REVIEW: Melvita Extra-Rich Hand Cream

BFF Beauty Girl, Jenni, along with Beauty BFF guest writer, Carly, review a rich and nourishing hand cream from the 100% natural & organic line MELVITA

A couple weeks ago BFF Beauty was generously given several products from MELVITA, a wonderful organic line based in Southern France. 

All of MELVITA’s products use “the finest ingredients that are organically and responsibly sourced, with respect of nature being their priority.”  And since MELVITA is one of the pioneer all-natural cosmetic companies, “creating innovative products at the forefront of organic formulation,” we thought our Beauty BFF, Carly who is an environment-conscious and all-natural beauty consumer, would be the perfect guest writer to test out some MELVITA products with us.
After all, who better to give an honest assessment of organic products than a new mommy (such as Carly) who consistently has to be aware of ingredients and not purchase products with chemicals that may possibly harm her child?

BFF Beauty Guest Writer – Carly

This is our first MELVITA product review, so before we continue here is a little background on the company MELVITA…

The Company’s founder, Bernard Chevilliat a Beekeeper and Biologist, is very passionate and involved with all the inner-workings of the product line and in particular, staying 100% true to organic, natural and being eco-friendly all the way from development to delivery of each and every product.   MELVITA’s philosophy involves taking a “pro-active approach that encompasses sustainable development and the preservation of beauty, biodiversity and environmental balance.”

Where did the passion for environmental balance come from? Well it’s a “sweet” little story involving Bees…

Did you know? MELVITA means Honey (MEL) and Life (VITA) in LatinMELVITA started from a passion for bees and their invaluable role as sentinels of nature. Bees are facing a major environmental crisis with colonies declining year on year due the increasing usage of insecticides, of uncontrolled urbanisation or pollution.

Today, MELVITA does its share by:

Supporting organic agriculture throughout the world by formulating beauty products with organic ingredients.  Raising awareness of the bee crisis.  Using organic Honey, organic Royal Jelly, Pollen and Propolis not only for their cosmetic properties but also to promote this agriculture.

Here is what the Founder, Bernard, has to say about the origins of the brand MELVITA…

“As a biologist and beekeeper I was fascinated by traditional wisdom and knowledge about nature and beauty. I founded MELVITA in 1983, with reference to life and honey, that extraordinary product of flowers that sits at the confluence between the plant and the animal worlds.

Faced with the combined assaults of industrial chemistry and parasites, the world of bees was already, in my eyes, a reminder of the wider world’s increasing fragility, because a world without bees would be a world without flowers, fruit, beauty… This was why, from the outset, I wanted to place “nature at heart” in all that we do: in our approach to beauty and skincare and of our ecological and humanistic concerns.”

 “MELVITA is a pioneer in organic beauty and has grown to become one of France’s leading brands of natural and organic cosmetics. Resolutely organic. Because we are convinced that an organic commitment is one of the keys to the future of the planet.In addition to effectiveness and pleasure of use, I hope you will find here the authenticity, the ethical approach and, above all, the passion that makes us so different today.”

**Side Note ** When doing a little research on MELVITA, BFF Beauty Girls were thrilled to see the following statement on their Company website:

We actively protest against the pointlessness and cruelty of tests on animals.

We can’t tell you how it warms our heart to know that absolutely no animals were harmed or inhumanely tested on during any process of MELVITA’s product development. They get an A+++++ and three stars for this alone!!!

OK now moving on to our first MELVITA product review, the Extra-rich Hand Cream

Carly Says: My hands look ten years older than I am. They honestly do. And, it’s awful, and embarrassing. I slather lotions on all-day-long, every-single-day, without exception. The first skincare products I seem to be attracted to are hand creams. I am always in the market for a good one and especially an all-natural & organic hand cream. I have tons of hand creams–by the kitchen sink, at my desk, in the bathroom, in every bag I own, in the car…and so I feel like I am a pretty good judge of the different qualities each hand cream seems to offer.
I am almost always disappointed by hand creams because they either don’t absorb well enough, and leave my hands a greasy mess, or they absorb really quickly and don’t seem to have made any difference in how dry and stressed the skin on my hands is. It is a rarity that I find a good hand cream that is rich, and moisturizing, and immediately makes a difference, AND doesn’t leave a greasy mess behind.   MELVITA’s Extra-rich hand cream does both! It truly does. It absorbs at lightning bolt speed, no greasy mess, and my hands immediately feel better, and look better. Plus, another big complaint I typically have of hand cream, is that they often absorb, and then ten minutes later I feel like I need to re-apply. But, not the case with the MELVITA hand cream. I even find that it holds its moisture after I wash my hands (which I do a gazillion times a day). It is seriously, possibly some of the BEST hand cream I have come across–ever.
Plus, super bonus is that it is organic, and formulated with three honeys, and royal jelly (which is what my grandma always swore by), and shea and cocoa butters. The only thing I did not like about this product is the scent/fragrance. However, the fragrance would not stop me from purchasing more of this cream!

Jenni says: This is a perfect example of how different and unique we all are when it comes to our beauty product preferences, because although Carly didn’t care much for the scent of MELVITA’s Extra-rich Hand Cream – this smell was what I LOVED most! Hahaha…anyways, I thought the scent was sweet like candy. Although it’s a strong scent at first, which may turn some people off, it does soften and smells more like a refreshingly light floral mix of lavender and rose. I also agree with Carly that the formula of the cream is excellent as it does absorb into the skin properly while leaving just the right amount of moisture. Additionally, I thought the cream felt rich, nourishing and luxurious to touch. Which surprised me because usually all-natural products lack a certain decadence in their consistency – not the case at all with MELVITA. The price may seem high for a hand cream ($25) but the bottle in enormous (5.07 oz.) and will last a very long time. I will repurchase MELVITA extra-rich hand cream for sure!

A few swatches of the Extra-rich Hand Cream…


Product Description:  MELVITA Extra-Rich Hand Cream
Repairing and Nourishing – Cocoa, Argan, Shea Butter

This exceptionally rich, smooth cream protects, nourishes and relieves even the driest and most damaged hands. Aloe Vera, shea and cocoa butters soothe and smooth, while argan and hazel nut oils repair damaged skin. For very dry, cracked hands, apply MELVITA Argan Oil underneath hand cream for an overnight treatment.

Ingredients:  Aqua [Water], Aloe Barbadensis Extract [Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract]*, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Octyldodecanol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter [Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)]*, Glyceryl Oleate, Glyceryl Stearate, Olivoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Argania Spinosa Oil [Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil]*, Corylus Avellana Nut Oil [Corylus Avellana (Hazel) Seed Oil]*, Stearic Acid, Theobroma Cacao Butter [Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter]*, Benzyl Alcohol, Parfum [Fragrance], Sclerotium Gum, Dehydroacetic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Linalool**, Citric Acid, Tocopherol, Potassium Sorbate, Limonene**, Sodium Benzoate, Geraniol**.

*Ingredients proceeding from Organic Farming.
**Natural components of fragrance.

Available at: ($25) ($23) ($23 with an additional 20% OFF using Code: FAB20 at checkout)

Stay tuned for more MELVITA product reviews!  Below are the three MELVITA products BFF Beauty will be reviewing…


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