Bodycare Review: Cath Kidston Wild Rose Hand Cream & Honeysuckle Hand Cream

by PJ on Friday, October 14, 2011

in bodycare,bodycare - handcare

Cath Kidston Wild Rose Hand Cream 1

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Launched in London in 1993, Cath Kidston has been a big hit in many countries. The signature Cath Kidston look is all about vintage floral prints which are colorful and sometimes with a bit of quirk. The brand also features a range of bodycare products (which are made by British toiletry brand Heathcote & Ivory, whose website also carries them), and today I am highlighting Wild Rose Hand Cream and Honeysuckle Hand Cream.

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Cath Kidston Honeysuckle Hand Cream 1

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The two products (both 100ml) have a thick and creamy consistency. They are absorbed relatively quickly and don’t leave an oily residue.

Some of the moisturizing ingredients in these two products are paraffinum liquidum (mineral oil), cetearyl alcohol, stearic acid, glycerin, propylene glycol, isopropyl palmitate, and shea butter. They contain tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E) as an antioxidant.

They are free from alcohol and parabens.

Even though they feel pleasantly thick and creamy during application, I don’t find them to be very moisturizing. After the cream sinks it, the hands almost feel a little bare (with very little emolliency) and tight. A second application is essential for the hands to feel a little more hydrated.

Both products have a relatively long-lasting scent, but I personally find both scents to be a little artificial. Between the two, I marginally prefer the scent of Honeysuckle Hand Cream.

If your hands are not particularly dry and if you like their fragrances, they may be decent products for you. If you need a heavy-duty hand cream that soothes and nourishes the hands, then there are many better options.

(The products featured in this article are provided by Cath Kidston via Heathcote & Ivory.)

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

astrorainfall @ beauty box Saturday, October 15, 2011

Thanks for the review. I had always wondered if these hand creams were good. The packaging and scent are lovely but it is a bit off-putting to know there is mineral oil in them…

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PJ Monday, October 17, 2011

Hi Astrorainfall,

You are very welcome! :)

Mineral oil is probably one of the most misunderstood ingredients in skincare products. Based on independent research findings published by various academic journals, cosmetic-grade mineral oil is a safe and non-irritating ingredient. It is a very effective emollient due to its occlusive nature and it can have wound-healing properties.

In terms of facial skincare, the reason why it is very beneficial for those with very dry skin is the same reason why it doesn’t suit those with oilier skin types.

It is also worth noting that, contrary to popular belief, mineral oil is not comedogenic. (Its molecular structures are too big to clog pores.)

Thank you for your comment again! :)

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