Saturday, April 14, 2012

Skincare Saturday - Crabtree and Evelyn La Source Ultra Moisturising Hand Therapy review

           Last week my hands have had quite the rough patch because the humidity levels here have been so low. I drank water and applied lotion all day long! For this weekend's skincare topic, I thought I would review the hand cream that I keep stashed in my desk drawer at work: Crabtree & Evelyn's Ultra La Source Ultra Moisturizing Hand Therapy.

          Crabtree & Evelyn's La Source hand cream comes in aluminum packaging. I think it's quite charming and has a vintage feel. La Source is supposed to smell like the seaside. I find the scent to be pleasant and water-like. It's a nice alternative to the usual floral, fruity, or gourmand scents that most lotions seem to be. According to the packaging, this hand cream contains macadamia nut oil, shea butter, and seaweed extract to moisturize and soothe hands; it also contains myrrh to condition cuticules and nails.

          The cream is definitely a cream and not a lotion. It is a mid-to heavier weight hand treatment, so only a small amount is required for application. It's not as heavy of hand treatment as some of the thicker consistency products I keep at home like my Burt's Bees Almond Milk or J.R. Watkins Hand and Cuticle Salve. The La Source hand cream has a nice balance between feeling a layer of moisturizer lingering on your skin, but not so much that you'd feel the need to wipe your fingers before touching anything. Since it  does linger, the La Source hand cream is a pretty good 'intensive conditioning hand cream' as stated on the tube, however it can't completely heal really rough patches and cracks. I still need my other products for that. In summary, Crabtree & Evelyn La Source hand cream is a good choice for daytime use in dry weather. I'm happy to have it in my desk drawer.

Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Ultra Moisturising Hand Therapy ingredients: Water Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Zea Mays (Corn) starch, Hyddroxyethyl Urea, Emulsifying Wax NF, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter, Isopropyl Myristate, Saccharide Isomerate, Algae Extract, Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwrack) Extract, Spirulina Maxima Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sucrose Distearate, Arginine, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Suscrose Stearate, Caprylyl Methicone, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Commiphora Myrrha Resin Extract, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6 II, Phytosphingosine, Cholesterol, Hydrolyzed What Protein, Hyaluronic Acid, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) oil, Tocotrienols, Tocopherol, Squalane, Ceramide 1, Phytosterols, Fragrance (Parfum), Disodium EDTA, Polysorbate 20, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Benzyl Salicylate, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Eugenol, Linalool, Geaniol, Butylphenyl Mthylpropional, Methylisothizolinone, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol.
           In addition to to my Crabtree and Evelyn I have five other hand lotions of creams in regular rotation, including great ones from: Clarins, Avalon Organics, Burt's Bees, J.R.Watkins, and Suave. I don't mind having so many since I do use all of them. Hand creams have such different consistencies that different products would be appropriate for different circumstances!

          Thanks for reading! What are your go-to hand creams? Do you have a small collection too? Have you tried any Crabtree & Evelyn products?

Love, Dovey


  1. You had me at it smells like the seaside! I am so getting this now. I love Cake Beauty Milk Made hand cream and The Body Shop one too.

  2. I am also a Cake Beauty Milk Made fan ;) I don't have a lot of them - I kind of like the same consistency all the time, so I just have one that I carry around with me. My hands are always dry in the winter!

  3. Oooh I got this in a set for Christmas but I hadn't tried it yet! Need to scrounge it back up.

  4. Tracy & Larie - Everytime I manage to forget about cake beauty, you ladies seem to remind me that I need it!!

    Procrastinator- I had mine sitting around too for a while before I actually used it!

  5. i have tried one from the line and i really liked the consistency. the scent did not work for me, though. i get easily overwhelmed by scented hand cream. ;)
    right now, i am using two mini tubes of l'occitane hand cream and eos one.
    my favorite one is actually cerave cream in tube. it is unscented and it is fabulous. i think i'd go back to that one once i run out. ;)

  6. My hands have been super dry lately too - I'll definitely give this a go!

  7. I'm always having to wash my hands so go through tons of hand cream. Off the top of my head:
    E45 is difficult to absorb but good for wearing under gloves.
    Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour hand cream is amazing but very expensive.
    Crabtree and Evelyn hand creams are great, especially the gardeners hand therapy
    L'Occitane is not very moisturising for me.
    Waitrose Baby Bottom Butter is fantastic for applying last thing at night or under gloves.
    My two favourites are Balance Me Super Moisturising hand cream and Lotil cream- brilliant for moisturising and long-lasting.

    Next to try is the Lanolips Rose Balm for very dry hands.

  8. The seaside scent sounds lovely! I'm using L'Occitane's hand cream at the moment as my hands are actually in pretty good condition. I used Neutrogena's Norwegian formula hand cream during the colder, winter months though, and actually got on quite well with it. I still need to give the Burt's Bees Almond milk a go, too. It sounds lovely!

  9. OOh, thank you for the reminder! I have my La Source bath products packed away since late last Fall. I have never used their hand cream, but I sure want to now. I love that fragrance. I grew up on the ocean, and La Source is not a bad facsimile at all.


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