I'm no stranger to Baylis & Harding products - some Baylis & Harding hand wash is currently sitting on the sink in my downstairs loo and by my kitchen sink too - so I always look forward to reviewing the latest offering from them.
Tesco sent me a couple of items from the Baylis & Harding Skin Spa range to review: a Soothing Foot File and some Rich Intensive Body Butter.
Hmmm, body butter - I can be really picky when it comes to body butter; and a foot file? Well, let's just say I didn't feel as if my world was going to be set on fire by it.
Baylis & Harding Skin Spa Soothing Foot File
The Baylis & Harding Skin Spa Soothing Foot File comes packaged in a robust plastic wallet with a zip-lock type top fastening; it is completely black on the reverse side, clear on the front so you can see the foot file inside and has a black, white and red tree design printed on the bottom right-hand corner.
Still feeling pretty non-plussed about the Baylis & Harding Skin Spa Soothing Foot File, I took it upstairs to the bathroom, leapt into the shower with it and gave it a bash.
My feet take a fair bit of abuse on a daily basis - I march across the fields in boots for five miles with them, I switch for trainers when I get home and go out for a faster five miles by myself.
Then if I'm not wearing flip-flops, or some other open-toed open-backed shoe/sandal/wedge type thing, then I'm in high-heeled boots or vertiginous killer shoes!
So the balls of my feet, my big toe pad and my heels take a real beating and need to be loved, cherished and looked after - the Baylis & Harding Skin Spa Soothing Foot File didn't do too bad a job, but I wasn't blown away by gorgeous smoothness that only a baby's bottom could rival.
Then I actually paid closer attention to the white writing on the back of the wallet it came in. 'For Dry Use Only' it says - oops! So a week'ish later, after more podiatry abuse, I tried it again - only this time, DRY.
Oh JOY! OH rapture! OHHHHH HELLO soft and lovely feet!
For what is, essentially, a shaped piece of wood with two pieces of rough-grade sandpaper stuck on either side, the Baylis & Harding Skin Spa Soothing Foot File is my new favourite foot 'thing'.
I have a pumice stone that's pretty effective, but is definitely a use-in-the-shower item. I have a Ped Egg too - you know, one of those foot doofers that looks like a cheese grater and collects your foot shavings rather than just grating them onto the floor (apologies if you're just about to/are/or have eaten your lunch!) - that really didn't live up to its hype.
The Baylis & Harding Skin Spa Soothing Foot File usually sells for £3, but is on sale at Tesco for £2 until 28 August (online links are currently unavailable).
I decided to really push the boat out and pamper my feet further by slathering them in the Baylis & Harding Skin Spa Rich Intensive Body Butter!
It's packaged with the same red, back and white design and its scent is Rose, Ylang Ylang and Patchouli.
I like my body butters REALLY thick, almost waxy, and whilst this one isn't that, it's not wishy-washy with no business calling itself a 'butter' at all.
It's springy to the touch in its tub, it goes on nicely and is quickly absorbed; it doesn't leave your skin feeling, or looking, greasy either - this is always a good thing.
Now I know that smell is a very subjective and personal thing - I really don't like anything that smells of Rose, it just reminds me of all the naff Christmas toiletry gifts one of my grandmothers insisted on buying me every year, or the raffle/tombola prize that no one wants and always left until last.
If you don't like Rose scented things either, then you won't like this Baylis & Harding Skin Spa Rich Intensive Body Butter - it really is quite strong and last for a good while; GREAT if you love rosey smelling things, terrible if you don't.
I can't suggest that you smell it before you buy it because the lid is sealed with one of those plastic wrap-around things, so you'll either have to take a chance or leave it well alone if you know you're not keen on things that smell of rose.
The Baylis & Harding Skin Spa Rich Intensive Body Butter also retails for £3 but is available in-store at Tesco for £2 until 28 August.
Now that I know the Baylis & Harding Skin Spa Soothing Foot File is supposed to be used DRY, I'm over the moon with how lovely and soft it's keeping my feet. I would happily pay £3 for it, so being able to pick one up for £2 is just a bonus!
I really can't think of any cons, just pros: easy to use, very effective and a great price - so it gets an overall score of 10 out of 10.
I'm still on the fence as far as the Baylis & Harding Skin Spa Rich Intensive Body Butter goes, but that's only because of its smell; I think the price is fantastic and the overall packaging and appearance of both products together would make for great stocking fillers later in the year.
I'm going to give the Baylis & Harding Skin Spa Rich Intensive Body Butter an overall score of 8 out of 10 (if you like rose scented beauty things then you can bump this up to 10 out of 10).