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I was lucky enough to be given a generous Cath Kidston voucher when I left my last job, and one of the things I purchased was a pack of three miniature tubes of Rose Hand Cream. I've had rose-scented products from the Cath Kidston range before and it is one of my favourite scents - light and floral and not too strong or old-fashioned.
Each of these hand creams contains 30mls of the product, which is a small size but very handy for using when you're travelling. I tend to keep these in my bag and use them if I'm on a train journey or out and about and want to moisturise my hands. With the limits on the size of cosmetic product you can carry on board a flight nowadays, these hand creams would also be ideal for taking on holiday.
Each tube contains a white coloured cream which is quite thick in consistency. I prefer thick hand creams as the skin on my hands tends to be dry and I feel I get more benefits from a substantial cream rather than a lotion. This cream is quite quickly absorbed into the hands and doesn't leave them feeling greasy.
Rose Hand Cream contains shea butter, which accounts for the fact that it's a good moisturiser. It also contains a fairly standard list of chemical-sounding ingredients, but doesn't contain any sulphates or parabens, which a lot of people try to avoid.
These hand creams are nicely packaged like all Cath Kidston items. The ones I purchased have a polka dot and red roses design on the tubes and they came packaged in an outer box, so the appearance was slightly different to the stock photograph shown here. These creams would make a pleasant stocking filler or other small gift.
The box of three mini-creams costs 6GBP and is available from the Cath Kidston website and certain shops including John Lewis. While I normally buy more run-of-the-mill hand creams for myself, I enjoyed getting these as a treat and because the cream is thick and works so well, the tubes actually last longer than expected.
I received this trio of Cath Kidston hand creams as a gift at Christmas. The tubs are 30ml each and so very small in size but perfect for travelling etc and so I keep one of these in my handbag all the time. The bottles have the typical polka dot Cath Kidston design on them that makes them look very girly.
There are a few different scents to choose from in these hand creams, and this collection is 'wild flowers' which includes honeysuckle, bluebell and wild rose. They really do remind you of an English garden aroma. The floral scents aren't ones I usually go for in these kind of products, however I do actually find the bluebell one quite nice and this one is my favourite out of the the three. The scents in all three are very strong and you can really smell the scent on your hands for some time still after applying.
As for the effect of the hand cream itself on your hands, I do think it moisturises them slightly and soaks into your skin very quickly so does not leave them feeling greasy. However, I find I need to apply this more often than I usually would with a hand cream as it doesn't leave them feeling soft and moisturised for very long. I cannot stand the feeling of dry hands and often apply hand cream several times throughout the day, especially after washing my hands, but I apply this Cath Kidston one a lot more than I normally would. As the tubs are only small they do not last very long, I think my first tub lasted me around a month and I carried that around with me all the time in my bag. I was surprised it even lasted this long though! However, I like the size of the tub because it doesn't take up much room in my bag.
Cath Kidston have other beauty products available and in different scents, but I wouldn't go out and buy them unless I got them given as a gift again. I do like the Cath Kidston brand, but mainly for their bags and other accessories. If you are a fan of the wild flowers scents though, then there are soaps and shower gels available too.
The set of hand creams cost £6 which I suppose is reasonable considering anything from this brand is quite pricey anyway, and you usually have to pay more to have travel sized items nowadays where as you get more value for money when buying products in larger sizes. This is available directly from Cath Kidston shops or from their website, but also often found on ASOS.com and other online sites such as Amazon and eBay, where you may find them a bit cheaper.
I received this pack of 3 Cath Kidston hand creams for my Secret Santa and was thrilled. It's a lovely gift, and the 3 fragrances of the creams are some of my favourites.
The look of the packaging is classic Cath Kidston, with a spotty design on the tubes and a lovely retro design on the piece of card that holds the plastic wrap together. It doesn't come in a box as this sort of gift set often does, but the whole look of the product works. There are 3x 30ml hand creams in the set - Rose, Bluebell and Honeysuckle. The colour of each tube is tied in with the flower - Rose is pink, bluebell a pastel blue and honeysuckle a pale green (it could make more sense as yellow but with a lot of foliage the green for honeysuckle works!). The range of 3 pastel colours really fits in with the rest of the Cath Kidston range and it's an ideal gift for the stocking filler price range. I've been enjoying keeping one in the bottom of my handbag.
The best bit about this set however really is the look and packaging and gift element. The fragrances are great, and certainly smell like their namesakes. However they are a little too sickly sweeet and heavy. The fragrance is very strong on application, and remains for a long time. The scents are lovely, but just a bit too strong and could really do with being a little more subtle. The rose is particularly sickly, and the honeysuckle the most delicate, with the bluebell somewhere in between. The 3 scents become much more appealing after a while, when they remain but become a little weaker. To reiterate - the smells are a bit too overpowering, but they are lovely scents. I just think at that strength they might work a bit better in something like a candle than a hand cream.
The other thing that lets this set down is pretty crucial - the cream itself. The product does give relief to dry hands, and I am enjoying using it sporadically but it's a bit too heavy to use continuously as you would a more everyday, delicate hand cream. It is effective but it leaves a lot of residue on your hands, rather than rubbing in properly and then leaving them feeling freshened. Similar to the fact that the scent lingers for a long time.
This pack of cream is £6, which I find fairly reasonable in the general scheme of Cath Kidston pricing. Condsidering that you're paying for the brand, design and the gift value of this set it's also a good price in comparison to other solely beauty brands. Eg. Johnson's hand cream from Boots is £2.09. Whilst this is 50ml and the Cath Kidston hand creams are only 30ml - it shows that the price isn't that much more than the average for this gift set. In terms of style and the pleasing design this is a great little gift set - it just lets itself down a little on the product itself.
~~~ Cath Kidston Wild Flowers Hand Cream Trio ~~~
Following my recent theme, today I shall be reviewing the Cath Kidston Hand Cream Trio set, a part of the wild flowers range. I received the gift as part as a birthday gift off my sister, as she knows how much I love the textiles and home furnishings from this designer. The beauty products I have reviewed so far though, have been a disappointment and left a lot to be desired. This product is the exception to the rule, and I hope to explain why, within this review.
~~~ The Package ~~~
From the picture above you can see how beautiful they look when you receive them. They are packaged in a clear cello bag, and fastened at the top with a pretty label detailing the name and description of the product. It is available from the Cath Kidston website, www.cathkidston.co.uk, for the sum of £6.00. This, I feel is about the right price for the product, and it's quite refreshing to see that it hasn't got premium price tag, unlike other products she sells.
The three hand creams you will receive are Bluebell, Honeysuckle, and Wild Rose. They each are a small 30ml size, but are perfect for handbags, and even small enough for evening clutch bags. I like that I get three tubes, so I can have one on my desk, and one in my handbag, and one by the kitchen sink.
~~~ Ingredients ~~~
The main reasons why I think the price of these is worth paying, despite the rather small size, are because they are totally eco friendly, and also paraben and sulphate free. They also contain quality ingredients such as shea butter, glycerine, vitamin E and panthenol, for adding and locking in moisture.
~~~ The Product ~~~
Each tube is made from a pastel coloured plastic, which is decorated with the familiar white spots. There is a printed label stuck to the front, providing us with the CK logo, and the name of the fragrance contained within. They maybe small but they are comfortable to hold. Unscrewing the lid, you will be greeted with a silver piece of foil covering the hole, and ensuring the contents stay fresh until you open them. Some foil seals are a nightmare to remove but although tiny, it is easily done.
Dispensing the product, you are met with a lovely consistency of hand cream. It's not so rich that it takes an age to absorb, and not so thin and runny, that you feel you have to wait for it to absorb before you do anything else. It's light and leaves your skin feeling like satin. It's hydrating but not intensely so. I don't suffer with dry skin at all, but my hands do get that horrible tight feeling if I've had my hands in soapy water too long, or after using bleach products; and this is where I find the cream works wonders. If you do suffer dry skin, and/or eczema, this product would not be suitable for you, I feel, it's not rich enough in that aspect.
~~~ The Fragrances ~~~
The bluebell one rather oddly is not fragranced of bluebells, but contains freesia, geranium, muguet, violet and jasmine, patchouli, musk, cedar wood and amber. This is a rather medicinal smell, and not a gently floral scent as one would expect.
The wild rose one takes me back to my childhood, we had a garden full of old fashioned roses when I was a girl. This is the true, heady, old rose fragrance. It is a little too strong and intense upon application for my liking, but that is just down too personal taste, you might love it.
My favourite of the three is the honeysuckle. It's a less intense fragrance, but still floral. I like it because, unlike the wild rose, you don't get wafts of it as you move your hands around, and it's not medicinal like the bluebell. I would have expected a sweet, sugary fragrance but it's not at all like that.
I prefer a hand cream to moisturise my hands, and not clash with my perfume and these do that to a degree; yet I'm unsure whether it tones down with time, the longer I wear it, or it's just me getting used to it, and not noticing it any more. I do feel the hydration properties for a long while though.
~~~ My Thoughts ~~~
All in all, I'm glad my sister bought me at least one thing from CK that left a positive lasting impression, because the other beauty items so far, have been a let down. I love this set, and the smaller sizes are so handy. The hand cream is the perfect density for me - light and creamy, and let me carry on doing what I want, without stickiness or residue. The only thing I can fault with this little trio is the fragrance - the rose is too heady and cloying, the bluebell too medicinal and the honeysuckle is not sweet enough. This is my personal feeling, but you may like them. Indeed, this little set gets five star reviews on the CK website, with the fragrances being noted every time.
This set would make a lovely gift and in my opinion, it would span generations. My twenty year old daughter has been known to 'borrow' this hand cream, but it would also be suitable for your dear old granny. It's rare nowadays to find a gift than can transcend generations like this could. This is one product I shall be repurchasing. I may not love the fragrances, but I don't dislike them.
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