Mane ‘n Tail Hoofmaker

Mane 'n Tail Hoofmaker Hand & Nail Therapy

I have had this in my stash for so long that you can see I took the photo against that very old backdrop of mine! The problem with my hands is that they are constantly dry; they crack and sometimes they frickin’ hurt! The problem with me and hand creams is, despite having an entire drawer of them, I never use them. Hence why I have not gotten around to doing this review before now.

This winter, my resolution is to start using hand creams more often because I need to! Even as I type this, my hands feel dry and sore! There is a solution and I must overcome my laziness in order to implement it.

This ‘Hoofmaker’ is from the people who brought us that lovely shampoo that they use to use on horses but now all the celebrities love. Yes, you guessed it, this cream was once used on horses’ hooves but the horse-people (or whatever they are called) who used to rub it into the hooves of horses realised that it made their hands feel lovely and soft too. Cue some packaging with horses on it and you’ve got ‘Hoofmaker’.

Mane 'n Tail Hoofmaker Hand & Nail Therapy

The cream itself is not very thick as some hand creams can be. Instead it is rather light and absorbs into the skin within a minute or two which is always a positive as a) I am impatient and b) you know that the second I apply it I will get a text/my phone will ring/I’ll have to pee/I’ll get an itch etc.

I have been using this for the past week on my hands whenever I think of it or they are particularly dry and sore. So far I haven’t seen any improvement in my nails (which are in BITS!) but it is instantly soothing and relieves any uncomfortable tightness in the skin. There is a light scent to it that I cannot quite put my finger on but it is pleasant and completely inoffensive. It is also not very strong so even if you weren’t  a fan, it wouldn’t be overwhelming for you.

While my hands feel soft and soothed after use, several hours later they are dry again. In my opinion this is more of a reliever than a healer with long term benefits, however I am hoping that continued use will change my view. The giant tube I have is 125ml and will set you back around €7.95 but my one bugbear is that it is so big that it is not exactly travel-friendly. I just did some research there and found that a smaller travel size is available for around €2.95.

It is my resolution to continue using this and hopefully my hands (and eventually, my nails) will see the longer-term benefits.

What do you think? Have you tried this? Did you see any change in your nails? What’s your favourite hand cream?

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