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My hand bag is spilling over the edges with hand creams. I have literally loads of them in there. Its because I get really dry hands, especially in cold weather, so during winter I stock up on them whenever I see a good offer on. Most of them are empty tubes which I've kept so I can write reviews on them when I get the chance.
One such bottle of hand cream is this one; Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Therapeutic Hand Cream. It fell out of my hand bag earlier when I put it on my bedroom floor and turned on the computer, so I decided there is no time like the present to review it, so I can chuck the tube away finally and declutter my bag a little bit! This hand cream is a favourite of mine.
The hand cream comes in a small white and lilac plastic tube, shown in the picture provided. The design of the tube is really nothing special but I do like the colours on it. It also has a practical flip on/flip off lid which is better than the screw on lids, as once you have rubbed the hand cream on your hands can get quite slippy and is hard to screw those ones back on. So as you can imagine a flip on lid is advantageous!
My favourite thing about this hand cream is the lovely fragrance that comes with all Palmer's Cocoa Butter products. It is the lovely sweet fragrance of cocoa butter. Hmmm, I could smell it all day. I love it. Not everyone likes this fragrance but I'm definitely a fan. If you like cocoa butter you'll probably like this.
The hand cream conditions and looks after my hands so well, leaving them feeling soft, smooth, replenished. It really works for me. It takes a couple of minutes to absorb into my skin, depending on how much you use obviously, but you don't need to use much of this as a little of this goes a long way. This is the only disadvantage, waiting for it to absorb, but to be fair I have the same problem with all hand creams. The effects are worth waiting for anyway.
Overall this is a fantastic little hand cream and one of the best I have ever used. So I am definitely going to recommend it. I think this cost me around £2.50 from Tesco so it is really not that expensive.
I bought this product recently as I was in need of a new hand cream. I have used the Palmer's Cocoa Butter body lotion in the past and although it is quite thick I have been happy with the results. The hand cream was around £2-3 in Tesco's, so I decided to give it a whirl!
The first thing I noticed when using this was the extreme heavy scent, it appears to be very concentrated and I find a bit too overpowering for a handcream. I love the smell of cocoa butter in general, however this seemed more intense then the usual body lotion scent. Despite the smell I hoped for the best, but after about five minutes of rubbing this in I found there was still a slight residue left on my hand. I think because this is such a thick cream it takes a lot longer then most other hand creams to absorb and I wish Palmers had made it a little thinner so that it absorbed quicker and didn't leave a grease on my hands. I did find the product to be moisturising, however the results weren't amazing enough that I could overlook the downsides to this one I'm afraid.
Overall I give this product a 2/5, it does the job I guess, but if you don't like strong scents and creams that take a long time to sink in I would think about giving it a miss.
After using the Palmer's Cocoa Butter Body Lotion (strongly recommended), I decided I had fallen in love with the brand and just had to try out the other products they offer. So after a bit of research I found out that they had a hand cream available, and I went and bought it.
The hand cream says "fragrance free" on the tube, which to me was a bit of a disappointment as I like the cocoa butter scent so much. However, I wouldn't say the cream doesn't smell of anything - and that's the problem. It does have a very peculiar smell, slighty sour, which reminded me mostly of bad vinegar. Unfortunately, it is also a fairly strong smell, which I could keep smelling on my hands for quite a while after application.
The cream itself is the same colour as the Cocoa Butter Body Lotion, so light yellow. It is nice and creamy, and you don't need a lot as it is easy to spread on your skin and your nails. But again, I was disappointe by its performance: it took ages to sink in, and even then, my hands kept feeling oily for a very long time afterwards. At first I thought maybe I had used too much product or my skin was too damp, so I gave it another try, this time using less product and ensuring my hands were perfectly dry - same result. About TWENTY MINUTES after I was done rubbing the cream in carefully (which took some time to start with), my boyfriend commented that I had greasy hands!
I really wanted to love this product but the unpleasant, strong smell and the overall oiliness of the hand cream put me off. It's a shame because after the cream finally sank in, my hands were very smooth and soft, but I'm at work all day so what I need is a cream that'll sink in quickly and allow me to get back to whatever I was doing as soon as possible, and unfortunately Palmer's Hand Cream just doesn't do that.
- What is it? -
* Therapeutic moisturising treatment
* Enriched with vitamin E
* Absorbs quickly
* SPF 8
* Perfect for conditioning cuticles
* Helps prevent and temporarily protect chaffed, chapped, cracked or wind burned skin and lips
- Smell & Appearance -
The smell of this hand cream is pleasant and reminds me of some sun cream creams that I've used in the past. You can definitely make out the cocoa butter but unfortunately it doesn't linger for long. This pale beige cream is very rich in consistency and a little does go quite a long way.
- Effectiveness -
My hands - As long as too much isn't applied, it is quickly absorbed and has been great at helping to heal the dry areas of my hands, in particular in between my fingers which tend to get dry and a little sore. There isn't any 'clagginess' of sticky feeling on my hands after using this cream which is sometimes the case with other creams I've used, it simply leaves your hands with a soft sheen look.
This works effectively on my dry hands but during the winter months this didn't help with the slight cracking I suffer from in between my fingers despite the bumph on the packaging.
I don't suffer from any skin conditions on my hands and have therefore had no adverse effects from using this.
Overall it keeps my hands soft and smooth during a bout of dry skin but it doesn't do the job on extremely dry, sore areas but I wouldn't recommend it for severely chapped, cracked skin. As for my mouth, I'm yet to use this as I tend to stick to bog standard Vaseline in the winter months in this area. A good hand cream but in my humble opinion not worth the high street price tag.
- Price and Packaging-
When new, this tube comes in a box. The tube sits on it's flip top lid and the cream is dispensed by squeezing it out of a small hole. As with most tubes there can be excess left in it so in order to get your moneys worth, cutting it open at the very end to get extra out is an option although the remnants of the cream then tends to dry out.
This isn't the cheapest of hand creams that I've bought. Boots are currently selling it at £4.65 for a 60ml with an offer on some of the Palmer's range of 'Buy one get the second one half price'.
However it is available on websites such as multipharmacy.com from £2.34.
- Other Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula -
Tummy butter for stretch marks
Vitamin E scar serum
Skin therapy oil
Lotion with SPF15