.25 for 75ml at the moment, which isn't a bad price for a foot cream, but I do plan to just buy the better brand in future and avoid this one as it just wasn't for me.
Overall I was rather disappointed in this foot cream, I usually love Avon Products and use quite a lot of them because my Mother In Law is a Avon Representative, however this product just didn't do anything great for me and the results just were too minimal for me, I do much prefer Lush Fair-trade Foot Lotion. This is a rather cheap foot cream and you seem to just get what you are paying for, which isn't a lot, I think in future I will splash out and buy the Lush product instead of wasting my money on this. Overall I would give this product 2 out of 5 stars.
*also on ciao under lorrainek90
Having just reviewed my other favourite AVON footcream I thought I should do this one justice too!
I have been using AVON products for a little over a year now to help support a friend who is a representative. I tend to buy things when they are on offer and so when the whole Planet Spa range (this range is aimed at those who would like a spa like experience at home and all of their products are supposed to be luxurious) came on offer last year I bought quite a few different products.
The cream comes in a 75ml clear plastic pot (same as the picture) with a white lid and light yellow/beige label. The cream itself has always arrived in tip top condition and is usually under a hygiene and safety tamper seal. The cream is a ivory colour, the above picture does it justice, and it is quite a thick consistancy, not as thick as a body butter, but thicker than usual moisturisers. It has a very sweet, Shea butter fragrance (Shea butter is a fat extracted from the Shea tree that is widely used in cosmetics as a salve or lotion because of it's moisturising properties), but I don't find this unpleasant. The cream also contains AHAs (also known as Alpha Hydroxy Acids), which are used in lots of other creams and are recommended by some dermatologists because they have the ability to exfoliate skin to reveal newer skin cells.
Anyway when it comes to using this cream, make sure you haven't got anything planned for half an hour, because it does take ages to sink in. Having said that I often put it on just before bed with some little cotton socks. The wait is worth it though because both your rough, dry elbows and hard calloused feet will feel renewed after using this cream. It's amazing my feet have literally never been so smooth.
The RRP for this cream is £4.50 for 75ml, however you can often find it on offer, so ask your local AVON representative or order online (there is a digital copy of the latest catalogue).
Ding Dong! Avon calling. Whilst looking through the Avon brochure a few months ago in order to help boost the sales of a friend's Granddaughter I discovered the Planet Spa range. Avon says "Planet Spa is our premium at-home spa beauty treatment range, powered by natural ingredients with specific claims". I decided to try out the African shea butter foot and elbow cream with AHA.
The round tub is made of clear plastic, which looks just like a glass tub with a white plastic lid. The label on top is very simple, quite classy in fact in a creamy beige colour with a delicate white pattern and the details are in black. My tub contained 75mls and it like the label is creamy beige in colour.
On opening the tub you need to peel off a foil seal which keeps your product in tip top condition. The fragrance that you smell is quite strong, but I do like it and it makes me have a "feel good" sensation. It is a medium consistency, firm enough to keep the shape of where you put your finger in but not so stiff that it's hard to remove. It is easy to apply to your feet and elbows and soon rubs in. Immediately your skin feels moisturised and soft to touch. I do sometimes apply some to my hands as when massaging my feet the palms benefit so I treat the tops of my hands too, which as I get older feel drier! I usually feel that my feet still feel a bit greasy for a few minutes so wearing the Planet spa socks or a trainer sock does help keep the cream on your feet if you are going to bed. An added bonus is that I feel the fragrance has a calming effect on me and helps me fall asleep!
I tend to apply the cream at night and just use a body lotion after my shower in the morning. My skin has a tendency to be dry especially as years have increased and I find I need to apply the cream most nights in order to keep my feet feeling soft and moisturised. I hate to see women wearing sandals in the summer with dry calloused feet and like to pamper my feet - they carry my weight and support me as I walk around so they deserve pampering!
So what is in this cream? I have discovered that African shea butter is a slightly yellowish or ivory-colored natural fat extracted from the nut of the African shea tree by crushing, boiling and stirring. It is widely used in cosmetics as a moisturizer, salve or lotion. Shea butter is edible and may be used in food preparation. Occasionally the chocolate industry uses shea butter as a substitute for cocoa butter, although the taste is different. As to the AHA, I had no idea I thought it was the Amateur Hockey Association but hopefully they weren't ground up and added! AHAs are well-known seemingly for their use in the cosmetics industry. They are often found in products claiming to reduce wrinkles or the signs of aging, and improve the overall look and feel of the skin. They are also used as chemical peels available in a dermatologist's office, beauty and health spas and home kits, which usually contain a lower concentration. The most common and simple are glycolic acid, lactic acid, citric acid, mandelic acid. Both Glycolic and citric acid are contained in this preparation along with many other unknown products and Aloe leaf juice.
Where is it made? Poland. Sold by? Avon either by buying online or from the catalogue if you have a representative calling in your area. Cost? Recommended price was £4.50 a tub, but I tend to buy Avon products when they are reduced so paid much less. It is worth having a look on eBay too as it's possible to buy for 99p plus postage !
I think you may have guessed that I do like this product. I can't afford to go and stay at a Spa now that I'm retired so using products at home that treat my skin is a good replacement! It does need to be used regularily for good results but a little goes a long way so is not expensive but feels that it is! Nice one Avon.
I never used to have many problems with my skin but recently I have been getting very dry patches in some area and it is requiring a lot more attention than normal. I especially need to pay attention to my elbows and thought this cream would fit the bill. Planet Spa African Shea Foot & Elbow Cream is available to buy from Avon catalogues or online at www.avonshop.co.uk and costs RRP £4.50 for a 75ml tub.
The packaging is plain but clean cut and looks nice enough in a grown up bathroom. It comes in a plastic tub with a screw top lid and you have to scoop the lotion out with your fingers. There seems to be quite a lot of product for a 75ml amount at a first look.
Product description: "Relieves rough, dry heels and elbows, and softens calluses. AHAs provide extra exfoliation."
The lotion itself has a light creamy beige colour to it. The consistency is a bit odd, it feels thick and gloopy but it is a bit on the runny side as well. It sort of reminds me of custard! The heaviness of the cream means that it is a very intensive moisturiser. I used this only on me feet and elbows, which gave the right level of hydration for these problem areas. I would definitely recommend against using as a general body lotion because it is so rich. It can take a while to soak in to the skin which is a bit annoying if you're trying to get ready in a hurry, so I normally put it on before bed time and give it a good chance to absorb properly.
The smell of this cream is absolutely lovely. I can't say what exactly gives it this great fragrance, but to me it smells like a gorgeous caramel sort of flavour. My other half didn't agree he reckons it smells "burnt" but I think it's yummy and the scent is quite strong so it does linger for a while after applying.
I have had good results from using this cream, especially on my arms. I used this on my elbows and also spread a little up over the backs of my arms, where I sometimes get those troublesome little bumps caused by dry skin / lack of exfoliation. After applying for a few days this smoothed my skin and I was left with lovely soft arms. I also helped to keep me elbows and feet moisturised, although it does need to be put on every day without fail for it to make a difference. I didn't notice any lessening of the callouses on my feet, but they take a real beating and I am happy enough with just keeping them moisturised.
This is a lovely rich cream which really suited my dry patches of skin. It has a gorgeous scent and really seemed to work to alleviate my problem areas. The only down sides are that it does take a while to soak in before you can get dressed, and I went through the 75ml tub very quickly. It would be nice to have a bigger tub to get more use out of it.
Relieves rough, dry heels and elbows, and softens calluses /