Monday, 28 November 2011

Hand Cream(s)

Have been finding my hands have been getting very dry in this winter weather.  I am currently using three different hand creams regularly.

Pai Fragonia & Seabuckthorn which retails at £16 for 50ml (I won this in February on a Facebook Friday Valentine's competition with the body cream). 

I've got this in the bathroom beside the soap.

It contains seabuckthorn which are orange berries, rich in natural oils and are found on bushes near the seashore.  They are quite bitter tasting and are usually used in skincare and bodycare products - although I did once eat seabuckthorn ice cream! (it was horrible!)

The hand cream also contains fragonia which is an Australian essential oil which is extracted from leaves in the bush and it has a citrus and spicy floral note.

This hand cream has a nice rich texture and it melts easily into the skin leaving no sticky residue.  The scent is unusual and takes a bit of getting used to.  I'd say its slightly herbal and fruity and quite strong smelling.  It hasn't put me off the product though.  It is marketed as being great for dry, chapped and sensitive skin. 

On my bedside table I have Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream - 100ml - retails at £18 (although I got this in the sales last year in a set with full size beauty flash balm and three or four minis for £20 in total - a bargain!)

I am nearly finished this one - lasts for ages!  This is a light cream which sinks into the skin, softening hands and cuticles.  It contains sesame and coconut oils, shea butter and Japanese Mulberry extract. I don't adore the scent but do love this hand cream - it works.  I also have a 30ml size of this in the bottom of my handbag.

In my desk at work I have the L'Occitane Shea Hand Cream Hibiscus Flower.  I first mentioned the L'Occitane hand creams here.  I love these hand creams as they are so rich and great for dry hands. It's scented with exotic hibiscus flower, enriched with shea butter, honey and almond extracts - just delish! 

I have also got a Herbfarmacy hand cream to try out - and I'll try and do this after I've been in the garden - it smells quite minty and it contains comfrey, caledula and marshmallow and is made with 79% organic ingredients.

What hand creams do you use regularly?  Or are you not a hand cream fan? x


  1. I love using L'Occitane hand creams, never found much to beat them!

  2. I love The Body Shops almond hand cream, it smells like marizipan so gorgeous

  3. I can't live without a hand cream, need to have one near me at all times :) At home in my bathroom I have L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream, at work on my desk Lush Charity Pot, in my purse Juara Candlenut Hand & Body Balm.

  4. @Caroline, I know they are hard to beat! x

    @Beauty Fiend, not tried this one, will have to look out for it x

    @Lucy, my next buy is the Lush Charity Pot, tried it today at the counter - gorgeous x

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  7. Unfortunately I'm addicted to hand creams. For necessity, my hands are always so dry. :(
    Im in love with L'Occitane Hibiscus - it smells sooo good.
    I wanna try the Pai one, definitely!!

  8. @Alex, LOL! Me too esp in winter months. The Pai one is really good but the smell is not like Hibiscus! x

  9. I love hand creams too and always have one somewhere near me, whether its at work, in my bag or on my bedside table.
    My favourite is Palmers Cooca butter, mainly for the scent which I adore!

  10. @Victoria, love palmers too the scent is just amazing x

  11. I'm currently using the L'Occitane Shea Butter one, and love it! I just finished a Sanctuary one as well, and thought that was a great cream and not at all sticky. xx

  12. I love the Clarins hand cream as well as the L'occitane which I always carry around with me. I also really like Crabtree & Evelyn gardeners hand cream. But my all time favourite for when my hands are in an awful condition is by La Roche Posay.

  13. @TheBristolBeautyBlog, you just can't go wrong with L'Occitaine hand creams. x

    @darling d, I've not tried the C&E gardeners one or La Roche Posay - I'll be checking them out x