MOR Emporium Classics Candied Vanilla Hand Cream - review


This is one of those products that I've had for ages and I've now almost finished it, so it's definitely time for a review. 

It's also one of the many products that I photographed ages ago, uploading the shots onto my old computer (which tended to 'mess with' photos, lord knows how), so I've had to go ahead and re-shoot them. This is why my tube is looking rather flat in the photos below ; )

Anyhoo. I've used and loved the MOR Candied Vanilla Hand & Body Lotion before (reviewed here), so when I saw a free shipping promotion online and had some loyalty points to use up, I went ahead and bought this for a song because it was discounted anyway. Woot woot!

I must say, though, that I do actually prefer the hand & body lotion to this hand cream. More on my below.

MOR claims/product details:
  • A uniquely fragranced hand cream containing antioxidant-rich white tea and acai
  • Enriched with almond extract and argan oil to leave hands perfectly smoothed and nourished
  • Easily absorbed to strengthen, soften and assist in the prevention of premature ageing
  • Rejuvenates, hydrates and restores supple skin
  • Improves tone and texture of skin
  • Free from mineral oils, parabens, synthetic dyes and sulphates
  • Cruelty free
  • Available in five memorable fragrances
  • Scent: candied almonds blended with sugar blossoms, decadently layered upon a base of smooth vanilla and creamed caramel
  • RRP $26.95 AUD for 100ml, but do shop around


While I do like this hand cream, I did prefer the hand & body lotion and I'd be more likely to repurchase that product over this one. It just worked better for me overall and I found the lotion to be more hydrating, plus the smells were a little different: I think this one's sweeter where the other one was more complex, although I would have to compare them side-by-side to be sure.

This hand cream is a medium-thick, white cream that indeed smells like candied vanilla, and I can really smell the creamed caramel in this product too - more than I remember smelling it in the lotion. It's quite a sweet, heady scent, and it does linger so be aware of that if you don't like fragranced products.

It absorbs beautifully into the skin and it doesn't leave a greasy residue so it's perfect for day-use. It's one of those creams I can throw on while I'm typing without having to worry about slippery fingers on my keyboard. For this reason, it's also a good hand cream to keep in the car.

The texture is smooth and velvety, and it's not a heavy product so you can apply it frequently without overloading your skin. While this is a good thing, it also means that I can't use this product overnight because it's not hydrating enough (at least for me), so I had to switch it for a heavier hand cream and instead use this one during the day - and I'd actually bought it for night-use because I thought it would be hydrating enough (MOR products usually are).

Let's talk about packaging quickly because this one's gorgeous. I've pretty much liked all the MOR packaging I've seen but this range is among my favourites. I don't normally keep boxes but I'll be keeping this one for a while to display in the bathroom because it's so nice. For this reason, the product would make a fantastic gift: it just looks special and luxe, but the price isn't ridiculous (plus it's often available on sale) so it's one to keep in mind for last-minute presents.

All in all, this is a great product and I do enjoy it. It mightn't be the best MOR product I've tried, but it has its place and I would consider buying another one to throw in the handbag for day-use - but in a different scent, because this one's a little too sweet for me. 


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