The problem with hand cream is that it is in constant hand-to-hand combat with your perfume. You picked that Diptyque “Eau Rose” presumably because you liked the way it smelled, not because you liked the way it smelled mixed with “insert some random Bath and Bodyworks overly sweet scent here.” Call us crazy, but after splurging on one of these guys, ruining it by trying to keep your skin from flaking off in the palm of someone else’s hand is probably not what you bargained for. And then there is that whole moisturizing issue…
After dealing with our own version of the moisture vs. odor dilemma on multiple occasions, we set out on a search for the perfect hand cream so that we might all have moisturized skin and an aroma akin to Roses (as intended), as opposed to overspend on a lotion that does nothing but leave us smelling like an unidentifiable mix of sandalwood and flower market.
Which brings us to what we see as your choices:
(1) First, find a cream that is unscented. This is really the only way to get good quality cream without messing with your smell. Although they are hard to come by (all we want is moisture without the fragrance people!), we have put together a collection that we stand behind. Our all time favorite is the L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream. We buy tubes in bulk to keep in every handbag, bathroom and glove compartment. Although the L’Occitane is definitely our go-to, we also suggest Bliss’ High Intensity Hand Cream or the Korres Almond Oil and Shea Butter Hand Cream.
(2) Another option is to find a cream that shares the scent you love. This can be complicated if, like us, your choice in perfume can alter with your mood. Not to mention, in some cases you might be compromising in moisturizing quality when it comes to the actual cream. But, if you have a few choice aromas that you use, it might be worth experimenting and investing in corresponding creams where available. There are a few that we know first hand are winners in both the aroma and moisturizing department, like Diptyque.
(3) Finally, you can always find a scented cream that you like to use on days when you aren’t doused in fragrance. Our hands down favorites are all of the Lollia Hand Creams. Not only are they beautifully packaged and available in a variety of scents (like all of their amazing products), but they are also made with shea butter and maintain its hydrating benefits – i.e., they work. We also really like L’Occitane’s Subtle Violet Hand Cream.
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