Sunday 15 December 2013

Best Hand Creams for Gardeners (or Last Minute Gifts!)

Hand Creams for gardeners that make great gifts for Christmas

Whether you are still looking for a last minute gift for Christmas, or simply looking for a cream to soothe and soften your roughened hands from all that gardening this year, here are some of my favourite hand creams that will leave your hands feeling silky soft and brand new.  

Crabtree & Evelyn's Gardeners Hand Therapy
Price: £20 for 250ml

This top selling hand cream by Crabtree & Evelyn has been a long standing favourite with gardeners.  It is rich but easily absorbed into the skin and really helps to soothe and nourish dry, roughened hands.  It has a strong scent of the garden with fresh green clover, lavender, sage, rosemary and thyme and the handy pump dispenser bottle can be placed in the kitchen or utility room.  I flit between different hand creams during the year, but this is the one I always come back to.

Source: Crabtree & Evelyn

L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream
Price: £19 for 150ml

Enriched with 20% Shea Butter, this L'Occitane hand cream has a lovely rich texture that absorbs quickly into skin, and leaves dry hands soft and smooth.  It also contains honey, almond extracts and coconut oil and is scented with jasmine and ylang-ylang.  This hand cream has had amazing reviews and has won so many "Best Hand Cream" awards, it has to be a winner.

Source:  L'Occitane

Jurlique Rose hand cream 
Price: £33 for 125ml or £17 for 40ml (available from or

Source: Jurlique

This rose scented hand cream by Australian company Jurlique will seriously make you feel like you have been transported to a lovely garden of beautifully scented roses.  No wonder, since many of the ingredients in the Jurlique range of products are extracted from plants and flowers harvested from their farm based in the Adelaide Hills in South Australia.  The rose extract is derived from flowers harvested from the rose garden on the Jurlique farm.  It's a luxurious rich hand cream that deeply moisturises, leaving hands feeling soft, smooth, hydrated and rosey.

When I lived in Sydney, this was the first ever hand cream I ever bought for myself, and it has been a firm favourite ever since.

Neal's Yard Remedies Geranium & Orange hand cream
Price: £10 for 50ml

Source: Neal's Yard

This hand cream has a lovely fresh scent and is made from a blend of rose geranium and orange essential oils.  Neal's Yard is certified by the Soil Association, and this cream is made from 92% organic ingredients, what's not to love about it?

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Unscented Concentrated Hand Cream
Price: £2.76 for 50ml  (available at

For the gardener who prefers a practical solution to chapped hands, this hand cream really does the trick.  It contains 40% glycerin and is more a clear gel than cream, but smoothed onto hands, it provides instant relief.  This is a great unscented option, for times when you are already wearing a fragrance.  This would make a great stocking filler.

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