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I was looking at one of the sites that provide vouchers and money saving ideas the other day and I came across a voucher for a free 30ml tube of hand cream from the Body Shop. Well, 'free' is my sort of price so I printed off the voucher and popped in to get my hand cream.
I do suffer from dry hands, especially in the winter, and I love to have some nice hand cream around. There is some on my bedside table, some in my desk drawer at work and some on the window sill by the sink so I have no excuse for dry hands.
The voucher in question gave me a choice from Hemp Hand Protector, Almond Hand and Nail Cream or Wild Rose Hand Cream. I chose my free gift by fragrance as I love the smell of roses.
The Wild Rose Hand Cream is available in two sizes 30ml for £5 or 100ml for £10 so there are economies of scale to be had here. It is also worth watching out for the special offers which come round frequently. If you have a Love Your Body Card from the Body Shop you would automatically get 10% off every purchase too.
The hand cream comes in a silver metallic tube with a black screw top lid. On the tube, in pink, there is the Body Shop logo, a sketch of a rose and the name and a short description of the product in English and French.
This hand cream is enriched with rosehip oil to give 'much needed moisture to mature skin while helping to reduce the appearance of brown spots'. It also has an SPF factor of 15 although, as we approaching the winter that probably doesn't matter that much!
I hadn't realised when I chose the Wild Rose Hand Cream that it was especially for mature skin but that suits me as I am rapidly approaching my 59th birthday so I guess I have to accept that my skin is mature even if my brain isn't! Remember growing old is compulsory - growing up is optional!
To use the hand cream you just need to unscrew the lid and give the tube a gentle squeeze. I say 'gentle' as the cream does come out easily. It is fairly thick in consistency and is white with a very faint pink tinge to it. I found that I didn't need to use very much to cover my hands well, meaning that this hand cream will be good value for money.
As I expected the hand cream smells gorgeous with a lovely flowery, rose fragrance which is strong enough to remain on my hands without being overpowering or sickly. The cream is light and was absorbed into the skin on my hands very quickly, making it easy to use of you are in a rush, and it left no sticky residue either.
After use my hands felt comfortable and moisturised and, as I said earlier, the smell of roses remained for quite some time. I also found that my hands also felt comfortable when I was outside - they didn't feel dry even when it was quite windy.
As I am lucky enough not to have any age spots yet I cannot comment on how effective this cream would be in improving their appearance but I have no reason to suppose that it would not be effective.
I have found this hand cream to be a good every day cream although for a deeper moisturising effect I would probably use my Soap and Glory Hand Food last thing at night just to keep the moisture topped up.
The other advantages of the Wild Rose Hand Cream is that the container is recycleable once it is empty and that, being produced by the Body Shop, you are guaranteed that the ingredients are ethically sourced and that no animal testing has been used. The a look at the website at www.thebodyshop.co.uk to read more about their Community Fair Trade policy.
In conclusion I would have to say that I am very impressed with this lovely free gift and it has certainly had the desired marketing effect on me as I shall be buying a replacement when this tube finally runs out.
My skin in general is very balanced Ive never had any issues with dryness apart from on my hands. During winter my hands are very prone to becoming dry and sore so its important for me to find hand creams that protect them. Ive tried many over the years and this is one of the best
This hand cream is available in The Body Shop in store and online. It is possible to get it from a third party seller on Amazon and EBay but more often than not The Body Shop will have great deals on. There are two sizes a 30ml and a 100ml, 30ml is priced £5 and 100ml is £10 but as mentioned previously TBS almost always has offers and deals both in store and online so it is very possible to get it cheaper if buying with other items. I recently managed to get a free 30ml size from a coupon I got online but I don't know how often these type of things would happen.
The hand cream comes in a simple foil tube, as it part of the wild rose range it has a pink label on it with dark pink writing, TBS does several different types of hand cream in the same size, these are hemp, absinthe and almond and these are packaged in the same foil tuber but with different colours so its easy to pick the right one up.
Applying and using the cream
Upon opening the packaging I am greeted with a subtle hint of rose, not to powerful or sweet but a lovely fragrant fresh smell of lovely cut roses. I apply a small amount, about the size of a 1p piece and rub into my hands lightly coating them. The cream settles in well, it doesn't leave a greasy residue or smell to strong. I use this cream when I'm at work, I only work in an office but I need to apply cream several times a day during winter to prevent dryness. This cream works very well in preventing my hands from drying out, I can feel my hands are soft and protected but not greasy. I usually buy a 100ml tube and this does last me around 6 weeks or so which is a decent amount of time.
This is a good cream to use, it smells really nice and fresh and leaves my hands feeling soft and protected. I wouldn't say its worth the price mark, £10 for a 100ml tube is quite a lot especially when other branded hand creams are half the price for the same amount so if you get this its worth getting with an offer, TBS almost always has offers running sometimes they don't advertise them in store so its worth looking online for discount codes to use. As a regular buyer here I've never paid full price for anything so I must stress you look around for the best discount.
A dear friend bought me this as a present a little while ago. She knows I love Body Shop products, and also that I suffer from very dry/rough hands - not useful when you like to sew & knit and threads keep getting caught on your skin! As I'm very fair-skinned she also thought the additional SPF protection of this product would be good for me.
Body Shop Wild Rose Hand Cream comes in a metal tube containing 30ml. It has a black screwtop lid at the base. The product is designed to be stood on its base as the printing on the tube is all rotated in this direction. Unusually, it produces a stable configuration for the tube, and is especially useful when the cream is running low and I need gravity to help me get the last bit of product out.
The product information is printed directly onto the metal tube along with an abstract design of a pink rose. The product blurb states that the cream is designed to hydrate and protect hands, and that it contains rosehip oil and Fair Trade brazil nut oil, both of which are very good for moisturising skin. The information is repeated in French on the front. The ingredients list is printed on the back of the tube, and it contains a great number of -ate and -xide chemicals which is always a little worrying for me, considering Body Shop's image is for 'natural' products.
There isn't much information about the SPF qualities of the product, aside from the "SPF 15" detail by the product name - no mention of UVA/UVB protection, or one of the 'star' ratings I associate with sun creams. However the label does state the product helps protect against the appearance of brown spots on the hands. And there was me thinking that at my age they were just freckles...?
Product warning information is printed on the back of the tube in a variety of languages, but all it basically says is "don't get the product in eyes, and if you do, wash it out", which is what I'd expect to be standard for any hand cream!
The cream itself is pale pink and very creamy in consistency. It rubs into my hands well and is absorbed into my skin far more quickly than most other hand creams I've tried, with no noticeable sticky residue, which makes a nice change. The product has a very noticeable rose scent, and, despite all the chemicals listed in the product list it doesn't smell particularly chemically.
I've now used up the tube of cream my friend gave me, and it's been a very pleasant cream to use. It smells lovely and soaks into my skin well, useful when I want to moisturise my hands but keep on typing/knitting and not get product all over my stuff! My hands definitely feel softer for using the product, but I haven't noticed any reduction in 'brown spots' on my hand. I suppose the product is aimed more at older ladies with 'liver spots' on their hands, but for bog-standard freckles it's made no difference. Also I've never had sunburn on my hands so while it's nice to know the cream gave me some protection from the strong summer sun I don't think it's as necessary to have SPF in a hand cream as in a face cream.
It's a very nice cream for summer as it has such a nice floral scent, and it has lightly moisturised my hands, but as we come into autumn I shall definitely be moving back to using much richer, heavier hand creams, probably those containing glycerin as I know that's very good for my skin and helps me prevent cracks and bleeding on my hands. I'm not sure this Body Shop cream would be rich enough to stop that.
Checking the Body Shop website I see this cream costs £5 for a tube holding just 30ml. I think this is very expensive, and, while I'm very grateful to my friend for buying me such a sweet gift, I won't be buying it for myself again.
I bought this hand cream a few months ago. I have always suffered with incredibly dry hands and always keep a tube handy. I often go through about two tubes a month, I don't like buying the big tubes because I keep them in my handbag.
The first thing that bought this cream to my attention was the packaging! I am a sucker for pretty packaging! I love the aluminium tube with the pastel pink and dark pink Label with the product name and scent contrasting against the pastel shade and the little rose.
The lid comes off easily and I like the face that you can roll it up to get more out when it's low. However the downfall is the tube splits easily and it leaks a little so I had to put the tube into a clear food bag so it didn't go on any of my things in my bag.
The cream itself smells Devine! I love the smell of roses and for me it's just like sticking my nose in a big bouquet.
The consistency of the cream is quite thin which I didn't expect as I've used a few of the other body shop hand creams and I've found them to be quite thick, it has SPF in which I thought was a bonus!
When I applied the cream it took a little while to absorb, when it did my hands felt quite tight! If like me you suffer from incredibly dry, chapped hands then I would probably recommend one of the other ones like the almond hand cream. Which is a much thicker consistency.
The use of hand creams is an important part of my beauty routine, particularly as I suffer with dry skin, which can become extremely itchy and subsequently split and bleed. I enjoy using The Body Shop's Hemp, particularly as it offers a high level of hydration to dry skin, but as I had a 40% discount voucher I decided to try out their Wild Rose Hand Cream, which is specifically designed for mature skin.
Whilst the hand cream is available in both a 30 ml and 100 ml tube, I decided to purchase the smaller size, as I was unsure if it would be suitable for my problematic skin. The packaging is fairly appealing to the eye due to its bright pink colouring and I favour the fact that it is contained in a metal tube as opposed to plastic, so it is easy to squeeze out every last drop. However, there are a couple of negative points with this style of packaging, as my tube got rather bashed about when transporting it home in my handbag. As a result, the cream tends to gush out when the small circular screw top cap is removed.
I must admit that I am not a huge fan of the aroma of roses, particularly those that are artificial and I prefer the scent in a delicate form. As a consequence, I made sure I took a sniff in store prior to making my purchase. Whilst the aroma is fairly intense, The Body Shop has been able to produce an authentic scent, which reminds me of warm and fragrant summer months. The consistency of the white cream isn't as thick as the The Body Shop's Hemp although it is easily dispensed and I found that only a small blob was needed to fully cover the skin on my hands.
The cream was easily applied and spread over the surface of my skin and absorbed fairly rapidly without leaving any greasiness. I favoured the fact that the true rose aroma intensified as it met with the warmth of my skin and it delicately lingered for a good couple of hours following application. Whilst the cream initially offered a good level of moisturisation and left the surface of my skin feeling velvety soft and smooth, the effects were short lived especially across my knuckles where I experience more dryness.
A big tell tale sign for me with an ineffective hand cream is that I can feel the backs of my hands becoming tight and uncomfortable, which is generally followed by itching. As a result, I needed to use the cream more regularly and applied a thick layer before bedtime to enable its moisturising properties to deeply penetrate my skin whilst I slept. I found I was able to achieve better results following this method, but the 30 ml tube didn't last me very long. The appearance of my hands is an issue for me, particularly when they become dry, as they present many fine lines and appear to be far older than my actual age. Whilst the cream assisted in improving their appearance, I did not feel that the results were as effective as those offered by their Hemp.
In addition to feeling disappointed, I was surprised, particularly as The Body Shop market the cream towards mature consumers whose hands generally require additional moisture. The cream contains a host of ingredients with The Body Shop promoting the inclusion of rosehip oil, which they claim adds moisture to the skin. I was pleased to note the inclusion of SPF 15, as many brands omit this essential ingredient from their skin care products.
I am thankful that I decided to purchase the 30 ml tube, which normally retails at £5, but due to my discount voucher I paid only £3 with the 100 ml tube retailing at £10. Due to the reasons discussed above, I cannot recommend this hand cream and for that reason I feel only a two star rating to be appropriate.
The Body Shop Wild Rose hand cream I am reviewing is the 30ml size and retails at £5.00
This hand cream is presented like the infamous Hemp hand cream, in a lovely metal tube that stands on a black/brown screw top lid. The fact that the tube faces down means that there is always cream waiting to easily squeeze out.. I really like this packaging design as it looks very classy and echoes the more expensive l'occitane brand. The only fault I have with the products packaging is that you can't see how much product you have left. The silver metal tube has a band of pink around the majority of it, this is where the information can be found such as ingredients, cautions and The Body Shop contact details. This seems like the standard information that would appear on any hand cream. The tube also briefly contains what the product claims to do.
The product claims to 'hydrate and protect against the appearance of brown spots'. When I first purchased this product I didn't know that it was for mature skin and so being in my mid-twenties I can't really comment on it's affect on brown spots, I can however, comment on the products ability to hydrate. I found this product works best when used daily, if I have been using it every night my hands feel smooth, soft and without dry spots, even in winter. If I use it every now and again I can't tell much difference. As this product is for mature skin I was expecting it to be rich and heavy but it is incredibly light and absorbs almost instantly. This is an asset as it means no greasy hands but it also means it lacks the instant relief that I enjoy about using hand cream. I like my products to offer instant soothing and a luxurious feel. This product felt a little mundane and isn't really something that you could massage in. The product also has spf15, I can't really vouch for it's efficiency as I have been using the product in winter but it is a nice addition to the product. I think this product is best used as an everyday cream for overall hand maintenance rather than a treat, it's speedy absorption means it would be great to keep in your desk drawer or handbag.
The cream itself is easily removed from the tube with a gentle squeeze. The palest of pink cream looks thick and holds its shape very well, it doesn't run anywhere. It rubs in easily and disappears without a trace leaving behind a lovely Rose fragrance. I love floral fragrances but companies so often get them wrong, particularly Rose, most of the time the Rose smells artificial and old fashioned. The Body Shop have avoided that trap and have created a Rose fragrance that is pleasant and identifiable but without being over powering. The fragrance is my favourite thing about this product.
I have been using this product every night for three weeks and it still has some left so I would expect to get a months use from the 30ml size hand cream, which I think is good value. The Body Shop Wild Rose hand cream is available to purchase in The Body Shop stores, and is also available to purchase online via The Body Shop website (www.thebodyshop.co.uk). The product comes in two sizes 30ml priced at £5.00 and 100ml priced at £10.00 so if you know you like it then it's worth getting the larger size. The Body Shop regularly issues discount codes to be used on the website and offer printed vouchers from their in store tills. I haven't paid full price for anything from The Body Shop in years. It is well worth waiting for an offer, they are very frequent.
Body Shop have come a long way since they first started selling slightly freaky concoctions in little recyclable bottles. I was a fan at the beginning and then went off the company for quite a long time. My resurgence in interest came about last October when I was looking for a birthday present for my mum and strolled into the Salisbury branch. I picked so many products that the store persuaded me to invest in their 'Love your body' card which offers a number of great benefits and which paid for itself with my first big purchase. On that occasion I got a big basket of goodies for my mum and picked just one item for myself - the Wild Rose hand cream. Now five months later my birthday month has come around and Body Shop emailed me a voucher for £5 off any item. I found myself in Salisbury again and popped in to see what I could get for my voucher. All the 100 ml tubes of hand-cream were on offer half price so I bought another Wild Rose as well as a Hemp hand cream, handed over my loyalty card and my voucher and walked out with both for just £4.
It's fairly recently that I realised how lucky I am with my hands. I've noticed that several of my colleagues who are a lot younger than me have really bad problems with dry skin and eczema which make their hands really quite unsightly. My colleagues who work in the labs particularly suffer with lots of hand washing and it plays havoc with the skin on their hands. I've always been blessed with hands that don't give me any trouble but I've reached an age where I probably shouldn't take them for granted quite so much. My skin is still good and I don't have any dark spots so I vowed to make 2013 the year I properly looked after my hands. You can now find hand cream all over the place - on my desk at work, in my drawers at home and there's usually a small tube in my handbag. In my growing collection of hand creams, the Body Shop Wild Rose is not the best for moisturising - I prefer products with shea butter - but it does have one of the nicest fragrances and is one of the few with sun protection. Body Shop position this as a cream for 'mature skin' but my guess is that most people buy it because it smells so delicious.
You can buy the wild rose hand cream in either a small 30ml 'handbag' tube or a bigger, better value 100 ml version. The small ones retail at £5 with the larger at £10 - except when it's on offer of course. The tubes are rather nice aluminium ones, a bit like old-style toothpaste tubes or tubes of oil paints. I rather like these as it's possible to get a lot more out of the tube than with the more common plastic tubes that most manufacturers use. On the downside, even when they are brand new, the metal tubes tend to look rather battered.
Unscrewing the black cap, you'll find a soft, white, intensely fragranced cream. It's not particularly thick and it takes only a small dab to do the job. The cream rubs in really easily and the fragrance is strong and long lasting. If I'm honest, I probably use this more often than many of the other creams because it doesn't really leave my hands feeling very moisturised. On the plus side, it soaks in so quickly that it's not one that has you flapping your hands in frustration, unable to hold a pen or use a keyboard until it has soaked in, but on the negative side it's not very rich. Does the SPF 15 make a difference? It's a bit too early to say since I've only been using it since October and we've not exactly been overwhelmed with scorching sunshine since that time.
The ingredients list is long and complicated and doesn't look particularly natural although there are various natural oils and rose extracts. Despite plenty of people knocking Body Shop since they were bought out by L'Oreal, they still maintain the strongest policies against animal testing which is admirable. The rose fragrance is deeply intensive and a very natural smell, one of the nicest of the rose fragrances I've smelled in a long time. Whilst there are definitely some rose products that smell cheap and artificial and 'old ladyish', the wild rose hand cream has a really pleasant but not particularly subtle rose scent. It reminds me of big, blowsy, frilly old fashioned roses rather than the more modern ones which look perfect but smell of nothing.
If you have really dry skin on your hands, I suspect that this isn't rich enough to give the degree of care needed. For hands like that I'd recommend the thicker, richer hemp hand cream or to try the Wild Rose hand butter instead. If you have allergies and want to try this hand cream, I'd suggest checking out a small sample in the store before buying as the intensity of the rose fragrance might irritate. But if you have rather 'normal' hands without problems and you want to give them light but very rosy hand cream, then this could be just the right product.
Typically my hands are always in a fairly good condition, but when winter time hits they seem to crack easily. This leaves my hands quite dry and not very pleasant. I have tried out various cheaper hand creams, which are okay but never quite do the trick. I wanted to invest in a better quality hand cream without spending too much. I had heard great things about The Body Shop's hand creams, so I went ahead and purchased this wild rose one.
This is available from The Body Shop stores, as well as online on their website. The price is £5 for a 30ml hand cream, and £10 for the 100ml hand cream. Obviously, if you buy the larger one you get better value for money. I personally bought the larger 100ml cream, so it would see me throughout the winter period. Normally, I would not have paid £10 for a hand cream I had never tried. However, when I went to purchase one, they had a 50% off deal in the store, so I only paid £5 for the large one which I think is a great saving. Keep your eyes peeled on their promotions as they are fairly frequent.
The hand cream itself comes in a lovely, silver tube. The labelling is pink in colour, and I feel that overall it looks of a lovely quality. Even the larger sized tube is perfect for putting into handbags. It is also suitable to stand on tables if you are keeping it for home use, as the lid is located on the bottom. It easily screws on and off, and you only have to squeeze the tube ever so slightly to release the hand cream. The cream itself is cream with a slight pink colouring to it. The hand cream itself is of a thick consistency, so only a little amount is needed to cover both hands - I would say about the size of a 10 pence piece.
The first thing I noticed when applying this to my hands was the lovely scent. As you can guess, it has a gorgeous rose and floral fragrance. There is rosehip oil added to this hand cream to give the scent and moisturising properties. I found that the hand cream was quite wet when on the hands and rubbed in. However, this did dry within a matter of seconds which I am pleased with. Many cheaper hand creams take a long time to dry and can be quite annoying, however this one is just wonderful to use. A really pleasant hand cream for using on the go.
Within minutes, my hands felt lovely and smooth, and the dry skin had disappeared. This hand cream is really effective, and definitely one of the best I have tried. I now use this on daily basis when out in cold weather, and I have found my hands to be in a much better condition.
One thing I must state is that this lovely hand cream is designed for 'mature skin'. The reason for this is that it claims to reduce the appearance of brown spots. I did not notice this when purchasing the hand cream. As I have younger skin, I was worried it wouldn't work as well on mine. I can happily recommend this product for those with younger skin such as mine, but would also urge those with more mature skin to try this out if they do indeed have brown spots which they would like to eliminate the appearance of.
In addition to all these benefits, the hand cream does include SPF 15, meaning it gives protection against sun which I always think is a plus. Because of this, I will be taking it along with me on my holidays.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this hand cream to those of all ages - ignore that it is designed for mature skin as it works well for my younger skin! It smells lovely, leaves hands soft and smooth and is an all round good quality hand cream. The only thing I could potentially fault this hand cream with is its price tag. It is an expected price from The Body Shop, and I was lucky enough to get it on a deal. I know that £10 is a lot for people to pay, but it is definitely worth the investment! Thanks for reading.
I bought some of this hand cream after using a sample of it. I was hooked.
The hand cream is presented in a tube with a screw on lid. The tube itself looks okay but it isn't very practical. The tube tends to crack and rip after a few days and you can see some of the hand cream "escaping" from the tube. I think The Body Shop need to re think their packaging on this one!
The hand cream contains an SPF factor to protect your hands from the sun and it contains extracts of genuine rose oils. The rose is GENUINE rose and NOT synthetic rose. Using real rose adds to the gorgeous rose aroma of the hand cream. It smells great - very floral and very rosy!
The hand cream is quite thick and creamy in consitency and it's really moisturising. I suffer from dry/ chapped hands during the winter months and this beauty really does work to replace the lost moisture in my hands, leaving them less red and sore. The hand cream also softens nails and cuticles and it's great for use before a manicure as it helps to prepare your hands ready for treatment. You can also apply the cream to your feet before a pedicure as it also helps the cuticles on your feet to soften.
The hand cream has a shelf life of twelve months, although you will probably use it up before then! The smell of this hand cream is amazing and I would recommend it to people who love their rose/ floral scents.
Beautiful rose smelling hand cream from The Body Shop.
The Good: The first thing I noticed about this lovely hand cream is the fragrance. Where most rose scented products have a rather artificial aroma, this cream really does smell of roses, fresh from the garden. It's a lightweight and easily absorbed cream with the added bonus of SPF 15, and keeps hands nicely moisturised during the day (and smelling great!). This cream is labelled as being for 'mature skin', but the light texture makes me think it would be good for all ages.
The Bad: The packaging. This hand cream comes in an aluminium tube that has rather sharp corners at the top and is prone to splitting. It's not bad enough that it would put me off buying this product again, but it's certainly something to be aware off. I would also say that if your hands are chapped or very dry, then you would probably be better off looking for a heavier/ more moisturising cream.
The Environmentally Aware: Being the Body Shop, this hand cream is made with lots of lovely Fair Trade ingredients (rosehip oil, brazil nut oil) and as a bonus it's made here in the UK!