Armed with throat sweets, cold/flu powders, good quality lip salve, new moisturizer, dry skin cream and finally a hand cream, I think I'm just about ready to embrace winter even though we've quickly left summer entering dull and grey windy days, cold icy temperatures and even on a day like today (Sunny) but with the neighbour's knickers frozen on the washing line (as she went to great pains to tell me) it seems certain that the great Scottish frost has certainly arrived. My skin texture has already gone from peachy smooth to dry and brittle, with only the softest of skin being permanently covered from the cold.
Hand cream and I don't really go that far beyond the cost of £10 - unlike my mother who adores anything with a fancy French or Italian design house label - and whilst I have been trying to source natural ingredients in the same way I apply my household cleaning methods, finding an all natural product with Atrixo being the most chemical product I've used, second to an almost natural product in Deep Sea Spa Magik's wonderful hand cream (but difficult to find), I was just about to order another Spa Magik hand cream online when a friend of mine told me about a hand cream she has been using for years from a company called "Herbacin."
The correct product is called "Wuta Kamille," and it is an all natural hand cream that either costs 99p in a small 20ml size tin or £3-50 for a 100ml tube. In both cases you'll always see a white flower on the emblem label and whilst the tin is white and green, the tube reverses the colour with green background and white flower. Evidently Herbacin choose to differentiate the colours of each product and this is done effectively and kept simple. I have already seen Wuta Kamille tins in my local pharmacy and for the low price for such a small quantity I thought I'd give it a go. The size of the tin is pretty similar to the small tins of Vaseline lip balm with a slighter bigger diameter but no less handy for the purpose of keeping in hand bags or just as a handy sized tin for the car.
Initially I was a bit skeptical about this product claiming to be all natural since it contains silicon. I always assumed silicon was a man made product, having only known it initially from use in the medical/cosmetic surgery field or used in those silly little "do not eat," silica bags you often find in audio equipment boxes. Silicon however comes from the Earth's crust - how natural do you want - and it is made up of several compounds from its natural state. However! Don't be confused. Silicone oil in beauty products are however man-made but act as a lubricant designed to trap water, thus giving Herbacin Wuta Kamille a moisture retentive bonus. Judged by the German sounding name, "Kamille," the product that lends it flowery fragrance is thanks to Chamomile flowers, not just boosted by the picture of the flower on the tin, but also gives good healing techniques to skin when it is applied as a natural body oil. The last additive is Glycerin, which gives softness and skin elasticity and it is good to see Herbacin have stuck to their triple content formula by not adding colours or preservatives to the actual look or smell of the cream.
Compared to Deep Sea Spa Magik hand cream, Wuta Kamille is fairly obvious that it is all natural on look. This is more evident when popping off the tin's lid and seeing a white cream look back at you. However, it isn't chemical/paint white in colour, but looks rather off-white and although it feels a little greasy from the top of the cream's surface, once applied it doesn't feel very chalky. Despite this I find that Wuta Kamille only needs a little at a time that goes a long way. Used sparingly maybe once or twice a day, I've so far found Wuta Kamille to be quite good in terms of elasticity and actual moisturisation.
When gardening or handling rough DIY equipment for example Wuta Kamille has been quite a good alternative to my Atrixo favourite. Although it isn't as cheaply priced as the whipped delight of Atrixo, Wuta Kamille only needs to be applied once to last a couple of hours. When I moisturize my hands I tend to cover cream everywhere, including the webs of the fingers where I seem to dry out the most.
The only downsides I find to Wuta Kamille are that it isn't exactly water proof despite the added Silicone oil, which is reported to be effectively water proof. The cream is easy to rinse off, not only marked by the lack of scent on my skin and even when hands have been applied with a larger blob of the cream, it is hard to wonder whether the added silicone is for keeping the cream in the skin or allowing skin to feel smooth for longer periods. Skin feels generally softer when this cream is applied but you may need to keep re-applying which isn't what I'm used following Deep Sea Spa Magik's hand cream or Atrixo. Another downside is applying the cream to sweaty or heated palms. Glycerin tends to slide off when heated up, and in this respect Wuta Kamille is no different. When I rubbed the cream into my palms I didn't feel comfortably smooth but rather too sticky to comfortably let the cream dissipate and smooth out the skin. On dry hands the story is different, skin is smooth and soft feeling without feeling sticky and on my hands especially, I find they don't dry out much once the cream has been applied.
So, despite the Silicone based oil additive, Herbacin Wuta Kamille is near enough all natural, complete with a flowery scent that is neither too off putting or strong. For the price of the 20ml tin, it's hard to argue that it is a bargain looking out for and it does exactly what it says on the tin. However, it isn't completely natural but makes a change to the norm. For the larger tube however, £3-50 is fairly expensive but a little goes a long way and if you have dry hands in general, this is a good product worth looking out for. If you don't suffer from dry hands however, this isn't an ideal product. Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2010