I love using hand creams, and I’m a balm junkie, so using Botanicals Lemongrass nurturing hand balm for me is a no brainer. A purely natural product, this is perfect to care for hands and cuticles, especially during the winter months when our skin dehydrates so easily.
Botanicals Hand Balm ~ Lemongrass & Mandarin
Handmade in rural England, this treat for hands contains Shea butter to moisturise, plus essential oils including Lemongrass and Mandarin, helping to hydrate and tone the skin. Botanicals balms are handmade in small batches, so you know your’e getting fresh, natural product, this particular one being 89% organic, certified by the Soil Association.
Ingredients : Helianthus annus (Sunflower) seed oil*, butyrospermum parkii (Shea) butter*, simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil*, prunus armeniaca (Apricot) kernel oil*, cetyl alcohol, cetearyl alcohol, glycerine***, citrus nobilis (Mandarin Organge) peel oil*, cynbopogon flexuosus (Lemongrass) oil*, zea mays seed flour*, tocopherol , citral**, geraniol**, linalool**, limonene**
*Certified organic. **Natural constituents of essential oils. ***Organic origin.
No parabens, sulphates or controversial ingredients used, all produced from sustainable sources.
I find this lovely to use for a manicure, prior to painting nails. I use about a pea size amount for each hand and work into the cuticles to soften, plus oils really feed the nail bed helping growth. When nails dry out, they become brittle and can split, peel, or break, plus growth can be stunted. I apply the balm all over my hands once I’ve painted my nails and allowed to dry, and then apply Lime handcream from L’Occitane. As well as a really nourishing the skin, it’s also a bit of a aromatherapy experience, due to the uplifting citrus scents. A good one for a dull, cold winter days to raise the spirits.
It’s also a handy product to pop by the bed/take out in your bag on the go/keep sink-side – where it can be applied to hands after washing. What with cold weather and central heating, cooking, typing, housework, and washing hands so many times, our busy mitts take a beating, so a good hand product is a must in winter.
By adding a balm under your hand cream, it will increase moisture and help feed skin cells. My other chosen time to do this, is when getting into bed. Applying the balm and massaging the skin, then a good layer of a Shea-rich hand cream over the top, followed by a pair of cotton gloves. Wear for around 20 mins, or overnight, and wake up to super soft, well-nourished hands. Do this on a regular basis (more often the better), and you should start noticing a difference in nail condition too!
Botanicals make lots of different blends of balms and oils for the face and body. You might be interested in my posts on the Rose Revitalising Mask and, Rose Face Balm & Muscle Pain Oil from their range.
Find the gorgeously nourishing and uplifting Lemongrass & Mandarin Hand Balm, at Botanicals priced £14 for 30gm. A fab stocking filler to give whoever’s cooking the big dinner and doing the washing up this Christmas!
Are you a hand product fan like me, and if so, how many creams/balms do have dotted around your home & in handbags? I’d love to hear…and you know the drill.
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