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      28.09.2013 04:04
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      Beautiful cream for the most dry skin....

      I was lucky enough to have this sent to me as a little sample in a small black pot, and loved it so much that I purchased some. This is a thick and indulgent hand cream that can also be used on the body. It comes in a standard black recycled screw capped 100g pot and is Vegan.

      The cream is very thick and does not run. It offers amazing hydration to dried up bits because of the excellent balance of ingredients. There are no less than five different types of butter at play in this jar and the combination makes for a thick product without any real waxiness.

      The cream itself is light coloured,very soft and easy to get out of the jar. The butters are combined with base oils, rose water and vanilla absolute (a mega expensive oil) which create a very delicious aroma and the scent lasts for a long time. The overall scent is vanilla and rose but without the sickly sweetness that comes with fake vanilla's which are found in many similar products. The rose is just there, not overpowering at all. There is a subtle nuttiness to the scent too and the overall impression is one of luxury.

      THE BUTTERS:

      This hand cream contains a combination of Shea, Peanut, Cashew, Almond and Pumpkin seed butters, all of which are edible. The Shea is from Ghana and the company pride themselves in their relationships with the Shea farmers (usually women) who provide an important income to the villages and families within. Extracting Shea butter from the seeds is a lengthy and laborious process which has many stages, and it is conducted in a traditional fashion that has been used for hundreds of years.

      All of the butters hydrate and protect the skin, although they have slightly different properties. Peanut is very oily so that is used in smaller quantities, and Shea makes up the bulk of the product.

      When you buy this you are not just paying for Shea. Shea on its own is not that expensive. Rose water when made from scratch uses thousands of petals and is therefore considered a luxury and an indulgent ingredient. Vanilla absolute costs around £40 for just 10ml and is a thick almost solid oil extracted from cured pods and beans. The scent of vanilla is something that we are all familiar with. It is a warm and sweet aroma which is used a lot in the perfume industry. The vanilla oil in this cream is mainly used for the scent as it is not generally used in aromatherapy.

      THE OTHER STUFF:

      The cream has a long list of ingredients and as per usual some of these are great and some are not so.
      The cream contains essential oils in the form of Rose Absolute and Chamomile Blue Oil which is often sold as German Chamomile oil. Blue oil is the most popular form of Chamomile in an essential oil and this is also a expensive addition at around £25 for 10ml. German Chamomile essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves and daisy like flowers of the chamomile plant. It is used therapeutically as a calming oil and when used in skin care products it acts as an anti-inflammatory. The scent if this oil is subtle and sweet but again not overpowering. Camomile oil is an excellent addition for itchy or sore hands.

      Rose essential oil is usually sourced from Damask rose and comes from many thousands of petals via steam extraction. Rose is a very distinctive fragrance and it is prized as another precious oil due to how many flowers are needed for just one drop. Rose is used in aromatherapy for calming of emotions and body. It is also very nourishing for the skin.

      Alongside these two expensive oils, this cream also contains Benzoin, evening primrose base oil, almond oil and organic lemon juice. Combined into a little understated pot, this somewhat dull looking pale cream not only smells wonderful but is highly effective on even the crinkliest skin. Unfortunately Lush have seen fit to chuck in parabens as a preservative however this is the last ingredient on the list in terms of quantity so I would hope that it would only be a smidge.

      The overall scent of this cream is a vanilla infused herby freshness and one that I find really nice. It does not overpower other scents if you are a perfume fan but it is definitely strong enough to be "there" and it will last for a few hours. In fact I love the smell of this so much that I frequently sniff my hands when I use it and have to stop myself doing this in public in case people think that I have a permanent nasal drip....

      TEXTURE & EFFICIENCY:

      The cream has the texture and thickness of a body butter. If you are versed in some of the Body Shop butters then this one is not much different to use in terms of consistency. You only need a small amount of this to get an effect, in fact using a good sized dollop would not only be wasteful but would leave your hands very greasy. When I use it I use a blob around the size of a currant. If i am feeling extra decadent then I use a blueberry sized amount....

      Go easy on the application and you will find that this cream absorbs quickly, and leaves your hands very soft and gorgeous. Any tightness from washing up or dry hands is easily remedied with this product and the moisturisation lasts a good amount of time too. It can be used all over and is especially lovely on the feet and elbows. I have found this to be non greasy but then my hands do get very dry. Use the cream sparingly for occasions when your skin really needs a moisture boost and I think you too would be impressed.

      INGREDIENTS:

      Rose Water, Shea Butter, Glycerine, Stearic Acid, Organic Almond Oil, Triethanolamine, Fresh Organic Lemon Juice, Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute, Rose Absolute, Chamomile Blue Oil, Organic Evening Primrose Oil, Organic Peanut Butter, Organic Pumpkinseed Butter, Organic Cashew Butter, Organic Almond Butter, Tincture of Benzoin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Methyl Ionone, *Benzyl Salicylate, *Coumarin, *Geraniol, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Farnesol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Chlorophyllin, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

      *occurs naturally in essential oils

      Handy Gurugu is available in Lush stores and online for £ 7.75 for 100g. I consider this to be a good deal because it lasts for ages and has less in the way of chemical additives than most creams. It is very effective and smells gorgeous.

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        06.04.2013 19:21
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        A rich hand cream which softens the hands and hydrates dry skin

        I hate the feeling when my hands are dry and tight, especially after cleaning or doing jobs around the house so I always have a pot of hand cream nearby to provide some relief. I love Lush and their product because they are natural and usually good so I bought the Handy Gurugu when shopping recently in their store.

        About the product
        The cream is designed to offer a deep hydration to hard working hands. It is incredibly butter rich including Shea Butter, Peanut Butter, Pumpkinseed Butter, Cashew Butter and Almond Butter to moisturise and nourish the skin on the hands. The Shea Butter is from Ghana so you'll be helping others with this one as well as helping your hands. The inclusion of these ingredients obviously means that this one is not suitable for those who suffer from nut allergies. The product also contains Almond Oil to strengthen and nourish the skin as well as Rose Oil and Lemon Juice to tone the skin on your hands.

        Packaging and Price
        The product comes contained within a circular open mouthed tub which is black with some white writing on it which tells you a little bit more about the product. The lid can be pulled on and off so you can easily access the amount of cream that you want and none will go to waste. The product will cost you around £7 for 100 grams of the product and it can be bought from your local Lush Store and also from their online website.

        Aroma and Consistency
        The product has a really thick and rich consistency which makes you feel like it's going to do a good job straight away. It is very luxurious and seems like more of a body butter than a hand cream. The aroma of this one most certainly won't be for everyone and in truth, it's not really for me. It is described by Lush as being an earthy aroma but I think it quite dry and herbal. It is a bit like the incense stick shops that I used to visit as a child. I most certainly wouldn't want to put it all over the body but it's ok on your hands. It is strong enough that others in work will comment on it when I've put in on my hands. It's a shame that this one doesn't come with a different scent as it will be too off putting for some.

        Application and Performance
        The first time I used this product, I took out a big scoop and slathered it all over my hands. After a few minutes of rubbing, I realised that the cream wasn't going anywhere and I had to wash it all off, leaving my hands greasy and a messy sink. I've learnt my lesson with this one and less is definitely more which is a good thing when you consider the price. A pea sized amount is fine for my hands unless they are feeling super dry. It is easy to massage the cream into the hands and cuticles and you can feel it doing a good job straight away.

        You do need to wait a few minutes before touching things after you have applied it or you will leave finger prints and marks. It makes my hands really soft and smooth, and it removes all feeling of tightness and dryness straight away. It makes my hands look in a better condition and banishes signs of dull skin. It leaves a slight sheen on the skin but nothing that makes you look greasy. Your hands do feel slightly sticky and greasy for a while after use but this subside with time. The cream has long lasting results and my hands still feel soft and moisturised at bed time. It hasn't caused me to develop any irritations or caused my skin any discomfort.

        Conclusion
        All in all, this is a good hand cream which leaves the hands feeling really soft and hydrated. It relieves feelings of tightness and dryness, and my hands look in a better condition after use. The smell is not one of my favourites and it does put me off using the cream at some times but it can't be faulted performance wise - As long as you don't use too much!

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        24.11.2012 17:30
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        lots of oily nutty ingredients worth paying that bix extra for

        With winter fast approaching, my hands are starting to resemble those of a wizened elderly person rather than the not quite 40 that I actually am. This means it's time to reach for my trusty Lush Handy Gurugu hand cream.
        The packaging, as per usual with Lush, is a simple black affair, this particular hand cream is in a 100g pot with a twistable screw lid. A look at the side of the pot at the rundown of ingredients assures you of all the oily/buttery goodness contained within this hand cream, namely, shea butter, (sourced from Gurugu village in Ghana, hence the hand cream's name), almond oil, chamomile blue oil, organic evening primrose oil, organic peanut butter, organic pumpkinseed butter, organic cashew butter and organic almond butter.This is along with other scrumptious ingredients such as rose water, lemon juice and vanilla and rose absolute.
        Opening the lid, the potion looks very rich in a creamy colour speckled with tiny bits of the many nuts that are contained within this lovely hand cream. A good, long sniff of the contents, and you definitely get a smell of the nuttiness in abundance, along with the shea butter, almond oil and vanilla.
        Applying Handy Gurugu to your hands is a squidgy business, I use an amount roughly the size of, say, a Werther's original. It does take a long time to asbsorb and turn from actual cream to an oily sheen on your skin, but this is a luxurious moment of hand pampering sitting on the sofa in front of the TV...this is not a quick rub in cream that allows you to run out of the door on a busy morning with quickly moisturised hands grabbing your bag and car keys in a rush.
        As you idly massage this creamy mixture into your hands, the warmth of your hands, I feel, makes the buttery nutty smell even more apparent, it is a lovely scent and makes you even more aware of the nourishing properties of this hand cream. The one and only downside to Handy Gurugu is the little nutty bits in it, organic as they appear. These will not absorb obviously, and I end up wiping them off my hands with a tissue, however, because this hand cream leaves a fair sheen of oil on your hands even after absorption, you would probably want to blot the oil off your hands whether it had the nutty bits in it or not.
        At £7.50 for the 100g pot, I think this is a fair price for the sheer number of natural ingredients included in this hand cream, and the superior job is does of luxuriously softening your poor winter blasted hands.

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        27.05.2012 17:38
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        great long lasting rich super moisturising cream!

        I regularly get very dry hands that can get sore if I dont look after them, whilst on the look-out for a new hard working hand cream I tried my trusted favourite - Lush. As always I wasnt disappointed, and came out with this amazing new had cream!

        Whats is it and whats in it...
        Handy Gurugu is a hand cream that Lush developed after customer requests for a more hard working hand cream for hard working hands - and it certainly is just that!
        As always its full of natural ingredients which are ethically source, such as:
        Fresh Organic Lemon Juice, Vanilla Absolute, Rose Absolute, Chamomile Blue Oil, Organic Cold Pressed Evening Primrose Oil, Organic Peanut Butter, Organic Pumpkinseed Butter, Organic Almond Oil, Rose Water and shea butter.
        The only synthetic ingredients are Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Stearic Acid and Cetearyl Alcohol.
        This hand cream is packed full of buttery oily ingrediants to really hydrate and smooth the skin - giving it a deep treatment, exactly what hard working hands need!

        According to Lush's website the shea butter in Handy Gurugu 'comes from a women's cooperative in Ghana. The Ojoba Project is one of our favourite suppliers. The 400 women who run the business and equally share the profits are an amazing, inspiring bunch'. Its nice to know that by purchasing this product you are helping out a good cause!

        How to use...
        This cream is really rich and thick so is probably best applied at night so it has time to soak in. You really dont need a lot, dont make the mistake of putting too much on your hands or you end up with very greasy buttery hands. I cant use it as a day cream as I do alot of drawing and painting and find I cant hold a pencil too well if I have just applied this without my hand sliding down it. If you do want to use it throughout the day or more regularly only use a very very small amount as this is plenty!

        Packaging and Pricing...
        As most of the lush products do, this cream comes in a handy 100g black tub, small enough to keep in your handbag. Lush have a fantastic offer where if you bring back 5 black pots for them to recycle you get a free fresh face mask!
        The cream retails at around around £7 for the pot, which you might think is a bit pricey - but it is so rich that its lasts for ages as a little bit really does go along way!

        So im summary - this is a great hand cream for hard working hands - definitely the best I have come across - even better than Lemony Flutter - another wonderous moisturiser from Lush. The smell is very unusual too, but I love it. I have read a few reviews with people complaining about grainy bits? but mine has none of this so maybe they just had a bad batch. Its a very rich cream that will sort out dry, rough and/or cracked hands in no time!

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          09.03.2012 18:27
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          A natural hand cream from Lush

          This is a gorgeous hand cream from Lush. It is made with 100% natural ingredients and has NOT been tested on animals.

          The hand cream contains natural shea butter which is an excellent moisturiser for all skin types. The hand cream is a sort of pale green colour which I would describe as a mint shade. The hand cream has a pleasant scent which I would describe as quite herbal. It's not an awful scent but I don't think it'd be to everyone's taste! The hand cream can be used during the day and/ or at night with moisturising gloves. The hand cream is fine to use by itself aswell, although a little goes a long way with this so start with a small amount and work your way up. You can always add more if needed.

          The hand cream soaks into the hands well and it doesn't need a huge amount of rubbing in as it is fast absorbing. The cream feels lovely on your hands and it helps to mend rough cuticles and broken nails. It's great for the winter months as it helps to soothe dry and/ or cracked hands. You can use the hand cream straight away on sore hands as it doesn't make them any worse. The cream is cooling, soothing and moisturising. It lasts forever too as the smallest scoop goes a long way. So £6 isn't a lot to spend.

          The hand cream also helps to strengthen nails and it helps to prepare hands and nails before a manicure.

          It can even be used on the feet too!

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          20.09.2011 06:46
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          An effective but expensive hand cream from Lush!

          What Is Handy Gurugu?
          Handy Gurugu is a hand cream handmade by Lush. The hand cream is completely natural and free of any preservatives or nasties such as chemicals and artificial smells or flavourings. The hand cream contains lots of goodness such as shea butter, lemon juice, almond butter and so on - if you are interested in seeing the full list of ingredients then simply go to the Lush website and type the product name into the search bar and it will display all information including the list of ingredients which is rather long but everything seems to be legit - nothing looks (or sounds!) sinister and the hand cream is also 100% cruelty free (Lush do not test on animals), fair trade and it is suitable for Vegans. I was really impressed that this product contains Shea Butter and I have heard nothing but good things about this particular ingredient as it is apparently great at softening and smoothing dry and rough skin. The hand cream is designed to moisturize, soothe and soften the hands. I don't have particullary dry, cracked or 'haggard' hands, but I do like keeping them nice and soft and well looked after as with the rest on my body.

          Price and Availability
          The price is definetly this products down fall, as at £7.25 for a not-so-generous portion of 100 grams, it isn't exactly cheap, not in my opinion anyway! This product is available in most Lush stores. I got my little tub of it from my local store which is the Sheffield store, which is fairly large.I would imagine it sells quite quickly as it is pretty popular as far as I am aware, so smaller stores may not always have it in stock, however if you are interested in purchasing this but find your local Lush doesn't have it in stock, it is also available via the Lush website. I would personally reccomend seeing if your local store has this in stock (if you have one!) before buying it online to save on postage costs - it's expensive enough as it is! The Handy Gurugu is also available on the .com Lush website meaning that even if you're not from here in the UK, you will still be able to purchase and use this product which I think is good, but obviously postage charges aren't exactly cheap!

          Packaging
          The hand cream comes in one of the little black Lush pots - pretty much identical to the pots that the face masks come in but as this is only 100g of product the pot is quite small. The pot is circular and as I said before is black in colour. It has white writing on with the product name, a brief description and the ingredients. The lid just simply pulls off and it has a brief description on the lid as well as the Lush logo. The description on the lid states that the hand cream was made in Gurugu Village, Ghana. This makes me feel like it was worth the hefty price tag as (presumably) a percentage of the profits from the hand cream goes to the workers in the village. Lush describe this hand cream as "helpful and heavenly" which pretty much does sum this cream up! Overall, the packaging is very bland, it is nothing eye catching however it is easy to recognise that it is a Lush product just from glancing at it. It is also definetly packaged in a way so it is unisex and it won't put men off as it isn't made obvious what the tub contains - this wouldn't look out of place in a bloke's bedroom.

          Product Smell and Texture
          The hand cream is thick. Very, very thick. You know Angel Delight? When it's set? Well it's pretty much the same texture as that. I didn't expect it to be half as thick as it is and expected it to be nice and lightweight, which it isn't unless you're extremely careful with how much you apply. The texture is smooth but it does have small grains in it for some bizzare reason - I didn't buy this to exfoliate my hands, so I have no clue why they put grainy bits into it. The grainy bits definetly ruin the product - I bought this cream intending to put it on just before bed and wear it overnight, letting it sink into my skin, but unfortunetly the grains make my hands feel quite sticky and dirty so I end up washing it off after 20 minutes or so. Then again, everyone has there own preferences and some of you might actually prefer a grainy to a smooth hand cream, but I don't! Anyway, enough ranting - this actually isn't a bad product despite the unneccesary grains, and it smells gorgeous! The smell is quite hard to describe. It has a very vanilla-rey type smell but you can definetly smell the Shea Butter in it and it has a strange but pleasant earthy undertone which makes the product quite unique and balances all the smells out - I think if it didn't have the earthy undertone it'd be too sweet, and the undertone makes the cream more appealing to a wider age range of people - it's not sickly sweet but not 'mature' smelling either - it's inbetween. It's a nice relaxing smell and reminds me a bit of aromatherapy oils. This contains Rose Water and I was half hoping it would have a slightly floral smell but unfortunetly it doesn't! :-( Colour wise, it's a nice shade of baby blue which is pretty.

          How To Use
          Using this cream is simple and I doubt I need to explain it to you, but I will anyway as I like to be as thorough as possible in my reviews! As this cream comes in a tub, and not a pump/dispenser, you do have to either use your finger tips, a spatula, a loofah or perhaps cotton wool to apply it. I personally use a wooden lolly stick (which obviously is thoroughly clean before you start thinking i'm gross!) I simply dip the stick into the pot and get a generous but not over the top amount of cream and apply it onto my hands. I then rub it in, making sure there are no blobs left as I don't want to waste a single drop considering the price!

          My Experience
          This hand cream feels very refreshing. It is quite heavy feeling at first but once rubbed into my skin it is not noticeable as it absorbs so quickly. It doesn't leave my hands greasy or sticky although it does leave them feeling slightly moist which I personally like. It does leave the small black gritty things which is annoying as I usually have to wait until the cream has completely absorbed until I wash my hands which is a bit of a pain, especially if i'm in a rush. Once the hand cream has absorbed my hands feel so soft and silky and just generally better, they feel really refreshed and hyrdrated if that makes sense! The smell lingers nicely, even after i've washed my hands, and it isn't that sort of 'old lady' hand cream type of smell, it's really pleasant and doesn't clash with my perfume at all.

          Overall
          This hand cream is effective and pretty nice to use but the grainy bits spoil it! I would much prefer it to be smooth in texture as I see no point in the grains. On a plus side, this hand cream is moisturizing and smells great. Although this is expensive, if you're careful with the amount you apply, the 100 gram tub should last you for around 2 weeks to a month with daily use. I would really reccomend this to anyone who is after a new hand cream as it has definetly made a difference to my hands despite them not been too bad in the first place - it will definetly sort out rough hands with no problem. I would also reccomend any men who have 'workers hands' to give this a go - it honestly doesn't smell too feminine and it works wonders :)

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            09.08.2010 00:25
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            great buy, well worth the money

            I love this hand cream. It is a rich treat for cracked dry skin and softens even the most resistant fingers. One of my close friends gets eczema on his hands, and has used cream after cream to try to soothe it. This cream works for him and whenever I am with him he raids my handbag for it. It has a lovely herby smell and sinks straight into the skin without leaving a slippery residue. The pot lasts a long time and I think is good value for money. I always carry it around with me, and use it on any dry skin I have, not just my hands. It is amazing on cracked heals and leaves the skin feeling softer and soothed straight away. It might smell a bit strange at first but the smell has grown on me and I really wouldn't want to be without a tub of the stuff in my handbag!

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            24.07.2010 12:00
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            For me a treat, not something I'll buy reguarly

            I am a big fan of Lush when I can afford it!! I took a trip over after smelling this cream that my friend had used.

            The cream comes in a black round plastic tub with screw lid, like most of Lush's other products are packaged. The screw lid keeps any bacteria getting into the cream and when you open the lid you're hit full face on with the gorgeous scent of the cream. Some of the creams ingredients are: rose water, organic almond oil, shea butter (25%), cashew nut butter, organic Evening Primrose oil, fresh organic lemon juice and the list goes on and on. The cream has a greenish look to it, it kinds reminds of some face clay masks, and has tiny little black specs in (not sure what that is). Yet again the cream hasn't been tested on animals which makes a lot of people happy and even more likely to go and buy some!!

            My overall thoughts on the cream are that it's a little pricey. For £6.50 you only get 100ml. Saying that, you don't need lots of the product to get full coverage of your hands. A little does go a long way....and too much does give a greasey feeling left on the skin. I bought my 100ml tub and some days I'm lazy and don't use it and I still have about a third of the tub left. It smells gorgeous and it does leave your hands felling soft. Once you open the tub, and others smell it they will be asking you what the lovley smell is and about 2 of my friends have since gone on to buy some after smelling mine.

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            28.04.2010 09:12
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            Recommended hand cream

            I got a little sample of this Handy Gurugu Hand Cream in the HSKT box a couple of months ago. However I never got round to using it until now, until I realised that it would be a lot easier to carry around than a large tube of the Body Shop's Hemp Hand Protector!

            The name of the product comes from the village in Ghana where the shea butter used is sourced from. Conveniently it also provides a useful pun on 'guru'!

            Handy Gurugu is described as Lush's "helpful, heavenly, herbal hand cream". It contains shea butter, rose water and a plethora of essential oils such as almond oil, lemon juice, evening primrose oil and rose and vanilla absolutes. It hass an interesting smell which I can't quite place - sort of herbal and floral at the same time. I still can't decide if I like it or not, but the Hemp Hand Protector took some getting used to, so it hasn't put me off.

            The cream is pale green in colour with little black speckles in. It seems quite thick, and won't run of its own accord when you move the pot, but when you put your finger in it you realise it is quite soft. You only need to use a very small amount on your hands.

            Now I've read a lot of reviews about this hand cream on the Lush website and many of them say that the cream has worked miracles on their eczema-prone or super-dry hands. Now my hands are actually in pretty good condition, probably due to the fact that I've been using hand cream for a while, so I can't really judge the cream in that respect. However, I am very impressed with it. Unlike the Smitten hand cream which I reviewed a while back, this cream sinks in really well and is completely non-greasy. My hands feel soft for hours afterwards. I've even used the cream on my elbows, which are pretty dry, a couple of times and noticed a definite difference.

            I thought that nothing could prise me away from Hemp Hand Protector, but I would certainly consider buying Handy Gurugu - especially considering my trial size pot allows me £1 off the full-sized 100g black pot (normally £6.50). It may seem pricey, but you only need to use a very little at a time, a couple of times a day, for good results. Definitely recommended.

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              Handy Gurugu is one of Lush' hand creams - I'd say it's probably the best by far of those I've tried.

              Its main ingredient is Shea Butter and it is packed full of rose oil and around six other essential oils, all working together to make a really kick ass cream.

              It smells of Shea Butter to me, and not a lot else - which is fine, as Shea Butter is a really nice smell on its own.

              To use, you simply rub into your skin - rub it in properly (some people have complained that it is sticky or leaves you unable to type/use your hands afterwards...that's not true if you rub it in properly!) and as soon as you've done this, your hands will feel like silk. I was amazed at how quickly my hands started feeling lovely and soft.

              In the long term, it definitely makes your hands a lot softer and silkier and is worth the £6.00 you're paying for the tub (which will last forever, as you only need a tiny fingertips worth each time.)

              Another interesting thing about this is that you can use a tiny bit on your face after cleansing as moisturiser ...I don't usually moisturise but I decided to try using this on my dry bits of facial skin one day after a shower and it made my face all glowy and dewy and lovely.

              All in all, this is a truly fantastic cream!

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              I recently received this product as a sample from Lush within a special offer that I purchased, I do love Lush stuff I must admit, their fresh and handmade cosmetics smell and feel great, and I love the natural feel of them, what with Lush believing in using as few chemicals, preservatives, and packaging as they possibly can.

              Handy Gurugu is a hand cream, which comes in a black tub with an easy screw on and off lid. It costs £6.50 for 100g of product. It really is stuffed full, and is a very long lasting investment when you get over the initial cost price, and lots of hand creams are more expensive than this and do not contain half as much lovely stuff within!!!

              When I opened the small sample tin I had of this, i was surprised how 'set' the cream felt. It is particularly thick and I was not expecting this, I was bracing myself for the mess that I thought I was going to make when I opened it but it just stayed put.

              It is a cream for dry hands contaning the following ingredients =

              Rose Water (Rosa centifolia), Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Glycerine, Stearic Acid, Organic Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis), Triethanolamine, Fresh Organic Lemon Juice (Citrus limonum), Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla planifolia), Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena), Chamomile Blue Oil (Matricaria chamomilla), Organic Evening Primrose Oil (Oenothera biennis), Organic Peanut Butter (Arachis hypogaea), Organic Pumpkinseed Butter (Cucurbita), Organic Cashew Butter (Anacardium occidentale), Organic Almond Butter (Prunus dulcis), Tincture of Benzoin (Styrax benzoin), Cetearyl Alcohol, *Benzyl Salicylate, *Coumarin, *Geraniol, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Farnesol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Chlorophyllin (CI 75810), Methylparaben, Propylparaben}
              *Occurs naturally in essential oils

              Shea butter is a wonderful natural moisturising emolient, very gentle and kind to the driest of skin including eczema, a wonderful product for this condition! It has high levels of Vitamin A, also known as Retinol, which is present in many skin creams for its ability to create healthy skin. Lush trade directly with the women who hand-process the butter using traditional methods.

              As I said before, the cream I found to be exceptionally thick and 'set' almost. I only needed to scrape the tiniest amount of the top of it in order to do the backs of both hands.

              I noticed the smell, which I found slightly herbal, and actually the more I could smell it on me the more I liked it. It is pretty long lasting and I had to keep sniffing my hands because it was so nice.

              It goes on thickly but does not stay there long, it sinks in FAR more quickly than other hand products I have used, you know the sort what you end up rubbing in an hour later after application!

              This is an excellent hand cream, although I do not suffer with dry skin on my hands it feels sufficiently thick and moisturising enough to be suitable for those who do.

              I can see even my little sample pot lasting an absolute age because you simply have to use such a little amount that it makes the cost worthwhile. Definitely reccomend this hand cream, there is nothing wrong with it, so much so that I need to give it 5 dooyoo stars!!

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                06.01.2010 22:54
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                Worth buying if you need a heavy duty cream to sort out dry hands, not so practical for daytime use

                My new years resolution 2010: to look after my hands and stop biting the skin around my nails. How am I going to do it: a nice new handcream to make my hands look lovely so I won't want to spoil them. So off I trot to lush armed with a 10% off voucher that came in one of their giftsets.

                I purchased the Handy Gurugu handcream for a few reasons. The first being the delicious smell of the handcream. I'm a big fan of 'natural' smells as opposed to 'perfumey' smells, so this cream really appealed. Rose water is one of the main ingredients, as well as shea butter, almond oil, various nut butters...it smells like something you would find in a hippy shop (and I like that).

                Secondly the texture is really thick and creamy, dipping your finger into the pot is like putting your hand into a pat of butter (in a good way). Just the thing for dry or rough hands which is what I have. It seems to be making a real difference to the particularly rough patches of skin I have around my nails, so that's another plus.

                The downside to this handcream is the length of time it takes to soak in. It's not too bad if your in the house in front of the TV or going to bed, but if you need to do anything else at all your either going to have to wait 15 minutes or rinse your hands because it feels quite greasy. It does seem to leave a significant amount of oil on your skin. I guess this is what makes it an effective handcream, but perhaps not very practical if you're busy or even just want to touch something.

                So I would rate this handcream as being effective, and it certainly does work - my hands are looking really good. However it's not one for your handbag. It's one to keep in the house for times when you aren't doing anything else. This means shelling out on another handcream for the rest of the day. At over £6 for the pot I guess this means you need to consider whether you want to pay for a handcream you can only use sporadically.

                Smells amazing though...

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                  14.10.2009 14:32
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                  Use a little for good results

                  My family seem to think that I am difficult to buy presents for (which I am not!) so there seems to be an unwritten rule that anything from Lush will be okay for me (which is quite accurate actually!)

                  My Aunt bought Handy Gurugu as a Christmas present last year, and at first I wasnt too sure. Some days I adore the smell, and somedays its a bit overpowering. I cant put my finger on what I dont like about its smell, but its a bit much sometimes.

                  Having said that, I absolutely love the cream itself. I do suffer from dry hands and I have tried lots of handcreams, but this is the best by far. I like the fact that its a natural product, and is full of different moisturising ingredients. It does contain peanut products though, so not good for anyone with an allergy. I do find the product greasy though, so I tend to use it at before going to bed at night, when I dont have to touch or hold anything.

                  It is a little more expensive than some of the handcreams, even other ones from Lush, but its worth the extra. You also dont need to use alot, so the 100g pot goes along way. Infact I have had mine for 10 months now and I use it most days and I am very near the bottom. Despite thefact the smell is a little strange, I will definatly be investing in some more.

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                    15.09.2009 11:52
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                    Very effective hand cream, shame about the smell

                    Described by Lush as a helpful, heavenly, herbal hand cream. I would agree with two of those statements, it's certainly helpful and herbal, but it's certainly not heavenly! Alot of people think it is but unfortunately I'm not one of them.

                    Now don't get me wrong, if you can put up with the overpowering smell, then this might just well be the hand cream for you, as it certainly does what it says on the tin, it's one of the most effective hand creams I have ever come across but each time I try and use it the smell makes me nauseous, I think it's to do with the Shea butter in it, but to me it just smells like like plastic....ick :(

                    On opening the tub you are greeted with a thick green cream and the strong herbally/shea butter smell. It has a gorgeous thick consitency to it, almost mousse like and just by the feel of it you almost know that it is going to be an effective cream and it is, it melts away dry patches with ease, although it doesn't absorb straight away, so perhaps it's best used at night.

                    I know that alot of people who are gardeners or who have manual jobs that really take it out on their hands, really find this a god send, and that people who have eczema on their knuckles (me being one of them) find that this can be put on without the usual stinging of alot of other handcreams and that it can clear it up within days. It really is a heavy duty hand cream with essential oils and rose water blended into it so that's it caring and not harsh on your skin, and for that I really loved it, but it's a shame they can't sort out the smell. If it smelt like Helping Hands (one of the other hand creams by Lush) then it would be a regular in my bag.

                    But, it seems that I am in the minority when it comes to the smell as most people seem to love it, some people even go as far as to say it smells "divine".

                    This retails at £6.40 and comes in a 100g tub, so it's not one of the cheapest hand creams by a long shot, but due to it's lovely mousse like consistency, you only need the tiniest bit and you're not wasting excess amounts by squeezing too much out as you do with a tube so I could see this actually lasting a really long time, although I don't know how long exactly as I gave mine away long before I got to the bottom of the tub!

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                      05.09.2009 23:36
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                      Not one of Lush's best offerings

                      Here I am with yet another Lush review! It's weird because I don't think I've set foot in the place since June, but I still have loads of their products lying around the house.

                      When my last hand cream ran out I really wanted to buy one of the Lush hand creams to replace it. I decided on Handy Gurugu over the other two they make - Smitten and Helping Hands - but if I'm honest, I don't really know what it was about this that stood out.

                      The hand cream comes in one of Lush's famous black pots. A lot of their products come in these pots and they are very plain and boring to look at, but Lush say it's so that you know you're paying for quality ingredients rather than a fancy tub. Another good thing about these tubs, is that if you return five empty ones to the store they will give you a free fresh face mask.

                      My first question about this product, was 'What's a Gurugu?!' In fact, the answer is written there on the lid of the tub, and it's not a what, but a where. Gurugu is actually the name of the village in Ghana where Lush source their Shea butter from.

                      Moisturising Shea butter is not the only thing this contains. In fact the ingredients list is really impressive. It also contains amongst other things, rose water, lemon juice, organic almond oil, Organic evening primrose oil, Organic pumpkinseed butter (?!), Vanilla absolute, Organic almond butter. Organic peanut butter, and Organic cashew butter. You can find the full ingredients list at www.lush.co.uk

                      The hand cream is a bluey grey colour and you can see small black bits that look like small grains in it, but I'll come back to those later.

                      I wasn't sure about the smell of this cream at first, I thought it smelled a little bit like antiseptic and hospitals, but it has grown on me. It's a very difficult smell to describe, but I'd say it is light and clean smelling. It's slightly floral but has a bit of something else in there that I can't put my finger on.

                      The hand cream is very thick. In fact, I have found that it is better to apply at night with a pair of cotton gloves than as a daytime hand cream, because of the thickness. When I do apply this during the day I tend to apply this bit by bit, as if you overdo it you will find that the cream does not sink in very well and it may have to be washed off.

                      As long as you don't apply too much at once, the cream will sink into the skin quite quickly but can leaves the skin feeling slightly greasy for a while. To be honest, this is quite a problem for me because I'd like a hand cream I can take to work, but as I have to type a lot, this is not really suitable due to the greasiness.

                      Another thing I dislike about this product is that it's gritty. As I said it contains small black particles, and I don't really know what the purpose of these are, because they feel very uncomfortable and don't seem to have any use!

                      On a more positive note, the hand cream is very moisturising, which is great because I have dry skin and this gets rid of any dry patches I have. It also seems to make skin look brighter and healthier, although this is probably as a result of the moisturising.

                      A 100g tub of this cream costs £6.40 from Lush or www.lush.co.uk

                      To be honest, on the whole I have not been very impressed with this product. It is moisturising and smells quite nice, but it's too thick, leaves the skin greasy for too long after application and contains gritty bits which I simply don't understand the purpose of. As an overnight treatment under cotton gloves it works quite well, but I don't think I would recommend this as a daily hand cream and will not be buying it again.

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