I’ve tried several products from the Cowshed brand over the years, all of which I’ve got free from magazines – this is just as well, as I haven’t actually liked any of them! Until this hand cream, that is – which goes by the name of Cow Pat Moisturising Hand Cream. Why anyone ever thought that this would be a good name for a hand cream is beyond me! The packaging is fairly attractive though, being a simple black tube with a delicate flower design. The product has a flip-top lid, which stays on securely in my bag, and a 50ml tube costs £8.
The hand cream contains shea and cocoa butter to moisturise and tone the skin, with grapefruit and coriander essential oils designed to add a “refreshing” scent. Surprisingly, given my previous dislike of Cowshed products, I really liked this hand cream. It went on easily and rubbed into my skin very well, leaving no greasy residue, but kept my hands moisturised for a good few hours.
On the downside, I absolutely hated the smell. It smells really musty and horrible – I don’t know why, as I love the smell of coriander and quite like refreshing grapefruit, but this stuff doesn’t smell like either of these things, it just smells horrible. This really put me off the product, especially as the smell is quite strong and does seem to last!
Overall, a surprisingly good product from Cowshed, but rather expensive and with a horrible smell. Not one that I’ll be buying again!
My hands tend to be fairly dry so I make an effort to keep them in good condition by applying hand cream at least twice each day. I have tried many different products over the years. I have some favourites but I'm always open to trying others. When I got a free gift of the Cowshed cow pat hand cream from a magazine, I was interested enough to try it.
This hand cream is available from stores such as John Lewis and House of Fraser as well as online from Cowshed themselves. From Cowshed the price is £8 for a 50ml hand cream, and £16 for the 300ml size. The creams are therefore quite expensive (although I have been known to spend that much on a hand cream if I really like it). On this occasion I was just pleased to be testing this 50ml one for just the price of the magazine.
The Cowshed company opened a spa in the old cowshed of Babington House hotel about 15 years ago. This is why most of their product names have a cow theme (Grumpy Cow, Slender Cow, etc). I can see the logic but the "cow pat" name didn't appeal much to me.
This size of hand cream comes in a tube and the larger size is in a bottle. The tube is dark brown with white and coffee writing. It doesn't look as expensive as it is. It is a handy size for carrying around in a handbag. The lid has a flat top so the tube can also be stood upright on its lid upon a dressing table or wherever at home. It is a flip top lid and it easily flips up. It is only necessary to squeeze the tube a little to squirt out the cream. The cream itself is white and a fairly thick consistency. Only a small amount is needed to cover both hands so I would typically use about the size of a five pence piece.
This hand cream had a scent which was immediately noticeable when I first squeezed it out of the tube. The scent is refreshing and a change from the florals often found in this type of product. It is a faintly citrus and spicy scent so I was not surprised to see that it contains essential oils of grapefruit and coriander. The hand cream rubbed in easily and it dried within a few seconds - I didn't have to wave my hands around waiting for it soak in and dry which can be quite annoying. The scent remained on my hands for about 15 minutes after applying which I think is quite long for a hand cream.
After applying, my hands felt well moisturised, comfortable and smooth. This hand cream is very effective. I take it with me now in my handbag and apply it when my hands get a bit dry. I think it is helping my hands to remain in good condition.
One concern I do have however is the ingredients. Cowshed highlight that their botanical formulations are free of parabens, petrochemicals and sulphates. This gives the impression of a natural product free of 'nasties'. I then looked at the list of ingredients which are:
Aqua (Water), Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Cetearyl alcohol, Glyceryl stearate, PEG-100 stearate, Glycerin, Gluconolactone, Stearic acid, Aloe barbadensis leaf juice, Sodium benzoate, Parfum (Fragrance), Citric acid, Butyrospermum parkii, Theobroma cacao seed butter, Tocopheryl acetate, Citrus paradisi oil, Styrax benzoin gum, Panthenol, Citrus aurantium amara oil, Coriandrum sativum oil, Cinnamomum zeylanicum leaf oil, Lavandula angustifolia oil, Calcium gluconate, Potassium sorbate. Benzyl benzoate, Benzyl cinnamate, Cinnamal, Citral, Citronellol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Hexyl cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde , Butylphenyl methylpropional, Limonene, Linalool.
There are several ingredients in there which don't sound very natural to me. I like to use natural products where possible and this doesn't seem to fit the bill entirely.
Overall, this product is effective, smells refreshing and makes my hands less dry. But I would only partly recommend this hand cream. It's got fewer nasties in it than many similar products but, I felt, not as few as it would like to give the impression it has. It's also quite expensive. I'll finish the tube but this isn't a hand cream I'd actually buy.
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Cetearyl alcohol, Glyceryl stearate, PEG-100 stearate, Glycerin, Gluconolactone, Stearic acid, Aloe barbadensis (Aloe vera) leaf juice, Sodium benzoate, Parfum (Fragrance), Citric acid, Butyrospermum parkii (Shea butter), Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) seed butter, Tocopheryl acetate, Citrus paradisi (Grapefruit) oil, Styrax benzoin gum, Panthenol, Citrus aurantium amara (Bitter orange) oil, Coriandrum sativum (Coriander) oil, Cinnamomum zeylanicum leaf oil, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) oil, Calcium gluconate, Potassium sorbate / Benzyl benzoate, Benzyl cinnamate, Cinnamal, Citral, Citronellol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Hexyl cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde , Butylphenyl methylpropional, Limonene, Linalool / potential allergens from natural sources / Due to the high ratios of essential oils used in Cowshed Cow Pat Moisturing Hand Cream, a skin test is advisable / No Parabens / No Petrochemicals / No Sulphates / No Artificial Colours / Suitable for Vegetarians // Cowshed's cult classic hand care in a handy 50ml travel size ensures that you have sumptuous soft hands on the go / Try slathering on before bed, applying cotton gloves and wake in the morning to nourished hands ready to face the day / Refreshing grapefruit and coriander revitalise the senses and restore softness / a hydrating hand cream with grapefruit and coriander essential oils / Cowshed Cow Pat Moisturing Hand Cream restores softness to your hands / Refreshingly scented and quickly absorbed, with essential oils of grapefruit to tone and coriander to stimulate circulation / Directions for use: Massage Cowshed Cow Pat Moisturing Hand Cream into hands and cuticles throughout the day to keep skin and nails moisturised /