Monday, January 2, 2012

Vietnamese Foot Cream

Call it a limitation of interest, but I just haven't spent much time checking out the feet of Vietnamese people. When I travel in Vietnam I am too distracted by the beauty of faces and the sweetness of personalities to have much time for my eyes to stray footward. Something must be seriously amiss, though, because foot cream and cracked heel balm is everywhere, and supermarkets carry a half-dozen varieties, local and imported. In Australia they don't even carry one.
The continued existence of local cosmetics companies is heartening, and Thorakao, who make this variety, is one of the biggest. I have some tangential involvement in the cosmetics industry in Vietnam, and it seems to me that local companies are thriving.
So what can I tell you about this particularly lovely Vietnamese foot cream? Well, it's creamy, with a nice herbal/menthol kind of smell. And it's very cheap - about 70 cents. You can keep your feet lovely on a budget in Vietnam.
I bought this tube at the Maximark supermarket on Cong Hoa road in Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City. It was one of the original big supermarkets in Vietnam, though these days it's looking a bit run down. I still think it is the best, however. Particularly if, like me, you are a hunter of exotic cosmetics. Shelves and shelves of the stuff.

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