Product Review: Farmaesthetics Hand to Heel Softening Salve

naturopathica hands to heel

When I traveled to Newport, Rhode Island last spring (see my post here!), I made a stop to the Farmaesthetics boutique on Bellevue Avenue and purchased a few trial-size products. I’m about to finish up my small tin of Hand to Heel Softening Salve, so this review is long overdue!

Farmaesthetics Hand to Heel Salve is an all-purpose balm with an all-natural ingredients list: sweet almond oil*, calendula*, beeswax*, lavender and peppermint essential oils, carrot oil*, and vitamin e (*certified organic). It’s solid in cooler weather, and softer to the touch during the summer months. It has a very, very faint beeswax-and-lavender scent.

I’ve been using Hand to Heel from, well, my hands to my heels. It’s an excellent balm for cuticles, as well as bare fingernails; I really think it helped to strengthen my splitting nails when I used it nightly this summer. It also provides healing moisture for dry elbows or cracked heels. I found it a bit greasy to use in large areas, or as a bedtime hand lotion, but for small problem areas, it’s a fine remedy. I think it would also work to heal minor scars or abrasions, provided you’re not sensitive to the essential oils. (Personally, I find most essential oils easy to tolerate.)

When I use up the very last of my tin, I’ll consider buying more Hand to Heel Softening Salve—it’s not cheap (the full-size product is $26 for 2.5 ounces), but it’s an all-around useful item, and I like the idea of supporting a small business like Farmaesthetics.

For more information, visit the Farmaesthetics website.

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3 thoughts on “Product Review: Farmaesthetics Hand to Heel Softening Salve

  1. I’m finding that some of these natural products work far better than the chemical laden junk I’m used to using. I love products that are multi-purpose too. I bet this would be great in the winter when skin is drier and you might not even find it that oily then.

    1. I agree! I’m still using certain synthetic/chemical products for specific emergencies (Neosporin for cuts etc., Allegra for allergies!), but in many everyday cases, the more natural products really seem to treat the problem rather than just masking it the way drugstore products do.

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