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**Introduction and reason for purchase** A few months ago a lovely friend kindly sent me a parcel with some pampering goodies, and one such item that was amongst the gifts was this 'Intensive Nourishment' hand cream by Dove. I have a huge hoard of toiletries including several different brands of hand cream on the go all at once, though as I'd recently used the contents up of my 'night' hand cream I decided it was time to sample the delights of this Dove one and after two weeks of consecutive use I think I can give my honest opinion on the product. My review will now discuss my thoughts on using Intensive Nourishment hand cream by Dove.. **The product** What Dove have to say: "..Bashed.Worn.Torn. Your hands need help - fast.That is why Dove intensive hand cream instantly soothes and restores extra dry hands to feeling extra soft and smooth without all the greasiness.." Dermatologically tested. **Price, packaging & availability** The hand cream is packaged in a reasonable sized tube which holds 75ml of product. Although the tube has a wide appearance compared to some hand creams, it's not bulky or cumbersome in the least and can be stored with ease inside most bags without it taking up too much space. The packaging is predominantly white in colour with the Dove name emboldened in it's uniform colour of navy blue which is situated underneath the familiar image of a silver dove. There is a splash of colour with a red band beneath this but mainly the hand cream looks similar to other Dove products and whilst doesn't exactly stand out it doesn't get lost amongst it's competitors either. To access the cream there is a simple to use flip open lid situated at the base and once open the plastic hole beneath is adequate enough for the cream to emit with ease. As this was a gift I wasn't aware of the price, but I have recently noticed in my local Superdrug store where it currently retails at £3.49 where I've since seen it at similar prices at other retailers both on and off line. Availability wise most chemists and large supermarkets are likely to stock this and other Dove products and as previously mentioned I have definitely seen it 'in the flesh' in Superdrug. **My experience of using this hand cream** I use hand creams several times and day and at one given time will have at least 3 different tubes on the go with one permanently being in my bag, another in the kitchen for use after washing up (which is seemingly my job) and one I keep on my bedside table which is normally thicker and more intense for using just at night to help lock back in the moisture. I was so touched at receiving my pampering gifts and whilst I have since used the other products up I decided to wait until I'd finished my evening hand cream before opening this by Dove and so have only been using it recently, though think 2 weeks is enough time to form an opinion. The cream is very easy to gain access to and once the lid is flipped open one small squeeze of the sturdy plastic tube is enough to ensure a reasonable amount of the product emits in one go. I find that sometimes hand creams that claim to be intensive can just end up leaving my hands feeling extremely greasy so I was keen to see whether Dove would live up to it's claims with this. The cream has a thick consistency though runs out of the tube quickly and smoothly and after trial and error I've found a pea sized blob seems to suffice per hand, this works for me but other people find they may need more or less to suit their own skin types. I found that once the cream was applied it soaked into my hands instantaneously - it literally melted into my skin with minimal rubbing and after the first application I was hooked already and this is before I knew if it's moisturising properties worked. Intensive Nourishment is the perfect name for this product as the second it's applied the skin starts to feel it's benefits. I have quite dry hands which can become painful and cracked if not cared for properly which is why I'm so 'obsessive' when it comes to using hand creams. The cream has the most beautiful aroma which I can only describe as fresh and clean and with a very slight floral hint to it but isn't too feminine in fact I'd describe it more as gender neutral. I tend to read in bed on an evening to wind down and sometimes I apply a hand cream before getting into bed so I was really impressed to find that this Dove cream soaked straight into my skin leaving no greasy residue or 'clammy' feeling that some hand creams can leave. My skin felt soothed and moisturised and on a few occasions I've applied it a bit more liberally before placing my hands in cotton gloves over night to maximise the effects and which I have to say has left my hands feeling incredibly soft. I love the Dove brand in general and I'd say 99% of their products I'm extremely happy with anyway, but this is one of the finer products from them that I've tried and on a whole has made Dove seem more favourable to me if that's possible. The cream may have a thick consistency but because it soaks deep into the skin (instead of just sitting on the upper layer) it's ideal to use at any time of the day and doesn't need to be reserved just for the night time. This is a fantastic hand cream that I really can't praise enough, it's moisturising, soothing, leaves hands soft for hours after and smells lovely and because of all the above mentioned it gets a well deserved 5/5 top marks from me.
When I was younger, I never really bothered with hand cream but as I have started to age a little, my hands have started to show signs of being neglected so hand cream has been something that I would say I have become a little obsessed with, so much so that I apply several times a day. Because of how many times I use it, I get through bottles at quite an alarming rate so whenever I see any with a decent price promotion, I always stock up. One brand however which I do like (for any types of cream) is Dove, so when I spotted this hand cream with 50% off, I had to snap some up. I had never tried the Intensive version before but as I have used the others and been very happy with the results, I was hoping I wasn't going to be disappointed. The cream comes in a white, flip top lid bottle and it stands upside down (the lid it at the bottom) and to the front of the bottle is the Dove logo. The cream itself is a really nice consistency; not too thick that you cannot rub it in or too thin that it runs straight off my hands when I dispense it. Rubbing in was really easy too as I found it absorbed really quickly and did not leave that greasy and slippery feeling other creams I have used in the past have. It has a really nice aroma too, I could not pick out an exact note, but just that it is nice subtle floral (but not old fashioned smelling), the fragrance lasts for quite a few hours too. In my opinion, the cream has a really nice texture and feels quite expensive but best of all, it definitely works! As soon as I apply the cream, my hands feel nice, soft and look in a good condition. A few times, I have applied in the evening just before bed and then put some hand gloves on, the next day, my hands felt like I had been to the beauty shop for some sort of treatment as they were amazingly soft! Dove state that this cream is aimed at extra dry hands and claim that you hand will be visibly different within 24 hours, now although I don't have what I would call really dry skin, my other half does, and on the times he has used it (although he would never admit to using in public), it has too made a difference! He also suffers with really sensitive skin and he has never encountered any bad reactions to using it. A 75ml tube of the hand cream costs around £3 - £4, which although may be a little steep compared to other products on the market, it is worth it. I purchased mine from Tesco's during a weekly shop however I have also spotted this in other supermarkets and place such as Boots and Superdrug. Also in the same range, there is also a body lotion which retails for around £4 - £5 for a 200ml bottle, again, this is widely available. Even though the RRP of the hand cream may be a little steeper than others in the market, because of how good and long lasting this cream is, I find that I don't need to re-apply as frequently as I do cheaper brands so it does last me a lot longer Overall, I really love this cream, it is definitely one of my favourites and I would give it 5 out of 5 stars. Thanks for reading.