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Hand & Cuticle Therapy Cream for Dry, Chapped Hands
Rating
3.5 fl. oz. for $5.89
Last Updated:05.14.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This is a basic, emollient hand cream we'd love to recommend, but it contains a potentially problematic amount of fragrant eucalyptus extract. This also contains fragrant gardenia extract and fragrance itself, so we're already dealing with a fair amount of scent your skin doesn't need (dry hands do better with fragrance-free products, just as skin elsewhere on the body prefers no fragrance).

Given the amount of eucalyptus, this is tough to recommend—and it's not advised for use during daylight hours because hands needs sun protection, something this hand cream doesn't provide. The soy milk and other natural ingredients called out in the claims are a minor part of the formula, and not what's providing the softening effect. That distinction falls to such workhorse ingredients as petrolatum (Vaseline), glycerin, isopropyl palmitate, and cetearyl alcohol—but none of those seem all that enticing when trying to sell a hand cream.

Pros:
  • Contains some good ingredients to smooth and soften dry, rough hands.
  • Rich texture resists washing off easily.
Cons:
  • Contains a potentially irritating amount of eucalyptus.
  • Overly fragrant, but fragrance isn't skin care.
  • Amount of called-out natural ingredients contributes little to this hand cream's abilities.
Claims

Curél® Hand & Cuticle Therapy Cream soothes even the driest hands on contact and continues to moisturize even through repeated hand washings for all-day softness. This non-greasy formula is infused with soy milk, monoi oil, and vitamin E to help soften hands in just one use.

Ingredients

Water, Glycerin, Petrolatum, Isopropyl Palmitate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Paraffin, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl-PG Hydroxyethyl Palmitamide, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract, Soymilk, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Dimethicone, DMDM Hydantoin, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Propylene Glycol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Butylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance.

Brand Overview

Strengths: Inexpensive and generously-sized; contains a consistent range of tried-and-true emollient ingredients.

Weaknesses: None of the products are state-of-the-art formulas; several products listed as being good for sensitive skin or not containing fragrance are fragranced and/or contain ingredients those with sensitive skin should avoid; Many products contain a high amount of irritating eucalyptus extract the foot cream contains irritating citrus juices; the hand cream is overly fragranced.

Long a staple of the body-care aisle at drugstores around the world, Curel and its sister company Jergens (and Biore) are owned by the Japan-based Kao Corporation. Like Jergens, Curel offers an assortment of body lotions for dry, itchy skin. Whereas Jergens has expanded into an array of self-tanning products alongside their body lotions, Curel remains firmly based around body lotions for dry skin. Considering Curel’s specialty, it’s disappointing that so many of their body lotions disappoint, either due to average formulas or the inclusion of fragrant plant extracts (most often eucalyptus).

There’s truly nothing worth considering from Curel, and that’ sad. The price point is excellent, the sizes are generous, but none of this matters if what’s inside the bottles isn’t great for your skin. Don’t get us wrong; Curel’s body lotions contain some workhorse ingredients such as petrolatum and glycerin. Those can be great for dry skin, but they’re just the beginning—dry skin needs a range of ingredients, including repairing and cell-communicating substances plus antioxidants—and those are lacking in pretty much every product Curel offers. In essence, Curel isn’t the cure for dry skin.

If you’ve been intrigued by this line, your curiosity can stop here. Curel isn’t the answer for dry, itchy, or sensitive skin (indeed, several of its products are a problem for sensitive skin). Other drugstore body lotions offer more for your money, and without problematic ingredients like eucalyptus. Some of those may cost a bit more, but when you’re getting a truly superior formula, it’s money well spent!

For more information about Curel, call (800) 572-2931 or visit www.curel.com

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