This was the first Dior product I was exposed to as a child-- only then I didn't even know of who Christian Dior or the brand (Dior) that will become one of my all time favorites and objects of my addiction.
My mother owned this nail crème. Now that I look back on it, it MUST (and it IS) be an absolutely amazing product for her to have splurged on. (My parents are not the type to spend money on frivolous things.) I remember adoring the packaging; so simple, yet so delicately elegant. The product was sticky but not as sticky as the formulation of in today's market. I didn't care for the scent too much, but when I purchased this for myself, I find that I don't mind the scent at all because it brought back childhood memories. (yes, I must've had a dull childhood to have been fawning over a nail crème.)
Overall, I love this product; it makes my nails and cuticles feel nourished, cared for, and luxurious!!! I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a nail creme without any particular concerns. Although it's pricey for a nail crème, a little goes a long way. If you are into manicures or painting your own nails, this is definitely an item you would want to splurge on! Don't get me started on the Dior nail vernis polishes! That in it self is a whole another rant and rave.
I love this stuff! It is expensive but man was it worth it!
I had the worst case of dermatitis I have ever had due to a terrible reaction to IBD nail gel. My cuticle burnt away in awful red rashes, and my nails almost disintegrated, it was awful, and so painful. I had had acrylics/gels for years and was fine, then one day my body just decided it hated the gels and after a new set of gel fills I woke up in the night with itching burning fingers. Literally (because of the pain) had to pick the nails off.. you can imagine the result - total mess! I went to the doctors for it and was given steroids creams etc along with being told to use only Caroline's Cream on my hands.. Cotton gloves on my hands at night etc, etc! But my cuticles just kept peeling and paining, my nails were so thin they would not grow and this went on for weeks -- well, long story short, this stuff gave me my hands back. I honestly didn't know if a couple of my nails would even grow back, I had just stubs on them, but woo-hoo all fixed!
Okay down to the details, It smells strongly of apricot (sweet and sickly not fresh and fruity) and it is thick, sticky and heavy so be warned, its not something you can put on and then go off and start your sewing. You need to apply it before bed or perhaps in the evening when you are sitting watching TV. Or (as, I just did) before you are perhaps going on the computer!! It needs time to absorb into your cuticles. But when it does it is just delicious! It softens like nothing I have ever used and leaves your cuticles soft and luxurious.. After 2 weeks of using it my hands were vastly improved. All my cuticles had healed and the soreness had stopped. (Seriously, had monster hands!) Now I am hooked, I use it all the time, I love the softness it brings to my cuticles and it cures little cuticle nics very quickly (2 days all healed!).
That being said, it is very expensive for the amount you get! ($45 from David Jones or Myer here in Perth) and the pot is tiny! It is only 10g..
As I have said before I am a packaging lover, I adore pretty makeup and perfume bottles and packaging and this is very meh! Little white pot, CD embossed on it (even that gorgeous CD looks boring and dull on this pot!) So in short - come one Dior, lift your packaging game, it has to look pretty on the dresser!!!
Anyway as I said, I love it, but yes $$$$ ! I have seen it on ebay much cheaper so for you lucky ladies in the US you can get it for about $25 with a couple of dollars shipping.. I tried to order some but they also wanted $25 to ship it to Perth so blah, blah, blah! works out the same!
If anyone sees it anywhere with cheaper shipping to Perth, Western Australia send me a linky and I will love you forever :)!!
Hope this helped!~
I love this stuff but the price has become ridiculous. It is sticky and goopy but it does work, and very quickly. When I first started using it, it cost $2.50, which was expensive for the times (late 'sixties). Now, in Canada, with tax, it comes to over $30! Sorry, but Paula's Choice Lip & Body Balm works just as well at $13. I always buy it on sale so I pay even less. I hate to be negative about an old favorite, and if I were in the 1%, I'd probably buy it without thinking, but given that I didn't inherit money and I'm not a movie star, I'll stick with PC Lip Balm and spend the balance on something else.
This is a lovely cream for nails. It is expensive but it's rich and moisturizing. Sally Hansen makes a knockoff of this but the texture and fragrance are not as nice as this Dior product. It lasts a very long time, I've had mine for 2 years and I still have plenty left. I am not sure I would repurchase even though it's nice but I am glad I tried this.
I have very dry, ragged, cracked cuticles. This works. I don't know why it works so well but it does. And I have tried so many alternatives, every other popular nail cream or oil, none of them even came close to this. In fact the money I spent hunting for a cheaper option, I could've probably stayed supplied with this HG for 3 years. How foolish. Sticking with what works...I'll be repurchasing.
This is a good cream. It takes real good care of cuticle, can't say for sure it hardens the nails a lot. But the price is a huge drawback. There are other creams that are doing as good (if not better) job and they cost a fracture of this price. Brand name - yes, but it should deliver so much more for the price in my opinion.
Does nothing spectacular for my nails, but it's not bad either, so I will continue using it as long as it's empty. You can use any other oily/paste nail cream instead of it, imho, that will cost a lot less. Like Elizabeth Arden's 8 Hour Cream, which is similar in consistency, does the same job, but for a lot cheaper price per ml and can be used elsewhere as well. Or any other similar thing. I think the price is the weakest point of this, it's just too much for the little boxful you get. It's great to carry around in your bag, though. Abricot creme is sticky, so do not try putting on nail polish after using it. I think they recommend using it at a night time before going to bed and that is what one should do. Good I got it from Ebay for a reasonable price, otherwise it would have not been worth the money. The package is cute, though, and once it's empty, I can use it to store some other cream in it to carry around in my purse.
I really enjoyed this product. It is a great nail/curticle cream. The texture is thick but the only thing I didn't like about the product was the packaging.
Not a big fan at all. It is really sticky and hard to get off of your hands and I haven't noticed any difference in my cuticles.
Definitely a waste of money in my opinion
At US$24.50 for 0.35 ounces, this is probably the most expensive nail cream available. It comes in a small white plastic container. The cream has a foil covering, but there is no air space, so when the foil is peeled back, there is a messy accumulation of cream that spills over the top. This is a very thick cream (which I like) because it stays where it's put and only a tiny bit is necessary for all ten nails. I use it at night and Hard as Hoof during the day.
I thought this cream would have an apricot fragrance and color, but it doesn't. The color is a deep artificial pink, and it has a flowery fragrance.
The label says this is a "Fortifying Cream For Nails. A legendary and ultra-effective nail cream that encourages nail growth and improves resistance."
Instructions say to "Gently massage around nails, so that cream penetrates into the skin. For maximum effectiveness, use before going to bed, allowing the cream to work all night." I give myself weekly manicures and remove my polish the night before my manicure. After washing my face, my nails have absorbed water. I dry my nails and apply Creme Abricot so it stays on my moisturized nails all night. The next morning my nails don't look dry. Since using the creme, my manicures stay on better.
Dior's Creme Abricot has been available for 50 years, so it must be doing something right!