In Love With Strong and Fresh Smell of The Body Shop Absinthe Purifying Hand Cream For All Skin Types (Review)

Apr 16, 2013

Few days back TBS had 20% on 3 products. I picked the 2 products I had in mind and started searching for the 3rd products. As I almost tried everything, I was looking for something new. I never go near the rack that stores those hand creams in tin tubes because I am very afraid that they might cut and leak. But then I suddenly saw the green tube. The name Absinthe was real tempting. I was aware of the collection but was not expecting it to come to India this soon. Luckily even this was on offer and so, I grabbed it.

Here is some details on the range.

Price - 495 INR 30ml and 995 INR for 100ml. I got it for 20% off. For me, it was for the same price as Soap and Glory Hand Food.

Packaging - Its comes in a tin tube with a screw cap. I trust the tight screw cap but I am worried that it might crack when more of the cream  is used and there are groves in the tin body. Have you used Boroline? Then I am sure you know what leaking means. I will update if this starts to leak that way.

Texture – It is like a watery body lotion.  Perfect for summer. Get absorbed fast and moisturizing for summer. Does not leave behind a plastic feeling after it is absorbed by the skin. Be careful when the tube is new because a lot comes out directly when you unscrew the cap. If you need a thicker version then get the hand butter from this range.

Smell – Here is the make-it or break-it moment. You might either LUBH it or Hate it. The smell is like fresh cut morning grass which is strong in the beginning and then lingers with the same strength for a long long time.

It effectively covers food smells – even Onions! As much as I like to eat, I hate when finger smell of food. Most Indian foods have overpowering smell. I think when used with the hand wash it might take away any strong smell.

I applied it today morning and tried not to wash my hands (no bathroom breaks for me! LOL)  and it lasted for 4 hours. Even when I washed my hands, there was a faint smell. I am loving the smell but you might hate it. Check it properly before buying.


Sweet Points
  • Fresh long lasting smell which last for long and covers odour.
  • Moisturizing for summer
  • Absorbs quickly.
  • Does not give a plastic feel when it absorbed into the skin.

Bitter Points
  • Costly for full price.
  • Tin tube body is scary.

Will I repurchase? If this gets over in summer then surely I will (after some rethinking). Maybe the 100ml but I will empty it out in a pump dispenser bottle.
Do I recommend? If you liked the smell then go ahead. It is perfect for summer. It has replaced other hand creams in my bag now as it works great for my harsh AC environment and humid outside climate.



  1. very creamy and sounds good :) need to try this one out soon...

  2. I was very curious about this.
    But this might just be too expensive for me...:(

  3. I had the hemp butter once in a tin tube and the stupid thing cracked in between. It looks terrible when it starts to get to the mid or end of the pack!

    1. Thanks for informing Christina. I will be extra extra careful now.

  4. i am a big body shop fan
    seems nice to me
    sjhall try

  5. If you ask me I didnt understand why people spent extra money on buying a different hand cream.. I usually used the one i apply on my body but my cousin gifted me Oriflame's Nourishing Hand Cream for Dry Hands.. OMG it did wonders for my otherwise dry hands..

    Btw beautifully written post! Have you tried any other hand creams?

    1. Even I used to think and still think why hand creams are necessary but then I started used them from this January. I now used them as a lotion for hands and elbows for a refresh. Thats it!

      I have used 3 other than this

      1. Skin Food by Soap and Glory - reviewed here

      2. Body Shop Cranberry

      3. The Face Shop Me:Ex pets Fruits

  6. The Cream Sounds Great, I would want to know whether it would work in Delhi Climate or not?

    1. Hey Raj,
      Thanks for commenting. In general Delhi is much drier so you might need something stronger. This is very light.

  7. When I went to the TBS event recently I tried this out and LOVED the scent of it! Reminded me of the mountains and the trees. Very nature lover scent. And I love TBS's tin tubes, I find that quite interesting and fun to use. I'm kind of sad that they have raised the prices so much. I remember buying an 100ml hemp hand cream for 500 something more then a year back which I still haven't finished yet. And now double the price yikes! But I think I will buy this hand cream in small size once my hemp one finishes.

    1. Yes, the price jump is too high. Its tough to haul from TBS now. I just wait for the Sales now

    2. urrgggg I always miss out the sales. Do let me know whenever it happens.

    3. I will surely let you know. I am hoping for a Sale around Mother's day. I will pm you if there is something interesting.

  8. OK im getting this the next trip to TBS :)


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