Review – Tony Moly Tangerine Hand Cream

I have a deep burning desire to have a collection of products that disguise themselves very cleverly as an adorable bowl of fruit. Unfortunately this dream of mine is slightly unraveling as I discover that the creams inside those fantastic fruity packages are not quite what I had hoped for.

Very soon after trying the Tony Moly Peach hand cream, I of course had to add the Tangerine version to my collection. It definitely fulfilled certain expectations, and much like it’s sister product it also failed in some other expectations.


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 Tangerine Hand Cream is a citrus-scented hand cream that comes packaged in a very cute tangerine-shaped jar.

  • Size: 30g
  • Price: $7.04 CAD from
  • Texture: Medium weight cream with a very light orange tint
  • Scent: Bright and fresh orange scent
  • Packaging: Jar with a screw-on lid shaped like a tangerine

tony moly tangerine jar


Purified Water, Olus, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Tribehenin PEG-20 Esters, Octyldodecanol, Citrus Nobilis Fruit Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii, Arbutin, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Dipropylene glycol, Citrus Junos Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum Fruit Extract, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Triethanol amine, CI 19140, Red No.33, Fragrance

CosDNA breakdown. Dimethicone and the Red No.33 pigment flag 1s for comedogenicity, triethanol amine scores a 2. Carbomer also scores a 1 for irritation.

This cream does contain arbutin for ‘whitening’, which is part of the product’s marketing. If you have spots of pigmentation on your hands, arbutin is one of the whitening ingredients that will help with that, so this cream might be worth looking into. I cannot speak to this cream’s whitening properties as I thankfully do not have pigmentation on my hands.

tony moly tangerine jar2


I got exactly what I expected in terms of a fun product when I used this cream. It comes in a small jar shaped like a tangerine. The surface has a dimpled ‘orange-peel’ texture, though the plastic is not matte. There is a little green rubber stem on top as well. You will look like you have a tasty snack awaiting you with this little guy parked on your desk.

Similar to the Peach cream, the lid has a satisfying click when you screw it on or off. It ensures that the top is always screwed on in the same orientation, so you won’t ruin the aesthetic by having the top misaligned from the bottom.

The cream itself is very light, and has a pleasant, sweet orange scent, like orange juice. It’s not overpowering, and is exactly what I was looking for out of this product.

tony moly tangerine swatch


This cream does just fine in the moisturizing department. It doesn’t leave me feeling greasy, and the scent is a delicious burst of refreshing orange. I can’t speak too much to the whitening capabilities though, since I don’t have hyperpigmentation or spots on my hands that I need to fade.

Just like the Peach cream, I also had issues with the expiry of this product. I don’t actually use hand cream that much (something I’m actively trying to rectify), and that meant this cream was sitting on my desk mostly full for a few months. It’s well before the expiry date on the product, but the cream itself seems to lose it’s water content and thicken up into a paste. The color darkens a lot as well, and it starts to take on a texture similar to Vaseline.

I’ve never had this problem with any of my other moisturizers (save the peach cream), and I suspect it has something to do with the locking mechanism of the lid. The way the lid snaps in ensures that it will always be aligned properly with the jar, but it also prevents me from tightening the lid to get a really good seal. That seems to leave it more open to the air, which could be causing it to dry out into a paste.

tony moly tangerine

Would I Repurchase?

This cream is pretty cheap, and the packaging and scent are exactly what I wanted. However, as I said in my review of the Peach cream, I’m not really into buying products that will go bad before I can use them up. That’s not an effective use of my money.

I’m working on making a conscious effort to use up more of the products that I have opened, so we’ll see if I can get through a fresh jar of this cream without it drying up on me. If I can do that without feeling like I’m slathering myself every hour of the day, then I might consider continuing to buy these creams. As it stands right now though, I’ll not be repurchasing them.

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