Our hands go through very tough times and it’s no wonder that you can tell someone’s age from them. A good hand cream is an absolute must have but like other bodycare, good ones are hard to find. Beauty companies have put a lot of effort in creating all sort of cosmetics for our face skin and yet are offering very simple and sometimes even bad bodycare products. A good hand cream that doesn’t only moisturise but also nourishes the skin is hard to find.
I’ve recently came across the Jorgobé hand cream which intrigued me because of its’ texture. But is it moisturising and nourishing and most importantly, is it worth your time and money? Let’s find out.
The Jorgobé hand cream comes with a simple yet cute cardboard outer packaging. It’s very simple in design but yet the white with black dots make it interesting and it stands out.
The hand cream itself comes in a plastic tube of standard quality with a screw cap. It’s plain white with minimal design but still looks elegant.
Colour and texture
This hand cream has a white colour but also contains black dots. Although it looks like an exfoliator and it might actually exfoliate a little, the black dots are part of the ingredient list of this cream. They dissolve completely and quickly as soon as you rub them in, creating a hand cream with a creamy texture that leaves the skin feeling deeply hydrated.
It’s very hard to describe but this high level of deep moisturising feeling is what got me interested in this cream, it just feels so much better than most hand creams out there.
A 75mL tube retails for approximately £17 (€20). It’s not the cheapest hand cream out there but unsurprisingly, neither the most expensive.
The cream has a floral scent that is not too strong or too light. It’s pleasant and it suits the product type. The smell is not natural, this product contains fragrance.
The brand doesn’t specify skin compatibility and body products tend to be compatible for most skin types. However, do not use cosmetics on broken skin and if you have sensitive skin or other skin conditions, try a little of the product first.
This hand cream lasts for 12M.
Here’s what the brand says about this product:
“Moisturising protection for your hands – for up to 72 hrs.
Jorgobé Hand Cream is an award winning, nourishing and moisturising cream that will help your hands and cuticles regain their natural softness. The hand cream absorbs quickly, leaving your hands pleasantly soft – and no greasy residue. This intensive hand cream contains vitamin A+E encased in black pearls, which are activated when applied, immediately providing antioxidant skin protection. Active ingredients from coconut, avocado and jojoba as well as shea butter have a moisturising and softening effect on the skin and cuticles. Sugar beet helps smooth the skin tone while carbohydrate complex provides in-depth moisture, preventing premature ageing caused by dehydration.
- The black vitamin A+E pearls burst and activate once the hand cream is applied.
- Coconut oil and shea butter soften and nourish the skin.
- Avocado oil stimulates the skin’s natural collagen production.
- Jojoba oil nourishes and protects against dryness.
- Sugar beet nourishes, moisturises and helps smooth skin tone.
- White tea extract provides antioxidant protection.
- Carbohydrate complex protects and hydrates for up to 72 hrs.
How to use Jorgobé Hand Cream:
- Use whenever your hands need moisture and care.
- Apply the cream into the palms of your hands. Then gently massage the cream into the palms, backs of your hands and cuticles, until the cream has been absorbed.
All Jorgobé products are manufactured in Denmark and contain no artificial colours, parabens, mineral oils or silicone. Jorgobé Hand Cream is suitable for vegans and not tested on animals.”
Practicality of use – use experience
This hand cream is very easy to use. The tube is very easy to squeeze and the hand cream spreads easily. The black dots dissolve very quickly while the cream is also absorbed by the skin fast.
The skin is left feeling deeply moisturised and it’s an overall very pleasant experience.
I can’t say that I noticed any visual results from this hand cream but it is definitely one of the few out there that gives a deeply moisturising, not just for a few minutes, feeling.
This hand cream contains 35 ingredients of which 25 will offer you some skincare benefit, 2 are potential negatives and 8 potential irritants. This hand cream is superior to many hand creams out there and actually contains ingredients that will both nourish and hydrate your hands. I mean, which other hand cream do you know that contains vitamin A (aka retinol)? It’s quite rare even in face skincare and usually comes with a price tag.
The black dots that break with friction are meant to release vitamins A+E. It makes you wonder why these are encapsulated like that and not just put into the cream. It’s hard to know without deep analysis whether that’s a marketing play or if the formulation would not sustain these vitamins otherwise. Retinol in particular can be hard to incorporate.
It’s hard to say if I would recommend this cream more than the Hand Chemistry Pro-Repair Skincare cream, because it’s difficult to compare certain ingredients (apples with oranges), but it’s definitely a good hand cream option. In fact because of the less sticky nature, it might even be nicer to use in the long run.
To keep this article short, I am only listing the ingredients that are skin nourishing or skin positive/negative, while ignoring the ones that only play formulation purposes. For the full list of ingredients scroll down to the “full list of ingredients” section.
- Aqua – Water based formulation.
- Cetyl Alcohol– Conditions and softens the skin. It is a fatty alcohol and so it is not perceived to be as damaging to the skin as others.
- Betaine– A humectant, skin conditioner and anti-irritant.
- Butyrospermum Parkii Butter– Also known as Shea butter and is a good skin conditioner. Helps retain moisture by forming a barrier and reduces the appearance of rough patches and dry flakes. Anti-flammatory, soothes itchy, irritated or sunburnt skin. Absorbs UVB, anti-oxidant, emollient, skin replenishing.
- Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride – A skin conditioner and replenisher. Can enhance the delivery of vitamins, pigments and other ingredients. Can act as a cleanser too and provide a lightweight non-greasy barrier of lubrication.
- Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil– Also known as Jojoba oil, a skin conditioner that can enhance the skin’s restorative properties.
- Glycerin – Found naturally in the skin so can be seen as a skin replenishing ingredient. A skin conditioner that helps improve and smooth the appearance of skin. A good moisturiser that is almost always present in moisturising products.
- Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil – A skin conditioner that is high in anti-oxidants and anti-bacterial fatty acids. Provides deep hydration and conditioning to skin. Some research shows that it can improve skin’s elasticity and by extent perhaps slowing down wrinkle formation.
- Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil– A yellow-green oil high in vitamin A,C, D, E and might also contain omega 9 fatty acids which aid skin healing and regeneration. It also contains lecithin and it has antibacterial and anti-wrinkle properties. It can protect against UV light and pollution (not as good as a sunscreen) and even has anti-ageing effects. It is a skin conditioning agent and while it is suitable for all skin types it is particularly good for the dry types. It can also moisturise, soothe and soften the skin. It penetrates the skin to a higher degree than a lot of other oils.
- Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract– Also known as Green Tea Extract. This ingredient has multiple benefits including: anti-oxidant, fragrance, skin conditioner, UV light absorber, anti-microbial, astringent, skin protecting, tonic and possibly helping the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin.
- Retinyl Palmitate– Similar to retinol (aka Vitamin A) but this form is less irritating. Repairs skin’s elasticity and is linked to collagen production. Anti-ageing. Helps protect from sun damage and can help the skin shed the dead cells and produce new ones. Skin conditioner and anti-oxidant. For more details see “Vitamin A in skin care – is it worth it?”
- Glyceryl Caprylate– Skin conditioner that can enhance the penetration of other ingredients.
- Saccharide Isomerate (Carbohydrate Complex) – A water-binding agent and emollient that is a good moisturiser as it cannot be washed off easily. Very good for dry skin or drying formulations.
- Mannitol– Skin conditioner and moisturiser.
- Caprylyl Glycol– Skin conditioner and anti-microbial agent.
- Triethyl Citrate– Anti-oxidant and fragrance.
- Tocopherol– Refers to a class of compounds with similar activities to vitamin E. A skin conditioner, anti-oxidant and fragrance agent. Check out: Vitamins C & E – Do they work in skin care?
- Tocopheryl Acetate– More stable form of vitamin E. Hero anti-oxidant molecule. Skin conditioner. Enhances the activity of sunscreens, can moisturise and help with inflammation. For more details see post “Vitamins C & E – do they work in skin care?”
- Sodium Citrate– An anti-oxidant and preservative.
- Maltodextrin– A film former. Some studies suggest it might enhance the anti-ageing activity of weak acids.
- Cellulose – A humectant (=locks water in).
- Sodium Gluconate– Skin conditioner.
- Citric Acid– A natural preservative, can be used to even out skin tone.
- Lactic Acid– An AHA that is naturally produced in the process of bacterial fermentation. Has hydrating properties and can help brighten and even out skin tone.
- Mica– reflects light so it can give the illusion of smoother, softer, more radiant skin.
- Parfum (fragrance) – This ingredient represents an undisclosed mixture of compounds that give the product scent. There’re more than 3000 molecules that fall under this category and I personally do not like that there are some ingredients that are undisclosed and hidden under this general name. Fragrance also does not offer any skin care benefit, in fact there is some evidence that it can damage the skin.
- CI 77499, CI 77891 – These are dyes that give slight colour either to the cream or to the black dots. Dyes do not offer any skincare benefit but can cause sensitisation or irritation to some. Some dyes can bioaccumulate and others are suspected carcinogens. While there is not much evidence for either, they are an unnecessary risk in cosmetics. Dyes are added for the psychological benefit of creating a product that looks the part and you will believe in. Different colours being associated with different functions is something that has been extensively studied and there are examples even from placebo drug trials.
Ingredients that can cause irritation to some:
This is actually really case specific, as different people have different sensitivities and allergies. Just because a compound has been reported by some to cause sensitivity, it doesn’t mean you will have an issue. “Sensitizer” compounds being present is not a negative in my opinion, as this is the case with pretty much everything out there and funnily enough I’ve seen products that are targeted specifically for sensitive skin, containing some compounds that have been reported by some, or are known to be, sensitizers.
If you have sensitive skin or you are prone to skin sensitisation and unwanted reactions, try a little bit of this at the back of your hand first and consult a medical doctor if you are concerned. Never use cosmetics on irritated or broken skin.
The following compounds present in the Jorgobé hand cream have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Butyrospermum Parkii Butter (Shea butter), Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Parfum, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, CI 77499, CI 77891.
Full list of ingredients
Aqua, Cetyl Alcohol, Betaine, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-3 Dicitrate/Stearate, Cocos Nucifera Oil, Persea Gratissima Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Saccharide Isomerate (Carbohydrate Complex), Mannitol, Caprylyl Glycol, Triethyl Citrate, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Piroctone Olamine, Acrylates/Ammonium Methacrylate Copolymer, Talc, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Sodium Citrate, Maltodextrin, Cellulose, Parfum, Sodium Gluconate, Citric Acid, Lactic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, CI 77499, CI 77891, Mica.
The Jorgobé hand cream might not be as cheap as your supermarket hand cream but there is a reason. It actually contains skin nourishing and moisturising ingredients that will benefit your skin in the long run, not just for a couple of hours after use. This cream is superior to many hand creams in the market not only because of its ingredients but also due to the smooth, deep moisturising feeling that it leaves after use.
I highly recommend this hand cream.
I am not affiliated with any company or brand. These are my views and experiences.
Beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa. Have you ever tried these products? Did they work for you? Let me know your experiences below!
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