Review: The Body Shop Almond Hand & Nail Cream

I recently purchased the “Hemp” gift set and couldn’t stand the fragrance.   The very friendly employees at The Body Shop helped me decide on a replacement/exchange item by letting me sample the wild rose and almond scented lotions.  Although I liked the fragrance of the wild rose, it was a bit strong for days that I have migraines, so I opted for the almond one.  I ended up getting the “Handy Manicure” gift set, which came with a nail clippers, file, and buffer.  I’m not going to bother to review those, because they’re about the same as all other nail clippers, files, and buffers…

Pros:  Fairly neutral fragrance.  Paraben-free.  Suitable for all skin types.  Ingredients acquired by Community Fair Trade methods.

Cons:  Not as “rich” or “creamy” as the hemp one.  The container is one of those “metallic” types that doesn’t stay looking pretty for very long.  It can also be harder to get the remaining product out of the tube as it runs low.

In Summary:  This is a fairly good hand cream.  It’s not as good as L’Occitane en Provence’s Shea Butter Hand Cream or Bath and Body Works’ True Blue Spa “Look Ma, New Hands” (which is what I’ve been using), but the L’Occitane is rather pricey and the True Blue Spa contains parabens (unless it’s been re-formulated).  So, this is a good replacement item, considering buying it in the gift set made it less expensive than just buying the same size by itself.  I’ll probably shop around for something else when the time comes, but I’m happy with this for now.

Note:  The Body Shop gift sets are on clearance right now (through Sunday).  For $10, you can get the hemp, wild rose, or almond one in a gift set.  The regular price of the same size lotion is $20.

Rating:  4 out of 5 stars 

Price:  Gift set currently on clearance for $10.  Normal price for lotion is $20.

Avaiable at:  The Body Shop (in store and online)



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