I'm updating this review after having used this product regularly for a while now on both my hands and my feet. Short version: smells a little weird but doesn't linger, does wonders for my dry skin, cuticles, and feet.
This is a very rich, thick cream. It's heavy and somewhat oily/greasy when you first apply it, and you don't need very much. If you don't like heavy creams, you probably won't like this, though I found that it does sink in fairly quickly (that may depend on your skin type; my skin is very dry and fairly thin and I'm starting to get "old lady hands" which is why I've been working hard to find good moisturisers to help combat that a little).
This is designed for people with very dry skin, such as people who wash their hands frequently. If you don't need a really heavy duty moisturiser, you may find this too heavy (but my dry skin loves it).
The scent is... well, it's kinda weird, especially when you smell it in the tub. It's mostly camomile (which is also supposed to be healing/soothing for the skin), but also apparently contains lavender and marigold oil (again, this is a healing/soothing oil), and it's not the most pleasant floral scent in the world (in fact, my first thought was that it reminded me of yeasty beer!), BUT the scent dissipates pretty quickly and you're left with just a faint camomile and slightly waxy smell that isn't particularly objectionable nor very strong. If you really hate camomile and/or marigold, you might be pretty put off by this, but I didn't find the scent very lingering at all, and I don't mind camomile (though, I admit, I'm not crazy about marigold). The lavender is so faint that I can't really clearly detect it, and certainly not once the scent dissipates.
Ingredients include linseend and almond oil, and a healthy portion of glycerine, plus cocoa butter and shea butter amongst other ingredients (which you can read for yourself on the Lush website). I was surprised to see that there is no wax of any sort (not even jojoba, which is actually a plant wax rather than an oil), because the cream leaves a lingering layer on the skin (not terribly greasy once it all sinks in, but I do notice it). I suspect that's the glycerine at work, as glycerine is a humectant (that is, it draws moisture). I suspect that some people who feel this is oily or greasy are actually reacting not to the actual oils, but to the glycerine.
I really, really like this cream. I don't mind the scent, nor am I put off by how heavy and thick this cream is, but I have, as I said, very dry, thin skin and so a heavier, oilier cream (especially one with cocoa butter and shea butter) works really well for me.
I also have tried using this on my feet, and so far, I have to say it's doing a startlingly good job, probably better than anything else I've tried (though I do use a liquid cuticle remover for the hardened and built-up skin around my toenails; this is my "every night before bed" treatment and it definitely helps).
I would recommend that before buying this, you get into Lush and get a sample, if that's at all possible, but if it's not, consider how much moisturising you need, and if the answer is not "quite a lot", then go for something a little lighter. If, however, you have really dry skin, you wash your hands frequently, you get chapped skin for various reasons, or you want a really thick moisturiser to use overnight, or something along those lines, this is a really good choice. I think this would also be an excellent choice as a cuticle treatment, particularly if you don't like Lemony Flutter.
I bought this hand cream after trying every lotion/moisturiser/cream under the sun. I have extremely sore and irritating eczema on my hands from my job (hairdresser) So I tried Helping Hands (I am a Lush addict and have been eyeing it off for a while now)
I apply a generous amount to my hands every hour or so when I am working and it has made such a wonderful difference! - It has drastically reduced the redness, the dryness and the irritation..They're actually soft now. It doesn't take long at all to soak into the skin and the smell doesn't linger (which is somewhat a relief because it isn't the most pleasant smell, but it isn't horrendous)
I will be repurchasing the bigger tub when I run out of this, and I recommend this strongly to anyone whose hands spend a lot of time in water (especially hairdressers, nurses etc) you won't be disappointed.
Now one day in Lush I saw this stuff and it was quite new then. The woman in Lush was doing a demo on my friend's hands and I liked how it felt. I dint quite like the smell but I liked how soft her hands felt and bought a tub. Used it for a while now and I absolutely hate it. It smells weird now. It doesn't moisturise or anything...its just a coat. Even my friend hates it now. It really smells horrible. I'll stick to my favourites...Soap & Glory hand food and Flexitol. Oh btw if anyone hasn't tried Flexitol hand balm, YOU SHOULD! Its amazing. Its packaging might not be very attractive but dont get fooled. Flexitol so creamy, so moisturising and smells amazzzzing!
This tacky hand cream does not work. It smells terrible too. Its a miss.
I didn't get good results from this hand cream. It went on very greasy and it took forever to absorb. Similar to what other reviewers have described, the lotion sat on top of my skin.
When the lotion finally did absorb, my hands felt no different – there was no improvement, but also no worsening. It did nothing.
The lotion comes in a tub with a screw top. The packaging is air tight, which helps keep the product fresh; however, the fact that you have to dip your hands directly into the product can be a sanitary concern for some. The product packaging is made of a hard material, which is resistant to breaking or cracking.
The scent was okay. Not sure how to describe it - it has a very light scent and not anything overwhelming.
I won't repurchase this product, simply because it did nothing for me.
This is my new go-to hand moisturizer. I wash my hands a lot and this cream was made with people like me in mind. After using this just once my hands felt better, not so dry and cracked. I use this on my hands at bedtime and wake up with soft, moisturized hands. The cost is a bit steep, at $18.95 UDS for 3.5 oz. however, a little goes a long way, so you can give this a shot and have it last a long time!
Lush's Helping Hands is a semi-thick, dusty-pink tinted hand cream. It doesn't really sink in too well even on my parched hands, just kind of sits there and leaves a greasy residue. But what really ruins it for me is the smell. I'm not typically too picky about fragrances but this cream kind of smells like puke to me. Lush products are always hit or miss with me, and this one's definitely a miss.
A much cheaper and more effective alternative that I recommend is Avon's Moisture Therapy hand cream.
I bought this hand cream with no expectations, as I've never found a hand cream that has worked for me. In the winter I get very dry, cracked skin which often bleeds around my knuckles. This hand cream sorted that problem within about 2 days. I apply a generous amount before bed only (can't stand the feel of hand cream during the day) and it keeps my skin really soft until the next evening. I tend to wash my hands a lot and it even lasts through that. Amazing stuff. Would definitely recommend.
This hand cream is amazing. I was given a sample at lush and didn't think much about it - my hands are notoriously dry, red, and cracked all the time between the cold weather where I live and the horrible soap at work and washing my hands all the time. I came to terms with the fact that nothing would cure my dry skin and not be super greasy as I use a key board and hate having grease stains left on my keys from stuff like Aquaphor. Anyway - I tried helping hands and was super blown away. The product sinks in right away and calmed down my redness. My dry scaly skin disappeared and my hands actually felt soft. I continued using my sample and ran right back to Lush to by a full sized product. I was a little surprised at the price - around $17 for a jar, but the jar is really big so I guess it's worth it and the fact that is works so well. I wish the tub was a little more portable - this isn't something I can throw in my purse and take with me, but luckily I kept the sample jar and have just been refilling that to take with me in my purse. I highly recommend this product, the lightweight consistency is so nice and there really isn't much of a smell/fragrance which is a huge plus IMO.
I love the way this hand cream smells, BUT, it does nothing for hands!!
It is very light formula, the ingredients, are nice things that sounds like it would really moisturize, but it doesn't seem to work.
I love the pump though, I find it really easy to use than the usual hand cream in tube.