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When I signed up for Sky TV at the end of last year, the deal was sweetened with the offer of a £100 Marks & Spencer voucher which has been burning a hole in my pocket ever since. I'm not a huge fan of M&S clothes, or certainly not the clothes they've been selling of late but they've recently begun to stock a limited range of Leighton Denny products and I spotted this foot scrub whilst checking out the nail polishes so, along with a couple of basic M&S T-shirts, the foot scrub found its way into my shopping basket.
The 50g jar retails at £11 and is marketed as an exfoliating scrub. With summer just around the corner (one lives in hope) which will mean getting my toes out in public, I thought now would be a good time to begin getting my feet back into a presentable condition.
The blurb on the packaging claims this product will smooth, soften and moisturise and also that it "harnesses the polishing power of real diamonds." As I've given up all hope of ever getting a big old solitaire for my finger, I'll have to make do with a few diamond particles to scrub my feet!
The ingredients list is a small and comprehensible one with no fancy chemical names which mean diddly squat to the average shopper. Salt and oils (avocado and rice) are the principal ingredients along with essential perfume oils of Lemon Grass, Litsea and Peppermint plus volcanic minerals, which translates into pumice, menthol and, that extra special ingredient, diamond particles.
After a winter locked away in boots and thick socks, my feet are hardly visions of beauty. My heels are dry and cracked and I've also developed hard skin on the soles of my feet, especially around the big toe area so it was going to take a pretty effective product to make a difference. I've been impressed by Leighton Denny's nail polishes but didn't know whether his foot scrub would be as good.
Obviously the product is more important than the packaging but it's worth mentioning that this matches the high end reputation that Leighton Denny enjoys. It's a beautifully understated double Perspex jar with very plain white print lettering and a small dark green label. The Perspex allows the buyer to see through to the product.
This concoction may be designed to make feet pretty but it doesn't look particularly appealing. It's a sludgy grey/green colour rather like swamp mud and I was quite disappointed to find that I couldn't detect any diamond sparkle at all. Despite resembling swamp mud this product smells very pleasant. It's hard to pinpoint any one standout scent other than a zestyt and invigorating smell and the methol and peppermint certainly open up the nasal passages, so if you've got a cold, this could well serve a double function.
The instructions recommend soaking feet in warm water for at least 5 minutes before applying the foot scrub and to concentrate on the heel area.
At first glance the product looks fairly smooth but once I began to massage the product into my feet, I could feel the particles though these are very fine grained making me wonder just how effective at exfoliating this would be. Again the menthol and peppermint made their presence felt and they really get the skin tingling though not so much as to be uncomfortable. After massaging in the product, rinsing it off was quick and easy.
I found the results produced by this foot scrub rather disappointing. It was easy to apply and remove but I feel that the granulation of the product is too fine to effectively exfoliate properly and even though my feet felt much softer and more moisturised, there was still plenty of hard skin in evidence. I've been using the product regularly and it's really not made any appreciable difference in this regard. Once I've finished the pot, I'll be going back to my usual Sanctuary Salt Scrub which smells glorious and is much more effective at dealing with hard skin.
Sorry, Leighton, but I'm afraid in this case diamonds are not quite a girl's best friend.
Ingredients: Diamond particles / Avocado Oil / Rice Oil / Volcanic Minerals / Salt / Menthol / Invigorating Foot Scrub / Diamond Sole Mate harnesses the polishing properties of real diamond that together with sea salt and pumice exfoliate and clarify to bring a fresh new beauty to the skin / A tingling 3-in-1 treatment for feet, Diamond Sole Mate has an easy to use rinse-off formula rich in vitamins and minerals / A triple exfoliating action that induces real diamond particles, it deeply smoothes, softens, moisturises and polishes even the coarsest of feet leaving them feeling fresh, sleek and silky soft / Essential Oils: Lemon Grass, Litsea Cubeba (May Chang) and Peppermint / Special