Hands Of Hope Hand and Cuticle Cream

by philosophy  
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$18 - 4 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Retinol Products > Hand Creams/Lotions
Last Updated:
7/1/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

This emollient, fragrance-free hand cream has a great non-greasy yet creamy texture that makes hands feel smooth and soft without being too slippery. Although the formula contains some beneficial plant oils, we’re concerned that the amount of alcohol may cause irritation that leads to drier hands with an impaired barrier function.

Most likely the alcohol was used in the amount present to reduce the greasy after-feel the shea butter and plant oils can have; however, there are other hand creams that found a way to offset the undesirable greasy feel without using irritating ingredients. Examples include St. Ives, Neutrogena, Aveda, and Paula’s Choice (the latter includes sunscreen, which hands absolutely need during the day).

Despite a texture and finish many will like, the amount of alcohol in this hand cream means it doesn't deserve better than an average rating.

Hydrate dry hands with hands of hope intense moisture hand and cuticle cream, formulated to help provide long-lasting moisture for softer hands. Softens and helps protect hands and cuticles; non-greasy formula absorbs quickly.

Water, Glycerin, Shea Butter Glycerides, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Dimethicone, Polyacrylamide, Stearic Acid, SD Alcohol 40-B (Alcohol Denat.), Benzyl Alcohol, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Beta-Glucan, Arginine, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Polyamide-5, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Methyl Gluceth-20, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Ethyl Macadamiate, Sclerotium Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

Believe in miracles. That's the "lifestyle" branding statement philosophy makes, which is an approach that is decidedly different from their former positioning, which encompassed family values and spirituality along with a dash of department-store élan and endearingly clever quips. The miracle angle may grab your attention, but the company is also quick to point out that its history is steeped in providing products to dermatologists and plastic surgeons worldwide (so, in addition to miracles, philosophy has a serious side, too). Although its heritage may have included providing clinically oriented products to doctors, we have yet to see or hear of any medical professional retailing philosophy products. And that's a good thing because, by and large, most of philosophy products are resounding disappointments. Moreover, several products, including almost all of their sunscreens, contain one or more known skin irritants. We would be extremely suspicious of a dermatologist or plastic surgeon who recommended such products to their patients, and even more so if they actually believed some of the more farfetched claims philosophy makes.

Interestingly, when you shop this line at department stores or at the cosmetics boutique Sephora, what you'll notice is the preponderance of food- and drink-scented bath products, all in vivid colors or cutely boxed for gift-giving. It seems that somewhere along the way, the company decided to promote these nose-appeal products while downplaying their more serious-minded, simply packaged skin care. Perhaps the body lotions and bubble baths have become philosophy's bread and butter. Given the hit-or-miss nature of their facial-care products, that's not surprising. Then again, they've also heavily promoted their anti-aging-themed Miracle Worker products...

So what's to like if you're into the vibe philosophy puts out? Well, this is still a line with some well-formulated staples, including an AHA product, some retinol options, and a handful of state-of-the-art moisturizers. The products that get the most promotion at the counter are the ones you should avoid, such as the at-home peels, scrubs, pads, and anti-acne products. However, the somewhat confusing, conflicting image philosophy presents shouldn't keep you from considering their best products—but it's not a lifestyle brand in the sense that using the entire line will somehow bring you a more joyful existence, or significantly improved skin. The philosophy line is now owned Coty, a cosmetics brand primarily known for their fragrances. Their acquisition of philosophy is their first major foray into a widely-distributed skin care brand.

For more information about philosophy, call (800) 568-3151 or visit www.philosophy.com.

Note: philosophy opts to use lowercase letters for every product they sell, so the listings below are simply following suit.

philosophy Makeup

Minimalism is a big theme among philosophy's dwindling, uneven range of makeup. Whereas the color options from this company used to be extensive, well-organized, and at times clever, what's lining the counter now needs help, in more ways than one. The major issue is the plethora of ordinary products that cost far too much for what they don't offer, which is innovation and, in almost every case, selection. The line shines brightest (pun intended) with its lip color offerings, though the best products in this category are counterbalanced by glosses or lip balms with needless irritants. If you're a fan of philosophy's skin-care products and are considering their makeup, you don't want to try to build a comprehensive color wardrobe with it. However, you'd be wise to explore the handful of pleasant surprises here, including an excellent bronzing lotion, foundation primer with sunscreen, and the multi-use makeup brush.

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