Hand lotions and lip balms: you will never find me without either of them, no matter where in the world I am. I'm not very particular about what goes on my hands so long as there is something. As soon as my hand touches water, I'm rummaging in my bag for a moisturizer.
Before I rounded up my stash, I was sure I had more than six hand lotions. In reality, I just dig into my tubs of body butters or whatever is most conveniently placed. So it feels like I have hand lotions everywhere when I really don't. Someone asked me the other day how I keep my hands soft in the winter and my answer is to just keep moisturizing. Carry a travel size lotion with you and pull it out as often as needed.
I prefer my hand lotions unscented, believe it or not. I ended up with the perfumed lotions (SJP's Covet and Nanette Lepore's Shanghai Butterfly) because of the boxed sets they came in, not because I really wanted them. Once I spray the perfume, I don't feel the need to add more scent by using the hand lotions. I've had these two stashed away somewhere and forgot about them until today. The Nanette Lepore is almost finished, so I'll be looking forward to getting rid of that. I don't like perfumed lotions because the scent tends to be overwhelming while the quality of the product always lean towards being watery and inadequate.
(I just tried Covet and realized it's a body lotion, not a hand lotion. Bah, whatever.)
This Yves Rocher hand cream is a gift I received for participating in a high heels sprint in September (I didn't win, and all the participants got a gift bag). I put this recently in the bathroom next to the soap so that I don't forget to apply it. It has no scent and is a decent hand cream. Not bad but nothing to rave about. Yves Rocher is the one store I never feel compelled to walk into, for some reason. There are a lot of locations (though they seem to be reduced lately) and there is one right by my house. Maybe because the store is always mostly empty and I fear that the saleswomen will jump all over me. Maybe I'll brave it the next time.
And what collection isn't complete without some Bath & Body Works? I picked up these three from the post-holidays clearance sale. It was something ludicrously cheap and I didn't have a portable hand lotion on me that day and felt lost. My fave is the Warm Vanilla Sugar, which I just love especially in the winter. In fact, I love it so much that I have the entire line of it in shower gel, body cream, shampoo, etc. You'll see later in the future inventories. I was going to just get all three in the Warm Vanilla Sugar but decided variety was nice. Except I'm not sure if I like Coconut Verbena all that much right now, but perhaps I'll learn to love it in the summer. And Lemon is always a nice pick-me-up at moments when you don't feel very energetic.
Now, these are anti-bacterial hand lotions, which I find aren't very moisturizing. But they're nice when you're on the go and don't feel like doing the two-step: slapping on Purell and then moisturizing. I like pulling it out while I'm on the subway, after I've touched a lot of poles, door handles, rails, etc.
Oops, almost forgot. I keep this giant Herbacin Hand & Nail Balm on my desk at the office. I've tried all the different Herbacin hand care stuff and really like the brand. They're unscented, have just the right amount of lubrication and absorption, and is affordable. To me, Herbacin is much better than Neutrogena and Vaseline handcare products. I was going to include Aveeno in that list but it's been a while since I've used an Aveeno hand cream, so I'm not sure right now.
Well, that was brief, but as I said earlier, I just use any old body cream on my hands and especially like using body butters instead of a "hand lotion." What do you use on your hands? Are you diligent about keeping your hands soft and smooth? Do you splurge on handcare products or skimp like me?