Product Type: The Body Shop Hand & Nail Care
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I'm just wild about the smell of wild rose
The Body Shop Wild Rose Hand Cream
Member Name: koshkha
The Body Shop Wild Rose Hand Cream
Advantages: Smells gorgeous and offers sun protection
Disadvantages: Not particularly rich
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.
Summary: A super-rosy cream