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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Hand S.O.S | Hand Creams - Reviewed

We all have a few habits and interests here and there, that our Mammy (or Daddy) has passed down to us over the years. My Mum has always looked after her hands and nails; I can't remember a time where I haven't seen a tube of hand cream of hers in the house somewhere. I've been using hand cream for years and years, and it's something I've always got a huge supply of! I keep a tube by my desk, by my bed, in my bag, in my travel bag - everywhere! I was sent out these guys above to review over the last few months, so I was stocked up for the cool weather. The Winter takes a lot out of our skin, especially our hands, so I thought you all would be interested in reading a review on some current favourites. I have hyperlinked all of the hand cream names below, so they're all available to buy online.

Vichy NutriExtra (€6)*: This hand cream from Vichy was officially launched this month in pharmacies nationwide, and I have actually grown an attachment to it over the last few weeks. For a start, the price is fantastic - especially from a skincare brand that not everyone can afford to buy products from. It smells absolutely beautiful; feminine and light. It deeply conditions the hands and claims that one application of the cream, equals protection for 24 hours. My favourite thing about NutriExtra is that it isn't greasy at ALL. I can type properly, use my phone - it doesn't get in the way of hand-orientated tasks, that other creams can. I really, really adore this hand cream and it's my favourite out of the four. It also works well at conditioning my tattoos, and doesn't irritate the skin at all.

Balance Me Rose Otto Hand Cream(£14.50/ around €20): This hand cream from Balance Me contains 98.8% natural origin; it's free from all of the nasties such as parabens, sulphates and petroleum. I was dying to try this, as I've been really impressed with some Balance Me products I've tried in the past. However, I was left feeling slightly disappointed! This hand cream moisturises your hands brilliantly, and keeps them moisturised for hours. However, it makes your hands unbelievably greasy and slippery. It really gets in the way of a lot of things after using it, so I've resorted to only using it on my hands before I go to bed. I wake up with soft and silky hands every morning, so it's brilliant for nighttime nourishment. It smells medicinal, which doesn't bother me too much but I know it would irritate a bunch of people. If you suffer from extremely dry and sensitive hands, I'd recommend this as it does deeply condition the skin. For the price, I personally wouldn't go buying it myself after I finish this tube, as its greasiness just doesn't suit me well at all.

Human+Kind Hand + Elbow + Foot Cream* (€7.95): There's nothing better than reading "Made in Ireland" on a beauty product, for me. It makes something that little bit more special to me, so I was thrilled to received this Human+Kind cream a while back. I have about 10% of the tube left, as it has been my savior for the last few months. I adore the packaging for a start, it's so funky and cute. The cream itself can be used on your hands, elbows and feet - although I use it mostly on my hands. It's all natural, it smells like lavender and it's just bloody brilliant! My hands always feel soft and soothed after use, and the lavender scent stays on them for a while. I know for a fact I'll be repurchasing this, and will be checking out other products from Human+Kind. I love discovering new "Holy Grail" products, especially when they're Irish-made. Human+ Kind are stocked all over Ireland, for all full list of stockists click here. 10/10!

Soap & Glory Hand Food* (around €4 for the travel size): I received this travel-sized Hand Food in a Soap & Glory set, around Christmas time. Out of the 4, it was the only one I had used before. It's one of my go-to hand creams, and has been since Soap & Glory was introduced to Ireland a few years ago. I've always opted for buying the travel-sized tubes, rather than the large ones as they're easier to throw into your bag and so on. Hand Food smells like Soap & Glory's instantly recognisable Miss Dior Cherie-esque scent. It's a treat to use; it's non-greasy, it's conditions the hands well and the cream sinks in within a minute or two. It's a handbag essential for me, and will continue to be. Hand Food is also available in a pump now; which is so handy to pop on your desk or beside the kitchen sink!

What's your favourite hand cream? Have you tried any of the above?

18 comments:

  1. I love the soap & glory hand cream, only product of theirs that I am really fussed on! Also love Crabtree & Evelyn hand creams! :) x

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  2. I really need a new hand cream so this post came at the perfect time - I'll definitely look out for some of these!
    xoxo

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  3. I'd really love to try Soap & Glory's hand food! I've heard that the scent is amazing and I'm really curious...

    Great post!

    XO
    scribblesofvalerie.blogspot.com

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  4. I use Soap & Glory's hand food quite a lot and love it but after reading this post defo must try some of the Human + Kind :) Katie B @ Minerva Collection – UK Handbags & Jewellery

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  5. I think I might try the Vichy hand cream! I don't have a favorite one, I actually always keep buying different ones and just having them all over the place haha.

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  6. I use soap and glory's hand cream, have done for two years now its excellent. I do try other hand creams but always go back to it as it works best for me.

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  7. Soap and Glory's hand food is by far my favourite out of the bunch. It's so handy to keep in my bag for whenever my hands need a little bit of tlc!

    Floraldisastersblog.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. I love Hand Food, I haven't tried some of the others but I may have to in the future because they sound amazing! xxx
    http://unstitchedd.blogspot.co.uk/

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  9. I've started using hand cream so this post is gonna be a massive help! Thank you!

    lisatakespictures xo

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  10. The balance me Looks like it would smell really lovely. Love rose scented things :) xx

    Pipp xx
    http://pippjones281190.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. Crabree and Evelyn are babes for hand cream. I use the avocado one :)xx have you review products for making nails stronger? mine don't break, just the first layer seems to chip off? How a nail polish would.

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  12. I have to give that Vichy cream a try! Especially at that price how could I go wrong!

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  13. Love hand foods and there is so many vichy products I want to try

    A little bit Unique

    x

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  14. omg, i have the 'Soap and Glory' hand food and find it rally works and makes my hands super soft:)

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    p.s: i would really appreciate it if i could get more followers, and i will definitely check out all your blogs too, and most probably follow them:) Thank you:)

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  15. I've got very very dry hands and nails and the one cream that worked better than flexitol hand cream is Nivea Soft - it's a basic cream for hands, face and body and smells like holiday!

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  16. I use the Soap & Glory one a lot, have a big thing of it here beside me at the minute and another one in my bag, my hands get so dry and it really irritates me if I don't have hand cream with me!

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  17. I've only tried Hand Food as I don't suffer from dry hands, thank god! But I really love it for a clean and soft feeling!

    www.thumbelinalillie.com
    Megan xxx

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  18. I can't wait to try Soap & Glory Hand Food! Boutique Bag Lady

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