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Crabtree & Evelyn is a company that has been around since 1972 and specializes in luxurious toiletries. As such, their products are quite expensive (especially if you are a student on a tight budget!) but I managed to get a couple of freebies which included Ultra-Moisturising Iris Hand Therapy from their Hand Care Collection.
The cream was packed in a little cardboard box which made it look really luxurious and special. It comes in a metal (as opposed to plastic) tube with a white lid. The tube has a lovely lilac colour and a picture of iris at the front. At the back we can find some further information about the product. I would call the look of the tube quite minimalistic which I really like.
The cream itself has a white colour and a divine scent. It smells of iris and isn't at all aritficial, is very pleasant and feminine but not overwhelming. I immediately fell in love with it. It is very easy to use: just apply a little (and I mean a little as it does go a long way) on your hands and massage it in. I normally use a handcream before going to bed as I don't like the sticky feeling on my hands however with this one it wasn't a problem - the cream is fairly quickly absorbed so I've been using it throughout the day as well.
According to the producer, this hand therapy contains macadamia nut oil, shea buter and iris extract, all of which are meant to moisturise, hydrate and soothe hands. This cream has definitely made my hands softer however I am not convinced that it is a brilliant moisturiser. When my hands got very dry this winter, I used it a lot and I felt that it could have worked better as I had to re-apply very often to keep my hands reasonably moisturised. Overall, I felt that it is quite an average product for a fairly high price (£9.00 for 50ml or £14.00 for 100ml).
Thank you for reading my review.
Shea butter-rich Iris hand cream, blended with macadamia nut oil and conditioning iris extract, moisturises and smoothes dry skin and leaves your hands feeling incredibly soft /