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Being a bit of a beauty product addict, I always like to try out new things and vary the brands that I use. One of my most exciting discoveries has been finding online companies that provide beauty boxes. The idea is that you will be sent a box every month, which will contain a selection of various make-up, skin care, fragrance products etc for you to try out, and I have been trying a few from different suppliers. I received this Basis Sensitiv hand cream by Lavera in a previous delivery from Amarya. You can find further information at www.amarya.co.uk and www.lavera.com. It costs RRP £4.45 for a 75ml tube.
Product description: "With luxurious organic almond oil and organic shea butter to protect and imbue your skin with essential moisture, even in harsh conditions. Organic chamomile extracts soothe and care still further."
The hand cream comes in a plastic tube with a simple blue and white design. It doesn't look particularly eye-catching and I would have assumed from the name "basis sensitive" that it may be intended for use on sensitive skin, so had I come across this by myself I probably wouldn't have chosen to buy it. This is why I love beauty boxes as you often discover a real star product that you could have otherwise overlooked. The tube has a flip-top lid at the bottom which is handy as the cream then stays at the bottom of the tube making it easier to dispense. Unfortunately it is impossible to see through the packaging to figure out how much of the cream is left inside, and I do tend to prefer packaging that is clear for this reason.
This hand cream has a nice creamy consistency and is pure white in colour. Only a small amount is required as the lightweight texture helps it to spread over my skin easily and also means that it is absorbed quickly. There is no greasy residue left behind afterwards, and my hands feel instantly smoother with a silky soft finish. I have used this hand cream all year round and find that it is suited to caring for my skin during all sorts of weather conditions. In winter, I do need to pay particular attention to the small patch of troublesome dry skin I get on the back of one hand, and I usually apply an extra small amount directly to provide a deeper amount of moisture. This hand cream really nourishes and cares for my skin, and I frequently apply it after washing my hands to restore the moisture and keep them in good condition.
I have been looking to try more natural and organic beauty products recently, mainly because they seem to be better quality and I don't have to worry about adding more chemicals into my body. The cream contains several organic ingredients, including almond and shea butter, which are well-known and widely used in beauty products for their moisturising properties.
The scent of this hand cream is really lovely and not what I would have expected from the ingredients list. It has a rich creamy fragrance with a hint of sweetness and a burst of light citrus zing, which to me makes it smell just like a tasty lemon soufflé! I love this scent and it is very nice to experience when applying the hand cream.
I can honestly say that this is the nicest hand cream that I've ever tried and it's firmly placed at the top of my favourites list. I am really glad to have discovered the brand and have been recommending this lotion to everyone I know! It is an excellent hand cream that works really well and gives good value for money especially considering that it contains organic ingredients. I have bought this several times since my first try and will continue to buy it again in the future.
Lavera is an organisation specialising in natural and organic skin, beauty and hair products for all the family. This review will be focusing on the hand cream which I was attracted to due to the values of the company (and the fact I got a free tester may have had something to do with it).
We put so many chemicals and unnatural products onto our skin without really considering what we are doing, especially perfumed products when we often don't know what the chemicals are or the effects they can have. And a lot of these products have involved subjecting animals through torture just to ensure its safe. While I am not completely innocent in buying animal-cruelty free products, I do like to make sure that most of the products I do buy haven't been tested on animals.
** The cream **
On opening the cream, there is quite a luxurious scent. It definitely smells natural which makes it smell so much nicer than chemical filled creams. There is a slightly floral and a hint of sweet nut which intensifies as you rub it into your skin. The scent isn't too long lasting but it is lovely while you can smell it.
A small amount of this product goes a long way. It may not be a very thick or rich cream but this means it spreads so easily over the skin. I just needed to put a very small amount onto my hands and it spread over my hands very easily without being greasy. It is also quite quick to absorb into the skin, which I was very pleased with. Once absorbed there is no greasy residue; just lovely soft skin.
My hands were left quite soft. Not miraculously so, but nice enough and I am quite pleased with the results. I have also used this product on my feet to test just how well it worked with dry skin and I was very pleased. It certainly feels superior to other creams out there.
** Sensitive Skin **
This product is marketed for sensitive skin. As someone who does not have particularly sensitive skin it is hard to judge how well the cream fares in that department. However, on my normal skin it did not provoke any kind of reaction.
** Price and Availability **
As I live in quite a small town, it is easier for me to find this online. You can check out the Lavera website or many other natural/ eco/ ethical beauty websites. Eco-Essentials will also send a free sample for £0.99p postage (with other products to choose from).
Price wise, expect to pay around £3.75 for a 75ml tube. There may be cheaper out there, but I love the smell of this, the effect of the product and that it is natural and not tested on animals.
** Overall **
It may not be a miracle product but I would definitely recommend it. Especially to those with dry, sensitive skin. The cream does work quite well and a huge plus that it is vegan friendly and made with natural and organig ingredients.
It is a bit pricey (and anyone who regularly reads my reviews will know how much I love a bargain) but I think it is worth it for this product. For the price I had to mark this product at 4/5.
Fed-up with using hand creams that simply did nothing for very dry, sensitive skin, I decided I would have to pay more if I wanted a decent product. Unfortunately, many of the usual brands are just totally useless when you have skin allergies, and in the end, your skin ends up worse than it was before. In order to keep the cost of production down, the manufacturers of these products use cheap fillers that ultimately dry the skin out, and those of us with sensitive skin are left wondering why the more hand cream we apply, the drier our hands get!
Increasing the amount I was prepared to spend on hand cream by just a couple of pounds meant a wider choice of products, of course, but also that I could buy something more natural. Disappointed to find that the item I wanted was out of stock, I was told by the assistant that Lavera would be his second choice. At £5.95 for 125ml, it's more expensive than something like Nivea, for example, but then, I already knew I had problems with most of the widely-used brands, and compared to many natural and/or organic alternatives, it's still reasonably priced.
The pale blue and white tube is very simple and plain, which you often find with natural products, and this does a good job of reflecting the relative purity of the product inside. A quick read of the ingredients reassured me that this wasn't something that was likely to irritate my hands. The product is also vegan, which is a huge bonus.
The first thing I noticed about the product itself was the smell. It's so nice I keep sniffing it, but it seems that you can't smell it properly just by opening the tube; you actually need to apply some. It's very difficult to describe the smell, but the ingredients include shea butter, soybean oil, jojoba seed oil, sweet almond oil, calendula officinalis flower extract and some natural essential oils. It's a very natural scent, which is in no way overpowering, and is a pleasant surprise every time you use the product.
One concern I had, given the extreme dryness I was tackling, was that this cream isn't particularly thick compared to some, and doesn't seem to be all that rich. However, after using it for just a few days, my hands are softer and much less dry than they were. I would imagine this is thanks to the natural oils this product contains, and I certainly haven't experienced any kind of reaction to it so far. For just a few days use, the result is impressive, and since the product is thinner than previous ones I have used, it goes further, which means better value for money.
This cream is not at all greasy, yet it really feels as though it's hydrating the skin. If you have dry skin that's also sensitive to chemicals, but don't want to spend a fortune, Lavera is certainly a good choice.
Let me start by saying I get very dry hands - if I wash up, they're dry, if I dig the garden, they're dry, if I bake yup you guessed it, they're dry! It drives me crackers, as I don't like dry hands, I like my hands to feel soft and smooth and to look well cared for and healthy, and well, young. Hand cream is something that for me then is a necessity, and it's something which I'm always seeking to find a really good one that will make my hands look and feel good quickly and easily.
Add to all this, the fact that I try to be as environmentally friendly as I can, and I try to avoid using too many chemicals on my body, and I start to struggle to really find hand creams that meet both criteria.
Lavera is a German company who make products that are organic and natural. They make a range of products, from makeup to sun protection lotion, and they make products for men, women and children including babies. I found out about them when I got involved in a 'green coffee morning' a couple of years ago where I got together with a bunch of other people who like me wanted to avoid all the chemicals for various reasons. On their website they say that 'in Latin lavera means "the truth"' I think this is rather a well thought out name for a company that make all natural organic products.
Lavera basis sensitiv range of products is 100% free of synthetic preservatives, synthetic colourants and synthetic fragrances. It is not tested on animals, and all dermatological tests are done on human volunteers only. It has a skin neutral pH value of 5.5 and is made from pure plants, oils and herb extracts that are from certified natural agriculture.
The handcream in this range is made with organic Almond and organic Shea Butter amongst other ingredients, and it also contains chamomile extracts which are good for calming the skin if you suffer from sensitive skin or allergies.
This can be purchased in two different size containers, a 30ml tube (ideal for handbags believe me!), which costs £1.45 and a 125ml tube which costs £5.60. The cost is reasonably high compared to some hand creams, but not in my opinion when compared to other organic natural hand creams.
For people who like a few facts:
The Full ingredients are:
Water (Aqua), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycine Soja (Soybean)Oil*, Alcohol, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Lanolin, Stearic Acid, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Cellulose, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Xanthan Gum, Lysolecithin, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract*, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Sterols, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid, Fragrance (Parfum)**, Limonene**, Linalool**
* ingredients from certified organic agriculture
** natural essential oils
This product is suitable for vegans and vegetarians, it does contain nuts and alcohol, but does not contain beeswax, lanolin, wheat, sugar or dairy, and is suitable for use in pregnancy. (Taken from the company's website).
I love the feel of this cream, it's reasonably thick - very definitely a cream not a lotion, and it even feels quite solid when you first apply it to your hands. Despite that, it soaks into the skin really well and I really like that it leaves my skin feeling natural. What I mean by this is that many creams and lotions that we apply to our skin leave a feeling as if you've got a sort of invisible layer over your hands - not exactly greasy, but chemical, almost sticky feeling, and it can take time for that feeling to go away. With this cream you don't get that, it goes into your skin and softens it, moisturises it, and leaves it feeling like completely natural skin that's just in really good condition.
The other thing I really like about this is it's smell. It does contain perfume, but it's perfume that comes from natural essence oils, so again you don't have to worry about it (Something that I learnt a while ago that scared me is that regular perfumes that they make with chemicals and use to scent regular body and hand creams can have something crazy like up to 300 different ingredients in them and all you see is the word perfume or parfum - madness!). The smell to me is.. well like oranges and cream, it's actually almost like an orange liqueur in it's smell but without the alcohol if that makes any sense. It's not a particularly long lasting smell once on your hands, but it's nice when you apply it never the less.
It's worth noting that because this cream is natural and doesn't contain chemical preservatives, it does have a 'best if used by' date printed on it.
Overall I think I give this a 4 our of 5 because although it does moisturise my hands well, I do sometimes have to apply it several times before I get a really nourished feel, and the price is quite expensive.
Oil & Shea Butter is designed for the sensitive skin of our hands. With Calendula and Chamomile Essences in addition to Vegetable Lecithin it protects our hands even under conditions of severe stress.