Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Creams - Winter Life-Savers, Summer Breezes6:00 am
I know we both have pairs of gloves stuffed around the house and in our purse, but often it seems like too much trouble to wear them, doesn't it? You're out running errands, scrounging in your big bag for your wallet, then your keys, texting and calling friends. Despite the freezing temperatures, it's just a bother to wear them sometimes.
Using rich macadamia nut oil, shea butter, and ceramides that drench your skin with hydration upon application and myrrh extract that goes to work on your nails and cuticles, these ultra-moisturizing creams are the ultimate hand therapy for your cracked, dry skin. Softer, smoother, deeply nourished hands will soon be yours again.
And it doesn't just stop there. Take in the most delightful, refreshing and optimistic floral fragrances that will transport you to summer homes and gardens around the globe. It's aromatherapy as much as it is a remedy for your winter-bashed skin. Put it on throughout the day for a exhilarating lift, and apply before bedtime to be swept away to places filled with sunshine, fresh flowers and warm, soft breezes. Ahhh...
And not to worry, all Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Creams are formulated without colour, mineral oil, parabens, phthalates or propylene glycol, so you're just getting the good stuff.
Here are three I tried and fell hard for:
Nantucket is a magical, unique place where it always feels like summer vacation, no matter what time of year you visit. The fresh salty air coming off the shore, deep mist that invigorates and refreshed, long stretches of sandy beaches, and charming shops are a heady mix of everything you want in an island getaway.
Nantucket Briar captures it all in this hand cream boosted with heather and rosehip extracts and vitamin E. Peony, wild rose and ambergris get a lemony lift from bergamot, and the addition of vanilla, patchouli and exotic spices give it depth.
Like a walk on a sun-drenched pier with the wind rippling your clothes and a sea spray gently lapping at your feet, with a garden full in bloom nearby, it's a complete getaway from the everyday.
Wildflowers in full bloom is an intoxicating scent. Mingling here with ivy and water lily (and their uber conditioning extracts), it delivers a bracing green freshness that evokes those first days of spring, when you throw open all the windows and suddenly, the world seems so full of life and possibility.
Blackberry and bergamot add just a smidge of freshly picked flowers and jam sweetness that truly completes the cheery, bright spring day and delivers a Somerset Meadow straight to you.
Sun-soaked skin. A pile of books you've been longing to read. A bottle of wine, a picnic basket full of freshly made treats to nibble on when the mood strikes. Long walks to nowhere in particular. Nights that stretch out for days, where checking your phone and your email loses importance and spending time just thinking and experiencing are brought back to the forefront. A jar of freshly picked flowers on your bedside table that infuses the room with its bouquet.
As honeysuckle and peach fruit extracts, and vitamin E furnish your skin with nutrients and moisture, soft notes of white florals and freshly mown grass relax you as if on an unexpected sojourn. Orchard fruits waft in softly.
Close your eyes. You can practically feel the summer day on your skin. The tension eases in your neck and shoulders. You skin warms and smooths as Summer Hill reminds that there is more to life than just work. There is living to be done, sunshine to follow, and dreams to be captured.