Two Hand Creams
This hand cream combines the moisturizing benefits of rose floral water, rose seed milk and wild rose petals with the strengthening properties of castor oil. Its light texture gives a pearly, satin finish and leaves behind the delicious Rose Nectar scent, for soft, smooth, beautiful hands right down to the fingertips!
A super-smoothing--and best-selling--synergy of 20% Shea Butter, honey and sweet almond extract, blended with the light and alluring aromas of jasmine and ylang-ylang essences. Texturally pleasing balm glides on and absorbs to help heal and protect dry or dehydrated skin. Anti-oxidizing vitamin E helps nourish. Invites even the most hard-working hands to a fresh beginning.
Moisturising hemp is backed by soothing allantoin and panthenol which improves nail flexibility. Extreme moisturisation for hard working hands. It intensively rehydrates skin and conditions nails, relieves very dry skin, restores moisture and suppleness and conditions nails.
So, why are there three hand creams in a two hand cream review? Well because I use the Melvita Rose Nectar Beauty Cream now so the idea is to compare these two to that one. This time I’m going to run the trial and blog at the same time rather than the way I’ve been doing it (doing the trial and reviewing as I go then writing the blog).
The idea is that one hand gets one of the creams (the left hand will be trying the L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream and the right hand The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector – well assuming I remember to do it right each day). The Melvita cream costs £18 per 100ml and the others cost £12.67 (L'Occitane) and £10 (The Body Shop) so there is quite a bit of price difference.
I’ll take a picture of each hand each week as well as a close up (hopefully) the same patch of skin on each so that you can see any changes.
Week 1 hands
Okay okay but remember they've had a hard life!
Okay so this is the starting point in terms of how my skin looks like on day one of the trial. Hoepfully we'll see some changes over the weeks!
Okay so nothing really to report in terms of improvement but I have to say that I like both of these hand creams. Both are great for this time of year when the weather really takes it's toll on the skin especially when out gardening. At first both feel heavy on the skin but they actually absorb really well (though you can definitely feel that they're there) and they leave a protective layer that's great fro working in the garden. The only downside so far has been with The Body Shop one, for some reason the tube just keeps pushing the cream out so it's very wasteful. I've switched to using it from a pop rather than the tube but it does make it less convenient.
Okay another week and more pictures:
So not exactly sure this is going to work as there doesn't seem to be anyway of me keeping the pictures consistent enough to see any details. Oh well it was worth a try!
So after all this what do I actually think (and which of the three would I use again)? Well I liked all three but of the two I tested here I really don't think either would be my first choice for everyday but both are great for use in bad weather or to help with "gardening" hands. They both leave a layer than feels a little intrusive but is great for adding extra protection when it's wet and cold. I'd definitely use either when I'm skiing to give some extra protection in the cold.
The Melvita cream is a better everyday product but in my review I mention that it doesn't really help with my nails and let's be honest it is very expensive!