This is a review of Biotique Bio Nyctanthes Hand Cream.
BIOTIQUE'S CLAIMS ABOUT THIS PRODUCT: Its deep penetrating action provides nourishment and protection. Cures skin infection. Leaves dry dehydrated cracked and brittle skin smooth and soft. Ayurvedic Medicine (for external use only)
Method to Use:
Gently massage appropriate amount of cream on hands.
Parijat Patra Kwath 2%: Parijat = Night-flowering Jasmine or Nyctanthes, known in India as Harsingar. Patra = Leaves. Kwath = Decoction. Now I am not sure if this contains the extracts from the leaves of the plants or the petals of the fragrant flower because the cream smells of the flower.
Manjishta Kwath 3.2%: Manjistha consists of dried stem of Rubia cordifolia.
Rakt Chandan Kwath 1.8%: Decoction of Red Sandalwood
Mahuva Mool Kwath 1%: Decoction of Madhuca longifolia extracts
Neem Chhal Kwath 1% : Decoction of Azadirachta indica bark
Surajmukhi Tail 3%: Sunflower Oil
Cream Base Q.S.
Quantity: Comes in 50 gms and 250 Gms packing
MRP: INR 180 for 50 gms and INR 540 for 250 gms
Highest discount on medplusbeauty.com: INR 153 and INR 459 respectively) The price and quantity is exactly the same as the Biotique Costus Foot Cream tubs.
Best Before: 3 Yrs from Mfg.
After getting great medicinal results from the Biotique Costus foot cream, I thought of giving this hand cream a try. I started using this in September end and even though it was quite hot and humid then, I needed a hand cream because 1. I have extremely dry skin 2. Having a toddler and pets makes it unavoidable to wash my hands with soap every few minutes. So my hands need good moisturization even in summers.
|The actual quantity is just 65% of the tub you see above.|
The first thing I loved on opening the pack was the fragrance and the color. The cream is a lovely peachy pink and the fragrance is just out of the world. I have never in my life smelt such a soothing floral scent. I just can't resist sniffing my hands on and on continuously, when I have applied this cream. I especially enjoy sniffing this to sleep at night. But apart from pleasing my senses of smell and sight, did it actually work on my hands?
This hand cream penetrates better when applied soon after bath. Initially, I applied it religiously everyday after bath and at night. It made my hands soft and beautiful. I rub it thoroughly in the gaps between my fingers and also into my nails and cuticles. Just like the Biotique foot cream, this hand cream has also strengthened my nails. For the first time in 4 years, I have been able to keep long nails without them splitting into layers. My cuticles are healthier than before.
It kept my hands well moisturized, soft and glowing during summers. By Oct end, it gets colder here and my hands and palms start developing painful cuts from over washing and dryness. My knuckles go dry and purple in winters.
It is Nov end and real winter is yet to hit. But already this cream is not able to keep up to its claims. Nyctanthes hand cream has not been able to treat these cuts even after applying lavishly, several times in the day and at night. I woke up a few days ago with a bad dry rash between my ring finger and tall finger, but this cream could not heal the rash too.
So I feel the claims to cure skin infections and dry, dehydrated, cracked brittle skin have failed completely. Such skin needs both oiliness and moisturization and this cream does not have even a trace of oiliness.
It does beautify my very dry hands instantly and makes my skin look nourished.
|The dryness on my skin is quite visible here.|
|After blending. See the glow?|
If I run my nail on this, I don't get a white streak. My hands look pink and healthy. But it does not provide long time results in cold weather, because it lacks essential oils. The moment I wash my hands with soap, my skin returns to it's dry and brittle condition.
I had bought this hand cream because of the claims and the absence of chemicals and preservatives. But with such results, it is definitely over-priced. I can apply hot ghee at night and get my wounds treated much faster and even body lotion provides deep nourishment to hands. For Summers and for my nails, this will still be my favorite product, but for winters, I definitely need another hand cream now.
If you know of a great hand cream for winters, please do share the details in the comments below.