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I have very dry skin on my hands that needs special attention. So hand creams are a must for me. Today’s review is on Almond Hand and Nail cream from The body shop. This is one of my staples from the brand. To see how it fared, read on…
The Body Shop Description:
This effective daily hand cream cares for nails as well as hands and contains two manicurist’s essentials: sweet almond oil and panthenol.
Sweet almond scent
Aqua (Solvent/Diluent), Glycerin (Humectant), Cetearyl Alcohol (Emulsifier), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Butyrospermum Parkii (Skin-Conditioning Agent/Emollient), Ethylhexyl Palmitate (Skin Conditioning Agent), Myristyl Myristate (Emollient), Propylene Glycol (Humectant), Isopropyl Palmitate (Emollient), Glycine Soja Oil (Emollient/Skin Conditioner), Hydrogenated Ethylhexyl Olivate (Skin Conditioning Agent), Dimethicone (Skin Conditioning Agent), Benzyl Alcohol (Preservative), Glyceryl Stearate (Emulsifier), Mel (Natural Additive), Panthenol (Skin/Hair Conditioning Agent), PEG-100 Stearate (Surfactant), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Phenethyl Alcohol (Fragrance Ingredient), Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil (Emollient), Xanthan Gum (Viscosity Modifier), Parfum (Fragrance), Caprylyl Glycol (Skin Conditioning Agent), Dicetyl Phosphate (Emulsifier), Ceteth-10 Phosphate (Emulsifier), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer (Stabiliser/Viscosity Modifier), Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate (Chelating Agent), Hexyl Cinnamal (Fragrance Ingredient), Sodium Hydroxide (pH Adjuster), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Hydrogenated Olive Oil Unsaponifiables (Skin Conditioning Agent), Hydroxycitronellal (Fragrance Ingredient), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Coumarin (Fragrance Ingredient), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), CI 15985 (Colour).
Price: INR 795 for 100ml
How it fared:
The body Shop Almond Hand and Nail Cream comes in a thin metallic squeeze tube fitted with a small twist open cap. Though the packaging itself works well in terms of dispensing the required amount and being travel friendly, I am not a big fan of the outer foil packaging. It is prone to dents and not a very pretty sight after few days of use. In fact, when you purchase one from the store itself chances are u already have few dents on it.
The cream is extremely moisturizing without being greasy. This means that I can use it even in between work thereby protecting my hands in the AC environment too. It gets absorbed quickly. My hands feel much softer and hydrated all day long. When I use it during the nights coupled with a glove, I am amazed how hydrated and smooth my hand looks in the morning.
The texture of the cream is lightweight and thinner than the hand butter version. It spreads easily and is easy to work with. Once absorbed, I find that the cream does not rub off into anything. Like when I touch the keyboard, I don’t find streaks on the keys. Also when I wash my hands, I don’t feel the cream slipping off and post washing too my hands remain adequately hydrated.
The cream smells of almonds and is very subtle. The mild fragrance itself fades off after sometime and thereby not being very bothersome.
After consistent use of the product, I find that my nails have also started behaving better. I don’t come across much peeling these days which wasn’t the case before. Overall I find my nails to be stronger and healthier.
Keeps hands well hydrated
Subtle almond smell
Prevents nails from peeling
Little goes a long way
The not so good:
Metallic tube packaging
Final Verdict: Except for the packaging part, I love how effective, non greasy and quick absorbing the hand cream is. I would also love to try the rose variant now!
: Vineetha is the author of Indian Beauty Reviews
. She loves photography, writing and makeup. She works for an IT firm and says blogging is her best stress-buster. Visit her blog to read reviews on various fantastic beauty products.