Pros: Works great, very concentrated, nice scent, not greasy
Cons: Seems pricey but worth it in results and longevity
New York winters are brutal on the hands (and everything else) and mine take a beating because I dont wear gloves or mittens (I can handle the negative temperatures! I am woman!) and I have general overall dry skin both in winter and summer.
Although I love Shea Republics 100% Unrefined Shea Butter, I am not one to have just one type of any product. I like to have lots of options and lots of stuff. I recently discovered The Body Shop. I know, I must have been sleeping under a rock because everyone raves about TBS products. When Almond Oil Intensive Hand Rescue was suggested to me by a consultant, I mentioned it to my husband (sort of in a whiny If I had that, I would never complain about you going ice fishing again way) and he bought me some along with a few other Body Shop goodies.
I was a bit leery of the word oil in the name because, as much as I want smooth, soft hands, I cant stand a greasy film covering them and will, inevitably, wipe my hands on a towel and lose any benefit a product could give me. However, I decided to give this one a try because I heard such good things about it. The people who were saying the good things were right!
The Official Word
The Body Shops website, www.thebodyshop.com, says this about Almond Oil Intensive Hand Rescue: Almost like an invisible pair of gloves. This moisturizing souffle with bonus shea butter wraps hands in serious protection.
For those who have allergies, sensitivities , or just want to know what is in the product, here is a list of ingredients taken from The Body Shop Website:
Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Cyclomethicone, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Propylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Dimethicone, Fragrance, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Ceteth-10 Phosphate, Dicetyl Phosphate, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Methylparaben, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben,Yellow 6.
The Packaging and Product
This product comes in a generous 3.4 oz plastic jar with a screw on/off lid. I was surprised at how big the jar was considering how little one needs to moisturize both hands. The cream is very thick, like body butter, and slightly off white. It smells divine, like sweet almonds, but not so much so that you are overtaken with the scent. This wont interfere with any scent or fragrance you are wearing as some creams will. I hate when my hand cream and my perfume butt heads and battle for the strongest scent award. This cream will melt into your skin and leave behind just a hint of fresh smelling sweet almonds behind.
But Does It Get the Job Done?
I use about a dime size of the cream at night or a pea size during the day. Immediately, my hands feel softer, smoother, and silkier and the big plus is, I dont feel greasy or oily. I have never yet run for a towel to get the greasy feeling off my hands as I have with many hand creams. The cream melts right into my skin, going to work on both the outside and inside of my hands as well as the cuticles and nails. The soft feeling lasts a long time, even after a hand washing.
Many people use this cream as an intensive treatment at night with cotton gloves. I havent done that yet. I use it as a regular hand cream throughout the day and evening when needed and, at bedtime, I will use slightly more than usual and really coat my hands. When I awake, my hands feel totally moisturized and soft.
At first the $14.00 price tag took me aback but now I see that such a small amount goes a long away and the results are superb. It was $14.00 (of my husbands money Ha!) well spent and I will definitely be buying more when his jar gets low. It is one of the best hand creams I have come across to take the edge off my dry winter hands and give me soft, silky, even slightly shimmery hands.
The Bottom Line
Although the price seems steep at first, you will find that the quality and the longevity of the product make it worth every penny. The cream is thick and rich and does exactly what it says it does: It rescues dry, chapped, cracking hands and leaves them feeling soft and smooth. Those, like me, who dont like greasy hands, will really like this product because it doesnt leave a greasy residue behind. Remember, a little goes a very long way. I always slather everything on and, when I did that with this cream, I went into hand cream overload. It simply is not necessary to use a big dollop of this cream. Just a small pea sized or, if your hands are really rough, a dime sized amount is plenty to cover both hands front and back and leave them coated with silky softness.
Recently, I tried a little of the cream on my decolletage area. As we age, strange areas of our bodies seem to get drier than they were when we were younger and that area needs extra attention. This cream worked great! It gave my neck and chest area a silky sheen and a moisture boost. I dont use this regularly on that area but its combination of powerful moisturizing and softening ingredients certainly cant hurt on other areas of the body.
The Body Shop also sells Almond Oil Conditioning Hand Wash and Moisture Gloves, both intended to compliment the Almond Oil Intensive Hand Rescue Cream.
You can visit The Body Shops website at www.thebodyshop.com or purchase from a Body Shop Store. Also, there are TBS consultants whom you can purchase from who will help you with your choices and suggest products that are right for you. The prices are the same whether you go to the store, buy from the website, or from a consultant.
The Body Shop is involved with a Community Trade they buy certain oils and butters from struggling, underdeveloped countries to help those countries financially and make their products as pure as possible. Its a good deal for all involved and a cause that shouldnt be overlooked in a time when companies are eager to buy from whomever is selling things the cheapest regardless of quality or whether they are supporting the communities where the products originally came from.