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Soap & Glory Hand Food

My hands, in their natural state, resemble the Crypt Keeper’s on the old TV show “Tales From the Crypt.” However, you’d never know it, because my purse is almost entirely full of trial-size hand cream samples. Some of them become mainstays, like this one; others wind up relegated to the back of a drawer.I’ve wanted to try Soap & Glory’s Hand Food Hand Cream for some time, ever since their Heel Genius Foot Cream cured my winter hoof problem.

Here, we’ll see if their product made the purse … or the drawer.

Does It Work?

Not only does this product work wonderfully — my hands were baby soft after just one application, and increasingly smooth and lovely with additional use — but this might be the best-smelling skin care product I have ever tried. So much so, that I’m afraid the scent might overpower my other critical faculties: I talked about this product with a friend, and she pointed out that it’s not as deep conditioning as some of the heavier, greasier products, and while that’s true, well, it smells so darn good, I don’t mind additional applications.

Texture, Feel, and Smell:

I’ve already waxed rhapsodic about the smell of this product, but it bears repeating: it smells good. The feel of the product is light, like a lotion, not greasy, like petroleum jelly. It absorbs quickly into the skin. I didn’t find that I needed to reapply super frequently, although, as noted above, it didn’t hang around on my skin like some of the heavier hand creams tend to do.

For me, though, that’s an advantage: anyone who types for a living will tell you that the last thing you want is a day cream that sits on your skin like an oil slick. Sure, it might condition your skin, but you’re basically stuck holding your useless hands in front of you for twenty minutes like you just ran out of a nail salon.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Propylene Glycol, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Methylparaben, Parfum (Fragrance), Ethylparaben, Potassium Hydroxide, Dipropylene Glycol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Tetrasodium EDTA, Sorbitol, Limonene, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Geraniol, Morus Alba Leaf Extract, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Tocopherol, Propylparaben

Note: Contains parabens, if that’s a concern for you.

Bang for Your Buck:

Really good for a non-drugstore skin care product, especially the smaller size. (See below for specific pricing.) Although this isn’t the cheapest hand cream on the block, it’s a really nice mid-range product that works well for either personal use or gifts. (I think that Soap & Glory products, in general, make nice gifts, because their packaging looks fancier than their price tag. Also, you can’t go wrong with pink, when you’re buying nice-smelling skin care products to give as presents.)

Price: $12 and under. A word about the price — I got a purse-size version from Sephora for $5. So if you want to try it out without investing in a great big bottle, that’s probably the place to start.

Is It Worth It?

Absolutely. As I say above, I’d start off with the $5 size. It’ll give you a chance to decide if the scent and feel of the product are for you, before you commit to the larger tube, and it fits nicely into your purse — especially if, like me, you’re already carrying around a cosmetic counter’s worth of material in there.

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