Pros: Thick; heavier than most hand creams; moisturizes and softens hands well; non-greasy; great scent
Cons: Doesn't really heal chapped or cracked hands
Now that winter is here in all its cold, skin-chapping glory, I've finally gotten around to getting out my heavier, thicker hand creams. I need one tube in my purse, one tube in my desk at work and at least two tubes at home. So I tend to keep a variety of brands and scents on hands at all times. One of my favorite hand creams that I recently got out to keep in my purse this winter season is Bath & Body Works Japanese Cherry Blossom Healing Hand Cream.
Bath & Body Works Japanese Cherry Blossom Healing Hand Cream is a "healing" hand cream that comes in a flexible plastic tube that is metallic red in color with black and white flowers. The tube is 4 oz. and has a black plastic flip-bottom cap that also screws off.
From BathandBodyWorks.com: Intoxicating blossoms from an exotic Japanese garden. Sensual. Irresistible. This healing hand cream with moisture-replenishing natural shea butter is clinically proven to soothe dryness and provide hands and cuticles with a protective moisture barrier.
The scent of this hand cream is an oriental floral. The scent has many different notes, including Asian pear, fuji apple, creamy sandalwood, cinnamon incense, imperial amber and mimosa petals.
The hand cream itself is thick and is white in color.
Other products in the Japanese Cherry Blossom scent include Body Lotion, Body Cream, Body Spray, Eau de Toilette, Shower Gel, Antibacterial Hand Soap, Antibacterial Hand Gel among others.
This Healing Hand Cream formula comes in other scents, such as Velvet Tuberose, Sensual Amber, Black Raspberry Vanilla, Cherry Blossom, Brown Sugar & Fig, Warm Vanilla Sugar and Sweet Pea, among others.
Ingredients (taken from packaging):
Water, cyclopentasiloxane, petrolatum, butylene glycol, C12-15 alkyl benzoate, glycerin, isocetyl stearate, stearic acid, isopropyl palmitate, glyceryl stearate SE, fragrance, dimethiconol, cetearyl alcohol, beeswax, imperata cylindrica root extract, astrocaryum murumuru seed butter, shea butter, tocopheryl acetate, borage seed oil, irvingia gabonensis kernel butter, tocopherol, oat kernel protein, pea extract, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, larix europaea wood extract, isoeicosane, dimethicone, propylene glycol, triethanolamine, diazolidinyl urea, methylparaben, propylparaben, cetyl alcohol, cetyl acetate, sodium polyacrylate, carbomer, ethylhexyl stearate, octyldodecanol, BHT, acetylated lanolin alcohol, PEG-8, hydrogenated coco-glycerides, proline, trideceth-6, glycogen, alanine, ascorbyl palmitate, polysorbate 60, aplha-isomethyl ionone, benzyl salicylate, butylphenyl methylpropional, citronellol, comuarin, hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde, linalool.
When the Japanese Cherry Blossom scent first came out at Bath & Body Works, I didn't really care for it and thought it smelled a bit cheap. It wasn't until I had returned to Bath & Body Works a couple of times and smelled it each time that it started to grow on me. Before long, I loved the scent and wanted a body spray, body cream, body butter and every other product in this "floriental" scent. I was very pleasantly surprised when I came across a Hand Cream in this great scent!
I get really tired of thin, runny hand creams that don't do anything for my hands other than moisturize them for all of five minutes. I need a thicker, richer hand cream that is going to moisturize my hands year-round. I do tend to use the thinner hand creams and lotions in the summer months and bring out my heavier hand creams when winter comes. I can apply a thinner hand cream 20 times a day in the winter and it's just not enough moisture. So when I saw that Bath & Body Works Japanese Cherry Blossom Healing Hand Cream was a thick hand cream and not a wimpy one, I was thrilled.
The texture of this hand cream is thick, but not dense like a body butter. It's more of a thick body cream type of consistency. Because it's thick, it dispenses out of the tube nicely and doesn't come flying out with one squeeze of the tube. I can easily dispense the amount I want and don't have to get ticked off because four times the amount I wanted came out of the tube. Immediately, the great Japanese Cherry Blossom scent is wafting up to my nose. This is such a great scent - it's perfect for daytime but is also sexy at the same time. I don't go out at night very much, but I think it would be great for any event. This scent does not smell cheap and I think it holds its own with many higher-end scents. It's somewhat sophisticated and doesn't smell cheap. It doesn't scream "millionaire", but it doesn't scream "dollar store" either.
It doesn't take a lot of Bath & Body Works Japanese Cherry Blossom Healing Hand Cream to moisturize both of my hands. An amount about the size of two peas is all it takes. It spreads well onto the hands and absorbs quickly. The Japanese Cherry Blossom scent is fairly strong but not over-powering and it lasts on my hands for at least a couple of hours after application. I catch little hints of this scent for quite a long time after application if I don't wash my hands shortly after applying it. The moisture and the softening effects of this hand cream last for at least three hours after application of this hand cream if I don't wash them. If I wash my hands, my hands will still be somewhat moisturized, but not as moisturized, of course, as they were before I washed them. So at a minimum, I can get three hours or more of moisture from one application of this hand cream.
During the winter months, my hands get quite dry and sometimes are chapped as well, depending on how long I was outside in the really cold weather with no gloves on my hands. Maybe once per year my hands get cracked in a place or two due to being severely chapped. While this hand cream definitely moisturizes and softens my hands very well, I don't think that it helps to "heal" my chapped or cracked hands. I don't think that shea butter is high enough on the ingredient listing of this product to make it really "healing".
Overall, this is a really great hand cream. I love the texture, consistency and moisturizing properties. I also love the great oriental floral scent. It's one of my favorite thicker hand creams and is one that I will use off and on all winter long with my other favorites.
Price and Purchasing Information:
Bath & Body Works Japanese Cherry Blossom Healing Hand Cream is $12 and can be found at Bath & Body Works brick and mortar stores as well as BathandBodyWorks.com. It is frequently part of Bath & Body Works' "buy 3 get 1 free" promotion that is always happening online and in-store.