Heel Tastic Reviews
mnashat’s Full Review
Pros: works within a few days, mostly natural ingredients, compact, easy application
Cons: medicinal smell, shouldn’t be used on open sores
The Bottom Line: The product improved the feel of my dry, cracked heels, so I would recommend this product.
Heel -tastic is an “as seen on TV” product for dry, cracked heels. I became interested because I normally have dry skin and it gets worse in the winter.
In order to see if heel-tastic worked, I used it on one foot. On the other foot, I used another cream (Cetaphil moisturizing cream). Within 3 days there was a noticable difference. I think the Cetaphil took one more day, but it also worked. By one week, there was a marked difference from the state of my dry heels originally. But, it didn’t completely remove all dry skin. I believe I should pick up a pumice stone, but I keep forgetting. The Cetaphil improved my heels to a similar degree in about one week. I have been using Heel-tastic for about one month now.
So, the bottom line is: Heel-tastic worked to reduce dry cracked heels.
Another positive aspect is that it is easy to apply. If you don’t like touching your feet, then this will do the trick. You use it like a roll on, but it is more like chapstick–thick wax in a tube. It is also compact, so you can take it with you (even in your carry on!) if you travel.
I put Heel-tastic on with socks, one a day, at night. The directions say to use “as needed.” It is best not to walk around on your feet after you’ve applied Heel-tastic. The label has a warning “The application of Heel-Tastic to your feet may increae the chances of a slip and fall.” So, it recommends not to go barefoot after the application.
I do not really like the smell. It is strong-smelling, like lemon-menthol. Some of the smell may come from ingredients like shea butter. The product does have a lot of other herbal ingredients, but it also contains a medication called dimethicone (the “active ingredient”). Like anything you put on your skin (or in your eyes, or in your mouth), you should try it in a small region first and see if irritation occurs.
Dimethicone is an emollient. I have been told to use other emollients by dermatologists for my dry skin condition. I also like Cutamol (but it is expensive and has to be ordered in a pharmacy) and Cetaphil moisturizing cream is available in drugstores and seems to work well if used regularly. I looked up whether dimethione is harmful and the scientific research says no (although some online sites say that it is). I think that there have been some rare adverse reactions (such as allergic responses), so that’s probably why some people don’t like it. It is a medication, so if you don’t like putting things like that into or on to your body, then you can use something else. It seems to be used as a skin-softener in several cosmetic-type products.
Many of the “inactive ingredients” in Heel-tastic are natural. They include coconut, fruit oil, soybean wax, beeswax, carnauba wax, many seed oils, shea butter, cocoa butter, tocopheryl acetate (vit. E), retinyl palmitate (vit. A ester) and others.
Heel-tastic did not irritate my skin. My skin is very sensitive and prone to dermititis, so I always test products. Everyone is different and everyone should test, but this product did not cause me any problems in that regard.
I am not sure how long one 2 oz. tube will last because I have used it for one month and it is still mostly full.
All in all, I can say that this product did improve my dry, cracked heels. I like the easy application and small container. I am getting my heels ready for summer sandels! source
debredz2r’s Full Review:
Pros: Easy to use
The Bottom Line: I recommend this with 2 thumbs up! or 2 heels up! I have probably the most severe case of dry cracked heels, and this truly worked for me!
I have been watching the infomercials for Heel Tastic on TV for a long time. I finally decided to give it a try and bought one for $9.99. It has been the Best $10 I have spent in a long time!
Heel Tastic goes on like a stick of deodorant. It is waxy in texture and seems to melt when it’s on your skin. You don’t have to touch it when you apply it, but I have been rubbing it into the skin of my heels and entire feet, I make another application on the heels and then put my socks on for the night. I only apply it at night so I don’t walk around and wear it off. You should not walk with this on, it is slippery, even with socks on.
It has a smell of Shea Butter and other herbals. It’s not pleasant. My husband doesn’t think it’s bad, but me and everyone else in my house thinks so. My 5 yr old, he will sniff it, then make gagging sounds, LOL
But, I will take the bad smell because this stuff really works! I had very severe dry cracked, calloused heels..the cracks were very deep. At some points during this past winter, they even bled.
I started seeing results after a week or two, but the great results have taken two months. My heels are mostly normal looking. I’d say a 98% on my left heel and a 100% on my right. My left heel, which had the most severe crack, is almost there as far as healing. Before the Heel Tastic, I had to regularly shave the cracked calloused skin, then use the ped egg to smooth out the skin. I have not had to use the foot shaver or the Ped Egg since using this Heel Tastic.
I use Heel Tastic regularly, applying it at night time. For maintenance, because my feet get such a severe case of callouses and cracks, while I’m in the tub I use the foot file once in a while, it keeps the skin smooth.I can tell when it needs it because the skin starts turning white in those areas. But this Heel Tastic, it works. Nothing else has ever worked on my heels before.I was using the Jergens Ultra Healing extra dry skin Lotion, but even that was not working. I have also tried other severe condition lotions.
I give this a two thumbs up! Hooray to the person who invented this! source
elzora’s Full Review:
Pros: Inexpensive, lasts a long time, it works to soften heels
Cons: Smells awful, pretty oily
The Bottom Line: Easy to apply, makes heels feel good, softens skin
When the Discovery Channel aired their Pitchmen show, with hose Billy Mays, I was very impressed with inventor Melinda Clark, who was trying to get her HeelTastic product to mass markets.
Since that time, I have seen Heel Tastic on those television infomercials. HeelTastic retails for $10, and the shipping was $6.99.
HeelTastic comes in a clear tube shaped plastic container. It measures 4 inches high and 1 7/8 inches in diameter. It reminds me of a stick of deodorant, as the balm rolls up by turning the bottom clockwise.
The stick itself is almost white in color, and is a hard but greasy, hard balm. The cap is also clear. The container reads “Intensive Heel Therapy. Watch dry cracked heels disappear”. There is a before and after picture, that is, as one would expect, quite impressive.
* Contains natural Neem & Karanja oils
* Easy to use
* Fast results
* No mess
* Great Scent
About The Ingredients
I have two other heel softening products at home, and I have since learned they don’t contain the best or safest ingredients (at least as far as I am concerned!).
HeelTastic seems quite natural. It’s active ingredient is dimethicone, which is a skin protectant, but there is only 1% of this ingredient in the formula. Other ingredients are: coconut fruit oil, soybean wax, beeswax, carnauba wax, ozokerite, proprietary blend of essential oils, neem seed oil, karanja seed oil, black cumin seed oil, shea butter, cocoa seed butter, isopropyl myristate, rice bran oil, olive fruit oil, avocado oil, sweet almond oil, safflower seed oil, sunflower seed oil, tolnaftate, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), retinyl palmitate (form of vitamin A), phenoxyethanol, and caprylyl glycol.
The first time I used HeelTastic, I knew this product was different from the others in my medicine cabinet. The balm glides over my heels extremely easy, it’s soft as butter and so smooth! The fact that I can roll up more of the product as needed means I don’t have to get any on my hands.
I use this every morning and every evening, and it does tend to be a little bit greasy, and although I liked the fact that I didn’t have to get my hands in it, I now massage it into my heels with my hands, as I feel it absorbs better and faster that way. The product is so greasy it really takes a good hand washing with soap to remove it all, and I made the mistake of touching my eyes once when I hadn’t completely washed it off, and I don’t recommend anyone doing that.
In as little as a few days I was starting to see improvement in the appearance of my heels. They used to be so rough that my panty hose would snag on them! I am amazed at how quickly HeelTastic starts to work.
Last, I take issue with the claim that HeelTastic has a “great scent”. I do not think this smells great. I can only assume it is one of the natural oils that I am smelling.
I used to clean with neem oil, and I was never crazy about the odor. Another culprit could be the ozokerite. This is an ingredient that I have never heard of before, so I looked it up at my good friend Merriam-Webster, which describes ozokerite as a waxy mineral mixture of hydrocarbons that is colorless or white when pure and often of unpleasant odor.
Luckily, it has not seemed to make my socks or my bed sheets smell too bad. Interesting also is the fact that the directions say to use “as needed”, so this is very much up to the individual how often you use it. It is not intended for kids under the age of 2.
The ingredients are holistic and impressive. I wasn’t too sure about the safety of dimethicone, the active ingredient, so I looked it up on Skin Deep. It is listed as being toxic to non-reproductive organs, but there are no concerns for cancer, developmental/reproductive toxicity, allergies/immunotoxicity, or contamination concerns.
Skin Deep also prefaces their findings with this statement: The chart below indicates that research studies have found that exposure to this ingredient — not the products containing it — caused the indicated health effect(s) in the studies reviewed by Skin Deep researchers.
To conclude, HeelTastic worked for me, and in as little as three days. I don’t know if I will have to continue to use it to keep my heels soft, but I would imagine it needs to be used on occasion once they are at a stage you are happy with.
It’s not messy, unless you decide to rub it into your heels, as I do. The applicator has a great roll up design that allows you to use it without getting any on your hands, if you so desire.
It worked for me, and I think it is worth a $10 investment to see if it will work for you. Just don’t expect it to smell “great”. source
popsrocks’s Full Review:
Pros: Works quickly to soften hard dry skin
Cons: A stinky smell
The Bottom Line: Heel Tastic worked well for me. I had an extremely painful cracked sole on my foot. In two days the problem was gone.
I was out of work for a few days due to an open sore on the bottom of my foot due to very dry skin. Though the sore was painful it was my knee that kept me out of work. Walking awkwardly on my foot put unnatural pressure on a knee that was completely replaced some ten years ago. It was that strain that kept me off my feet.
As Seen on TV
To the rescue came my daughter. She had a product that she knew of from TV. I never found out why she purchased it. When she heard of my problem she gave me her package of the “magic formula” that heals heels. I never saw the TV commercials but the packaging stated,
Easy to use
I immediately knew something was wrong with such boast. The mix smells like…It’s tough to explain but there’s a menthol base like a Vics Vapor rub but not as powerful. The rest has an earthy odor. Yup, like dirt. It’s not a pleasant smell but it’s not bad enough to turn me off from it or bother me through the day.
What’s In It For Me
The ingredients would fill up a page of this review. I will note that there’s an active ingredient of dimethicone 1%. The rest is a witches brew of natural ingredients…emulsified bat wing, frogs toenail, hair from the tail of a monkey, blood from an earthworm and ground tusks of a warthog. OK, you know I’m kidding. There is however a mix of some twenty seed oils, bees wax, coconut oil, shea butter, avocado oil and much more. The AS SEEN ON TV packaging highlights “With Natural Neem and Karanja Oil.” Sorry, I don’t know what the stuff is so it doesn’t impress me by name.
The soft butter like consistency of this 2 oz product is packaged in a wide plastic, push up tube. Something like an over sized deodorant dispenser and when you twist the bottom the product is pushed out of the top. This keeps the product on the dry area and away from hands.
Pops On the Mend
It’s kinda wimpy sounding to say ya can’t work because of cracked skin on a foot but its effects on my knee made it so. I opened the package and liberally rolled the butter like product onto affected dry areas of my heels and soles. It went on freely and easily. That smell was present but dissipated after a bit.
After day one the skin felt a bit less raspy but was still tough. The second day was when the cracked pain was gone. The skin was much softer and each step was painless. Two day! I am now walking around without any problem. I have used other “cracked heel” meds but this one is a winner. I read somewhere, probably on this site that someone else used this or a like product and applied it to one foot and not the other. I di the same to a noticeable difference. While the skin on my untreated foot remained hard and dry the other softened up considerably.
I tend to get seriously cracked heels in the summer when I’m wearing sandals 24/7 on none work days and when on vacation. I’ll let you know how it works for me then. source
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