Trader Joes Ultra Moisturizing Hand Cream

Trader Joe's Skin Care

Ultra Moisturizing Hand Cream

3.00 fl. oz. for $ 4.99
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Trader Joe’s Ultra Moisturizing Hand Cream gets an A+ for its decadent, buttery-smooth texture that rivals the luxe feel of hand creams from higher-end brands (we’re looking at you, L’Occitane). We could do without the added fragrance (more on that in a minute), but there’s no denying that this moisturizing cream provides an oasis of relief for hands, elbows or anywhere else you have dry skin.

Housed in opaque squeeze tube packaging, the “20% shea butter formula” has a dense texture that glides smoothly over skin. Additional emollients including coconut oil, hemp seed oil, and sunflower oil intensify the moisturizing capability while soothing skin and offering replenishing fatty acids + antioxidant properties.

The rich blend takes a couple minutes absorb in and leaves a protective-feeling layer that helps lock hydration in without feeling sticky. The end result? Incredibly soft skin.

Just like the rest of your skin care, ideally your hand cream should be fragrance free (see More Info to learn why). As great as it smells, we had to knock the rating down a notch due to the fragrance. That aside, Ultra Moisturizing Hand Cream really impressed us, and at this price, it’s hard to beat!

  • Decadent, buttery-smooth texture leaves skin oh-so-soft.
  • Shea butter + non-fragrant plant oils nourish and soothe skin.
  • Inexpensive, yet it feels high end.
  • Added fragrance isn’t great for skin.

More Info:

Fragrance in skin care: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.

This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin’s barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin’s surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.

A surprising fact: Even though you can’t always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it’s not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don’t need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.

References for this information:
Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191–202
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement, pages 1–43
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

Ultra silky smooth hand cream moisturizes dry hands, restores and revitalizes skin.

Aqua (Purified Water), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Dimethicone, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, PEG-100 Stearate, Polyacrylamide, Phenoxyethanol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Organic Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Fragrance, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Ceteareth-20, Benzyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Laureth-7, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Sterols, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Alcohol, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Extract, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Fruit Extract.

Trader Joe’s is a California-based grocery chain best known for its eclectic mix of gourmet, organic, vegetarian, and staple food products, most sold under the Trader Joe’s name. Its stores are generally no-frills and utilitarian, with a focus on lower-priced products that are still of high quality.

That same low price, high quality philosophy informs the store’s house brand of personal hygiene products, including its skin care line. There isn’t a lot that’s flashy or innovative; rather the focus is on staples, with some skin-boosting products in the mix as well.

For the most part, Trader Joe’s gets it right, with basic but reliable ingredients. There are a few items that include fragrance ingredients (including a face wash and rose face mist that absolutely should be avoided), but overall, if you’re looking to pick up a does-what-it-says, stripped-down moisturizer while you’re out shopping for groceries, the options here are better than you might expect given their prices.

You can find out more about Trader Joe’s as a store at Its skin care products are sold in-store only.

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