Product Review: I Provenzali Crema Mani al Karitè (Shea Butter Hand Cream)

Name: Crema Mani al Karitè (Shea Butter Hand Cream)
Brand: I Provenzali
Size: 75ml
Price: €4,40

From I Provenzali’s website:
Nourishing with an anti-drying because it is Shea Butter and Shea Oil based. Protects skin naturally because it is rich in natural Glycerin. Velveting for a soft skin, thanks to the benefits of Sweet Almond Oil.

What I liked:
– very moisturizing
– makes skin soft
– heals cracks and dry skin
– contains almost only natural ingredients
– the price

What I didn’t like:
– oily consistency
– takes ages to absorb
– strong scent

A few months ago I fell completely in love with I Provenzali Shea Butter lip balm, so much so that it’s quickly become my HG and I haven’t touched another lip balm in ages. So, when my hand cream run out, I thought I’d try the one from the same Shea Butter range from I Provenzali. I wish I hadn’t.

Don’t get me wrong. This hand cream has a lot going for it. First of all, almost all of the ingredients are natural and it doesn’t contain parabens nor petrochemicals. The main ones are Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil and Sweet Almond Oil, which all have very moisturizing and nourishing properties and leave skin soft and hydrated. In addition, Shea Butter is chock full of antioxidants and does a great job at repairing cracked and damaged skin.

As someone who washes her hands 50 times a day, my hands get easily red, irritated and sometimes even cracked and bleeding. That’s why it is mandatory for me to use a hand cream frequently. I find that I Provenzali Shea Butter cream does a great job at moisturizing skin, reducing inflammation and quickly healing cracked skin. It also leaves my skin soft and smooth. I honestly cannot fault the performance of this hand cream. So why don’t I like it?

To me, this cream has two major flaws. The first one is the scent. It is very strong and overpowering.  I have honestly never come across a cream with such a strong scent. Of course this is subjective and some of you may be able to put up with it, even enjoy it. But I hate it. I heard the lip balm used to have an overpowering scent as well, which become subtle once they reformulated the product. I wish they had done the same with the hand cream as well.

But what I really, really hate is the consistency. The first time I used it, some liquid oozed out. I wasn’t too pleased with it but the packaging says it can be difficult to get the product out at first because the ingredients aren’t chemically emulsified together. So, I shook it a bit and was able to get the cream, white in color and with a thick consistency, out.

I squeezed out the usual amount I use but that proved too much. The cream has a very oily and greasy consistency that takes ages to absorb. That’s why I Provenzali recommends you apply the tiniest amount possible, and I agree, but even then I still have this problem. I think this cream is best applied at night before you go to bed so the greasiness won’t be a problem. Or you may apply some, put some gloves on and use it as a nourishing treatment every now and again. But as an everyday moisturizer, it is just too greasy.

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I Provenzali Crema Mani al Karitè (Shea Butter Hand Cream) is a natural hand cream which is very moisturizing and does a great job at healing cracked and irritated skin, while leaving it soft and moisturized. However, the consistency is thick, greasy and takes ages to absorb. And the scent is way too strong!

Rating: 3/5

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    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Dao, yes, I think it would work better on the body but it’s just a shame the texture is so greasy! :(

  1. Mylanqolia says

    I also dislike greasy creams on my hands and body. Therefore I use them on my feet over night (in combination with socks). Maybe that’s an opportunity for you to use it up as well. 😉

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Mylanqolia, that’s a great idea. I tend to neglect my feet in winter and this may be just what they need. Thanks for the tip, I’ll try it. 😉

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