Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Beauty: FEBulous Hand Creams For Dry Winter Skin

Hand cream reviews

How are you? This time, I tried and tested hand cream which is an essential product in our handbags, especially now in winter, when we have to experience massive temperature fluctuations that can dry out our skin quickly.

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Hand cream reviews

(1) Benecos Natural Care, (2) The Body Shop Frosted Cranberry, (3) L'Occitaine Dry Skin.

(1) Benecos Natural Care Hand Cream*, £2.95

At around £3, the Benecos hand cream is the most affordable one from all my chosen contestants and with 75ml offers also the most content. I’m in love with the packaging, which has a bright orange colour and the floral pattern looks eye-catching. All Benecos products are natural care and vegan and so is this one, too.

The cream itself has a glossy shine, a cream white colour and there’s this typical neutral, but pleasant hand cream smell. Wet and creamy in consistency and not runny at all, a few drops are enough to cover your hands evenly.

The light formula is absorbed quickly within seconds by the skin and won’t leave any sticky feeling or film behind. The skin is moisturised and hydrated, but I wish it could feel a bit more nurtured and creamy soft. The cream wears off quickly so you may have to apply it more frequently and often than others. Overall, I was impressed with the Benecos hand cream, as it improved my dry skin in an instant and repaired broken cuticles.


Hand cream swatches
Hand cream review Benecos

(2) The Body Shop Frosted Cranberry, £3.50

At £3.50 for 30ml, the Body Shop Frosted Cranberry hand cream is a real bargain. I know this one was part of the Christmas collection but the paint tube packaging is so cute with its pink colours and the screw cap.

The cream itself has a rose coloured shimmer, a glossy shine and the same consistency as the Benecos one. It feels pleasant on your skin and two drops can take you a long way. I love the scent which smells fruity, happy and delicious. You sense a little breeze now and again of that berry, sweet, candy-like scent which reminds me of Gummiberry juice.

The Body Shop cream takes a bit longer to sink into your skin, leaving your fingertips slightly creamy and sticky. It melts into your skin and leaves a tiny glycerine film over, which makes your hands super soft and moist. Even if you massage it well into your hands, it will stay for a while. I found the cream very pleasant, which improved my dry flaky skin in an instant and reduced my broken cuticles long term.

(3) L'Occitane Creme Mains. Peaux Seches. Dry Skin, sample size 

L’Occitane retails at £8 for 30ml, so this one is at the pricey end in comparison to the other two contestants. The packaging is similar to the Body Shop one - an elegant paint tube with a screw cap with a simple, yet classy design.

This hand cream comes with a thick and paste-like formula and has a snow white colour. Once warmed up by your skin, it will melt easily and apply evenly and smoothly. It smells slightly dull to me and has a stronger note of glycerine. The cream leaves a sticky feeling behind even after a few minutes. It takes a long while to absorb into the skin and it made my hands go cold really quickly. However, it leaves your hands moist and nurtured and repairs dry skin quickly and broken cuticles. L’Occitane do promotions quite often, so I don’t mind getting this one now and again as a sample.


Hand cream L'Occitane Benecos and The Body Shop

Thank you so much for reading today's post and I hope you'll join me on my next adventure. Which hand cream do you use? Have you used any of the above before? Have you used any of them and if so, what were your thoughts?

Till next time,

xx Caz xx

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9 comments

  1. Love a cream with a bit of shimmer. Just cheers me up no end!

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  2. I have an Elizabeth Arden one that I got as a sample with some make up - it's perfect handbag size! (meaning that it won't take up too much space, and if it leaks it shouldn't do too much damage, fingers crossed)

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  3. Sign up to their newsletter? I can do that! I'm there ;)

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  4. Nice post, I am really enjoying your FEBulous month! I use different creams, there are a lot to choose from in Japan, Winter is very dry here. Haven't settled on one specific cream yet. Right now I am using Aroma Moist Cream (Relaxing Lavender). It's nice,quite thick and spreads well, has a lovely scent, absorbs quickly and leaves a nice silky (not greasy) coating.

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  5. There's so much to choose from here, it's rather overwhelming. So far what I've tried has been lovely and I think they use natural ingredients, but it's hard to pick through the imported brands that package in Japanese style from the products actually made here.

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  6. love the body shop, might have to check that one out :)

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  7. Thanks for sending your blog in to the Blogging Gals community.

    I've tried both bodyshop & L'occitane creams but the benecos one sounds like a strong contender! Will definitely be doing some more research on this brand. :)

    Zaineb - Blogging Gals Founder | www.zeenaxena.com ❤

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  8. Fantastic up-close images, Carolin, they really give you an idea of how thick the lotions are. I occasionally use L'Occitane's hand lotions as they are often given away through promotions - yay! :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

    x

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  9. I love the sound of the body shop one. Especially as it's affordable and the packaging is so cute!
    Victoria xx
    thedaisyjaynes.com

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