Handcreams: The Good, The Bad and The Smelly

August 6, 2014

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I love me some hand creams – I always like to carry one around with me as my hands seem to inexplicably peel at random times of the year. I thought I would do a round up of all the hand creams I have been using lately. You really can’t beat a good hand cream, which is why so many of us like to compare the best ones through websites such as Reviewingthis. These review sites allow us to see how products like O’Keeffe’s Working hand cream compare to the rest of the impressive products that are so sought-after.

The Good:

L’Occitane Rose 4 Reines Velvet Hand Cream (£8):

This is a lovely hand cream which I have almost used up. It is described as velvet and I would say that is pretty spot on – it is so smooth and makes my hands feel lovely and supple without making them greasy. The smell is very intense rose and does linger on your hands for quite awhile afterwards.

Pacifica Skincare Pomegranate Hand and Nail Cream

I’m not sure how easy this is to get outside of NZ, if you do live in NZ then I really recommend you pick up some of the Pacifica handcreams! These are probably my favourite hand creams, they make my hands feel lovely and help with any dry patches. The best bit is their scents – this pomegranate one is great but I had a lilac one which was one of the best things I have ever smelled! I had people asking me what smelt so good as soon I put this on my hands.

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector (£5):

This is a staple in my stash, if you ever have any problems with extremely dry skin then you need to pick this up. It may not smell the best but it locks in moisture and can clear any dry skin I have in no time. I like to use the other hand creams for their lovely scents but if my dry skin won’t budge then I head back to this every time.

The Bad:

L’Occitane Brightening Hand Cream (£22):

I do have a L’Occitane product in my good and bad categories – this one just isn’t my favourite. It doesn’t smell good, it’s over priced and I know I should treat my hands like my face but I just don’t have need for collagen stimulating ingredients in my handcream. Stick with the Rose 4 Reines one for sure.

Neom Complete Bliss Moroccan Rose Blush Organic Hand Cream (£20):

20 quid for this? No way would I pay that – I got it in a Latest in Beauty box and I wouldn’t repurchase. It smells weird and didn’t help my dry skin at all.

The Smelly:

Yves Rocher Cocoa and Orange Hand Cream (£6):

This is quite the scent! It smells like a Terry Chocolate Orange – I love the scent, it’s a nice pick me up mid afternoon and I used to keep this in my desk drawer at work. It you want a hand cream with an interesting scent then this one is for you!

What’s your favourite hand cream?

JC xx

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