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2.0 out of 5 stars Not A Shining Hand Lotion But Then Look At The Price!, 31 July 2013
This review is from: Gemspa Reviving Rose Quartz Moisturising Hand Cream 75ml
Like so many companies that use minerals to promote hand creams and body preparations, I've noticed over the years that many a company that uses sea minerals has a strange absence on the Internet regarding the actual products. The same applies to Gemspa - they seem to exist on the Internet under [...] but have nothing to show other than just an intro product and the words "coming soon to Morrisons." However, if you are really interested in the range available, you'll be able to find it all at [...] even though there is no information about this product in terms of who the company are - it doesn't bode very well for a range that is supposed to be arriving soon at a major supermarket. Gemspa preparations are available as hand lotions, body butter products, body lotions and other preps, including an additional range called "Celestial," that ties in the with the general Gemspa ranges for the body.

The reason to why I wonder so much is simply because I have had great results before from Dead Sea Spa Magik, an Israeli company who have gone to and fro on the net under different names and guises, even though their products claim to have mud added, not all of the ranges have mud added as an ingredient, let alone added minerals other than dead sea minerals. I caught them out before when it came to asking their UK services regarding how long the company had been in operation for as well as the active ingredients of two of their body product claimed to contain mud, when in actual fact they admitted the products concerned didn't have any! Gemspa reeks of the same again kind of approach online though the hand lotion here has a general promise of being able to moisturise and condition cuticles with additional lychee, shea butter and rosehip oil, with fragrance nodes of "oriental rose, cassis and violet." Without so much rose going on, this is exactly what Dead Sea Spa Magik's hand cream smells like - and as a result I wonder if this product is masquerading over the success of Dead Sea Spa Magik's hand lotion - a product that I've adored for many years as it does appear to work - against a few let downs by this company.

The consistency of this cream is quite reminiscent with a non-grainy and white in colour look. It has a luxuriously silky smooth feeling and doesn't appear to be water based. Tesco's own hand & nail lotion sold in pink tubes suffers from that, with the obvious indication of it rolling off my palms if I'm inclined to use it. Here a small blob looks delightfully light and creamy though it seems as I squeeze a little out of the tube, a lot is required to travel around both hands, fingers and in between the webs.

On the basis that my hands were rough from manually scrubbing old paint and varnish off an old shed, what I really required at the time was a hand cream similar to Neutrogena or even dry skin brands such as E45 or Vaseline Intensive Care. But as a quick emergency hand cream, Gemspa Reviving Rose Quartz hand cream certainly looks and feels appealing enough.

The scent is okay for the product too, though if you are not a fan of "fresh cut roses," either the real flowers or by Yankee Candle, Gemspa's product here smells of red roses and violets, even if the company make claims of other additives here, with actual lychees already smelling strongly of roses, anyway. The scent dies down after 15 minutes, or longer if you apply this product just before bedtime.

When it comes to general performance, this cream feels delightfully light and silky smooth on my skin and initially my hands feel silky soft and very well moisturised and feel that for the most part as the cream sinks into my skin, it is apparent that it quickly absorbs - or so I thought. "Reviving" is great for a couple of minutes. However, it isn't before long that when working out in the sun, my hands began to feel sticky and not at all very nice to the touch. Indeed when it comes to washing my hands, my palms were very oily with this cream, which certainly isn't anything like the soft and absorbing nature of Dead Sea Spa Magik! Whilst this cream is great for keeping hands feeling soft and supple if they are constantly dried out, the moment palms become hot, the cream suddenly doesn't appear to be feel absorbed at all. I don't tend to suffer much from my palms being too dry in general, even if I have combination skin in general.

Gemspa also claim that this hand lotion can be used to keep cuticles conditioned and soft. Well, sadly not here - even when applying to each fingernail and rubbing the cream in, my cuticles have a little softness - but the better product here is Vaseline's nail and hand lotion where truer and longer lasting softness can be felt.

Around the back of this rather glossy champagne beige/gold coloured tube, you'll find that whilst the advertising claims that the product has been "infused with Gemstone minerals," at the front, the info on the rear changes to "inspired by the earth's most beautiful gemstones." What's it to be, Gemspa, inspired or infused??

To conclude, although this hand cream served as a good emergency for softness, I don't particularly think Morrisons should bother with this hand lotion in general. Too much in scent and similar approach to Dead Sea Spa Magik, both by consistency and aroma, the cream doesn't appeal much on the grounds of its inconsistent information and sticky feeling when my dry palms begin to get the slightest warmth. Oily when water is rinsed through my hands too, the cream certainly doesn't appear to absorb very well either - and though the feeling of softness is silky smooth when initially applied, even the claim and promise of Gemstones isn't exclusive enough to let this product shine. One to keep in the shed after gardening! Thanks for reading. ©NR2 2013.
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