Looking at this little duo from The Body Shop, you may be thinking Hannah they are basically the same. Yes your quite right, they definitely both have the same sweet almond fragrance but they have different uses. Firstly let’s stick with the scent, I don’t know about you but it’s the first thing I am drawn too if buying skincare in store. I suffer with bad migraines and scents can be one of the triggers so I’m now really careful to use the testers and walk round for a little to see if it suites me. Most stores are ok with this.
I was instantly drawn to the Almond out of the many scents available at TBS knowing it wouldn’t be overly floral or ‘heady’, a family term I can’t quite describe. I wasn’t disappointed, this is a lovely soft but sweet scent but it does linger on the skin which is something I love about The Body Shop products.
The Almond Hand and Nail cream in the squeezy tube is the first one I tried, I have used these before in different scents so was confident that this would be a good moisturiser for my hands. My skin on the whole, although I bruise really easily is generally ok I have no other issues apart from dry elbows in the cold English weather. However as I have been working with flowers more and more in my daily work, I have started to notice my hands are sometimes sore due to all the bleach and flower feeds we use and pin pricks from the wire work and pretty pins in bouquets. This cream has been great, it is light weight and soaks into the skin instantly, making it perfect to apply throughout the day to keep you hands happy and hydrated. With almond oil and Shea butter you are definitely applying the right recipe. I love this style of tube too, which also comes in a smaller size, so perfect for on the go.
The Almond Hand and Nail Butter is very similar with the same sweet scent and ingredients, but I would describe it more as a treatment. If you have tried any of their body butters before you will know they are a lot thicker in consistency. Even though it soaks into the skin instantly and doesn’t leave the skin greasy it definitely feels heavier and more buttery on the skin. As with all my thicker body butters I like to use them in the evening before bed. Applying a thick layer on my hands, nails and sometimes my heels to soak in overnight. In the morning you can really feel the difference, my nail beds and hands always feel softer and more soothed each time. I use this two or three times a week to keep my hands hydrated as much as possible and top up with the hand cream in the day if I need too.
How do you like to keep your hands hydrated?