Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Review: Crabtree & Evelyn Citron Honey & Coriander Hand Therapy Collection- Hand Remedy

I received a mailer from Crabtree & Evelyn early March about their latest addition to their extensive Hand Therapy Collection- the Citron Honey & Coriander Collection.
While its existing range of Hand Therapy collection focused on the cleansing, moisturising and protecting of our precious hands from the harsh elements that we face daily, the people of C&E believed that our hands deserves the same level of care and pampering that we do to our face. Thus, the birth of this newly developed collection inspired by nature, with the aims to reduced visible signs of aging while cleansing and moisturising at the same time.

I am all too familiar with the C&E's existing range of Hand Therapy Collection such as Gardners (heavy duty series targeted at extremely worked out hands), La Source (Spa-like and most lightly fragranced series), Rosewater, Lavender, Nantucket Briar, Summer Hill and Jojoba. Just like i am a skincare junkie, i couldn't resist the pretty packaging that the Hand Therapy comes in, so i practically owned every single one item from the various collections. I always believe, 1 for the bag, 1 for the drawer at work and 1 at home.. well, our hands are precious, aren't they?
The Hand Remedy basically works the same way the face serum for our face, so it is actually serum for our hands, according to the Hand care ritual that the C&E SA advises. It is supposed to be used daily once in the day and at night, it contains ingredients that can help to even out skin tones and protect the skin from free radical damage. See the similarity here?
Packaging-wise, its a nice green with a hint of yellow, it makes sense to come in a tube form but there is too much similarity between the hand remedy and hand therapy, one might easily mistaken one for the other in the morning rush. Not too good in this sense but still pretty.

In terms of texture, since it is "serum", the consistency is a little on the watery side, much less creamy than the hand therapy and so it is easily absorbed into the skin, doesn't feel greasy at all and no sticky residue. There is no overwhelming fragrance, it is lightly fragranced, i can detect mainly the smell of fresh grass (maybe its the coriander) , a hint of lemon and a faint smell of Thyme. No honey smell here, though its name says citron HONEY.
My hands felt softer and smoother, minus the slight greasy feeling that i get most of the time after application (the Gardner range). Although i am supposed to follow up with the Hand therapy (can be from any series), i decided to skip that. Well, it is moisturising enough for me, i felt, perhaps i will complete the regime with the Hand therapy on days my hands felt like rough paws. As of now, the hand remedy seems to be sufficient for me, love the grassy citrusy smell (a great change from the usual standard floral fragranced range, subtle enough for the group that favours non-fragranced products).
Do i like it enough for a second tube?
Hm... yes, on days that i felt like pampering my hard worked hands.
The Citron, Honey & Coriander collection consist of :
1. Scrub Cleanser 250ml
Price: S$38
2. Creamy Cleanser 250ml
Price: $38
3. Hand Remedy 100ml
Price: S$45
4. Hand Therapy 50g, 100g and 250g (comes with pump)
Price: S$20, S$33 and S$65
5. Hand Recovery 100g
Price: S$40
Judging from the main ingredients below, I think this is the most nature-inspired range to date from the Hand Therapy collection.
Main Ingredients: Water, Ceterayl Alcohol, Glycine Soja (soybean) oil, Trehalose, Glycerin, Caprylyl Methucibe, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea butter), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) oil, Jojoba Esters, Tocotrienols, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Citrus Medica Lemonum (Lemon) Fruit extract, Coriandrum Sativum (Coriander) fruit/leaf extract, Honey (Mel)(Miel) extract, Pisum Sativum (Pea) extract, Phytosterols, squalane and Squalene.

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