“ Brand: The Body Shop / Texture: Cream / Type: Hand Cream / Suitable for: Hand „
I really like hand creams from The Body Shop and was pleased to purchase a tube of this Soft Hands Kind Heart hand cream a while back. The scent appealed to me, as did the fact that it was for charity.
*Price and Availability*
A small tube of this cream cost £5. It doesn't seem to be available on TBS site any more, but it might be available from eBay. I've also seen it on the US site if you're desperate!
*Packaging and Appearance*
I like the simple, attractive packaging: the tube is white with the UNIFEM logo on the top. The tube is small enough to be portable in my handbag and the flip-top lid makes it easy to use on the go. Luckily, the lid is secure and shows no signs of coming off in my bag!
All the profit from the sale of this hand cream was designed to go to the National Committee for United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the Singapore and Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (H.O.M.E). Knowing the profits would go to charity made me feel a lot better about buying this hand cream, especially as I already had loads at home!
The hand cream had a light floral scent: it wasn't my favourite and I couldn't stomach loads of it, but it was okay on my hands and didn't last too long. The scent was quite sharp and slightly citrusy.
The hand cream contains angelica extract, known to protect and soothe, and Community Trade organic olive oil to condition and soften the hands.
This hand cream did make my hands feel softer, but it was a very light cream and not particularly heavy-duty. I wouldn't use it in winter as it just isn't strong enough. However, it was fine for the summer and was non-greasy, which I liked.
This wasn't my favourite ever hand cream, and I wasn't mad about the smell. However, it did a reasonably good job keeping my hands soft in the summer - and it was for charity, so I don't regret my purchase.
I have a problem with the skin on my hands and went into my local Body Shop seeking advice. The colleague in there recommended the Soft Hands Kind Heart Hand Cream. I tried the tester and instantly felt my skin become softer and refreshed.
The cream smelt wonderful and really softens and moisturises your skin and when you find out that the proceeds go to charity to help stop the sex trafficking of children and young people you won't worry too much about the price.
The cream is made up of angelica extract and Community Trade organic olive oil and is suitable for all skin types.
I paid about £8 which for 75ml is quite expensive but knowing that my hands would get moisturised and my money would go towards helping their campaign made it all worthwhile!
I think it's a cream that anyone should try. You don't need too much and it makes your hands feel fantastic after!
I am currently working through a list of Bodyshop products to review, as I have been using their products for many years, however I have only started using this product, the Soft Hands Kind Heart Hand Cream, a week ago.
I received this as a gift last christmas, and I'm afraid it has been languishing in a drawer full of other not yet tried toiletries, however last week I realised I'd run out of hand cream and remembered this was in the drawer. Usually, being a Body Shop item, I would have pounced on it as soon as I got it, I'm a Body Shop addict and love trying out their new stuff. However, for some reason, this didn't do it for me.
The packaging itself is quite bland, a white tube with pink writing and a hand shaped logo at one corner. The labels states it's infused with Angelica Extract, (which I'd never heard of, and even after a google search, I am still unclear what it is, other than a Chinese Herb), and Community Trade Olive oil. It states the cream is suitable for all skin types. It has a flip top lid which is pretty secure, I've no worries about putting it in my handbag. The label also states that the sale of this product goes to help a charity, ECPAT, which fights to stop sex trafficking of children and young people.
*Price and Charity Donation*
It comes in 2 sizes, a 50ml tube, at £3.50, and a 75ml tube at £5. A good proportion goes to the charity, £2.36 of the 50ml tube, and £3.45 of the £5 tube. So a pretty huge chunk of the profit, which is refreshing, as usually these kind of products donate 10 or 15% at the most.
The hand cream comes out fairly slowly and was relatively thick and creamy in texture, which I liked, there is nothing worse than runny handcream. The squeezy tube made is easy to control the amount that come out. The cream is white in colour. I found I didn't need to much of it, and it was easy and quick to rub it, and didn't leave a greasy or sticky feeling on my hands like many hand creams do - this is a big bonus for me as I hate my hands to feel in anyway sticky. It absorbed into my skin ina few minutes - again, cannot abide hand creams that take foerever to dry in - and it left my hands soft, silky and perfectly moisturised. I was quite pleased with the moisturising abilities of the cream, and after daily use of the cream of the past week, I have noticed my nails seems smoother, and well moisturised around the cuticles.
Now we move on to scent - this is a bit of an enigma. The scent is sweet, with both fruit and floral undertones, and a scent I recognise, but just can't quite put my finger on. It might be a sweet a citrus, such as pink grapefruit, with a touch of rose or freesia, or it possibly a sweetie, candy smell from my childhood, I really don't know, I can only guess that it's the angelica extract. To begin with I was undecided on whether or not I like the scent. At first I thought it was too sweet, and slightly artifical smelling, now I still think it's sweet, but the floral scent is coming through, and I'm not generally a fan of overly-floral scents and perfumes. The scent is bordering on being overpowering, in my opinion, and I can smell it on my hands an hour after applying the cream. It's not an unpleasant smell, but can get a bit sickly. To be honest, the smell is a bit weird. Not one thing or the other, sweet or floral. It seems to be a combination and I'm not sure it works for a hand cream, I think it's too perfumed.
I can't fault the cream itself as a daily hand moisturiser, it is effective and leaves skin and nails soft, however I think the smell would put me off buying it again, unfortunately.
I regularly make trips to the Body Shop. I even purchased Love Your Body card which made me think that I save money when I actually spend more and more money. The Body Shop Soft Hands Kind Heart Hand Cream was bought simply because I was just a couple of quid off my next stamp - and how could I miss a chance to get another stamp on my card?!
The cream comes in a white tub white a flip top lid at the bottom. All the basic information (name, use, size) is supplied at the front in both English and French with further information such as ingredients at the back. The tub is fairly small (50 ml) so it is a nice handbag cream as it doesn't take up much space.
The lid is firm but fairly easy to open and the first thing I do after opening a cosmetic is smelling it. Unsurprisingly, this one has a very strong and intense scent. It is quite difficult to define and very sweet, I think it reminds me of sweet candy or lollipop. I must admit that even though the scent is pleasant, I am glad that it disappears fairly quickly as it would certainly trigger a headache.
The texture of the cream is simply perfect. It is very smooth, creamy and light but unlike with other light creams, I don't have a weird feeling afterwards as if I didn't us anything. According to the producer, the cream softens and moisturises and it contains angelica extract and Community Trade olive oil. I usually use this cream in the evening (before going to bed) and I must say that my hands have definitely become softer and are clearly better moisturised. I also tried it during the day and my skin absorbed the cream quite quickly (I really don't like the greasy/sticky after feeling that some of the hand creams leave). Even if I don't use this cream for a couple of days (or nights), the condition of my skin doesn't deteriorate rapidly - my hands are still soft. It definitely ticks all the boxes for me. My skin is normal to dry though the cream can be used on all skin types.
You really don't need much of this hand cream for one use so for such a small tub, it does go a surprisingly long way. The price (£3.50) may seem quite a lot for 50 ml of hand cream but £2.36 from each purchase is donated to ECPAT, who are actively working to stop the trafficking and sexual exploitation of children and young people in the UK and around the world. As I mentioned in one of my previous reviews, I love the ethos of the Body Shop and I really like the idea of supporting a charity by buying nice cosmetics (that I can't resist anyway!)
The cream is definitely worth its price, especially if the profit supports such a good cause. Recommended.
Thank you for reading my review.
After eying this up in the Body Shop for some time, I was delighted to receive it as an Easter present. Despite having several different hand creams on the go, I'm always keen to try new hand creams, as I seem to get through a lot.
Packaging: The hand cream comes in my favourite kind of package - an inverted tube with a flip top lid, so much easier for keeping the tube upright and ensuring easy opening and closing of the tube. (Nothing worse than trying to screw a top back on your hand cream with sticky, greasy hands). The tube is white with pink and black writing on it. It's not the jazziest of labels but looks clean and bright. The tube is available in 75ml.
Cream texture: The hand cream itself is thick and white, but not too thick. It honestly is the right consistency, whilst still being thick enough to provide my hands with moisture; it's runny enough to be able to rub over all my hands. It is absorbed very easily into my skin and I found my hands weren't too sticky after application. I also noticed the results right away - I have very dry hands and my hands felt nice and soft afterwards. It lasts a long time as well, and unlike some other creams, I didn't need to apply again for a few hours.
Scent: The ingredients of the cream include Angelica oil extract, which I had never heard of and Organic Olive Oil. Altogether this makes for a light fragrance. It was quite fresh and fruity - more citrus than tropical fruit, if that makes any sense. I am afraid I'm useless at describing scents but what I can say is I didn't find it too over powering, but I did notice it lingering on my hands. Again, all you could ask for in a scent really.
Other: Aside from having moisturised hands and a handy tube for your handbag, you are also helping the community with every purchase. The organic olive oil is community traded from Italy (which I think means the farmers were treated nicely) and the profits from the hand cream go to a charity helping towards preventing sex trafficking, EPCAT. The cream costs £5 and £3.45 goes towards the charity. Those are pretty good donations, I am sick of the site of so called charity purchases which cost £5 and 50p goes towards the charity. Also, The Body Shop itself supports good causes so you know any profits they make are also recycled into the community.
The Soft Hand Kind Hearts Hand Cream is quite an understated hand cream when it comes to The Body Shop as it is often overshadowed by the other hand treatments such as the Vitamin E, Almond and Hemp ranges. I had a try of this one this morning as my hands were a little dry and it really is a 'nice' hand cream.
I absolutely love the smell of it, at first when reading about the Community Traded Organic Olive Oil from Italy and the Angelica Oil I wasn't sure what I would think of it, but what immediately hit me is how fresh it smells! It has a slight undertone of banana in there, and I can catch some fruity notes which I can only guess is the Angelica Oil. It doesn't smell heavy, as some of the other products like the Almond and Hemp Hand Cream both have very defined scents that would be to everybody's own personal preference. I feel as if this one would be a good all-rounder for anybody wishing to use a cream on a daily basis.
Upon application the hand cream is nice and light, it covers the skin well and sinks in immediately. Again it doesn't feel heavy or greasy like the others do and I felt as if my hands were soft and moisturised straight away.
Only downside of this is that because it is quite a 'general' hand cream (i.e it is not an intensive one) I would say that if you suffer with extremely dry hands then this probably would not be nourishing enough for you. I found that after about 2 hours I could have quite easily applied more. I would certainly buy it again, as not only is it a great hand cream for every day use but part of the £5 spent on the cream goes towards a charity that raises awareness and helps to stop Sex Trafficing.