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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.
I'm extremely fond of the aroma of lavender due to its very relaxing and calming properties although through my experiences, I have found that very few toiletries carry its authentic scent. For my birthday in September of this year I was delighted to receive a 100 ml tube of Yardley's English Lavender Moisturising Hand and Nail Cream, which is a product I've previously used a number of times although it was a good few years ago.
The hand cream is presented within a sturdy plastic tube that neatly sits on a flip top lid with the packaging being described as upmarket, as one would expect from a brand displaying the Royal crests for both the Queen and Prince of Wales. To perfectly compliment the English lavender fragrance, the off white coloured tube offers lavender tones as well as touches of gold and as a result, the overall appearance is very luxurious.
I am unfortunate to suffer with problematic skin on my hands, which can become very dry and as a result, my knuckles will often split and subsequently bleed. Therefore, it is important that I regularly apply high quality moisturising hand creams, particularly when the weather is cold, which is when my condition is at its worse. I favour the fact that the tube offers a flip top lid, which enables easy application as opposed to fiddling around with a screw top that inevitably ends up rolling onto the floor. The lid is both easily opened and securely closed and a gentle squeeze of the tube releases the good consistency pearly white cream. The lavender aroma is immediately evident and I would describe it as absolutely adorable with its extremely authentic scent, which reminds me of those times when I gently press the striking purple coloured flowers that adorn my garden during the warm summer months.
Only a small amount of the cream is needed where it is both easily applied and spread over my skin and despite it offering a good consistency, it is fast absorbing. I cannot bear hand creams that leave a sticky residue on the surface of my skin as they make me feel grubby and as a result, I feel a desperate need to wash my hands. However, the hand cream offered no such problems with the only lingering on my skin's surface belonging to the delightfully calming lavender aroma, which is evident for a good few hours following application. I found that each time I moved my hands the aroma would intensify and gently waft up towards my nasal passages. With continued use of the hand cream, which I applied several times each day, I found that my skin was highly nourished as well as feeling velvety soft and smooth to the touch.
Due to the combination of high quality ingredients such as Q10, shea and cocoa butter, grape seed oil and almond oil, the hand cream was extremely beneficial to my skin, as it offered superb moisturising properties, which prevented my problem of dryness and itching. In addition to the blend of moisturising ingredients, the hand cream is rich in vitamin E, which is intended to combat the signs of ageing. I would wholeheartedly agree with this claim, as when my hands become dry their appearance is far older than my actual age. However, with regular use, I found that the cream offered my hands a healthy and smooth appearance, which is something I can also achieve from my favourite product, namely Dove Intensive Nourishment Deep Care Complex.
In addition to the hand cream being suitable for the skin, it is also beneficial for strengthening and conditioning the nails, so I also massaged it into my cuticles and fingernails, which can often become a little dry and flaky if neglected. I was pleased with the results and favoured the fact that the cream is dual purpose, so I didn't have to apply two different products. As with the majority of hand creams that I've used, I found that I could not dispense the last little bit and as I cannot abide waste, it was a case of cutting the tube in half to access the remainder, which offered a further three applications. The product should be used within 12 months of opening with the tube being recyclable once empty.
As I had not purchased the product myself I took a look at the Boots website to obtain a price and was pleasantly surprised to discover that it is very affordable at £2.66 for a 100 ml tube. Due to the fact that Yardley English Lavender Nourishing Hand and Nail cream offers a high level of moisturising properties as well as an authentic aroma, it receives five stars from me together with a high recommendation.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
Yardley / Hand & Nail Cream