Six months of meeting people who now use Salvation for Hands, and who are now coming back to get some more.
And all because I thought it would be nice to find something that really did the job of protecting my hands whilst I was gardening. They were uncomfortable, rough, cracked and more and more ingrained with dirt. I tried and tested every hand cream and lotion I could find (the house is littered with pots and tubes of stuff) and some of them were great – they had wonderful scents and made me feel as though I lived a life of leisure and pleasure, which is lovely and my favourite is Arpege by Lanvin which someone kindly gave me, entirely overlooking the fact that I was no longer sitting in an office in a town wearing tidy clothes and make up.
However, when it comes to rolling up the sleeves and getting down to the nitty gritty of everyday life of rural Oxfordshire, something much more robust than a deliciously scented hand cream was required. So I tried the barrier balms and salves, and by this time I was getting very picky indeed and had taken to reading about skin conditions on the web, and looking up ingredients, and what they did and how they did it, and generally becoming a complete bore on the subject of over exaggeration and miracle cures. Unless, of course, they were French or Italian, in which case I suspended disbelief. There is nothing quite as seductive as a French pharmacy – I just know that if I concentrate and do what I’m told, I will be transformed, and if I’m not, it will be my fault for not doing it properly!
So I made something I could use (that is the short version ….), and then family and friends started to use it, and then they wanted more, and then someone said “lots of people might find this useful” and there is a whole other story about safety assessments, testing, and registration on EU portals – which was mind boggling.
And here it is. Practical, effective, no-spill – Salvation for Hands – used by all sorts of people who do all sorts of things.