Product Type: Avon Hand & Nail Care
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Avon Planet Spa African Shea Hand & Cuticle Cream
Member Name: Wee_Jackie_163
Avon Planet Spa African Shea Hand & Cuticle Cream
Advantages: Gorgeous aroma - Works well - Convenient packaging..
Disadvantages: None for me.
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.
Summary: A lovely hand cream product from the Avon Planet Spa range..
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