It smells like hell, but alas, it works. And it works like nothing else out there when your hands are ready for the ER. I wish they could scent it with almond as in the almond milk hand cream (which I also use at night when hands are back in better shape and to keep them that way). I don't know if it's rosemary or oregano or whatever herb, but it smells medicinal and herbaly. Like a mixture of Lysol, rosemary, oregano and marijuana combined. If you can get over the scent, you'll be sporting deliciously smooth hands in less time than overnight. Really takes care of the roughness, carcking and redness. Maybe that's why it smells so medicinal??? My HG hand creams were Dr Hunter's Rosewater & Clarins Hand & Nail Treatment, and they are excellent, however, if you hands hurt crack and bleed abd are beyond chapped, this should be your go-to product for emergencies.
I purchased this product 2 hours ago and already feel compelled to write a review.
You will read on the other reviews that it stinks. It does.
You will read that both looks and feels like butter. True, true.
But if you are looking for a really good smell then your lotion will be fragrance based, not healing essential oil base. And fragrances are known skin irritant and drying agents.
But it works! My poor hands needed this. I am a medical assistant and a make up artist, and so I wash my hands, and use hand sanitizer alot. And they suffer.
And this, in two hours has saved them. It does require some rubbing to get it to soak in to my skin, because it is an oil base, not water base. Also the smell lasts only about 5 minuets.
So if you are looking for deep and real healing for your hands, and don't care about the smell, I think this will help.
Update. It has lasted me a year, and i am almost ready to purchase again. I stand by my earlier sentiment that if you need real healing, this is for you. If you want to smell pretty this is not for you (but heavy fragrances have no place in all natural healing lotion).
This product is pricey for a hand cream, but I think it's worth it. Most people who dislike it do so because of its smell, which is very distinctive, but it really did an outstanding job of softening my hands and other dry skin patches I had (over the summer and winter months). If I could afford it I would use this as my everyday hand cream. This also became my mother's favorite hand cream because it really did help soften her hands and diminished the look of her wrinkles. She didn't mind the medicinal smell since the cream was so effective. I'm getting to be at the age where I'm more interested with a product's effectiveness and its ingredients than their smell and appearance--so I'm giving this cream 5 lippies because it worked. I mean, it didn't just lay on your skin like less expensive creams (Suave, Nivea, etc.) it went deep down and softened.
I did notice the slightly strange fragrance at first but because this stuff is so moisturizing I got past that. Firstly it does not contain high amounts of water and silicones that trick you into thinking for the first 15 or so minutes that it is working, DO a search for silicones and you will discover that it was designed to dry off, not moisturize skin, it has no purpose in skincare expect for the slip and "feel" and yet many companies use this in their formulas.
This it is a true moisturizer and is one of the best all around creams I have tried, good price, unpretentious packaging, an HG !!
Why didn't I read the reviews first? I was at Whole Foods, needed a hand cream, and wanted one with a twisty cap so it wouldn't spill in my purse. Pretty package, I got this. I should have known there was a problem when there was no tester available.
This stinks! It's medicinal and not in a good way, more in a gross icky way. It's slimey and oily, and 10 min after putting it on I still feel it sitting on my hands like an oil slick. The smell has barely faded. I would not buy this again, but since I'm stuck with it, I'll begrudgingly finish the tube.
This lotion works well, but the smell and color are hard to get past when you first use it. With the soothing color and design of the package -- not to mention typically nice-smelling ingredients -- I thought for sure I must have gotten a bad batch with the bright yellow-orange lotion and strong medicinal smell. YIKES!
It worked into my skin nicely, and the moisturizing benefits are long-lasting, but I'll be switching back to my beloved L'Occitane shea butter hand lotion (even though those caps are difficult to screw back onto the tube!)
Like many others have pointed out, this stuff stinks! Literally!! It's also sticky and oily, and it never seemed to "sink into" my skin. Honestly there are far better moisutrizers out there. I like Burt's Bees products, but this product is a miss!
I am a lotion junkie and have used plenty of hand cremes. This one STINKS! I gave this product two stars ~ it might work, but I will never know because I cannot get past the smell. I received this as a free sample, and I am so glad that I didn't waste money on this lotion. I will never buy this product unless Burt's Bees changes the formula...
I have some Burt's Bees products I love, but, this is not one of them. First, I don't like the smell. One of the best things about most products with natural ingredients is that they smell nice and don't have an artificial scent. This one has a medicinal odor that would not cause somebody to want to be close to you.
Secondly, the saffron yellow color of the product stains my white socks yellow. Ugg! I like to moisturize my feet and wear socks, but not with this product.
And lastly, the product itself; I don't like the way it feels and it doesn't absorb well, but worst of all, I don't find it to be all that moisturizing. There are better non-natural products for moisture.
i love this!
it has the best ingredients, plus the natural smell is kinda soothing for me, almost medicinal (in a good way).