OMG i love this stuff.. loved it for years! Just for the pure scrumptious real Almond scent and the super moisturizing benefits. i don't purchase as much b/c just too pricey for me to get every month.. b/c i use hand creme a lot during the day.Makes a splendid gift. continued >>
The scent is to die for, if you love almond scents (and how I do!), but that's pretty much where my raves for this product stops. It's much too heavy, and never seems to fully absorb, no matter how long I wait, leaving a film over my hands. If a hand cream is going to be heavy duty, I almost expect it to double as a cuticle cream. I've found that in other products, but not this one. I wish it worked better, for I love the marzipan scent. Oh if only Lippmann Collection's Rich Girl was almond scented...!
This "creme" (they're lying, it's a balm) might be wonderfully effective but I can't make myself use it often enough to find out. Smells alright, cute jar, wanted to love it. It can't go on during waking hours unless I'm prepared to sit still with my hands in the air (I'm not). About once a month I'll haul it out and put it on before bed under cotton gloves because I'm terrified I might touch my face in my sleep and God only knows what it would do to my face. Again-maybe not a fair review because I don't use it consistently-seems to help when the gloves come off in the AM but no more than vaseline would.
I got a sample pack of Burt's Bees' stuff. I just have to say...god my god! how can they sell those stuff! Most of them smell terrible! What do they put in them that make those paint like smell. The cream does not get absorbed well and leave my hand greasy all time. It gave my some irratation too. I hate this hand cream and throw my bottle out immediately. I don't like the idea of hand cream jar too. I prefer tube.
This is a wonderful hand creme. It has a thick creamy consistency and is an excellent moisturiser, absorbs well without feeling greasy. It also smells delicious!
I absolutely love this cream. I have been using it at night on my hands and they have never looked better! I usually get horrible cracks in my hands from dryness and rashes also. I have had great skin this winter. I have also been using the Shea Butter Hand Repair Cream in the daytime. The Almond Hand Cream is very thick and leaves a light film on the skin after you rub it in. I probably would not use it during the day for this reason. It really moisturizes well even after just one application. I also LOVE the smell- almonds!
Great winter stuff. I live in a place where the "feels like" temperature hangs around the teens and twenties for a quarter of the year, and this works when nothing else will. Thick, creamy stuff that's absorbed wonderfully if you're willing to spend a 10-15 seconds rubbing it in. The beeswax coat afterwards is a serious bonus if your hands are a mess of cracks like mine.
The smell might put you off, but it disappears pretty quickly. Also, unlike some people who've used it, when I put it on my lips, I don't feel any stinging at all. In fact, if my lips are feeling dry and when I'm not planning to head out for a while, I slather this stuff on, and it works wonders.
I also have the sample jar of this product. It's definitely not good packaging for someone with nails of almost any length. I don't like the scent too much either. It's got that cherry type of smell that almonds have, but to me it also smells like it was mixed together with motor oil or something like that. I really like the "balm" feel of it though. It's like chapstick for your hands! It feels waxy when you apply it, but the texture is more creamy once your body heat warms it up. It doesn't leave that wet, greasy feeling that takes forever to dry like other products do. When I use it, my skin feels relieved, like drinking cool water when your throat is parched. The wax feels like a barrier protecting the skin. I've only used it on my hands, but it must be great for the rest of the body.
I have a jar of this and just put some on -- I think Burt's Bees should've named this product a hand 'balm' and not a hand creme!! The texture is just like lipbalm, solid and waxy ... not creamy ... smells like waxy slightly burnt and bitter almonds. I'm really not a big fan of this as it leaves my hands kind of tacky and sticky, it doesn't seem to fully absorb into the skin (it absorbs nicely on the back of my hand, but not the skin and crevices on the palm). I also have a problem with the glass jar ... it is a 2.0 oz glass jar and the opening to the jar is too small for me to get my long-nailed fingers in without getting this stuff stuck underneath the nails!! ... the packaging could have been improved if the jar was shorter but wider. There are so many other hand moisturizing products I would recommend over this one -- this is a very mediocre product IMO and 100% not worth the price.
I put this on each night after my lemon cuticle butter. My hands haven't looked this good since before nursing school! I don't mind the smell either.