Tuesday, 10 February 2015

You, Who Smells Good: Grown Alchemist's Vanilla & Orange Peel Hand Cream

I have to admit that during Priceline's 40% off skincare sale a few weeks ago, I was very tempted to pick up another bottle of Grown Alchemist's Vanilla & Orange Peel Hand Cream. My current bottle is sitting very prettily on my work desk at home and even looking at it makes me feel calm.

How is that even possible?! Ahah. I'm guessing that I've developed some emotional attachment to it.

Or maybe because it smells like heaven. 

As you may already know from my previous posts, Grown Alchemist is another Australian skincare brand that advocates an organic approach to beauty. Most importantly for me, their products don't contain sulphate.

They also specialise in sourcing active botanical antioxidants that are supposed to be a more natural and safer way to nourish the skin.

I actually purchased this hand cream after testing it out at David Jones when I was picking up their Damask Rose, Black Pepper & Sage shampoo. There were two things that initially impressed me about this hand cream - it's texture and scent. 

The texture is silky smooth and feels slightly lotion-y once you start to spread it across your hands. It's also a non-greasy formula, meaning that I can quickly go about doing other things without worrying that I'll leave marks all over the place.

But the best thing about it is that it smells amazing. I'm not a huge fan of vanilla but I love the smell of orange peel and Grown Alchemist has captured the scent perfectly. They've managed to strike the right balance, without making it too heavy or light. The smell kind of filters a little into the air when you dispense the cream from the pump bottle. Very nice!

Surprisingly, I actually prefer this to Grown Alchemist's Persian Rose & Argan Extract Intensive Hand Cream, which I didn't find intensive at all. The Intensive Hand Cream has a thicker texture to it but this Vanilla & Orange cream hydrates much better. Having said this, I don't think this is the best hand cream I've tried and there are cheaper alternatives that don't smell better or feel better on the skin but definitely do a better job at moisturising my hands. I've noticed that I need to reapply this a fair few times throughout the day.

So why did I almost purchase another bottle? 

Because of the packaging. The bottle just looks so pretty sitting there on my work desk at home and...

Which products have you purchased because of their packaging? 


  1. Love the smell of this stuff - your photos of it are gorg x

  2. Hi Emma! It smells gorgeous doesn't it? And thank you for your kind comment. You're the first person to ever compliment my photos. LOL.

  3. That bottle is special for a hand cream, I think!
    I usually prefer unscented hand cream, but on a day when I work from home, this would be a beautiful picker-upper. :)

  4. I've picked up TOO many things based on packaging. This lotion sounds like it smells divine just from the name! My favourite Antipodes moisturizer smells like citrusy vanilla, so I know I'll probably be a fan of this lotion too. I'll definitely need to ask my Aussie friend to send me something from the brand since you talk about them so much! (BRB GOOGLING WHAT OTHER PRODUCTS THEY OFFER)

  5. This is a perfect non-edible midday treat when you're buried under a pile of work!

  6. Oh then you'll definitely like this one. The orange peel smell is ah-ma-zinggggg!

    I think I'm coming to the end of my massive and prolonged fascination with Grown Alchemist. LOL. Their products can be a bit of a hit and miss (not that I've tried out too much from their range) but this hand cream is worth buying for the smell! LOL.

  7. This looks like a super luxurious hand cream! I'm awful when it comes to caring for my hands and hair, like you, I think this would look nice just sitting in my bathroom tho :)