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As you will all know by now, I love Lush and all the lovely things they like to bring out. I am a fan of their soaps in particular, but a while ago this one in particular caught my eye. It has the unusual name of Putty For Your Hands.
In a nutshell, the product is designed to be a gentle handwash suitable for sensitive and sore skin. It appealed to me immediately as I have sensitive skin and sometimes suffer from eczema, particularly on my hands. Therefore, I was excited about getting hold of some of this. It costs £5.95 for 100g – expensive, but I decided that if it helped me, it would be worth it.
Suitable for vegans, Putty for Your Hands is made with a base of cornflour and talc, glycerine and water, with soothing marshmallow mucilage and oats and Fair Trade shea butter to moisturise. The essential oils don’t just smell nice: lavender oil is soothing, tea tree oil is antiseptic and chamomile is gentle.
There are two ways to use this product. One is to use it in the same way as soap, rubbing the whole bar over the hands under running water. Another is to break off a small piece, smush it into a paste in your hands with water, and rub hands together. I prefer the latter method as it keeps the main part of the bar dry, helping it to last longer. I find a small piece about the size of a pea is enough – though the bar doesn’t contain any lathering ingredients (as these can irritate skin) a little really does go a long way.
I tend to use this product out of the home: at home I use my Lush soaps but this putty comes with me in its tin, secure in my bag, and I use it at work and when I’m out and about. It doesn’t irritate my skin at all, and feels lovely on my hands. It is easy to work into a paste and my hands feel thoroughly cleansed after use. As a bonus, my hands smell of lavender for a good while afterwards!
The most important thing is whether the product does what it says it does – look after hands and cleanse them while being gentle. It completely fulfils its claims. Even if my hands have felt itchy beforehand, after using this product they feel soothed and not sore. My hands feel soft after use and I am using much less hand cream. In addition, my eczema has much reduced since I have started using this stuff.
If you have eczema, or the cold weather is playing havoc with the skin on your hands, I strongly recommend giving this a try. It’s expensive, but I think it’s worth it.
I am quite neurotic about washing my hands, especially as I work with little children, and it leaves my hands very dry but also a little bit dry. When I saw the Putty For Your Hands soap which has been created by Lush, I just had to give it a try.
What does the product do?
The product is essentially a soap which promises to cleanse the hands and to remove all signs of dirt and germs from them. The special thing about this product is that it also promises to soothe, moisturise and repair sensitive skin using only natural ingredients. The product contains such loveliness as oats, marshmallow, shea butter and glycerin to soften the skin, and to reduce the redness and irritations that can often be caused by normal soaps. As it's free from the usual ingredients, it won't feel or lather like soap but it claims to do the job just as well.
How do you use the product?
Even though the product doesn't feel like soap, it can still be used in the same way. You can move the bar around in the hands under running water until you have a good coverage and then rub the hands together before rinsing the product away. You can also break off a small piece of the soap, form a paste in the hands and then massage the paste into the hands, before rinsing it all away.
I bought the smaller 100 grams bar for around £6 because I wanted to make sure that I liked it. You can also buy a middle sized 250 gram bar or you can buy the larger 500 gram bar for £30 if you find yourself completely in love with the product. You can buy the product from your local Lush store and also their online website.
Appearance and Consistency
The product is a creamy colour and you can see the bits of oats inside given it a spotty appearance. It is shaped like a bar and it has the consistency of play dough being quite soft, as opposed to hard like a normal soap would be.
Application and Performance
The product has an oat aroma which is mixed with a slight herbal scent. It's nice and not overpowering so I can't imagine that it would be many people's disliking. I keep small section of this by the sink rather than the whole thing. It is simple to use and it is just as easy to use as a bar of soap. It doesn't lather or bubble in the way that you would expect a soap too. It in fact forms a white paste across the hands which makes it easy to check that you have covered all the skin with the product.
It is gentle on the hands and hasn't caused me to experience any irritations or discomfort. It feels hydrated on the hands and it is easily rinsed away. It does indeed leave my hands feeling soft and smooth, and doesn't cause any feelings of dryness or tightness. The feelings of softness stay for at least until the next time that you wash your hands and my hands feel fresh and clean after use. It also leaves a lovely aroma on the hands so you end up feeling quite pampered.
All in all, I think this is a lovely product which works just well as a soap but that moisturises the skin on the hands leaving them feeling soft and smooth. It is gentle yet effective and I would happily repurchase this product.
Putty in my hands - Lush
I WAS PUTTY IN THEIR HANDS
I bought this just before we went on holiday recently as it was a product they were promoting for Mother's day. The assistants in the shop were giving my hands a pamper with it and then massaging them with a hand cream. I was getting ready to go on holiday and buying some of the Toothy tabs but somehow got persuaded to buy some of this. I said "Okay give me a small piece then" and thought no more about it. I paid by card and just pinned in my number. It wasn't until I got home that I saw I had spent £14 on the piece of this hand cleanser that I hadn't really wanted anyway.
Oh well. Over the last months I have had so many generous samples I felt I had to forgive them and anyway there was really nothing I could do as I had actually bought it willingly!! It shows me that I should pay attention when buying weighed items from Lush as they always work out more expensive than you think. I have found the same with some soaps too and the solid deodorant always comes as a bit of a shock.
This is a hand 'soap and is sold by weight. The price in Lush is £5.95 per 100g and my piece is about 5 inches long by 2 inches wide and 2 inches deep and as I said this piece cost me £14. You don't seem to need very much per hand wash though so it might last me quite a while.
This is a very different concept created by Lush specifically for people with sensitive hands and hands that react badly to washing with normal soaps. This is a soap in that it washes and cleans your hands but it has no real soap in it. Despite the fact it has none of the ingredients that create lather it does have three vital ingredients to cleansing. The special cleansing ingredients are Chamomile, lavender and tea tree oil as these not only make the product smell lovely but also these oils are antiseptic and antibacterial so kill germs that might be on your hands.
The first few times I used this I wasn't sure that my hands would truly be clean as none of the normal things happened to my hands that usually do when washing them. I got no lather and even after rinsing my hands had a slight creamy feel to them.
So having convinced me that this does actually clean my hands with the use of natural essential oils to be antiseptic and antibacterial I was now able to enjoy the fact that my hands were actually being pampered and soothed each time I washed them with this. We have already found that this contains chamomile and lavender essential oils which a well as being cleansing are also both very soothing to the skin and relaxing as well. They are known to reduce redness and skin irritation and can also help repair skin damage and soothe any rashes like eczema.
Besides these essential oils this putty also contains oats which are soothing to skin, products like Aveeno use oats in their creams to soothe eczema and similar skin rashes.
Vegetable glycerine is used instead of animal tallow which is the traditional ingredient of soap, this glycerine is made from rapeseed grown in the UK or EU. The glycerine softens the skin and also helps the skin absorb other ingredients like the shea butter.
Shea butter is almost a wonder ingredient for healing and soothing skin as it is very high in Vitamins A, E and it provides skin with all the essential elements it needs for good balance, elasticity and tone.
Marshmallow mucilage is something I have never heard of and to be truthful sounds a bit like something that might come from your nose!! Apparently it comes from the marsh mallow herb plant which has this gummy substance in it which was used to make marsh mallows originally. It is supposed to be very good at relieving inflamed skin and soothing it once again.
PLAYING WITH PUTTY
I found this very strange to begin with as it looks exactly like the putty you put in windows and in fact feels pretty much the same though this one is quite a lot more pricey so I don't advise trying it in your windows frames. This luckily is where the similarity ends as whenever I have puttied windows my fingers get very sore and dry.
Lush say that you can use this like soap and rub the entire block in your hands like a bar of soap but I imagined my £14 lump disappearing very quickly if it got too wet as a lump so I decided not to use this method.
My method is to keep said lump of putty in its wrapper and in a plastic ziplock minibag and from this I break of small pieces about the size of a broadbean. I then take this piece and squish it a bit in my hands, wet my hands just a little and then squish and rub this piece into my hands and all around in a 'washing hands' movement. There is NO lather t all it is just a sort of thick cream that you work into your hands paying particular attention to any dry skin parts like cracked knuckles. The putty feels almost silky when mixed with water and I do make an effort to massage my hands a bit when using this as it feels so soothing and creamy. After this I very lightly rinse off my hands and gently dry them.
After drying my hands do feel 'washed' and clean but they also feel quite smooth and soft too. I do use my hand a lot and I am not very good about wearing gloves for gardening or cleaning so my hands do get treated quite roughly. I haven't ever had any major skin problems with my hands in terms of cracking and dry skin so I can't say whether this would help although Lush claim it does. I have however found that my hands do feel nicer and a lot softer than they have before.
This alone does not perfect hands make but when you combine using this with applying a good hand cream then you have true pampering. I always have tubes of handcream around the house and I do keep a Lush solid 'Helping Hands' in my handbag in a small plastic bag too so that there is never an excuse for forgetting to look after my hardworking mitts.
The smell of this is subtle rather than obvious. When you look at the lump of brown putty you wouldn't imagine that it would smell nice at all; although i do rather like the smell of window putty Ii admit but this smells nothing like that. The combination of lavender, camomile and tea tree blend to create a sort of fresh herby scent that is clean and slightly medicinal but not in a nasty way! I think the combination of tea tree and chamomile essential oils give that medicinal scent. The lavender scent isn't obvious to me but maybe it changes when combined with the other ingredients.
This does remind me a bit of 'Angels on bare Skin; face cleanser as it smells similar and you use it in a similar way. The Angels cleanser does also have ground almonds to gently exfoliate but they are certainly very like each other in consistency, scent and the way you use them.
WILL I BE PUTTY IN THEIR HANDS AGAIN?
Well it certainly is a novel product and for anyone with major skin problems on their hands I would definitely say give this a try as it is packed solid with great natural ingredients. However for all this natural stuff you do pay a price unfortunately and it is a pretty hefty price in my humble opinion. I was shocked when I saw what I had paid. I applaud Lush for creating this all natural product and i do believe that it would be of great benefit to anyone with eczema on their hands but as my hands are not too badly cracked I am not sure that I will be rushing back to hand over that sort of money for this putty again.
This is a lovely product that smells really good and clean but for my use I feel it is a luxury at that price and there are more exciting luxury products that I think I will choose to spend my money on. It loses its last star for the price I feel.
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