03 September 2013

Bath and Body Works Fresh Picked Hard Working Hand and Body Cream Review

Product Name: Fresh Picked Hard Working Hand & Body Cream
Price: $8.00 for 6oz ($1.33 per ounce)
Where to Buy: Bath & Body Works
Main Moisturizing Ingredients: Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Avocado Butter, Jojoba Oil, Coconut Oil, Almond Oil, Safflower Oil
Available Fragrances: Strawberry, Tangerine, Heirloom Pear*, Wild Mint*, Scarlet Pumpkin*, Lemon*, Heirloom Cranberries*, Honeycrisp Apple*
Additional Details: This product is not tested on animals.

(Since purchasing this particular product more varieties have been released that I have not tried. These are denoted with an asterisk!)

First Impression: The packaging isn't outstandingly cute or magnetic, but the long list of moisturizing agents caught my attention along with how much product you're getting for your money. The artificial strawberry smell hits you pretty hard right away. It's not refreshing or soft, it's very potent. If you're can't tolerate strong faux-fruit smells I would probably suggest you skip this one altogether.

Absorption Rate: The cream took approximately one and a half minutes to rub into my hands, and felt completely absorbed within three minutes.

My personal preference for a hand cream is a thicker, more substantial cream so that I feel like it's luxurious and that the moisture will really be sealed in when I use it. This product feels fairly thick when you first squeeze some out, but soon turns to a standard lotion like texture once you begin rubbing it into your hands. The artificial strawberry fragrance definitely lingers not only on your hands  but also in the general vicinity of where you applied it. If you apply this cream in your car be prepared to probably still catch whiffs of the scent even if you leave and come back. This product is marketed as a body cream as well but I don't think I could stand to use it in that quantity at once. As for lasting power, after about 17 minutes the initial softness wore off and I didn't see much improvement in the moisture or softness of my cuticles. I didn't feel like I needed to apply more lotion to my hands until over an hour later when just sitting around on my computer, but I wouldn't reach for this one again if I needed to re-apply.

Purchase or Pass?: For this one I say pass. It's not the worst hand cream out there and would probably do okay for most people, but for as nail and hand conscious as I am as a blogger it isn't up to par. For having "7 of nature's finest moisturizers and conditioners" I think my expectations were set too high.

What do you think of this product? Is it something you've tried or are interested in trying? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading!

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