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I don't do much gardening anymore, as I haven't really the mobility for it, but my sons recently got a couple of Eco Dome sets and we've been busy setting them up. The first was mixed with carnivorous plants and cactus, but there really wasn't enough room and we ended up digging everything up and starting all over. . So my hands have had plenty of exposure to dirt over the last few days, but that wasn't the worst of it. The worst part was the cactus. I stuck myself with the cactus dozens of times the first time, but even more the next, and by this time, some of the punctures were already a bit red and infected. Not only did I accidentally brush against them repeatedly , or jab myself trying to plant them, but it seems they shed needles into the soil as well, so whenever I was scooping things up, I was jamming more cactus needles into my hands along with itchy little hairs from the one that doesn't look as poky. I have dry skin to begin with, so after getting it more dried out with dirt, constant washing hoping to wash the needle ends out, itching, and being made into pin cushions, my hands were terribly sore last night. I soaked them in very hot water, tried to squeeze and jab any broken cactus needles out and went searching for some type of cream to help.
Rummaging through my drawers, for something to soothe them before bed I cam across a set of Crab Tree and Evelyn's hand cream that dooyoo had generously sent ages ago after I won a contest. I had set the package aside after trying it out once as too special to use everyday, and then forgotten about it. As soon as I began to rub this into my hands I felt instant relief. This is such a thick and luxurious cream. I don't believe I have ever owned anything with shea butter other than these creams, but this is the primary ingredient and I can certainly see why people rave about it. The difference was clear in minutes as my hands felt smooth and moist again, and most of the soreness was gone. I would also note that a little goes a long away and this does absorb completely, leaving hands soft and smooth, but not all greasy.
The scent on this is quite mild, which is just as well as I am very sensitive to smells and do like many strong scents, but it is also very natural. It is meant to be "Fresh green clover, lavender, sage, rosemary and thyme." ( taken from Crabtree and Evelyn website). It is a very natural scent, which reminds of the outdoors, and quite herbal with sage and thyme being the main scents I can pick up on. I am often put off by artificial scents, but this smells exactly as my hands would smell if I were cutting and handling fresh herbs, there is nothing artificial about it, and checking the ingredients list, real herbs are used in this. I think I detect a whiff of chamomile as well. This is not listed as an ingredient but bisabolol is, and this is a derivative of chamomile.
I really can't tell you how impressed I am with the cream. Even 12 hours later, my hands still felt nourished and moisturised and I even believe they look different, younger and smoother a swell as being softer. But the best part is, this seems to have an antiseptic action as well. This product contains two natural antibacterial agents, sage and bisabolol . There might be more, but these are the only ones I am aware of. By the next morning, all the redness was gone as well, and now, 24 hours later my hands feel completely healed. I honestly think this product is a miracle worker and am absolutely delighted with it. this does cost £14 for 100 grams, but a little does go a long way and I would consider buying this again when it runs out, if for nothing else than to use for minor cuts and injuries. I have a feeling this would be magic for insect bites and stings, nettle rash or chicken pox.
Needless to say I am giving this five stars and my complete recommendation.
I don't remember buying this hand cream, so someone must have bought it for me as a gift. As I don't do much gardening I tucked it away in a drawer and when I was having a clear out I discovered it and decided to give it a try.
I am glad I did as this is a fabulous hand cream and a multi purpose one as I also use this on my feet.
I don't know why but I thought Crabtree and Evelyn had been around for a century as to me they conjure up an image of products that were used in the 2 world wars , slightly old fashioned and genteel. However they actually started in business 40 years ago in the 1970's and their heritage is a brand that uses ingredients from the natural world of fruits flowers and plants.
This came boxed and the gardeners hand therapy cream is in one of those metal tubes in a not very attractive tan colour which I am not keen on. I don't like these tubes as no matter how carefully I dispense the cream the tube becomes creased and it is difficult to get the lid back on and sometimes the tubes split. So not my favourite dispenser.
This is a thick white cream that has a strong almost medicinal smell. It contains shea butter which explains the rich consistency, glycerin clover and chamomile. It also contains lavender sage rosemary and thyme of which lavender is the strongest scent but the other herbs also come through.
It is very rich so a little goes a long way and it seems to absorb quickly. It leaves my hands looking nourished, feeling really soft and smelling of herbs. It feels like it could be greasy, but it just leaves a soft sheen which I think always makes skin look healthier.
I also use this on my feet as I was applying to my hands one day and I dispensed too much so decided to rub the excess on my feet and it transformed them from a dry slightly crocodile appearance to normal with one application.
Would I Recommend
Yes this is a super hand and foot cream that really transforms dry rough hands and feet. I find the scent a little strong when I first apply especially on my hands, but it dissipates after a while, so is not too overpowering.
I would not limit this to using after gardening as I use this after I have done my cleaning as my hands feel rough after coming into contact with cleaning products dust and dirt.
It also seems to last a long time on my hands and even after washing them they still feel soft, so it definitely penetrates the skin.
I also like the richness of the cream and the fact that it doesn't leave my hands feeling slippery plus it absorbs quickly.
It is expensive but you don't need to use much ad it seems to last for ages. I will buy some more , but not in the metal tube as it has split and dispenses product out of the split which is really annoying.
I would not have chosen this myself as the tube is not that attractive, but whoever bought me tis did me a real favour as it transforms workmanlike hands back to ladylike.
From Crabtree and Evelyn is £14 for a 100 ml. At the moment you can buy 4 x 50g tubes for £22 in a mix and match offer, which is tempting as my friend swears by their La Source hand cream. I would recommend buying the pump action size which is £16.08 for 250g on Amazon or £20 from Crabtree and Evelyn.
After a long day of handling thorny situations, our gardeners hand therapy is just the help you need / Nutrient-rich shea butter helps nourish and condition work-roughened hands / The 25g size is a Special Edition Christmas 2012.