Saturday Review: H2O Plus Spa Hand and Nail Cream

100-30374-000_dtI go through a lot of hand cream. I have a tube in my office, in my purse, and in my car. Plus, I keep bottles in my stash at home so I never have to run out. Paper is rough on your hands and nails. I purchased a tube of H2O Plus Spa Hand and Nail Cream (yes, *purchased* not sampled) from the gotcha travel size displays next to the registers at Ulta.

From Ulta’s website: “Lightweight, non-greasy spa treatment restores moisture to hardworking hands; Silk proteins and vitamin E nourish nails and cuticles to leave them soft and strong; Moisture-rich marine botanicals, including Wakame, Sea Lettuce, and Sea Fennel provide deep hydration for visibly smooth skin.”

Pros: It moisturizes and is affordable. A nice travel sized bottle – a large travel bottle, in my opinion – will only set you back $5 or so.

Neutral: Despite claiming to be non-greasy, I find it to leave a bit of a greasy residue on my hands. This may be a deal-breaker for you, but I’m keeping it as neutral; I think it is pretty good on the non-greasy scale for its price point. Also, this doesn’t seem to help my cuticles, so I wouldn’t depend on the “nail” part of the name.

Con: It smells like grandma. Now, reviews on the internet suggest that a lot of people like this smell, but not me. It reminds me of that kind of diluted rose smell stereotypically worn by elderly women.

Verdict: An okay cream with a great price, but I wouldn’t buy it again due to the smell. Actually, I’m pretty thrilled that my tube is almost empty and I can move on to something else. I think that says a lot.



  1. TRY Desert Essence organic cream — not greasy and good, though not as good as the extremely expensive but wonderful Aveda hand cream.

  2. It looks nice but the thing with the funny smell doesn’t sound promising! Anyway I don’t know why I always get hand creams at Christmas/Birthday and any other celebration requiring a gift! So I never get to buy my own hand cream (but probably I could open a successful blog of hand creams reviews)…useful review! Have a nice day!

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