Product Type: Vaseline makeup
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Intensive care? Only in theory!
Vaseline Intensive Care Hand & Nail Lotion
Member Name: dawnmarywhite
Vaseline Intensive Care Hand & Nail Lotion
Advantages: Absorbs instantly, non greasy, smoothes
Disadvantages: Odd scent, doesn't 'intensively care' for me, can be sticky
~~~~~~ Vaseline Healthy Hand & Nail Lotion ~~~~~~
I'm a long term fan of Vaseline products, but this is one I'm not crazy about. It's not awful but it's not great! I use a lot of hand cream to keep my hands from breaking out in strange undefined itchy, scaly and cracked patches.I think everything and anything can irritate it, so I try to take care of my hands. After all, everyone sees them.
This lotion sounded good, with its promise to strengthen nails as well. I don't suffer terribly from weak, broken nails since I stopped painting them a few years back; they grow like weeds these days. But I figured nourishing my nails would be nice, since they can be a bit ridgey and my cuticles aren't brilliant!
~~~ First impressions ~~~
It comes in a pale pink 200ml bottle, with a dark blue flip up cap; different to the picture provided here. The dispensing hole is nice and small, which I like as I hate big holes, particularly with hand creams - you're never going to want a lot at one time, are you?! The bottle simply displays the product name, and states its claims to "soften hands and strengthen nails by 50%". On the back you'll find the usual information.
It contains a lot of interesting ingredients including firm favourites glycerin (for its moisturising properties), vitamin E, sunflower seed oil (more moisturising properties) and vitamin A (anti aging). It also contains cyclopentasiloxane (a light silicone which acts to coat the skin leaving it looking and feeling smooth and silky) and collagen amino acids (ensure collagen production is at optimum levels by providing the amino acids required for synthesis). Keratin is included primarily for the nail strengthening but it is also known to have anti aging properties and may tone skin and fight blemishes, so added to the milk protein (which softens and smoothes) your hands should be looking and feeling delightful by now!
The ingredients list also includes citronellol, geraniol and hexyl cinnamol for their fragrances. It does contain parabens as well.
The cream itself is also pale pink, and of a light, smooth and soft texture. It is neither thick and gloopy nor runny. When I sniff it in the bottle it smells alright. Not nice, but not gaggingly-awful either. It has quite a strong medicinal scent. When I apply it though, the scent is worse for some reason; I'm really stuck as to how to explain it, it's just strange!
~~~ Using it & results ~~~
Applying this is easy enough, the small dispensing hole stops too much running out in one go which is good. It is absorbed really fast, practically instantly, and I don't seem to need much for both my hands - it spreads quite far and seems to feel thinner in consistency when you start to rub it in. It is also completely non greasy. It does retain its light and soft texture though, and it is easy to rub into your hands. As I mentioned, the smell is strange though and after it has absorbed my skin doesn't really feel softer, or even particularly hydrated. It does feel really smooth though. If I apply some more a short time later (which I feel as if I could, as my hands don't get the supple, soft and hydrated feeling) then my hands end up feeling a bit tacky, and it doesn't absorb so well. This would indicate to me that my skin doesn't actually need any more, but I feel like it does.
The strange scent calms down a little though, and 20-30 minutes after applying it if I sniff my hands I can smell it faintly, but it smells better again. When first applied the smell is easily detectable, which is another star lost for me, as I just don't like it! I never noticed any change to my nails throughout using it, but like I said I never really had any problems with them. However they stayed just the same as ever. Perhaps a noticeable difference would be observed by someone who uses nail polish and remover all the time though, as these things can obviously dry nails out a lot.
~~~ Recommend? ~~~
Unfortunately it's a no. I liked the sound of the ingredients and in theory, this should be an excellent hand lotion. But apart from the fact it made no difference to my nails, the only benefit I observed from using it was the smoothing. My skin did not feel particularly moisturised and I wanted to apply more, but doing so left my skin sticky and feeling over loaded. This isn't an awful lotion, it's just not one that I like, and I don't feel that I got a fraction of the benefits promised by the ingredients.
And I just can't quite get to grips with the scent. It just smells a bit 'wrong' and although it gets better over time, when first applied it's not very pleasant. If it works for you though then it can be very good value, since you don't need to use a lot. I picked this up in Morrisons for just £1 a while back (I think it was on special though) so it was a bargain; if only it done something for me!
Summary: Not one I can recommend unfortunately