I got this at drugstore.com for $7.99. I don't believe it's sold in any stores near me. Mine has the addition of the words "fragrance free" on the tube but I am reviewing it under this listing. My job requires my hands to be in water, constantly wet dry wet dry, over and over again, so the skin on my hands gets dried out and can crack. This sinks in fast and isn't greasy at all, despite the oils it contains, and feels very moisturizing.
Ingredients: Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice (aloe barbadensis), Safflower (Carthamus Tinctorius) Seed Oil (carthamus tinctorius), Glyceryl Stearate (vegetable emulsifier), Glycerine, Jojoba Seed Oil (simmomdsia chinensis), Borage (Borago Officinalis) Seed Oil (borago officinalis), Cetearyl Alcohol (vegetable wax), Vitamin E Acetate (tocopherol acetate), Dimethicone, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii) (butryospermum parkii fruit), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C) (Vitamin C), L Ergothioneine (amino acid), Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben
This is an awesome hand cream. Because it has a lot of natural oils listed as moisturizers, I thought for sure it would take forever to sink in... not at all! It's super moisturizing, got my scratchy, flaky hands super soft and I didn't have to wrap my hands or hold them out in front of me and not touch anything, because it sinks in so quickly!
I like this hand cream, but I am not sure that it really is that different from the foot cream which you can use on your hands and which is more cost effective. I also use the regular lotion on my hands and notice a difference.
Love this stuff! It hydrates my hands and makes them sooo soft! (I wash my hands a lot). I also like that it's fragrance free. Sometimes I don't like fragrances lingering on me all day. It isn't really thick and absorbs quickly. It doesn't leave my hands feeling greasy either. And the best part- no animal testing or yucky animal by products! Definitely will buy over and over again
I had high hopes for this lotion, especially with all of the raves. However, it didn't offer the moisture I'd hoped and made my hands shiny and oily-looking for a good while after applying (shiny spots littered my pc keyboard).
Also, instead of even adding visual moisture, every line in my hands was emphasized by the shine. Not a desireable effect! continued >>
Iíve been using this for about 3 weeks on a daily basis, about 2-3 times a day, and my hands are doing great. It moisturizes wonderfully, so now my hands are supper soft, even with the horrible fires we just had in so cal and the Santa Ana winds, my hands are not dry at all, on the contrary they are better then ever. In the past under these conditions even if I was using hand cream regularly my hands would definitely dry out anyway, but with ShiKai they are totally healthy. I love this cream!
The texture is kinda runny, but trust me, it definitely moisturizes like a heavy cream. It takes a moderate time to absorb, but is worth the minor wait, I donít have problems using it during the day.
I did not notice any offensive smell, it is fragrance free, so it has a mild medicine like sent, but it dissipates in pretty quickly and is not bad horrible to begin with.
Because of this hand cream Iím going to try all the products in the Borage collection, I hope they are all this great.
I love it! Can't use it on my sensitive face because of other ingredients in it, but borage oil is clearly a miracle for very dry skin! I've compared various moisturizers using the one-on-each arm approach (I have very dry arms with multiple lines of dry striation showing on the inside) at night and none showed any real difference in the morning--the dry striations would all re-appear. This was different: I used the borage oil handcream on one arm and another moisturizer on the other. Incredible! The arm with the borage oil hand cream had only about 20% of the original dry striations in the morning where the other was right back where I started! (Just like all the others I tried.)
Some reviewers have noticed a smell--I didn't notice any (neither did beloved spouse), but suspect the difference might be related to the age of the product perhaps (ingredient stability). Frankly, even if there was a slight smell, I'd still use it 'cause it's so great at reducing my dry skin problem! (I've avoided short sleeves until now to hide the striations that make my arms look old. Now that my arms look young again, I think it's time to look for a boy toy to celebrate but beloved spouse says no. Some men just don't understand how excited we girls get about celebrating a product that actually works!)
Edit: Removed 2 lippies: Over time, it began drying my skin out.
I too, do not understand people thinking this smelled horrible. I almost wonder if they got and old outdated bottle or something? I think the smell is almost imperceptable. It really just smells like nothing at all. Hmm.... But however, it is wonderful!! This winter my hands got so chapped and rough that I get patches that turn to scabs and then I get these cracks on the skin beetween my knuckles. My hads feel like they are on fire everytime I run them under warm water. This is the only lotion that actually soothes the burn and lasts even after a wash or two. I do reapply if I say, washed dishes or something else that really took away the protection. I felt relief after the first two applications. I am a fan, a little expensive at $9.00 a bottle, but it is cheaper at a local vitamin shop called Super Supplements.
This works well to protect my eczema hands. I kinda wish it was a tad thicker though. After a week of use my skin feels softer and looks much smoother than before.
EDIT: In 3 days my eczema has cleared up, this is a miracle cream!
I really love this hand lotion! I was surprised that some people found the smell so objectionable, since I am really sensitive to scents in products and didn't really notice this one at all. I find it to have a pretty neutral scent, which is part of why I like it so much! It does a nice job of moisturizing without being too thick or heavy. The texture is very smooth, and I like how my hands look and feel after I use it. I wish it came in a larger size!