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Monday, May 14, 2012

Garnier Intensive 7 Days Repairing Hand Cream + GIVEAWAY (open)

I don't have dry skin but I hate that 'tight' feeling after using soap. Hand cream is a staple for me and I have never really branched out into the types I use. I'm addicted to Shea butter and have loved L'Occitane hand creams for a while now. Due to the price, I buy it overseas ($26 a tube rather than $60 a tube in Australia). While I was in between tubes I picked up this Garnier hand cream from the supermarket.

If you read my review on the Garnier Gradual Tanner HERE, you would know how impressed I was with the soft skin it left behind. I figured that the hand cream would at least have to compete in the 'soft scale'.

So I pretty much fell in love instantly. I have never felt a hand cream emulsify (turn from cream to liquid) so quickly in my hands and create such a smooth barrier over my skin. It's charged with Shea butter (yay!) and a tricky little ingredient that Garnier is calling 'L-Bifidus'.

What is L-Bifidus?

Good question, it's taken a bit of research but I've managed to pull a few sources to tell me what L-Bifidus is exactly.

Better known as Lysate of Bifidus, L-Bifidus is a plant extract the Garnier claims is inspired by probiotics found in yogurts. They claim that it acts as a moisture shield, which would mean that your hands would stay soft even after washing them.

Information on L-Bifidus is very sketchy, some sources claim it is a fictional chemical designed to look like a natural substance, others claim that it is an ingestible vitamin the helps with immunity.

My opinion on L-Bifidus is that Garnier found a largely unknown substance that may have a moisturising property and claimed it as their own. This is a common throughout all skin care brands that claim to find something innovative.

Because I can't find too much information on L-Bifidus I can't tell you if it is helpful in the product or not, but I would personally choose to ignore the claims and just blame the Shea butter for the moisture you feel when you use it.


Lasting hydration, even after washing?
Mmm not really but I don't really mind, I'm happy to apply more.

Yes, definitely. I've noticed no harsh side effects from using the hand cream.

Non-greasy, non-sticky, fast absorbing?
Yes, yes and yes.

Suitable for Extra-Dry, Cracked hands?
I can't really answer this one because I don't have extra dry or cracked hands, but it is definitely a deep hydration and I can see it working on even the driest of hands.

There are five different types of the hand cream
Honey: for sensitive skin
Aloe Vera: for normal skin
Mango: for dry skin
Cocoa Butter: for dry, rough skin
Shea Butter: for dry to extra dry skin

(however I could only find Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter and Honey - I'd be all over that mango one..)

I love this hand cream, it lives in my handbag now and I highly, highly recommend purchasing it. I found it at Coles for around $4 (only $4!!), I'm about halfway through the tube and have been using it for 2 months. It has no parabens or sulfates and is a deep nourishing hand conditioner.


Because I love both you and this product, I'm going to pick up a couple extras to giveaway. Open to all readers, all you have to do is leave a comment letting me know you'd like to enter the giveaway. Winners will be drawn at random and announced in the next few days. 

Animal Testing: Garnier does not test on animals.


Evanescencessy said...

This hand cream sounds great. Thanks for this giveaway. Please enter me.

Elunia said...

Thanks for the give away, please enter me!
The cream sounds great

jayne said...
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jayne said...

Well now that you've made it sound so good, I would love to win!!

sair said...

Thanks for another giveaway. This hand cream sounds great, I was surprised that it is free from sulphates and parabens. Would love to try it out.

Anonymous said...

Im in need of a good hand cream! Please enter me xx

Caitlinxoxo said...

How sweet of you..

Please enter me!

xoxo lusted

themissus said...

Please enter me, thanks for the giveaway, stay golden. <3


Elisabeth said...

Wow! Thank you so much for doing this giveaway! :)

Anonymous said...

I definitely need to try this stuff out! My hands are always so dry. Cute blog btw, great post!