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I received a small size of the Di Palomo Wild Fig & Grape hand cream in one of my beauty boxes a few months ago and it has started a real love affair with the scent, as I now own several products from the range.
Di Palomo were not a brand I had heard of before receiving this hand cream, but it seems they are a British company, whose slogan is 'Made in England...inspired by Italy'. At the moment they have three ranges - Wild Fig & Grape, Orange Blossom with Wild Honey and Olive and White grape with aloe. Each range contains several different products of the same fragrance. To date, I've only tried the Wild Fig and Grape, but I am keen to try the other two.
The hand cream comes in a black tube with a screw top cap. The label is an orangey brown colour with black silhouettes of fig leaves and grapes. I immediately liked the packaging; I thought it looked very modern and a little different from anything I had seen before. The screw top lid is perhaps not ideal, as my hands can often be a little slippery straight after applying the cream, but other than that I have no complaints.
The cream boasts an impressive list of ingredients. I will not bore you with the whole list, but I will give a quick run down of the key ingredients and their benefits:
*Grape seed oil: A couple of years back, everywhere you looked companies seemed to be promoting grape seed oil. Rich in antioxidants, grape seed oil is absorbed into the skin quickly (ideal for a hand cream) and said to be anti-ageing. They often say you can tell someone's age by looking at their hands, so again a perfect ingredient for a hand cream.
*Olive fruit oil: Olive oil keeps the skin moisturised and supple which makes this another perfect ingredient for a hand cream.
*Fig Fruit extract: Fig extract apparently has similar moisturising properties to the skin itself and can produce a tightening effect, which would make it perfect for older hands, where the skin is losing elasticity.
The product contains no parabens as far as I can see.
==My experience of using it==
The hand cream is white in colour and the consistency is rather thin, yet not runny. As soon as this is dispensed from the tube I am hit with the most beautiful scent. It is a deep fragrance, which smells predominantly of figs, with perhaps the tiniest hint of grape to it. If you like the smell of figs you will adore this, it's very natural smelling and I truly can't get enough of it. Everyone I know who has smelled this has commented on how amazing it is, it's like the smell of luxury to me and I absolutely adore it. It is quite a strong scent, especially for a hand cream, so if you prefer a gentler, more muted scent from your hand cream, then perhaps this one won't be for you.
When rubbing into the hands you will notice that it spreads out well, meaning that only a relatively small amount of the cream is needed per use. As this is massaged into the hands, I find that it absorbs fairly quickly. My hands are left with a silky feeling but no greasiness or stickiness at all. The scent lingers on my hands for a good hour or so after application too which is a huge bonus for me, considering how much I love the smell.
I have been experiencing very dry, sore skin on my hands lately, which I think is a combination of excessive cleaning following a house move and being out in cold winds. This cream has been fantastic at hydrating my chapped skin and leaving it feeling smoother and looking brighter. I have also found that when applied around my cuticles they become hydrated and less dry and ragged looking than they usually do!
==Price and Availability==
To date, the only shop I have seen selling Di Palomo products is John Lewis. Online, they can be purchased either directly from Di Palomo's website www.dipalomo.com or from www.feelunique.com, which tend to be a fraction cheaper.
This hand cream comes in a 75ml tube and costs £6.30 from Feelunique. It is slightly more expensive directly from Di Palomo at £7 and unfortunately I'm not sure what John Lewis charge as it's not currently on their website.
I am more than pleased with this hand cream and can't recommend it highly enough. The biggest plus point for me is the scent, which is unique and amazing - just sniffing it, makes me imagine I am lazing in the Mediterranean sun! As a hand cream it also performs well, being moisturising without being sticky or greasy. This really is a fantastic product and I couldn't give it anything less than a full five star rating.