Foot Therapy Soothing Cream for Dry, Cracked Feet
3.5 fl. oz. for $5.69
Last Updated:05.14.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Normally we'd be more forgiving of a foot cream that contained eucalyptus, as this one does. Applying eucalyptus (or even peppermint) to skin on the feet isn't as bad as slathering it from head to toe or applying it to facial skin. Plus, we admit, the cooling sensation those ingredients provide can feel wonderful when feet are tired or sore. Unfortunately, Curel adds more problematic ingredients to the mix by including several citrus juices in this foot cream. Those aren't effective for dry, cracked skin on the feet, and in fact can be downright painful when applied to areas of cracked, compromised skin.

This foot cream contains some great emollients to soften dry skin on the feet but between the citrus juices plus a sensitizing preservative (methylisothiazolinone) this isn't a foot cream we'd encourage anyone to use. Gold Bond offers better foot-care products, and it's probably in the next aisle at your local drugstore!

  • Emollient ingredients work quickly to soften dry, rough skin.
  • Inexpensive.
  • Contains too many irritating ingredients to make it worth the risk.
  • Inclusion of citrus juices can be highly irritating if applied to cracked skin.
  • Methylisothiazolinone is a sensitizing preservative not recommended for use in leave-on products.

Featuring highly emollient shea butter, rich coconut milk, and naturally healing Vitamin E, this foot cream noticeably smoothes and softens dry cracked skin in just two nights, significantly improving the look and feel of dry cracked feet and heels.


Water, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Petrolatum, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Urea, Ceteareth-20, Stearic Acid, Lactamide MEA, Cetyl-PG Hydroxyethyl Palmitamide, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, Paraffin, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Juice, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Juice, Tocopheryl Acetate, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Juice, Propylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Disodium Edta, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Methylisothiazolinone, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, BHT, Butylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance, Caramel.

Brand Overview

Strengths: Inexpensive and generously-sized; contains a consistent range of tried-and-true emollient ingredients.

Weaknesses: None of the products are state-of-the-art formulas; several products listed as being good for sensitive skin or not containing fragrance are fragranced and/or contain ingredients those with sensitive skin should avoid; Many products contain a high amount of irritating eucalyptus extract the foot cream contains irritating citrus juices; the hand cream is overly fragranced.

Long a staple of the body-care aisle at drugstores around the world, Curel and its sister company Jergens (and Biore) are owned by the Japan-based Kao Corporation. Like Jergens, Curel offers an assortment of body lotions for dry, itchy skin. Whereas Jergens has expanded into an array of self-tanning products alongside their body lotions, Curel remains firmly based around body lotions for dry skin. Considering Curel’s specialty, it’s disappointing that so many of their body lotions disappoint, either due to average formulas or the inclusion of fragrant plant extracts (most often eucalyptus).

There’s truly nothing worth considering from Curel, and that’ sad. The price point is excellent, the sizes are generous, but none of this matters if what’s inside the bottles isn’t great for your skin. Don’t get us wrong; Curel’s body lotions contain some workhorse ingredients such as petrolatum and glycerin. Those can be great for dry skin, but they’re just the beginning—dry skin needs a range of ingredients, including repairing and cell-communicating substances plus antioxidants—and those are lacking in pretty much every product Curel offers. In essence, Curel isn’t the cure for dry skin.

If you’ve been intrigued by this line, your curiosity can stop here. Curel isn’t the answer for dry, itchy, or sensitive skin (indeed, several of its products are a problem for sensitive skin). Other drugstore body lotions offer more for your money, and without problematic ingredients like eucalyptus. Some of those may cost a bit more, but when you’re getting a truly superior formula, it’s money well spent!

For more information about Curel, call (800) 572-2931 or visit www.curel.com

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Healed my heals in two nights as claimed

My feet, specifically my heals, became very dry as I entered my 40's. Regular lotions haven't helped my rough heals and as a result, I have shredded many socks and even slippers. I tried the Curel Foot Therapy cream a week ago. It was instant success. My heals showed improvement with one try and now after a week feel normal again. Best of all, it was only $3.99 up here in Canada. It has a cocoa butter fragrance. That is my only complaint so far. I wish it was fragrance free.

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