“Can’t Live Without” Update: Garnier Hand Repair Reformulated

by PJ on Friday, June 14, 2013

in _Can't Live Without, -Garnier, bodycare, bodycare - handcare, stash focus

Garnier Hand Repair Intensive Restoring Hand Cream 2012 2013 1


Garnier‘s Hand Repair Intensive Restoring Hand Cream, launched in 2008 (to replace Hand Cocoon), has been my daily hand cream for years. For a couple of times in the last few years, it was out of stock in all the retail points in my neighborhood for quite some time and I was suspecting that it was discontinued. It happened again a few months ago but it did come back in stock, and I bought a few right away.

However, when I opened and used one of the new ones, I immediately noticed that it was different. The consistency, the texture, and the scent were all different from what they used to be like. Looking at the ingredient lists, I found that the cream was substantially reformulated while the name of the product remained the same. Except the brand logo, the packaging is identical. (See this post for the previous logo. The (minimal) logo change, which probably took place some time ago, is unlikely to be related to the reformulation.)

The new version still contains maple sap extract and glycerin (as indicated on the front of the tube), but it is noticeably less thick and less smooth and it has a different scent. The scent is still faint and reasonably pleasant, but the cream is not as nourishing as the previous version, which I find quite disappointing. Even though, like the previous version, the new version doesn’t contain potential skin irritants, it simply doesn’t work as well for me as the previous version.

(For your reference, the previous version contained palm oil, coriander fruit oil, apricot kernel oil, and blackcurrant seed oil, while the current version contains shea butter.)


Garnier Intensive 7 Days Hand Creams 2012 2013 1


Around the time I purchased the current version, I also purchased four new hand creams from Garnier, which are from the Intensive 7 Days bodycare range. (I thought they might eventually replace Hand Repair.) There are four choices available:

– Protecting (with aloe vera)
– Soothing (with honey)
– Nourishing (with mango oil)
– SOS-Repair (with shea butter)

Their retail prices are lower than that of Hand Repair.

Generally, none of them is as good as the previous or the current version of Hand Repair. They are less moisturizing, and I find the scents (of all of them) to be a little too strong. I don’t plan to repurchase any of them for the time being.

Even though the new version of Hand Repair doesn’t perform as well for me as the previous one, it is still a decent hand cream and it has been my daily hand cream for a few months. However, I might start to be on the lookout for hand creams that work better for me and are just as reasonably priced. I will keep you all posted!


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L’Occitane Shea Honey Hand Cream

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All about B. B. Creams (Featuring My Review of Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector Daily All-in-One B. B. Cream in Light)

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Mina Monday, June 24, 2013

Ahhh, I hate it when brands “reformulate” good stuff when all they do is coming up with a watered-downed version (seen it in shampoo, lip gloss and even nail treatments from various brands). Anyway, I am currently using the body butter (packaged in a small tube that’s like hand cream though) by Pacifica and it does the job well enough for me (at least down here in humid Texas) without feeling too oily. The reason I love that stuff because the smell are pretty spot on and amazing. Their blood orange, gardenia and french lilac are the top three I have sniffed…I suspect the guava one is equally yummy.


PJ Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Hi Mina,

It’s great to hear from you again!

I know…a couple of years ago, Pantene reformulated the shampoo that I had been using for years. The new one is almost unrecognizably different (and definitely not in a good way). It is very disappointing.

Pacifica is not available in the UK but some of the scents are quite tempting (especially the fruity ones)! I will certainly give them a try if I have a chance to!

Thank you very much for posting your comment again! :)


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