LUSH's product lines contain several items which, if cannot be used as originally intended, often make fabulous products for another purpose. This, beyond the company's habit of creating high quality items, makes me a loyal devotee--if I can't use something one way, at least I likely won't have to pitch the item altogether.
This salvageable nature of their products, however, doesn't negate the central issue that an item does not serve its original purpose, especially at LUSH's price point. One such product is Handy Gurugu. I tend to wash my hands a lot to avoid germs, and have dry hands anyway (which are beginning to show minor signs of aging at 33--when most of my skin doesn't have this issue), so I need a high-performance hand cream. Preferably one which does not have to be reapplied often--or if it does, it will not leave a greasy residue on my hands. I also deplore leaving oily smudges on objects, so a quick-absorbing cream is important.
Handy Gurugu has a tendency to sit on top of my hands with minimal absorption. Assuming that I used too much (I tend to use half a fingertip per application), I reduced the amount to see whether this had an impact on the greasiness. At that point, however, my hands remained as dry as if nothing had been used. Which is another downside to this cream--when it did absorb into my hands (usually after 5-10 minutes), they didn't feel especially moisturized. Their appearance was definitely improved, but if I rubbed them together, they felt slightly tacky and still dry.
After several weeks of attempting to make this work as a hand cream, I gave up as the results were too lackluster--and in Chicago winters, I need something that solves dry skin quickly before it begins to crack. One day I decided to dab a bit of the cream into my hair (which is very naturally curly), and was shocked at the results. My strands were softened without being weighed down, and the cream imparted a medium sheen to my hair. While the scent of this cream was never a favorite (rose somewhat dominated by nuts--which makes sense given many ingredients are rose or nut butter related), it wasn't as pronounced in my hair as it was on my hands.
While this will not replace my beloved R&B leave-in conditioner from LUSH, it's a great midday/as needed cream for my hair. I've also had success in using it on flyaways. It never interferes with any styling products I may have previously applied to my hair, simply adds moisture. As a result, I carry this with me in my purse, so I can protect my hair in environments with different temperatures/humidity levels.
Additionally, I've found that this cream works very well as an elbow/knee/patchy dry skin cream, but the results I've had using it in my hair made me happy enough to keep using it in that capacity. I'm not exactly sure why it performs so differently on my hands as opposed to other areas of skin,
If you have this product and were not happy with it as a hand cream, try it in a different way--you may be pleasantly surprised.
This is the best hand cream I've tried so far.
It makes my hands so soft and the smell is very nice too.
A wonderful natural hand cream that I've been using along with Helping Hands for a while. Unlike that one, Handy Gurugu sinks into the skin completely, and a has a fresh herbal smell. It doesn't help as well with my skin condition though, so I'll probably be sticking with just Helping Hands in the future. Also, the little brown bits are weird and annoying.
Amazing. I'm not exaggerating when I say that when a friend introduced me to this I only used a little and my hands were soft for 3 days. Also it smells amazing and lasts forever.
Bought this as my cuticles are horrible and I get dry hard skin at the edges of my fingers.
It smells lovely and sinks in quite quickly. Moisturises my hands and fingers really well
I will not repurchase this hand cream. It is ok at moisturizing, but it is very greasy and takes a long time to soak in.
I hate the smell. You'll either love it or hate it. It is an earthy-medicinal type scent. It's not that it is a bad smell, it's just not for me.
This also has parabens in it. I always thought Lush was more of an all natural type store. I guess I was wrong...
I may be the only person on Earth to admit this, but I'm honestly not the biggest fan of Lush. I've just never really used anything from there that I loved. I feel there are much better products out there, especially as this price point.
L'occitane makes awesome hand cream, I think I'll stick with that.
So I love this hand cream. My hands are always rough and dry, but 2 applications of this and my hands are soft and moisturized. The only thing that I dislike about this is the container. It's inconvenient to carry around, especially when I'm at school, but it lasts really long, so I apply in the morning, again at lunch to make sure and then at the end of the day. I can't really describe the scent, other than a really herbal hippie. It's about 18 dollars CAD, which is a bit expensive for a hand cream but fot the amount you get, its worth it. Plus, you only need a little bit to fully moisturize your entire hands. For me, it's definitely a splurge item, but I would definitely repurchase!
so... don't really like it. I have it on my nightstand trying to use it up, but it's a bit of a struggle. It's not really that moisturizing, it just makes your hands greasy for quite a while (so you have to wait a bit before you touch anything) and the smell is sort of a herbal - man -smell... don't know how to describe this better. won't repurchase - there are much cheaper and better handcreams on the market.
Sticky! Sticky! Sticky! Takes forever to penetrate and the odor is not that pleasant.
My hands aren't extremely dry, but I prefer for them to be extremely soft. I'm always on a hunt for a great hand mositurizer but I haven't really found my HG. The girl at the counter raved about how health professionals preferred this one because it's great even after multiple hand washes. Umm, no. It's just a light-weight moisturizer that's perfect for a little while. It isn't greasy and it absorbs fast but it doesn't make a noticable difference in my hands over time. I won't be buying it again. The search continues...