Only in the past few years have I become a hand-cream devotee, what was once a sticky product that left my hands feeling greasy has quickly become a handbag stable, grabbed in the office to combat dry skin and sore hands. I’ve tried a small selection of handcreams ranging from L’Occitane to Crabtree and Evelyn, so I decided it was time to give The Body Shop a try…
The packaging of this is a little odd in my opinion, the squeezy tube is fine but the lid is a screw on lid yes it’s very flat with not many threads so it can be a little fiddly, particularly when you’ve just applied the hand cream and have slippery hands! I can forgive that though since this is £5.00 for 30ml so is fairly reasonable in price.
The Body Shop describe the Pink Grapefruit Hand Cream as the following:
“Perfect for on-the-go hydration, don’t leave home without this handcream. Infused with pink grapefruit oil, the light, gel-cream formula absorbs quickly, helping to soften and protect the hands. Moisturises hands. Leaves hands & cuticles silky soft. Convenient travel size. Community Trade shea from Ghana.”
The first thing I’m going to comment on is the smell, I usually love fruity scents but I often find the scents from The Body Shop to be hit or miss, for example the Strawberry scent and the Coconut scents are both extremely synthetic smelling and sweet so I’m not keen on those. I picked up Pink Grapefruit hoping that it would be a zestier, tarter scent than some of the other fruity scents but unfortunately, I find this to also smell synthetic and to have quite a soapy scent to it rather than the mouthwatering fruity scent I was hoping for.
I was also surprised to see how lightweight and runny the formula was, I don’t particularly love thick, heavy creams but at the moment my hands are drying out in the heat so I feel like I need something nourishing, this is cooling to the touch and fairly fast absorbing but I do find that it does have a greasy slip to it, I also find that once absorbed it isn’t quite as nourishing as I’d like, it gives me some temporary relief but it doesn’t feel like it truly penetrates the skin and fully moisturises like other hand creams I’ve tried. As a result, I found myself reaching for this over and over and getting through it quite quickly.
Here is the ingredients list:
Aqua/Water (Solvent/Diluent), Glycerin (Humectant), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Emollient), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil/Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Sodium Polyacrylate (Film Former/Viscosity Increasing Agent), Cetyl Alcohol (Emulsifier), Pentaerythrityl Distearate (Skin Conditioning Agent – Emollient), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Caprylyl Glycol (Skin Conditioning Agent), Cetearyl Alcohol (Emulsifier), Cetearyl Glucoside (Surfactant), Glycine Soja Oil/Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil (Emollient/Skin Conditioner), Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil (Emollient), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Parfum/Fragrance (Fragrance), Butyrospermum Parkii Butter/Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter (Skin Conditioning Agent – Emollient), Myristamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate (Skin Conditioning Agent), Xanthan Gum (Viscosity Modifier), Hexyl Cinnamal (Fragrance Ingredient), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Citral (Fragrance Ingredient), Myristyl Alcohol (Emulsifier/Emollient), Stearyl Alcohol (Emollient), Citrus Reticulata Oil/Citrus Reticulata (Satsuma) Oil (Fragrance Ingredient), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), CI 19140/Yellow 5 (Colour), CI 14700/Red 4 (Colorant).
I’m pleased to see the inclusion of so many oils and butters but at the same time, I see lots of fragrance and at least two types of alcohol which could explain why this isn’t as nourishing as I’d like. Having said that, I didn’t notice any allergic reactions though my skin doesn’t seem to be quite as sensitive on my hands as it does on something like my face.
This isn’t a terrible hand cream by any means, but I’ll be honest I prefer other hand creams from the likes of Soap and Glory, Crabtree and Evelyn and L’Occitane over this, as I just feel like it doesn’t do enough for my skin.
As for the product claims, it does soften and moisturise slightly though I’m dubious about the protection since it doesn’t contain SPF. I also didn’t notice a difference to my cuticles and if this does contain Shea butter I personally couldn’t tell.
Overall, this was just okay, there wasn’t anything particularly notable about it other than the scent which I wasn’t a huge fan of. I do like The Body Shop and I would give their Almond Milk and Honey scent a try but for this particular hand cream I don’t feel like it is anything special so I wouldn’t recommend or repurchase.
The Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Hand Cream is available from The Body Shop for £5.00.
I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments if you have tried the Pink Grapefruit range from The Body Shop. I’d also love your handcream recommendations so please leave those in the comments, I’ve heard that the Zoella range is pretty good!