Happy hydration! This cute hand cream contains shea butter, macadamia nut and olive fruits teamed up with pore pleasing avocado and sunflower oils. Add to the mix the delicious Mandarin Tea scent and you’ve got your perfect dream crème!
Fragrance: African Rooibos, pomegranate, neroli, orange blossom.
Part of the delightful parcel of products from Soap ‘n Sorbet, I only recently opened Love + Toast Mandarin Tea Hand Cream. So apt for the Lunar New Year season with its whiff of the Orient, this product was a lifesaver for my parched hands that were dry from the increased washing that accompanies this annual festival.
It is cruelty-free, never having been tested on animals and also paraben-free. Containing a subtle blend of green tea and citrus scents, this light and luxurious hand cream (35 g/S$19) is a pampering treat for the hands. ‘Light and luxurious’ sounds almost oxymoronic but it is exactly that. My skin absorbs this lightweight moisturiser in an instant, yet the lightness in texture and feel does not compromise its performance – my hands are adequately moisturised and callousness is kept at bay with this smooth and effective hand cream. I love that it stays on. I’m a fitful sleeper and I move a lot in the night, so it is a joy to find that the cream hasn’t smeared or worn off overnight. While it isn’t a heavy-duty hand cream and might not palliate terribly dry skin, it certainly is an excellent one for everyday use.
Its hygienic squeeze tube packaging is perfect for quick applications and would easily slip into any purse or handbag. I was particularly impressed by the fact that its foil opening was completely sealed to ensure product freshness (you will need a clean, sharp implement to release the moisturiser). The fresh burst of fragrance that greeted me when I opened Mandarin Tea was amazing! I’m glad I need not worry about product/scent degradation too – its white plastic cap closes firmly. :)
The funny thing is that I’m not exactly a huge fan of hand creams (very happy I was, with Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Hand Therapy Cream). However, this product has made me hanker for more of its kind. I currently keep this on my bedside table so that I can reach it easily – I’ve been using this almost every night – but I am longing for another one to put in my everyday bag (I intend to purchase Sugar Grapefruit or Gin Blossom).
Created by Margot Elena, who is also the lady behind Tokyo Milk, all Love & Toast (also referred to as Love + Toast) products are accompanied by whimsical artwork. The aesthetics of this brand hits you immediately when you see the delicately-crafted packaging with their cute images and cut-outs of a heart and a slice of toast (love + toast, so adorable) – a visual treat for the eyes and a nice addition to the tactile pleasure of using this hand cream. :)
If you would like to try this Love & Toast hand cream, do take part in the Makeup Stash! Lunar New Year 2010 giveaways!
Image source: Soap ‘n Sorbet