Rounding off the end of the working week, I want to talk about one more first impression from my sample drawer. I have two of the Tony Moly Panda’s Dream White Hand Cream sachets, and since I’m between hand creams at the moment, I figured now was a good time to try them, and of course, I want to share my experience.
At the time of writing, Tony Moly is not a fully cruelty-free brand, but I’ve had these little sachets in my sample drawer for quite some time now. I talked about these in my Sample Stash way back in 2016, where I curated the various different samples. While the versions of South Korean brands aren’t tested on animals, as they do sell in China, they create separate versions for the Chinese market. So while I am trying product out, I won’t be considering buying from the brand until they are fully cruelty-free.
As the text on the back of the sachet is all in Korean, I don’t have any claims to quote. But I will compare the performance against what I like from a hand cream and take it from there.
First and foremost, I think the concept of the panda packaging is adorable. While I’m not a huge sucker for packaging, I do appreciate the unique concept they’re working with for the Panda’s Dream line.
The formula is a heavier cream, which I would describe as being medium-heavy in terms of consistency. One sachet had enough to spread over both hands, which is nice as it let’s me test on both hands and for traveling, I can reliably depend on one sachet for each application. It does leave the hands feeling a little bit slippery like a lot of heavier and more emollient hand creams do, so this isn’t a super convenient formula for me as I spend a lot of my time using a keyboard and mouse. My hands do feel smooth once it fully absorbs, which takes up to a few minutes depending on how thick a layer you apply.
It does have a mild white cast when first applied, which I assume is part of the “white” aspect of the name. It does fade very quickly however, so it’s not something you should feel too concerned about so long as you apply it a few minutes before you need to go out, or whatever situation that you want your hands to look presentable.
The big factor that I was really disappointed by, is the strong floral perfume fragrance. For some this won’t be a problem and really makes the hand cream more luxurious, but for my sensitive nose, this gave me a headache and was nauseating. I planned to use both sachets, but the intrusive fragrance has put me off entirely for opening the second one. It’s a shame as I want to have products from Tony Moly to look forward to when they hopefully one day become fully cruelty-free, but sadly this isn’t one of them for me.
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