Marks and Spencer Moroccan Escape Bitter Orange Nourishing Hand and Nail Cream Review

I have been wanting to pick up the L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream since ages; however, I keep getting waylaid by impulse buys and end up picking something else each time. Why? Because honestly, though I want good moisturization, I do like a little fragrance in my hand cream. So, when I saw this “bitter orange” offering from Marks and Spencer at their impulse buy section – let’s just say, the section worked!

Product Description:
A rich hand and nail cream blended with Moroccan argan oil to help condition nails and leave your hands soft, smooth and moisturised.

  • Paraben Free: Yes.
  • Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans.
  • Skin Type: Suitable for all skin types.

INR 399 for 75 ml.


Packaging: The product comes in packaged in a no-fuss white tube. It’s a decent size, so easy to carry for re-application.

My Experience with Marks and Spencer Moroccan Escape Bitter Orange Nourishing Hand and Nail Cream:
My skin type – except for my face, my skin is extremely dry. My hands have been hard hit ever since I became a mom because they are perpetually losing moisture, being in and out of water.  The worst part is that your days are so full that taking care of your skin and such, can end up taking a back seat. Having a tube like this lying around can be real handy (no pun intended!). But, any of you who is a mom, will know that it’s not realistic to have things lying around when you have little kids at home because they just disappear!

Coming back to the product, this hand and nail cream is extremely lightweight, easy to spread, and absorbs quickly into the skin. The absorption into the skin is complete – meaning, without any residue or feeling of stickiness, which is a big plus from my perspective.

The cream has a lovely fragrance of bitter oranges which is neither too citrusy or tangy, nor is it too bitter. The fragrance is quite pleasant. You can try it in store before you buy it since fragrance can be very subjective, like I love all things cinnamon; while my friend ends up getting a headache if she even whiffs anything with cinnamon in it.

My hands feel soft and supple after using this. This is in no way an intensive hydration cream. As the packaging mentions, this has shea butter in it; however, if you look at the list of ingredients, you realize how low the shea butter is mentioned on the list, it’s almost half way through the list, meaning the content of shea butter isn’t too high. So, the cream provides nice light hydration.

The good thing is also that since the cream is so light, it allows you to go back to work right after application. So, you can be tapping away on your laptop right after applying this, without any fear of feeling greasy or having smudges on the keyboard.

To sum this up for you:

Pros of Marks and Spencer Moroccan Escape Bitter Orange Nourishing Hand and Nail Cream:

  • Extremely lightweight.
  • Absorbs quickly.
  • Spreads easily.
  • No white cast at all.
  • No sign of greasiness or residue left behind.
  • Does not stain.
  • Has a lovely bitter orange fragrance, a little sweet, not the a little sweet, not the asinine candy sweet.

Cons of Marks and Spencer Moroccan Escape Bitter Orange Nourishing Hand and Nail Cream:

  • Not intensely moisturizing. The “shea butter” prominently mentioned on the packaging can make one think that it’s one of the main ingredients, it’s not actually.

IMBB Rating:

I think it’s a nice product – easy to apply, easy to carry, with a non-greasy impact and a decent price point. I think it works well and would be a good option to have in your bag, without the need to break the bank or offer serious commitment.

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