Dollarstore VS Luxury Series: Foot Cream
|July 2, 2010||Posted by thefrugalvegan under Dollarstore VS Luxury Series, Health & Beauty|
I am a serious foot cream junkie. I use A LOT of it. I get it as gifts all the time from people. I probably go through 8 bottles/tubes of foot cream a year. My feet are always in good condition and I now do my own pedicures as well (this is new!). Since I’ve tried so many creams over the years, I have decided to review a few for you and have included the price (and price per ounce). So get those feet ready for sandals!
*Earth Therapeutics Tea Tree Foot Repair Balm – 6oz (bought for $4 at Ross’ (USA) (Winners in Canada – Retail $8)) – $1.33/oz
This is a really nice deodorizing foot cream. If you have problems with a little foot stench, Earth Therapeutics offers the perfect solution! It’s a little runny but most lotions are, I just tend to be really picky and love thick lotions. It’s very refreshing on your feet and even after a long day of sock wearing, you’ll smell pretty nice. It also feels a bit grainy/powdery almost, but that is probably due to the deodorizing ingredients. This is my top pick for icky stinky feet but since I don’t really have that problem, I will go for a thicker cream in the future. Definitely was worth the $4 I paid for it and a little does go a long way too. If you buy it retail, this cream is $1.33/oz.
*Burt’s Bees Peppermint Foot Lotion (4oz) ($15 – retail but purchased for $6 on sale) – $3.75/oz
Alright, I saw this on sale and jumped on it. I’ve always wanted to try the Burt’s Bees foot lotion but at the regular $15 price ($3.75/oz) I never took the plunge until I saw it on sale. I LOVE this lotion. It’s really thick & wonderfully smooth, soaks in nicely and it feels as if my feet just woke up after being in hibernation for years. Seriously. There is so much peppermint in this that I would probably wash my hands after using it because once I didn’t and got a nice little sting in my eye. The entire room will smell like a peppermint candy after you put this on too. After trying almost every cream out there, this is so far my favourite because of that menthol tingle.
*Aveda Foot Cream ($26 for 8oz - received as a gift) – $3.25/oz
There is a particular scent to Aveda products, all of them. Someone could blindfold you and walk you into an Aveda store or salon and you’d know where you were right away from the smell. I admit, I LOVE this cream. Like Burt’s Bees, it is thick and smooth, makes my feet so silky and smell like a spa. You also don’t need much. At $3.25/oz it’s not cheap but remember that you don’t have to use much. This is my second favourite cream. The only reason I prefer Burt’s is that I LOVE the tingle on my feet from the mint. Aveda sells this cream in a travel size so I take this with me when I travel as I received two of them.
*Weleda Food Balm ($14 for 2.6oz - received as a gift) – $5.38/oz
This lotion is very medicinal smelling but I quite liked it. It’s a tiny aluminium type tube that gets a little tough to squeeze when the product is almost gone. This worked wonders for my feet but although the cream is nice and thick, I did need to put a bit more on (maybe it’s just me). The fact that I had to fight with the tube at the end for the last 5-6 applications got me a little frustrated as patience is not one of my strong points. I liked the medicinal scent because I convinced myself that if it smells like medicine, it must work. It’s actually a natural cream with Myhrr in it which probably contributes to that scent. It is natural but I will warn you, it has beeswax and lanolin in there. Although I enjoyed it while it lasted, I probably won’t buy it but wouldn’t throw it away if someone gave it to me again.
*Avon Footworks Deep Moisture Cream ($6 for 4oz) – $1.50/oz
I received this cream awhile back and actually went through 2 tubes of it fairly quickly. I found it kind of runny and watery and not minty enough. I also didn’t feel as if it soaked in quickly so when I’d put my socks on I would feel cream in them for awhile. Not necessarily a bad thing. I didn’t notice any big difference in my feet and I kept putting on more everytime so I could feel something. I never did. I did finish both tubes while I alternated with other creams but never purchased it again. Some people like this cream, it just didn’t do anything for me, sadly. At $1.50/oz it’s reasonably priced but not worth it to me.
*Yves Rocher Advanced Comfort Cream for Dry Feet ($10 for 1.7oz – bought on sale for $5) – $6/oz – regular price
I’ve been trying quite a few Yves Rocher products as of late. I don’t know why but I have been wanting to like SOMETHING they make. Anything. Most things I’ve tried that they make ended up severely disappointing me. So, I ordered this cream for $5 which works out to be $2.95/oz but at the retail price of $10 it’s more like $6/oz. OUCH. Ok, I do like this cream. It has a lovely lavender scent (though it smells more like fragrance than the essential oil to me though the container says there is real lavender in there, maybe I’m just picky). The cream is nice and thick and goes on very well. The lavender is a nice change from all the other foot lotions out there that usually smell like mint. If you don’t like mint creams, this is a great alternative. But at the retail price of $6/oz?? This is more expensive than Aveda!! If you get this on sale for half the price or more, it’s great. But don’t pay $10 for this small travel size tube, they don’t even have full sizes of this. The good news is that you need just a small amount to cover your feet. I’d buy it again if it was a lot cheaper because it is a lovely foot cream, just not for the price.
Balea Foot Lotion – $4 (on sale) 5oz – $1/oz – regular price)This is something I purchased at Shopper’s Drug Mart here in Canada. I love the price of this lotion. It smells minty but not overwhelmingly so. Again, this is a bit runnier than I like my lotions to be. The tube has a bigger hole in it so when I squeeze it out I always tend to get more out of the tube than I want. It comes out fast because it’s not super thick. The scent is very light. It has shea & cocoa butter and have noticed that my feet feel nice once it soaks in. For less than $1 an oz on sale, this is a steal. The retail price is $5 so even at that, it’s a great deal. If I had to pick the best frugal foot cream so far, this would be it!
Please feel free to share your foot cream reviews! Obviously I haven’t tried them all
BEST LUXURY: Burt’s Bees Peppermint Foot Lotion (at $3.75/oz)
BEST FRUGAL PICK: Balea Foot Lotion (at $1/oz)