The cream of the crop

I have been meaning to get around to posting this review for a while now, but I have been somewhat distracted by the snow and all the connotations it brings with it. Failing light being one of them. Winter time blogging is quite a bane and an ever pressing challenge to pounce upon any glimmer of light to take your required photos.
So finally, I can bring you my review on these two Liz Earle products I have recently been using.

The ‘hand repair’ hand cream is a wonderfully conditioning and richly-scented cream that really does offer relief to dry, cracked hands. This product is suitable for all skin types and is laced with Echinacea, hops and natural vitamin E. I would like to consider myself somewhat of a hand cream connoisseur. I do suffer from dry skin on my hands, and also troublesome cuticles, so have developed a rather unsettling addiction to applying and reapplying hand cream at any given opportunity.
I would say this hand cream falls into my top 3, along with Soap & Glory Hand Food and The Body Shop’s Hemp Hand Cream. The treatment is not at all greasy and sinks in within seconds, which is a necessity when busily typing at my desk. I have also noticed a marked improvement in the condition of my nails and cuticles, and I personally love the zesty, slightly menthol aroma of the hand cream.  

The Body Cream is from Liz Earle’s Superskin range, and sadly, I didn’t love this product quite as much as I had hoped I would. Shea butter, organic rosehip oil and cranberry seed oil are but a few of the essences which make up this ultra-rich body cream, which promises to transform lacklustre skin into skin that is visibly smooth, plump and supple.
This cream is specifically dedicated to mature and/or very dry skin. Although I suffer from dry hands, the rest of me is rather well-conditioned, so I felt this cream was a little too heavy and rich for my liking. With such a dense concentration, it required some seriously committed massaging to allow the product to sink in completely. I ceased with the full body application, but I now specifically use this product for the conditioning of certain dry areas such as my elbows. Due to its concentration, you only need a small blob, so this product will definitely last a fair length of time. 

I would love to hear your views if you have tried either of these products, or are tempted to give them a whirl. I hope my review has been of some help, and as always, you can peruse the Liz Earle website for these products and many more…

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  1. 21st December 2010 / 8:32 pm

    oh im tempted! ๐Ÿ™‚
    great postttt <3

  2. 21st December 2010 / 9:07 pm

    I'm glad you reviewed the Superskin range, I was on the lookout for a new moisturiser for my hands. Shame it's got that thickness which takes years to rub in.
    I do love Liz Earle though, can't beat some of their products.

  3. 21st December 2010 / 9:12 pm

    Oh Milly, your reviews always make me want to splurge all of my moneyz! I am yet to try any Liz Earle product, but my flatmate swears by her skincare products, so I'm getting increasingly tempted to take the plunge and splash out on some shiny new products! I always find hand moisturising products a little too heavy on my hands ): xx

  4. 21st December 2010 / 9:41 pm

    I really like both of these products but the scent of the superskin body cream makes it a firm favourite even if i'm a bit young to be using it! xx

  5. 21st December 2010 / 9:55 pm

    My grandma adores hand creams, i am tempted to order this one online for her now.

  6. 21st December 2010 / 10:02 pm

    Any hand cream that can be put into a bracket with Hand Food is worth a try IMO! Will give this a try after xmas! xoxo

  7. 21st December 2010 / 10:49 pm

    I tried this in boots and i found it rather thick at the time but i also suffer from dry skin and after a few hours even after washing my hands they seemed to be really smooth ๐Ÿ™‚ <3

  8. 21st December 2010 / 11:55 pm

    Love Hand food! One of the best hand creams out there -quick absorbing and really moisturising…i'm kinda surprised it doesn't get many raves though ..x

  9. 22nd December 2010 / 3:03 am

    Ah I just ran out of my L'occitane hand cream and need a new one. I've also been wanting to try their shampoos =)

  10. 22nd December 2010 / 7:47 am

    I am lucky enough to have a friend who works for Liz Earle in the Admin Department of or time to time I will often get a little treat of some of the products that she is able to get from her work (totally ligament of course!)

    The hand cream from Liz Earle is a particular favourite of mine as I do tend to use a lot of hand cream as I am forever cleaning and getting my hands dirty with all sorts of jobs thus washing them regularly which leaves them dry and in need of a good cream.

    The Liz Earle tube that I have at the moment is only the small trial one which consists of 15 ml and will still set you back ยฃ4.50 pence for a single tube this size. There are other sizes available and as the size goes up the price does too but it does work out cheaper to get a larger bottle. There is also the option to get the hand repair in a pump dispenser. The standard 50 ml tube will cost ยฃ8.75 pence.

    The hand repair cream comes in a pale blue tube and a silver coloured band and logo which follows the same type of design as a lot of the other Liz Earle range and does indeed make it look rather luxurious and spa like.

    The tube stands on its lid and has a screw cap (although the 50 ml tube does have a flip lid and of course there is also the pump action one). This design is good for making sure that more or less every last drop of the hand cream has been used up as the cream will drain to the lid if it is kept standing up.

    The hand repair cream boasts naturally active ingredients such as Echinacea, pure essential oils and natural vitamin E. it claims to deeply moisturise hands and condition nails. The directions for use for the hand repair are easy and it clearly states on the back of the tube "massage into clean hands after washing and use throughout the day"

    The Hand Repair is a thick and cream coloured product. It has a very distinctive smell that does smell natural and earth like. I can really smell what I presume to be the Echinacea and this is what gives it a deep and slightly musk dour that I think would probably not be to everyone's liking. At first I wasn't sure I liked it but now I am strangely drawn to it and it really does make a difference to all the sweet smelling hand creams I usually buy.

    The cream does feel thick when first applied to the hands but it is easy to rub in and does soak in quickly and leaves the skin feeling hydrated, smooth and not in the least bit greasy or oily. It seems to instantly give relief to my dry hands and works far faster and more effectively than other creams I have.

    Even compared to my favourite Dove Anti Ageing Hand Cream this is far superior because it leaves the hands grease free yet still feeling moisturised and protected but of course that does come at a price seeing as it far more expensive than the Dove brand.

    Overall I feel that this is one of the best Hand Creams you can get. It generally makes your hands a much better condition as well as giving instant relief! Top marks with 5 out of 5 stars.

    Highly Recommended!

    I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.

    Many thanks for taking the time to read.

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  11. 22nd December 2010 / 10:11 am

    I havnt tried this yet but i always look forward to – and think about your reviews.
    I always check here when thinking about a new product too incase you have alreay reviewed it ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. 22nd December 2010 / 8:41 pm

    Looks great ๐Ÿ˜€

  13. 23rd December 2010 / 3:32 pm

    thank you for your comments. Like i said, the hand ceam is a must, especially if you like Hand Food. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Pleased my reviews have helped you all ๐Ÿ™‚ xx