Tag Archives: Hand Cream

Aug. 28.

Tried Tuesday: Bia Beauty Lemon Myrtle Hand Cream

bia-thI had been debating what to do for Tried Tuesday this week, but, in honour of the person who found my blog by searching for how to end their hand cream addiction (I have NO idea how they found my blog that way) I am going to indulge them by having a look at the Lemon Myrtle Hand Cream from Bia Beauty.


First things first. Let’s talk about the major positive and major negative for this. The positive is that Bia Beauty products are lovingly made here in Ireland, in Cork. It is always great to see Irish beauty products, and I would of course encourage people to buy local wherever possible. The negative is that, it is a jar. Jars are a bit of a pet hate of mine. I have a number of lovely hand creams, but put them in a jar and they can be both messy, and not at all portable. Let’s not let that spoil everything though. The jar is only a small part of it, and I’m not rubbing the jar on my hands.

Opening the jar you immediately get the sweet, slightly tangy smell of the lemon myrtle, which is very pleasant. I have no problem sticking my nose into the jar and taking a good sniff. It is coupled with a cocktail of shea butter, calendula and beeswax, and forms a rich, delightful cream.


While the cream is rich, and quite firm in the jar, swirling your finger across the top of it causes it to melt into a light, easily spreadable cream. This is then super simple to work into your hands, and sinks in readily. I could still feel a slight coating on the top layer of my hands for a few minutes afterwards, but it was not heavy or greasy, and disappeared readily, leaving my hands feeling much nicer, and smelling delicious. I am able to smell the lemon myrtle even with my hands on my keyboard, and I am tempted to lick my fingers. I’ll resist that though, for now.

Bia Beauty’s Lemon Myrtle Hand Cream costs €14.95 for a 60ml jar, and is available on biabeauty.com and selected stockists. The only thing stopping me from recommending you go out and buy it RIGHT NOW is the jar thing, but to have sitting on your desk, it is definitely a great choice. And if it ever finds its way into a tube I will be all over it!


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Jun. 05.

Tested Thursday: Burt’s Bees Almond & Milk Hand Cream

bb-thI was going to title this post “My hand cream addiction continues” but it really is better to have the name of the product in there. In case you couldn’t guess though, this Tested Thursday post is about another hand cream. The previous contender from Inecto didn’t make the grade and has since found a new home with my sister, while I’ve moved on to the newest contender for go to hand cream, and the new contender is the Burt’s Bees Almond & Milk Hand Cream.


We start, of course with the packaging. Now, no prizes for guessing what is wrong with it. Yes, it’s a jar.  And here we have a little difficulty. It’s not a squeeze it out and rub it in tube. It’s a stick your fingers in it kind of deal, which is grand if you’re using it yourself and know your hands are clean in advance, but if someone wants to try it too and sticks their fingers in? Well, you see my conundrum. Get back and leave my jar alone!


Looking at the label, it is proudly telling us that it is 100% natural, and gives a long list of exotic sounding ingredients including:

“prunus amygadalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, aqua (water), cera alba (beeswax), aloe barbadensis leaf juice…”

So, essentially it’s main ingredients are almond, water, beeswax and aloe vera. You can read the full list of Latin in the above picture, but to my limited knowledge, the natural claim stands up.


Getting into the actual product now, you open the lid with the cow on it (personally I would have expected a bee) to reveal the goodness within. First thing that hits you is the smell of almonds, but it is in no way overpowering. I actually find the smell quite pleasant. You then stick your finger in it and find out that it is almost solid. Yes, the beeswax in it causes it to set quite hard. Start swirling your finger across the top of it though, and it softens quite readily, but it does feel like having to handle too much product just to get a little bit of it.


And finally, after all that you have some product on your fingers, and get to rub it in to your hands. It does spread out really well, and starts to soak in almost instantly. It does feel as if you have a little film of product on your hands for a few minutes afterwards, but it dissipates quickly, and doesn’t feel sticky. I must also admit that I keep smelling my hands after using this, and both love how it smells and how it makes my hands feel.

So, what’s the verdict? This one comes really close to my L’Occitane one, in terms of smell and how it makes my hands feel. I’m really loving that. The bit I find almost unforgivable though, is the jar. It’s clumsy, it’s messy and it’s not portable. If they could make the formula a little more tube friendly, and then put it in a tube they would be right on the money, but unfortunately without that it is really a just leave it on my desk job, while y L’Occitane will go with me, and that’s a great pity.


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May. 15.

Tested Thursday: Inecto Pure Argan Hand Cream

inecto-thI must have a gallon of hand cream sitting around me at this stage, even though it’s something I so rarely buy for myself. These things just keep arriving in my review box through various means, and it would be wrong of me to not at least try them, before deciding it’s the one (of many) for me, or whether it gets passed along to other family members. That means, the latest one to go through the process is this pure Argan hand cream by Inecto.


This one came to me, along with a number of others, via U Magazine. It looked interesting, so it was first on the list. It comes in a fairly substantial 75ml tube, and is fairly plain. There’s no cheesy graphics or wild claims adorning the front of the tube, which is usually a good sign. The less it needs to boast, the better I’ve found it, in most cases.


On the back is a little spiel (seen in the pic above) about how Argan oil is known as “liquid gold” and has been used for moisturising properties for centuries. It also tells me to massage it into hands and nails as often as required. So THAT’S how you use hand cream!


The cream itself, is not overly rich or thick. It flows out of the tube really well with just a slight squeeze, so it is quite easy to overdo it if you’re not careful. It does not take much to generously coat both hands. It sinks in quite well, with most of it sinking in almost instantly. It does take a little while for the lot of it to sink in fully, so if you wash your hands too quickly afterwards, you will still feel it on your hands, and will have to redo it afterwards. It also doesn’t really smell of, well, anything. That in itself is slightly disappointing. I’m still looking for something to compare to my L’Occitane Desert Rose hand cream or Natural Soap Company one, both of which are scented enough to give your nose a treat while using it, without ending up overpowering you.

Finally, the results. Is the liquid gold doing anything for my hands? Well, yes, but nothing more than any other hand cream I’ve ever tried. This one is really nothing special. Nice, yes, but nothing that I wouldn’t get from other ones. I may just end up passing this one along too, as I am eyeing up a jar of Burt’s Bees that’s sitting on my shelf at the moment. Alas, the search continues.


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Apr. 15.

Tried Tuesday: Soap & Glory Hand Food

tt-handfoodthIt’s a glorious day for a Tried Tuesday, and I spent a lot of it in the garden doing bits and pieces. That both explains why I’m posting this in the evening, and why I’m talking about a hand cream. Specifically Hand Food by Soap & Glory.

I admit I was doing some garden work without wearing gloves (silly me) so I was in need of a little TLC for my hands. Having not used Hand Food for a while it was time to break it out and give it a whirl. I actually found two of these in my cupboard, one of which was in quite bad shape, and only suitable for the bin. The other tube was more than usable, though. Woohoo!


The bright pink tube poses the question “The most astonishing hand cream ever?” and also tells us that it’s non greasy, with shea butter, macadamia oil and marshmallow. The formula is quite creamy, but not overly rich, so it is a little runny. It does, however, sink in quite well, and doesn’t leave your hands feeling like they’re covered in hand cream.


The scent though is quite different. It is not unpleasant, but at the same time I have smelled much better. I’m not sure what it smells of exactly. It just smells… Sweet.

In all, it’s not the most astonishing hand cream ever, but it is still quite nice to use, and I will certainly keep using it.

What do you think of Hand Food? Can you describe the scent of it any better than I can? And how long will the weather last? As always, the comments await!


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Mar. 27.

Tested Thursday L’Occitane En Provence Desert Rose Hand Cream

tt-loccitane-thIt’s no secret that I love hand cream. Really adore it. I have tubes of it, tubs of it, more than I could actually ever use. Yet one tube has been living on my desk and has been used regularly over the last while. It’s one from L’Occitane En Provence.

I actually got this as part of a Christmas present back in 2012, but due to having so many it’s gone unloved for a while. And that’s a shame. It is actually really nice.

It claims that “This hand care, enhanced with a floral fragrance, is highly concentrated with shea butter to help protect, nourish and soften your hands.”


First things first, the packaging, as it is the first thing you see. While the colours of the packaging are lovely and girly and fit in with the rose scent, the designer in me doesn’t like the packaging. It’s not the toothpaste like tube – I like that ,as it makes it so much easier to get all the product out. It’s the way it’s printed. With the lid on it, it’s designed to be stood up, as far as I can tell, which leads to a big problem – the print is upside down. Enough of pedantic designer Robyn giving out though. Lets get in there and have a look at the actual cream.

L'Occitane-swatchIt is super rich, and you don’t need much to do your hands. It also clings well (yes, my hand is vertical for this photo) so feel free to screw the lid back on before rubbing it in. As you are rubbing it in, it sinks in really well, leaving no greasy residue. It also smells DIVINE! The scent is not overpowering, but lingers on your hands quite a while, if sniffing your hands is your thing.

I can’t really fault this hand cream, however much I disagree with the packaging. In fact, I ma be going looking for other scents, or a bigger tube when I come to repurchasing.

What other L’Occitane products should I be trying? And what is your favourite hand cream? Please do let me know below.


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Mar. 18.

Review: The Handmade Soap Company Hand Cream

Hand-cream-thumbAt the Christmas Blogger Meetup I was lucky enough to be given a jar of The Homemade Soap Company’s hand cream. I’ll be honest, I love hand cream. I get nearly sexual pleasure in finding a really awesome one (hey, don’t judge me) and having tried many, I can say that this is one of my favourites. So, just how did I get on with it?


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