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The Body Shop vitamin E hand & nail treatment

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Brand: Body Shop / Type: Hand Repair / Subcategory: Nail Treatment / Suitable for: Nails / What it does: Repairs,

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      16.04.2010 22:58
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      Another good product coming from the bodyshop

      I got this hand cream two weeks ago. I must say I am a big fan of the body shop and especially of the vitamin E products. They are the ones that seem to agree most with my skin type which is slightly dry. I found this product very good and am very happy with it. It instantly moisturises and does leave your skin very soft as it dries. The vitamin E products all have a similar smell which is really soft and pleasant. It smells fresh and just adds to the product's quality. I have never been unsatisfied by the body shop's products and this is no exception. I feel that in combination with other products in the same line you get everything to keep your body moisturised and glowing.

      The only downside is that the bodyshop's prices are a little higher than average but for that price you get a good quality product which is certified to have been produced in a way which is safe for the environment and which supports fair trade. They are also against any form of animal testing. Not only are you buying a nice hand cream which works very well you will also be supporting causes which many beauty products do not support and pay attention too.

      I recommend this hand cream and products of the same line.


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      29.11.2009 22:11
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      Enriched with Vitamin E, rose hip oil, panthenol and shea butter, this is a good quality moisturiser

      The Body Shop have always come up with innovative, quality products into which effort, care and research have been invested. As someone who works in an office all day (and with skin which tends toward dryness anyway), I often find that my hands feel a little dehydrated, dry and 'tight'. The Body Shop's Vitamin E Hand and Nail Treatment has been a fantastic little saviour for this.

      Price and Packaging:

      This hand and nail cream is sold in Body Shop stores as well as online (in their own official store, as well as EBay). The product is sold in a pretty baby-pink tube with green and dark, cherry pink lettering. The tube measures 75ml (which does not sound a lot, however the cream does go a long way) and means the tube is a handy size for slipping into your handbag or keeping in your desk drawer/locker at work. The product does seem a little expensive, retailing at £7.80 a tube, when compared to common or garden moisturises which is a little off-putting but with the quality of ingredients included, this does seem reasonable.

      The product:

      The cream contains, among other ingredients (listed at the bottom in case of allergies etc), three key components which make this cream rich and nourishing. These are:

      Vitamin E - the key ingredient. Vitamin E is renowned for being a fantastic for skin, with studies showing that this natural antioxidant reduces damaging free radicals, maintaining the skin's natural oil and moisture balance, reducing the appearance of strechmarks and age spots and reducing the damaging effects of pollution and UV light. It can also help protect the skin from the effects of aging - a true miracle vitamin!

      Rose hip oil - an emollient which softens and soothes the skin to help replenish moisture, rich in essential fatty acids. Again, rose hip oil is believed to also help reduce scars and with serious skin dryness (such as eczema).

      Shea butter - the star of many moisturising products, shea butter is famous for use as a rich, indulgent moisturiser with quick absorption into the skin without a greasy feeling, as well as being particularly effective against wrinkles, dry skin and stretchmarks. Shea butter is also particularly good for the cuticles (much like panthenol, another key ingredient in the mix) helping to enrich the nail bed for strong, smooth nails and prevent flaking or splitting.

      How to use:

      The cream is of a nice, thick consistency without being too runny. Only a small, pea-sized amount is needed to rub all over both hands and nails, leaving them feeling smooth and hydrated. When your nails need special care (particularly during wet or cold weather of British winters!), I find that dabbing a tiny amount onto each nail and rubbing gently into the cuticle and sweeping across the nail can really help enrich nails, leaving them feeling more nourishes and certainly looking stronger.

      The moisturiser is quickly absorbed, with no greasy residue or need for minutes and minutes of laborious massaging into the skin to remove excess, which is fantastic when on the go. The scent is also gorgeous - a sweet, girly floral smell which makes the whole cream seem more indulgent. The cream is not too rich that it must be used sparingly - the product is designed ot be used as often as required, without a greasy or sticky tackiness build-up.

      The verdict:

      Overall, I found this cream to be a lovely product to use - quickly and gently absorbed with a pleasant scent and no sticky residue, leaving my hands and nails feeling moisturised and nourished throughout the day.

      I do feel that the cost is a little steep (given the size of the tube) when compared to similar high street products, as the price is comparable to similar sized-products from higher end brands such as l'Occitane, whose standards I do not believe this cream reaches. However, for an everyday, pleasant moisturiser, you could do a lot worse than this!



      Aqua (Water) (Solvent/Diluent), Glycerin (Humectant), Dimethicone (Skin Conditioning Agent), Cetearyl Alcohol (Emulsifier), Stearic Acid (Emulsifier), Glyceryl Stearate (Emulsifier), Cyclomethicone (Emollient), PEG-100 Stearate (Surfactant), Rosa canina (Rose Hips Oil) (Emollient), Panthenol (Skin/Hair Conditioning Agent), Tocopheryl Acetate (Antioxidant), Butyrospermum parkii (Shea Butter) (Emollient), Benzyl Alcohol (Preservative), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Carbomer (Stabiliser/Viscosity Modifier), Parfum (Fragrance), Sodium Hydroxide (pH Adjuster), Methylparaben (Preservative), Xanthan Gum (Viscosity Modifier), Citronellol (Fragrance Ingredient), Butylparaben (Preservative), Ethylparaben (Preservative), Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone (Fragrance Ingredient), Isobutylparaben (Preservative), Propylparaben (Preservative), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Geraniol (Fragrance Ingredient), Talc (Absorbent/Bulking Agent), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Citral (Fragrance Ingredient), Eugenol (Fragrance Ingredient), Farnesol (Fragrance Ingredient), CI 77492 (Colour), CI 77491 (Colour).


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      08.10.2009 18:26
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      Great for those with sensitive and dry hands

      I am not the type of person who uses hand cream in their everyday beauty regime, however last winter I noticed my hands were becoming increasingly dry and something needed to be done about it. I picked up a cheap hand cream from a pound land store I used it immediately but found it left my hands very greasy.
      I then decided to turn to The Body Shop as I know they cant fail me!

      ~~The Packaging~~
      The packaging is matching to all the other items in the Vitamin E range at The Body Shop. It is quite a girly pale pink colour with the name of the product in a darker pink and all the necessary information in a dark green colour. There is a of course an image of The Body Shop logo at the top of the tube.
      The tube stands on its end where the lid is (useful when your trying to get the last few bits of cream out!). The lid is also a pink colour with a flip top lid - but also the option of unscrewing the lid if you need to.
      As with all The Body Shop range it has any additional information that might be needed on the back of the packaging.
      My only problem that I do have with some of the range is that as they have tried to colour coordinate all items within the same product range - they do all start to look the same!

      ~~The Product~~
      As the name would suggest, this product is packed full of vitamin e and several other environmentally and natural ingredients. Along with vitamin e this product also contains Rose Hip Oil - great for moisturising, and Shea Butter - great for smoothing the skin.

      The cream is also a pale pink colour and has a light floral scent to it. I am not really a floral person so I am pleased to say this isn't to overpowering but actually quite pleasant.

      Only a very small amount of the cream is needed and when massaged thoroughly into your hands and cuticles it leaves them feeling soft, supple and moisturised. My hands felt softer and more hydrated after the first use! A huge positive I have found is that it manages to keep your skin hydrated and smooth without making them feel greasy.
      The cream is absorbed within a matter of seconds, meaning you don't have to wait around for it to dry before you can carry on with your daily activities.

      I have found that when you really take the time to massage the cream into your cuticles it also leaves them feeling wonderfully soft - the cream doesn't have quite the same effect if you don't have the time to massage it in though. However the cream also claims to strengthen your nails, but I cannot say I have noticed a difference with regards to this.

      The hand cream can be applied as often or as little as necessary, but I have found that once or twice a day is more than sufficient for me - obviously if your have severely dry hands it may be necessary to apply more often.

      As with all Body Shop items this cream is not tested on animals and uses a high selection of natural ingredients.

      A 75ml tube of Vitamin E Hand and Nail Treatment is priced at £7.80, although it is worth checking out some of the sales and special offers that The Body Shop regularly hold.


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        06.09.2009 20:09
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        4 stars

        Price: £7.80
        From: The Body Shop
        For: Moisturisation of hands and cuticles and strengthening of the nails

        The packaging on this product was a bit of a disappointment for me. don't get me wrong, there's no major problems with it and it works perfectly fine, it just doesn't have the usual look and feel of quality about it that you get with the body Shop products generally.

        It's a pink plastic tube with a clear flip up lid. The lid is easy to open and it does fasten tightly, but mine split at the hinge when I took it away with me. It's easy to squeeze just the right amount of the cream out of the tube.

        It's quite a thick textured cream, but still feels really light when you apply it to the hands. It's smooth and creamy and absorbs quickly into the skin without leaving a greasy residue behind. It smells quite nice, a creamy scent with slight floral undertones, but the scent is not really noticeable once you've applied it.

        This makes my hands feel really soft and smooth and it got rid of my dry skin in just a few days of use which I was really impressed with because I always use hand cream every day and I've never got rid of my awkward bits of dry skin before.

        It has softened my cuticles and helped with the horrible dry peeling bits of skin I sometimes get around my cuticles, but I don't think it's really made any difference to my nails. They don't feel any stronger, though they've always been pretty strong anyway, and I haven't noticed any other effects on them.

        All in all this is a very good hand cream.
        Thumbs up from me.


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        26.03.2009 12:56
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        Recommended for dry hands & brittle nails that snap constantly.


        With my job as a hair stylist I have to constantly protect and hydrate my hands as they are always in and out of water and they become very dry and cracked in the process.

        I have used many hand lotions in the past, one of my favourites being the Vaseline intensive hand and nail treatment creams, but after visiting a body shop seminar the other week I found this Vitamin E hand and nail lotion, so as a huge fan of the body shops vitamin E range I just had to try it.


        The cream itself is very similar to the cleanser, the only difference it is slightly thicker so it is very easy to apply into your hands, nails and cuticles.

        As this is a Vitamin E product it conditions, nourishes, and protects your skin leaving it soft, smooth, and smelling fantastic as it has a light floral fragrance to it that deposits on to your skin when the cream in massaged in to you hands.

        The thing that really drew me to the product was the fact that it contained Panthenol, which has been proved that it helps strengthen your nails, helping with things such as weak flaking and breaking nails, as a queen of false acrylic nails I have found this works wonders after removing my false nails and it hydrates my nails instantly.

        The cream is easily absorbed into the skin and does not leave a greasy film or residue like most other brands.


        All you need is a small pea sized amount in to the palm of your hand and then rub it into you hands and nails.

        This should only take a few minutes as it absorbs very quickly and instantly softens and hydrates my skin, I have also been known to use this as a cuticle cream I apply it to my cuticles allow it to soak in and then either push them back of cut them off, anyone who takes care of there nails will know that removing the cuticles can be very difficult and painful if it is not done correctly, but with this cream it makes the whole process effortless.


        This hand and nail cream comes in a 75ml light pick squeezable tube with a flip top cap, underneath the cap is a small opening hole that dispenses the cream when the tube is squeezed, allowing minimal amounts of cream out at a time which saves wasting the cream too.

        The best thing about the packaging is that it is fully recyclable, to this is a thumbs up in that department.

        This costs £8.50 a tube, which is very expensive compared to many other brands on the market, but this really is a great product and worth every penny in my book.

        You can buy this at any body shop, body shop online but you will need to pay a postage cost on top pf anything you buy and various other places such as ebay.

        MY OPINION

        This is a fantastic product for everyday use and any skin type, I have extremely sensitive skin and this works well without causing my skin to flare up and go blotchy, so it is highly recommended by me.

        I love to buy from the body shop as I feel like I am giving something back, as a percentage of everything sold goes to community programmes where the body shop buy ingredients and pay under privileged areas of the world money for them, so all in all they get good natural ingredients for the products and support deprived areas at the same time.

        As a huge animal lover I take pride in using cosmetics and products that are not tested on animals, so the body shop is a brilliant place to shop as none of its products are tested on animals.

        I recommend this cream in particular if you are a body shop fan or if you like the vitamin E range, I promise you will not be disappointed with the outcome.

        This is also highly recommended for dry brittle nails of after the removal of false nails.


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          23.02.2009 23:11
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          A decent hand cream, but no better than some much cheaper creams


          This is a hand and nail treatment for all skin types, with vitamin E and antioxidant protection for soft hands and stronger nails. It also contains Community trade shea butter for extra softening.


          - The packaging is nice. It's a smallish sized tube which will fit nicely in a handbag so you can keep it with you, and it has a flip lid to make it easy to open and close. It fastens securely so there's no worries about it leaking.
          - It's a nice light lotion with a smooth texture that sinks into the skin really easily and quickly, and it doesn't leave your hands feeling sticky or slippery.
          - It feels really moisturising to the skin and leaves it feeling soft and smooth immediately after application. After using it regularly for a while my hands feel softer all the time and the dry skin I did have in between my fingers has completely disappeared.
          - You only need to use a small amount, so the tube will last quite well even though it's quite small.


          - It has quite a strong synthetic scent which stays on the skin for hours after application, and I personally don't like it at all.
          - I don't think that it has any effect on the cuticles. My cuticles are often very dry and a bit ragged (I think that's the word), and although it feels nice massaging this cream into them, it hasn't made any difference to them at all.
          - It is very expensive for a hand cream, at £8 for a 75ml tube.


          This is a really nice hand cream which keeps my hands feeling soft and smooth and stops them from getting dry, but in all honesty I don't think it's worth the price as there are cheaper hand creams out there that work just as well.


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            08.01.2009 09:44
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            a hand cream worth buying

            My hands suffer from cracked knuckles in this cold weather, especially when I forget to put on hand cream regularly. The last couple of days I have been very unorganised with hand cream and yesterday my knuckles were suffering again.
            I brought out my hand cream that I was up until Christmas using on a regular basis. I bought the vitamin e hand and nail cream from the Body Shop because it was part of the same range when I bought all my other products.

            The hand cream is packaged in a flip lid style tube, with the lid being at the base of the product for easy application, especially when the tube becomes empty. The tube itself is designed nicely to fit in the palm of your hand in an ergonomically way that suits your hand.
            The tube is pink in colour which fits in with the vitamin e colour scheme and there is the usual information written on the tube, but there are no fancy pictures.

            When you open and squeeze the cream onto your hand, it's worth remembering you really don't need much of the cream to get a good all over coverage. It comes out in a nice thick consistency in a pretty pale pink colour. It doesn't smell too string but there is a subtle fragrance of freshness that does actually stay on your hands for a while afterwards.

            Rubbing the cream in is very easy and quick compared to some other hand creams I have used in the past. I need something that I can put on and then carry on with what I am doing, not have to wait for my hands to dry again or feeling like I have to get rid of that sticky feeling you can get left with from some creams.
            I find this cream is rubbed in quickly and it actually doesn't leave a residue that makes you want to feel like you need to wash your hands again, and then you have just defeated the object of applying cream in the first place.
            I would suggest to get the above results, that you don't over cream your hands otherwise there would be too much product to try and massage into your skin and then you probably would be left with residue.

            After effects of the cream are fairly good for the small amount you use. I always massage the cream into my nails as a matter of routine, not because I think it'll actually make my nails stronger at all. Even after a long period of use I don't think my nails are particularly stronger from using this hand cream. I do however think my skin is in a much better condition from using it, and for this reason I give it top marks.
            Even yesterday with my knuckles cracking all it really needed was for me to apply the cream last night before bed, and this morning I couldn't tell my knuckles had been cracked at all. I just need to get back into the routine of using it again.

            The hand cream comes in a 75ml tube and costs £8. It is one of the more expensive hand creams you can buy but as you need such a little amount the tube will last months even with continuous use.
            I have also found that the plastic flip lid stays clean and clear of all the dried bits of cream that bungs up the lid. I hate products that turn out like this and am forever cleaning the lids when this happens, so it's nice to know I'm not trying to apply dried cream to my hands.


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