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These fresh-scented hand cremes from Illume have us thinking spring year-round. The brightly colored tubes are cheery enough to chase away even the worst of the winter blahs, and the five scents—Desert Tulip, Anemone, Cactus Verde, Coconut Milk Mango, and Thai Lily—are perfect for cold and warm weather alike. Plus, the formulas are paraben-free, never tested on animals, and contain moisturizing natural oils to soften skin.
I bought this lotion in the Coconut Milk Mango scent at the SoHo store. I SO wanted to love this product, and I SO wanted it to be deserving of five stars. The scent is AH-mazing! The texture is delicious... light and milky, but still manages to moisturize fantastically. The packaging is whimsical and fun. Also, this brand is never tested on animals (huge bonus points), the ingredients are 100% natural, and the lotion is paraben-free. As I'm purchasing this, I'm thinking to myself -- this is SO going to be my new signature scent.
BUT... the major drawback for me, and the reason I gave it only three stars --
The scent simply does not last. I love a not-overpowering scent that lingers throughout the day, and only every once in a while someone is close enough to you to catch a subtle whiff of your yummy scent. Well, that simply will not happen with this lotion, except maybe within the first thirty minutes to an hour of applying it. Even with the coordinating perfume layered on top of it, the fragrance still did not last. I asked my boyfriend if he liked my new scent, and even after pointing it out, he still could not smell it on me. SUCH a bummer... I was really hoping this would be my new go-to product for moisture and fragrance. Alas, the hunt continues...
Smell is wonderful. Its a littel greasy going on and the moisturizing effect does not last long. I had to reapply several times during the day as opposed to a previous hand lotion that I only had to use once a day.3
I couldn't stand the smell. I was expecting something pleasant, but it was awful. Lower than mediocre moisturizing too.1
I love the coconut milk mango scent! Nice and light and not overpowering. The creme isn't greasy and it keeps my hands soft.5
The scent is very nice. I didn't care for the design on the packaging. And the package sample itself was not meant for long term. I wish the dispenser had been different.3
The packaging is adorable! The product is fabulous! And the scent is delicate enough to last for awhile. A clean fresh that definitely makes me feel lovely!5
Smells so lovely and made my hands feel soft but not greasy. This product soaked in to the skin nicely and smells divine, a nice little hand treat when you are feeling fancy!4
I have the Anemone creme and I just can't get enough! It is such a pleasant smell. It is also such a good moisturizer. Very light but still very moisturizing.5
This lotion smells absolutely fabulous!! I love the smell and I also love how soft my skin feels after applying this lotion!4
I love this lotion. It smells great and isn't too greasy. It makes my skin very soft and smooth all day.4