Review: Intensive Heel Balm by Sanctuary

Mar 11 2015

Sybaritic Spy

1 min read

Sanctuary heel balm 1

We reviewed Intensive Heel Balm by Sanctuary (£7.50 for 75ml)

First impressions

The balm comes in a blue and white plastic tube; not exactly luxury packaging. But it stands nicely and securely, opens easily and it’s easy to squeeze out just the right amount of the soft white cream.

What’s in it

Mostly its wheat germ oil, vitamin E, Rosehip seed oil and shea butter to moisturize, and lavender oil and tea tree oil for the cleansing and cooling qualities. It is parabens free and is not tested on animals.


Instructions were simple; ‘massage into dry skin’. I usually use a much thicker heel balm which takes ages to sink in, this was lighter and thinner and I wondered if it would be as effective. It smells lightly of soap.


I was surprised to find that it did the job very well. I used it every day for a week and then every few days and the heels of my feet (never the most attractive part of me!) improved noticeably. The dry areas were softened and looked much better. I think a lighter cream works better than a heavier one as I tended to use it more often because it sinks in quickly. With the thicker cream I had to wait 10-15 minutes before being able to go to bed.


This is good value at about £7.50. I think it would last about two months with regular use.

Final verdict

I will buy this again and I think anyone budget conscious who simply wants an effective cream would like it.


Sybaritic Spy

11th March 2015

Spy Likes:

Warm treatment beds; fragrant steam rooms; therapists who listen to what you say; unexpected treats such as back massages that start with hot towels on your feet.

Spy Dislikes:

Small towels; crowded changing rooms; black mould in the showers; therapists who sniff; anyone who doesn't take my lavender allergy seriously - until I'm actually sick on them!

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