OUT: Boots Botanics – All Bright Hand Cream (£1.93/75ml)
What Boots says:
This fast absorbing hand cream instantly hydrates dry skin. Moisturising for 48 hours, the light non-greasy formula absorbs quickly to reveal noticeably softer skin.
Active plant extract, Hibiscus contains natural AHAs which mildly exfoliate to help leave skin smoother and brighter.
Our beauty scientists have worked with the world experts in plants science at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (England), to bring you beautiful plant powered skin care that’s proven to work.
Because this product contains alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA) which may increase your skins sensitivity to the sun, we recommend using a sun protection and limit sun exposure during and for a week after use of this product.
What I say:
I believe this product is cruelty-free. I am not sure if the whole range is, as some of the products did not include the statement ‘people tested’ on their packaging. I found the following statement online:
Boots Botanics does not use parabens, mineral oils, and have replaced man- made chemicals with natural ingredients as much as possible. This brand is also cruelty free. (Hello Dollface, 2013)
The cream sinks in really quickly and has a lovely smell to it, which reminds me of my beloved Urban Veda Radiance Day Cream. I definitely liked this hand cream and would re-purchase it again. I think it suits very well into the summer time when you want something more lightweight. For the winter month I will look for something thicker and extremely moisturising as I get really dry skin.
Aqua, Glycerin, Cetearyl alcohol, Dimethicone, Cetearyl glucoside, Olea europaea fruit oil, Hibiscus sabdariffa flower extract, Butyrospermum parkii butter, Prunus amygdalus dulcis oil, Phenoxyethanol, Panthenol, Potassium cetyl phosphate, Acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, Caprylyl glycol, Parfum (Fragrance), Sodium benzoate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tetrasodium EDTA, Dipropylene glycol, Potassium hydroxide, Tocopheryl acetate, Sodium hyaluronate, Ascorbyl glucoside, Benzoic acid, Dehydroacetic acid
IN: Benecos – Apricot & Elderflower Natural Hand Cream (£1.49/75ml)
What Benecos says:
The fast absorbing formulations contained in the benecos Natural HAND CREAMS care for the hands, making them soft to the touch. The hand creams are vegan, BDIH certified and contain the benecos organic blend of seven selected plant extracts from organic farming. With natural Alpine spring water.
The natural care of the benecos Apricot & Elderflower Hand Cream, with selected ingredients such as apricot kernel oil and elderflower extract, makes your hands silky smooth. The formulation also contains valuable dandelion extract and sunflower oil for a smooth and supple skin feeling.
What I say:
I love, love, love the smell of this cream! 🙂 It is a bit more nourishing than the Botanics one, which is great for the colder month of the year. So far, I have no complaints and really enjoy using the hand cream.
Aqua, Helianthus Annuus Hybrid Oil*, Pyrus Malus Juice*, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Taraxacum Officinale Root Extract , Glycerin, Sodium Benzoate°, Parfum**, Potassium Sorbate°, Citric Acid, Glycerin*, Arctium Lappa Fruit Extract*, Tilia Cordata Flower Extract*, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract*, Sambucus Nigra Fruit Extract*, Hypericum Perforatum Flower Extract*, Urtica Dioica Root Extract*, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Sodium Citrate, Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil*, Sambucus Nigra Flower Extract*, Tocopherol, Sunflower Seed Oil Sorbitol Esters, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil*, Limonene**
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* certified organic
** natural fragrance