The Pick of the Month for May is from Margaret Dabbs


Margaret Dabbs’ lifelong passion has always been for feet.  She is a qualified podiatrist and opened her first foot clinic in 1998. If you are not familiar with the difference between a podiatrist and a pedicurist, a podiatrist has a medical qualification and works with referrals from doctors. They can safely work with blades and can diagnose and treat foot healthcare problems. A pedicurist gives a skin treatment and concentrates on cuticle work and nail painting.

Margaret has successfully crossed the bridge between podiatry and pedicures by employing both kinds of specialists to give her unique fusion of health and beauty.  Margaret and her specialist team have treated a diverse client base over the years from royalty and celebrities to Olympic athletes.

When Margaret develops products she approaches her ingredients and results with a clinical eye and looks into the research to ensure a result on skin that is even in the worst condition. She looks for inspiration from the Aborigine for her signature ingredient of emu oil which naturally contains vitamin E, vitamin A, linoleic acid, sapogenins and terpenes. Margaret loves the plumping and re-densifying effects of this ingredient on the skinny tissue of the skin surrounding the feet, which can cause our feet to become painful over the years as they lose their natural plumpness and cushion.

MD foot hygiene cream

Our product of the month is the Foot Hygiene Cream. This is a combination of her emu oil and tea tree oil, and is an anhydrase formula which gives it its hygiene properties. What that means is that it has no water; it is not an emulsion or a cream. It is more of a waxy, balm-like texture. This means that it helps to inhibit bacteria, especially in sweaty, damp and smelly situations such as any areas on the feet (and incidentally you can use it on the hands too) that are causing concern: between the toes or on the soles for example. You may have sweaty patches or painful, moist areas that aren’t drying out, food odour that is persistent, it could be, for example, that you naturally have sweaty feet. Your feet could also be in poor health because of illness, or you may suffer from your feet being in damp conditions for too long due to a job or hobby. By massaging this naturally antiseptic, water-free skin treatment on you should see improvement. It is very concentrated and economical to use.

My top tip would be to always wash your hands before and after using the product to prevent any contamination and if you know you are sharing the product, try to use a spatula to remove the product from the pot.

This would be very good to use on holiday to help prevent your feet from picking up infections. If you go barefoot in public places like swimming pools, always take this with you to apply to you and your family’s feet afterwards.

Due to the emu oil it contains, this product is not suitable for vegetarians or vegans.


  1. Sian Mills April 30, 2015 at 12:15 pm -  Reply

    I’m disappointed to read that May’s beauty pick of the month from Margaret Dabbs is not suitable for use by vegetarians as it contains Emu oil. I recall hearing it being commented on QVC a year ago that all cosmetic brands sold are not tested on animals and don’t contain animal products. I think it was actually Alison herself who said this. Prai, Elemis, Judith Williams, Gatineau, Decleor, all state this either on air or on their packaging, so I’m really disappointed to hear about the Margaret Dabbs foot cream.

    • Tanya May 20, 2015 at 1:25 pm -  Reply

      Hi Sian – I queried this with Margaret once. She says that the Emu oil is a by product of the meat industry. It does, of course, depend on where your ethics lie, but a vegetarian who is comfortable wearing leather for instance, may find this product acceptable.

  2. Sharon Bridges May 9, 2015 at 9:05 am -  Reply

    Agree with previous comment by Sian Mills. Disappointed that QVC is selling and promoting a beauty brand that uses animal products. A quick google search also found controversy about the cruelty of how Emu oil is obtained.

  3. Kerry Read May 9, 2015 at 12:40 pm -  Reply

    I would not have chosen to use a product containing animal products if the above comment is correct. I hope qvc look into this.

  4. pat ramsell May 10, 2015 at 2:04 pm -  Reply

    Can someone tell me how the manufacturers of Margaret Dabbs foot cream collect Emu Oil to put in this product?

  5. Teresa Lammin May 10, 2015 at 10:10 pm -  Reply

    I echo Sian’s sentiments entirely. Have we really not moved on..WHY is QVC allowing this product air time? The Emu is NOT harvested for the meat-which is tough and unnapetising but purely for cosmetic purposes. Definitely NOT an ethical product.

  6. Ann May 18, 2015 at 9:34 am -  Reply

    I echo the above comments about promoting a beauty product that contains animal derivatives. I thought that QVC had become more ethically aware??
    There are so many good brands and products that are not tested on animals, or use animal derivatives, that I think this is a backward step to promote one that does not fall within these boundaries.
    Lots of discussion on FB groups about this.

  7. Julie May 19, 2015 at 8:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, I am loving the Margaret Dabbs beauty pick of the month. please, please, please can we have a selection of her products as a TSV.

  8. Sandra May 20, 2015 at 2:15 pm -  Reply

    I purchased the Margaret Dabbs foot cream. I did not realise that the Emu was not used for meat and purely for cosmetic purposes. Much as this cream does work I won’t be re purchasing and like the other reviewers above wonder why QVC have not looked into this. I wish I had looked into this more as well.

  9. Donna May 20, 2015 at 7:01 pm -  Reply

    Absolutely disgusted that qvc are selling this product. I am a vegetarian and have been using this cream as I was not aware of the issues with emu oil, I trusted qvc to do their homework and trusted their ethics. I shall be sending this back immediately . Shame on you qvc and mgt dabs.

  10. Sally May 23, 2015 at 9:46 pm -  Reply

    I actually had a treatment at Margaret Dabbs and was talking to the girl about it there. The emu is Australia’s native bird however they do eat the meat. After the bird has been killed for the meat, the emu oil is extracted from under the birds feathers. It is therefore a byproduct of the animal but the bird is not killed for the emu oil.

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