I was excited to be accepted for this trial as on a daily basis my hands and nails suffer all manner of abuse. I am a keen gardener and crafts person so my past times do not tend to be sympathetic to my nails or hands. My nails are generally prone to dryness and brittleness so I was keen to put this product to the test.
When the nourisher arrived I loved the quirky little tin. It is a robust screw top silver tin that is perfect for a hand bag or make-up case. Even if you are a little over zealous in tightening lids on your products this lid is very easy to open, even with greasy hands due to its cleverly designed ridged grip. Upon opening the tin for the first time I noted that the product was of a balm consistency and opaque golden yellow in colour. From the size of the tin you could immediately see that there was a generous amount of product in the tin.
To apply I only needed a light touch of balm (less than a pea size) for one hand. Upon contact with the heat of your skin the balm immediately melts into a luxurious oil that goes a remarkably long way. So much so, all five fingers on one hand were treated equally with product from just the smallest touch.
The consistency of the balm/ oil is such that it allows a beautiful and beneficial massage into the nails. You should be careful not to over dispense your product as not only does it lead to unnecessary wastage but you will find that your hands are covered to the point of stickiness. Less is more with this highly concentrated balm.
It is suggested that you only use the product at night only. I completely agree with this instruction as after initial application it does take some time for your nails to absorb the product fully. Remember your nails do not absorb products as easily as you skin so you need to accept a little stickiness at first!
Another important tip is to ensure that this little tin is stored in a cool dry place. In the warm weather or sunlight the balm quickly turns to oil which could be disastrous when opening the tin! This small issue only gives credit to the product as proof that no nasties are added to keep it in a solid state.
The balm has a beautiful citrus lemon fragrance that makes application pleasurable and addictive. Admittedly I have been prone to sneaking a few extra applications during the day. After just one application I noted that the dryness around my nail beds and cuticles was completely gone and the benefit is long lasting. My nails have increased their growth rate phenomenally and they are generally better condition than they have been for a very long time. The balm softens the cuticles beautifully and gives an overall delicate polished look to the nails.
As I like to experiment with my products I have also been applying the balm to my hands as a treatment application before my hand cream. This has had fantastic results for me and in combination my hands are looking much smoother and nourished than just using my hand cream alone. Not stopping there I have also used the balm for my toe nails which have benefitted from the same results.
This balm may be small but it is mighty! The old adage “some of the best things come in small packages” certainly describes this product. Packed with so many natural oils, waxes and butters it is a highly concentrated product. I have been using this several times a day for over two weeks and I am halfway down the tin. The value for money is fantastic! The balm offers rapid and noticeable results and if you are looking for a nail treatment that won’t break your budget then this is certainly the one to try! A real SOS product.