In your Hands

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For a long time now, I’ve used a Hand cream. I loathe the feeling of dry hands and in my earlier years this was heightened due to working in a hotel where I was constantly washing them. I always wear Rubber Gloves to wash up and having a baby meant I was constantly on the washing, drying cycle.

Hand cream is therefore my saviour. I have to actively seek some out if there isn’t any and therefore I tend to carry some on me at all times.

Firstly, it was just basic cream like the Nivea’s and Vaseline’s of the world, but I became savvy to the myriad of different options out there. From the world beauty brands to independent retailers, almost everyone has some kind of cream, whether its specifically for hands or a general body lotion.

I am quite picky though. I don’t like it too scented, especially overly floral scents. Nor do I like it too thick or too greasy. Not asking for much then right?! Molton Brown was de rigeur in a lot of restaurants a while ago but then different spas started to make an appearance. I discovered the joys of Cowshed whilst on a Virgin flight to Miami for example, which ensued in my buying the Dirty Cow/ Cow Pat duo on my return from that trip.

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For my handbag, I tend to always choose a Coconut scent, and M&S has never failed me with their Creamy Coconut £1 tubes. This is still my go-to on-the-go choice. For home though, Cowshed still remains up there as one of my favourites but a couple of new ones have recently made me change things up a bit.

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The Aesop Resurrection Hand Balm is wonderful. The botanical scent is so uplifting and you only need a tiny bit. Discovered at my boss’ house, and then shortly afterwards at a pub in Hampshire, it was lucky then there is a small Aesop store in Borough Market. However, at £83 for the Duet it was a bit rich, even if it does last well!

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& Other Stories came up trumps with their beauty range, and having been in store a few times since opening earlier this year, their Body range is fantastic. The Moroccan Mint tea scent I love is a great mix between botanical and fresh, and using the wash and lotion layered over gives a lasting scent reminiscent of sunny climes.

I currently have these residing in my bathroom and at £4, they are much more accessible than the Aesop wonders.

Finally are the humorous Anatomicals Hand Washes which brighten up a kitchen windowsill. Followed up with any hand cream, these washes are fun, and cheap!

Are you a stickler for moisturised hands… Or is that just my strange quirk?! Any creams, lotions or potions you’d recommend?

Erin, Love from Cornfield… X

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