I thought I’d write a review on the hand cream I’ve been using for the past few weeks before I hit the hay! So here goes nothing:
I’ve only recently started using Burt’s Bees products because I’ve hit a point in my life where I want to see beyond all those typical drugstore brands (like Neutrogena, Nivea, Vaseline etc.) so when I wandered into Cosmetics Fragrance Direct at Market City near my uni, I was delighted to see several Burt’s Bees products on sale. Now I know Priceline and David Jones and several pharmacies also stock Burt’s Bees, but to find their products at CFDirect is crazy to me because they sell a lot of products which I personally would avoid paying full price at the other places for (it’s the uni student budgeting thing).
I’m a sucker for all health & beauty related products that smell really nice, so when I saw this little jar of almond milk hand creme… I was quite curious as to what it would smell like. The creme itself smells a lot like Chinese Almond Tea, which is a Chinese dessert traditionally made from almond meal blended with water to make a really yummy porridge. I’m not sure why they’ve called it ‘tea’ there, but the consistency of the dessert is pretty thick as opposed to the consistency your usual cuppa.
The scent of this hand creme doesn’t appeal to everyone(well at least not those in my family). Admittedly it’s a little strong… but because it’s got such a heavy consistency, I feel like it’s really doing the job for a hand cream.
I have to say that it definitely isn’t a hand creme you would use during the day because you really have to let it sit on your skin for a while before it sinks into your skin. I guess it would be okay if you have the time to just sit there and wait for it to absorb after applying it but ain’t nobody got time for that! Nobody likes the feeling of touching their belongings with greasy hands, just because it’s good for your skin, it doesn’t mean it’s good for your keyboard or touch screen phones or other techy gadgets!
I use this just before I go to bed because that’s really the only time I’ll have to let it really absorb into my skin. It still feels a little gross/weird to touch my covers with almond milk hands, but it really does work for me. The winters in Sydney really weather the condition of my skin (pun SO intended!) so I think Burt’s Bees do a really good job with this hand creme.
Packaging-wise, I’m a sucker for unique packaging and I absolutely can’t wait to use this cute little jar as a little container to put random bits and bobs from my hair accessories – most likely to be bobby pins because I keep losing mine! However, because it is a pretty solid glass jar… it’s really not fit for the handbag. I’m sure most girls just throw a lot of random items in their handbag as they head out the door, well at least I do. I don’t carry this one around with me because it really is too heavy to carry around and I just don’t have the room in my bag, especially with all my uni books! It doesn’t matter because I use this one before bed only anyways, during the day I use the Sukin Hand & Nail Cream – which I just love, love, LOVE! Except it’s not really helping my hands now that the weather has turned cold on full dial :(.
All in all, this product works for my hands, but it’s not great for use during the day when we have to use our hands a lot. Otherwise, it works well when you apply it just before bed! Burt’s Bees also has another hand creme, I’m not sure if its with the same consistency, but it’s not made with almond milk, but with banana! I’ll probably buy that one when this one runs out. Yum…
I’ve really got to stop buying skincare products that smell like food :(, I’m starting to smell like a walking, talking dessert!