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I have a fairly large array of various hand creams and I received a Wild Rose hand balm from Kath Kidston as a gift recently. This was a thoughtful gist as it was from a colleague at work who knows how much I like to use creams and balms on my hands. This balm come sin a very pretty container and it looks sort of old fashioned and quite twee, I think. It looks pretty on my dressing table. It works well as a cream, though is perhaps a little bit on the thick side. it sinks quite quickly into my skin and leaves my hands feeling very soft and well hydrated.
I love Cath Kidston fabrics, and have a few of the bags and little accessories for the home, but before trying this Wild Rose hand balm, my only experience with the Cath Kidston branded beauty products had been with the Bluebell bath melt, which had been very disappointing. However, this didn't stop me from popping into the shop the next time I went past, and having given this a sniff whilst I was in there, I decided to treat myself.
Firstly, I have to say the pot is very attractive - a lovely pink colour on the bottom, with a gold lid bearing a picture of various wild flowers on the lid- none of which actually look like roses. In fact, the flower motif on the lid is exactly the same as that found on the other hand balms, and indeed on my bluebell bath melt previously, with only the colour of the bottom half of the pot, and the wording on the label, indicating that this is a rose scented hand balm.
Until you open the lid and give it a sniff, that is. Where the bath melt disappointed me with it's lack of fragrance, this is like being whacked in the hooter with a bouquet. It is unquestionably rose , sweet and fragrant, and somewhat old fashioned. It reminds me of some of the old fashioned scents my grandmother used to wear- and that isn't a criticism at all. It is a very uncomplicated scent, nothing other than roses and a slight green leafiness which helps to make the fragrance a little fresher and lighter.
The balm is very thick - you could up-end the pot and nothing would drip out. This does lead to it taking quite a while to fully absorb into the skin, but does contribute to it feeling very much like a treat. I've found this to be very moisturising, and because of this I tend to use this when my hands are particularly dry and chapped. I do find that the scent lingers on the skin for a while - I'm not sure how long exactly, as I don't tend to go sniffing my hands throughout the day, but I have on occasion pushed back my hair and caught a delicate hint of rose an hour or so after application.
I very much like this hand balm - I love the pot, the scent, and the fact that it works. At £5 for a 50ml pot it isn't particularly cheap, but it's great for an indulgent little treat that won't break the bank. 5 stars.
As someone who has to face the London commute as well as enjoying attending outdoor winter sports events AND allotment gardening, I'm hardly surprised that my normally strong and long fingernails show some serious signs of abuse in winter. Between hard graft, cold temperatures and going from hot to cold environments regularly when on the train and getting around, they often seem very weak at this time of year and I try to combat this with a combination of good diet, vitamin supplements and a good hand cream.
This Christmas my wonderful lodger not only left me a bottle of my favourite wine but around the neck was a little wrapped box. I opened it on Christmas morning and found a tub of Cath Kidston's Wild Rose Hand Balm.
I'd heard of Cath Kidston's range and have seen it grow more and more in popularity - indeed I've been to their store at St Pancras and enjoy the cute designs and colourful approach. For those not aware, the range covers home, fashion and beauty and features playful, almost quaint designs that are quite retro and in some cases very English - none more so than the packaging of this balm.
The Wild Rose Hand Balm comes in a fairly shallow pink pot with a gold/bronze lid on which is a label framed in pink with the company logo, product name and a floral illustration. The pot I have is 50ml and I have looked into it and this retails at £5 (not being cheeky about the value of the gift but wanted to put that in the review!).
The packaging feels sturdy and the lid secure. Underneath the lid the product has a silver foil seal, which pulls off easily. Underneath the seal was a white product which is similar to body butters in texture - specifically in that it was not a loose, light substance but quite solid and you have to put a little pressure to remove some.
The balm contains Shea butter and Vitamin E, as well as Glycerin, and is intended to promote stronger nails as well as soft skin. Previously one of my favourite products has been the Body Shop's Vitamin E hand cream, and I love Shea moisturisers, so this is great.
On peeling back the seal you unleash a strong rose scent. At first I wondered if it was too strong but I realised when I tried the product that you need very little of it and as such the scent disperses to leave a lovely lingering rose scent. I love roses so I'm very happy about this!
A very little of this goes a long way and just quickly rubbing a finger across the surface of the product with a little pressure will mean you have enough for a good treatment for both hands. With body warmth it melts and it rubs in and absorbs very quickly. It does not leave my hands greasy, although I can feel that I do have product on them when I rub them together. I'm amazed how quickly is soaked in and I only really realised that I had product on without consciously observing it when I washed up and felt water on my hands. I'm not sure if overuse would leave more of a feeling of residue, but I'm not about to waste the product to find out!
This balm is made without parabens and sulphates.
When I first encountered Cath Kidston's range a few years ago I thought it was all a bit too loud and over the top - but then when you're in a store full of it I suppose it would! Taken individually, I have come to like the style of their products.
The packaging of this is pretty and cute and feminine. Having used it I am completely in love with it and I think that the secure, sturdy packaging might encourage me to carry this around with me, which I've never dared do with moisturisers from a squeezy bottle.
I love the rose scent that this product leaves on my skin - this lasts well and feels very floral and spring-like. It's not a chemical scent and is really pleasant.
The skin and nail benefits are, I think, going to prove to be very good. I love that this has a base of Shea butter and Vitamin E as I have always found these to be the most effective products in the past. Because you need to use so little of this product I think that it will last very well indeed and can easily see this pot lasting me until next autumn even though I use products such as this a lot. After applying and with a quick massage in, this absorbs swiftly and leaves my skin feeling soft, removes any feeling dryness or taut skin, and yet if you were to shake hands with someone I don't think they would notice you were wearing any product at all.
In conclusion, I recommend this highly. Great product and a lovely gift! At £% full retail, I think this is actually brilliant value because for all there are cheaper products available, this is going to last very well and is highly effective.
For more information on the Cath Kidston range, visit www.cathkidston.com. You can order their products online or buy them in shops, and also order their magazine catalogue online.