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Price and Availability
I got this as a Christmas present in a big gift set, but having looked it up it is available in Boots, Champneys.com, Amazon.com and eBay.co.uk. It is £6 at Boots and Champneys.com, £10.50 on Amazon.com and £5.49 on eBay.co.uk. It is currently on offer in Boots as pat of a 3 for 2 promotion on Skincare, Hand and Body, No7, indulgent bathing & Vitamins ( a bit random). It comes in one size which is 75ml.
The Packaging matches the rest of the SPA Treatments range and is slightly frosted plastic with gold details, the lid is gold and so is the writing, there is also a gold panel across the top with Champneys in cut out. It does look like a luxurious product.
The cream is a good consistency, it s thick but not overly so, it sinks into the skin well, but I do find it leaves my hands feeling a little greasy after I have applied it, which is no good if you need to use your hands for a while afterwards, for example to rite or type or do anything precise. The smell is very strong for my liking, it is a floral talc/potpourri type of smell and it can be a bit overwhelming if I am sat writing after applying it (I tend to lean over a lot when writing so my head ends up quite close to my hands), it even makes my eyes water.
It does make my hands look fresher and feel nice and moisturised after I apply it and if I don't end up washing t off they keep feeling nice and nourished for a good few hours after applying it.
This cream has it's pros and cons, it is nice and creamy, applies well, leaves your hands looking good and feeling nourished but it has a greasy residue and the smell is overwhelming so I can only give it 3 stars. For £6 for such a little bottle I really would expect a lot better.
I am always on the look out for good hand creams, so when I got a Champneys gift set including this Hand and Nail Cream, I was more than happy to give it a try. Champneys is marketed as a 'spa' brand and is found in the luxury bathing section at Boots, so I expected a high quality product.
This is a pale yellow coloured cream, and my first impression of it was that it had a fairly generic perfume smell - a definite 'Christmas set' kind of perfume and not something I'd normally choose. I tried using fairly small amounts of the cream as it looked quite thick and I expected it to be effective, but unfortunately this was the type of cream which kind of slides over my skin in a greasy way without appearing to moisturise the skin underneath. This cream sits on my hands until it is washed off, at which point they feel just as dry as they did before.
One thing I have to say about Champneys Hand and Nail Cream is that the ingredients list is absolutely huge. I'm a fan of products with simple ingredients lists, and natural ingredients where possible. I can pick out a few natural ingredients in this one (shea butter, almond oil and various fruit and flower oils) and also some distinctly chemical ones (colours, parabens, fragrance and chemicals with hugely long names that I've never heard of). It seems a complete mish-mash of ingredients and the result is that it's not very good for my skin despite containing some good-sounding moisturisers.
This Hand and Nail Cream comes in different sizes of tube, so I'm assuming it does sell well. A 40ml tube costs around 3.50GBP with a 75ml tube costing 6GBP, and it is also available within Champneys gift sets. The cream does look nice enough, with classy gold lettering and Champneys logo on the tube, and I can see why people pick this up as a gift, but it's definitely not one I would choose for myself. In fact, after trying one tube of this, I received another in a second gift set and have not attempted to try it again - I just didn't find it pleasant to use.
I have a tube of Champney's hand cream in my bag at all times - especially at this time of year when the wind and cold can really dry my hands. I like to apply hand cream regularly during the winter months to stop the skin on my hands cracking and getting sore. I have a small 35ml tube of this Spa Treatments (previously also known as Vitamiracle) hand and nail cream but it is most commonly purchased in a 75ml tube for around £9.
The tube is a squeezy plastic tube with a flip cap to squeeze the cream through. It is a soft plastic that squeezes easily without cracking. The cream is a very light creamy yellow in colour and when squeezed is quite thick whilst still resembling a lotion. It has a perfumed scent - quite a luxurious smell but not one that I can easily identify. It is made using a blend of vitamins, oils and natural extracts and is said to 'strengthen, protect and repair tired hands'.
The cream does not feel at all greasy and is absorbed into the skin quickly. It does not take much rubbing in to disappear from sight and for the skin to feel clear of the product. Consequently, I tend to use quite a generous amount per application. It instantly soothes my hands and really does feel quite luxurious. My hands instantly feel soft and smooth after applying and any dry spots disappear. I wash my hands a lot, having a toddler, so the skin on my hands does get very dry and sometimes has quite a scaley appearance. This hand cream really does moisturise them and even rectify this problem. My nails are quite strong anyway, so I'm not sure of the effect that it has hand on them but it certainly doesn't do them any harm!
Overall, this is a luxurious moisturising cream that really cares for the skin on your hands. It has a gorgeous scent that does linger on your hands for quite some time and it really does feel like a spa product. Ultimate hand pampering!
I don't often buy Champneys products for myself as I always had the impression they were a brand for a slightly older age range, probably more 40s than 20s. I bought a big gift box of their products for my mum at Christmas time and I ended up absolutely loving the smell of some of them (the Citrus Blush scrub smells SO good), so when I needed something as my freebie in the Boots 3 for 2 I decided to give the Champneys Spa Treatment Hand and Nails Cream a try, as I get through a lot of hand cream and I like to try ones which feel a bit luxorious when I get the chance but I have to admit at £9 for 75ml I thought this was quite expensive, so I would have been much less likely to pick it up it it wasn't a freebie.
=== Packaging ===
The hand cream comes in a clear tube which looks a pearly cream colour, because you can see the hand cream inside. It has gold writing and a gold flip top cap. I find flip tops much more practical than screw tops so I was happy with that. You can easily see how much is left and the tube will be easy to cut open and scrape the lasts bits when I am finished. My one gripe with the packaging was that when I put this handcream tube in my handbag, I took it out a few hours later to discover the gold writing and pretty much completely rubbed off, leaving it looking quite scruffy. I was a bit annoyed as I prefer my things to look neat and tidy! This wouldn't happen if you just leave it at home and it is not a huge deal, but it was irritating.
=== Use and Effectiveness ===
The Champneys handcream has a really nice consistency. It is not too watery like a thin lotion, which I don't like. It is quite firm and buttery, but not too thick that it feels greasy or heavy. It feels silky and smooth, making it extremely easy to rub all over your hands and nails. It sinks into the skin quite quickly, leaving it feeling soft and moisturised without leaving any greasy residue on my hands. My hands feel lovely for a couple of hours afterwards and remain in a good condition even when the feeling of the cream starts to wear off. Some cheap handcreams leave my hands feeling a little bit sticky or tacky, but I didn't experience that at all with the Champneys.
There is a subtle scent from this handcream but I can't completely put my finger on what it is. It smells slightly citrussy but with a floral hint. This is very light and it is not strongly perfumed at all.
According to the back of the tube (the black writing didn't rub off mine, only the gold!) the cream contains Vitamin A, Vitamin E and Pro-Vitamin B5 to strengthen as well as Vitamin C and Licorice extract to prevent age spots and protect against environmental damage. It does not have a licorice smell at all I am pleased to report, as I can't stand the smell of licorice. I do think it is an effective cream and obviously I welcome all the vitamins that it provides.
I like to apply handcreams quite a few times throughout the day, whenever I have washed my hands or if I just fancy using a bit of it! This means the tube is going down quite quickly. When I have a hand cream I really like, I can't resist using it a lot. As it is quite dear for a fairly small tube, I don't think I would make it a regular purchase because there are plenty of nice handcreams out there which are much cheaper (e.g. Soap & Glory Hand Food which I will probably review in future!) but I do really like it and would happily receive it as a gift or pick it up when it's on offer.
=== The product ===
This is a hand cream from the beauty range Champneys.
=== The packaging ===
The packaging of my hand cream differs to the one that is now available. The one now available is a clear tube with gold writing and it looks even more luxurious than the one I have. The one I have was a clear tube with yellowish writing which looked a little boring and plain. I definitely prefer the new packaging and the main thing is that the lotion inside has remained unchanged (my Mum is using the new packaging one already). There is a plastic gold coloured flip top lid that allows for this to be easily dispensed. The packaging is good, it looks luxurious and it works well. It is strong and sturdy and can handle the knocks that it gets in my bathroom and in my handbag with no damage occurring at all.
=== Where can I buy this & for how much? ===
My hand & nail cream was received as part of a large selection of Champneys products that my husband got my last Christmas, however, this can be purchased in several different gift sets this Christmas or from the Champneys website, in a 75ml tube, for £9.00 which I do feel is expensive, however, as my sets were on 3 for 2 and reduced I know that the price paid for mine would work out considerably lower than this and if I could get the sets again on this offer I definitely would.
=== Overall opinion ===
It's fair to say that I work quite hard around the home and sometimes outside of it so I have hands that are not usually looking their best. Earlier in the year we got married and I was quite conscious of the fact that my hands were probably going to appear quite prominently in a few pictures and this was what prompted me to really start taking care of my hands and nails a lot better and as I already had a small supply of different hand creams I begun placing them in my handbag, by my bathroom and kitchen sink and anywhere else I thought that I might be prompted in to using them.
This hand cream is full of vitamins that are designed to help strengthen nails and soothe skin. I have been looking after my skin and nails more on my hands in general and I must say that I have noticed a huge increase in the strength and length of my nails in recent months. My skin feels smoother after using this and that is a feeling that usually lasts an hour or two until I am next washing my hands and then reapplying this. My hands are not wrinkled yet, as I'm just 23, and so I cannot say for sure that this is the only thing that is contributing to keeping my skin young and smooth, however, it does appear to be helping greatly.
I like the consistency of this cream. It's quite delicately scented, light and it looks after my skin. My hands are left feeling softer after each use of this and even if I have just used it occasionally and for the first time in many days my skin feels smoother. This cream is light enough for use at any time of year and it has a lovely scent to it. The predominant scent that I pick up is that of liquorice which is fairly light and just enough to be noticed an hour or so later. I like the smell of this, it's clean and not overpowering.
The only downside to this hand & nail cream is that my hands feel a little sticky for a fair few minutes after use and this is a little prohibitive. I probably would not want to use this at work, however, as I am using it at home, usually after washing my hands, this is not too much of an issue. This cream lasted for around 150 or so applications or so which is quite reasonable, however, I would not want to pay £9.00 for a tube of this as I feel that it is a little overpriced for hand cream.
Over the last couple of months I've had work done on my flat which has meant I have been doing a lot of cleaning as well as decorating. My hands have been in water a lot and I've been using lots of chemicals so my hands have become quite dry. Given this, I have got through a fair amount of hand cream and one of those I have been using is the Champney's Spa Treatments Hand and Nail Cream.
I actually got this one in the travel size from a gift set. I had already used the shower cream from the same set when I began using this product and not been overly impressed, so if I'm totally honest, I didn't have high hopes for this product.
The hand cream comes in a clear tube with a gold lid and has lots of gold accents on the tube. It looks OK for a hand cream - a little bit more luxurious than your average Nivea or Vaseline hand cream - and it's the sort of thing I wouldn't be embarrassed to be seen taking out of my handbag.
The product contains Vitamins A, E and C as well a Pro-Vitamin B5 and is supposed to keep skin and nails supple whilst reducing the appearance of age spots. I have to admit, being 27 I am yet to develop age spots on my hands, so cannot comment on how effective the cream is at doing this.
The hand cream is a pale, creamy yellow colour and I like the consistency. It's not thick and buttery, but nor is it runny and thin, so as it is rubbed into the skin it feels light, yet moisturising, which is great for the summer months, as when it's warm I hate using heavy or thick creams on my skin.
I find that the cream has a pleasant scent which is fairly neutral, although perhaps leaning slightly towards the feminine side. It is a soft creamy smell, although if I put my hand up to my nose, I can detect what is unmistakeably some sort of floral tone (although I couldn't tell you exactly what the floral is). Even so, the scent is rather light and doesn't smell overpowering - the intensity is just right.
One thing I usually look for in a hand cream is that it leaves no residue. Although I have been using this mainly at home, at work I need to type as well as make handwritten notes and there is nothing worse than fingers slipping off keys or being unable to grip a pen because I've just applied hand cream! Whilst I find that this particular product sinks in fairly quickly, it does unfortunately leave a sticky residue on my skin, which is incredibly annoying and for me this alone is enough to prevent me from purchasing another tube.
In terms of skin benefits, I do find this moisturises well and for an hour or so after application the skin on my hands looks brighter as well. This is marketed as a hand and nail cream, but I have not found the benefits to my nails to be very impressive. Whilst there is no doubt that a dab of this hand cream will moisturise cuticles, they go back to looking dry and ragged very quickly and the cream is no substitute for my usual cuticle cream from Burt's Bees.
Having received this in a gift set, I had no idea of the price. The shower cream from the same set cost £6, so I was expecting this to cost around the same. I was quite surprised to find that it actually retails for £9 in Boots, which is much more than the product is worth in my opinion. Also, the full sized tube is only 75ml which is rather small. Mine is the 40ml size so just more than half and it has only lasted around four weeks and I have not been using it regularly - just once or twice every couple of days.
Overall I have not been impressed with this. The best thing about it is the fragrance which is light and sweet, but there are lots of negatives. For a start it's overpriced, it leaves a greasy residue on the hands and the moisturising effects wear off quickly. Overall, I would not recommend it, it's not a patch on the Nivea hand cream I was using before this one which only cost around £3 and was excellent!
*review originally posted on Ciao under username pink_champagne