Hello everyone! I often find it handy to have a moisturizer for my palms. It has already been winter, and even onset of spring, my skin craves hydration. I have been thinking for quite some time to try out a few products from Grace Cole, as the packaging seems great, are moderately-priced, and they even claim their products to be paraben-free! So I picked up the Grace Cole Boutique Softening Hand and Nail Cream in the Orchid, Amber and Incense variant.
Product Description :
Light and nourishing this Hand & Nail cream is perfect for everyday use.
Aqua (Water), Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Ceteareth-20, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sodium Benzoate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Triethanolamine, Parfum (Fragrance), Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, CI 19140 (Yellow 5), CI 15985 (Yellow 6).
Grace Cole products are easily available across all e-commerce websites. This 50 ml hand cream comes priced at INR 650. It is also available in 500 ml.
My Overview of the Product :
As I said, the Grace Cole products caught my attention mainly because of their packaging. I told you, I easily fall for things that are aesthetically pleasing to the eyes. 🙂 The Boutique range from Grace Cole particularly looks quite elegant. The 50 ml hand cream comes in a cream-colored tube with a black flip-on cap that closes with a click. The Grace Cole logo is embossed on the front and rest other details imprinted on the back.
Texture-wise, this feels creamy when I first squeeze it out. However on application, I find it has a certain watery consistency to it as well. It didn’t come as a surprise as water is the very first ingredient of this hand cream. It moisturizes the palms quite well and does not feel greasy. I was pretty disappointed with the hand cream from Neutrogena, as it would feel so sticky that it bothered me. It did give results, but it still had parabens. But this hand and nail cream from Grace Cole doesn’t have parabens and even though the ingredient list comes loaded with chemical names, they are mainly fragrance agents, preservatives and forms of fatty acids. Capric Triglyceride for example, comes derived from glycerin and coconut oil, and Stearic Acid is a fatty acid.
The fragrance of Grace Cole Boutique hand and nail cream in Orchid, Amber and Incense is very pleasant and stays on for an hour or two. It is a very floral and feminine fragrance and I love to wear it. The hand cream stays on for a good 4-5 hours, or till I don’t wash my hands. However I did not find any significant change in my nails even though the cream says it’s meant for both hands and nails.
[You might also want to check the Dot & Key Mandarin and Lemon Hand Cream, which is quite similar to the Grace Cole Boutique Hand and Nail Cream. The Dot & Key Hand Cream has dual features: not only does it moisturize the hands, but also works as a hand sanitizer! This non-greasy hand cream is also cruelty-free, and devoid of nasties like parabens, phthalates and sulfates.
The Final Verdict :
Overall, the Grace Cole Boutique Orchid, Amber and Incense Hand and Nail cream is a good go-to hand cream for normal skin. This may not serve the needs of excessive dry hands though. The smell is awesome and packaging, sturdy and travel-friendly. The best part? It doesn’t have parabens! 🙂 Picking up products with fragrance variants can be tricky and I picked up this variant quite randomly as I was shopping online. However I’m pretty much satisfied with the results and would love to try other products from Grace Cole. I only wish the effects stayed on for longer and had more visible results.
My Rating : 4/5
Have you used any Grace Cole products? If yes, then which ones?