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I was a bit slow off the mark this month buying Marie Claire (not for the magazine lol) but for the freebie hand cream that came with it. A couple of friends persuaded me that I would not want to miss out on this deal even though I have a load of hand cream to use I decided I did want to try out this previously undiscovered brand.
Not much choice
There were three fragrances available with the magazine but by the time I got in there there was only the geranium and orange choice left which I was happy to try.
This has nice enough packaging in a tube although the shop version looks a lot posher in its lovely blue bottle. I suppose it's practical to have it in a tube as you can easily bung it in your bag.
This is a lovely thick white cream and after a greasy moment it's sunk in which is great on the move. It is heavily scented though so best not to apply in confined spaces. I can tolerate the smell but would not enjoy it on a long cooped up car journey, it's too spicy for that.
Top marks go to the consistency of this hand lotion. It's luxurious and a nice treatment. I can't say I am overly keen on the fragrance though, it's a little bit sickly and stays on your hands for ages after applying.
A 50 ml tube is ten pounds on e chemist which I think is quite a lot. These are better for travel but the pump bottle is better value at Ocado costing £12.50 for a 200ml pump dispenser. I could see that looking lovely in my downstairs loo...
My Neal's Yard hand cream was a gift with purchase on a magazine last year and is the Geranium and Orange hand cream and it’s absolutely fantastic. I generally find that hand creams either smell wonderful or feel wonderful but rarely both. I’m happy to say this smells great and feels fabulous although perhaps a little lighter than some of the heavy shea butter creams.
Mine is a 50ml ‘stand on its cap’ tube which would cost GBP10 from the stores or the company’s website. I thought this price was pretty reasonable - perhaps because I’ve seen many much more expensive creams with credentials that are no more impressive.
Neal's Yard are accredited as an ‘ethical company’ by the Good Shopping Guide, are ‘cruelty free’ and the product is certified organic by the Soil Association. The ingredients for this cream are 92% organic.
The tube is in the company’s usual blue and lavender colour-way and I admire the clarity and simplicity of the tube which is easy to read and not overly cluttered with extraneous information. The cream is quite thick and is a very pale creamy-white colour. It takes a bit of time to rub it in well but it’s worth the effort. I find creams that soak in too quickly often don’t have any lasting power so I don’t mind taking the time to rub it in well. I would only need to apply this a couple of times a day to keep my hands soft and smelling lovely.
The smell is absolutely delicious although whether you love it or not, will depend a lot on how you feel about geraniums. I adore the scent of geranium leaves and this contains both geranium flower oil and orange peel oil which contribute to the scent. If you don’t like rose geranium, skip this product. Geranium has a juicy, edginess to its scent that really appeals to me and the addition of orange peel extracts stops it from being too sweet.
The cream is packed full of natural oils including soya oil, almond oil and beeswax. Normally I prefer to buy hand creams with shea butter in their recipe but this one has none. I would assume it’s the beeswax that helps to give the harder, waxier texture usually found with a high level of shea butter.
Despite the high degree of organic ingredients, this cream comes with a 12 month ‘post opening’ shelf life which is good and if you’ve not opened it, the best before date is May 2016 - so probably about 2 years from the date of manufacture. If you are prone to buying stuff and then not getting round to using it in a hurry, both factors are quite important.
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Glycine soja (Soya) oil, Cetearyl alcohol, Prunus amygdalus dulcis (Almond) oil, Cera alba (Beeswax), Cetearyl glucoside, Aloe barbadensis (Aloe vera) leaf juice powder, Citrus sinensis (Orange) peel oil expressed, Pelargonium graveolens (Geranium) flower oil, Levulinic acid, Sodium levulinate, Tocopherol, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil, Potassium sorbate, Xanthan gum, Citral, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool / Organically produced ingredient / Natural constituent of essential oils listed / Made with 92% organic ingredients / Neal's Yard Remedies Geranium & Orange Hand Cream deeply nourishes, moisturises and softens, with the uplifting sunny scent of rose geranium and vibrant sweet orange essential oil / Benefits: Deeply nourishing / Uplifting / Softening / Protecting / Directions for use: Apply Neal's Yard Remedies Geranium & Orange Hand Cream to dry skin / Keep on you for instant uplifting skin softening / Reapply as needed, particularly after washing hands /