I’ll admit I was not always a fan of hand cream and it’s definitely something I need to remember to use more. The first hand cream I ever tried was by Soap and Glory, I remembering getting my hands on the coveted Hand Food and absolutely hating it, the smell was vile and it just felt icky. I decided to give it another chance and fell in love with the Amande Almond Hand Cream by L’Occitane. Since then I’ve given this a try and how I love it.
Starting with the packaging and I’ll admit this isn’t one for everyone. Soap and Glory have quickly adopted iconic packaging that reminds me of the brand whenever I see pale pink and white. The packaging is simply a large pink squeezy tube. I’ll admit the large size isn’t very convenient so it’s not one I would pop in my bag however, it’s nice to get 100ml of product for the price. Annoyingly this seems to be discontinued now but I believe it was around the £10.00 mark.
On the packaging we have the following description:
“5-in-1 fast absobing dry skin relief with moist-u-rub 24hr rejuvenating fruitiplex. AHAs, grapeseed and shea butter. Helps even out skin tone! Cream on. Massage a pea-sized splodge into the back of your hands, on your cuticles and palms. Reapply whenever you feel the need.”
Unfortunately this doesn’t really offer much to go on but I do think that the ingredients are more telling. Annoyingly this does contain alcohol and fragrance so probably not one for those who suffer from things like Eczema on their hands. Aside from those ingredients we do also have Glycerin, Coconut Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Shea Butter. This does also contain urea (minerals from mammal urine extract lovely) so it’s not vegan.
Starting with the scent, it’s a very clean and comforting scent. It’s difficult to describe but it’s how I imagined Hand Food to smell, clean and sweet with a tiny bit of fruitiness to it. I really like it personally.
In terms of the texture this does squeeze out as a thick cream, it’s not cool or runny but almost drier in texture than some of the runnier lotions I see out there. On the hands this coats your hands in an creamy feel but then sinks in leaving behind no residue or stickiness which I really love.
As for my hands afterwards…This won’t banish every single bit of dryness if you do have problematic skin but my hands were dry earlier from a bath and this quickly made them soft and smooth to the touch, an effect that lasts for hours.
Overall, I’m a huge fan of this and I definitely think it’s underrated, I really didn’t like Hand Food but this is lovely to use and I really like it. I would definitely repurchase this if it was still available! If you do want to get your hands on this (hah) then you can still find it on the likes of Amazon.
I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments if you have tried this hand creams and which hand creams you recommend! I’m curious about Zoella and Patisserie De Bain as brands.