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Sometimes something so very, very simple can make us so very, very happy.

Like a new hand cream.  But especially, this hand cream.  And if you share our affection for the fresh, sweet scent of orange blossom, it’ll probably make your day, too.

La Maison des Senteurs Fleur d’Orangier Hand Cream ticks all our many other hand cream boxes.  Doesn’t take long to sink in.  Doesn’t leave hands greasy, but soft and moisturised.  (We’re pretty keen on the fact that the lightweight, handbag-friendly tube’s made of 25% recycled plastic, too.)

But really, it’s the fragrance – oodles of orange blossom and a touch of petitgrain – that seduced us.  So light, uplifting, cheery – and pretty-pretty-pretty…

UK readers find La Maison des Senteurs Fleur d’Orangier Hand Cream at www.marksandspencer.com/£3.50 for 75 ml – buy here

 

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For the contents alone, we’d be lusting after this new Balance Me Beautiful Skin kit.

But the gorgeous gold bag kinda brings out our inner rap star – because (in a good way) we have been gold-diggers from way back.

As regular readers know, Balance Me – founded by sisters Rebecca and Claire Hopkins – is a favourite brand of ours, and this is either a fab way to discover the range in useful trial sizes, or (if you love it as much as we do) to get your hands on the range in a format that’s travel-friendly.

Inside this, then, you’ll find four treasures.  There’s 100% Natural Radiance Face Oil with its unique blend of eight essential oils.  To soothe and brighten tired eyes, find Wonder Eye CreamSuper Moisturising Body Wash is exactly what it says on the tin (er, bottle) – but the pièce de résistance is Super Moisturising Hand Cream, winner of an Anti-Ageing Beauty Bible Award, and one of the most fah-bu-lous hand-softeners ever.

Several times lately, Jo’s been using it on public transport (like the good beauty editor she is, making the most of ‘down-time’), and strangers have asked her what the glorious scent was.  And been surprised to discover:  it’s a hand cream, not a perfume.

What we plan to do, then, is slip the travel sizes in our spongebags – and decant our make-up into bag itself.

Which doesn’t just deserve a gold star:  it is a gold star.

UK readers find Balance Me Beautiful Skin Kit at www.balance.me.co.uk/£20 – buy here

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One of the weirdnesses of being a beauty editor is eating mince pies and listening to carols when the sun’s blazing outside (we get to see seasonal goodies months before Santa’s packing his sleigh), but we certainly did feel Christmas had come early in another way when we encountered Forest Secrets iRejuvenate at the Urban Retreat Christmas preview.

From Dr. Barbara Olioso’s all-natural range, this is a multi-tasking hand and body cream that feels just the right texture:  not-too-rich, not-too-light, not-too-anything – just perfect for leaving skin soft as Rudolph’s muzzle.  (Wthout the whiskers, of course.)

Referred to as ‘the cream of wonders’ by Forest Secrets, it features milk thistle oil, glycerine, cocoa seed butter, chlorella, honeysuckle extract – and has a really nice, geranium-y fragrance.

We really like the delivery system, too:  no fiddly lid, just twist the cap and a nozzle appears (and duly disappears again, once you’ve dispensed the body-quencher).

Happy Chrismas, every body…

UK readers find Forest Secrets iRejuvenate at www.forestsecretsskincare.com/£25 for 125 ml – buy here – and arriving soon at www.beautique.com

 

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It’s Friday.

Fancy a cocktail?

Fancy a cocktail of skin-nourishing shea butter and vitamin E, actually, infused with a fruit scent…?

We just adore the packaging of these MAD Beauty Cocktail Shaker Hand & Body Lotions – and can think of several teenagers just old enough to hit the Bacardi Breezers who we’ll be giving them to.  (Though our advice:  go for Apple Martini or Cranberry Cosmopolitan – nicely tangy, that – rather than Strawberry Daiquiri, which tips over slightly into Opal Fruit-iness.)

The thing about MAD Beauty’s creations, we’ve found, is that they look girly and gimmicky but perform rather well:  notwithstanding the funky bottle (there’s a pump, beneath that silver shaker-top), the lotion itself is deliciously and instantly skin-quenching, even for mature skins like ours.

Chin, chin!!!

UK readers find MAD Beauty Cocktail Shaker Hand & Body Cream at www.madbeauty.com/£8.99 for 300 ml – click here

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Nothing worse than opening your suitcase to find your cleanser/moisturiser/body oil’s leaked all over your best holiday gear.

No chance of that, with these.

Somewhat akin to the Lush massage bars, Palm & Sole Solid Oil Moistursers look like lumps of cheese – but in contact with skin they melt at body temperature.  True multi-taskers, they can be used on face, neck, body, hands and feet to deliver nourishment.  Honestly, if space in a suitcase was a real issue, you could get away with one of these – and it’d certainly last for the whole vacation.  (Targeted at dry and mature skins, NB.)  Once used, it gets a little soft – but hardens up once it’s back in its aluminium ‘house’.

The solid moisturisers come in a screw-top travel tin, and of the four fragrances we really enjoy Sparkling:  a prettily uplifting blend of rosemary, melissa and bergamot.

Almost makes us wish we were headed to a music festival to put it through its paces properly.

We said ALMOST.

UK readers find Palm & Sole Solid Oil Moisturiser at www.palm-and-sole.com/£14 for 30 ml – click here (and enjoy free postage and packing till the end of August 2012)

 

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We’re slightly putting our reputations on the line here – but we don’t think you’ll ever find a better hand cream, at a better price, than this.

The name may sound like something out of a Carry On film – but this is really very special, packed with (almost totally natural) ingredients including lashings of almond, wheatgerm, pomegranate seed and passion fruit seed oils, white willow bark extract, aloe vera and manuka honey.  It’s as rich as it sounds, but it sinks in to leave hands satin-soft.

The story behind it’s really inspiring:  26-year-old paediatric nurse Antonia Steven developed it when she was herself signed off work because her sore, cracked hands (the result of frequent hand washing and use of those beastly-if-necessary sanitizers) were actually posing an infection control risk.  Yes! Nurse is the result, after it soothed not only her hands but universally those of her colleagues.

And now it’s worked its magic on Jo’s. Following a recent wrist operation, she was suffering from ‘handruff’ – the hand equivalent of dandruff, with skin so dry it was flaking off.  After a single application of this extraordinary cream her skin was back to normal and is now healthy and moisturised again.

So we will most definitely be carrying on, with this.  Oh, yes, nurse.

UK readers find Yes, Nurse! Intensive Moisturising Hand Formula at www.victoriahealth.com/£5.49 for 50 ml – just click here
(Do go via the Victoria Health page on our site, though – just click here – to enjoy an automatic 5% discount added at checkout)

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