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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 am a fan of the Elemis range of beauty products and that includes their hand cream. However for my birthday recently I received a tube of Champneys hand and nail cream. I had never tried any of the Champneys products so was interested to see what this hand and nail cream was like.
Champneys own 4 luxury spa hotels where their products are used. The range includes the hand and nail cream. The outer box oozes style in cream and gold with the inside printed with small gold flowers. The 75 ml tube is designed to sit on its flip up gold lid. The tube is clear allowing the rich hand cream to show through. The lettering is gold and completes the top end look of the product.
This hand cream contains Vitamins A,E and Pro Vitamin B5. Vitamin C and liquorice extract are added to help reduce the appearance of age spots and protect against the drying effects of the elements. Champneys claim that using this hand and nail cream will leave your hands feeling soft and supple.
I have been using this hand and nail cream on a daily basis for several weeks now. I love the delicate scent although am not sure exactly what it is ! It is fresh and slightly flora but not overpowering as some brand can be. It reminds me of summer and that makes me happy! The cream itself is a rich cream colour and dispenses easily from the tube. The cream is easily absorbed and I find I only need a small amount. The results are instant and my hands immediately feel softer and moisturised after application. I do have a few sun damage spots on my hands and despite the manufacturers claims. I can see no difference in these. I suffer from brittle nails that tend to split and break easily, especially during the cold winter months. I am not sure whether using this cream has made any real difference to the condition of my nails although they do seem a little better.
Overall I really like this hand cream as it does leave my hands feeling soft and the skin less dry. I am not sure that I prefer it to Elemis,but it is a close one! The scent is lovely and doses seem to last well. As this was a present I am not sure how much was paid. However I can see that Boots sells this range and this product is available for £6.
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
I'm a great fan of Champneys, which is a luxurious range of toiletries based on the pampering experience that can be expected when visiting a spa. A few of the products within their extensive range have disappointed me, but the majority are a pleasure to use and this review discusses my experience with using their Spa Treatments Hand and Nail Cream.
APPEARANCE OF THE PRODUCT
I was fortunate enough to receive a stunning free gift set containing four smaller sized products when Boots were running a promotion earlier this year where I only needed to spend £10 or more on any Champneys product. Consequently, my transparent plastic tube that sits on a golden coloured screw top lid contains 40ml of cream as opposed to the full sized version, which contains 75ml and has a flip top lid. The appearance of all the products in this range are considerably luxurious and upmarket with the familiar Champneys logo together with the name of the product being presented to us in a shiny golden coloured text.
USING THE HAND AND NAIL CREAM
If you are familiar with my reviews you will be aware that ever since my teens I have religiously followed a beauty regime to ensure that I keep my skin in tip top condition. Whilst I have a few firm favourites I cannot admit to being loyal to any particular brand when it comes to hand creams and enjoy the experience of trying and testing new products. The lid easily unscrews and a slight squeeze of the tube is sufficient to dispense a small amount of good consistency cream from the small opening. The pale lemon cream is beautifully fragranced, but for some unknown reason, Champneys provide no information on the tube to inform us of the aroma. The only way I can describe the fragrance is fresh and uplifting, as I can detect a delicate floral aroma together with a hint of citrus.
Both of the delightful fragrances work well together and become more evident when I massage the cream into my hands and nails and it is quickly absorbed, which is a must for me with hand creams. What I find extremely favourable is that as well as being nourishing and moisturising for my skin, it helps nurture my long finger nails, which often become soft and subsequently bend and snap. There is no greasy or sticky residue, which is something that always deters me from using certain creams, as I do not wish to be leaving greasy finger prints on everything that I touch. My hands are left feeling soft and silky smooth with the stunning aroma lingering on my skin for a good while afterwards. With regular use the cream has enabled my nails to become much stronger due to the vitamin A, vitamin E and pro-vitamin B5 content and consequently, it is very rare that they bend or snap.
Champneys claim that with daily use the cream will assist in reducing the appearance of age spots and will subsequently, leave your hands looking younger. I am unable to evidence the age spot claim, as fortunately, this is not something I suffer with (not yet anyway!). I cannot admit to using this cream on each occasion that I wash my hands, as I always opt for moisturising liquid hand washes and my main use is to apply the cream once per day as directed by Champneys. I choose to do this directly before getting into bed and when the weather is not too hot I will often wear a pair of thin cotton gloves to assist the cream in working its' magic and to prevent it from transferring onto my bed linen. I cannot recommend this cream highly enough, as it is extremely effective as well as being beautifully fragranced. Fortunately, I made three purchases in Boots when this promotion was running, so I was able to receive three free gift sets and am currently using my second tube of cream, which lasts a considerable amount of time, particularly with a once per day application. However, due to its' price tag of £9 for a 75ml tube is loses one star from me.
INGREDIENTS AND OTHER INFORMATION
There are no ingredients listed on the reverse of the tube, so I took a quick look on the internet and just as I expected, there is an extremely lengthy list, which I do not intend copying. However, the key ingredients are those that deliver the moisture, namely shea butter and sweet almond oil. My senses have clearly done performed their job well, as within the list of ingredients are the names of some flowers, such as bergamot and fruit and orange oils. I suffered no adverse reactions when using despite applying the cream to my hands that were a little cut and sore after a spot of gardening. The cream should be used within 24 months of opening with the tube being recyclable once empty. The cream has been dermatologically tested.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
The cream seems to be available in only the one size, namely 75 ml and I was clearly extremely fortunate to receive my gifts set for free. Larger branches of Boots sells a huge range of Champneys and regularly offer free products when spending around £10, so it's well worth waiting until an offer becomes available.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.