“ Brand: Marks and Spencer / Texture: Cream / Type: Hand Cream / Suitable for: Hand „
Although most women seem to be clued up on the importance of a regular facial beauty routine, hands can become rather neglected. I have never forgotten my granny's words of wisdom, that a woman's hands will always give her age away before her face will, and with this in mind I have stepped up my game in recent years, determined to take better care of my hands. As a result, I purchase a lot of hand creams. Instead of splashing out on one expensive top of the range hand cream, I prefer to find reasonably priced products so that I can buy several of them at a time, as I like to keep a tube available in every room and in my handbag, which gives me no excuse not to apply them frequently.
La Maison de Senteurs is a product range available from Marks & Spencer, inspired by the character and ingredients of Southern France. A 75 ml tube of Fleur d'Orangier hand cream is currently priced at £3.50. According to the information on the packaging, this cream is, "blended with essential oils of sweet orange and petitgrain to refresh and revitalise."
This cream has a sensual, sophisticated fragrance which conveys elegance and class but there is also something a little herbal and earthy about it, which offers a comforting, wholesome quality. I have always been drawn to orange-scented products, but the orange aroma in this cream is quite unusual. Although the citrus is very apparent, it seems more like a blend of lemon and orange than pure orange and there is also something a little floral and grassy to the scent.
I found out that petitgrain is extracted from the leaves of the bitter orange tree and is a key ingredient of Eau de Cologne. My mum and granny used to use Eau de Cologne and I remember a big bottle of it on their dressing tables when I was young. The refreshing, reviving scent takes me back to those happy childhood days. Although the Eau de Cologne qualities might make it seem a bit old fashioned, once this cream is applied to my skin the scent becomes much more subtle and I love how clean, fresh, feminine and slightly mysterious it smells. (I can't say how truly reminiscent of France it is, but I wouldn't be surprised if Catherine Deneuve's hands smell like this!) I have to keep sniffing my hands when I am wearing it. It is one of those scents that does make you think of positive things - summer days, freshly mown grass, cool drinks on the patio with a slice of lemon, flowers, trees, green leaves, etc.
This hand cream contains Shea butter, an ingredient well-known for its softening qualities. I only need to use a small amount of this cream as it goes a long way. The texture is just right for me. It isn't so runny that you squeeze out more than you need. I would say it is sufficiently thick to feel voluptuous and pampering when applied to my skin but not so thick that it is difficult to squeeze out of the tube or spread on the skin. Most importantly, it absorbs quickly and leaves no sticky, greasy residue on my hands. As my job involves typing and proof-reading, the last thing I want is to get grease and oil over my keyboard or my papers.
I am quite impressed with the moisturising qualities of this product. After a couple of hours of applying, my hands still feel quite silky, although after long typing spells I find that my fingers and palms might be ready for a top-up. I am not sure whether I would find it rich enough for winter use, however, when my hands really do seem to take more of a battering from the elements. I would say that if your hands are in fairly good condition, as mine are, this cream should serve you well as a general maintenance, day-to-day hand cream, but if you have particularly dry or sensitive skin, you may need something a bit more intensive. I do tend to opt for something a bit greasier at night, such as 'Smitten' by Lush, which I find has more obvious hydrating and softening qualities, but that would be way too messy for me to consider using in the day.
It's worth keeping a tube of this in the kitchen. If you spend a lot of time cutting up onions, garlic, fish or other evil smelling things, applying this cream after washing your hands can help remove any lingering odours. I find it a godsend. This may be because petitgrain has natural deodorizing and antiseptic qualities.
Over the years I've got into a habit of giving my hands a 'sauna' when I'm doing the washing up. I apply this cream before putting on my rubber gloves and the heat seems to improve the efficiency of the product, making my hands more receptive to the moisture and leaving them extra soft. So if you want to boost the performance of this hand cream, I would recommend using it this way.
This product is approved by the BUAV, which is a huge plus as I prefer to avoid products that are tested on animals. Other products in this fragrance range include body wash, bath cream, body lotion and scented candles. Being so reasonably priced, you could put a few Fleur D'Orangier products together to make a really indulgent gift.
I would recommend this hand cream. It is great for a quick moisture boost for normal skin and its summery aroma is delightful.
This horrible cold weather is wreaking havoc on my poor hands. They feel dry as well as half frozen, and they are desperately in need of some tlc.
So while wandering around M&S attempting to do a little early Christmas shopping, I spotted this pretty looking hand cream and decided that £3.50 was a small price to pay for happier hands. I also love orange-scented products so this was an added bonus!
The packaging of this hand cream is lovely. The tube, which is 75ml, is silver with a pale grey label with black whiting. It is an elegant looking product and I think would make a lovely stocking filler for someone as well as a nice gift to yourself! The lid is a screw top, and the tube sits on its lid, meaning you can get out every last drop of cream.
The packaging tells me that the hand cream contains rich shea butter and essential oils of sweet orange and petitgrain "to refresh and revitalise" and is "reminiscent of southern France". As I say, it was the orange that appealed to me so I did hope that this would be the over-riding scent of the cream.
The cream is pure white and absorbs into the hands almost instantly. Straight away you can smell the sweet orange and I think this fragrance is gorgeous - it is not at all sickly or overpowering and the smell really lingers on your hands.
But the smell would mean nothing if the cream doesn't moisturise effectively, and I happy to say that it does! It has really helped my dry hands and it is a pleasure to use. I think it is a great buy for the price and would definitely recommend this for anyone who is looking out for a new, classic hand cream.
The La Maison De Senteurs hand cream also comes in lemon and lavender varieties, and you can but a gift set of slightly smaller versions of all three creams for £7.50. There are also many other products in the range if you like this one.