Blend Collective is a brand which has always appealed to me, with the cool yet chic packaging which features bold magazine-style font as part of the design, standing out when I've seen the products on shop shelves. As such, when I met with one of the founders of the natural British brand and she gifted me the Rich Restoring Hand Cream in Unwinding Sandalwood & Frankincense, I was excited to try it.
As well as being aesthetically pleasing, the tube packaging is also functional. I liked that, rather than having a screw top or flip lid, the silver cap is simply twisted to open. Admittedly, some people may find this messy but I liked that it avoided wastage. What's more, the 75ml size means that it's travel friendly.
The cream itself has a relatively thick texture and a pale yellow colour. It is easily absorbed, however, it's worth bearing in mind that a little goes a long way. If you use a generous amount, a greasy residue is left albeit only for a short time.
The scent, which lingers on skin, wasn't to my personal liking. The musty, botanical blend which includes sandalwood, frankincense, cedarwood, neroli, clary sage, lavendar and patchouli reminded me of 1970s hippy fragrances. However, the brand does also feature hand creams as part of their Enlivening (Sicilian lemon, lime, May Chang and myrtle) and Balancing (star jasmine, geranium, vetiver, rose and black cherry) ranges.
That said, the blend of ingredients including shea butter, cacoa butter, aloe juice and seabuckthorn oils makes for a nourishing formula which leaves hands feeling hydrated and wonderfully conditioned.
At £15 for 75ml, I feel as though Blend Collective Rich Restoring Hand Cream is ever so slightly overpriced & I wouldn't repurchase but nonetheless, there's something about the brand which continues to appeal to me so I may investigate other products in future.