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I was given a few of this range of products in a gift pack last Christmas. My hand cream is a 50ml bottle, and the fact that I still have it almost 12 months later is perhaps testament to the fact that it didn't become a favourite.
I have just rubbed some of this into my hands to refresh my memory, and again I am reminded why it's not been used up, this is really underwhelming. The lotion is very runny and thin, white in colour, and so you need to be in control when pouring it or squeezing it from its container. Mine is in a squeezable bottle, and with the lid off it could easily have gone everywhere. This is a negative for me, because a thicker cream gives that bit of indulgence and luxury. That said, the small amount of cream that I used did rub in quite easily, and probably within 30 seconds, without leaving any stickiness or tackiness.
Smelling my hands a few minutes later I can hardly detect a fragrance. I now wonder if this is because the seal has been broken for almost a year, but I wouldn't expect fragrance to be totally lost like this. The effect on my hands isn't spectacular, my hands do feel ok, but my finger ends are still not entirely soft. The product is branded as "hand and nail cream" although my particular product (possibly due to being a gift pack version) doesn't go into the merits and claims of what effects one can expect on your nails from this.
All that said, this isn't an unpleasant product at all. For me, a strong smell isn't something that I like anyway so the lack of a smell is hardly a negative for me.
These gift sets are nice to receive, but the products within them are quite underwhelming. I guess they are worth the money but I could hardly recommend this as a hand cream to rush out and buy.
WHAT IS IT?
This is hand lotion that is made by Baylis and Harding. It has got a mandarin and grapefruit fragrance to match a hand wash that I have got from the same range of produce.
This hand lotion comes in a large bottle that has got a pump on the top. It is a 500ml bottle and that is very large comparing to other hand creams and lotions that I have got.
WHAT I THINK
I am very disappointed with this hand lotion and I do not think it is very good. I am not going to use up a whole 500ml of it because it does not make my hands feel soft and I do not think it moisturises them also.
The lotion is very thin when you pump it out of the bottle and it drips out of the pump after you move your hand so that makes a mess on the shelf where I keep my bottle of hand lotion. The smell is not strong but I think it is a pleasing smell and I like that I can smell it on my hands for a little amount of time after I have applied it.
The hand lotion is very wet and it takes a long time for it to dry, that is a pity because it stays so wet on my hands that sometimes I have to wipe them on a towel to remove some of the wet feeling so that I can carry on with my work.
It does not moisturise at all and sometimes my hands feel itchy after I have used it, that is not a very bad effect and the itching stops very fast but it is not good and it shows to me that this product is not very good quality.
A bottle of this hand lotion that has got 500ml in it costs only about £2.50. I will not buy it again because I do not like the feeling of it on my skin and I do not think it helps for my skin to stay soft and moisturised, I wish Baylis and Harding would sell their produce in smaller sizes so that I could try it first before I bought a big bottle like this because this is going to be wasted and I do not like to do that.
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I bought my 500ml Baylis and Harding indulgent moisturising hand lotion, in Sweet Mandarin and Grapefruit in my local beauty store for £3.50, which I thought was very reasonably priced for such a large bottle. I have it by the sink to use after I or my husband has washed up.
I have very dry hands and was hoping this cream would help out, but unfortunately I would consider this product to be very average.
The product comes in a clear bottle, much like Molten Brown in design, has a black pump action dispenser, which works very well and a simple circular brick like pattern on the front with the logo printed on top. The hand lotion contains vitamin A, B and C extracts and from the outside looks very thick and creamy in consistency.
The lotion smells lovely and fresh I would say more grapefruity than mandarin and the scent tends to linger for quite a while after application.
The lotion itself is in my opinion quite thin, it is easy to apply and soaks into my skin very well, but it just does not moisturise my hands well enough. I usually use Loccitane products and they have a high quantity of shea butter in them and are much thicker, but at £15 per tube can run a bit expensive.
I would say that overall this hand lotion smells great and looks great, but is average. If you are lucky enough to have normal skin, i.e. not overly dry then this product would be ok for using after washing up, or washing your hands, for dry or very dry hands I would suggest using another product that is thicker and creamier in consistency. I will continue to use the lotion but alternate it with my other hand creams.
I bought this Baylis & Harding sweet mandarin and grapefruit indulgent moisturising hand lotion to match the sweet mandarin and grapefruit cleansing hand wash that I was already using in our bathroom.
The Baylis & Harding products are styled on the Molton Brown bottles, they are pretty exact replicas, even down to the pumps and the silver bottle necks with the raised lettering company name on them. The Baylis & Harding bottles are basically just a bit bigger at 500ml, whereas the Molton Brown bottles are 300ml.
Baylis & Harding hand washes and lotions are normally around £1.99 in most supermarkets, occasionally you may see them on offer. I bought mine from Sainsburys when they were 2 for £3.00, you could mix and match and have 2 hand washes, 2 hand lotions, or 1 of each.
The Molton Brown hand lotion that this is modelled on is £16.00.
This is marketed as an 'indulgent moisturising hand lotion, a luxurious hand lotion to treat tired hands and keep signs of aging away'. To be honest I think that the claims are a little bit over the top.
It does have a lovely citrussy fruity smell, you can really smell both the mandarin and the grapefruit in this. And the fragrance does linger on your hands for quite a while, especially if you layer it after having just used the matching hand soap as well.
However it's certainly not what I would class as on indulgent hand lotion. It is certainly adequate for day to day use, and hands that are not too dry, but over the winter months especially I don't think that it's moisturising enough. I did continue to use it as I have it in the bathroom next to the matching hand soap and so I would use it out of habit, but I would use other hand creams as well throughout the day.
For the price though I don't think that you can complain, it is certainly not the worst hand cream I've used, and over the summer months I did find it more than adequate. One pump of the hand lotion is plenty to adequately rub in to your hands and wrists. The hand lotion is a fairly light consistency, I guess that hand lotion rather than hand cream gives this away! It does sink easily into your hands, and doesn't leave any greasy residue behind. I find that the bottle lasts us around 6 months.
This looks very sleek and classy and sophisticated next to the matching hand soap in my bathroom, and it looks far more expensive than it actually is. I will continue to buy it, but probably only because I now buy the Baylis & Harding hand soap religiously. I probably wouldn't buy it again if it didn't match the hand soap.
I received a bottle of Baylis and Harding Indulgent Moisturising Hand Lotion as a gift last Christmas, along with a bottle of the matching hand wash. It is scented with sweet mandarin and grapefruit, and contains extracts of vitamins A, B and C. Whilst I am not a huge fan of fruity fragrances, this seemed like a gift that I would make good use of.
The hand lotion comes in a 500 ml transparent plastic bottle that has a pump dispenser. The amount of lotion that is dispensed seems just right for your hands. It is easily absorbed without leaving a greasy residue. The consistency of the lotion, however, is rather light. I began using it last winter and found that it was too light to properly moisturise my hands, which do get very dry in the cold weather. After a few minutes I felt that I needed to apply more lotion. I had to switch to a richer lotion for the rest of the winter, and came back to the Baylis and Harding lotion once the weather got a bit warmer. Even in summer, however, I didn't real feel that it was adequate or long-lasting.
The fragrance was in fact the thing I liked most about the hand lotion. It is a combination of sweetness and sharpness that I find pleasant enough, although again it doesn't really last very long. There isn't really anything offensive about it as it seems well balanced. What bothered me, though, was that on the back of the bottle is a warning not to use the lotion on your face. I never have used hand lotion on my face, but I still wouldn't have thought there would be any reason not to. It may be because the product contains parabens and perhaps other ingredients that shouldn't come into contact with your mouth and eyes. If you get the lotion in your eyes you obviously have to rinse and wash it out thoroughly, and you shouldn't use the lotion on broken skin.
I am still using the lotion at the moment, but I know that as the weather gets colder I will soon have to switch to something with a thicker consistency that will have a longer lasting moisturising effect. I am not sure what the point of the vitamin extracts is, as I haven't noticed that they have been beneficial in any way to the skin on my hands.
My bottle is still more than half full, so I suppose I shall make use of it again next summer. In its favour, it is a large size; I had a smaller bottle of Pecksniff's hand lotion the year before which I'm sure was not cheap, but it was no better than the Baylis and Harding lotion. Another plus point is that the cap is completely removable, so in theory the bottle can be recycled. It remains to be seen, of course, whether it's possible to completely empty the bottle with the pump dispenser. Considering I'm only using this hand lotion for a few months of the year, it might be quite a while until I find that out...
At present, Amazon is selling the hand lotion and hand wash together for £16.93. It is possible to buy a refill for the hand lotion for under £3. I can't honestly recommend the lotion; it's not what I would call 'indulgent'. There are far better products around at reasonable prices that have a more moisturising effect.