Welcome! Log in or Register

Avon Planet Spa African Shea Hand & Cuticle Cream

  • image
£6.00 Best Offer by: amazon.co.uk marketplace See more offers
14 Reviews

Brand: Avon / Texture: Cream / Type: Hand Cream / Subcategory: Nail & Hand Cream / Suitable for: Cuticles & Hand / What it does: Protects, Nourishes

  • Sort by:

    * Prices may differ from that shown

  • Write a review >
    How do you rate the product overall? Rate it out of five by clicking on one of the hearts.
    What are the advantages and disadvantages? Use up to 10 bullet points.
    Write your reviews in your own words. 250 to 500 words
    Number of words:
    Write a concise and readable conclusion. The conclusion is also the title of the review.
    Number of words:
    Write your email adress here Write your email adress

    Your dooyooMiles Miles

    14 Reviews
    Sort by:
    • More +
      04.06.2013 22:04
      Very helpful
      (Rating)

      Advantages

      Disadvantages

      Smells great and good for short term but there are better versions available

      When the Avon catalogue comes around at work, despite saying I don't need anything, I always give into temptation and end up buying something. One of more recent purchases was this hand cream.

      A 75ml tube of the hand cream retails at around £3.50, as with most Avon products, it is quite often on offer, I think I paid around £2 which I thought was quite reasonable. You can buy from your local representative, but you can also buy online where although there is normally a free delivery threshold, you can normally get some quite good cash back deals by ordering online.

      The cream comes in a pale peach/cream coloured, flip top lid bottle and it stands upside down (the lid it at the bottom), to the front of the bottle is the product name in black writing.

      The cream itself is a really nice consistency; not too thick that you cannot rub it in or too thin that it runs straight off my hands when I dispense it. The Shea Butter gives the cream a shine so when I rub into my hand; it leaves them looking really nice and well moisturised, without being too greasy or slippery. I also find that it absorbs really easily into my hands, but perhaps a little too much as within a couple of hours of applying, I find that the my hands felt like I needed to reapply. Avon boast that the cream is designed to strengthen nails and make them less brittle, I must say I have not noticed any signs of this; my nails have always been quite brittle and there has been no improvement in the condition on them since using, and I use a few times a day, everyday for the last month or so.

      On a plus note, my other half has really sensitive skin and has used this on several occasions, he has never suffered any adverse reactions either so I would say this is suitable for all skin types as Avon advertise. By far, the best thing about this hand cream is the aroma, although I couldn't pick out exactly what it smells like, it does smell quite sweet and the fragrance is long lasting too which is always a bonus.

      There are lots of different creams and lotions in the same range, some of which I have used before and been quite pleased with the results so maybe it is just the hand cream that isn't the best. Overall, I do like the fragrance and initially my hands do look and feel nice however the long term effects aren't really visible and I do think there are better versions out there therefore I would give it 3 out of 5 stars.

      Thanks for reading.

      Comments

      Login or register to add comments
    • More +
      05.05.2013 08:33
      Very helpful
      (Rating)

      Advantages

      Disadvantages

      Gorgeous hand cream for soft beautifully smelling hands

      I love the smell of the Avon Planet Spa Shea range and after falling in love with their foot cream this was the next product I tried. The hand cream comes in a yellow 75ml tube with the planet spa branding. It can be brought either on the Avon website or via representative. Prices vary according to what offers are on at the time.

      The cream itself is very pale cream and a thinner consistency than the foot cream. It glides on to skin and you only need to squeeze a small amount from the tube as little bit goes a long way and it absorbs very well. It leaves my hand beautifully moisturised and soft and the effects last all day.

      The cream itself smells lovely- very much like chocolate- it is a much milder smell than the footcream and perfect for hands. I find myself almost wanting to smell my hands after it has been applied. The smell also last on my hands for a couple of hours after.

      I tend to keep the tube in my handbag as its the perfect size and use throughout the day, however for a real treat I apply before bed and then use cotton gloves to maximise the effects. It really does feel lovely on my hands and is a lovely smell to have just as your drifting off to sleep.

      I find that a tube lasts for quite a while as a small amount goes a long way. I like to have a couple of tues by me though as it is not always in the Avon book, and I would be gutted if I was to run out! This is my favourite hand cream, and really leaves my hands so soft. I can be a bit lazy about handcream however this feels so nice and smells lovely and really makes me want to use it.

      Comments

      Login or register to add comments
    • More +
      18.12.2012 09:00
      Very helpful
      (Rating)
      3 Comments

      Advantages

      Disadvantages

      A lovely hand cream product from the Avon Planet Spa range..

      Many readers will be aware by now that I work part time as an Avon Representative when my poor health allows. This means of course that I have great access to the assorted ranges within the Avon brand, and I have tried out a whole host of products from these ranges over the years.

      I had not purchased many products from the Avon Planet Spa range for quite some time, but decided to take advantage of a recent promotion running within this range recently and I ended up making a number of purchases. This review outlines my experiences of using the Avon Planet Spa African Shea Butter Hand & Cuticle Cream.

      The Hand & Cuticle Cream currently costs £3.50 on the Avon Website at www.avonshop.co.uk and postage costs will apply to this price. You can also purchase the product from your local Avon Representative. I actually only paid around £2 for my tube of cream which offers significantly better value, especially when you consider that the product is presented in a very small 75ml sized tube. The small tube is not necessarily a bad point for me personally however, as I find this makes it easier to store in my already-full-to-the-brim bathroom cabinet, in addition to being the ideal travelling companion for trips and holidays when I have limited space in my luggage.

      The packaging is in keeping with the rest of the Planet Spa range overall, providing a subtle, but quite sophisticated image. The tube is a plain cream colour in a sort of 'buttermilk' shade, and the minimalist font and colourings used allow for an attractive but understated design. This gives me the impression that the product is going to be quite gentle and natural, I think. There is a 'flip up' cap on top of the bottle that opens and snaps shut easily. I can stand the bottle up on this lid easily too after use.

      The cream is completely easy to dispense from the plastic tube, and I am able to do so without any difficulties, even though I suffer with limited mobility in my hands. The tube is certainly not so robust that it becomes difficult and exhausting for me to squeeze the correct amount of product into my open palm. This may sound like a rather trivial point, but for those consumers who suffer with mobility issues such as myself, it may be reassuring to know that I have been able to utilise this product easily and without any help.

      The product is described by Avon in the following statement: "This rich moisture cream soothes dehydrated, rough skin and helps soften cuticles." Instructions on how to use the product are provided too. Now, I have to confess that I am not particularly concerned with the condition of my cuticles, and whether they need to be softened or not. I purchased the product to use solely as a hand cream product, and so I won't be commenting too much on how the Hand Cream affected my nails or cuticles.... Sorry!

      The cream is a pale white colour and it has a fairly glossy sheen to it. I find that it is not particularly thick which surprised me slightly, given that my last hand cream product resembled a sort of 'body butter' rather than a cream. The Planet Spa Hand Cream is most definitely just a cream, but there is nothing particularly 'whipped' or at all luxurious feeling about it, in terms of its consistency at least. I found the plain, white, rather 'boring' appearance of the cream was slightly disappointing if I am being honest.

      On the plus side, I find the cream carries a beautiful aroma, which is rather indulgent feeling and quite luxurious. This more than makes up for what the product lacks in its appearance, and I have to confess that the scent of such a product is probably more important to me than how it looks. Anyway, the scent reminds me of a sort of butter cream icing type scent, but with a rich undertone that is very slightly reminiscent of chocolate or cocoa. This gives it a beautifully rich scent that feels very indulgent and I do have to admit that I would probably purchase the product again in the future, based on its glorious scent alone. I like the way that the gorgeous aroma is easily detectable on my hands for several hours after application too, but without screaming its presence or becoming over-bearing. I'd love to use alternative Avon Planet Spa products with the Shea Butter scent as it really feels very nourishing and indulgent.

      I find the cream is very easy to use too, and it's light consistency makes it very easy to 'spread' over the skin's surface. This means that it takes less time for me to apply this particular Hand Cream than others that are thick and rather slippery, so my earlier grumbling about the product's consistency being 'lacking' in terms of thickness is probably rather unjustified. The cream seems to 'sink' into the skin quickly and easily, which makes it feel surprisingly 'fuss free' during use. There is no need for me to continually rub the cream over the skin's surface either, as it absorbs into the skin's surface by itself.

      My hands suffer terribly in the winter time as a result of the harsher weather and I do find that they usually need a little more TLC than usual in the winter months. The Planet Spa Shea Butter Hand Cream is more than adequate, in my opinion, as my poor hands feel wonderfully smooth and soft after the cream has been applied. I find the moisturisation properties of this particular cream are far superior to it's predecessor, which moisturised skin yes, but without any sort of real 'nourishment' being experienced. The Planet Spa product, in comparison, leaves my hands feeling extremely soft and cared for, with any 'rough' patches being smoothened into oblivion.

      To me, the Planet Spa Hand Cream is a product of a fairly high quality, and I find that the quick absorption of the product into the skin is proof enough of this theory. Annoying traits of other hand cream products are nowhere to be found with the Planet Spa alternative, such as leaving behind an unpleasant greasy feeling, or a 'sticky' or 'tacky' residue on the hands' surface or indeed a residue that feels rather 'powder-like' in its consistency. Instead, skin feels completely soft and smooth, and free from anything at all, other than a light trace of the product's delicious scent.

      As you have probably worked out by now, I have loved using the Planet Spa African Shea Butter Hand & Cuticle Cream and it is one Avon product that I will most definitely repurchase, as a result. I have nothing negative to report about using this hand cream product and it therefore comes with my full recommendation, together with full marks in the Dooyoo product rating score.

      Comments

      Login or register to add comments
      • More +
        17.12.2012 22:34
        Very helpful
        (Rating)
        1 Comment

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        a decent hand cream, just doesn't live up to the advertising!

        I am a big fan of Avon and its always surprising how many avon products I actually own! I find my hands can get quite dry and so I usually have 2 or 3 tubes of hand cream lying around in my house, bag, car, work desk etc so one of the creams I have is this Avon Planet Spa African Shea Hand & Cuticle Cream.

        It comes in a deep blue tube, and at 75ml its is compact and small compared to the other tubes of hand creams I have from Avon.The tube is beige in colour and matches the colour scheme with the other products in the range of Avon Planet Spa. The cream is white and quite thick and squeezes out easily into the palm of my hand. However, it is light to apply and absorbs into my hands really effectively. It really is not greasy and a small blob of about a 10p coin which is enough for even coverage all over my hands and is really long lasting as I don't need to moisturise my hands again for ages afterwards!

        The cream has a subtle shea butter scent, which I do not mind but is not the best smelling, as I am much more of a fan of cocoa butter. This cream is also meant to help condition cuticles, and I know my cuticles are awful! I really don't take care of my nails whatsoever and so seeing as this was rather expensive compared to my usual hand creams (£3.50!) I thought this would aid them and be worth the extra cost. Unfortunately, I have not seen any vast improvement in my nails nor cuticles and they seem just the same. I have used this quite frequently for the past few weeks so I have given it some time to see results but sadly they feel and look the same!

        To sum up, this is a long lasting cream which locks in moisture, and definitely does prevent my hands drying out quickly, it's just a shame it didn't help strengthen my nails as I thought it would so overall, I can only give it 3 stars!

        Comments

        Login or register to add comments
        • More +
          15.07.2012 15:09
          Very helpful
          (Rating)
          1 Comment

          Advantages

          Disadvantages

          .

          I bought this as part of a special offer pack around 6 months ago from the Avon Book. This was on offer with this product and the Thin Gloves as well and I paid £4 for it. I didn't probably think I needed the Gloves, but I thought it was good for a little pamper pack and surely the Gloves would help the Cream to sink in.

          This comes in a 75ml tube. The tube doesn't look all that interesting and perhaps a bit boring, but it's what is inside that counts. This is a flip top lid which is easy to close after use even if you have Rubbed the Cream onto your hands and they are a bit slippy.

          I really don't like the scent of this Cream. It is pretty strong and although once this has been rubbed in and soaked into your skin the scent goes away a bit I can still smell the strong Creamy scent. I can't exactly say what this smells like but I would assume that this is Shea as the title suggests. Just a bit too strong for me i'm afraid.

          It is easy enough to rub this in. The Cream is quite thick so it doesn't run all over the place and although it is thick it does rub in quickly too. I popped the Gloves on after slathering quite a bit of this on and headed to bed intending to leave the Gloves on while I slept, unfortunately I wasn't able to sleep with the Gloves on as they annoyed me but perhaps some people will be able to sleep with gloves on or perhaps just apply this and leave them on while you are watching the tv or something.

          I found that this worked alright on my Hands. It seems to Moisturise alright and although I don't have rough flaky bits on my hands they seem to be nice and soft. I have only used this Cream a few times due to the scent of this and unfortunately I will not buy this again due to the scent.

          A good enough Hand Cream, but less scent would make it better for me.

          Comments

          Login or register to add comments
          • More +
            17.05.2012 17:00
            Very helpful
            (Rating)
            1 Comment

            Advantages

            Disadvantages

            A cheap cream that is not terribly effective

            Last Christmas I received a tube of the Avon planet Spa African Shea Butter Hand and Cuticle cream as part of a gift set which included cotton gloves as well. As someone who seems to suffer a lot with dry skin on my hands I am always on the lookout for effective hand creams and I love to try new ones so I was pleased with my present. I do not suffer dreadfully with dry skin but my hands do often feel tight and as I am getting older they look drier. I suppose it is a combination of things that cause this but I am dreadful at remembering to wear gloves whilst using household chemicals and since I work in a healthcare environment I wash my hands a lot during the day as well which probably doesn't help.

            The cream is presented in a soft 75ml plastic tube which is a rather uninspiring beige colour with a small white pattern. I have not seen any other Planet Spa products but I presume the whole range is packaged in a similar way. The manufacturers claim that this cream will sooth dehydrated rough skin and soften cuticles. The extensive ingredient list is on the back and this product does contain methyparaben which is a common allergen. It also contains denatured alcohol which surprised me as alcohol is a drying agent on the skin so I wouldn't expect to see it in a hand cream. The shelf life once opened is 12 months and the packaging is suitable for recycling if facilities exist.

            The tube has a clear, flip-top lid. I always prefer my hand creams to have a flip-top lid as they are so much easier to use with greasy hands than trying to screw an ordinary lid back on and I also find that they seem to get less messy. This lid has a very definite click when opened and closed and it has never come open accidentally in my handbag or toilet bag. The soft tube is easy to squeeze to dispense the required amount and has not shown any sign of splitting.

            Upon squeezing a little cream from the tube I was immediately greeted with an adorable aroma. It smells very sweet and rich but not as synthetic as some hand creams. This smell stays on my hands for quite a while after I have applied the cream which I like.

            The cream itself is white with just the right consistency. It is not so runny that it slides straight off the skin but it is not so thick as to require a real effort to rub it in. I found that it absorbed into my skin very quickly and although I thought that it felt quite greasy as I was applying it to my hands and around my nails I did find that it was actually quite non-greasy after application and it didn't leave my skin at all sticky.

            Straight after application my hands felt soft and I liked the residual scent. However this sensational was not very long lived and within an hour or two I did feel that my hands needed more moisturising. I did use the cream regularly for a couple of weeks but I really didn't notice any change in the condition of my hands or cuticles. I always spent a little extra time massaging the cream around my cuticles and nail edges to help to keep them tidier but this didn't seem to have much effect either. Avon do state that this cream will improve the strength of nails by making them less brittle but my nails have always been very strong so I can't comment on this claim as I had no problem in that area before using the cream.

            As I stated I did receive some cotton gloves as part of the gift set so I tried applying the cream last things at night for a while and then wore the gloves overnight, this didn't go down too well with my husband but need must! This did seem to aid the absorption of the cream and my hands felt lovely when I awoke but by the time I had got washed and ready for work any residual effect had obviously disappeared and my skin felt tight again.

            I still apply this cream occasionally as it is pleasant enough to use but I don't think it is a rich enough cream for me to use all the time. I tend to keep a tube in a drawer in the lounge and apply the cream quite thickly whilst I am sitting watching television and then I can use it to give my hands and cuticles a good massage and can leave the thicker layer to soak in for a while and this seems to work better for me than applying a small amount at a time.

            The regular selling price for the 75ml tube is £3.50 but as is quite common with Avon it is currently on offer for £1.75. At the reduced price I suppose this is a reasonable buy and if you don't suffer from very dry skin then I would recommend it for the delightful fragrance but there are more effective hand creams available if you need something more long acting. The packaging is practical and easy to use but unfortunately the contents are not as good as I had hoped for.

            Comments

            Login or register to add comments
            • More +
              27.07.2011 10:31
              Very helpful
              (Rating)

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Love it or Hate it smelling hand cream that actually works and makes your hands nice and soft!

              I have been using AVON products for a little over a year now to help support a friend who is a representative. I tend to buy things when they are on offer and so when the whole Planet Spa range (this range is aimed at those who would like a spa like experience at home and all of their products are supposed to be luxurious) came on offer last year I bought quite a few different products. This hand cream was one of them, I have already reviewed the matching foot cream, which I thought was great.

              This hand cream comes in a tube with a flip cap, the tube is an ivory colour with the usual Plant spa logo and information on (see picture above).

              As my title eludes this product has a very distinctive smell and as you will see below many of my fellow reviewers dislike it, I think it must be a very Marmite fragrance. The product smells very sweet, almost toffee like, which I can only assume is the Shea butter fragrance (Shea butter is a fat extracted from the Shea tree that is widely used in cosmetics as a salve or lotion because of it's moisturising properties). I quite like this smell, but I can see why it would be overpowering to some people. It's the same for all of the African Shea Butter range, so I would perhaps order one before investing in the whole set just in case you don't like it. You can also return a product if you don't like it so don't worry about loosing money.

              Anyway back to the cream, if you like the smell and continue to use it then you will find that the cream is quite thick and when applied I found it soaked into my hands quite quickly. However, I hate to have greasy hands during the day so I apply this just before bed and use the cotton gloves overnight. This means I awaken with silky smooth hands and cuticles (that is until I begin working).

              All in all I like this cream, but I would say it is a love it or hate it product, so try a sample before investing in lots of it!

              The RRP for this cream is £3.50 for 75ml, however you can often find it on offer, so ask your local AVON representative or order online (there is a digital copy of the latest catalogue).

              Comments

              Login or register to add comments
            • More +
              11.03.2010 17:55
              Very helpful
              (Rating)

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Great hand cream, shame about the smell.

              As with most of my Avon purchases, this one was on special offer when I bought it. I picked up 3 planet spa products for £5, but this hand cream has a recommended retail price of £3.50 for a 125ml tube.

              I get very dry hands in the winter. As Avon claim this hand cream protects and nourishes extra dry skin, it sounded perfect for me. I've always been impressed with Planet Spa products in the past, so I held some high expectations for this one. Unfortunately they have only partly been met.

              The first thing you notice about this product is the fragrance. I can only describe it as toffee. It's quite sweet and sickly and like no other hand cream I've ever come across. I think it's one of those smells that you are either going to like or loathe. I don't particularly like it and as a result, I only use this hand cream last thing at night before going to bed. I couldn't stand the smell during the day.

              The cream itself is quite thick and rich. It is easily absorbed and instantly leaves your hands feeling well moisturised, without feeling greasy. I wake up in the morning with beautifully soft and well moisturised hands. This lasts at least until I start the housework.

              This hand cream works well in moisturising my extra dry hands. I love the moisturising results. However, I won't be buying it again because of the smell. I want a hand cream which I am happy to use all day long and not one which is restricted to night time.

              Comments

              Login or register to add comments
            • More +
              01.01.2010 18:02
              Very helpful
              (Rating)

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              yes it makes hands soft but it smells so strong that i couldn't use it

              I bought this as part of a 3 for x amount plus free planet spa gift bag deal in an attempt to cure my dry and flaky hands, cream up my itchy knees and elbows and scrub up my bumpy thighs (god i sound like a mess! i promise its not THAT bad lol) Anyway My delivery came, I opened it up and rubbed it into my cuticles and all over my hands imagining them looking lovely and fresh in a few weeks time as i did it. The cream rubbed in quickly and my hands were instantly smoother.

              As soon as i did that i could smell something sickly and soon discovered it was the hand cream! It smells SO sickly sweet I actually couldn't stand to have it on my hands. It smells like fudge which you might think would be lovely but if you imagine sticking your head into a bag of fudge and smelling it all day you can imagine how overpowering and sickening it would be!

              After a lot of washing with everything i could think of i eventually got the smell off. I showed it to friends and family and none of them liked it either so it was packed up and sent back for a refund.

              Comments

              Login or register to add comments
            • More +
              27.12.2009 03:16

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Avon has better on sale

              where do i start..
              i expected more from Avon on this one.. as it smelt like smelly rotten socks :-(
              the cream itself wasnt as rich as thier others, alothough it was quite moisturing on the hands
              i didnt see any improvement ont he suticle area, and to be honest .. i threw the tube away purely because of the horrid smell
              i was sadly disapointed on this one, as i love the shea butter range, but you cant win them all eh
              a few of my friends think its me when it comes to the smell, as most love this item... so i will give it another go, fingers crossed it will get a better review form me then
              sadly.. this is not for me, and i wouldnt recommend it.. especially if you like fresh, nice smelling cosmetic like i do.. so go for any other avon hand cream over this one folks

              Comments

              Login or register to add comments
            • More +
              18.11.2009 21:12
              Very helpful
              (Rating)

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Not for dry hands, but a pleasant enough smell.

              While tidying out my box of toiletries, I came across this Avon product which is a hand and cuticle cream for the African shea butter range. Now the product I have is not in the same packaging as the one described in the picture above, I think this may be done to the fact that I have had this hand cream in my box for some time and Avon has since redesigned the packaging. I will review the product based on the one I have at home as I believe that it is the same. Mine is a 75ml plastic tub with a see through bottom and a cream screw top lid with the label on it. I think I may prefer this type of packaging as I can remove the lid and scoop some of the cream up using my fingers, rather than squeezing the cream into my hand, as I find the hand cream to be very thick when you putting it on.
              ###Smell###
              In my opinion the African shea butter range has a very interesting smell, it is not an off putting smell but it is certainly not the nicest smelling creams out there. However the smell is pleasant enough and does indeed have very buttery smell. The fragrance is defiantly long lasting and emits a strong scent when you place it on your hands that you can continue to smell for at least 5 minutes afterwards as the cream absorbs into your skin.
              ###Texture###
              As I have mentioned previously the texture of the cream is very think so you should use this product sparingly. Many of times I have used too much of the product and no matter how long you rub it in too your hands it doesn't go away and I have submitted to use the extra cream to rub up on too my wrists. I have very dry hands which I try to moisturise every day to help them feel softer. I don't believe that this product is suitable for dry hands as it is very greasy when you put it on and does not tend to dry very fast so once you put the cream on your need to let your hands dry before you can continue with any work which can be time consuming. Once the cream is on for the next 2 - 3 hours you can still slightly smell the fragrance, however my hands do start to feel dry once again later on. When you wash your hands you can still feel the texture of the cream on your hands as you are drying them which to me is unusual. In my opinion I would not use this product again as I don't believe that is it is suited for my dry hands however the smell is pleasant and long lasting. Unfortunately I do not know how much Avon is currently selling this product for as it was one of my long lost purchases that got buried among other things. However Avon is a reputable and reasonably priced brand so I am confident that it will be at an affordable price or being sold as part of an Avon offer.

              Comments

              Login or register to add comments
            • More +
              13.11.2009 22:53
              Very helpful
              (Rating)
              1 Comment

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              A so so cream

              I am a bit of a hand cream addict and I also love the smell/feeling of shea butter. There is something about it that is just so soothing.

              Now being an avon rep I get a discount on the products so I do tend to buy from them, but I did buy this product long before i worked for them.

              It comes in a cute tube which is the perfect size for carrying in a handbag. The packaging is pretty plain but there is nothing wrong with that.

              The smell is astounding, Its so lovely, I could literally sit and smell my hands all day!

              I did find that this cream worked well on my hands but they are not particuarly dry. I have noticed that after I've washed dishes etc that it takes a couple of applications of this cream to soften them again!

              Saying that I do apply hand cream constantly, so my hands are always moisturised. I feel that this cream is worth the money (especially when its on offer) for normal skin. However, if you have dry skin I would recommend a more heavy duty cream!

              Comments

              Login or register to add comments
              • More +
                03.06.2009 11:57
                Very helpful
                (Rating)
                7 Comments

                Advantages

                Disadvantages

                Great item - a must try!

                I love hand creams, I have skin that dries out quickly and my hands always seem to suffer, and I'm not a fan of rough, hard, dry hands, so I moisturise and always try different hand creams (never found one I liked enough to stop looking - until now)!

                Planet Spa is made by Avon and at Christmas I was brought the African Shea Butter (hand and cuticle cream). The packaging is a cream coloured with white symbols, squeezy tube, in 75ml, this isn't too much and the tube I great for fitting in your handbag. It also has a capped white lid that opens and closes. The writing on the tube is dark and on the back is all the ingredients and directions.

                I also have quite a sensitive nose and don't like overly smelly products, but I absolutely love the smell of this cream, I can't describe the smell it's really nice, in words I would say, body butter. It smells sweet, but not sickly or intrusive, just buttery, the smell stays on your hands and is lovely.

                I like this cream due to the consistency, it looks quite thick but in fact is quite light and doesn't feel sticky or clumpy when trying to rub it in. I use this cream in two ways, at night I put about a two pound coin worth on my hands and rub it in, but not completely, then put on my cotton gloves to let it soak in. In the day time, I just squeeze a little bit on my hands and completely rub it in so there is none left.

                You can really feel it on your skin, not in a bad way, your hands feel automatically softer and not sticky or anything, if I put a lot on and don't put my gloves on I find I end up having to rub it in all up my arms too, but it soaks in relatively quickly and I don't find it sticky at all. It is one of the best creams for not leaving that horrible icky feeling behind on your hands.

                Overall my hands feel a lot softer and I would rate this over a lot of other moisturizers, although I use it, I don't use it specifically for my cuticles but it seems to have made them look neater and more presentable.

                I have now done some research in to how much this cream costs as I will definitely be buying some more, and it's available from Avon at £3.50 per tube at 75ml. I love it and will be looking in to other products in the Planet Spa range from Avon.

                Comments

                Login or register to add comments
                • More +
                  19.01.2009 09:31
                  Very helpful
                  (Rating)
                  2 Comments

                  Advantages

                  Disadvantages

                  Avon Planet Spa hand cream

                  This was one of the products I got for Christmas from my mam who is an Avon rep. I had mentioned that I liked the Planet Spa range, so got lots of goodies from there, including the African Shea Butter hand and cuticle cream.

                  I had used a Planet Spa Shea Butter Body Butter from Avon a couple of years ago and loved the smell of it, so was pleased to receive this. I also liked the fact that it's a two in one product designed for hands and cuticles, as previously I was using Burt's Bees lemon butter cuticle cream as well as whatever hand cream I could find - I have about six on the go at once!

                  The packaging of this product is fairly simple, being a sort of creamy brown coloured tube with plastic flip-top lid. At only 75ml it's a reasonably sized tube, yet small enough to fit into your handbag, or desk drawer.

                  Now, personally, I always think of Shea Butter as being quite thick, so I was expecting quite a thick hand cream. When I squeezed it out though, I was surprised to find that it was thinner than I had been expecting. Don't get me wrong, it's not watery, but my first experiences with Shea butter products were a couple of very thick body butters, so I think I now always expect anything containing Shea butter to be the same.

                  The cream is white and rubs in easily. I find less is more with this stuff - the first couple of times I applied it, I now realise I had applied far too much as it left my hands feeling sticky and took quite some time to sink in. Now I apply it carefully, and a bit at a time, and by applying a smaller amount it sinks in much quicker and doesn't leave my skin with that tacky feeling.

                  By far my favourite thing about this hand cream is the smell. It's absolutely gorgeous. It smells just like Shea butter - if you're not familiar with the scent, I would say it's similar to cocoa butter, but with a sweeter edge, and also a slightly musky hint. It is a lovely scent and it stays on the skin for ages, which is great.

                  So, does it actually work? Well, I have been applying this to my hands and cuticles sort of regularly - by sort of, I mean most days, but I must admit I have forgotten a few times- and I usually apply it before bed, and sometimes during the day too. I do have dry skin which is prone to eczema, and at the moment with the cold weather, and having the central heating on more often, I find that the skin on my hands is very dry.

                  I've found that this does moisturise my hands, but the patches where my skin is particularly dry don't appear to benefit much at all. This would lead me to the conclusion that it is probably only suitable for normal skin types, and not great on those of us who have dry skin. As for cuticles, the first few days I applied this there was virtually no difference to my cuticles at all - they looked just as ragged and horrible as if I hadn't applied anything to them at all. I did find, however after around 4 or 5 days of use, they did improve a lot and started to look a lot neater as well as being less dry.

                  This hand cream will cost you £3.50 for a 75ml tube and can be bought from your local Avon rep or www.avonshop.co.uk.

                  Overall this was just OK. I love the smell, and it is slightly moisturising, but it's no good for dry skin and it takes a while to have any effect on the cuticles. I will continue to use it as I don't like wasting things, but I wont be buying another tube when it runs out.

                  Comments

                  Login or register to add comments
                • Product Details

                  Protect and nourish extra dry and sensitive skin while strengthening brittle nails /