It’s cold outside and hot inside, a combination our skin really dislikes. We need hand cream all year long but right now it is a life or death matter (If you ask me at least) The only question is: Which cream is the best?
The Body&Soul Wellness line is from the Müller drugstores house brand. It mainly focuses on skincare and body products and their Japan Spa Tradition is one of their bigger editions with six products and a gift set.
I received said gift set, the hand cream and a sheet mask as a present and I do intend on reviewing most of them for you guys so you can look forward to more German products! 😉
Do you have any holy grail hand creams you always carry with you?
Body&Soul Japan Spa Tradition – Handbalsam
I am a bit torn about the packaging. The balm is very cheap and the amount of product you get for the price is more than fair. But even if the ornaments are adorable and the colour scheme is well thought out the bottle feels “cheap” which reduces the value of the Handbalsam. (At least in my eyes)
The quality of the bottle in itself is rather good. I have taken it with me nearly every day for three months now and there are no scratches, the paint has not faded and I never had to worry about it popping open by accident and spilling on my stuff. Trustworthy.
AQUA, CETYL ALCOHOL, GLYCERIN, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII BUTTER, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, ETHYLHEXYL STEARATE, GLYCERYL STEARATE SE, NELUMBO NUCIFERA FLOWER EXTRACT, GOSSYPIUM HERBACEUM SEED EXTRACT, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, PANTHENOL, BENZOPHENONE-4, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, TOCOPHEROL, CARBOMER, XANTHAN GUM, SODIUM STEAROYL GLUTAMATE, TETRASODIUM GLUTAMATE DIACETATE, PARFUM, BENZYL SALICYLATE, HEXYL CINNAMAL, LINALOOL, LIMONENE, PHENOXYETHANOL, CITRIC ACID, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, CI 17200, CI 42051.
Linked from Müller.de.
Water/Aqua: Water is the most important skin component and our human body mostly consists of water. It is also the most common ingredient in cosmetic products. To tell the truth, in comparison to other ingredients, water does not have that many positive effects on our skin in regard to our skincare products. It is used to eliminate the hardness, minerals and to avoid product contamination. And to stretch out some of the products.
Cetyl Alcohol: Alcohol is usually a word you should try to avoid when you buy skincare products. It feels nice and is quick drying so you might think this product is good for you but in reality, it dries out your skin and does more damage than help.
BUT – and here is the big but. Cetyl alcohol is actually one of the few alcohols that is a really good ingredient as is works as an emollient and thickener in cosmetics. It softens the skin and is also good for the hair and is mostly found in moisturizers, creams and conditioners.
Glycerin: Is also known as Glycerol or Glycerine. Glycerin is an ingredient that is found naturally in the skin, helping it establish its natural balance and hydration levels. Products that contain Glycerin help the skin maintain a natural healthy look.
Pure Glycerin takes the water from the skin and therefore is normally only used in a concentration of 5% or lower, in order to prevent that from happening.
Butyrospermum Parkii: Aka Shea Butter. One of the main benefits of shea butter is that it is moisturising and contains a ton of vitamins that are beneficial for your skin. It reduces inflammations – we all know and hate them – and makes your skin soft and smooth.
Did you know that shea butter actually offers UV protection? Well yes, with its SPF of about 6 it will not prevent that sunburn from making you look like a crab but still, it’s the thought that counts, right?
How to use it:
Hand creams are fairly easy to use. The reason I like this one more than other creams I have used before is the fact that it dries quicker than other creams and settles easier and the amount of residue is rather low.
As a matter of fact, I have used it to smoothen out my hands as I am typing this review, which is something I rarely do as there is nothing I hate more than oily residue on my keyboard.
What it claims to do:
- The hand balm nourishes the hands extra gently.
- Get enveloped in the bewitching aroma and dive into the Japanese spa culture.
Linked from Müller.com.
As you might know, Müller is a German brand so all of the product claims are written in German. I roughly translated it for the review.
What it really does:
If I am being honest, I do not really think that the Japan Spa Tradition Handbalsam is a miracle worker. There are definitely other hand creams I would recommend before this one (please do feel free to tell me your recommendationsns) that get better results on my skin but it also does not not do anything.
The smell is really nice. It is not too strong but also not really subtle. Even though it is supposed to be a very light fragrance for some reason it feels rather heavy to me, definitely a sweet smell but more mature than playful.
Con 1: If I had to describe the hand balm with one word it would probably be “heavy”. The product packaging is solid and it feels like you can knock out someone with the tube. The fragrance, even if it is supposed to be light and subtle, lays heavy on the skin and the cream itself, while absorbing quickly is very solid and creamy – more balm-like than a lotion.
Con 2: If you are into aesthetically pleasing product design or a really haptic person this will not really satisfy you in any way. This time it’s more function over form.
Con 3: Even though the ingredients I looked into are really good and should help your hands retain moisture I would say that there are products out there that do a way better job at smoothening out your skin than the Japan Spa Tradition Handbalsam.
Pro 1: Because the bottle is so solid you will not have to worry about hand cream spilling all over the contents of your bag. You can squeeze it all you want (within reason 😉 ) but the bottle will stay shut. Perfect for travelling
Pro 2: The performance to price ratio is pretty decent no matter how you look at it. 2€ for a 100ml of cream is good and the bottle will last you for quite some time.
Pro 3: If you like sweet but mature scents you will like the Japan Spa Tradition line in general.
Personally, I think I am a bit more on the youthful and playful side of scents so I would deem it too heavy but I can easily see my mother or some of my friends who are currently on their masters-degree loving the scent.
Pro 4: It does the job. Not astronomically well but the balm does do what it claims to do.
So – so. I do not particularly feel one way or another about the Body&Soul Japan Spa Tradition Handbalsam. Which is not a good thing when it comes to beauty products. I like it, I carry it around with me but I would never actively tell my friends about it.
All in all, I think the Hand Cream deserves a neutral three out of five. It is neither glorious nor bad.
Would I recommend it? Depends. Rather than completely saying yes or no I will say that I would not repurchase the Body&Soul Japan Tradition Handbalsam. I tried it, it is quite nice but nothing I would go out of my way to rebuy a second time.
It makes for a very nice present though. It is not too pricey and you can easily buy a few products from the same line. It looks cute and will not go unappreciated.
My Alchemiin Tip:
After going to the gym, if you are about to go out see a friend or come home after a night out, are in a restaurant or in a bar and just quickly want to freshen up without other people realising, this lotion is perfect.
Take it with you and dabble a bit onto your neck and collarbones and spread a bit on your wrists. This way you will smell fresh and sweet without the waft of freshly applied perfume.
The second Semester started – Yayyy! I cannot really talk about the stuff I do because “Non-disclosure-agreement” but heyy, I like it.
Also, can someone take me on a date, please? I have been going clubbing so much that I am actually growing bored of bold club-looks. I wanna do something sweet and cute or sultry and seductive.
What about you guys? What is your favourite makeup style??