Hand cream (Norwegian)

by | Local (↓) | Convenience (↑) | 3 comments | 1 question

Norwegian formula
Hand Cream
Instant relief of dry, chapped hands
just a dab needed
Dermatologist tested

Where and how is it used?

On my hands and on Poppy's hands

What did you or someone else pay for it?

a couple of quids

Why do you want to add it to the museum?

I get really sore thumbs when the weather is cold and I have been doing activities such as being outside with no gloves, diy tasks, paper handling tasks. They get little paper cut style slits in them and are well painful. This cream is good at preventing it.

How was it made?

Is made in a factory

Is farmed

Is mass-produced

Is produced by local cottage industry

Is made to particular specifications

Is craft / hand-made

Is foraged

Is found

Is colonised

Is a service

Materials & Making

Who made or produced your commodity?


Who was paid to make it?

Some scientists I guess, then factory workers after that

What skills does it take to make it?

Not answered yet

Where was it made?

Not answered yet

What does it cost to make it?

Not answered yet

What is it made from?

1. See image:
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Buying & Owning

Who decides how much it costs?

Johnson and Johnson / Boots

Who or what assesses its quality?


Where is it sold?


Who or what sells it?

Not answered yet

How did this thing arrive from where it was made to where you got it?

By lorry?

Where is it used?

On me hands

Where is it kept?

In the bureau

How and by whom is it cared for?

It's the other way round really

How long will it last?

Till it runs out (but it does last a very long time)

Where will it go when it's finished with?

Recycling if I'm feeling environmentally friendly that day

What is it worth?

To my hands...the price of no pain

How do you and others value this commodity?

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Total times valued1
Positive (↑)Convenience
Negative (↓)Local
Overall Positive165
Overall Negative-59
Controversy51.25 (0 = most controversial)

What do these numbers mean?

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Within the MoCC Collection data is used to help think through the relations between values, commodities and data. Can we describe our values using sliders and numbers? How do we infer meaning such as controversy from data?

Below is a brief explanation of the some calculations and how these help make decisions about what is shown on the site.

  • Controversy Score:
    (Total Positive Values) + (Total Negative Values)

    The closer the value is to zero the more controversial it is in relation to other commodities. Used to infer that values associated with one commodity divide opinion more than another.

  • Average Value Score (used in the sliders):
    (Total Positive for Value + Total Negative for Value) ÷ Total Times Valued

    Used to infer a collective value associated with a commodity.

How do you value this commodity?

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Questions and answers

Help to reveal unknown quantities, properties and uses of this commodity by answering this MoCC curator's questions.

Question: Should i use hippy hand cream made of hemp and quorn instead?



My name is Alice and I am a Commodity Consultant for MOCC.

To work this out, lets take a look at the ingredients in the Neutrogena Hand Cream.

Water, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Dilauryl Thiodipropionate, Sodium Sulfate

Source: Neutrogena

A number of products in hand cream are considered bad for the environment, for example:

Otherwise known as petroleum jelly (yup… Vaseline), mineral oil, paraffin wax/oil or petrolatum, this gasoline derivative — which is frequently contaminated with carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons — actually perpetuates chapped, dry skin as well as photosensitivity since it prevents the body from purging daily toxins. Why? The substance attaches to skin cells, creating the appearance of better hydration, when in reality it merely just forms a barrier that blocks nutrient and oxygen transmission.

If you grew up in a household where family members celebrated the perceived miraculous healing abilities of this popular skin humectant, you’re hardly in the minority. Just like Vaseline, glycerin (also known as glycerine and glycerol) has enjoyed a long career as a key moisturizing ingredient, and while it can be obtained from both vegetable or animal fats and oils, it is most commonly derived from biodiesel waste courtesy of the saponification of oil and fat. The non-toxic and eco-friendly substance certainly seals moisture into skin, but it does so while also triggering subdermal skin layers to dry out, creating a chronically chapped sensation.

Despite attracting moisture, anything with ‘alcohol’ in its name also inherently dries out the tissue that it’s applied to (skin and hair, watch out!). This fatty alcohol – also well known by its alter egos cetyl alcohol, cetostearyl alcohol, palmityl alcohol, cetylstearyl alcohol, 1-octadecanol, uniox a and various other alcohol-suffixes – is highly skilled at helping oil and liquid ingredients to combine, plus it makes products appear thick while also rendering hair and skin seemingly hydrated. Unfortunately, it is also a suspected environmental toxin.

It’s a very wise idea to eliminate all personal care products in your arsenal that contain either butyl, ethyl, methyl or propyl parabens because the chemicals are readily absorbed into the body where they are believed to trigger everything from skin irritation and toxicity of the immune, reproductive and neural systems to disruption of the endocrine system. The majority of urine samples obtained from Americans of various socio-economic backgrounds show paraben contamination, which is of great concern since the highly toxic estrogen-mimicking preservatives are also commonly found in the tumors of breast cancer patients.

Why is this coconut palm derived emollient — also known by the names ethylhexyl palmitate and octyl palmitate — in oodles of skin and personal care products given the fact that it clogs pores, irritates skin and in many cases triggers dermatitis? Well, almost immediately upon application, it’s readily absorbed into the skin, rendering it visibly supple. For that quality alone, this admittedly ‘natural’ ingredient scores a high five in cosmetic and personal care circles, however, the unsustainable harvesting practices of so many major global palm oil suppliers place a continued burden on rainforest species that rely on palm trees and their fruit for their very survival (namely orangutans), earning this ingredient two huge thumbs down.

Those in the know refer to this compound by any number of street names — including carbowax, polyoxyethylene, and/or polyethylene oxide — and for all intents and purposes, it’s a lubricant like no other. From eye drops and laxatives to toothpastes, sexual aids and skin moisturizers, this popular antifreeze ingredient is – surprise, surprise – obtained from petroleum and deemed a potential carcinogen. Furthermore, despite popular belief, it makes skin prone to bacterial infection, actually rendering it visibly worse for the wear since natural moisture levels become significantly altered upon application.

Non biodegradable polymer resins such as amodimethicone, cyclomethicone, dimethicone or dimethicone copolyol do a phenomenal job of making the skin appear moist and properly hydrated when in reality, they settle into the cells, preventing the normal oxygen/nutrient process from occurring. This backfires on the user because toxins can build up, irritating and causing potential health issues for the lymphatic system with repeated and prolonged use.”

Source: Organic Authority

Hemp, on the other hand, is seen to have these qualities:

“While hemp lotion helps you maintain smooth and youthful skin, it also gives the environment a helping hand. Unlike the petroleum- and mineral-based oils contained in many lotions and moisturizers, hemp serves as a completely renewable and sustainable resource. Additionally, this plant -- not to be confused with marijuana -- lends itself to more than 25,000 products, from biofuel to clothing and paper. Highly resistant hemp also reduces the need for pesticide usage, and, when pulped or processed, hemp requires no chlorine bleach and fewer chemicals than both wood and cotton do”

Source: What Are the Benefits of Hemp Lotion?

“Good Things About Good Hemp
1. Hemp helps regenerate the soil. As the plant matures and the seed grows, leaf matter falls to the ground and decomposes replenishing the soil with natural nutrients ready for the next crop
2. It is an excellent sequester of carbon dioxide. It breathes in four times more CO2 than trees
3. It yields high levels of usable fibre. One hectare of hemp produces as much usable fibre as four hectares of trees or two hectares of cotton
4. It does not require pesticides or herbicides to grow
5. Hemp provides an excellent habitat for wildlife
6. Once harvested the seed is used to produce healthy food products”

Source: Hempvan

by MoCCconsultant on May 14th at 11:58am


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Is this tested on animals ?

by kez on May 1st at 9:07pm

A swift google search seems to indicate that this particular product is not tested on animals but the the parent company Johnson and Johnson do. So (when it runs out) I'll go looking for a more ethical product. Any suggestions?

by Charlie Coldfield on May 2nd at 8:37am

Many companies have had to re label thier products due to a fairly recent change in legistlation. Companies are now only able to state their item as cruelty free if all the ingredients used to create the finished product have not be teated on animals. This has meant that many companies are no longer cruetly free. I tend to use Superdrug own products Kingfisher, natural earth or Lush products, ckeck out leaping bunny or peta for a more comprehensive list of cruelty free products

by kez on May 12th at 3:20pm

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