There is nothing worse than your hands being permanently shoved into deep pockets for a long commute, only to be revealed in an awkward handshake as cracked, hard and generally substandard. Hand creams are God’s gift to our faithful limbs, and there’s nothing more satisfying than coating your hands in a luxuriously aromatic ointment that will keep them soft for days. As I write this, I find myself desperately hunting through my bag for the nearest tube of the stuff. It’s more addictive than crack.
& Other Stories never ceases to bring me joy with their minimalist shopfront, unusual clothing range and extensive homeware and skin care section. It landed with a bang on the high street in 2013 and is undoubtedly here to stay. I kept coming across articles about their hand creams and thought it was about time I added one to my ever-growing collection.
Why it’s great: The scent of this particular one is absolutely divine. It’s earthy without being too intense, and although it’s a slightly oilier cream than the others, it stays on, solidly moisturising your little paws for hours on end. I’ll definitely be delving deeper into their vast collection of fragrances.
Drawback: The lid is absolutely useless and I have coated the inside of my black suede bag with cream on more than one occasion, leaving me to curse it, whilst simultaneously applying more.
I thought it rude not to include an old favourite. For years I was very anti-lavender because it “smelt of old ladies”, and although I still find this somewhat true, I am a bit of a lavender hand cream convert.
Why it’s great: L’Occitane know the recipe for a great hand cream – it’s a tried and tested recipe and works a treat. No frills – just a classic scent with a great consistency in a great sized tube. As you can tell from the photo above, I’ve used mine extensively.
Drawback: It might smell a little too much like your grandmother’s sock draw.
This hand cream is the answer to everything that I find to be wrong with the world. There is nothing more soothing to a Brit than the scent of a pot of freshly-brewed Earl Grey wafting through the house, and Crabtree and Evelyn have answered all our prayers and brought us our favourite hot beverage in hand cream form.
Why it’s great: I find the consistency of this one to be my favourite of the three– it is less runny and much easier to rub in. The balance of the fragrance is perfect; it is not too rich or aromatic, and always gets me in the mood for a brew.
Drawback: It needs reapplying slightly more frequently than the others. But let’s be real, the act of rubbing hand cream in is almost as therapeutic than the cream itself.