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This is the last one of the gifts I received in my Dooyoo Christmas goodie bag. Crabtree and Evelyn Hand Therapy sampler contains three hand cremes to try, each in a 25 gram tube. It is attractively packaged in a striped box which would make this perfect for a gift. At £8 for only 75grams altogether this might seem a bit expensive, but it actually runs slightly less then just buying the individual packs, ad one 100 gram pack can set you back £11 - £15.
All three of the hand cremes have are very thick and a tiny bit really does go a long way. A tiny drop will easily spread into your hand leaving them very soft and well nourished. the main ingredient for each creme is listed on the box as Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil. Having very little knowledge of cosmetics, I googled this and found this description on Seatons chemical site "A highly emollient oil with anti-ageing properties that promotes skin smoothness and suppleness." Further research showed that this oil does not have any known harmful side effects. There are so many other ingredients listed it would be difficult to copy them all, but shea butter is also relatively prominent.
I am actually hesitant to give an honest review of how well this product works. You see if I tell the truth it will not sound believable. I have used these products after using quite a lot of bleach to thoroughly scrub my kitchen. Being rather old fashioned - I believe bleach and boiling water are the perfect cleaners for removing all possible germs anywhere. Of course this is rather drying to the hands. The difference is really hard to believe, my hands feel so smooth and soft and well nourished. But what really surprised me, is that they actually look younger. my skin looks smooth and tight. If the scents were not so strong, i would definitely want this as a facial creme. The results are truly amazing.
Although similar there are some differences between each creme, the primary difference being scent. the Gardeners hand creme has a more neutral scent, although it is advertised as smelling like "Fresh green clover, lavender, sage, rosemary and thyme." ( taken from Crabtree and Evelyn website). If I had not read this description though, I would have said the only scent noticeable was sage, although with continued sniffing i think perhaps I can pick up traces of lavender and thyme, but I may just be convincing myself of that.
Still the scent is very pleasant, natural and woodsy. Unfortunately , i am not able to give this the proper gardeners test - as nothing dries your hands like a day spent digging in the dirt, so will have to return and do a proper review of the Gardener's creme in the spring. But as this is the best hand creme I have ever used, I do expect it to pass with flying colours.
The next scent is citron, with honey and coriander. Again I find only one detectable scent here, that of lemon. this does not smell like lemon cleaners, or even the lemon extract I use in baking though. Instead, one would swear by the scent that you had been cutting fresh lemons. It is a very natural fresh scent, and extremely long lived. Even after washing your hands the scent is still noticeable.
Finally we come to my promise of a rose garden. I used to spend a good bit of time walking through a park here which is famous for it's rose gardens and this was the first thing I thought of when smelling this creme. It really does smell just like a walking in a rose garden. There is nothing artificial about it - perhaps because the scent comes from rose water - it really is like smelling a rose. The scent is extremely long lasting, in fact I found it a bit too strong as even after washing my hands the smell of roses seemed to overpower the smell of my lovely bacon, cabbage and champ which I had for dinner last night. So I tried this as a perfume instead putting a very very small amount on my neck, and can still smell roses all day. If you fancy smelling like a rose garden all day this is the product for you.
*** After a considerable amount of time researching online I was able to find Crabtree and Evelyn on a list by PETA of companies the DO NOT test on animals. http:// www.astrostar.com /DO-NOT-Test.htm
This is an important issue to me, as I feel animal testing of cosmetics inflicts unnecessary suffering. Finding out this product is cruelty free was the just the thing I needed to give this my complete recommendation, and a full 5 stars.