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Normally this brand would have been beyond my budget, however I received a couple of 10ml tubes of this hand cream to sample. Apparently it’s one of their best sellers, despite the price tag of £19 for 150ml (£8 for 30ml).


Aqua/Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Glycerin, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Extract, Mel Extract/Honey Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Fruit Extract, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Sterols, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Parfum/Fragrance, Polyacrylamide, Peg,100 Stearate, Propylene Glycol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Ceteareth-33, Alcohol Denat, Laureth-7, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Linalool, Citronellol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Coumarin, Alpha, Isomethyl Ionone, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Geraniol.



    • Cost – to me, £19 for 150ml is quite expensive. Perhaps this could be justified if it did an exceptional job, but I find that cheaper brands of hand cream seem to work just as well for me.
    • I find the smell off-putting. I find it hard to describe – it’s quite a strong, sharp smell. It can’t be the Shea butter (which apparently either has a nutty smell or no smell depending on whether it’s refined) so perhaps it’s the added fragrance in the ingredients list.

Personally I wouldn’t be willing to spend £19 on a tube. Perhaps it would work more for me if my hands were in a more desperate situation, but personally I don’t find it to be worth it.

Also, even if price were not a problem I would prefer not to use it due to the smell, unless I had really dry hands. However, a brief Google search seems to indicate that most people don’t have a problem with the smell (although there is at least one other person who does) so it’s probably down to individual preference.

From my own point of view, I give this a rating of 3/5.


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