Thursday, 21 July 2011

Etude House Missing U Hand Cream Review

I recently posted about my haul of competition wins and purchases and how reviews were to follow. Well, here is my first review - the Etude House Missing U Hand Cream, which I won from Suzanne's blog Don't They Know Who I Am. I received the penguin hand cream.

Etude House is a Korean cosmetic company and the Missing U range of hand creams each feature an animal that is at risk of becoming extinct - the Harp Seal, Fairy Penguin, Panda and Pink Dolphin. It doesn't actually say whether any money is being donate to the protection of these animals or whether it is just an awareness campaign. According to Etude, the Missing U Hand Cream is formulated with natural mixture of herbs, Shea Butter and Olives to moisturise, heal and soothe hands.

On the belly of each animal is a picture of what I believe is the scent of the product:
Harp Seal - green tea
Fairy Penguin - cotton (though I think it smells like baby powder)
Panda - peach
Pink Dolphin - floral

On the box there is a story about the animal being feature. The story of my penguin is:
Fairy Penguin Story
Our endangered animal friends are rapidly becoming extinct from the planet...I really want to see you...
I miss you!
Hi~ I am Fairy Penguin
I live in Australia $ New Zealand, love to swim and dive for fish.

The hand cream itself is not bad. It is quite thin in texture - more the consistency of a body lotion than a hand cream but this does mean that it absorbs instantly and is non greasy. I absolutely adore the fragrance, though it is very strong. I love the scent of baby powder - even though I have a baby I never use the stuff on him so this is nice to get a baby powder hit. I'm kind of tempted to use this on him so he smells all lovely, and, well, baby powdery but prefer to use only natural or specialised baby products on him so will stick to using this on myself.  It is not the best hand cream that I have used but it is a lot of fun. There is only actually 30 ml of product in the container, and since it is so thin it is not going to last all that long but then you can buy it for around $9 on eBay so it is not overly expensive.

I guess my only criticism of this hand cream is that the packaging is too damn cute which means that my little friend always wants to play it. For some reason he has a bit of a fetish for my beauty products and is most obsessed with the Etude House Missing U hand cream. If I accidentally leave it on my bathroom vanity where he can see it, he cries until I give it to him. I guess I know what I am going to do with the tub once I finish it. Actually, I don't really have a choice - my little friends has already placed dibs on it!

This is not the best performing hand cream that I have ever used but the packing alone makes it a lot of fun to play with. If you are after a hard working hand cream then I would look elsewhere but if you are after something fun for your dressing table I think you have found what you are looking for! Warning: if you do have a little friend in your life then I recommend you buy two as it is mostly likely going to be claimed/stolen by your friend!

All opinions stated in this blog are my own. I have no affiliation with Etude House and received no remuneration for my comments.