Max Green Alchemy is a favorite on TIA, so I think I’ve just been unlucky with the two products I’ve tested thus far. I really want to like them. The Scalp Rescue Styling Gel left my hair in a bit of a knot and looking lackluster. While the Sole Rescue Foot Balm ($19.99) wasn’t a complete bomb, I wouldn’t exactly say my feet were rescued.

The Sole Rescue Foot  Balm certainly contains enough oils and butters, such as castor seed oil, kokum butter, shea butter, jojoba oil, and soy amino acid to generally soften skin as well as panthenol to add essential moisture. There is even evening primrose oil, an excellent antioxidant. Instead of peppermint as a freshening agent, MGA uses the uncommon essential oil of atlas cedar wood, which stimulates the circulatory and respiratory systems and also calms the nerves.

While the above ingredients are generally adequate for a body cream, those who are especially hard on their feet like I am may find Sole Rescue to be unsatisfactory for a foot balm. As a New Yorker, I tend to walk everywhere and on certain days the soles and heels of my feet can sometimes feel like sandpaper. When my feet are in that condition, they require more than just moisturizing and conditioning. Unfortunately, MGA Sole Rescue doesn’t have what it takes to save my feet at the end of the day.

And yet again, I wanted to view MGA as a wholly organic, environment-friendly line, but during my research, I found the second ingredient to be questionable. As I wasn’t familiar with octyldodeconol, which supposedly is an emollient derived from a plant, I looked it up on TIA. The ingredient is used as an emulsifier and is associated with some concerns about skin irritation. According to the EWG, it’s a low hazard; however, two studies with testing on rabbits showed irritation, even in low concentrations. Further, a 2006 study found that it enhanced the irritation of other ingredients.

Ingredients: Purified Water, Octyldodeconol (plant emollient), Aqueous Herbal Extract (Olea Europaea* (olive) Leaf, Arctium Lappa* (burdock) Root, Glycyrrhiza Glabra* (licorice) Root, Tabebuia Impetiginosa* (pau díarco), Centella Asiatica* (gotu kola), Arnica Montana* (arnica)), Helianthus Annus* (GMO-free sunflower) Seed Oil, Sorbitan Stearate, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate (plant conditioner), Ricinus Communis (castor) Oil, Garcinia Indica (kokum butter), Butyrospermum Parkii (shea butter), Behenyl Alcohol, Dimethyl Sulfone (MSM botanical sulphur compound), Octyl Stearate, Buxus Chinesis* (jojoba) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Panthenol (pro vitamin B5), Aloe Barbadensis* (aloe vera) Leaf, Melaleuca Alternifolia* (tea tree), Lavandula Angustifolia* (lavender), Cedrus Atlantica+ (atlas cedarwood), Oenethera Biennis* (evening primrose) Oil, Glycine Soja (soy amino acid), Glycerin (vegetable source), Sucrose Cocoate, Parfum (frangrance of plant origin), Syzygium Caryophyllata* (clove bud), Piper Nigrum* (peppercorn), Mixed Tocopherols (plant derived GMO-free vitamin E)

* Organic + Wildcrafted