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  • It is intense
  • It does not rub into my skin very good
  • The smell is not so good
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      09.11.2014 20:56
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      Lush Helping Hands hand cream

      WHAT IS IT?

      This is hand cream that is from Lush. It is made for people who have got very dry hands because it is an intense hand cream.

      DOES IT WORK

      This hand cream works very good but I do not buy it very often because it is too rich for what I need and it is only worth me buying it when the occasion happens that my hands get more dry than usual and then I need the extra help of this hand cream.

      WHAT I THINK

      I have used this hand cream when my hands have been dry and I know that it is moisturising because it has helped me. I use it before bedtime so that I can go to bed with it on because it takes a long time to sink into the skin on my hands even though the hand cream is not greasy. I have invested in some cotton gloves and now I apply my hand cream and wear the gloves for the first part of the night in bed, I take off the gloves always in my sleep but it does not matter because by that time the cream will have absorbed so I don't need to protect my hands from my bed sheets.

      The smell is not as nice as most of the Lush products I have used and it is very natural, that is a good thing because it is not very good to use products that have got a very high fragrance on your hands because the smell can taint any food that you are eating when you pick it up.

      I think this hand cream is not always pleasing to use because it is so thick and I do not like the way I have got to rub and rub for a long time and still it doesn't dry onto my skin. I know that it is for people who need alot more help than I do with their hands but I would still like for it to be less rich in feeling because that makes it hard for people like me who have not got very dry skin to use.

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      A pot of 100g of Helping Hands hand cream costs £7.75 and I think that is alot of money, not just because the product is not suited to me but you can buy hand cream that works just as good on very dry skin for less than that and this isn't even very nice to use like Lush usually is.

      3 Dooyoo Stars.

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      18.09.2013 16:54

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      A quality product that does the job it advertises

      I was recently at a hen party at Lush and at the end we were permitted to choose things up to a value of £10. Not usually shopping at Lush, I wasn't sure what to go for so I chose something I always need - hand cream.

      At first I was a little sceptical about the size of the pot, thinking that it wouldn't last very long, but a little blob actually goes a very long way for my very dry hands. I keep the pot on my desk and use it several times a day and one month on - it's still half full at least!

      It has a really nice, slightly earthy smell of almonds, which I really like and isn't too overpowering. I would see why some wouldn't really enjoy the odour, but it's nothing like as strong as some other Lush products.

      At about £6 it's not cheap, but I would say this is a quality product that's a lot better for your skin and the environment that a £1 hand cream from your chemist.

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      17.06.2013 09:19
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      My favourite Lush hand cream

      As I suffer from dry skin on my hands, particularly in the winter months, I find that hand cream is an essential for me to keep my hands soft and smooth. I've tried numerous brands over the years and am always up for trying one more! A cream I've been trying recently is the Helping Hands Hand Cream from Lush.

      The hand cream is currently available in two sizes: a 45g bottle with a pump dispenser and a 100g tub. The tub is better value for money, costing £6.75 as opposed to £4.25, but the bottle is easier to carry around in a bag. I have the bottle as I got it included in a gift set, but I understand that the bottle is going to be discontinued, leaving only the tub available.

      This product is described as a healing, soothing hand cream. It contains lots of lovely ingredients designed to sort out dry, sore or rough hands, including chamomile water and honey to soothe, lavender oil and marigold oil to soften, linseed and almond oils to heal and shea butter and cocoa butter to moisturise. The scent of the product comes from all of these things plus lavender oil. It's worth noting that because of the inclusion of honey in this product it isn't suitable for vegans, though like all Lush products it is suitable for vegetarians.

      I quite like the smell of this hand cream, though it's not amazing like Soap and Glory's Hand Food for example. This hand cream has a natural scent made up of shea butter and cocoa butter, with a hint of camomile, rather like camomile tea. I can detect a hint of lavender too. The scent is pleasant and calming. Helping Hands is dark pink in colour.

      Only a tiny amount of this hand cream is needed at any one time. Using my pump dispenser, I find that one squirt is perfectly adequate. It coats my hands perfectly as it is lotion-like, not too thick, but fairly concentrated. I find that it rubs in pretty easily and doesn't have any sort of greasy feel. I definitely find it superior to Handy Gurugu and Smitten in that respect.

      My hands feel soft and moisturised after using this cream, and stay moisturised for a few hours. This does depend on the weather though - in this cold weather we've been having I've needed to apply the cream every hour, though normally every two to four hours will do. After a weekend of use I also noticed that my eczema was looking a lot better, which impressed me. Nothing except steroid cream has ever completely got rid of my eczema, but this product is one of the few to improve and soothe it.

      I think this is my favourite Lush hand cream. It is extremely effective and value for money too - the price is high but only a tiny bit is needed at any one time so it lasts for ages. I am disappointed that the pump dispenser has been discontinued as it is ideal for carrying around in your bag. In tub form I'd have to restrict the hand cream to use on my desk at work or at home. Another thing I'm not too keen on is the smell - it's by no means unpleasant but I've used nicer-scented hand creams. Still, this is a really good, worthwhile product that I would consider repurchasing.

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        17.04.2013 22:47
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        A great hand cream for winter

        I had never purchased anything from Lush but was lucky enough to receive two of there gift boxes last year for my birthday which contained a host of treats including a bottle of the Helping Hands handcream. I have always heard really good reviews about Lush products so was looking forward to giving them a try especially the handcream as I do suffer from dry skin on my hands which is prone to eczema especially in the winter months.

        As I had received my handcream as part of a gift set it came in a 45g bottle but if purchased individually it comes in a 100g tub and costs £7.15.

        All Lush cosmetics are handmade and on all of there products you will find a little sticker with a cartoon style person image with initials and a date of who made the product and when the product was made. My handcream was made on 07/03/12 and expires on 07/05/13. Lush aim to try to use as little or no preservatives where possible and do not buy ingredients that are tested on animals.

        This handcream contains ingredients to help moisturise and soothe your hands including linseed oil, almond oil, lavender oil, marigold oil, shea butter and cocoa butter. It states on the bottle that the handcream 'makes light work of dry, sore or rough hands.'

        The handcream itself is white in colour and has a light, pleasant fragrance with you certainly being able to smell the almond oil. You only need to use a small amount as a little does seem to go a long way. At first the handcream does seem to leave my hands looking and feeling a little greasy but after leaving it for a couple of minutes its seems to soak into my skin and looks much better leaving my hands feeling soft and supple.

        I wasn't really sure about this handcream at first but the more I have used it the more I have begun to like it. Recently the weather has been very cold and it has impacted on my skin, I do not like wearing gloves so have arrived at work some mornings with cold and sore hands which has made this handcream invaluable as it does feel like it soothes my dry skin and takes away any soreness. I have also dabbed a little of it at times on my dry elbows and it seems to have worked a treat leaving them feeling much softer and healthier. Although this handcream is a lot more expensive than I would normally pay I would be tempted to purchase a tub for next winter as I think all the oils contained in it really do work wonders on dry, damaged hands.

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        14.09.2012 16:51
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        A cruelty free products that works wonders

        The softest my hands have ever been!

        I have read many, many reviews on the various different Lush products, and most have been positive. Whilst I have frequented a Lush shop a few times, and have read positive reviews about their products, I have never been tempted to purchase anything from their range. I generally have a few skincare products that I go between, and occasionally I get the urge to try something new. With skincare products being expensive, especially if you want good quality products as I do, they are used sparingly, which is another reason I don't often need new skincare products. However, that's not to say that I don't impulse buy when I feel like it.

        Taking care of my hands

        Whilst recently visiting a Lush shop I enjoyed browsing around all of the pretty products. I decided that I would like to trial the Helping hands cream. I wash my hands an awful lot throughout the day, and find that sometimes they need that helping hand to keep them soft and supple. I have tried various hand creams over the years, and like to try different ones all the time. This is where I tend to enjoy trying different products. I like quality products that are kind to the skin as well as being kind to the planet. I always look for products that are not tested on animals, and Lush products are all cruelty free.

        Natural products always win

        For £7.15 for a 100g tub, I would say that this is a good value product that seems reasonably priced. I think it certainly represents good value for money knowing it has been produced by hand using mainly natural ingredients. The website highlights which ingredients are natural and which are safe synthetics making it clear to see what goes into this product. The main ingredients featured are almond oil, cocoa butter and Shea butter which are rich and mositurising. I love products that contain Shea butter, as I know how good it is for the skin, plus it smells good, too!

        Simple packaging makes for a better product?

        The product comes packaged in a round black pot that is produced from 100% recycled materials - impressive. The label is simple and clear, without having too much useless information. I like to be able to see what I'm getting without all the extra guff that I don't need to know. Opening the lid reveals a lovely light pink cream that is of a rich consistency. It looks inviting, and smells great, too. I have learned that less is more, and to only apply a small amount of product, as more can be applied if needed. There's nothing worse than applying too much and finding you cannot get it to absorb!

        It's all in the application

        I scooped a small amount of the luxurious cream with my finger and dabbed it onto the back of my hand. I gently massage it into the backs of my hands first where the skin is more fragile and in need of extra care, once I have done this I proceed to rub it over the rest of my hands not forgetting fingertips and in between my fingers. It massages into the skin wonderfully, and absorbs quickly. It doesn't feel sticky or heavy at all, and after application I am free to continue going about what I need to do.

        So soft you won't believe it!

        I have to admit to apply the cream soon after leaving the shop, as I was eager to try it out. My hands are not in too bad a condition, as I do take care to keep them moisturized. However, there are many factors that cause skin to become dry and the hands are certainly put through their paces. I did actually notice a difference in appearance after application. My hands looked better, and felt softer, too. As I continued walking about town on my shopping spree, I continued to brush the palm of my hand over the other hand to admire the softness. I was amazed at how soft they felt, no other cream has left them feeling so silky soft!

        Using every last drop

        The large tub is going to last me some time, as only a small amount is needed, and once applied the hands feel soft for the remainder of the day. I may apply two to three times throughout the day depending on how much I need. Some days I have my hands in water more than other days, and environmental factors also have an effect on my skin. Being in a pot, it means that every drop of this lovely cream can be scooped out, leaving none to waste. With tubes, they can be a struggle to get the remains out once they start coming to an end.

        This Helping hands cream from Lush is truly divine. The texture, colour and appearance are different to any other hand cream I have tried. It looks almost edible! The cream can be used sparingly and sinks into the skin quickly which is important. The lovely feeling and scent will have you apply it daily, whether needed or not, which will help hands to stay soft, supple and cared for.

        I will certainly purchase this hand cream again in the future, as it has been a fantastic product.
        You can find more details and the list of ingredients here:

        www.lush.co.uk/product/198/Helping-Hands​-Hand-Cream-100g

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          15.07.2012 22:27
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          Three stars out of five

          Lush Helping Hands moisturiser

          I was a very lucky girl this year and received a fair amount of Lush products for my birthday. Among the lovely selection was a large pot of Helping Hands healing and soothing hand cream, which I have been using over the last couple of months.

          What Lush say: "Makes light work of dry, sore or rough hands. With skin softening linseed oil, almond oil, Shea butter and cocoa butter."

          On trying the hand cream the first thing that you can't possible fail to notice is that the hand cream smells amazing. It is a really pleasant scent that isn't too overpowering and happily sits in the background. It does have a really rich smell to it but I can't quite make out any dominant fragrance, I really have yet to find a Lush product that I don't like the smell of.

          I like Helping Hands but I just don't love it. I think the main problem for myself is that the hand cream is just too rich for my needs, I don't particularly have dry skin on my hands and Lush have designed and marketed the moisturiser for drier skin. I do tend to find that when I apply the hand cream it takes forever to sink in and personally for best results I find I need to slather my hands wait for 10 minutes then wash my hands, leaving beautifully soft skin. Because the moisturiser is really rich I find that I don't just use it for my hands but my elbows, knees, feet, anywhere that my skin is maybe a little rougher.

          A little goes a long way.

          One of the best things about most Lush products is that you usually only need to use a little of whatever it is you have to get great results. If you just want to have a quick moisturise you really only need the tiniest amount of the Helping Hands product, especially if like me you don't have dry or chapped hands. That means one pot of the hand cream will keep on going, and going, and going, and going and going...

          I love the Lush packaging when it comes to the little black pots and even with constant use the pot is still in great shape. The pot comes with a really secure fitting twist top that never appears to leak - or at least mine hasn't despite being thrown around in many of a travel bag.

          To sum, I liked the Helping hands hand cream but I just didn't love it. When my pot runs out and I suspect I still have another month's usage left I doubt very much that I will be re-buying this one but instead opting to try something else.

          From me Lush's Helping Hands hand cream receives a well earned three out of five stars.

          You can find Helping Hands hand cream in most stores or from Lush's online store.
          £6.75 for a 100 g pot

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            27.02.2012 12:48
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            Great hand cream for winter

            I purchased this hand cream in a small pump bottle for £3.95 a couple of years ago.

            The hand cream is a soft pink colour and quite thick and creamy in consistency. The smell of the hand cream is pleasant enough but I can't pinpoint exactly what it smells like! It doesn't smell unpleasant and the smell isn't overpowering either. I guess it's like a medicinal scent. The hand cream was easy for me to dispense from the pump and I could carry the bottle around with me as it was quite small and compact. I find the pump bottles easier to use compared to the black pots.

            The hand cream is lovely. It is easy to rub into the hands and it absorbs quickly. It doesn't leave your hands feeling greasy and/ or tacky and you can get on with what you were doing before as you don't have sticky residue on your hands after use, unlike the Smitten hand cream. Your hands are left feeling soft and smooth after using this hand cream. They are also left smelling nice with a pleasant soft fragrance.

            The hand cream lasts ages as you only need a small amount each time that you use it. It's also great used with moisturising gloves at night as that way it has more time to soak into your hands. The hand cream is 100% natural and it keeps well with a shelf life of fourteen months. It is fine to use on sensitive hands and you can use it on hands that are sore as it helps them to heal naturally.

            A lovely hand cream that's great for winter and great for sore mitts!

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            23.12.2011 01:35
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            I carry this around with me everywhere!

            I always carry some hand cream around with me in my bag as I cannot stand my hands feeling even the slightest bit dry, and so I am always applying it throughout the day. For this reason, when my boyfriend was shopping for a gift set for me from Lush for my birthday a couple of months ago, a set including hand cream was a must.

            The gift set included a 45g bottle of the 'Helping Hands' hand cream. The bottle is actually smaller than the tub shown in the image above and is a pump type bottle so you can just squirt the required amount out. I actually prefer these kinds of bottles as opposed to the tubs as I do think they can be a lot less messy and more convenient. The 45g bottle may be smaller but it is lasting me a long time, as you really only need a small amount, a little goes a long way with this hand cream! I have been using Lush's tip of applying a bit more than you usually would to your hands before going to bed, when you have longer for it to soak in. My hands feel super soft on a morning!

            "A cream that quickly sinks in, for hands that spend too much time in sinks." This cream is designed for dry, sore or rough hands. I wouldn't say I actually have dry or rough hands so I cannot comment on whether or not it will work well on that type of skin. However, it does make my hands very soft and as an added bonus, smell nice. I should have used this hand cream when I was at my old job and my hands were constantly in sinks, but they are not any more and the only time they do feel very dry is after showers/baths or after they have been icy cold!

            The cream includes linseed mucilage that keeps skin soft and minimises 'cracking'. Honey is included with is the moisturising ingredient and helps soothe cuts and abrasions. I have yet to find out what this hand cream is like when cuts are present though.

            The cream also includes almond oil, cocoa butter and shea butter which is what the cream smells like. I couldn't quite describe the scent as it is nothing like other Lush products I have used, but I am guessing it is a combination of the almound, cocoa and shea butters. Personally I like the smell but I have read reviews by others who don't like it, so you might want to smell it for yourself in a Lush store first if you do think about buying it, as it is quite different!

            A 100g tub of this costs £6.75 which is around double of what I usually pay for hand creams, but considering how long this 45g bottle is lasting me, the price wouldn't actually put me off this product in the future and I will probably buy myself another when I have ran out. That and the fact that I really do like the cream and my hands are noticeably softer all of the time after frequently using it. My boyfriend has even started asking me if he can use some! If you would prefer the bottle rather than the tub, then these are only available in some of the gift sets that Lush do. They do appear in quite a lot of them though.

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              16.03.2011 20:46
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              A hand cream packed full of natural goodness that will condition dry hands

              We use our hands constantly throughout the day and subject them to harsh cleaning products and cold weather. Sometimes they need a little TLC just like the rest of us. I hate the feeling when my hands are dry. The skin feels tight and uncomfortable and I am always trying out new products in order to eliminate the problem. Helping hands by Lush is one the best hand creams that I have used so far.

              Lush is a company that prides itself on making products using natural ingredients and they never test their creations on animals. Lush is the type of store that you will smell before you see and their products are all beautifully packaged and colourful.

              The company promises that this cream will perform miracles on your tired and hard working hands, leaving them soft, silky and comfortably nourished. The powerful conditioning cream claims to soften and sooth your hands.

              How does it work? The cream contains softening Linceed which is packed full of protein, oil, vitamins and minerals. It has a soothing quality and helps fight against inflamed and puffy hands. It also reduces redness and strengthens the skin.

              The hand cream also contains marigold which has been used medicinally for centuries. It is a powerful antioxidant which reduces inflammation and promotes healing. In addition, it has highly soothing and moisturising qualities and is perfect for fixing dry or cracked skin.

              Lavender has also been swirled into this miraculous hand cream and helps to heal hands and stimulate cell growth so your skin with be glowing with health and looking younger for longer. Lavender also helps to tone the skin on the hands.

              Also thrown into the mix is Shea butter. This butter is highly moisturising and has anti aging qualities which will keep those wrinkles away. It instantly reduces the discomfort that dry hands cause and helps to even out your skin tone. Shea butter contains Vitamins A, E and F which helps to keep skin healthy and supple.

              The hand cream also includes a combination of oils which will hydrate your hands and keeps them moisturised throughout the day. It contains glycerine for a softening effect and Chamomile water to sooth your hands. There's even Cocoa butter in there too. The list goes on and on.

              It will cost you around £4 for 45 grams of this product which comes in black spray pump bottle or the more economic option would be to buy the 100 grams tub which will cost you around £6. The product comes in a black tub and can be bought from your local Lush store or online. As the cream contains so many natural ingredients, it will come with an expiry date so make sure it's all gone before then.

              The creamy formula with a hint of pink is incredibly thick. It does have quite a greasy consistency so allow to it be absorbed properly into your skin before you go touching things. The smell is not typical of a Lush product and really just smells quite oily, however it's not too offensive. After use, your hands will feel incredibly silky and that horrible uncomfortable dry feeling with be long gone and forgotten. I still prefer Handfood by Soap and Glory because of its moisturising action and smell. Nevertheless this is a great hand cream.

              Ingredients
              Chamomile Water (Anthemis nobilis), Linseed Mucilage (Linum usitatissimum), Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis), Glycerine, Stearic Acid, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Cetearyl Alcohol, Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Triethanolamine, Honey, Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia), African Marigold Oil (Tagetes erecta), Perfume, Alkanet Extract (Alkanna tinctoria), *Limonene, *Linalool, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

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                4 out of 5 stars from me. Too expensive for 5!

                I regularly use Lush's product, and am always happy to try something new. One of the latest products I've been using is their hand cream, called Helping Hands. Helping Hands is available from Lush's website, Lush mail order and any Lush store. It currently costs £3.95 for 45g or £6.10 for 100g.

                I have the 45g portion of Helping Hands, which comes in a black bottle that has a pump top dispensing lid. This is extremely convenient as it is very portable and can be used without having to open any lids - the 100g portion comes in a black pot with a screw top lid.

                Helping Hands has an odd smell to me. It is scented with a mix of lavender and almond, but I don't find either of these scents overly strong in my bottle. It's not an over powering smell, nor is it off putting, but I find it quite unusual. The cream itself has a normal hand cream consistency, creamy without being too heavy or oily. It rubs into my hands easily and sinks in quickly without leaving any sticky residues.

                Helping Hands contain many, many ingredients. Here are the benefits of some:

                Camomile Water - For natural care and protection, especially for sensitive skin. Great at preventing against moisture loss and soothing skin.

                Alkanet Extract - An anti inflammatory, also used to help give Helping Hands it's pink colour.

                Cocoa Butter - A natural emmolient which helps to soften the skin.

                Shea Butter - Also a natural emmolient and is believed to help protect skin against UVB rays.

                I found Helping Hands is excellent to use after washing up or doing anything which really dries your hands out. It's effects have lasted long after application on me and it's been great in the cold and windy weather, as my hands always seem to suffer. It doesn't leave any scent on my hands, and once applied it doesn't linger on my skin, but sinks straight in and makes them wonderfully soft.

                I would definitely recommend trying this product, and investing in a small 45g pump bottle of it. It's a good addition to my hand bag and I will continue to use it long after my current bottle is finished!

                Ingredients:
                VEGETARIAN, Chamomile Water (Anthemis nobilis), Linseed Mucilage (Linum usitatissimum), Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis), Glycerine, Stearic Acid, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Cetearyl Alcohol, Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Triethanolamine, Honey, Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia), African Marigold Oil (Tagetes erecta), Perfume, Alkanet Extract (Alkanna tinctoria), *Limonene, *Linalool, Methylparaben, Propylparaben (*Occurs naturally in essential oils)

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                  I wouldn't buy again

                  I was given a pot of Lush 'Helping Hands' Cream as present recently. I don't tend to use much hand cream at this time of year, more in the winter. I use this about once or twice at the moment.

                  The cream can be purchased in 45g pots for £3.95 or 100g for £6.10. Most of the time I think Lush products are a little on the expensive side, hover I would tend to spend a little more on this sort of thing anyway so I don't think the pricing is too bad, especially considering you only need a small dollop per use so it lasts.

                  The main fragrance is definitely Lavender, however it's fairly subtle and not too grannyish! Lush states that the cream is a mix of lavender, almond oil, marigold and shea butter.

                  The cream is a pinky cream colour and has a glossy but quite thick consistency. It's very quickly absorbed in to the skin with very little greasiness. My hands aren't in too bad condition at the moment but they do feel a little smoother after applying the cream. I suspect for really dry hands this may be a little lightweight however.

                  For all it's plus points, this cream does what it should and smells ok, but there's nothing wow about it like ther eis with a lot of other Lush products. While it was nice to try, I probably won't buy more when this has gone.

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                  Hand creams have never been my thing. I always find myself getting annoyed using them as they never seem to absorb and always leave my hands feeling slippery and greasy. Although I am a pampering type of girl I am just not a hand cream girl. However, last year, the skin underneath my wedding, eternity and engagement rings became red and sore as well as itchy. The skin started flaking off and I didn't really know why but it was very sore so I had to do something about it.

                  I went into Lush one afternoon in search of something to clear up my painful finger and I showed one of the SA's to ask her opinion on what I should use. She took one look and suggested Helping Hands. She said she could guarantee that it would sort out the soreness and restore my finger to its normal self within 3 weeks. I took her advice and purchased it.

                  Helping Hands comes in two sizes - 45g for £3.95 or 100g which is no longer available to buy - it only comes in the gift sets which is a shame. The 45g comes in a handy pump style bottle so it is easy to just pop it into your handbag so you can apply it when you are on the move. The bottle is a hardy black plastic with a little see through top to cover the pump. It has Lush's label wrapped around the front with the product number, size, name of product and a little description about the cream.

                  It is billed as Lush's miracle working softening hand cream and it really is. Made from natural ingredients which include marigold, lavender, shea butter, almond oil, softening linseed and glycerine. All of these are helpful towards soothing sore skin and softening it if your hands are just in need of a little pick me up from being dry.

                  The cream itself is pink but there are no instructions on how many times a day you should apply it. I decided to do it once in the morning and once in the evening to try and get my finger back to some sort of normality. It is basic to use, just pump the bottle or scoop some out of the tub, depending on how much you want to use and just massage in to your hands as needed. Easy. I used a fair amount each use as my finger was so sore. I found it to be fairly absorbing - it took about 3-5 minutes to full settle into my skin and it wasn't as greasy as some hand creams I have used in the past.

                  It is lightly scented with almond and lavender though I mostly smell the lavender. It is a bit of an older smell though but it works so well I can overlook this. The skin on my finger was healed quicker than the SA in Lush suggested. The soreness and flakiness of the skin healed and soothed well within two and it was such a relief.

                  I keep a bottle of this handy at all times as I have found that it makes my hands super smooth as well as keeping any soreness which may occur at bay. Excellent stuff from Lush and highly recommended.

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                  28.07.2010 22:16
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                  A very disappointing puchase.

                  A good hand cream is an absolute essential for me. I use hand cream before going to bed, first thing in the morning, and then a few times throughout the day as well. I have quite dry hands, and find if I don't moisturise them this regularly then I am prone to developing sore tight patches that sometimes turn flakey and horrible. I am also conscious that hands tend to age very quickly, and I don't want my hands to look old before their time.

                  I ask a lot from a hand cream. I want something that will sink into my skin quickly- I can't stand products that leave my hands feeling greasy, particularly from the hand cream that I reapply during the day. I want a cream that has a pleasant scent, and preferably one that contains an SPF. The most important feature for me personally is that it needs to leave my hands feeling soft, and keep them soft throughout the day.

                  I had been eyeing up Helping Hands for a while in my local Lush. A dinky 45g bottle costs £3.95, so it is fairly pricey. It is also available in a 100g pot which is priced at £6.10. I decided to have a little Lush splurge and treated myself to the 100g pot, as for around £2 more I got over twice as much more than with the bottle!

                  This hand cream is made with linseed and almond oils, shea butter, cocoa butter, chamomile, marigold and lavender. These ingredients sound extremely moisturising, and also very natural, which I really like. The assistant assured me that Helping Hands was quickly absorbed, and was ideal to be used during the day, so it sounded good. Unfortunately it doesn't contain an spf, but not many Lush products do due to the levels of testing required for products to be certified as containing spfs- Lush are very much against animal testing and have very strict views on testing in general. They won't agree for their products to be tested by companies who test on animals or are associated with animal testing in any way. Despite the hand cream being lacking in spf, I was still itching to try it and was ridiculously excited when I finally gave in and bought myself a pot of Helping Hands as a treat.

                  The cream is pale pink in colour and has an unusual smell- I think it is predominantly of lavender and chamomile. It is not a particularly offensive smell, but it is the kind of scent I would associate with my Gran rather than something I would usually choose. The scent does linger on the skin, but thankfully not for too long- after an hour or so I can't smell it any more.

                  The main reason I bought this hand cream was because it sounded so moisturising. Shea butter and cocoa butter are both very nourishing, and combined with linseed and almond oils, I was sure this would provide a much needed moisture boost to my skin.

                  When I applied the hand cream, the first thing I noticed was how greasy it felt on my skin. It left a really oily residue on my hands, and I was very unimpressed as I was at my desk at work, and ended up having to wipe my hands on a tissue to remove all of the excess oils so I could carry on typing. I have ended up using this as a night time moisturiser, at have to wear gloves in bed because the cream takes so long to sink in. It is simply too greasy for me to use during the day, which I was not best pleased with this, as I had specifically chosen it for frequent daily use.

                  Having used this product for a month now, I am thoroughly disappointed. I have found it is not an effective moisturiser, as my hands are still looking tight, and on numerous occasions, my tight flakey patches have returned. It is annoying that it is so greasy, yet at the same time it is not even providing a good level of moisture to my skin.

                  Sadly this was a complete waste of money, and I will not be repurchasing this product. If you are interested in trying this, then I would suggest asking for a sample first, or at least go for the small bottle rather than the full sized pot- it's not money saving if the product doesn't do the job.

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                    23.06.2010 21:55
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                    A fabulous hand cream which works

                    I have fairly dry skin and especially during the colder months my skin can tend to suffer. One thing I find I get through is hand cream. I am a constant user of it and have bought various brands all of which tend to claim to nourish and moisturise and I have found for people like me with dry skin this rarely happens! They will work for of about an hour and then it tends to instantly stop. One hand cream I have found myself using this winter has been Lush's Helping Hands as it is even more moisturising than Smitten which is another favourite of mine!

                    Helping Hands comes in a black pump bottle and is just the right size for your handbag or desk drawer. It is also available in a little black pot should you want the bigger size. Helping Hands looks just like strawberry yoghurt as it has a lovely pale pink hue to it and has an incredibly thick, creamy texture. Helping Hands has a wonderfully nourishing base of almond oil, linseed oil, shea butter and cocoa butter not to mention marigold and lavender oil! Despite all of the oils contained in Helping Hands it doesn't leave an oily residue which is what can sometimes happen with hand creams. To add a wonderful caring product into the mix is honey, a favourite for nourishing even the most delicate of skin.

                    Helping Hands has a wonderful fragrance to it as it contains calming lavender and chamomile with a sweet but subtle hint of honey. The fragrance isn't too strong and is certainly not overpowering but will stay subtly on your skin for quite sometime after you have applied it.

                    For me personally (a sufferer with dry skin) I find the heavy shea butter, almond oil and cocoa butter base incredibly intensive as it is quite a rich combination so for those with normal to oily skin this may be slightly too heavy. However, despite its rich base I find Helping Hands absorbs incredibly quickly into the skin without leaving a greasy finish. My hands feel incredibly moisturised for hours. I do tend to re-apply several times a day but that is just habit and I probably shouldn't need to with Helping Hands.

                    I have been using Helping Hands for just over a year now and my skin has definitely improved and I'm no longer suffering with dryness and even my cuticles are in great shape. My nails look a lot healthier and seem stronger. I couldn't really be any happier with Helping Hands and I will continue to buy it as long as it is made! Lush also recommend Helping Hands to those of a mature age as it claims to help ageing. Now this is something I cant test for as I'm only in my 20s but it certainly does smooth the skin.

                    What Lush Says:-

                    Miracle-working, softening hand cream. You might be a person who thinks that hand cream is merely one more non-essential thing to spend your money on. That would be because you haven't given this a try. Those who work on computers for a living won't believe the difference either. It soothes and softens with a powerful mixture of marigold and lavender; shea butter and almond oil are emollient and we've added softening linseed and glycerine. Give your hands a little help.

                    Ingredients:-

                    Chamomile Water (Anthemis nobilis), Linseed Mucilage (Linum usitatissimum), Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis), Glycerine, Stearic Acid, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Cetearyl Alcohol, Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Triethanolamine, Honey, Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia), African Marigold Oil (Tagetes erecta), Perfume, Alkanet Extract (Alkanna tinctoria), *Limonene, *Linalool, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

                    Lush Helping Hands comes in two sizes and two prices:-
                    45g - £3.95
                    100g - £6.10

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                      Nice, non greasy hand cream.

                      I am a bit of a lush addict so anything Lush is a bit of a melting point for me and I just find it slipping into my basket - such as this item 'Helping Hands'.

                      It claims to make your hands super soft, which is great, as everyone likes to have soft, moisturised hands. It cost £.4.95 for a bottle (not the tub as shown in photo) with a 'squirty' dispenser. In the bottle there is 100g, though there are larger ones available for just less than double the price.

                      I really like the way the bottle is designed as it means that it is easily dispensed, because of the pump action on it, which also means it is quick to use. It also has a clear plastic lid to put over this, which should avoid any leakages, should there be any.

                      When pumped out it is a slightly pink colour. The great thing is that you also only need a little bit as it tends to go a long way - like many Lush items.

                      It rubs in evenly and is not greasy like some other hand creams I have used. It absorbs within a minute or two, which means that it is easy to get on with your jobs without waiting for it to soak in.

                      Despite me loving many of the fragrances of Lush products, this one I tend not to like, it is a very unique fragrance which is hard to describe. I can VERY faintly smell vanilla, but the other smell I am not sure of.

                      I tend to apply twice or 3 times a day as I feel this is all I need - I tend to do this after washing hands as that is when they are at their driest. This is plenty and leaves my hand soft throughout the day.
                      I don't have particularly dry hands, but I have definitely seen as improvement with them, as that they look less dry and just look soft!

                      Whether or not it will work long time I am unaware to, but for the price it is a lovely item for silky soft hands on a daily basis when used daily.

                      Overall this is a lovely item for the price and I would recommend it!

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                    Shea butter, cocoa butter and almond oil helps to condition your hands /