Review: Arbonne FC5 Ultra-Hydrating Hand Creme… LOVES!

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My friend Ruth-Anne sent me this hand cream a while ago but I keep forgetting to review it… Ruth-Anne is currently doing a contest on her site where if you go sign her guest book here, you can win full size Arbonne products.

What it claims: Ultra lightweight formula moisturizes hands, leaving them feeling soft and supple.

Price: $22CAD for 112mL at Arbonne

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Lippia Citriodora Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Sorbitan Stearate, Squalane, Dimethicone, Cetyl Alcohol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Betula Alba Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Hypericum Perforatum Extract, Nasturtium Officinale Extract, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Carbomer, Corn Starch Modified, Tromethamine, Myristyl Myristate, Myristyl Laurate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Butylene Glycol, Polysorbate 60, Stearic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Ilex Paraguariensis Leaf Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Ferula Galbaniflua (Galbanum) Resin Oil, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil, Hexyl Acetate, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Ethyl Acetate, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil, 3-Hexenol, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Geranyl Acetate, Allyl Caproate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Amyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Linalyl Acetate, Beta-Ionone, Geraniol, Citronellol, Gamma-Undecalactone, Benzyl Acetate, Cis-3-Hexenyl Acetate, Styrax Benzoin Resin Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Citral, Limonene

[Key Ingredients: fresh kiwi cells; Moisture Fresh Complex of cucumber, birch leaf, watercress, clover blossom, St. John’s wort; rose geranium botanical plant, lemon verbena botanical plant, safflower oil, sunflower oil, vitamins A and E]

The good: This is a light, creamy (but not greasy) hand cream that is perfect for on the go. It moisturizes very well and you only need a very little bit to get the job done. It smells fruity (due to all of the fruit ingredients) which is a good pick-me-up during the day. I love to carry this around with me in my purse because it absorbs instantaneously and I do not have to massage it in as much compared to other hand creams. The result is smooth, hydrated hands that can get back to whatever it was doing immediately after applying the cream.

The bad: The price is relatively steep, at $22 for 112mL, it is easily one of the more expensive hand creams on the market (unless you venture into designer brand domain). I do feel that it is better bang for your buck though, because I’ve tried hand creams by L’Occitane and Crabtree & Evelyn and I always tend to overuse, resulting in it being used up faster. But with this hand cream, you really only need very little bit to feel relief from dryness.

Overall: This is a good hand cream if you happen to have the budget for it. Compared to budget hand creams like Glysomed (which I also love and use by the bucketful), this cream delivers the relief without the greasy feeling, which Glysomed is pretty much known for.

  • Product: 17/20
  • Value: 3/5
  • Packaging: 4.5
  • Overall: 24.5/30 | 82% | A-
  • Repurchase? Probably, if I can get through my stash of hand cream first (yes I like to hoard hand cream)
  • Availability: Arbonne

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