“ Brand: Garnier / Texture: Cream / Type: Hand Cream / Suitable for: Hand „
Rather ridiculously, I have at least SEVEN hand creams on the go at the moment. To be fair I have them judiciously spread around so that there's always one to hand whether I'm upstairs, downstairs, out and about, at work, in the car and even at my parents' house. I seem to acquire them regularly as gifts, most likely because people see the state of my hands and assume I must need some! The thing is I get really nasty eczema on my right hand, so I have to be really careful with things such as hand cream if that is playing up.
Today I am reviewing Garnier Skin Naturals Hand Cocoon, which is one of two hand creams that live on my desk at work. I rarely use this one, for reasons that will become apparent. It boasts that it is 'dermatologically tested'. As far as I'm concerned that merely means that it has been tested on skin, and frankly I'd be seriously worried if it hadn't been! It promises to soothe instantly and offers long-lasting protection, claiming that after 1 hour the hydration of your skin will be improved by 61% and after two weeks dry hands will feel supple and comfortable again. Those are quite some promises there, which is why I bought it in the first place. I can't remember how much I paid for it now, but you can pick this up for around £3. It lasts for 12 months.
It comes in a fully recyclable, attractive and enticing bright orange tube, which stands on its cap, making it easy to dispense the cream. It is a flip-top cap rather than a screw top, which I prefer as it is quicker to use, and easier as well when you only have one free hand (the other having a blob of hand cream in it of course).
The advice is to apply a 'small amount' to the hands and massage in. Well, that's rather open to interpretation. I use a blob about the size of a pea, plus extra little bits for the really dry bits of my hands. The cream itself is bright white with a pearlescent quality to it. The smell is very subtle and ever so slightly fruity. It's not nice enough to be described as a pleasant smell as it reminds me ever so slightly of hospitals. It spreads evenly and easily, leaving what seems like an unpleasant greasy layer at first, but this absorbs quickly. However I do feel that even after absorption it leaves a sort of coating on the top of my skin, which is ever so slightly oily.
In the name of research I applied the cream to the back of my left hand and the palm of my right hand one hour ago. (You just try applying cream to one hand only, I dare you!) The backs of my hands have 'normal' skin, with no eczema and no broken skin. The promise on the tube is that after an hour the skin will still be 61% more hydrated. Well, I can't comment on the exact percentage, but the skin on the back of my left hand is still smooth and soft and slightly shiny. It definitely feels nicer than the back of my right hand.
The palm of my right hand is very, very dry. The skin is cracked and broken and I have callouses on my fingers. Here the cream absorbed even more quickly but still left the oily layer behind. However, within seconds the skin felt just as dry as it did before application, yet it still looked shiny. An hour later the skin still feels dry and tight yet also still looks shiny and oily. I really don't know how that is even possible!
Just a minute or so ago I went to wash my hands with soap. This made no difference at all to the level of moisturisation of my 'good' hand, but sadly also did not remove the oily sheen.
To be a fair test I probably should use this every day for a fortnight, but in reality that isn't going to happen as I don't like the oiliness. Also the chances of my skin behaving itself for two whole weeks are slim to non-existent. I can't use this one when my eczema is bad as the perfumes irritate my skin even more and cause stinging. I will almost certainly revert to my trusty cheapo poundshop petroleum jelly with vitamin E before the week is out. That doesn't say much for the Garnier cream, does it! I should probably throw it away, but I'm a terrible hoarder.
However, just because it isn't really suitable for me, that doesn't mean to say that it wouldn't be right for you. If your skin is dry but not cracked or ravaged by years of eczema, then it does do a very good job of hydrating the skin if you don't mind the oily sheen it leaves on your hands. It's not a terrible product, it's just not right for me.
Ingredients (anyone got a degree in chemistry????!!!!) :
Aqua/water, glycerin, PEG-2 stearate, cetearyl alcohol, oleth-12, stearyl alcohol, demithicone, prunus armeniaca/apricot kernel oil, olea europaea/olive fruit oil, allantoin, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, sodium methyl cocoyl taurate, imidazoliddnyl urea, methylparaben, phenoxyethanol, propylparaben, tetrasodium edta, parfum/fragrance, alpha-isomethyl ionone, citronellol.
Hand cream is an essential for everyone be it man, woman or child in the winter. Due to the bitter cold, harsh winds, and dry overheated homes, our hands really suffer as all the moisture gets sucked out. I personally suffer quite badly, my skin gets dry, then splits appear, then blood starts to come out, so I am quite stubborn on my search for a good hand cream that can help me. Gloves always help, but sometimes you forget them and you just need something to repair the damage and also the more care you take of your hands to start with, the greater the resistance to damage they will have.
This comes in a orange squeezy bottle with a screw lid. The product is inverted, i.e. the lid is at the bottom which means everything drains down so you don't need to shake it violently to get the product out. I would have preferred had it had a flip lid instead because when you've just applied cream it can be hard to get a grip to screw the cap back on.
It comes out quite easily and is quickly absorbed into the skin and it is not too greasy. However, I did not react well to this product. Within five minutes my hands started getting red and itch and I had to stop myself from scratching. I was not impressed. It claims to bring instant relief, it brought me instant irritation which for a product that wants to be a soothing cocoon is not great. The smell is pleasant enough. It contains micro-fruit oils so the cream does smell fruity, orangey I would say.
My hands can get very dry and cracked, but I am not very good at remembering to put hand cream on. I normally leave it too late before applying hand cream, by which point my hands are red and sore, and then expect the hand cream to work miracles. This is exactly what this hand cream does.
Handcocoon is an intense nourishing hand cream from Garnier that deeply moisturisers your skin and also provides immediate relief for dry hands. It contains fruit micro-oils and allantoin and is dermatologically tested.
Handcocoon comes in a bright orange tube which contains 100ml and you can get it for £3.28 in Tesco's. The tube stands up with the nozzle pointing down so it is easier to get the cream out if you stand it up as the cream sinks due to gravity and pools by the cap.
The cream has a nice think consistency and smells lovely and fruity. I find the smell from some hand creams quite overpowering and unpleasant and some have even caused a hay fever like reaction, and this understandably puts me off using them, but I rather like the smell of this one. The cream goes on smoothly and does not feel heavy or sticky and is absorbed within a minute or so. It does though take a few hours for your hands not feel like they have cream on.
I do intend to use this every night before bed but invariably forget and fall out of the habit. When I do apply it every night my hands need no further application throughout the day, and it prevents them from getting dry and sore. As what happens most often Handcocoon is applied once my hands have gotten into a right state, but after one application the problem is sorted and my hands are lovely and soft again. I suffer from sensitive skin and have mild eczema and some products aggravate this, but I have never had a reaction to Handcocoon.
I put this on my hands this morning before I left for work. My hands were really chapped, felt rough and sore and were very uncomfortable. It is now lunch time, and even after washing my hands a few times, my hands still feel soft and comfortable. The redness that was there this morning before I used it has completely gone. I have been using this hand cream for a few years now and have no intention of changing to a different one. I would definitely recommend this hand cream.
I do not think this is available anymore.
This is, without a doubt, the best hand cream I have ever used!
At this time of year I find that my hands get extremely dry and chap very easily. I think it's to do with the cold weather outside and the central heating inside. I have probably tried every hand cream on the market and now I have settled on Hand Cocoon.
It's made by Garnier, which is a brand I know and trust already and is part of a range, Body Cocoon and Foot Cocoon, which I also have and use religiously!
It's priced at around £3.30 and available from most shops that stock skin care products. I can't recall exactly how much I paid for my tube as it seems to have lasted forever. A little goes a very long way with this cream.
The packaging is very attractive and has a bold orange colour which really stands out in any bathroom.
This product is dermatologically tested which is great news for animals and animal lovers!
Garnier claim that HandCocoon will reduce the dryness of your hands by 40% after the first application - and I believe them! My hands are noticibly softer and smoother, even when they feel really dry and chapped, a few minutes after applying HandCocoon my hands feel alot better.
The cream itself is rich and creamy and, like I already stated, a little goes a long way. It does feel quite greasy when you first put it on but I put this down the fruit oils that are one of the active ingredients. The greasiness lasts only for a couple of minutes and then the cream is fully absorbed into your skin leaving behind a pleasant, light fruity scent.
You can reapply this cream as often as you wish and I tend to apply it in the mornings before I leave the house and in the evenings when I return. Occasionally I reapply during the evening but most of the time I find two applications perfectly sufficient.
I would highly recommend this product to anyone who suffers from 'granny hands' like me. I only wish they did a smaller tube other than the 100ml one that I have so I could carry it around in my bag to use throughout the day!