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

5 Ways To Glow This Winter

Honey, You’re Glowing!

It’s that time of the year where your skin dries faster than quick dry nail polish, getting up in the morning appears impossible and your fingers experience frost bite!

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But the worst part about the cold weather is that many of us enter “hibernation mode”, whats hibernation mode you say? Packing on layers of clothes, eating warm comfort food and spending longer hours in bed! But what also come with this, is creating short cuts with our skin regime.

Unfortunately the winter weather doesn’t provide many benefits to your skin. The low humidity creates a dry air that strips moisture from the skin. To top this of hot showers and electric heaters further rob the skin from moisture.


But here are 5 easy ways to make your skin glow this winter!

1. Review Your Face Mask

The face mask you use in the summer may not necessary give your skin the same benefits in the winter. Face masks that contain clay and charcoal tend to strip impurities from the skin but can also leave it feeling extra dry in the winter. Consider using masks that will add moisture to your face such as aloe vera, honey and avocado.

2. Moisturisers / Oils

Moisturising from head to toe is imperative, I know the drop in temperature after leaving the shower can really tempt you to pop some clothes on and start your day, but even the friction from the clothes can cause your skin to become irritated and extra dry . Finding a moisturiser that contains one of the following oils can be very beneficial.

  • Argon Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Rose hip Oil
  • Safflower Oil
  • Tamanu Oil

Throughout the year especially in the winter season using a night moisturiser will guarantee your skin feeling soft and fresh by the morning. I use Superdrug Vitamin E Night Cream. (Link: Superdrug Vitamin E – Night Cream )

3. Shower In Lukewarm Water

I know it can be tempting to get home from a cold journey and shower in hot volcanic water. But showering in such temperatures strips your skin from natural oils leaving it extra dry and irritated. Read more on hot showers in my previous blog

Link : https://soapandsomebrandy.com/2018/01/24/not-too-hot-not-to-cold/

4. Exfoliating

In the winter months, we tend to forget to exfoliate, and when we do we often leave out our feet and hands. Moisture tends to struggle to reach these parts when the dead skin becomes too coated. But by exfoliating and using a foot mask can ensure your hands and feet look crack free and fresh.

5. Diet

The winter months will have you in doors and chucking down extra calories. Warm comfort food is likely to become your best friend, but eating clean and healthy is essential, as the diet you eat reflects on your skin.  This month is “Veganuary” or “Detox January”, so join the ride and give your pores a chance to breath.

PS – Don’t forget to wear SPF!


Exfoliating Your Body

Body Exfoliating Toys?

Unless you live in the southern hemisphere for many of us winter has ARRIVED! If you’re a bit like me then you’ve tuck your skin away under layers of clothing and will wait till summer to brush up.


But regardless of the season our skin needs some pampering! This week I review body exfoliating accessories, and was very surprised to see how I’ve turned a blind eye to some of them all these years!  Sometimes leave the sponge behind a pick up something new in the shower. Many of us already have the routine of exfoliating our faces, but what about our bodies?

Exfoliating is the removal of dead/ dry skins cells on the surface of the skin and has several benefits such as

  • Smoother skin
  • Helps your moisturiser penetrate better
  •  Increases blood circulation
  • Smoother Knees and Elbows

I picked up 3 new item, the Primark Natural Exfoliator back spread (RRP. £3.50), the Primark Exfoliating Back Brush (RRP. £2.50), the Primark Exfoliating Gloves (RRP £2.00) and lastly the Vanity Planet Body Brush (Set RRP ~ £70.00).


Primark Natural Back Exfoliator Spread and Exfoliating Back Brush

The Exfoliating Back Spread wasn’t a new concept to me, and for those who use an African net bathing sponge, would know the texture can be seen as exfoliator (LOL). The fabric used on this product was disappointing, one side is a smooth fleece material and the other-side has a similar material but a stronger grip. My back didn’t feel exfoliated at all, and when wet the material become too soft to scrub with.

Ratings: 1/5

The Back Brush felt much better on my skin, however i found this very difficult to navigate on my back. Perhaps the handle is too short, or i have awful co-ordination. I would much preferred if the handle length was adjustable, and a changeable brush head. In that case I would opt for a brush that was a much rougher for those with tougher skin. If you have sensitive skin this brush is highly recommended.

Ratings: 1/5

Vanity Planet Body Brush

I’m already in love with the Vanity Brush face brushes, however after getting my hands on the body brush I wish I came across it sooner! As someone who’s been a sufferer of “Backne” (Acne on the back and chest) this brush would’ve been great to use. I did notice shower gels worked best with this brush head then soap bars, and I only found it easier to navigate against my neck and chest and knees. The brush hairs aren’t too tough and doest scratch the skin. Overall my skin did feel smoother and softer after use, but not an accessory i see myself using everyday. If you have normal to sensitive skin this product is more efficient for you.

Ratings: 3/5


Primark Exfoliating Gloves

I want to call these the “Wonder Gloves” because where have they been all of my life! I absolutely love the concept of gloves I can wear in the shower to wash with. The gloves have good grip and I could feel my skin getting a good scrub. This would’ve come extra handing in the summer and during my holidays. The only disclaimer is the gloves come in one size, so if you have large hands these gloves wont fit. They also can be a bit tricky to pop on in the shower once they are wet so i suggest wearing them when dry. I plan on purchasing a second pair to use strictly on my feet for my home pedicure days.

Ratings: 4.5/5

What Brandy Thinks?

Overall I have been disappointed with the quality of some of the products, I feel that  the Primark Natural Back Exfoliator Spreed and the Exfoliating Back Brush would work well for people with sensitive skin. However the Gloves and the Vanity Planet brush is something I would now incorporate in my skin care routine. In the future I would rather feel the texture of the brush before purchasing. I also recommended reading the packaging to see whether the hairs on the brush or gloves are suitable with those with sensitive skin.




I’m Too Dark for Sunscreen

Stronger Than The U.V?

Before summer 2018 arrived, did you ask yourself the question “Do I need sun screen…?” By April many of our high street shelves are bombarded with sunscreens, after sun lotions and aloe vera gel. And to be honest for many people of colour the first thing that comes into mind is “I don’t need this” with a shrugged shoulder. However you’d be surprised how much you can benefit from some sunscreen lotion.

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