Sunday 14 July 2013

Which is best? Comparing Hand Creams

Hey everyone! Today I'm back with part 2 of my new 'which is best?' series. Thank you all for the amazing response to last week's post, I didn't expect it to be quite so successful! I hope you will be equally as happy with this weeks comparison of hand creams. I will be comparing Crabtree and Evelyn Jojoba Oil Moisturising Hand and Cuticle Cream*, Avon Care Glycerine Hand and Nail Rich Moisture Hand Cream, Neutrogena Unscented Concentrated Hand Cream, Clinique Deep Comfort Hand and Nail Cream*, Bliss High Intensity Hand Cream*

Many of you may be wondering why I chose to do a hand cream comparison post, but it must be remembered that hand and nail care are at least 50% of having a good blog, and hand creams are a must

Before I start I just wanted to announce that the giveaway winner Brady was chosen and was contacted, I didn't announce it publicly because I didn't feel the need to but I've had quite a few emails asking me about it, so there you go! Please dont feel disheartened as I'm sure that there are plenty more giveaways to come, and I hope you will all continue to enjoy my blog

Comparison No. 1: Drying/Absorbing Time (After 5 minutes)
  1. Avon (9/10) - takes just a few minutes, if that, to absorb into your skin, and doesn't leave a greasy residue
  2. Crabtree and Evelyn 9/10 - dries quickly, pretty much the same as the Avon one does
  3. Neutrogena 8/10 - pretty quick at drying
  4. Bliss 6/10 - takes quite a bit of time to dry (although not too long) but once it does it feels great
  5. Clinque 4/10 - struggles to dry, which is really annoying because I tend to want to get on with something after using hand cream, like a lecture or doing my nails, and with this it's difficult
Comparison No. 2: Greasiness (After 5 minutes)
  1. Avon 9/10 - nothing there except what can be expected
  2. Crabtree and Evelyn 9/10 - not greasy after 5 minutes
  3. Neutrogena 8/10 - still a bit of a residue after the same amount of time but not too greasy 
  4. Bliss 6/10 - relatively greasy after 5 minutes
  5. Clinique 4/10 - still really greasy after 5 minutes
Comparison No. 3: Smell
  1. Neutrogena 10/10 no smell at all, just as it claims on the bottle
  2. Avon 9/10 has a pretty neutral smell, like very very weak nappies 
  3. Clinique 8/10 - very faint citrusy smell
  4. Bliss - 7/10 - stronger smell but still not too bad
  5. Crabtree and Evelyn - 2/10 Absolutely stinks, if I was to describe it I would describe it as 'granny-like', it's very perfumed and flowery, and as I tend to do quite a lot after using handcream, I prefer a more neutral smell (like the others)
Comparison No. 4: Does it do what it says?/Overall Feeling
  • Bliss ("High Intensity hand cream") - Yes, this leaves my hands feeling the best out of all the hand creams once it dries. Avon was by far my favourite hand cream before I tried this but I think this has definitely overtaken, my hands just feel so much better after
  • Avon ("Rich Moisture Hand Cream") - Yep, I use this as my go-to hand cream in my uni bag when my hands are feeling dry. It's absorbant and non-greasy and doesn't really leave a smell
  • Crabtree and Evelyn ("Moisturising hand and nail cream")- Yep, this really is a brilliant product, it's just the smell that is off-putting, but if that doesn't bother you then I'd definitely recommend it.
  • Neutrogena ("Instant relief of dry, chapped hands, just a dab needed") - Yep, or so I've found it to. But my mum used it before me and found it to be quite drying, so I guess it depends on your skin type. I also found that I needed more than just a 'dab'
  • Clinique ("Deep Comfort Hand and Cuticle cream") - Yes and no, once it's dry my hands feel comforted, but whilst it's drying I feel pretty uncomfortable, but it is brilliant for my cuticles
What do you think? Do you own/want any of these products? Let me know in the comments! 

*some of the products in this post were provided to me for review, and some were bought with my own money, but all opinions are entirely my own


  1. Great post! Very useful :)

    Kate xo |

  2. I used the Avon one and my experience has been completely different: yeah, it is moisturizing, but it was greasy, I didn't like the texture, and the smell was very granny-like.

    I couldn't wait to get through the tube.

    I'm using vaseline now.
    It is the epitome of greasiness, but I'm ready for that and it does a better job for my hands and cuticules than anything else.

  3. I can definitely recommend some other Crabtree and Evelyn handcreams that smell AMAZING, I can't even remember the specific names but I work near a Crabtree and Evelyn and we get free samples for the shop and I think it is Tarocco Orange that smells beautiful and Pomegranate which doesn't smell as strong but still quite nice. I know you said that you like quite neutral smelling ones but I have to say, I love a delish smelling handcream. OPI's avojuices are amazing as well.

  4. I love to use the Neutrogena one esp during the colder seasons. The moisturizing factor is no joke! Love ur post :)

  5. i use the bliss and i love it!

  6. Of these, I've only used the Neutrogena one (mine isn't the unscented version, though) and was pretty underwhelmed given how much everyone else seems to love it. I've barely used it. I'd happily try most of those you reviewed...price permitting! At the moment I'm mainly using Palmer's 'Concentrated Cream' (Shea Butter Formula with Vitamin E) which was about £2 from Superdrug and comes in a pale yellow tube, and I find it really enjoyable to use (it says it's for elbows, knees & feet as well as hands, too).


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