Sunday, 28 August 2011

Hand Creams!

One thing I always look out for with the opposite sex is the condition of their hands (as well as teeth!).  I like guys to have soft hands and clean fingernails, and because of this I like to keep my mitts super smooth!
I’ve rounded up all of my hand creams today (and realised I own way too many) and have gathered my thoughts on each one for you.

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The Body Shop’s Hemp Hand Cream (£10 for 100ml, £5 for 30ml)
This is one of the best hand creams I have tried, but only in moderation (because it’s quite thick).  The TBS Hemp range works wonders on my eczema and really stops the itching and this is the main reason I use this hand cream.  I apply this to any part of my body where my eczema appears (mainly legs and arms) and it really helps to moisturize and ease the itch.  As an actual hand cream, its amazing for dry hands.  You don’t need to use much as it is quite thick and can get greasy and it doesn’t smell great (it has a really earthy smell), but it does the job!

Boots Original Beauty Formula Lavender Hand Cream (discontinued)
I think Boots have discontinued the Original Beauty Formula range (which is a shame), but I’ll still review this anyway.  I love the packaging of this hand cream, very vintage and chic looking.  The cream is very soft and not greasy at all and it smells like a sweet, subtle lavender with rose oil.  Although I love the smell, I probably wouldn’t repurchase it (even if I could) because I think others are better.

Queen Sensiderma Rich Hand Cream* (£9.35 for 50g or £3.75 for a trial size)
I’d never heard of Queen products until I started using this.  Queen have produced ‘hypoallergenic cosmetics since 1927’ and so this is perfect for people with dry, sensitive skin.  Again, I find this works really well on my eczema and on other dry patches of skin (elbows and knees) so I mainly use this on those parts of my body.  This is quite a thick blue cream which can get quite greasy if too much is applied, but sinks in well otherwise.  Another thing to note about this hand cream is that it hasn’t got a smell, so it is perfect for those who are allergic to fragrances.

The Body Shop’s Almond Oil Daily Hand & Nail Cream (£8 for 100ml)
This is probably my most used hand cream because it is light on the skin and smells beautiful.  It sinks into the hands without much effort and leaves a subtle whiff of marzipan which I adore (although I dislike eating marzipan!).  This hand cream includes almond oil, shea butter and soya oil which is perfect for keeping hands soft.

Soap & Glory Hand Food (£4.85 for 125ml)
This is actually my mums but I have stolen it from here because I love the smell!  It’s almost identical to one of my favourite perfumes, Miss Dior Cherie.  This cream is light, sinks into the skin quickly and comes in the cutest pink tube.  I likkeeeee!

Heathcote & Ivory Vanilla and Brown Sugar Hand Cream* (Special price of £1.75 for 130ml at the moment!!)
Oh my gosh, every time I use this I fall in love with it all over again.  This is another of my favourite hand creams because it smells delicious; it reminds me of holidays, a sweet vanilla with a hint of cocoa butter.  This, like many of the others, leaves my hands feeling incredibly soft, but you only need a tiny bit of the product, so this will last a long time.  I also love that this contains no sulphates or parabens, and comes with a little hair band!

Cath Kidston Bluebell Hand Cream* (£8 for 250ml or a set of three minis for £6)
My mum keeps stealing this off me (I guess I deserve it for stealing her Soap & Glory!).  I love the size of this tube, perfect for carrying around in a handbag.  Smells like floral berries.  I love all things Cath Kidston and this is no exception!

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(Click on the prices of the hand creams for a link to where you can buy them!)

What is your favourite hand cream?

(Please note products with a * next to their name have been given to me as PR samples, but I have not been paid to write about them)

xxxx

11 comments:

  1. My grandma has always applied handcream all day long so I think I've copied her from a young age and become obsessed. My hands do not get dry often but I just love nice smelling handcreams aswell as having soft hands.

    My favourite is Loccitane Shea Butter, so thick and smells devine however it is pricey but I do like it.

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  2. The smell of the hemp one always makes me sick, which is a shame because it's soo moisturising. I love the look of that Boots lavender one, it's so pretty. My favourite is definitely Hand Food, it just looks so cute when you pull it out of your bag! Although I'm loving the look of the Cath Kidston one, I may have to look into that, hmmm.

    Love this post :)

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  3. i fancy getting hold of hand food and cath kidston ones :) x

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  4. i love the soap and glory one! and i love Liz Earle's hand repair (i think that's the name) they're both gorgeous, might have to try some of these though! x

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  5. I like the sound of the Body Shop Almond oil one!
    Thanks for the review xx

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  6. Hahaha so do I! Love good hands!! <3 The best hand cream ive ever had is from south africa, their really cheap shops!! I wash my hands a million times a day when im in hospital so good handcream is a MUST XX

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  7. I love Boots lavender handcream, I love the vintage packaging as well, such a shame they discountinued this :( Soap and glory is lovee too! I actually went through 5 of these!!!

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  8. I adore L'Occitane Shea Butter hand cream! It's amazing.

    I have quite dry skin and with ordinary hand creams I have to reapply quite a few times but with L'Occitane I can apply it once and it keeps my hands soft all day and smelling amazing!

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  9. I love a good handcream, and though I do like Cath Kidston Rose, Love & Toats handcreams are pricy but amazing!

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  10. Love this - and very glad to see a woman advocating hand cream for men!

    Read my review of Clarins Active Hand Care at: Hand cream - not just for winter! See my review of Clarins Men Active Hand Care at: http://modernstuart.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/clarins-men-active-hand-care-1500-75ml.html

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