Monday, 5 May 2014

The Body Shop Wild Rose Targeted Hand Oil (review)

The Body Shop Wild Rose Targeted Hand Oil
I think hands are sexy. They're the first thing I look at on a guy. But, if a guy looks at my hands he'll see dry skin and fading elasticity. At least my nails are in check thanks to the Dr. Hauschka Neem Nail Oil I've been using, but my hands needed a boost.

And that's where The Body Shop comes in. Their Wild Rose Targeted Hand Oil “moisturises and helps even the appearance of skin tone.” It contains rosehip and Brazil nut oils (the latter is fair trade) as well as lots of other lovely natural ingredients. All you have to do is roll it over problem areas – dry patches, ragged cuticles and blotchy areas – and massage in.

The Body Shop Wild Rose Targeted Hand Oil
Using it is easy enough but being an oil I found it didn't sink into my skin quickly, but give it a minute and it'll soon disappear. Used alone, it seems to nourish slightly but I didn't find the effects particularly long-lasting. To get the most out of it I used it more as a serum – i.e. underneath my regular hand cream, both day and night.

When used this way for a few weeks, it helped to tackle some of the drier areas on the back of my hands but neither elasticity or fine lines have shown any improvement. It works better on cuticles, helping to smooth them out and nails took on a lovely natural shine after application!

The best thing about this rollerball is its ease of use. You can pop it in your bag and take it anywhere. The amount of times I whipped it out and tended to my nails while waiting for something or another is innumerable. For quick and easy on-the-go top-ups it's quite brilliant.

Beware of using it on eczema patches or areas affected by dermatitis, though. It will cause inflammation on trouble spots, and I'm speaking from experience here!  I think it's the high perfume content that causes the problems, but it's hard to tell.

The Body Shop Hand Oil Roller-ball
It's even pretty natural with lots of plant extracts. There is 'parfum' but nothing else I'd personally worry about. The rose scent (I can't tell if it's real or artificial) is lovely, but doesn't last long on the backs of your hands. Also, while The Body Shop don't test on animals themselves their parent company does.

There's no getting away from the price, though. 6 ml doesn't last very long at all and it's priced at £7. It's not really something you can use long-term unless you have money to spare.

I'm not sure it's worth it, anyway. Yes, I like it, but not quite enough to keep paying out £7 a time when it runs out after a month's use. Pure aloe vera gel used under your hand cream works just as well to nourish and sooth hard-working hands. Plus it's much cheaper; invest in a bottle of that, instead.

Gives your hands a nourishing boost
Parent company tests on animals
Easy and simple to use
Contains unidentified 'parfum' which irritates sensitive skin
Even easier to carry around for touch-ups
Too expensive for just 6 ml


Brand: The Body Shop

Size: 6 ml
Price: £7.00 (£116.67/100 ml)

Manufactured: United States

Ingredients: Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Ricinus Communis Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil, Glycine Soja Oil, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil, Dipropylene Glycol, Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Sodium Palmitoyl Proline, Parfum, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Butylene Glycol, Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil, Citronellol, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract, Geraniol, Tocopherol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Nymphaea Alba Flower Extract, Benzyl Salicylate, Citric Acid

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