January 7, 2014

Caudalie - Creme Gourmande - Hand and Nail Cream

What it is:
An antioxidant, moisturizing hand and nail cream that provides silky hands and lasting comfort. 

What it is formulated to do: 
Concentrated with moisturizing active ingredients plus antioxidant grape polyphenols and reparative organic fair trade shea butter, this Hand and Nail Cream leaves skin soft and nourished. Its delicately perfumed rich texture is instantly absorbed into skin. 

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens 
- Sulfates 
- Phthalates 

What else you need to know: 
This product does not contain animal ingredients and is not tested on animals (LOVE THIS!!)

This currently comes in a very different packaging. Mine was a part of kit and hence it looks different. The Sephora sales associate told me that the product is same though.
Hand creams are essential for me pretty much all round the year, but more in winter for obvious reasons. I like to try a different brands all the time. It is just fun to try new hand creams. I have never had any major reaction on hands. So its OK. Last year, I enjoyed using L’Occitane (review)

Here I review the Caudalie hand cream.

This is a light, white cream, not ubber dense or thick. It is not gel either. This absorbs very quickly and moisturizes well. It is non greasy and non shiny, which is a good thing, because you can go back to work without staining the bag, paper, computer or whatever. I didn’t find the hydration lasted for really long time. After an hour or so, I felt the dryness and the need to re-apply. I would use this hand cream as go-to cream and carry it around in my purse but not rely completely for any kind of deep hydration and moisturizing therapy.
I didn’t notice much difference in my nails or cuticle. The cuticles just looked soft. The hands looked silky and smelled OK. It has a mild scent, but not over powering or very artificial. I had no issues with the scent.

The packaging of my cream is a soft squeeze tube with regular cap. It is not flip top cap. I have no idea how full size, new packaging is. It definitely has a different picture on it though.

It is a good product, with all the good ingredients. Grape seed oil being the key one. It is not something very unique or special that I can go on and on raving. The USP of the cream would be non- greasy and quick absorption.
A decent buy, which I don’t regret. A drug store alternative can be Neutrogena Fast Absorbing Hand Creme, the one in red and white packaging. I have used that before and I find that to be tad more moisturizing than this one. (reviewed here)
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