“ Brand: N-Spa / Texture: Cream / Type: Hand Cream / Suitable for: Hand „
I think it is really important to keep my hands feeling soft, so hand creams are a real indulgence for me. I had never actually thought about exfoliating my hands, so when I got this product as a gift on my birthday I was initially under the impression that this was just a thick lemon handcream. Under closer inspection I saw it was actually a 2 in 1 scrub and handcream. I love N-Spa products and luckily for me, my aunt works there so I get a lot of their products as presents. This particular hand cream/scrub comes in a tube which is clear with a black flip top lid and product description written in bold black lettering on the front. Products that come in clear tubes, are my favourites because I like to be able to monitor how much product I have left. The bottle contains 150ml. I am not sure how much this product costs, as it was bought for me. The front of the tube says : "Smoothes like a scrub. Softens like a cream. Helps brittle nails and everything in between."
I had high hopes for this product, and I'm happy to say, it lived up to my expectations.
The product itself - The scrub is a pale yellow colour which depicts the scent, which I like. When I opened the product for the first time, there was this delightful waft of lemons. This was really pleasing because I hate usung products which claim to smell like citrus and then have a really disappointing fragrance. The hand scream's frangrance did not disappoint. Instead of being a bitter and sharp smell, its more like lemons, with a sweet, vanilla undertone, making it smell good enough to eat!
Product Effects - On using this hand cream, I was really surprised. Having been someone who didn't think exfoliating my hands was actually needed, well, I stand corrected. The scrub isn't too harsh on my skin at all. I was worried that the consistency and the large exfoliating granules in the scrub would irritate my skin but it actually feels good on my hands due to the creamy lotion. I apply this to dry hands, as directed on the bottle and massage in gently, using circular motions. Then I wash off all the roughness with warm water.
The only slight niggle that I have with this product is that it does leave some greasy residue on my hands and doesn't wash clean away. To resolve this I dry my hands on a towel and then rub the rest of the residue in to my hands and wrists. It disappears quite quickly this way, but I was under the impression that it would all wash away when I first used it.
Overall Opinion - This product is one I can't live without now. I use it around twice a week and it just feels like a really lovely treat for my hands. The packaging the scent and the actual effect of the product are outstanding. After using it the first time, even just with that one use, my hands felt so soft! Like it was all new skin, which I suppose it was almost as all the dead skin cells had been buffed away. On top of the fact that it feels like my skin is brand new, it really seems to nourish my hands as well as leaving them smelling gorgeous.
Its 5 stars from me.
I bought the N Spa Lemon Sugar 'hand scream' after reading a review on it. Although not a product I particularly needed, I am a sucker for gimmicky products which offer something different, which is why this appealed to me.
==Whats a hand scream?==
The 'scream' part of the name comes from the fact it is a scrub and cream in one. See what they did there? The packaging claims it 'smoothes like a scrub, softens like a cream. Helps brittle nails and does everything in between'. Well who doesn't love a bit of poetry in the bathroom? The 'scream' only comes in one fragrance, which is lemon sugar and a foot scream (which I also have and shall review at a later date) is available in an apple-mint fragrance.
The hand scream comes in a clear tube with black flip top lid and the little poem I mentioned above printed onto the front. I found the same problem with the packaging of this as I did with the foot scream, which is simply that it's a nightmare to get out of the tube. It's OK for them to say 'shake well' but this is easier said than done as the product is quite thick and at times feels solid in the tube. I think the problem is that the sugar granules sink to the bottom and clog up the hole through which this is dispensed. The easy solution would be simply to package it in a tub instead.
To use, you simply squeeze a bit out and then massage into dry hands. The scream (I feel really silly calling it a scream!) contains sugar granules and the lemon base is quite oily. As I massage it in, I can feel the granules on my skin but they are not uncomfortable at all - plus the oiliness of the product makes them glide over my skin reasonably smoothly.
The lemon smell of the scream is nice, but it has a sort of strange biscuit type undertone to it. I found exactly the same thing with the smell of the N Spa lemon soufflé bath and shower gel too. It's not the worst smell ever, it's just a shame the biscuit type scent interferes with the tangy lemon, as I usually love lemon scented products.
Rinsing this off is not simple, as it leaves a white residue on my hands. It actually looks like I have applied a thick body lotion then put my hands in water. It's a rather weird feeling, but what I have found is that it's easier to rinse your hands under a tap than immerse them in water as the oily lotion is hard to rinse off.
Once rinsed off, my hands feel quite oily from the residue left behind. I'm not talking the greasiness experienced after applying a hand cream, I am talking an oil slick, so I always use a towel to rub the excess off.
This does indeed make my hands feel very soft and smooth - especially the backs of my hands where I massage it in the most. I have very dry skin and get it very badly on my hands. At the moment I have flaky skin between my fingers (yes it is as disgusting as it sounds) and unfortunately this product didn't get rid of that, although it did make the skin feel smoother to the touch. I should also note that I have had no reactions and no flare ups of eczema on my hands since using this and the lemon/biscuit smell isn't left behind, but I don't really mind that!
As for helping brittle nails, I don't really see how it does that, but the oiliness of the product does seem to soften my cuticles and make them look healthier. I don't think this is a substitute for hand cream - it does relieve the dryness on my hands, but this is a temporary thing and within a couple of hours of using this they are feeling tight and dry again.
==Price and Availability==
A 150ml tube of this product costs £1.50 from ASDA which I think is a decent price. It has a 24 month shelf life too, so plenty of time to use it, which is good considering this isn't really a product many people will use on a daily basis (although there's no reason why you can't).
On the whole I like this product. Yes, it's a bit of a novelty I'll admit it, but it does actually make my hands feel very soft and it feels like a bit of a treat to use it. For £1.50 I think this is a great product and I would recommend it.
*review also posted on Ciao under username pink_champagne
All scream for hand scream!
I am hooked on trying out N-Spa products at the moment, even though I am having very mixed results! I decided to buy this one as it sounded interesting, and I do suffer from very dry hands. This is called 'hand scream' as it is a 2-in-1 hand scrub and cream.
N-Spa products are available from Asda shops and online, and direct from the N-Spa website. This product cost me £1.50 and is still priced the same on the Asda website although it's over double on the N-Spa website at £3.50 - so whatever you do, don't buy it from there! As far as I can tell, this is the only product of this type in the range, so if you hate lemon then you're out of luck I'm afraid - although there is an apple mint foot scrub available!
This product comes in a 150ml squeezy tube which sits on its black flip-top lid. As with all N-Spa products, the tube is see-through so you can see what's inside, and there is simple black writing on the tube, Inside the lemon sugar scrub is a pale yellow shade and looks good. I think the whole range is really nicely packaged and looks more expensive than it is.
So onto the scrub. This promises to smooth like a scrub and soften like a cream, while helping brittle nails. According to the funny little proverb from the wise man on the packaging:
"Your hands and nails can keep the secret of youth, with this deliciously moisturising daily hand treatment."
As well as sugar, it contains shea butter and vitamin e.
A bit thick
Opening the tube and giving it a squeeze gave rise to my first problem with eh scrub! It is so thick that it is virtually impossible to get any of the scrub out of the tube - even if I shook it first as advised on the tube. It honestly took loads of effort to dispense just a small amount. Once I did, after lots of grumbling and moaning, I was keen to try it out. It's thick, as mentioned, and it is packed full of sugary granules. Rubbing it into my hands it is really rough and it feels as you would imagine rubbing sugar into your hands would feel! I don't mind this at all but if you had very sensitive skin, or any scratches or cuts, this may be too scratchy for you. For me, I like the fact that it's very scrubby and I like rubbing this into my hands - it feels as if it's really doing something. It is also very oily and I was concerned that it may be tricky to wash off or leave my hands a bit greasy.
As for the lemony fragrance - I wasn't too keen on the N-Spa lemon shower product I've tried recently, but this worked much better for me. It's a nice fresh fragrance as you may expect but it isn't too lemony and it doesn't have the same "kitchen cleaner" scent as the shower gel seemed to! It's a bit more subtle, but it is still nicely sweet and citrusy, and you can smell it as you rub the product into your hands.
I like to rub this in for a good minute or so, making sure I give my hands a good all-over scrubbing!
Washing this off, the water did make my hands go a little 'milky' because of the oil, so it does take a little while to get this all off. But amazingly it didn't leave any greasy residue as I had expected, and it did really leave hands feeling soft, smooth and moisturised. The lemony scent did linger on the hands but again this was nice and subtle and another sickly or overpowering. It makes hands feel and smell really clean and fresh. However, despite the products 2-in-1 claims, I still applied a hand cream afterwards - although this definitely leaves my hands smoother and more moisturised than after using a normal handwash.
Overall I like this product. It is a bit of a novelty and not what I would call an essential item, but for £2 I think this would last a very long time. My major complaint is that it's really hard to squeeze out of the tube. I have even tried unscrewing the cap and squeezing this straight from the bottle but to no avail - and after one particularly violent encounter I ended up with sugar scrub all over the bathroom wall! Really, a product this thick would probably be better packaged in a tub, and I would personally like to see it in a few other fragrances too. And, realistically, this is probably a pretty easy product to make with a bag of sugar and some essential oil! But overall this is a good product, it moisturises the hands really nicely and it is something a bit different, which is always a bonus. For £1.50, it is a really good product, which loses a star just because the packaging is a bit irritating.