Under £5 Hand Cream Review

Dry Dry Dry Hands…

It’s not until winter arrives that we all notice the white dryness between our fingers, and for many people of colour it couldn’t be any more obvious!


We would be lost without our hands, but many of us fail to notice that they are constantly exposed to water, extreme temperatures, chemicals and more. We take much care looking after our faces but rarely put the same effort in to our hands.

Using hand cream goes beyond providing your hands with moisture but ensures they are looking youthful, and provides your skin with another layer of protection.

When looking for a hand cream, look out for those that contain Vitamin A, C and E as they encourage the production of collagen. Jojoba oil, shea butter, coconut oil are all natural oils great for moisturising dry skin.

This week I review 5 high-street drug-store hand creams, all under a fiver! These miniature products were put to the test in the freezing London Weather.

1. Soap and Glory – Hand Food


Already this brand is a personal favourite. The hand food has highly impressed me , one application and my hands instantly felt softer and very moisturised. I did not notice my hands becoming dry until many hours later. If you love a hand cream with a strong scent this product is for you. Mixed with shea butter, macadamia oil & marshmallows!

Price: £3.00 Boots  Soap & Glory Mini Hand Food Hand Cream 50ml

Stickiness: 0/5

Absorbs into skin: 5/5

Soft hands: 4.5/5

Smell 5/5

2. The Body Shop – Pink Grapefruit Hand Cream

This was the most priciest hand cream for £5 I was expecting big things. This lightweight formula smelt amazing . It contains Grapefruit seed oil which is known to be effective at killing bacteria. I noticed my hands were visibly moisturised and felt soft. However they did not stay moisturised for very long, and a constant top up was needed. I would recommend as an alternative the Body Shop Hemp Hand Cream.

Price: £5.00 The Body Shop – Pink Grapefruit Hand Cream

Stickiness: 0/5

Absorbs into skin: 4/5

Soft hands: 4/5

Smell 5/5

3. Garnier Hand – Intensive 7 days Hand Cream


You’d think 7 days restoring hand cream would be heaven sent . But I was disappointed with Garnier, I noticed that my hands were becoming dry again, and constantly needed a top up. My hands definitely didn’t feel hydrated after washing, and I was in a constant cycle of topping up. The cream had a light shea butter scent. Perhaps I would opt to using this hand cream in the summer.

Price £3.29 Wilko Garnier Intensive 7 Days Shea Hand Cream Dry Skin 100ml

Stickiness: 1/5

Absorbs into skin: 4/5

Soft hands: 4/5

Smell: 3.5/5

4. Patisserie De Bain – Strawberry Cupcake Hand Cream

For someone that loves fruit smelling products I think I have met my match! This light pink hand cream sure did smell of strawberries! Being the cheapest hand cream to review, the quality is what you pay for. The stickiness of the cream is very noticeable from the first application. But you’re hands do feel and look noticeably moisturised and not a dry scratch in sight.

Price £1.00 – Pound Land Superdrug Patisserie De Bain Body Lotion Strawberry Cupcake

Stickiness: 4/5

Absorbs into skin: 4/5

Soft hands: 3.5/5

Smell 5/5

5. Nivea Soft – Moisturising Cream


Mixed with Vitamin E and Jojoba Oil, this product won my heart. The formula is light weight, very moisturising and not an ounce of stickiness. The scent is light, and actually reminds me of the Johnson’s baby bath soap (which I love). I also noticed the product kept my hands moisturised for hours and a small amount goes a long way.

Price £2.00 – Nivea Soft Moisturising Cream 200ml

Stickiness: 0/5

Absorbs into skin: 5/5

Soft hands: 5/5

Smell 5/5

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