Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Review: Soap & Glory | Heel Genius Foot Cream

Wrapped up in fuzzy socks and thick slippers or boots, my feet are the last thing on my mind between chapped skin problems and frizzy hair during the winter months. Yet the drier they are, the less I'm enthused to deal with them and sticking my feet into a pair of woolies seemed to be the easiest way to make the issue temporarily disappear. But with sandal season fast approaching, it's time to reaccess the situation.


THE BASICS
Brand: Soap & Glory
Product: Heel Genius Amazing Foot Cream*
Size: 125ml
Price: $17CAD
Availability: Shoppers Drug Mart locations across Canada
Would I (re)purchase: Yes, probably.
Website: www.soapandglory.ca

Scented with a heady floral fragrance, Heel Genius is a lightweight gel/balm that smoothes easily over the skin without any greasy residue. With ingredients like macadamia seed oil, sugar cane and various fruit extracts this "miraculous moisturizing mix" as it is named is formulated to be an easy nighttime treat for your feet. Now for something that sounds so intensive I was surprised to find the texture so light, turning from the gel/balm in the tube into a lotion like consistency once I start rubbing this onto my feet.

What I really enjoyed about this compared to other products I've used it that instead of just sitting on top of my skin, Heel Genius actually sunk in completely overnight. It has just a hint of minty coolness (thought nothing stands out from the ingredients list) without being terribly off putting. Pair this with my thick bedtime socks and my heels were noticeably softer the next morning. In fact, in three days time my feet were completely back to their normal bare worthy state.


If you're suffering from very dry cracked heel or rough spots, I recommend having a good scrub down with a pumice stone in the bath before massaging this all over from toes to ankle. As this is so refreshing and lightweight, I can see this serving me well into the summer months for heel maintenance as well.

As a whole, the markup price for Soap and Glory products in Canada makes this a little less affordable than it would be if sold in the UK and that would be my main reservation about repurchasing this product. Those sensitive to heavy fragrances should approach this cautiously as it is richly scented, as most products from this line tends to be.

THE FINAL VERDICT

A surprisingly refreshing and lightweight cream that will help to smooth over dry patches and revive tired feet quicker than you can get that pair of summer sandals delivered in the mailbox. Heel Genius will make a great pairing with your winter body care routine or used in the summer to keep your feet bare worthy. Because this spreads so easily, you don't need to use very much of it to get the full benefits so if you're ready to shed those winter socks, this is definitely a good place to start.

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Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Isononyl Isononanoate, Cetyl Alcohol, Urea, Allantoin, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Oleic/Linoleic/Linolenic Polyglycerides, Acer Saccharinum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Extract, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Menthyl Lactate, Menthol, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Dipropylene Glycol, Fragrance (Parfum), Benzyl Salicylate, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Geraniol, Blue 1 (CI 42090), Yellow 5 (CI 19140)

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