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Several years ago I tried a few different Liz Earle products and did not think much of them so when I tried this in a shop recently I was not expecting much from it. However, several hours later my hands were still feeling moisturised and hydrated which is generally unusual for me. I was considering buying some although it is more expensive than other hand creams I usually buy when I was lucky enough to receive some as a gift. I have been using it morning and night for about a week and find the effects last longer than others I have previously tried. I do find it has a slightly odd smell which takes some getting used to although it is not unpleasant. Overall I love this product and I am so pleased to have it. I now just have to convince myself to ration it so it lasts long enough before i can justify buying another.
I have used hand repair for just over a year now - I tend to use it when my I feel my hands need it. I will probably be using it more now that winter is upon us. I like to use this in conjuction with the hand wash which has meant finally ditching soap and water - It is so easy to use and very quick and easy. I have just ordered it for Christmas as I never want to be without it. It has minor hints of neroli and lavender which are stress relieving properties. You can buy it either in a tube or in a pump. I have used other hand creams but have found them quite oily and being working a lot at the computer oily hands have meant my typing skills less effective. However this product is not greasy at all. It just sinks into your hands.
I love Liz Earle products, it's only right that I am honest up front about this! However, this only really applies to the face products because I have found the body products a little disappointing and this is one of them.
I got this about 6 months ago and I have struggled to use it despite being an avid hand cream user. I have a bottle in the bathroom, one in the bedroom, one by the TV remote, one in my handbag and one on my desk at work. They are all different brands but I just can't stop trying out new ones. Maybe I'm a hand cream obsessive!
The cream is a good consistency, not overly thick but not runny either. It goes on well but does take quite a while to sink into the hands. Therefore I would not recommend this to anyone needing to use their hands within 5 minutes of applying it. I quite often had to wash this off after applying it which kind of defeats putting it on in the first place. The worst thing about this hand cream has to be the smell. I love beauty products and I think they should smell gorgeous making you want to apply them. This definitely does not fall into the gorgeous smelling category. It doesn't even fall into the OK smelling category! What does it smell of? I couldn't tell you as I have never been able to work it out. I understand scent is a very personal thing though and I am sure there are people out there who will say it smells great - I'm just not one of them.
As for the price, I don't think its worth the money. There is no value in any hand cream that you end up having to wash off after all!
Would I recommend this to a friend? No. I have recommended many Liz Earle products to my friends but this would not be one of them.
==Liz Earle Hand Repair=
I am lucky enough to have a friend who works for Liz Earle in the Admin Department of or time to time I will often get a little treat of some of the products that she is able to get from her work (totally ligament of course!)
The hand cream from Liz Earle is a particular favourite of mine as I do tend to use a lot of hand cream as I am forever cleaning and getting my hands dirty with all sorts of jobs thus washing them regularly which leaves them dry and in need of a good cream.
The Liz Earle tube that I have at the moment is only the small trial one which consists of 15 ml and will still set you back £4.50 pence for a single tube this size. There are other sizes available and as the size goes up the price does too but it does work out cheaper to get a larger bottle. There is also the option to get the hand repair in a pump dispenser. The standard 50 ml tube will cost £8.75 pence.
The hand repair cream comes in a pale blue tube and a silver coloured band and logo which follows the same type of design as a lot of the other Liz Earle range and does indeed make it look rather luxurious and spa like.
The tube stands on its lid and has a screw cap (although the 50 ml tube does have a flip lid and of course there is also the pump action one). This design is good for making sure that more or less every last drop of the hand cream has been used up as the cream will drain to the lid if it is kept standing up.
The hand repair cream boasts naturally active ingredients such as Echinacea, pure essential oils and natural vitamin E. it claims to deeply moisturise hands and condition nails. The directions for use for the hand repair are easy and it clearly states on the back of the tube "massage into clean hands after washing and use throughout the day"
The Hand Repair is a thick and cream coloured product. It has a very distinctive smell that does smell natural and earth like. I can really smell what I presume to be the Echinacea and this is what gives it a deep and slightly musk dour that I think would probably not be to everyone's liking. At first I wasn't sure I liked it but now I am strangely drawn to it and it really does make a difference to all the sweet smelling hand creams I usually buy.
The cream does feel thick when first applied to the hands but it is easy to rub in and does soak in quickly and leaves the skin feeling hydrated, smooth and not in the least bit greasy or oily. It seems to instantly give relief to my dry hands and works far faster and more effectively than other creams I have.
Even compared to my favourite Dove Anti Ageing Hand Cream this is far superior because it leaves the hands grease free yet still feeling moisturised and protected but of course that does come at a price seeing as it far more expensive than the Dove brand.
Overall I feel that this is one of the best Hand Creams you can get. It generally makes your hands a much better condition as well as giving instant relief! Top marks with 5 out of 5 stars.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I started using Liz Earle products a couple of months ago when the Cleanse and Polish was recommended to me by a friend. I absolutely loved this product and then went on to purchase several other items from the Liz Earle collection, including the hand repair cream.
I bought a 50ml tube priced £8.75 which was probably more than I had ever spent before on a hand cream but decided to treat myself as the cream contained all natural ingredients and most of the reviews I had read about this product were very good.
I received my product a couple of days later (I purchased it directly from the Liz Earle website) and was very excited about giving it a try. The cream itself was very nice to use, it felt creamy and sunk into the skin quickly without leaving your hands sticky which some hand creams do. However, the cream has a very strong smell which I found to be very unpleasant (the Liz Earle superbalm smells similar to this) and after using the cream for 3 days I ended up throwing it in the bin as my husband and children kept telling me I stink (due to the cream I hope!) It was shame as I find that other Liz Earle products have a nice herby smell to them, however, this was just too horrible to stand. Won't be buying this again...
I suffer with my hands quite a lot they always feel dry, my nails are always broken or flaking and they often feel quite swollen. I don't have time for manicures etc however I do try and use hand cream fairly often to try and alleviate some of the afore mentioned issues. I tried this hand repair following a sample that I received from Liz Earle with some other products I had ordered. The tube is a pretty lavender colour and as usual is full of natual ingredients. The lotion itself smells lovely and is a very calming aroma. It does not shoot out of the tube like some other lotions do and so you're not left with too much in your hands. When rubbed into your hands, they feel lovely and soft pretty much instantly. It soaks into the skin straight away without leaving a greasy feeling. It is moisturising and also soothing at once as it also helped with the swollen feeling that I get in my hands.
I was clearing out an old handbag at the weekend and came across a half finished tube of Hand Repair which was a lovely surprise - firstly I had completely forgotten that I had this, and secondly I had forgotten quite how nice it was. Not as a good a surprise as finding a £20 note at the bottom admittedly, but still pretty good!
The first thing that strikes you when you open the tube, as with all the other Liz Earle products I have tried, is the fabulous smell - a sweet lavender aroma, which is not overpowering.
The cream is quite thick when it comes out of the tube, but is easily applied and absorbs well into the skin. It leaves almost a silky coating to your skin, so your hands feel hydrated and protected against the elements. As an extra treat, the fab smell really lasts on your hands so your hands smell really fresh as well as soft.
The hand repair can also be rubbed into nails and cuticles, and I must say that I do instantly notice a difference to my nails - they become shiny and smooth after application and really do feel nurished.
This product isn't cheap - ranges from £19 for a 150ml pump to £4.25 for a trail sized 15ml tube. You might get it cheaper on QVC if you can bear to watch it. Great gift for someone or yourself for Christmas.
'Stone the crows!' I hear you cry. 'There's a bloke writing a Liz Earle review!' Yes, yes, you're perfectly right. I'm a bloke. What's more, I'm a bloke who is a complete ignoramus when it comes to matters of health and beauty. However, one thing I do know is what reacts well with my skin, and as someone who can suffer quite badly from eczema, I know full well what works for me and what doesn't.
Liz Earle products in general are very good, and my mum has worked on finding something that is gentle to my skin whilst giving it all the care and attention it needs. She regularly gives me Liz Earle products as a present, and one we constantly have around the house is the Hand Repair.
Let's be honest: Liz Earle products aren't cheap, and this one is no exception. A 50ml bottle will set you back over £8, with larger ones going up in price accordingly. Luckily, I tend to get these as presents, but even if I were to buy them at those prices, I would say they are good value.
The Hand Repair cream comes in a pale blue tube as you see in the picture above. It's great for dry skin, even to the point where it is cracking. My eczema comes out mainly in the summer, when I sweat more and my skin rubs together. I find the Hand Repair is soothing and cooling, even if you apply just a little (which is a good thing considering the price!)
The cream is made up of a number of ingredients which are considered good for your skin, such as lavender, bergamont, and beta carotene, but what makes this so special is the care and attention and time that goes into it. The ingredients used are often refined intensively to get the best out of them without all of the extra parts that are considered as unnecessary for the purpose.
There are many natural ingredients and anti-oxidants involved in the manufacture of the cream, and what is great is that the chemcial element is kept to a minimum as much as possible. The products are only available from her online shop (www.lizearle.com), her shop on the Isle of Wight, and some online shopping channels on special days they have (mum loves these!), and although they are expensive and hard to get hold of, they are well worth it. I often use the Hand Repair, although not too much, as it does cost a lot and the Liz Earle Shower Gel (for men) seems to see me through the day without reacting with my skin or making my hands itch, whereas a lot of shower gels make me itch around the wrists and in between my fingers.
If I have run out of L.E. shower gel and have to use another, I use some of this Hand Repair cream and my hands are fine throughout the day. It's great that you need only use a small amount. I highly recommend using this, even if you don't have skin problems at all. The products are all of the highest quality, and even through our current recession, I'm happy to fork out for these products, Hand Repair being one near the top of the list.
I am allergic to many soaping agents, nickel, chemicals etc. If my hands touch certain cleaning products, depilatory creams etc. or my hands spend to long in hot soapy water or handling loose change they react really badly.
I have always used cortisone cream once a reaction has occurred and stayed well away from hand creams as I believed they might cause more problems than they would help. About a year ago when I bought a TSV on QVC of Liz Earles products I received a small tube of her hand repair. On the show she mentions that her products do not aggravate eczema etc. so I thought if I'm going to try hand cream this would be a great one to start with.
On opening the tube the smell of the essential oils hits you straight away, the thin white cream dispenses easily and a blob about the size of a 10 pence piece is enough to cover both hands front and back.
As you massage the cream in and around the hands and fingers it dries in almost instantly and does not leave any sign of a greasy residue behind. No running about flapping your hands trying to encourage it to sink in and let you get on with your work. My hands plump up and look moisturized immediately and I have never suffered from any reaction to the contents.
Since discovering hand repair, anytime I have a reaction I have only needed to put cortisone cream on twice and then used the hand repair to encourage the red, itchy, sore patches to heal and now always add it to my order when buying my cleanse and polish etc.
The cream is made from natural ingredients and anti-oxidants including bergamont for healing and soothing, Beta-Carotene an anti-oxidant, hops, glycerin, echinacea and more with lavender, chamomile oils for fragrance
150ml pump - £19.00
100ml pump - £14.25
50ml tube - £8.50
As one of my nieces is currently taking her nursing training and was complaining about her dried out sore hands from constantly having to wash her hands and use special wipes, I passed my last 15ml hand repair (yet another TSV) onto her and she has raved about it, particularly how fast it sinks into her skin compared to the other hand creams which she has been trying. She is now a convert and carries this with her every day and plans to order the full size one.
Sinks in immediately
Easy to dispense
Heals and moisturizes hands
Expensive compared to other manufacturers
You need to order more than one hand repair or other product to make the p & p hurt a little less.
Can't be bought in the high street
Available from www.lizearle.com, her shop on the Isle of Wight or QVC.
My hands are always the last thing I think about to be honest - I primp and preen hair, face and body and unfortunately sometimes forget about my poor paws.
I was tempted by Liz Earle Hand Repair after a recommendation for a friend, and bought the 50ml tube for £8.25 I think. You can buy it in small handbag size of 15ml for about £4, and also in a larger 150ml pump bottle for around £18, ideal for keeping beside the sink, if you really love it.
The tube looks tiny, but you only really need a small amount, If you use a lot you have toi end up wiping of the excess with a towel, so easy does it - this isn't cheap so no need to slather it on, a small pea size blob will do.
There is a faint scent of floral extracts, not too overpowering, but pleasant nonetheless.
As long as you only use a small amount the product sinks in leaving now slimy, greasy feeling afterwards, and leaves your hands feeling soft. I suffer from terribly dry cuticles, and even these are looking better with continued use. You can use it any time you wash your hands, but for me its maybe a little expensive for that so, only if my hands have been treated particularly roughly would I use it throughout the day, saving it really for nighttime, so I can leave it to do its business in peace
I love Liz Earle !! I love her quality ingredients ethos and her background in beauty was always bound to serve her well when it came to producing good quality products. However, I have a love/hate relationship with some of her products though, i.e I wish my skin would love them, but it doesn't and this is one of them. That said, I have friends who adore it and others who are indifferent, but hey it would be boring if we were all the same.
Now, whilst I have combination skin prone to break outs on the face, I have VERY, VERY, VERY dry hands and my skin cells seem unable to retain much moisture !! There are some salon treatments that can help, but in the meantime I'm on a mission to find the perfect hand cream for me. So far the winner is L'occitane's shea butter one, but this is my review for Liz Earle's 'hand repair'.
*Who is it for ? *
Now, if you look at the ingredients it contains talc. Whilst talc is a natural product and the cosmetic version is, in my opinion, safe (due to it's higher quality ) there are some scare stories about talc on the internet. Thus, whilst talc in certain beauty products doesn't bother me personally, I have friends with exzcema who find that it irritates their skin somewhat. However, that said, that does NOT mean that it is NOT suitable for sensitive skins, it's just some skin types won't 'agree' with some of the ingredients, but then that goes for all skin-types and all beauty products. Thus, if you're wary of using this with exzcema prone skin then I'd ask for a sample in your next Liz Earle order or visit one of the outlets that sells Liz Earle products and discuss this with one of their advisors.
That said, this is for anyone, of any age. Everyone to a certain extent needs to add extra moisture to their hands, even children in the winter time need some extra comfort here !! However, if you have a sensitivity to any of the ingredients in this product (as with any skincare product) I would avoid or at least request a sample for patch testing.
*Why does it work ? *
Beta-carotene ( a form of vitamin A ) is the ingredient found in the likes of carrots and this is what causes carrots to have its orange tint and is therefore used as a colouring agent in some skincare products. However, in this instance it's used for anti-aging and moisturing properties on the skin, acting as an anti-oxidant. It also contains the likes of Echinacea ( which in skin care is thought to soothe the skin and enhance the skin's overall immunity, ) Lavender ( which in skincare is thought to act as a natural disinfectant, whilst energising the skin's natural regenerative process and soothing sun and wind parched skin, ) Neroli ( this is a bit of a hero ingredient in the skin care world and the likes of Decleor feature it heavily as a result. It is thought that neroli not only improves elasticity and stimulates cell growth, but also softens scars, as well as lines/wrinkles if used on the facial area. )
Other good quality ingredients in this hand repair include Vitamin E ( which is a powerful anti-oxidant, which is thought to help heal and protect the skin. Also, Liz Earle uses a natural source of Vitamin E in all her products due to it's potency which out-ranks that of the synthetic variety in terms of quality, ) Hops ( which is used for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, ) a vegetable derived form of Glycerin ( which in this form is thought to help attract and retain moisture in the skin,) D panthenol ( i.e Vitamin B5 for it's cell stimulation properties ) Chamomile ( for not only it's wonderful smell, but for it's soothing and anti-inflammatory properties ) and finally the likes of lactic acid ( which is a gentle form of exfoliation on the skin which is also used in some skincare for the facial area, suitable for more sensitive skins. )
Aqua (water), Talc, Cetyl alcohol, Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Glycerin, Sorbitan stearate, Cetyl esters, Polysorbate 60, Echinacea purpurea (echinacea) extract, Sodium lactate, Panthenol, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Humulus lupulus (hops) extract, Citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot) oil, Anthemis nobilis (chamomile) oil, Citrus aurantium amara (neroli) flower oil, Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, Beta-carotene, Lactic acid, Geraniol, Farnesol, Limonene, Linalool, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic acid, Dehydroacetic acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polyaminopropyl biguanide
I have recently decided to try the Liz Earle range due to recommendations by friends. Like most people I am now a fan of the Cleanse and Polish - however I am disappointed in the Hand Repair Cream. The product does not rub in well and leaves a coating on your hands (the skin on my hands is dry) which needs to be wiped off. I have also been left with white marks on dark clothing when I have used this product. It does not seem to moisturise my nail area at all and is pretty ineffective on my hands. Personally I do not like the smell and prefer a product which is fairly odourless. The Cleanse and Polish does not have this strong smell of lavender. I think that it is a disappointing buy at £7.50 for 50ml. I am going to go back to my old favourite, Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream - I have yet to find anything to beat it. I have also found it better value for money - there are quite a few places which sell it more cheaply than the Clarins concessions - especially Superdrug, airport concessions and best of all - a shop called Bodycare in the shopping centre in Sunderland which is the cheapest place I have found.
I had to write and tell you all about this excellent hand cream that I use! I love Liz Earle products (as you may already know from reading some of my other ops). They are wonderful, smell nice, use great ingredients and (shock horror!) do what they are supposed to do! The hand repair was launched around 18 months ago and having very dry skin on my hands I just had to try it. My hands used to look older than my age, dry and cracked. Having used many of the products in the Liz Earle range and loving them I had high hopes for this product. The cream comes in a lovely blue/grey tube. It is a very simple design and not overly femine, so men could keep this in there desk at work and not have too many sniggers!! The tube is 50ml, some people may think that £7.50 for that much cream is expensive, however, it takes me around 3 months to get through the tube because the product is so concentrated you really dont need much for it to do the job. I have also tryed other creams that are cheaper, they never work. Also I have used ones that are more expensive like the l'occitane shea butter cream thats £12.50 and although for a thick night time treatment this may be good as a daytime non greasy hand cream none beat the hand repair. The ingredients used in this product are very high grade. The active ingredients include ; echinacea, hops and beta-carotene together with the pure essential oils of bergamont, chamomile, orange and lavender. The cream smells devine (if you like the smell of essential oils). The cream is thick, but not so thick that it dosent soak in. It is wonderful. From the moment you rub this cream into your hands they start to feel nourished and well cared for! They also look better, from dry and greyish to a lovely youthful pink colour. There is no greasy feel to your hands after use which is brilliant, so many times before I have used a cream and then you try to write after and the pen slips right out of y
our hand. The effects of this cream last for ages, however, if you do wash your hands for best effect you will need to reapply. Also if you have sensitive skin this product will not irritate, my daughter who has eczema has used this product will no adverse reaction. I started using this cream from the launch and I have never looked back, although I must admit the price did put me off slightly in the beginning. If your hands are really suffering then don't let the price put you off, in my opinion it is money well spent. There are only a few outlets for the Liz Earle products and they are; The Liz Earle website, www.lizearle.com QVC, www.qvcuk.com If you are lucky enough to go over to the Isle of Wight then she does have a small outlet there this is in Ryde or you can order this item or a catalogue for any other items on the phone number, 01983813913 If you have any further questions about this or any other Liz Earle product then I recommend ringing the Liz Earle customer care line on , 01983813999. The staff on this number are very helpful and knowledgeable about all the products and how they can help you. Ali
This hand cream is well worth its weight in gold. Having my hands in and out of chemicals all day does little for them. After a hard days work just as the hands have no moisture left in them a small 'blob' of this brings them back from the brink! The cream is thick and is packed with essential oils. The smell alone is enough to 'perk' up your mind after a hard days slog. At £6.50 a tube it isn't the cheapest nor the most expensive hand cream but after trying this there'll be no more cheap creams in my house. If your hands are really dry and chapped I've found that applying a thicker layer and leaving overnight really helps to sooth the skin. Well worth it!
As a Liz Earle fan I was looking forward to trying this new launch - but was very disappointed. The cream looks, smells and feels lovely. It has a nice light consistency and scent. But it doesn't actually moisturise. On fact, after using it for a few days my hands were dryer than ever. The reason, I believe, is that it contains a high quantity of talc. That will make it feel nice and non-greasy when it is applied - as, indeed it does. Talc, however, is renowned for its moisture absorbing properties, so its inclusion in the product in this way is probably what causes the problem.