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I have been excitedly opening my beauty advent calendar from You Beauty Discovery each day this month and the brands have all been high end and pleasing.
Earlier this week I got a little pot of the Burt's Bees almond milk hand cream and it looks lovely as it is in a glass jar. I have used products from the Burt's Bees range before and been really pleased with them.
I couldn't wait to try this hand cream. The colder weather has taken its toll on my hands and made them a bit dry and I really want to prevent further damage in the worse case cracking of the skin.
I find this easy to use. It is a thick cream which almost turns in to an oil as it heats up when you rub it in. It is very greasy though so it really ticks the box as a hand and nail cream as it is easy to put on the cuticles too.
For that reason though, it takes ages to sink in and leaves your hands greasy for ages. I have generally ended up washing it off eventually as I use the bathroom or wash dishes before it has chance to work its magic.
I think this works better as an overnight treatment rather than for regular day time use. I do like it although it has a bit of a medicinal smell to it.
On the Burt's Bees website this product is £10 for a 57g pot. You only use a little so this would last ages and it is all natural ingredients so well worth the money I think.
I was given this hand creme as a gift, but would not buy it for myself. Although a little of this product goes a long way, it doesn't absorb no matter how long you spend rubbing it in. It left my nails oily so I couldn't paint them until I had washed my hands, which made moisturising a waste of time. I then had to spend time cleaning my taps as the grease had transferred from my hands. It was a shame as when I took the lid off the creme smelt lovely (like marzipan) and every other Burt's Bees product I've used has been fantastic. After using (or trying to use) this creme my hands weren't moisturised and everything I had touched was covered in grease. If Burt's Bees could produce something that smelt the same but absorbed properly, I'd definately buy it, but I wouldn't buy this product and ended up throwing it away.
Ingredients: Prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, aqua (water, eau), cera alba (beeswax, cire d'abeille), aloe barbadensis leaf juice, kaolin, parfum (fragrance), citrus grandis (grapefruit) fruit extract, non-fat dry milk, chondrus crispus (carrageenan) extract, glycerin, glycine soja (soybean) oil, tocopherol, stearic acid, glucose, sodium borate, sodium chloride, sodium benzoate, glucose oxidase, lactoperoxidase, linalool / How it works: Pure help for hard-working hands / This super rich, all-natural hand cream is made with sweet almond oil and vitamin E to moisturise dry skin and beeswax to help seal and shield your hands from the elements / With such a sweet scent, you'll always be reminded to feed your skin with the nourishing care / Directions for use: Smooth a small dollop of cream onto freshly washed hands / Use after every handwashing / Featured Ingredient: Sweet Almond Oil / Cold pressed from the dried kernels of the almond tree, this medium-weight oil is rich in olein glyceride oleic and linoleic acid, proteins and vitamin D, and is excellent for the skin and nails /