Category Archives: hand cream

Neal’sYard Garden Mint and Bergamot hand cream


IMG_0148[1]Last year magazines were quite generous with their freebies and despite not being a fan of magazine I bought several just in order to get the free gift. I always looked at the price of the magazine and if that was an amount I would be happy to pay to get the “free” gift then I would buy it otherwise not.
I liked this hand creams much I bought four of the magazines which I then gave away but it meant this hand cream was actually not a bad price. These tubes were a good 50 ml size and this size sells for around £19 so you can see why I bought several of the magazines.

There were three scents of hand cream to choose on the magazines this one, a rose scented one and a geranium and orange one. So I chose two of each and abandoned the magazines at various places such as doctor’s surgeries, hair dressers and hospital waiting rooms as I was passing them or visiting.


~~~&&&~~~ ABOUT NEALS’S YARD ~~~&&&~~~

I have only ever seen Neal’s Yard products in Debenhams or specific high end shops or on line and first came across them in beauty boxes.
Neal’s yard make natural organic health and beauty products and thy started in Covent Garden in 1981 so are a British company.

They state that : “ Our vision was to bring the expertise of the apothecary and our holistic approach to health and beauty to people and communities.” Thirty years ago they were one of a few companies making natural products free from chemical nasties and things like parabens. These days there are so many more companies making natural beauty products so we are lucky to have much more choice.
Neals’ Yard have won many awards over the years for their different products and are much respected in the natural beauty business.

Their products are packaged in simple tubes or old fashioned apothecary bottles and like Weleda their packaging is functional and ethical.

~~~&&&~~~ ETHICS ~~~&&&~~~

Neal’s Yard have very strong ethics and are not only against animals testing in any part of their products, they also believe in fair trade, organic farming, eco packaging, recycling, their factory is an eco building. They have collected a number of accreditation’s logos which cover everything from organic certification to sustainable wild-harvesting, fair trade, packaging from managed forestry, ethical business practice, carbon neutrality, vegetarian status and their stance against animal cruelty .
Compared to other high end companies selling similar products such as L’Occitane Neal’s yard are much more honest about their ethics and like Weleda they are ethical from the start to the finish of their products.

~~~&&&~~~ NEAL’S YARD HAND CREAMS ~th~~&&&~~~
This is one of a number of hand creams made by the company that sell in 50 ml tubes for £10. Three of the varieties I mentioned before but they also have a Melissa one, and some Bee lovely ones plus some had lotions and hand washes too.

All made with natural ingredients and they do smell gorgeous strong and yet natural not chemical and synthetic at all.

~~~&&&~~~ MY EXPERIENCE ~~~&&&~~~

I do love the smell of this one. It doesn’t really smell noticeably of either of the two main ingredients independently but somehow it has a lovely strong citrus aroma which is from the bergamot with a freshness that must come from the mint. It has a strong aroma, herby and not sweet and it really lasts on my hands for ages between hand washes.
It is a white colour quite thick cream but I find it goes in quite quickly into my dry hands. I only use the smallest amount as it is naturally rich and full of natural oils and butters to really nourish the skin.

This has glycerine for softening the hands, soya oil, sweet almond oil beeswax aloe vera, sunflower oil , Litsea cubeba fruit oil, all nourishing oils while the Niaouli leaf oil ( a kind of tea tree),Lemon peel oil, Bergamot oil Palmarosa herb oil, Vetiver oil, Garden mint oil all have medicinal benefits such as analgesic, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, anti bacterial and so on as well as adding to the wonderful aromatic scent of this hand cream.
I find that by using just around a cm of this cream squeezed out onto my hands and then massaged in leaves them feeling much softer , not greasy and smelling lovely. If I have been gardening or doing lots of house cleaning them I use around an inch ‘snake’ from the tube and spend a little longer massaging it in. I then do nothing for around ten minutes and this gives the cream a good chance to absorb and not get rubbed off onto anything I touch.


After that my hands feel much less dry and look better too, a better colour and the skin doesn’t look or feel parched. Sometimes I spend time giving my cuticles a good massage with this and it does seem to keep them softer so that they are easier to push back.

~~~&&&~~~ BUYING THIS ~~~&&&~~~

You can buy this directly from Neal’s Yard or from some High end Department stores like John Lewis and even M&S. You can also buy it from Amazon but they charge £14.95 where Neal’s yard only charge £10.

~~~&&&~~~&&& RECOMMENDED? ~~~&&&~~~

Yes indeed I would. I would happily buy this at full £10 price and wish I had bought more of the magazines at the time as I am now on my last tube. This s a high quality fair priced hand cream full of natural oils and great essential oils for extra benefits as well as creating that wonderful citrus, herby ,hint of sweet smell that is a really uplifting smell. The hand cream is beautifully rich and healing leaving my hands feeling nourished and soft but not greasy at all.
I really hope they do anther magazine promotion as I will buy the entire shelf !

Gluki Organics – Organic Mother hand and body moisturiser

Gluki Organics – Organic Mother hand and body moisturiser




GLÜKi certified organic Hand & Body Moisturising Lotion with Organic Kalahari Melon seed oil, Aloe Vera, Rooibos Leaf Extract, Orange Peel Oil and other botanical s that contain precious nutrients and essential Omega oils to naturally feed your skin. Rooibos Leaf Extract and Tocopherol (Vitamin E) Oil provide the skin with valuable nutrients and anti-oxidants.


Organic ingredients are easily absorbed into your skin and also help the skin to start producing its own protective oils again. This is a very therapeutic lotion with Omega oils, vitamins and other micro-nutrients to help your skin feel and look healthier.


The scent is from the natural ingredients and is a fresh, fruity aroma and truly lovely.

I prefer to use natural products on my skin as it is the largest organ in our body and does absorb all put on it including chemicals. This means that using lotions and oils that contain Paraffinum, Mineral oil or Petroleum Gel can clog the skins pores and stop the skin breathing as well as unbalancing the natural PH of the skin.

This is a really gorgeous lotion for hand and body and is a reasonable price for an all natural product I think.

99% natural ingredients
98% vegetable ingredients from organic farming
47% of total ingredients organic
Smells divine
Moisturises well
not tested on animals – ECO cert
Simple yet effective packaging



This is a lovely gentle hand and body lotion that sells fruity and not too sweet that is safe for the most sensitive skins and is full of quality and effective ingredients. Contains organic Aloe Vera Leaf Extract, Kalahari Melon Seed Oil, Rooibos Leaf Extract and Orange Peel Oil which plant extracts are some of the most valuable and safest therapeutic ingredients for the skin.

All GLÜKi Organics products are also endorsed by Beauty without Cruelty and Phytotrade Africa and are 100% vegan.

Crabtree & Evelyn Verbena & Lavender hand therapy

Crabtree & Evelyn Verbena & Lavender hand therapy


Sometime last year I had a number of different beauty boxes and have collected quite a few small tubes of hand creams which I am gradually working my way through. They are perfect for keeping in my handbag or to take travelling as they hold enough to last quite a few uses yet are small enough not to weigh my bag down too much.


Crabtree & Evelyn is a high end store selling bath and body products, fragrances, gifts and also some food stuffs and has a quintessentially English look about it despite the fact it began in New England in the USA. It is recognized as one of the best known and most-respected lines of beauty and grooming products in the world. The company now has more than 350 stores in countries all around the world particularly in the UK and USA.


Crabtree & Evelyn have a great range of scented hand creams that come in different size tubes a bit like toothpaste tubes. They come in different sizes 25g, 50g and 100g and the prices are £5 -£6, £9 and £10 – £15. They are not cheap but thy smell gorgeous and do rally seem to moisturise my hands.

Escentual have a great set of 12 of these small 25g tubes in a gift box for £22 which would make a lovely gift for someone and has twelve different scents in the box.


Their hand creams are available in the following variations though some do come and go and I cannot see my Verbena and lavender one available on their website now.

Gardeners Hand Therapy – Created for hard-working hands, this is an extra-nourishing cream is blended with odour-neutralising herbs.

Pomegranate, Argan & Grapeseed Hand Therapy – A fruity and uplifting blend of pomegranate, nourishing argan, fig and Clementine.

Citron, Honey & Coriander Hand Therapy – a lovely fresh scented one blended with citrus oils and a touch of sweet honey.

Summer Hill Hand Therapy a more nostalgic aroma of florals from an English country garden.

Avocado, Olive and Basil Hand Therapy fruity and herby one with avocado and fresh sweetness of basil.

Pear & Pink Magnolia Hand Therapy -A lovely fresh blend of fruit and flower.

Rosewater Hand Therapy – a natural rose smelling one – smells like a rose garden.

Evelyn Rose Hand Therapy – Rose with elements of peach and peony.

Lavender Hand Therapy – Full of scent of English lavender with shea butter.

La Source Hand Therapy – their classic Hand Therapy, smell sort of sea like but nice and fresh.

Nantucket Briar Hand Therapy – an unusual one that combines rose with hints of vanilla and amber.

Tarocco Orange, Eucalyptus & Sage Hand Therapy – a combination of Tarocco Orange, Eucalyptus & Sage which sounds yummy.

Caribbean Island wild flowers – sounds fabulous and tropical scented

Verbena & Lavender Hand Therapy – the one I have several small tubes of and am reviewing . This is a lovely fresh herby combination of lemon verbena and lavender.

Thy also seem to have some other new varieties as well so plenty to choose from.


~~~~~~ MY VIEWS ~~~~

I like the durable plastic polylaminate tubes as they don’t crack and split and weigh nothing at all so don’t weigh down my bag. They are very easy to squeeze the contents out all the way to the end so very little waste either. Once finished I recycle them in our usual plastic recycling bin.

I like the fact this is fragranced naturally with verbena and lavender and really smells like a combination of the two herbs. I grow these in my garden and love the fresh scent which I find uplifting and refreshing.

The moisturising element of this hand cream is macdamia nut oil, shea butter and palm oil which I am less thrilled about unless it is sustainably grown and bot palm oil from palms planted on the orang utans former forests .

This dos also have a lot of very chemical sounding ingredients but the writing is so small you will have to explore that yourself as it is giving me eye strain. Here are just a few, Caprylic/Capric, Triglyceride, Distearate, Triethanolamine,Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Behentrimonium, Methosulfate. There are also a number of parabens, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben. so if you have allergies to these then avoid these hand creams.

Some of their products contain animal ingredients such beeswax, milk by-products, and honey and they do list all ingredients on the packaging for you to check if you are vegan or vegetarian.IMG_0010

I do like the way this feels on my hands as it goes into my skin easily leaving my hands feeling well nourished an yet not slippery and greasy like some hand creams do. It is quite a light feeling hand cream and not thick and heavy like Body Shop Hemp for example, it is more the texture of the Body Shop other hand creams. It is however heavier than a hand lotion but is absorbed quickly and leaves your hands smelling lovely and in my case of fresh herbs, lavender and verbena.

If I wash my hands late I can still feel the benefit of the hand cream on my hands and don’t usually have to reapply unless I have really scrubbed my hands when washing them.

~~~~~ ETHICS ~~~~~~

Sadly this is one of many companies who claim to be against animal testing but then add the extra little bit “ Except where necessary by a country’s laws!!!”

Seriously if you are against animal testing then don’t sell in those countries. This is no good enough and is conning people who genuinely want to avoid companies that allow testing on animals especially in those countries where the testing is even more cruel than others.

This is what they actually say:
“Crabtree & Evelyn is opposed to animal testing. We do not test our finished products on animals or conduct animal testing during the formulation process. We do not submit our products for animal testing by third parties anywhere in the world except where required by local law.”


~~~~~~~ WHERE TO BUY ~~~~~

Crabtree & Evelyn products can be bought through a number of different places on line and in store. They are often in niche gift shops but at prices slightly above others. You can buy direct from their own on line store and through Department stores like Debenhams and House of Fraser as well as Marks and Spencer, Boots, and even amazon and ebay and other on line beauty sites. Prices do vary so my advice as always is to sop around and don’t forget to try the cash back sites too if buying on line and remember postage often has to be added as extra too.

~~~~~~~ RECOMMENDED? ~~~~~~~

I have to admit to quite liking these hand creams and have had a few over the years through different beauty boxes but I am not sure I would go and buy one knowing their dubious claims on animal testing when I know I an buy Weleda hand cream which is 100% natural and no way ever tested on animals for the same price . So I wouldn’t buy it but would use it is I was given it is the short answer.