April 2016 Birchbox Review #4: Tocca Hand Cream

On the search for the ideal hand cream.

For the past couple of months, I’ve been trying different hand creams to find one that I like at a good price point. So far, I’ve been through three and have a favorite in the running, but I’m not completely committed yet. Samples are just what I need when testing out different types of the same product.

Tocca’s Crema da Mano (USD $10.00, full size 2.0 oz) was included in my Birchbox at just the right time. I’d just finished up a hand cream, which I really loved, but wasn’t 100% sold on. I have to give it to Tocca for providing such a great deluxe sample. The packaging is the exact same as the full size, but with half the product. An ounce of product in a sample is pretty generous, especially when it comes to moisturizers. Price point is fair. You’d be paying similar prices at the drugstore or Ulta for a hand cream.

This hand cream comes in five different scents in the Birchbox shop. I received the scent Giulietta, which is described as pink tulip and green apple. I do like the scent. I’m normally not the biggest fan of florals, but this smells really nice and light and isn’t overpowering.

As you know, I’m not the biggest fan of fragrance in skincare products. In fact, I make sure to keep my face products 100% free of fragrance. I’m slightly more flexible with body lotions and washes, but I also prefer products that don’t have fragrance too high on their ingredient list. Remember, the higher the ingredient is listed, the more of it is in the product. Something that did disappoint me is that parfum (aka fragrance) was listed so high. Especially with the delicate skin on hands, I want to make sure I’m providing it with nourishing, anti-aging and moisturizing ingredients and not damaging fragrance.

Fragrance aside, this hand cream does feel nice. The formula is surprisingly light weight, which is great for people who complain that hand creams are too thick and greasy. This is the opposite of that. In fact, I’d say it leaves behind a slightly dry feel on the hands. Don’t get me wrong, this is not drying it. But the way it rubs into the skin leaves hands feeling dry instead of overly hydrated. It’s not bad.

This is a matter of personal preference, but I like my hand creams to be just slightly more moisturizing. Tocca did a good job of keeping my hands hydrated, but not to the level that I like. I need something just slightly heavier. However, this does provide a nice level of hydration for people with skin that just needs a small moisture boost. It definitely isn’t for anyone who has severe, cracked skin. You’ll need something much more emollient.

Bottom line: I enjoyed using this hand cream. It was light and pleasant without being ineffective. The texture of the cream is great for those who complain about the heavy nature of hand creams, but should be avoided by folks with dry skin. I’m almost done with my sample, but I will not be purchasing the full size because of the amount of fragrance it contains. If you’re not as picky about fragrance in your body skincare, then this hand cream might be just what you’re looking for. My search, however, continues.

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