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I do like using good quality hand creams in the winter months, as my hands will often become dry and chapped as a result of the colder weather. A while back, I made a number of purchases from the well known 'Yardley' range, with this review outlining my experiences of using the "English Lavender Hand & Nail Cream".
My tube is 100ml in size, and this cost me in the region of £3, when purchased online. As @ the time of writing (December 2013), you can buy the product for around £4 from www.amazon.co.uk, or for around £2.70 from Boots (online at www.boots.com).
The packaging is in keeping with the rest of the items in Yardley's English Lavender range, comprising of a sturdy plastic tube that is presented in shades of cream and lilac, with a sturdy, 'flip-up' style lid on top. There is something quite classy and sophisticated about the item's appearance, I think, and I think it would make a lovely gift or stocking-filler.
The white cream is easily dispensed, thanks to the tube not being overly robust, and I find that the cream's consistency is not so thick that it makes it difficult to squeeze it out from the tube. I like too how the cream's texture is quite rich, so I find that even a small amount will go a rather long way, allowing the product to feel like an economical purchase. Indeed, the tube I am using at the present time has been used on and off for what feels like ages now, and there is still a lot of the product left inside. This allows the product to feel like good value for money, and I have no complaints here.
I find the Hand & Nail Cream has the most lovely aroma, with it being entirely true to the scent of fresh lavender. This lovely scent, whilst subtle and authentic, feels rather more natural than many other lavender-scented products that I have used before; it seems this familiar scent is often subject to being rather sickly and 'heady' - for MY tastes, at least - when mass-produced or when present in other products that are perhaps of an inferior quality. Thankfully, this is not the case at all with the Yardley Cream, and its lovely aroma feels much more natural, as a result.
I find that the Lavender Hand & Nail Cream is extremely easy to apply; it glides over the skin with ease, and I find too that it is rather quickly absorbed. This is ideal for me, as I am not keen on creams and lotions that are so thick in their consistency or texture that they require lots of rubbing to become absorbed;- such products are often more bother than they are worth, in my experience. I like the fact that the Yardley Cream has a more 'fuss free' approach and this has allowed it to slot quite neatly into my body/skin care routine.
In terms of the product's moisturisation properties, I have no complaints. I find that my dry skin has been thoroughly 'quenched' by the continued use of the product. In addition, I find that my hands have been left feeling lovely and soft, with the skin appearing to be in better condition that it previously was. Dryness at my knuckles has been dramatically reduced, and my hands just look less dry and 'chapped' than they previously did.
My nails have benefited from the cream's moisturising properties too, I think, as they appear to be slightly brighter in addition to being less susceptible to flaking at the nail tips than previously. I do think that the addition of Vitamin E to the cream's formulation has perhaps had a role to play in these results, as I have found that other Hand Creams in my collection that contain this ingredient often give the same result.
My sensitive skin has suffered nothing in the way of aggravation or irritation from the continued use of the product and I do think that it carries a rather gentle formulation, based on these results. For this reason, I do recommend the product as being entirely suitable for those consumers who, like me, suffer with sensitive skin issues.
Taking everything into account, I do really recommend the Yardley English Lavender Hand & Nail Cream and I will definitely buy it again. I think too that the product is one of a very high quality and I have no negative issues to report within this review.
Yardley / Hand & Nail Cream