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You pay a bit more for Neal's Yard Products - but if this is anything to go by it is well worth it! I was recommended this by an elderly lady I know who pays A LOT for her beauty products, so by her standards this is a cheap product. She was given some for Christmas by a friend and now loudly recommends to anyone and everyone. I can see why. It is a really nice product on all levels. Nice to use, subtle fragrance, great natural products. Nice packaging and mimimal packaging too. I am now a Neal's Yard convert and also recommend this product to anyone who will listen! Great to buy for yourself as a gift or part of a bigger gift. Only negative is that to give as a gift it is so unassuming, but your friends will be pleased once they start using it! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED not a 5/5 product. It's at least a 7/5 product!
Asuming you buy mail order, you may be surprised by the lack of packaging around this product. However Neal's Yard are a highly ethical company, who use the highest quality, natural, mostly organic products and never use any unnecessary packaging. The 50ml size comes with a screw top and has a small exit hole. Squeeze a tiny bit on your hand and apply, rubbing the easily absorbed cream into both your hands, you will soon realise the reason for the small aperture. A little goes a long way and cream is quickly absorbed.
The fragrance is amazing, first you are hit by a lovely sweet orangey smell, that mellows to the subtle beeswax that reminds me of beeswax polish. This fragrance mellows to a soft honey smell and lingers long after the application and your skin feels and looks terrific. After a few days use, you really will notice a difference in your hands.
The description statement "moisturising organic honey is blended with energising orange essential oil to nourish the skin and lift the spirits". Tick, tick, it is moisturising and the orange fragrance lifts the mood.
Another benefit is that this hand cream is "non GM, no parabens, no synthetic fragrances or colours, no mineral oils, no silicones". With all these non-ingredients, what's left is quality and value for money.
Natural organic product
Lovely natural fragrance
No added colour
Super soft healthy looking skin
Contains nut oil, so careful if you have nut allergy
Price: seems expensive when compared to other products on the same shelf in places like Boots or Superdrug
6 months on: I will be buying this again, currently don't have any though and miss it! Using cheaper brands but miss the luxurious feel of this!
I really like using a hand cream product, particularly at night time when my hands feel very dry and in need of some TLC at the end of the day. I have a small collection of assorted hand cream products, with this review outlining my experiences of using the "Bee Lovely Hand Cream" which is a product from the well-known "Neal's Yard Remedies" range.
I obtained a full sized tube of the product that is 50ml in size completely free, on the cover of some magazine or other a few months back. This was quite a good find, as the normal price for the full-sized 50ml tube is £10.
The Hand Cream is available to purchase from a small range of "Bee Lovely" cosmetics, which includes a few other items such as a "Busy Bee Balm" and a "Bee Lovely Hand Wash." This range is available from good retailers, including some department stores such as John Lewis. You can purchase online at www.johnlewis.com, although postage costs may apply.
The packaging is quite 'average' for a product like this one, comprising of a sturdy tube made of robust plastic. The tube is coloured in a bright yellow shade that offers an eye-catching appearance. The lid on the end of the tube is made of black plastic, and I have to admit that I have never found there to be any difficulty with either removing or replacing the screw-off lid during the use of the product. Underneath the tube's lid is a small hole through which the Hand Cream can be dispensed easily, and again, I have never found there is any difficulty with doing this, thanks to the tube's plastic being of a high quality plastic that is robust enough to cope with its intended use, without being overly hard or posing any difficulty with me using it. The latter is a significant point I have had issues with when using alternative products, as I have limited strength in my hands as a result of reduced mobility.
The product's packaging bears the description: "Softens hands and helps SAVE THE BEES." It goes on to explain: "Moisturising organic honey is blended with energising orange essential oil to nourish the skin and lift the spirits." I think this description is really lovely, and it gave the impression that the product would be caring and nourishing, which I thought made it offer something a little more 'pampering' than other, more basic Hand Cream products in my collection. I liked too that the product contains "Organic Ingredients" as it gave it a more 'natural' feel to other Hand Cream products in my collection.
The cream itself is quite thick, as you would expect, and with a high 'gloss' to its off-white colour, it looks fairly attractive, I suppose, but without any significant feature that strikes me as being particularly innovative. What I cannot fail to notice however, as the product is first dispensed, is the most delicious aroma escaping from the Cream's 'body' that feels wonderfully refreshing.
With a strong citrus 'core', the Bee Lovely Hand Cream smells just divine. The aroma is quite like that of fresh, pure orange, but without the strong acidic 'tang' that often accompanies this scent. Instead, the Hand Cream's aroma is beautifully balanced, being infused with something sweet, presumably from the organic honey contained in the product's ingredients. This element to the Cream's scent could easily feel sickly or too sweet, but it doesn't at all, with it offering a muted sweetness to the strong citrus scent instead. The culmination of the fragrances feels wonderfully refreshing, without feeling overly strong or too 'invigorating' which would put me off slightly, particularly as I like to apply my Hand Cream at night time. With no harshness present, the delicious scent feels quite mouth-watering, I think, in addition to it having a wonderful uplifting quality that is extremely welcome by yours truly. After applying the cream, I find it's gentle, sweet scent lingers delicately on the skin for a short time afterwards, but it does so quietly, with only a faint 'whisper' being present from the skin, instead of the scent feeling too 'robust' or harsh, which would no doubt have me grumbling about the scent 'interfering' with other scents worn at the same time, when applicable.
The Hand Cream takes just a moment to apply, thanks to its wonderfully 'light' texture. It smoothens and 'glides' over the skin easily, without me needing to continually rub it into the skin's surface to get it to absorb into the skin properly. Instead, the Cream sinks into the skin easily and quickly, taking just a moment to do so. After application, there is no evidence of any greasiness, nor is there any sort of 'tacky' feeling to the skin. This is a very important point to note, I think, particularly as my last Hand Cream product did have this irksome trait, which I confess I found slightly off-putting and inconvenient, mainly because my hands had a sort of 'film' on them that felt quite tacky. This was not a particularly pleasant feeling, so I was pleased with the quick absorption properties of the Neal's Yard Cream as it is much lighter and more pleasant, in comparison.
After use, I find my hands feel wonderfully soft and moisturised, with a smoothened feeling - and appearance - being noticeable, even after only a couple of uses. With continued use, this result is really allowed to 'flourish' and I find that whereas before I felt it necessary to apply my Hand Cream twice a day to achieve optimum results, the moisturisation properties obtained from the Bee Lovely Cream are obviously more intense and I am therefore able to achieve optimum results from using this product once a day, instead. This result in itself is evidence enough to me that the Bee Lovely product is of a much higher quality than most of the other Hand Creams in my collection, and I find too that the price tag of the small tube feels completely justified when I consider these results, too. Indeed, the small tube has lasted for well over two months, with other, cheaper, branded creams lasting for around half this time as they require more product to be used with each use, in addition to requiring use more often too.
I have noticed nothing in the way of irritation or sensitivity from the Bee Lovely Cream during or after use, even though I have extremely sensitive skin that will 'flare' aggressively if harsh products are used. Indeed, the dry skin on my hands has responded very well to the continued use of the Cream, appearing smoothened and nourished instead of dry and 'cracked', which is something that is particularly noticeable around the knuckle area on each hand. Based on these results, I have no hesitation in recommending this Hand Cream for those consumers who, like me, suffer with dry or sensitive skin on their hands.
Taking everything into account, I do really recommend the Neal's Yard Remedies Bee Lovely Hand Cream, and it is most definitely a product that I will repurchase again in the future. I think the product is worth every penny of its £10 price tag and would have no hesitation in trying out other products in the Bee Lovely range, as a result of the positive experiences obtained during the use of the Hand Cream. I feel the product is more than deserving of an award of top marks in the Dooyoo product rating score and it comes with my full recommendation.
I'm a sucker for a freebie, even more so now I'm trying to save money on beauty products, so when I received a tube of Neal's Yard Remedies Bee Lovely Hand Cream with one of my magazines (I can't remember which one!) I quite literally jumped for joy. This 50ml tube of hand cream costs £10 to buy so it was definitely one of the better freebies!
The packaging of my tube is slightly different to the one in the above picture as it is just yellow and black, there's no blue on it, but other than that it looks pretty much the same. The tube is of course opaque, which is a shame as it means I can't see how much I have left. It has a flip top lid though which makes it easy to use even when you've got your hands smothered in cream.
The cream is a mid-consistency white cream with a smooth texture and it feels thicker than it looks. It has a very strong scent of fresh juicy oranges from the orange essential oil in the formula. I really like the fact that the scent smells really natural rather than the usual synthetic sweet scents we're generally used to.
The cream has a really silky feel to it and is a joy to massage into my hands. as I said before it does feel thicker than it looks, but even so it spreads really easily and a little goes a long way. It absorbs really quickly (providing you don't use too much) and doesn't leave my hands feeling greasy or sticky which is important to me as I don't want to have to wait around for my hands to dry before I can get on with whatever I need to do.
I find the cream leaves my hands feeling really soft, smooth and silky and after using it every day for the last few weeks it has got rid of the dry skin I had between my thumb and index finger which was really quite bad. The scents stays on my hands for ages and it's really lovely to get a whiff of it whenever I put my hands to my face.
All in all I do think this is a gorgeous hand cream that performs really well, but sadly it's quite a bit more expensive than I really want to be paying so I won't be buying another tube.
Softens hands and helps SAVE THE BEES
I recently bought a copy of Marie Claire magazine and with this edition they were giving away a free 50ml tube of this hand cream from Neal's Yard Remedies. I love magazine freebies as I think its a great way of trying new products and trying something I perhaps wouldn't have bought in the first place.
According to the magazine, this hand cream is worth £10 and looking at the Neal's Yard Remedies website I see that it is so for only £3.50 I got a magazine and a pricey hand cream. I'm glad they were giving it away as it's lovely and I really enjoy using it.
The hand cream comes in a lovely bee yellow tube with a blue screw top lid. There are some little bees decorating the tube as well as some hexagons to depicit a hive. Neal's Yard Remedies say, "Care for your hands as you help save the bees with our original Bee Lovely Hand Cream. Moisturising organic honey is blended with energising orange essential oil to nourish the skin and lift the spirits. Our bee-utifully scented Limited Edition Hand Cream flew off the shelves when we first launched it, now, thanks to overwhelming demand from our customers, we're proud to say it's back and here to stay. Gentle enough for the whole hive, including children aged 3 years and over."
When you first screw the top off you can smell the orange immediately which is a lovely fresh citrusy smell and you almost can't smell the honey but then if you smell long enough you get a nice after hit of sweet honey which is delicate but definitely there. The cream is white and lovely and silky smooth. It smoothes onto my hands really well and makes them extremely soft with a wonderful fragrance.
A nice cream that I was lucky enough to try and one I recommend.
I have written recently about my quest to find a decent moisturiser for my face but my hands were a far bigger problem. I handle newspapers on a daily basis and some of the ink always rubs off on my hands, over the last year this has caused the skin on my knuckles to become very dry and more recently start to split.
The Neals yard hand cream was probably the least effective of the three that I tried (the other two were Avon Care Dry Skin SOS and Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Concentrated Hand Cream.) before I went to the Doctor and was prescribed Diprobase. I now use Diprobase in the morning and Evening but use the bee lovely cream during the day after I have had to wash my hands. It might seem odd that I have chosen to use what I described as the least effective of three on a regular basis but it has much to recommend it above the others.
The honey and orange fragerance of the Bee lovely cream is the most pleasant of all of the hand creams that I have tried and isn't so overwhelming that it clings to any food you are eating with your hands. The bee lovely is also the most easily absorbed and does leave your skin looking less dry instantly without being greasy.
According to the blurb Neals Yard give 25p to bee-friendly projects for each bee-lovely product they sell which is as worthy a cause as you are ever going to be able to support by buying moisturiser. Neals Yard are a well respected company and have a similar ethos to the Bodyshop but after a negative reaction to a Bodyshop product some time ago I am always more inclined to go for Neals Yard.
The Bee-Lovely cream is the most expensive of the three hand creams that I tried at £10 for 50ml compared to around £4 for 50ml of the Avon and Neutrogena options however as with the others a little goes a long way. If you have a more persistent problem or aren't prepared to pay this much I would go for the Avon. But if you have normal skin or only need a little over the winter months then this is the one for you.
Like some of you, I received this hand cream as a freebie in this months' Marie Claire magazine. This 50ml product can be purchased from Neal's Yard for an RRP of £10, so I was pleased when I saw it attached to a £3.80 magazine!
Neal's Yard believe in using natural ingredients in their products and this hand cream helps protect the bees by donating money to bee friendly projects. According to Neal's Yard, moisturising organic honey is blended with energising orange essential oil to nourish the skin and lift the spirits.
The cream has a medium consistency, it is not too thick that is difficult to absorb; or too thin that it runs everywhere. It feels smooth and silky to the touch and is absorbed by the hands instantly, allowing you to get on with your tasks. My hands are not left feeling greasy or coated in glycerine, this is actually absorbed. The orange essential oil is detected immediately, it is not overpowering or sickly; it smells fresh and clean on the skin.
My hands feel and look softened and hydrated for hours after using a small amount of this cream. I have dry patches down the sides of my index fingers, and I find this moisturises and soothes them effectively. This provides long-lasting moisturisation and I do not feel I need to reapply this, even after hand washing. I have not experienced any reactions or irritation from using this hand cream - which is helped by the use of natural ingredients in the product.
Overall this is a lovely product and I would definitely recommend at least buying the magazine to try it out.
WHAT IS IT?
Hand cream made by Neal's Yard Remedies and it is a natural product that has not got parabens, synthetic fragrances or colours, mineral oils or silicone in.
I like the packaging very much because it is bright and gives a lot of information about the hand cream. That is important I think for natural products so that you can easily see what the benefits are and how it will fit in with your beliefs. I do not like that it is a screw top and would wish for the tube to flip open for hygiene reasons. The hand cream is easy to dispense out of the tube even though it is very thick.
WHAT I THINK
I did not buy this because I received it for free on the front of one of my magazines. I do not look for natural products but am curious about them so like to try new things. It is very thick cream and I think it takes a long time to sink into my skin, it is a little bit greasy but when it has sunk in it does not make my skin continue to feel greasy.
I did not like the smell at first because the orange oil does not match the smell of the cream and honey. I do not think the honey smell is very strong but my husband says he can smell honey when I have used the hand cream. I got used to the smell and I think it is very nice and comforting now.
My hands have been in very good condition ever since I began to use Bee Lovely and I think it is more intensive than the other hand creams I use even though they are effective. I use it only twice every day because the effects last for a long time even if I have been using chemicals or had my hands in water in my job as a beautician. I have not noticed any difference in my nails.
It is made of organic honey and sunflower seed oil is what makes it so moisturising.
A 50ml tube of Bee Lovely costs £10 and I think that is good value because it is effective and feels rich to use.
4 Dooyoo Stars.
Neal's Yard - Bee Lovely to your hands -Hand Cream
I am a member of a site called 'beautyontrial' and apart from writing reviews I also get to trial new products and on the site is a forum where we can let each other know about deals, freebies and bargains. I saw this freebie mentioned and was straight down to my local newsagent to pick up the March edition of Marie Clare magazine. The magazine costs £3.80 but I did get this freebie full sized 50 ml tube of Neal's Yard Bee Lovely Hand Cream with it.
Personally the only time I ever buy magazines is when they offer a freebie that I fancy. I then decide if the price of the magazine is an amount I would pay for the freebie and then give away the magazine and keep the freebie. I find magazines a total waste of time and money as they never have anything of any interest to me.
I have not ever bought anything from Neal's Yard before as they are usually so expensive. This small tube of hand cream retails for £10 so not an everyday purchase in my house.
This specific hand cream has been created to try and raise awareness of the bee situation in the UK. Bees are becoming endangered as their habitats and flowers providing pollen are being reduced because of various modern day changes such as the use of pesticides, different plants being grown, fewer bee- attractive flowers in gardens and fewer wild flowers and so on.
Apparently if you do actually buy the hand cream from Neal's Yard you are also given a l packet of wild flower seeds. This encouraging people to plant wild flowers as well as the fact that they donate a % of each sale of this hand cream to the bee supporting charities, Buglife, Pesticide Action Network UK and Landlife. All of these work together with Neal's Yard to raise awareness of the problems bees are having and to help protect bees in the UK.
The hand cream comes in an upside down tube with the lid on the base so that the product comes out easily. The lid is screwed on and off so that none leaks out between uses. The tube is plastic and recyclable through your usual plastic recycling scheme. The tube is a lovely bright yellowy orange colour with black line drawings of bees and hexagonal bees wax designs all over so it kind of looks a bit like a sunny bee hive.
Inside the tube is a lovely rich hand cream full of certified organic ingredients. It is a lot thicker than many hand creams I have tried. I find that the hole the cream comes out of a quite large and I easily get enough from a very small squeeze of the tube. I did find that you need very little of this cream to do the job as it is so rich.
Not only is the cream full of natural rich good ingredients to moisturize your hands but it also smells lovely. The smell is a hint of orange which comes from orange essential oils and this mixes beautifully with the honey scent from the natural honey added.
When I apply this to my hands it feels soft and has a slightly greasy feel but after some massage it does go into my skin and leave my hands feeling lovely and soft. My skin looks better and less crinkly and dry after application. I have been decorating and painting recently and my hands have suffered a bit so this is something I have been applying nightly once I have cleaned myself up.
I do like the smell of this as it is subtle and although you can smell the orange oil it is natural and delicate and together with the natural sweet honey smell it is one that could be used by men without them feeling it was feminine although I am reluctant to share mine.
I do have eczema and strange rashes so I have to be a bit careful what I use on my skin. Because this is full of natural ingredients with no nasty preservatives this has caused me no problems. In fact it has really helped my hands while I have been using the paint and cleaning stuff. I have also had a strange rash in my hands on the back and since applying this, the strange rash seems to have improved.
My husband really suffers from cracked skin especially in the winter and also when he has been decorating and by allowing him to share my special hand cream we have managed to avoid this happening when doing this latest decorating so another vote of confidence comes from my husband.
I can't find anything negative to say about this lovely hand cream except I wish it was cheaper. Even at the price of £3.80 for the magazine it isn't a cheap hand cream. However at its real price of a tenner it is very expensive. I think I have talked myself into buying another magazine to get a second tube if I can find one.
I use this daily at the present time and usually at night. In between times I still use my Lush ones, the Melvita rose one, the S&G Handfood and others as I have hand creams all around the house, one in the car and others in my hand bag.
The only thing I would mention is that this does have Brazil nut oil in it so if you have any nut allergy then it might be better to avoid this. I am really pleased to see that this has no parabens nor does it have any silicones, mineral oils, synthetic fragrances or colourings ; in fact it has lots of lovely organic natural ingredients which is just perfect as far as I am concerned.
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As someone who is a huge fan of toiletries, I was delighted to obtain the March edition of Marie Clare magazine, which was accompanied by a free full size 50 ml tube of Neal's Yard Bee Lovely Hand Cream. I've purchased the £3.80 magazine on a number of occasions in the past solely for the attached freebie although I find the contents to be a waste of money due to the excessive adverts, which generally consist of highly priced fashion and beauty items. I was thrilled to be able to obtain the hand cream, particularly as it is one that I've previously enjoyed using and this review discusses my experience.
Neal's Yard has chosen well with both the product name and appearance of the packaging, which creates a sense of happiness and well being due to its vibrant yellow and orange tones combined with striking touches of black. It is clear that no detail has been spared with the appearance of the tube being quite unique where it offers a bee hive effect due to the small honey comb images together with attention grabbing sketches of honey bees.
When I initially purchased this hand cream during the summer of last year, Neal's Yard also presented me with a small packet of wild flower seeds, as their initiative is to help save the UK's precious bees. With each sale of the hand cream, a donation is made to Buglife, Pesticide Action Network UK and Landlife who all work in partnership with Neal's Yard to protect our bees.
The sturdy tube neatly sits on its lid, but I'm a little disappointed that Neal's Yard opted for the screw top variety, as I find them a little difficult to replace when my hands are smothered in hand cream. However, the lid is easily unscrewed with the end of the tube being hygienically sealed with a small piece of foil, which is lifted away by pulling on a small tab. The tube offers a reasonably sized aperture to enable the cream to be effortlessly dispensed with one gentle squeeze providing a sufficient amount for one use.
The consistency of the cream is fairly thick and exactly how I would expect a cream to be with its appearance offering a very delicate hint of pale orange. Despite the texture being fairly thick I find that a 1p piece size blob is sufficient for both hands and I love the fact that it almost melts when it is easily applied and spread along the surface of my skin. The cream initially creates the illusion that it will be slightly greasy, particularly as the surface of my skin glistens following application, which is due to the glycerine content. However, it is fast absorbing as well as being very soothing and the only evidence of me having applied it is the silky smooth softness in addition to the stunning aroma.
The cream is packed with a variety of organic ingredients and its beautiful and very authentic zesty aroma becomes evident the instant the cream makes contact with my warm skin and reminds me of those times when I've sniffed a fresh unpeeled orange. The aroma of the orange peel zest is slightly different to orange zest, as it doesn't offer the same level of sharpness, which I find very favourable. I am not particularly fond of the aroma of honey, as it can often be sickly due to it being so sweet. However, the organic honey used in this hand cream offers a barely noticeable aroma and perfectly compliments and balances out the citrus tones.
Unfortunately, I suffer with problematic skin on my hands, as it can often become very dry and itchy especially during the colder weather. As a result, my knuckles can split and subsequently bleed and to keep my condition under control it is essential that I regularly apply good quality hand creams. The cream is extremely soothing and despite the inclusion of essential oils and alcohol, I cannot speak of suffering with dryness or itching, which can sometimes be the case with some brands. I find the cream highly moisturising, particularly due to its fast absorption, as in addition to the surface of my skin feeling velvety soft and smooth, I feel assured that the product is deeply nourishing and protecting my skin from the harsh elements.
My experience with using the cream has been highly positive, particularly as it does not leave any sticky residue on the surface of my skin with the beautiful aroma lingering for a good while afterwards although it begins to disperse after a couple of hand washes. My skin remains soft and smooth and I do not feel the need to reapply as morning and evening use is sufficient for me. In addition to the feel of my hands, their appearance is also a big factor especially as I'm now in my mid forties. Consequently, regular use of hand creams is vital to keep those tell tale lines and wrinkles at bay.
Whilst I do not intend copying the list of ingredients into my review, I would advise that the majority are organic, but there is also the inclusion of Brazil nut oil, which obviously deems this product to be unsuitable for those consumers suffering with a nut allergy. Neal's Yard is clearly a very caring and loving brand, as the hand cream does not contain any parabens, silicones, mineral oils, synthetic fragrances or colourings and is not genetically modified.
Whilst the 50 ml tube will normally cost you £10 in store or online, you can still purchase the March edition of Marie Clare magazine for £3.80 and nab yourself a lovely freebie. As I love this hand cream so much I've purchased five copies of the magazine, so have a fair amount to last me. I cannot recommend Bee Lovely Hand Cream highly enough and as a result, it receives five stars from me.