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I received several sachets of this hand cream to try from C&E recently. La Source hand therapy contains myrrh extract, which has apparently been shown to condition nails, ceramides and Hyaluronic Acid, to hold moisture close to the skin. The product is free of parabens, lauryl sulfates, mineral oil, and propylene glycol. La Source Hand Therapy can be purchased in various quantities and the RRP varies from £5 for 25g to £20 for 250g.
The cream is white and quite thick in consistency. It is easily distributed over the hands, gliding over the skin. The fragrance is immediately evident. This cream smells fresh and clean and is very pleasant to the senses. The cream feels rich, but it is absorbed quickly, leaving hands moisturised and soft. There is a slight film on the skin, which I assume is down to the ceramides which are contained in the cream, but this helps the skin's moisture barrier. It in no way stops me from my tasks and there is no sticky or tacky residue on the hands.
My hands feel soft and quenched hours after using this cream, and the fragrance is still detectable. I also find that even after washing my hands, they are not as dry as they would be if I hadn't used the cream. The overall condition of my hands has also improved after regularly using Hand Therapy.
Overall, this is a lovely, hydrating hand cream which is suitable for dry skin. I am pleased with the results, just a little off put by the price.
There was a period of time previously when I had incredibly dry fingers. My skin was chapped, and it would often bleed because it was simply too dry! I tried many different lotions but they did not seem to help very much, sadly, until I found Crabtree & Evelyn's La Source Hand Therapy.
-- PACKAGING --
The product comes in various packaging - there's a 25 g, 50, 100 g carry-around tubes, as well as a much larger bottle with a press-top that contains 250 g. Based on my experience with Crabtree and Evelyn's creams, I much prefer their bottles to their tubes because the tube tends to scrunch up and crack as you almost polish off the entire tube, making it quite messy as it leaks all over your bag and quite un-usable. The version I've got for this hand therapy is currently the bottle, which I have around on my dressing table - just convenient for me to get a dollop or two whenever I need it.
-- THE PRODUCT ITSELF --
La Source Hand Therapy is a white colour cream that has a rather thick (but satisfying) consistency. It has a very 'clean' scent that is mild and not at all overbearing. Instead, I would consider this creams to have one of the most refreshing and pleasant scents that wouldn't irk you as you use it more and more. I have been using this for years but somehow haven't really found the need to change to another scent.
Upon application, the cream spreads really well over your skin and gets absorbed quickly. I particularly like how it makes my hands feel moist for a short while after application, without making them feel too greasy. I never feel like my hands are too wet after application and can almost immediately get on with whatever I wish to
The best thing, however, about this cream is simply how effective it really is. I can't emphasise how this cream had saved my fingers from the painful cuts and bleeding, and gradually allowed me to be able to have smooth hands all over again.
-- WHERE CAN YOU BUY THIS --
This is available at Crabtree and Evelyn stores. The prices for the 25 g, 50 g, 100 g and 250 g creams are as follows - £4.00, £9.00, £14.00, £25.00.
-- CONCLUSION --
I would recommend this if you have dry skin on your hands. This product may be more expensive than many other creams but I feel that it's definitely worth every penny.
Although I don't use a hand cream very regularly, I find the soap in the toilets at work really dries my hands out and had been thinking I'd have to buy some to keep in my desk drawer, so I was pleased when I saw a free sample of the La Source Hand Therapy on the front of a magazine a few months ago.
I'd been aware of Crabtree and Evelyn for a while through magazines and always liked the shabby, vintage French feel of their products, and this is no exception. It comes in a white metal tube, like the old-fashioned toothpaste tubes, with a minimalist blue sketch of a seashell on the front, and text in both English and French on the back. The top is a screw top, and not the best - it's an octagonal shape rather than a ribbed type lid, and only very small so it's difficult to unscrew and even more difficult to screw back on once you have the lotion on your hands!
The cream itself is a very thick, almost solid, white cream and a little goes a long way. Contrary to the fresh 'breeze' type scent I was expecting because of the shell picture, I find the scent quite a heavy and overpowering herbal aroma and something in it reminds me of being at the dentist (!?). Upon looking at the ingredients list to see if I can discern what's creating this strange smell, I'm surprised to find a lot of long chemical names, whereas I always had Crabtree & Evelyn down as a natural products type of company.
The cream spreads easily across your skin, but I hesitate to say it sinks in because it feels more like it glides over and sort of sits on the skin greasily. Long after I've applied it, I feel the need to keep trying to rub it in, but still it just seems to float there, with a visible sheen on the skin. It does stop my hands feeling dry but to be honest I'm not sure what's worse, the dryness or the greasiness!
So to conclude, nice packaging but a disappointing, greasy and weird-smelling product. At £11 for a 100ml tube, you can get much better for your money.
I have the worst hands imaginable. They are so dry! I have tried almost every hand cream going, to no avail. Ranging from low cost to the priciest, they just seem to glide off and not actually do the job required.
Anyhow, my mum got me this for christmas. I was a bit dubious as the name sounds a bit odd and old fashioned, but I thought I would give it a try.
Well, guess what? It actually works ! No one could be more amazed, even after the fist application there was a noticable difference. The cream has a nice fresh, subltle fragrance and is not too heavy. It seems to actually soak in ( most other hand creams, just seem to sit on top of the skin). My hands felt soft and looked less dry and are less painfull ( as this time of year my skin splits).
Yes, it is quite pricey, but in my opinion, it is worth it , as it actually WORKS!
I have now bought 60 second quick fix for hands and another set for the feet and the body butter, so check out my other reviews.
I have discovered a new hand cream at the weekend (and it is a fab one) so had to share my thoughts on it with you. I found a brand new in box tube of La Source hand cream at our church fete on Saturday for £1 so I thought it was well worth a try.
I always before have associated Crabtree and Evelyn with very floral products, which I love but doesn't suit everyones tastes, so it was quite a surprise to try this cream. It is a much more modern fragrance and lighter than their traditional style - the smell reminds me of the seaside - all fresh and sea breezy.
The cream itself is light to apply and is easily absorbed into the skin. Once applied it leaves my hands feeling silky soft and delicately fragranced and not greasy or sticky at all. I doubt though whether it would be moisturising enough if your hands were very dry, but for frequent usage after handwashing I think this cream is just the job.
Having checked out Crabtree and Evelyn's website to see how much it would cost not from a church fete, it is £10 for the 100ml tube (didn't I get a bargain?). There is also an accompanying treatment as a prewash scrub which looks intriguing so may have to give it a try too.
So would I buy it again? Quite possibly actually, as it makes a nice refreshing change from the more floral, heavier creams that I am used to. I even may go somewhere other than a church fete to buy it!
I got given this as a gift from my husband last year when my son was young and I was getting cracked hands form all the hand washing I was doing. Having a new born makes you feel like your developing OCD or re-enacting lady Macbeth's hand washing scenes. With you hands forever in water. He picked a tube of this cream up from Crabtree and Evelyn in York. But this cream was to be the savior of my hands.
When you open up the cardboard box (recyclable) you are faced with an old fashioned looking metal tube. The tube is whit with the pale blue motif of Crabtree and Evelyn's La source products on it
On the back it tells you in both English and French "Specially formulated with natural Shea butter to soothe and help protect hands.
La Source Hand Therapy Cream Ingredients
Shea Butter, Bisabolol, Algae Extract
Product information from Crabtree and Evelyn
"Formulated with marine and botanical extracts for multiple benefits, La Source products have a calming and uplifting fresh fragrance with a hint of peppermint and lavender. The shea butter and herb formula in this cream works to soothe, moisturise and condition dry or rough hands."
I started mainly apply this cream on a night to my hands as I knew that it would be unlikely to be washed off within minutes with hand washing after a nappy change. On taking a blob from the tube it comes in a delightful bright white globule onto your hand. The smell is very fresh I personally don't get the peppermint notes the blurb refers too but I do get hints of freshly mowed grass. On rubbing this cream into your hands it sinks in and softens your skin nicely. But you are left with a filmy feel to your skin that last on my hand for about 10 minutes. From daily use with this product I did find the cracks started to disappear and my hands became soft again. But due to the filmy feel of this product I only used it on a night rather than during the day as I found the filminess made my hands feel slippery which isn't a good thing when you have a young baby.
You can get this direct from Crabtree and Evelyn for £10 and for similar prices in department stores such as John Lewis
Would I recommend this
I would recommend this product as a night treatment for your hands but if you are after a day time hand cream for general use after hand washing this isn't your product in my opinion
I actually bought this hand cream on the plane travelling back from Iceland. It was in the duty free magazine and as I had a few Krona left I couldn't resist (it was actually a toss up between the hand cream and a breakfast bap.....the hand cream won!).
It came in a lovely white cardboard package with a minimal blue design on the front that was mimicked on the tube inside. It has a quite nice retro feel about it and I was pleased that is was a more substantial metal tube rather than a plastic one.
It costs around £10.00 for a 100ml tube from mainland shops such as John Lewis but I paid a little less in the duty free (I'll be keeping my eyes pealed on my next trip).
The cream is white and has a nice consistency which is not too thick and glides on quite smoothly on to your hands. It sinks into your skin almost immediately leaving it feeling instantly smoother and notably softer. It doesn't leave a greasy residue on your hands and the softening properties are still there even after washing your hands.
The cream contains shea butter which is rich in vitamins A, E and F and apparently provides a natural UV filter in its oils. It also contains marine and botanical extracts along with herbs and lavender fragrance.
The smell is quite unique, you can smell the herbs and lavender and it also smells quite creamy and fresh, I love it.
It really does smooth and moisturise dry and rough hands with minimal effort, and I find that is does a great job as a barrier cream on cold days or when you're getting ready to was the car by hand (not very often I admit). It also softens and conditions your cuticles and nails.
A decedent treat for your mitts.
Formulated with marine and botanical extracts, La Source products have a calming and rejuvenating fresh fragrance / The shea butter and herb formula in this cream soothes, moisturises and conditions dry or rough hands /