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Sunday, 13 October 2013

Review: Soap & Glory Heel Genius

I got a 125ml tube of Soap & Glory's Heel Genius in my Best of All set last Christmas, and am finally getting around to giving it a review! I am truly terrible at remembering to use foot cream (seriously, if I manage once a fortnight that's pretty good going!) so this may not be the most thorough of reviews, but then again who has time to apply foot cream every. single. night!? Certainly not I.
Soap & Glory Heel Genius Review
Presented in a squeezy flip-cap tube in the standard S&G pink with retro-style labelling, this looks good on my bedside table, and it's easy to dispense product from the tube. So what do Soap & Glory have to say?
"Better than a pedicure!? Heel Genius Amazing Foot Cream: Marvel, a miraculous moisturising mix. No mean feet. Feet should be friendly. Soft. Smooth. Even lovely to look at. Massage a generous layer of Heel Genius onto clean feet every night (or at least as often as you remember). Slip cotton socks overtop and let it soak in while you sleep. At Soap & Glory, we believe that you should never have to be afraid of your own feet."
S&G Heel Genius Review
The cream itself is a pretty aqua-blue colour (although this is due to colouring rather than active ingredients!) which psychologically makes it seem cooling and refreshing on the feet - or is that just me?! I suppose that could also be down to the Menthol... I find the cream has quite a strange texture, coming out as a cream but sort of transforming into a gel/lotion as you massage it into your feet; I also find it quite difficult to rub in completely, but that's a good excuse to give yourself a nice little foot massage, and I tend to pull on a pair of socks over the top as suggested to let the rest soak in overnight. If you're not a fan of "wet" foot creams, this is not for you! In the morning, I do find that my feet feel softer and smoother than previously, and I suppose if I remembered to use Heel Genius more regularly, I'd see better effects, but for me I'm happy with it as a short-term fix.
The ingredients list is extensive, and contains some questionable components:
Heel Genius S&G
[Ingredients: Aqua, 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, Benzyl Salicylate, Linalool, Hexyl 
Cinnamal, Limonene, Geraniol, Blue 1 (CI 42090), Yellow 5 (CI 19140)]
I'm not sure what purpose exactly is served by the inclusion of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLES), since it's a foaming agent and one thing Heel Genius does not do is foam? Any suggestions anyone? Since I've identified SLES as one of the main triggers of my Eczema, I'm not exactly thrilled about it showing up in this product apparently without purpose, and I do feel like I need to give my hands a good wash after applying it. For this reason, I probably won't be repurchasing once I've finished this tube. If you're not sensitive to SLES, however, this probably won't be an issue for you, especially as it's pretty far down the ingredients list. There are also a couple of parabens listed, which again puts me off the product. There are a few nicer ingredients too, though, including Glycerin and Macadamia Oil for moisturising, and plenty of fruit extracts.
Soap & Glory Heel Genius is available to purchase from Boots, priced at £5.50 for 125ml.
Have you tried Heel Genius? Are you a fan of Soap & Glory's bodycare products? What's your favourite foot cream?

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  1. I agree when I see this type of colour I think it's going to be refreshing! I've tried another foot cream from another brand but I can't remember the name and as soon as you applied it it was so refreshing and almost cooling which was nice!

    Love Soap and Glory!

    Layla xx


  2. I have not try Soap and Glory products, but since it makes ur skin irritated, I think I will just avoid this too ^_^

    <3 Celly
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  3. I love Soap & Glory. I used to use the shower gel. This sounds like something I need badly in winter. Thanks for the awesome review! As usual!!!

  4. I have heard so much about Soap and Glory, but I haven't found it here in Belgium yet :(

  5. I love the colour of it - I'm not a fan of 'wet' feeling creams so I don't think this would be a product I would like very much, even though the colour it super pretty hehe!

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

  6. Cant wait to try this! :)


  7. I have not tried this cream before mostly because I do not use foot creams, there's no helping my feet lol (: great post!

  8. Eeek I don't like this at all, like you said, if you're not a fan of wet foot creams then it isn't for you....correct! It's a shame actually as the smell is really refreshing I think.
    Amy x
    -A Little Boat Sailing-


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