15 September 2013

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream Review

Product Name: Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream
Price: $3.67 for 2oz ($1.84 per ounce)
Where to Buy: Drugstores
Main Moisturizing Ingredients: Glycerin
Available Fragrances: Original, Fragrance Free
Additional Notes: Be sure to shop around to get the best price on this one! At my local Walgreen's and online it ran at about $4.50, but at Wal-Mart it was only $3.67!

First Impression: "The tube is so much smaller than I thought it would be!" was the first thought that ran through my mind when I took it out of it's box. Yup, it comes in a separate box, which seems a little wasteful to me but is also reminiscent of more expensive hand creams and their packaging. The design on the front of the tube is very clean and minimal which plays into the "clinical" appeal of this lotion. On the back of the tube it claims that this product is "Dermatologist Recommended" and that it can be used anywhere; even your lips! While I won't be trading in my chapstick for this hand cream any time soon, it's good to know that the ingredients are non-toxic.

As for packaging, the little 2oz tube is a great size for a small purse and I find the clear, frosted plastic cap appealing. I dislike that it's a screw off cap rather than a flip lid, because if I'm clumsy it could get lost in some movie theater or restaurant related catastrophe. Plus it takes a lot more effort to screw a top back on than it does to just flip and snap, and I'm lazy!

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

I ended up purchasing the "Original" fragrance even though this was available in fragrance free, simply because I don't mind scented lotions and I didn't want a repeat of the plastic smelling hands scenario that I experienced with the St. Ives Intensive Healing hand cream! The box says that this 2oz tube is good for 200 applications so on my first use I applied a small pea sized amount, as it says a little goes a long way. This was completely insufficient with the thick texture and it barely covered my palms before it was gone. On my second attempt I applied my usual dime sized amount of lotion and was much more successful in coating both hands sufficiently. Based on my personal experience I doubt that I would actually get the "200" uses that this product claims.

As for the texture, this is definitely not a "cream", it's actually a thick clear gel. The gel applied very smoothly once I had used enough, and I was impressed with how instantly my hands felt smooth and moisturized. The downside is that my hands also felt very, very sticky after application. I'm talking super, super sticky. The feeling was reminiscent of when you accidentally touch dried soda or ice cream, or something laden with sugar. I wanted to wash my hands! Even up to ten minutes after application I still found myself wiping my hands on my jeans before touching things. As for the fragrance it wasn't offensive but it did lean towards the perfume-y end of the scale with a slightly floral scent.

Despite my first experience being rather negative I decided to give this product the benefit of the doubt and try it as an overnight cream rather than a daytime moisturizer. Unfortunately I didn't have any better luck using it at night time, and was feeling rather defeated when I asked my mom to try it and see if it was any better for her. To my surprise she instantly recognized the tube and told me that my dad and her used to purchase this all the time, and that they loved it! Her method of usage consisted of putting a tiny amount on her hands and then rubbing your hands together quickly because "the heat makes it spread". Yeah... I tried that and it still didn't work for me.

Purchase or Pass?: Apparently this product works well for some people but I am not one of them. Personally I would never buy this product again and I'll be giving it to my mom as soon as I'm done writing this blog post. If you feel like taking a $3 risk, go for it and see if it works for you.

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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