“ Brand: Crabtree & Evelyn / Type: Milk „
I recently visited a Crabtree & Evelyn shop where they were offering complimentary hand massages. I naturally availed myself of this treat on my day off as my hands were very dry. Nice nails shame about the condition is all I can say about my rather dry and cracked hands. Young children, visits to the loo constantly and forever washing my hands etc etc. I do use a hand cream but obviously I neede a miracle. The lady who gave me the massage was extremely helpful to say the least. She suggested the goats milk as my hands were extremely dry. She first performed an extremely relaxing and professional massage with gentle hand therapy cream which exfoliates. She then washed my hands in the bowl of warm water and they already felt smooth and moisturised. She then massaged the hand cream in. Although to begin with I was somewhat cynical, I was truly amazed that my hands not only looked ten years younger, but the overall condition and softness was incredible. This lasted all day long and the smell was lovely. Even though I washed my hands many times afterwards the Goatsmilk 60 second fix had already worked its miracles. I was very impressed indeed and had no idea that you had to exfoliate your hands every week before applying hand cream, but once you have had this done properly, nothing else will do. It really is like anything in life,you pay for what you get and this is pure 100% quality. Do try, you will not be disappointed.
Over the Easter holidays we went to Gunwharf Quays at Portsmouth (see separate op on Gunwharf Quays) and I happened to go into the Crabtree & Evelyn shop. A couple of years ago, my boss gave me a C&E Lily of the Valley gift set and I loved it but every time I went into this shop, the prices frightened me off! However, I was slowly pondering and drooling at all the lovely products and the smell in the shop was divine. I noticed a small table in the centre and a shop assistant was demonstrating one of their products. I stopped and looked. She had a large bowl and a flask and some tubes of creams. Curiosity got the better of me and I watched as she explained the benefits of the treatment to a prospective customer. The treatment being demonstrated was called Goatmilk 60-Second Fix. The customer said she thought it was good and bought some. I was still standing there and the assistant asked me if I wished to try it. Being a sucker for something free I thought, why not? I thought it was great and bought some. Let me explain about this treatment. The assistant told me that this was a very quick and effective hand treatment which would show results in 60 seconds, yes, that was their claim. I actually didn?t believe her because I have tried so many hand creams in the past and, after days of use, not seen a great deal of improvement in the condition of my hands. I do tend to suffer from dry hands and also, in these later years, I have noticed that the back of my hands are becoming wrinkly and no amount of hand cream ever got rid of any of these wrinkles. The treatment consists of two types of cream:- The first cream to be applied is called Goatmilk Skin Therapy Hand Recovery and it is an intensive treatment which helps to restore the suppleness and youthfulness (yes, oh yes, please!) to our hands. It claims ?for hands that are smooth as silk within minutes, our 3 in 1, rinse-off cleansing, exfoliating and conditioning trea
tment contains mineral salts, shea butter and soothing goat milk extract?. The assistant applied about half an inch of this cream and asked me to massage it all over my hands. I could feel the mineral salts in the cream and worked the mixture all over my hands and concentrated mostly on the backs of my hands. I asked her what this cream was actually doing and she said it was an exfoliating cream and it gets rid of all the dead skin whilst also putting back moisture into our hands. Now I had never actually thought previously that my hands were full of dead skin. Dead skin on my face and body but never on my hands! After massaging the mixture into my hands the assistant then got the flask containing warm water and poured it over my hands until the cream had dispersed into the bowl. Obviously, she had to do this because it would have been very unhygienic to ask people to wash their hands in the water which had previously been used by other customers. Then she dried my hands. The second cream is called Goatmilk Hand Therapy and this has been formulated with shea butter and milk proteins which help to soothe and protect our hands. Again, C&E claim ?our amazing hand cream soothes and comforts sensitive and delicate hands with shea butter, concentrated goat milk extract and milk proteins?. Again, the assistant applied about half an inch of cream to my hands and I massaged it well into my skin. I was then asked my opinion on the condition of my hands after only one minute. I had been very sceptical at the start of this demonstration but I must admit that my hands felt, and what?s more, LOOKED so much better. They felt soft and looked less wrinkly. That was it, I was hooked on this product! That?s great I said. How much? I was cringing because I knew it wasn?t going to be cheap but I thought that a treatment that produced a physical result in only 60 seconds was worth buying. After all, I needed a little treat for myself. The treatment as a package was on offer for £20. If you wanted to buy them separately then the hand recovery tube cost £12.50 and the hand therapy cream cost £9.50 so you really do make a saving by buying the two together. Both creams are sold in 100ml (3.5oz) weights. The hand recovery cream is contained in a white plastic tube which is then enclosed in a lavender carton which has a picture of the Swiss Alps and goats on the front. When looking at the shape of this lavender carton I am somehow reminded of a coffin ? it just has a similar appearance but the only ?dead? feature about this product is the ?dead? skin which it takes from your hands! The carton also contains a leaflet (in English, French, German and Italian) which details the Goat Milk range of products (Body Wash, Body Lotion, Body Cream, Triple-Milled Soap, Bath Milk, Hand Wash, Hand Therapy and Hand Recovery). The leaflet is The hand therapy cream is contained in a white coloured metal tube and also has the picture of the Swiss Alps and goats on the front. This metal tube is enclosed in a white carton which has the same picture on the front. I must say that this carton does not resemble a coffin! The assistant did stress that the hand recovery cream should be used no more than twice weekly but the hand therapy cream can be used as a normal hand cream. Now, I have been using this treatment, as recommended, and in only 5 days I have noticed such a difference in my hands. My skin feels so much more silky and the wrinkles are filling out! Yes, I actually have LESS WRINKLES! I haven?t counted the wrinkles but there are certainly less of them. I take the hand therapy cream to bed each night and apply it to my hands and my feet before getting into bed so that the cream can work away to its little heart?s content during the night. Yes, I am also using it on my feet as I get dreadfully dry heels too. It is working on my feet also. The skin on my heels is starting
to feel silky instead of like sandpaper so now this cream has a dual purpose for me. As explained earlier in this op, the treatment is expensive but I have found a way of obtaining part of it cheaper! Yes, my trusty TK Maxx store! I had remembered that I had seen odds and sort of C&E products but I visited one of my local stores on Monday and found they had a few tubes of hand therapy creams for £4.99 each which is practically half price! Now is that not value or what? Needless to say I bought a tube and will always be on the lookout for their products in TKM in the future. [I have recently bought a body moisturiser cream (not from E&C) which also contains shea butter and I have watched programmes on the TV which praise the quality of shea butter so I really do think that this ingredient in the goatmilk treatment is of vital importance. It certainly does help to enrich my hands]. I really have to endorse this goatmilk 60-second fix as it is truly wonderful. I have never bought a hand cream or hand treatment that has given me such good results in such a small amount of time. It is worth every single penny even if I have to pay full price. What price nice, smooth, silky hands? If you haven?t got a Crabtree & Evelyn shop within driving distance from your home then you can always purchase online. Their website is: www.crabtree-evelyn.com Go on, have a look and give yourself a treat.