I recently received quite a few free samples from Earth Science, and the Purfection Hand Cream packets were the first to go.
Ingredients (provided at earthessentials.com)- “Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Olivate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Sorbitan Olivate, Glycerin, Stearic Acid , Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopheryl Linoleate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Meadowfoam Estolide, Echinacea Purpurea Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow) Root Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil,Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum).”
I couldn’t locate this product on the Cosmetic Safety Database. The only ingredients that have hazard scores higher than two are Phenoxyethanol (4) and Fragrance (8). However, I’ve recently learned via a comment on this post that the fragrance Earth Science uses is 100% natural and that all of their products are labeled under a labeling standard called INCI. Under this standard, all fragrance (whether natural or synthetic) must be listed in a Universal Language (Latin) and must be listed as Fragrance (Parfum).
Some great things about this product:
1. It’s free of parabens.
2. It’s cruelty-free and contains no animal ingredients.
Recyclability– Since I had sample packets and not an actual bottle, I’m not sure about the plastic number of this product’s packaging. I would assume that it can be recycled fairly easily, however since, according to health4humanity.com, ”Recycling and conservation has been part of the Earth Science philosophy since it’s beginning in 1979.”
Product Description (also provided at earthessentials.com)- “Rich in vitamins C and E, aloe vera, shea butter and jojoba, this luxurious hydrating cream soothes and softens hands. Pure and effective, this is our best skin remedy for dry, chapped hands. pH 5.5″
Price-$12.95 for a 4 oz bottle, or $38.50 for 16 oz bottle.
Performance– This hand cream makes my hands feel so dreamy! Because it’s a little on the oily side, I’ve found that it takes a little longer to rub in than other hand creams that I’ve come across, but it’s totally worth it. I could rub my hands together for hours after using this stuff and not care.
Scent– Floral+Citrus= heaven on my hands
Rating– 7 seems like a reasonable number for this hand cream. I subtracted two points for the one or so questionable ingredients, half a point for the high price, and another half for the slow absorption.
Would I purchase this item again?- Definitely, why else would I have put it on one of my Christmas lists?! Conveniently enough, and for easy shelf to purse/toiletry bag transfer, this hand cream is now sold in a smaller bottle!
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