In the winter, I race through hand creams, applying them many times a day, so I am now pretty specific in my requirements for what makes a good hand cream for me. A delicious scent, rich, easily absorbing formula, and intensely moisturising are all high on my list of important features and an added SPF is a welcome bonus!
The Balance Me Super Moisturising Hand Cream was one of the products I received in the first Carmine box, but it has been languishing at the bottom of my draw whilst I work through some of my other lotions.
I’ve only tried one Balance Me product previously, their Rose Otto Body
, which whilst nicely scented and fairly moisturising, didn’t really feel particularly great value for money at £12.50 a bottle. Wash
Balance Me is proud of the fact that all their products are all natural and paraben and sulphate free and indeed the tube proudly states that 98.8% of the ingredients are of natural origin, which is welcome news as I have been trying to reduce the amount of chemicals that I put on my face and body.
The packaging is colour co-ordinated depending on the range, and the Super Moisturising range, of which this cream is part of, is a lovely sunny orange. The cream comes out quite thick and feels very luxurious, being absorbed quickly into the skin. There is nothing I detest more than sitting around waiting for cream to be absorbed, and a fast acting formula is essential. The scent is a mixture of essential oils which I find a little hard to place. It is not fruity and not particularly unpleasant, if anything, it reminds me of some Liz Earle products which I suppose have a similar ethos, using naturally occurring extracts. If it is not to your taste, it does not linger, evaporating away shortly after application.
I have been using this hand cream for a good few weeks and I am still not finished this small 30ml tube, so I can see the full sized product lasting for a quite a while. My hands feel smooth and soft, even in this bitterly cold weather we have been having recently.
If you are a fan of natural products, the Balance Me range offers a good variety of products which are natural and do not compromise on their performance. Two aspects of this hand cream which I feel could have been improved are the scent, as I would have preferred something fruity or perhaps more easily identifiable and longer lasting; and the inclusion of an SPF, although I understand that this would not be natural and fit in with their ethos. In summary, a high-performing hand cream that is worth a look.
Price - £14.50