I’m always on the hunt for a good hand cream as my skin dries out and suffers greatly without hydration, especially during the Winter months.
Previously my favourite hand creams have been from Elizabeth Arden or The Body Shop however the Elizabeth Arden one is just too expensive for me to repurchase again and again and The Body Shop tubes are a touch small and so I run through them very quickly.
I was looking for a smooth lotion that would sink in without feeling greasy or sticky afterwards however it would need to be substantially thick to keep my skin hydrated, especially as we are headed for Winter right now in Australia.
So when I found these hand creams from Soap & Glory that come in a small 50ml tube for only $5 I was very interested to see how they would perform.
The formula of this hand cream is thick and creamy but it will also apply easily, blending into my skin with little effort. I would say that after application I am aware that I have moisturised my hands but not in a bad way. It’s not an oily or tacky feeling, more like a protective barrier which reassures me actually. If anything it reminds me of that soft, waxy feeling from certain lip balms but nothing that interferes with my hands working.
Another important topic I think I should mention is the smell. Both versions that I bought were scented and as far as I can tell they don’t make an unscented hand cream which will be a problem if you don’t like strongly scented lotions because these are potent. Granted I like the fragrances however they are very strong, the Original Pink is floral where the Sugar Crush smells like candy, both are nice and the scent will remain after application.
As I bought two differently scented hand creams I used the ingredient list for the original Pink version.
Aqua, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Acrylates/C10-30 alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Parfum (Fragrance), Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Hydroxide, Dipropylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Tetrasodium EDTA, Limonene, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Geraniol, Morus Alba Leaf Extract, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Tocopherol
Unfortunately, the moment I applied these creams and was hit by the strong fragrance I already knew I wasn’t going to like reading the ingredient list.
It’s such a shame with the fragrances because there are a lot of great moisturising ingredients in this formula however there is also a large amount of skin sensitising fragrance ingredients.
Some people have no problem with fragrance in their skincare however the issue that can arise is skin sensitivity, which will often go unseen for years before the problems come to the surface at which point it is too late.
Paula’s Choice has an article written about fragrance in skincare which I’ll link here if you’d like a good starting point to learning more.
As I wash my hands multiple times during a day they dry out more than anywhere else on my body so I do like to reapply my hand cream throughout the day as I need.
Immediately after applying this cream my hands will feel soothed and soft and will remain that way until I inevitably wash them again and again, causing them to dry out once more.
It’s a bit of a never ending cycle however seeing as I’m not going to stop washing my hands then I like to have a hand cream that will do its best to sooth them during the day and this lotion has been doing a great job of that.
I really like these hand creams. The formula is exactly what I look for, thick enough to be very moisturising yet it sinks in quickly without any greasy feeling left over.
Unfortunately they are packed with fragrances known to cause skin sensitivity which I, personally, try to avoid in my skincare products. I think for the future I will keep one of these on hand for throwing in my handbag however I will try to not use this as my sole hand lotion.