J.R. Watkins Shea Butter Hand Creams are, for the most part (98.90%), made from natural ingredients. Their hand creams feel rich and creamy, absorbs great, and are very moisturizing. The only potentially downfall about them is that they are heavily fragranced- those who are sensitive to smells should avoid these. I've only tried the Lavender and the Lemon Cream so far and I like them both. The Lemon Cream smells really good, like a lemon dessert. As for the Lavender hand cream, I only apply it before bed because the fragrance is so strong. It all works out though since lavender is known for its positive effects on relaxation and sleep, thus keeping it at my bedside ends up being beneficial.
Nivea's S.O.S. Repair and Care Hand Cream is by far the best overall drugstore hand cream. It's thick and creamy, yet absorbs well, and is incredibly moisturizing. It spreads well and gives you that ultimate instant relief you want to feel when your hands feel extra dry and chapped. As the name says, it's my S.O.S., my go-to hand cream for when my hands are screaming for moisture. I also like that it's in a small tube and is non-scented so it's not a problem to carry around in your bag or to share with other people (especially men).
Neutrogena's Norwegian Formula Hand Cream is a heavy duty hand cream that moisturizes extremely well, but it's a bit different to your typical hand cream. For one thing, it's extremely thick. When applied, it does not easily sink into the skin, but rather turns into a white film as you try to work it in. But after it absorbs (takes a few seconds), it does a good job providing moisture. However, if you're experiencing extremely chapped hands and feel like you want to dip your hands into the ocean, this hand cream will not give you that instant "hydration relief" you're looking for- I'd turn to the Nivea S.O.S. for that. What is great about this hand cream though, is that it doesn't leave a greasy residue like other hand creams do. You either like it, or you hate it.
Crab Tree & Evelyn hand creams are a luxury buy. They smell nice, they're moisturizing, and they feel lighter so it's very easily absorbed. The Rosewater is my favourite because I'm obsessed with anything rose scented. These hand creams are great for maintaining the hands, but when it comes to heavy duty hydration, I prefer to use any of the aforementioned above.
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