Saturday, 8 February 2014

Liz Earle Naturally Active Hand Repair (review)

Liz Earle Hand Repair Tube
Liz Earle has created a number of highly regarded, award-winning products for the face and body (and now hair and fragrance, too) but one of the most consistently revered is their Hand Repair. I first read about it in one of the Beauty Bible books – I forget which one – and bought it purely on the recommendation of authors Sarah Stacey and Josephine Fairly. I've been a consistent customer of Liz Earle's ever since and have many more of their products to review for you.

The off-white paste – and it is a light paste more than your usual cream – sinks into hands effortlessly. And for me, this is its biggest selling point as I can't bear greasy-feeling hands! I hate oily hands so much that I often skip hand treatments altogether (especially during the day) despite abusing my hands with alcoholic hand gels, hot water and soap, crawling about, gardening and cleaning up paint, glue, bodily fluids and sand. For those of you who suspect I'm a cleaner by trade, I'm not. It's much messier than that: I'm a primary school teacher!

So for me, an easily absorbed hand product, one that is soothing and moisturising, one that can repair my dry patches and smooth my cuticles is a miracle. And Liz Earle's Hand Repair delivers the goods. Leaving aside the fact it looks and feels like the premium product it is, it's the nourishing aspect that impresses, leaving my poor, neglected hands instantly (and I mean instantly) looking refreshed and feeling very soft. There's none of that sweaty, oily-feel you get with some creams, so you can apply and go.

Liz Earle Hand Repair Pump
It smells nice, too, and is full of lovely natural ingredients such as hops, echinacea, vitamin E and a multitude of essential oils including bergamot, lavender, neroli and chamomile. It's available in different varieties (pump-action bottles and flip-cap tubes) in sizes that range from 15 ml (ideal for bags) to 150 ml (ideal for desks).

The bigger the pack the better the value, which is something to bear in mind as the small sizes aren't great value for money, to be honest. You don't need a lot, though, a little cream goes a long way! A 150 ml pump retails at nearly twenty one pounds but should last you for ages. Ignore the travel size – ironically the size I'm currently testing – and instead decant the contents from a big pack into a small tub for travelling and so on.

If I had my way, I'd encourage Liz Earle to create an anti-ageing, sun-protecting hand cream with the same easily absorbed formula as Hand Repair. As it is, it's not really suitable for daytime use – unless you put sunscreen on top – and it doesn't tackle any signs of hand ageing which are starting to show on my hands already. However, until that day comes I'm happy to carry on using the original and the best hand cream for as long as they sell it!

Large sizes are OK value
Small sizes are expensive
One of the fastest absorbing hand creams

Smells lovely; nice to use

No horrible ingredients at all!

Leaves hands feeling soft and smooth; helps nails, too


Brand: Liz Earle

Size: 15 ml (tube)
Price: £5.00 (£33.33/100 ml)

Size: 50 ml (tube)
Price: £9.50 (£19.00/100 ml)

Size: 100 ml (pump)
Price: £15.75 (£15.75/100 ml)

Size: 150 ml (pump)
Price: £20.75 (£13.83/100 ml)

Manufactured: United Kingdom

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Talc, Cetyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Sorbitan Stearate, Cetyl Esters, Polysorbate 60, Echinacea Purpurea (Echinacea) Extract, Sodium Lactate, Panthenol, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Neroli) Flower Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Beta-Carotene, Lactic Acid, Polysorbate 80, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Distearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Geraniol, Farnesol, Limonene, Linalool, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide

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