When I can’t get a hand or foot spa done at the mall (because of the weather, lack of time, lack of funds, lack of will power to leave the house) I do it home. Well, at least, pamper my hands and feet that is. DIY hand/foot care/spa sets found in stores usually comprise of a soak/wash, a scrub/polish and a moisturizer. One such set easily available in the market is that of Caronia’s which has been collectively dubbed in their website as the Caronia Three Step Hand and Foot Care System. I am happy to have won a set from a Facebook contest last year. (A rather late post, I know. Thanks Caronia!) Last summer when all I want was to cool off, I’d just pull them out of the cabinet and then, instant respite.
Achieve best results with the 3-Step Hand and Foot Care System from Caronia: Revitalizing Soak & Wash, Renewing Scrub and Nourishing Creme.
Blurb: Cleanse, soothe and soften your hands & feet with a luxurious blend of relaxing Green Tea fragrance, soothing menthol and skin-softening Dead Sea Salt.
Instructions: Pour warm water into a tub. Add Revitalizing Soak & Wash and mix well with the water. Soak feet or hands for 10-15 minutes and rinse with warm water before applying Renewing Hand & Foot Scrub.
Ingredients: DI water, sodium laureth sulfate, cocamdipropyl betaine, sodium lactate, maris sal (dead sea salt), sodium chloride, fragrance (green tea), menthol, lactic acid, methyl isothiazolinone & methylchloroisothiazolinone, disodium EDTA, cl 42090, cl 19140.
Caronia Revitalizing Soak & Wash is like a thick shower gel. Half a cap to one dipper full of water produces a nice amount of bubbles. Skin becomes slippery as if there’s an oily film covering it once allowed to soak. But it washes off in a cinch . After rinsing, despite the fact that my hands or feet have been soaked for less than 10 minutes, I find it easy to slough grime off my skin. Yup, even without the scrub. (But why deprive yourself of the whole spa experience, get a scrub.) Hands and/or feet feels soft once towel dried after the soak though not thoroughly moisturized. The creme will take care of this.
Blurb: Exfoliate dead skin cells and ease tired hand & foot muscles with the gentle exfoliating mix of apricot seeds and white wax beads and the calming infusion of Green Tea fragrance, massage oils and menthol.
Instructions: After using the Revitalizing Soak & Wash , apply a handful of Renewing Hand & Foot Scrub on hands or feet. Gently massage in a circular motion to remove dead skin cells and relax any tight muscles. Rinse well with warm water before using the Nourishing Creme.
Ingredients: DI water, cetearyl alcohol, propylene glycol, ceteareth 20, apricot seed powder, synthetic wax, ethylene glycol monostearate, glyceryl monostearate, dimethicone, stearic acid, fragrance (green tea), mineral oil,petrolatum, triethanolamine, carbomer, menthol, uniphenp-23 (phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, ethylparaben, butylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparaben) cl 42090, cl 19140.
Caronia Renewing Scrub’s beads are as small as sugar granules. They look a lot nestled in the creamy solution in the bottle but when I begin spreading the scrub, they seem rather sparse. I’ve encountered foot scrubs with far smaller and lesser beads though. Massaging the scrub on either damp or towel dried hands and/or feet is fine. Much like the soak, an oily film blankets my skin making it slippery, but only if it’s been wet. Skin feels really clean, soft, and velvety afterwards and much more moisturized than after the soak.
The soak and scrub are made more refreshing with the hint of menthol that leaves a slightly cooling sensation on limbs . It’s more pronounced here than in the soak.
Blurb: Smoothen and hydrate your hands and feet with the nourishing mix of Panthenol combined with soothing Green Tea fragrance.
Instructions: Hydrate newly exfoliated skin with the Nourishing Creme. Apply and gently massage in a circular motion. Use daily to maintain silky smooth hands and feet, especially after bathing or before sleeping.
Ingredients: DI water, cetearyl alcohol, glycerin, isopropyl myristate, ceteareth 20, glyceryl monostearate, petrolatum, dimethicone, fragrance (green tea), uniphenp-23 (phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, ethylparaben, butylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparaben), stearic acid, triethanolamine, panthenol, carbomer, cl 19140, cl 42090.
Cream is right because Caronia Nourishing Creme is the kind of lotion that’s creamy not runny. It’s easily absorbed by skin and doesn’t result into that sticky or greasy feeling. What it does result into are soft, smooth, moisturized hands and feet. My fingers just glides over when I run it back and forth my skin. It perfectly caps off the whole experience but is just as great as a stand alone hand or foot lotion.
All three products have varying green tea scents. The smell of green leaves, a mint leaf finding itself in the mix, is prevalent in that of the Revitalizing Soak & Wash. It’s faint but still detectable in the Renewing Scrub which is more citrus-y. There’s not a bit in the Nourishing Creme which has a powdery floral base. Its scent lasts quite long, the longest of all three products, but you have to lift your hand (Hehe, foot?) to your nose to know that the scent is still there after several hours. All three are not as tart as Watsons Green Tea Scented Body Wash nor do they have a somewhat bitter end note like that of the Elianto Harmonize Green Tea Lotion.
Landmark Trinoma and Makati have the widest selection of Caronia products. Also, it seems that only tubes of the three Step Hand & Foot Care System are to be found at other stores, at the following prices more or less (Revitalizing Soak and Wash: P53/50ml. Renewing Scrub: P68/50ml, P147/200ml. Nourishing Creme: P56/50ml, P119/200ml.). Landmark has the tubes as well as 500ml bottles (Revitalizing Soak and Wash: P149.75. Renewing Scrub: P214.75. Nourishing Creme: P184.75.) The flip top caps of the 500 ml bottles have narrow holes so I resort to unscrewing them to get the products easily.
To know more about Caronia products visit their facebook page and website. Check out the Match and Play Game on their facebook page where you can get to win Caronia nail polishes and premium items if you’re one of the top 20 scorer at the end of the month, plus tickets to Caronia’s Music Festival if you’re one of the top 10 scorers for the entire contest duration.