This is another entry in my love of things that look like other things. I’m not usually one to go for overly cute or gimmicky packaging, but I cannot resist the fruit-shaped allure of Tony Moly hand creams.
Full Disclosure: This review contains no affiliate links, and the product was purchased by me. All opinions expressed are my own and are based on my personal use and testing of the product.
What is it?
Tony Moly Peach Hand Cream is a peach-scented moisturizer for hands that comes in a jar shaped like a peach. It can be applied to hands (or elsewhere) as needed.
- Size: 30g
- Price: $5.54 CAD +shipping
- Texture: A medium weight cream, with a ‘barely there’ pink tint
- Scent: Candied peaches
- Packaging: A super cute peach-shaped plastic jar
Water, Glycerin, Tribehenin PEG-20 Esters, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Vegetable Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Octyldodecanol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Prunus Persica (Peach) Fruit Extract, Dimethiconol, Dimethicone, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Xanthan Gum, Propylparaben, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, CI14700
CosDNA breakdown. Cetearyl alcohol flags a 2 and glyceryl stearate SE flags a 3 for comedogenicity. Both also score a 2 for irritation. This hand cream also contains parabens.
The top of the peach jar screws off to reveal the cream in the bottom half. The jar itself is a medium weight plastic with a semi-matte finish. The lid has a very notable and satisfying click when you close the jar. It also will always close in the same orientation so the seam of the peach butt is always lined up. That way the aesthetic of the peach shape is never compromised.
The scent is a very fresh and tangy peach scent. It’s closer to a tart peach candy than an actual fresh peach. Still extremely delicious, regardless. The cream is a light pink and medium thickness. It spreads and sinks in without issue, though I find that it will start to pill up if it gets too old.
There’s not too much that is special about the performance of this product. The smell doesn’t linger too long, and the cream moisturizes like a pretty standard hand cream. It’s definitely not a work horse, though, and won’t be performing any miracles. It’s a fun product, not a utilitarian one.
Would I Repurchase?
Surprisingly, no. I have no issues with the cream itself, though. I adore the packaging, the peach smell is fantastic, and it’s a nicely moisturizing hand cream that doesn’t feel too greasy. My problem, and I’ve had this experience with other Tony Moly fruit creams that I’ve tried, is that the cream seems to expire extremely quickly. And by expire, I mean the cream loses it’s water content to evaporation and it seizes up. It darkens in color, shrinks in volume, and turns into a sort of paste with a waxy texture similar to petroleum jelly.
This actually happened to the first cream I ordered; it had ‘expired’ in transit and arrived at my door with the waxy texture. I was sent a replacement, which fared fine for a couple of months, but it is now starting to show signs of going off again. I actually ordered a third cream just so I would have a good looking product to photograph! (Lesson learned, I’ve started taking photos of products right when I open them instead of waiting until I’m ready to write a review.)
I’m honestly not sure why this happens with this cream. I’ve had plenty of moisturizers with jar packaging and I’ve never watched them expire, especially not after only a couple of months. I’ve had foil samples go bad on me, but they were well over a year old. This cream is cheap, but I’m not into buying stuff just so it can expire before I use it up. I still want to use the amazingly cute packaging though, so I will eventually get around to finding some other product to decant into the jar. Then I can still have the satisfaction of a fruit bowl of hand creams on my desk without worrying that I’m not using it up quickly enough.