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I have mixed feelings about the Body Shop hand creams. On one hand I love their rose hand cream and on the other, I dislike the hemp hand cream. With that in mind, when another reviewer recommended the absinthe hand cream, I opted for the smaller tube just in case I didn’t like it.
The metal tubes that Body Shop use for their hand creams are very attractive but quickly get battered in use. I like that you can easily fold the end of the tube over as you use the contents, ensuring that it’s easy to get every last bit out of the tube. My tube of absinthe has barely enough left in it for a couple more uses, so I decided to use most of that today so I can review it.
Absinthe hand cream was a more recent introduction, perhaps following in the footsteps of Hemp as another of Body Shop’s slightly naughty ‘flavours’. Hemp of course is associated with cannabis and the alcoholic drink absinthe was famous for being highly addictive and causing the ruin and even death of many French drinkers in the 1800s and early 1900s.
The cream is a pale green in colour, redolent of the deep green colour of the alcoholic drink. It smells minty and aniseed-like, clean, cool and very refreshing but also rather sweet. It cools on contact with the skin and I’m sure the woman in the shop who sold it to me claimed it was naturally slightly antiseptic. I find it a bit too slimy immediately after applying and I can’t start typing again for a few minutes until it has soaked into my skin.
The level of moisturisation seems quite light to me, especially compared against the rose and hemp products. I need to reapply it frequently and I prefer to spend a little more on a heavier duty hand cream that doesn’t have to be applied so often.
Talking of money, this is priced at 5.00 for a 30 ml tube (ideal for the handbag) or 11.00 for 100 ml though I never pay full price for anything in the Body Shop, tending to take advantage of my ‘Love your Body’ card and access to one of their outlet centres which offers items at 40% off if you buy at least 4 items.
It’s a good choice as a unisex hand cream for light use but there are better alternatives in the Body Shop range.
Body Shop have a small range of handcreams all in similar metallic squeeze tubes, a bit like old toothpaste tubes. I am not convinced these are the best form of packaging for these. These would be just as easily packaged in plastic recyclable tubes and the metal crinkles up and gets squashed easily.
I am not Body Shop's biggest fan as II feel they kind of sold out to L'oreal whisch is under the P&G umbrella and I am not convinced by their ethics and stand on animal testing.
I do however get tempted by the bargains in Body Shop when they have sales and so i do have quite a few of their products. These handcreams I do really like and I have small tubes of them all.
This one I have in my handbag as I always like to have handcream handy when out and about.
This hand cream is a pale green colour and quite thick and rich but once applied to warm hands it kind of melts into your skin . I find I only need a small pea sized amount for my hands. You may need more if your hands are very dry. I also pop a small amount on my elbows as it does a good job of keeping them soft too.
The absinthe scent is a fresh herb -like quite neutral, unisex scent which I quite like as it soon blends and fades and I can't smell it for ages on my hands. I find that useful when wearing perfume as I don't like handcream fighting with perfume.
This kind of reminds me of the Body Shop Hemp handcream but this scent is milder than the hemp.It is full of lovely shea butter which melts really easily and absorbs into the skin so perfect for handcream and body lotions
The good thing about the scent is that males would be happy to use this and the hemp one as they are not sweet and flowery at all.
You can buy this in two sizes and the 30 ml smaller size is usually about £5 so not the cheapest one you can buy and the larger size is nearer the £10 price. I never buy mine when full price so look out for the sales and get a better price.
I like the fact that this does absorb easily and I have no nasty tacky feeling on my hands. The cream sinks in and really deeply protects the skin as when I use this and go out in the cold or do some gardening or similar then come in and wash my hands I can still feel the cream protecting my skin as the water kind of slips off and my skin feels soft and well protected.
I would happily buy this and do regularly when it is on special.
===Cost===30ml is 5 pounds and 100ml is 11.
===My Opinion===It comes in a silver thin aluminium tube which is rather odd these days as most things are in plastic.
Why Absinthe, also known as Wormwood, should be included I have no idea.
This comes in the unusual tube and looks quite distinctive, until you start using it and then it just starts to look crumpled and squashed.
The cream itself is a very light colour green. You only need a very small amount, about the size or a pea or two. It comes out quite quickly and is to me a bit thinner than I would expect, not that it is runny, but not as thick as my other hand creams.
The cream does go on rather funnily and can leave hands feeling a bit wet for a while. However it does smooth the hands and I have also used it on my feet. It does soak in after a while but not as quick as you would expect.
There is an Absinthe butter for your hands which might be of a better and thicker texture but I have not tried that.
So the cream goes on reasonably ok but not the best.
Now to the main part.....===The Smell===
Now this has a very distinctive aroma which I still have not decided if I like or not.
It has a decidedly herby sort of aroma, quite masculine in my opinion and the type you often seen to get with either aftershaves or shaving gels.
I cannot really tell if this cream removes other odours but it certainly has a strong enough smell of its own.
It is not very strong and overpowering but it certainly hangs around. After use you often get a whiff of the cream.
It is not one I really dislike and I usually like the 'natural' or vegetation type smells but I am still undecided about this.
Definitely not a feminine sort of smell at all and with it only being an ok sort of hand cream I would say it is not worth 11 pounds.
I will use up my free tube but it is not one I would want to buy or use again. It also has a massive list of ingredients.
I love hand creams and until now have sworn by using Vaselines moisturising hand cream. However since O2 did their free £5 off in the Body Shop, I have bought the small 30 ml Absinthe creme mains purifiante.
It comes in a silver squeezy tube, and the cream is thick and white. Even though when it comes out it doesnt look too nice as it has a lumpy kind of look, when rubbed into your hands it is really thin and almost melts into your skin. There's no residue, no grease, and you can get on with whatever else your doing without worrying about it leaving a mark. It has a nice 'clean' and green outdoor smell to it, and its very fresh, I have never tried the drink absinthe so cant compare a smell. It doesn't really have an alcohol tinge. It contains shea butter which is in my moisturiser and that works really well.
You only need to use a small amount, about a pea size, this will cover both hands and you wont need to reapply for at least a few hours. After using this daily for just over a week, I have noticed that my skin is less dry, and have had no problems with cracked skin.
I will continue to buy this from the Body Shop, its £5 for 30ml but it seems like the tube has hardly been used, so a little goes a long way. The only problem with it is that the lid is not flip top, so when you put the lid on again its a bit fiddly to screw back on. However its such a good product that Im not worried about this.
I picked up this hand cream a few months ago from Body Shop as I had a voucher code for a free one.
The hand cream normally costs £5.
It comes in a tube much like a toothpaste one and it easily caught my eye. As nice as it looks, unfortunately I found it does not stay this way for long as after carrying it in my bag for a day I found it to lose its shape and look battered pretty quickly!
Thankfully there was no risk in the container breaking and so the look of it does not bother me.
The cream itself works great. I get really dry hands at this time of the year, especially in between my fingers.
The cream is light green coloured and when applying it you will find the consistency is rather thick. I liked the consistency of it as it was not runny when I placed it on my hand.
The first thing I noticed when applying the cream is that it is cooling and feels nice on my skin. The scent is not too strong but still noticeable. It has a rather herby scent to it rather than a floral/sweet one, which some may not prefer, but I thought this made a change in comparison to most found in stores.
The cream is suitable for all skin types and moisturises my hands well. I found when applying it on my hands when they were rather dry, that it instantly made them smoother and more moisturised.
I liked the cooling aspect when rubbing the cream into my hands as it gave a refreshing feeling.
The cream is 30ml in size and small enough to be carried around in your bag - as long as you don't mind the cream getting knocked about.
The hand cream has a small black screw lid, which is flat and so it can be stood up if placed on a table. The lid is easy to take on and off and also stays in place when shut.
Overall I give the cream 5 stars. I really liked using it and found it to work well on my dry hands. The scent also stays on your hand for a while and lasts.
Although the container can get squashed and lose it shape, I don't think it takes anything away from the product and I have no problems buying it again so it doesn't lose a star for me. 5/5.
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A friend referred me to a voucher code offering these tubes of hand cream for free, so I thought I'd give it a whirl!
I love The Body Shop - I always have done right from my school days when they were one of the first to bring out the lovely little glass pots of lip balm (yes actually real glass back then). As I recall they only came in 3 flavours in those days...... kiwi, tutti frutti and morello cherry if you must know.... anyway, I digress.
This hand cream costs £5 for a 30ml tube which actually, you can't argue with can you?? and is available from the Body Shop stores, Body Shop online and from Body Shop at Home parties
*** Appearance ***
The packaging is a silver foil tube not unlike a tube of toothpaste ( or the L'Occitane range of hand creams). Within a day of this handcream being in my handbag the tube was battered around looking. This does not bother me as I kind of love 'lived in' looking things, but if you are someone who likes things to look immaculate all the time, this might annoy you. One advantage of the packaging though is that as it is squeezable like a tube of toothpaste, you will be able to get every last drop out
The cream itself is pale green and very thick and luxurious looking. The cream absorbed into my skin very easily (i do not have particularly dry skin though) and did not feel greasy at all.
The smell I would describe as a kind of herby fresh smell. SOrry if that isn't very helpful - it's nice though imo!
I would recommend this cream to a friend and will certainly buy it again when I run out
I bought this for two reasons. The first, though least important, is that I have been suffering from the Dry Hands of Doom and have been hunting out something which would stop them cracking and feeling dry and horrible as well as looking horrid. The second, and most important, was trying to solve the perennial problem of what to get Dad, aka The Man Who Never Wants Anything Specific, for Father's Day.
Dad is the one I inherited my allergies and irritable skin for, though as he is much older and much more sensitive to allergens than me, he is tricky to buy for. Though as we share allergies, just in different degrees, I can test potential presents on me and so avoid the embarassing and painful to him experience of me buying him something which brings on a reaction. As a result of this and as I know he has also been suffering from worsening of his dry skin in the few last months and that the medical stuff can be really boring, I decided to try and find him something that worked and would be something a 70 something traditional male would use. To do so, I experimented on me on the grounds that if it worked for me, it would for him.
And so I bought this cream.
Absinthe is not something I would ever associate with hand cream. Van Gough, Montmartre, Yes. New Orleans even, but hand cream, No. However, in hand cream, it gives a very light but woody scent. This is something which would appeal to a woman looking for a light, non-girly girl or no citrus/fruity scent. It is slightly foresty and in no way assertive and as such, is an ideal scent for an older man who does not like strong smells or could have an asthma attack triggered by too strong a perfume, or lavender in any form.
So far, so good, huh?
It would be an ideal present if it worked better as a hand cream. I found it far too thin in consistency. The initial cooling and moisterising effect is pleasant, if too liquid for what my dry hands need - and what my dad's need dialed up to eleven.
The cream does sink in quickly and does not leave the hands sticky or gloopy. However, this may be because it does not do a deeply moistering job on dry hands. My hands remain dry, uncomfortable and with some cracking. There is no way it could cope with my Dad's hands.
I have to admit to some disappointment with this cream, especially as it contains the usually relaible Shea Butter as well as extract of green fairy.
This is all the more as this cream is not cheap, at £10 for a 100ml tube. I would expect better results for that kind of money.
Even if the tube is the pretty and would go down well with a bloke as it is the aluminium variety.
For those without dry hands looking for a light woody fragranced hand cream for themselves or the men in their lives, this has potential to hit the spot. For those with dry hands, not so much and there are better products out there and many at cheaper prices.
Back to searching for the right prezzie for Dad.
I am a big fan of The Body Shop and several months ago I was intrigued to learn of the newly introduced Absinthe range. After trying out the hand gel and falling in love with the stunning fragrance I decided to try out the Purifying Hand Cream with this review discussing my experience.
The cream is provided in an aluminium tube, which easily misshapes if knocked, but the style of the packaging is a great advantage, as it enables every last drop of the cream to be used. I had high hopes for the cream and due to the shea butter content I anticipated that it would be effective at moisturising the skin on my hands, which can be very problematic at times due to dryness, which often leads to itching and splitting along my knuckles. I easily removed the black screw top cap and gently squirted a small amount of the pale green thick cream onto my fingers and began to rub it into my skin.
It offered a satisfying cooling sensation as it was rapidly absorbed and I was impressed that it offered the identical fragrance to the matching hand gel, which I can also highly recommend, albeit a little more delicate. Absinthe presents a very distinct and unique scent, which I would describe as clean and fresh with its aromatic herbal undertones and delicate spices. I like the fact that the scent lingers on the skin for a few hours following application, as it manages to survive a good few hand washes. For those consumers who are not familiar with absinthe, I would advise that it is a plant, which is known as the herbaceous Artemisia absinthium with the Body Shop using the extract from the leaves and flowers.
I had anticipated the cream to be slightly tacky despite the fact that it melted into my skin so quickly, but I cannot speak of any residue or stickiness, as every last drop is fully absorbed. My skin condition is generally well managed, particularly as I regularly apply hand creams. Unfortunately, I will occasionally experience a flare up where a little extra care is needed and if I use an inferior hand cream for just one day, the discomfort of itching and soreness will rear its ugly head. However, I found the hand cream to be extremely moisturising with the ingredients penetrating where it is most needed in addition to leaving the surface of my skin feeling soft and silky smooth. I also found that the effects were long lasting, as I didn't need to constantly reapply throughout the day, so I only needed to apply in the morning and just before bed.
As you have no doubt guessed, I am highly impressed with The Body Shop's Absinthe Hand Cream, which comes with my recommendation. Not only does it leave my skin feeling comfortable and fully hydrated, but it assists in keeping my hands from appearing older than their age. As only a small amount is required for each application, the 30 ml tube lasted me approximately a month, which is pretty good going. It is perfect for my needs and helps keep my condition under control and as a result, it receives five stars from me. I regularly use The Body Shop Hemp Hand Cream and I found the moisturising abilities of Absinthe to be equally as effective.
The hand cream is available in two sizes with the 30 ml tube retaining at £5 and the 100 ml tube at £10.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.