A good hand & nail cream is paramount to youthful hands and healthy nails. Everyday our hands are exposed to damaging environmental factors and they become dehydrated through hand washing. I apply hand cream at every opportunity to make sure my skin never gets thirsty, which in turn keeps them looking young and plump. But would I get the same results from an all natural, plant-based hand & nail cream? I put Australian brand, Natural Instinct, to the test.
- The cream comes packaged in a 125ml tube with a flip open cap. The product is squeezed from the tube through a small opening beneath the cap. The thick plastic tube is easy to squeeze.
- I like the neutral colours and style of the packaging. It’s aesthetically pleasing with a simple design which is unusual for many natural beauty products.
- The white cream is thin enough to easily squeeze from the packaging but thick enough to hold its form. It remains quite thick as I rub it in so a good amount is required to make sure I spread it evenly over my hands before it starts to become too tacky.
- When I applied it to freshly cleansed hands it sinks in within a couple of minutes and I can return to normal function without being slippery. When I applied it normally throughout the day (not washing my hands prior) the slippery feeling remained much longer. These results are rather standard for hand creams in my opinion because after washing our hands our skin is more porous and can take in more product.
- It takes about 20-30 minutes (depending on temperature and how much you use your hands) for all remaining residue to become unnoticeable. If you like a fast drying, no residue hand cream this wouldn’t be ideal for you.
- I found with daily use my hands didn’t show improved signs of smoothness but they didn’t look as hydrated as I’ve had with other hand creams. This could be because winter has been especially brisk this year resulting in my hands being exposed to even more dehydrating environmental factors.
- There is a very noticeable fragrance and it does linger until the cream is completely dry, although its less strong after initially rubbing in. It smells like nature to me – shea butter being the most noticeable for me and sweet almond oil not far behind.
- I love that this product is free from so many nasty ingredients, over 400 that are potentially harmful to us and the environment, including sulphates, petrochemicals, parabens, mineral oils and animal derivatives. It’s also cruelty-free, vegan and pH balanced.
What Natural Instinct say ….
Our all-in-one botanical Hand & Nail Cream blend combines organic Red Grape extract along with Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, pro-Vitamin B5, Jojoba and Rosehip, all gently scented with pure essential oils, to repair fingernails and to leave your hands and cuticles nourished and revitalised.
Australia $9.95 from Priceline, Terry White and selected pharmacies.
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Natural Instinct’s own claim is that they do not test on animals, however they do not appear on any certified cruelty-free list. All their products are vegan-friendly. You can review their animal cruelty policy on the Natural Instinct website.
Water (Aqua), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride^, Cetearyl Alcohol^, Stearic Acid^, Sorbitan Stearate^, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Glycerin^, Glyceryl Stearate^, Sucrose Cocoate^, Panthenol (pro-Vitamin B5), Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Salvia Lavandulifolia (Sage) Herb Oil, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Phytate, p-Anisic Acid, Linalool~, Vitis Vinifera (Red Grape) Seed Extract*, Tocopherol (Vitamin E).
*Certified Organic Source, ^Botanical Source, ~Essential Oil Component