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I always have a good few tubes of hand cream on the go at once and the Crabtree & Evelyn India Hicks Island Living Spider Lily Hand Therapy is the one I am currently carrying in my work handbag. I actually got this in travel sized form from one of the monthly beauty boxes I subscribe to and was really excited to try this as the Crabtree & Evelyn brand has such a good reputation when it comes to hand care.
India Hicks is apparently a former model, although I must confess, I am not really familiar with her. She is also goddaughter to the Prince of Wales and has created two collections for Crabtree & Evelyn, Island Living and Island Night.
The hand cream, which is part of the Island Living range, comes in a cream coloured metal tube with a black screw top lid. It actually reminds me a little of a tube of paint! It's quite basic in terms of design, but I do think the metal tube makes it look expensive. Unfortunately having used this for a few months now, I have noticed tiny cracks starting to appear in the metal where the tube has been squeezed which is a little disappointing. I should also note that this is available in three sizes and the largest actually comes in a pump bottle rather than a tube.
The cream itself is white and fairly thick in consistency although not as thick as some other brands I have used in a similar price bracket, such as the L'Occitane shea butter range. On the subject of L'Occitane, when I first started using this cream, I felt that it smelled very similar to the L'Occitane Cherry Blossom scent - which is probably one of my favourite fragrances of all time. Now I have used it for a while, although I maintain that there are similarities between the two, I do find that this one is a bit deeper and perhaps fresher than my favourite cherry blossom scent. I'd describe it as smelling quite feminine, with a predominantly floral fragrance, which has a fresh undertone that reminds me of being by the sea. It's a subtle yet noticeable scent and has an air of luxury about it.
On application, I find that the cream doesn't take much rubbing in and absorbs quickly. After using it, I do find a slight residue is left on my hands. It's difficult to describe really, but I suppose it's almost like a powdery feeling. Usually I hate having any residue left on my hands when I use hand cream, however I don't mind so much in this case, because it doesn't make my hands greasy or slippery, so I can carry on with whatever I've been doing.
I have very dry skin and it gets particularly bad on my hands, where the skin goes rough and can even crack in cold weather. I have found this product to be very moisturising and it instantly relieves any discomfort to my hands. The area around my cuticles - where I can also suffer badly from dry skin - looks much healthier and hydrated after using this and I'd say that the effects last for around 10-12 hours. The scent of the hand cream does linger for a while after use, but only for around an hour.
As with most things, the price of this product will vary depending on where you shop, but the prices below are taken directly from the Crabtree & Evelyn website. There are Crabtree & Evelyn shops on some high streets and this is also available from Amazon.
50g - £9
100g - £15
275g - £22
Overall, I am pleased with this hand cream and would happily use it again. I do think it's fairly expensive, but my 25g tube has lasted me a couple of months so far and I use it probably four to five times a week and the results are long lasting, so I feel it is a justifiable luxury!
Escape the busy demands of your day with the exotic scent of an island paradise / Crabtree & Evelyn India Hicks Island Living Spider Lily Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy is a lightweight shea butter-rich hand cream that is blended with conditioning macadamia nut oil and aloe to moisturise and soothe hands / The soft blend of spider lily along with night-blooming jasmine and other sea air accords make this scent truly one of kind and a luxurious way to keep your hands soft / Shea butter formula soothes and moisturises / Myrrh extract helps conditions cuticles and nails / Formulated without parabens, lauryl sulfates, mineral oil, and propylene glycol / Fragrance: A soft blend of spider lily, citruses, night-blooming jasmine, green palms, and sea air accords /