“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Texture: Cream / Type: Hand Cream / Suitable for: Hand „
I don't suffer from very dry hands so I don't use a hand cream that often. I usually find that smoothing out whatever moisturiser I have used on my body over my hands keeps them in good enough condition. However I find that occasionally when I have been working outside for some time, my hands do begin to feel a little dryer and less soft than normal. So to prevent that getting worse I use a basic hand cream. I found that my last one didn't smell too good when I opened it, probably because it had been open too long. I didn't want to buy a replacement that was too expensive as I wasn't looking for anything that offfered special care or deep nourishment. I also wanted a small tube only as I don't use it up quickly. For those two reasons a 75ml tube of Sainsbury's Basics Hand and Nail cream caught my attention, especially as it was only 50p! I thought that it was definitely worth trying at that price...
WHAT THE CREAM PROMISES TO DO
Not much is the answer! The packaging states that the cream moisturises with "no added promises". That is fine by me, but I was hoping that the scent would be nice and the cream would absorb easily and not leave any kind of stickiness behind.
Given that this is a product from the cheapest of Sainsbury's own brand ranges, it isn't surprising that this looks a cheap product from it's packaging. The tube is orange and white and doesn't display any artwork. This is o.k by me as I am using it as a sort of utilitarian product, rather than a more indulgent treat. The pack is functional though. It is a good size to pop in your handbag [or man bag of course!] and the flip top lid is really secure which is essential if you want to carry it around with you. In fact I found it a bit stiff to open at first, which meant that it eventually flipped up with such force that I got a good dollop of cream over my trousers. Not a good start. Apart from that, I like the squeezy tube as it is easy to get the cream out even if it does so a bit too enthusiastically at first.
The cream is not described on the front of the tube as having any particular scent, but I noticed that parfum is listed amongst the ingredients. I thought this would be an advantage as I have used unscented products before that still smelt rather unpleasant due to the less than lovely natural scent of their ingredients. I can't say that the cream has a great aroma though. It smells like an anti-septic cream to me - there is something chemically and medicinal about it. I don't hate it or find it very strong but I wouldn't use this for the pleasure of it's scent. It is a unisex one though.
The cream itself is relatively thick but nice and smooth to apply. It doesn't feel greasy and the first stage of absorption was quite fast. By this I mean the white colour of the lotion disappeared almost instantly. However, after some rubbing into my hands and cuticles, I could still feel a slight stickiness on the surface of my skin. It really did take some work to get rid of this unpleasant feeling. Overall, I wouldn't describe this as easily absorbed.
My hands were not very dry, but this cream still didn't do much for them. The immediate result of one use is no noticeable difference to the feel or appearance of my skin or cuticles. After a few uses, for example after every time I washed my hands, I did notice a slight softening of my skin but my cuticles remained untroubled. I experimented with using different amounts of the cream each time I used it. Although a pea sized amount was enough to coat both hands, I thought perhaps I was skimping on the amount needed to make a difference to my skin's condition. So I tried to use more each time but the effort to get it fully absorbed didn't prove worth it. My skin was only slightly softer and smoother. I also found that any moisturising effect didn't last very long so I didn't feel I could put some on in the morning and then forget about re-applying. At least the basic cream didn't cause me any irritation but my skin isn't sensitive unlike my sister's who found that this product made her hands instantly itchy.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THE CREAM?
With sustained use I did find this cream moisturing but it definitely doesn't wow me with it's effects. Considering the low price and the fact it does work to some extent, I would recommend it if you are not looking for a rich or indulgent product and don't mind working it in for a while. If you want something fast absorbing, or if you have really dry skin or tough cuticles, I don't think this product will suit you. If you needed to use this frequently, I think you will notice it's defects more. I have used up most of the tube because I don't like to waste things even if they only cost 50p but I won't repurchase it.
Only available in Sainsbury's naturally.
[This review is also on Ciao under the same user name.]
I work in an office and so my hands can get dry due to the paperwork I have to handle on a daily basis. Therefore I always have a tube of hand cream on my desk which I constantly apply throughout the day. I had run out, but couldn't afford to replace it as it was a week before payday and funds were extremely low! I had to find a cheap hand cream while I was grocery shopping, but anything by the usual brands I would buy such as Nivea or Neutrogena were all in the £2 to £3 bracket which I just couldn't justify.
I saw this hand cream from Sainsbury's Basics range, and initially dismissed it because of the packaging, but when I saw the extremely low cost, I decided that beggars can't be choosers and chucked it into my trolley.
This comes in a plastic tube containing 75ml of hand cream. The flip-top lid is at the bottom so it can be dispensed easily. The packaging is pretty horrible - the usual white and orange colours of the Sainsbury's Basics range. Normally the Basics range packaging doesn't bother me, but because normally I keep my hand cream in front of me at my desk, I won't be doing that with this hand cream as it's a bit grim looking. The blurb on the front says that this 'Moisturises (with) no added promises' - so it is very much 'what you see is what you get'. I must admit that the packaging is the main thing that initially put me off from buying this - it does look very cheap. While the packaging means that this is not something you would keep out for show on your dressing table, it's fine just to keep in my desk drawer at work where I don't have to look at it.
Ignore all I said about the packaging above... this costs 50p for 75ml. 50p! I don't care what the tube looks like!
SMELL AND APPEARANCE
The cream is white in colour and not watery at all. On the other side, it is not so thick that it cannot be distributed evenly over your hands. The smell reminded me of a Savlon/E45 type cream - mild, pleasant and not heavily perfumed or overbearing.
The hand cream is easy to squeeze out although sometimes it does squirt out too much at a time. Only a small blob is needed - I found this spread over my hands with ease and did not feel at all greasy upon application. The cream sinks in almost immediately and my hands always feel soft as soon as I use it - I don't need to spend time rubbing it in in order to feel the benefits.
I have very short nails thanks to the nasty habit of biting them, so I can't comment on how well this works as a nail cream, however it succeeds in keeping my cuticles soft.
This doesn't claim to make hands look younger or erase liver spots, lines etc - but I don't think it'd be any less effective at this job than some more expensive creams that DO make these claims. I used to buy Nivea Q10 when I had a bigger disposable income and quite honestly I never noticed any difference (mind you, I was in my 20s then).
This leaves my hands feeling soft for several hours after usage, and despite repeated applications throughout the day, my hands never feel greasy.
WOULD I BUY THIS AGAIN?
Absolutely! It keeps my hands soft for a ridiculously small price, and the tube will last for a good few months. It's so handy for keeping in my desk drawer or in my handbag, and I really don't think it does a lesser job than some of the more expensive hand creams on the market.
Bought a tube of this a couple of months ago when I was in there picking up a few bits I can't get in Tesco. Now I only really bought it for 2 reasons. Firstly because we're trying to cut costs at the moment and it was incredibly cheap, and secondly because my Father-in-Law's wife had told me how good she thought it was.
I probably ought to say here that I normally buy Lavera hand cream. It's expensive, but it's all natural and it feels great on the skin. So I guess I should have known that this wasn't going to feel the same really, but somehow I still thought it would be worth buying - How wrong can you get!
I paid 48p for my 75ml tube, and it was 48p wasted. It comes in a simple white and orange tube with a screw top lid that acts as the base for it to stand on. Other than the colours, the style of tube is the same as many other hand creams come in so perfectly adequate for the job.
The problem starts when you begin to use it. I'm sorry, but the stuff is just nasty! It's plain white in colour, and doesn't have any sort of added fragrance, but it stinks of chemicals instead. I used the same sort of amount as I would of my normal hand cream, and it left me feeling greasy and wanting to wipe my hands. Using half that amount still left me feeling the same way so it wasn't the quantity of the stuff I'd used, but the cream itself.
The worst thing of all was that the feeling didn't go away, I tried to ignore it thinking that as with some heavier creams it would just take a bit of time to sink into my skin, but somehow it's more like having a barrier cream on your hands than a hand cream as it just sits there feeling greasy and yuck.
I also found that my hands ached more than normal, now I guess this could be co-incidence, but I don't know, something in me says that I should just stick to avoiding the chemicals as much as possible because I really do think they make a difference to me (I have fibromyalgia syndrome in case anyone wonders why I'd get achy hands). My skin also felt drier than normal, and my hands look older, now I'm not one for lots of anti aging stuff, but I guess that the chemicals do age the skin more.
This isn't a product I'll ever be recommending, and to be honest if I could give it zero stars or even minus I would. It smells bad, it feels bad, it doesn't sink in, it's full of chemicals, and well, the only thing it does have going for it at all is that it's cheap, and if it doesn't serve the purpose you bought it for that's not really going to save you pennies is it.
Hubby - undiscerning chap that he is - said it would be fine for him in the shed, and took it away when I would have binned it, but I don't honestly see him using it really, and I'd personally have prefered to bin this one.
Why sainsburys basic hand cream is AMAZING!!!!
I am an obsessive hand cream maniac! I cannot live without this product however hard i try. I cannot stand having dry hands which leads me to using excessive hand cream to improve my dry hands.
Sainsburys basic hand and nail cream was probably the 5th hand cream i tried before i decided it was perfect for me.
Sainsburys makes it nice and clear, its basic, the packaging is basic, the directions are basic. No added promises.
At an astonishing 49p per bottle, it holds 75ml and lasts me about a month, only because I use it too much to care. It moisturises which is a
bonus, and some hands creams i have tried, they are like jelly substance which makes my hands more dry.
Sainsburys hand cream is smooth and wet, I only need to add a pea size amount to my hand and moisturise my hand and nails. The product is perfect for people who hate having dry hands and cannot stand touching objects unless you HAVE HAND CREAM ON!! like me!
I have realised that I do not need to buy expensive hand creams which basically give me the same moisturising pleasure as this basic sainsburys hand cream is. This product may not be everybodys cup of tea, but if you need a simple solution as a cheesey price, then this is an absoloute bargain!!!