Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Review: Hada Labo Deep Moisturizing and Whitening Hand Cream + Giveaway!

♫ Bii 畢書盡 - I Know

If you're a frequent nail polish user and chronic hand-washer like me, you'll probably have similar experiences regarding 'nail nightmares' - very dry skin, rough cuticles, fragile nails, etc. This is the part where hand cream comes in really handy (pardon the pun), especially if you're often exposed to air-conditioned areas which are typically very drying to skin.


I recently received two brand new products from Hada Labo to try out, which is their hand cream with natural essential oil. These hand creams are said to be free from alcohol, colorants, fragrance and mineral oil, making it suitable even for sensitive skin.

Front
I like the simple, minimalist design of the hand cream tubes. The tube is matte white with a glossy pink/purple label, depending on the variant.
Back
More information about the hand cream (ingredients, functions) are printed in Chinese on the back. There is an English label but it's attached to the outer plastic packaging of the tube.

The only flaw with the packaging of the hand cream is the cap. These Hada Labo Hand Creams come with a screw on cap, which isn't really a good idea. I would prefer a flip cap for them, considering that it's a hand cream - imagine trying to screw the cap back on with slippery hands.

Comparing both hand creams
After blending out both hand creams
Besides the scent, both hand creams are quite similar at first glance. However, I find that they both have slightly different textures when applied. The lavender hand cream has a smoother, slightly more watery consistency and is easily spread. The rose hand cream has a slightly thicker consistency and a satin-like texture when applied.

Hada Labo+ Lavender Whitening Hand Cream
Lavender Whitening Hand Cream
It is fortified with super hyaluronic acid, arbutin and lavender essential oil to help to maintain the skin's fairness and restore smoothness. The scent of lavender is also great for calming and relaxing, while vitamin E and B5 helps to repair dry skin.

My Verdict
The lavender variant has a very distinct lavender scent, which most lavender-lovers will like. It has a slightly more watery texture compared to the rose, which makes it easy to spread onto your hands. However, it doesn't seem to be as easily absorbed as the rose, and leaves skin with a dewy finish even after several minutes. If you have normal-toned skin and are looking for a hand cream that whitens and moisturizes, this would be the product for you! :)

Hada Labo+ Rose Deep Moisturizing Hand Cream
Rose Deep Moisturizing Hand Cream
It contains hyaluronic acid, super hyaluronic acid, and oat β-glucose that penetrates into the deep layers of skin for optimum moisturization. Bulgarian rose and 3 other kinds of rose essential oils help to soothe and calm the skin, prevent irritation and gives the hand cream a wonderful relaxing fragrance. Vitamin E and macadamia seed oil are also added to provide extra moisture.

My Verdict
Ah, I cannot emphasize enough on my love for roses and rosy scents! The rose variant has a very strong rose scent (actually it's so strong that it smells kind of artificial ^^;;) and has a denser texture compared to the lavender. This one is perfect for me, not only because of the rose scent, but also because it deeply moisturizes dry hands. It is not as easily spread as the lavender, but it leaves a satin-like feeling before being absorbed. ♥


The Hada Labo Lavender Whitening and Rose Deep Moisturizing Hand Creams (50g) retail at RM 19.90 each, and is available exclusively at Watsons.

Giveaway Time!

Winter Blossoms' Hada Labo Hand Cream giveaway
I am giving away a tube of Hada Labo Lavender Whitening Hand Cream to one of my awesome readers, so just fill in the Rafflecopter form below, follow the steps given and cross your fingers for the winner announcement! :D

Giveaway Rules: 
● Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter the giveaway.
● This giveaway is open to Malaysian residents (those with a valid Malaysian mailing address) only.
● Giveaway period is from 4 September 2013 - 18 September 2013.
● Winner will be announced and notified after the giveaway ends.
● A new winner will be chosen if original winner does not reply within 48 hours.

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31 comments:

TZel said...

I would love to have the lavender cream.

Seah Jo Ling said...

Most definitely rose! :)

Charmaine Pua Li Ping said...

It's a difficult choice but... Lavender pls! <3

MsCarolineLzt said...

Lavender~ I have tanned skin so whitening is what i always buy for skincare product <3

J-Mei said...

i love rose :)

snowmint said...

I am having dry skin ...so I guess I'll go for Rose :D

Sunshine Kelly said...

got this too but have not review yet

Danielle Liew said...

Lavender! Cause I love lavender so muchhh!

Trislynn Chan said...

i want rose!!!
Hmm..rose sexy ma...hahaha

Isabel said...

Rose! Moisturizing over whitening~

HerYuan Lau said...

I want Lavender! Cause i love lavenderrr!

Constance Ant said...

i would like to have lavender one purleeeese :P

慧慧 said...

I like rose (^_^)

Leimun said...

Yes Hand cream is a must for nail polish lover.
I have hand creams in my every bag. hahah
Nice review post and i love your colourful nails


CherrieYen said...

I love lavender,hope can try it and grab it!! XOXO

Haliemah Zahari said...

Lavender! Because my hands are a lil' bit darker than my arms, so I want to even the skin tone!

Hazel Llyvonne G said...

The lavender tube is the one that i want to try!!! thanks for the giveaway! =)

win lyn said...

Lavender~ I've always loved anything lavender scented.
Thank you for the giveaway :)

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Jeisley said...

Lavender!! Because lavender is my favourite flower and I like it light scent.

Abigail said...

Both will be great!! but i prefer my hand to be moisturised rather than just purely having fair skin. So i will go for the rose one although giveaway is lavender nyaha! Thanks anyway!

LauraLeia said...

Oooh nice :) waiting for your review ^^

Koey Leow said...

Lavender Whitening! :D

Mayangshi said...

I haven't seen Hada Labo's hand cream sold in my area yet. But, i really looking forward to have one. Thanks for the giveaway. =]

Mayangshi said...

Forgot to mention, I would pick the Lavender!!! Because i love anything that is Lavender related.... Teehee~

Mieza Everdeen said...

i love everything with rose scent, so yeah I'm wishing for the rose one :p

Jocy Tan said...

I love lavender!! Thanks for this giveaway!

Kathlynn said...

i'm a big fan for lavender - so lavender gets my vote :)

Nicole Sim said...

Would love to try ROSE!!! :D


PS: im also hosting a giveaway. Do join alright :D http://bit.ly/18cQifO

Vera Khule said...

I would choose the lavender cream.

Gillian Ong said...

I love the scent of both rose and lavender! but ultimately I'll choose rose because i have dry hands which are in need of moisture

Gillian.O <3

sexy-shit said...

i would love to try the Rose (moisturizing)cream. :)

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