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I don't normally need to use hand cream but the colder weather and washing up without gloves has been taking its toll recently, so I decided to try Weleda Sea Buckthorn hand cream, which is not a cheap product, but I was given a tube as a gift a while ago so I thought I'd give it a go.
The cream comes in a bright orange tube with a screw cap, and the 50ml container I was given contains several month's use of cream, even if you apply it to your hands throughout the day like I do. The colour of the cream may come as a shocker to some - it is bright orange, but due to natural ingredients and not synthetic or chemical colouring. This hand cream is made of mostly natural ingredients, with a base of sesame seed oil that is moisturing for the hands, and although it is not a thick cream, it is not watery or cheap feeling either. As with most Weleda products, this is a good quality cream made of orange, mandarin and grapefruit oils, which give a fresh summery aroma. The smell is not too strong, and it is not made of artificial perfumes that irritate the skin, which are bonuses in my book, but it is a little sickly, so if you have a delicate nose for smells you might not like it.
The cream spreads quite well so you only need a teaspoon amount for your hands when you use it. It is easy to rub in and has been keeping the dry skin on my hands nicely hydrated. I usually apply it twice a day, but sometimes more if I have been washing up more than usual or if I have been out in the cold for a length of time. The cream soaks in quite quickly and it isn't particularly oily, which I expected it to be because of the seed oil base. I think perhaps it's the buckthorn berries in the cream at work here as they are known for being good for your skin; some people take them in capsules for the same reason.
A 50ml tube of Sea Buckthorn hand cream costs £7.95, which I do think is pricey but it's a nice hand cream and I expect it to last me for some time yet. I will not replace it when it runs out though so I am giving it 3 stars here.
Ingredients: Water (aqua); Sesame (sesamum indicum) Oil; Alcohol; Hydrolyzed Beeswax; Tapioca (manihot esculenta) Starch; Lysolecithin; Beeswax; Glyceril Stearate SE; Sea Buckthorn (hippophae rhamnoides) Oil; Fragrance (parfum); Xanthan Gum / Natural essential oils / Intensive care for dry hands / The vitamins and unsaturated fatty acids in Sea Buckthorn Hand Cream help protect the hands from dehydration; dry hands are softened, becoming more supple and smooth / The combination of precious sea buckthorn oil and gentle sesame oil supports the natural functions of the skin and helps restore the hydro-lipid layer / The essential oils provide the fresh fruity fragrance / Light and creamy, Sea Buckthorn Hand Cream penetrates quickly without leaving a greasy film / Used daily, this rich cream helps to rediscover your hand's natural softness / Suitable for vegetarians /