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Review of Roger & Gallet Hand & Nail Balm by @thebeautyhype
I’m not sure about you, but the last few days I have seen glimpses of spring emerging. Blue skies, daffodils and a definite warmth in the sun coming through my windows, my cats stretched out and purring in puddles of sunlight on the carpet, leave me in no doubt that in a few short weeks I will be able to declare winter over.
My skin though, and in particular my hands, still have that grey, dull, lifelessness that only several months of near hibernation and central heating can imbue. If the skin on the back of your hands is genuinely the best guide to your real age as is so often written, then I need to start investing in birthday cake candles, because I’ll need at least eighty.
Fortunately, this week, just as the weather changed and I started to think about preparing my skin for spring, in the post arrived what might just be the saviour for my hands – Roger & Gallet Hand & Nail Balms.
Opening the parcel, it was the scent that hit me first. Based on the Roger & Gallet fragrances of the same name, frankly these hand creams smell glorious – wildly, extravagantly, luxuriously so. The first, Fleur de Figues, is enriched with fig extract and designed for relaxation, but to me smelt more of freshly cut mangoes and of summer. Sniffing my hand evoked holidays; summer afternoons under a warm sun somewhere exotic.
Bienfaits, the other version I received, is supposedly the more invigorating scent and is enriched with five red berries to help slow down premature ageing. Invigorating or not, this balm smells decadently expensive – fruity but slightly musky at the same time, the kind of scent that you imagine catching the slightest trace of as you pass an exotically glamorous French woman sitting chatting outside a chic café in Paris.
Trying one on each hand I spent the afternoon basking in their fragrance, waving one hand, then the other under my nose in such a way that I’m sure meant that the people around me on the train thought me quite insane.
As well as the heady scents of these two balms, the formula, which contains glycerin, shea butter, aloe vera and apricot kernel oil, feels deeply soothing and moisturising on your hands. My hands instantly felt comforted and better hydrated, like sliding your hand into a warm, cocoon like glove of moisture, as well as looking better and feeling softer too.
Unlike other hand creams, despite being richly moisturising these balms leave no stickiness on the hands. Within seconds of applying and gently massaging it in, your hands feel nourished, but not sticky. It’s as if you have waved an invisible veil of hydration over them, leaving them feeling, looking and smelling much better, but with no evidence as to how. Crucially, once better hydrated my hands looked younger too, the wrinkliness and dryness of my skin replaced with a plumper looking version – those candles can go back in the drawer, for now.
Both balms come in a 30ml handbag friendly size and contain no parabens, colourants or silicones, so are suitable for all skin types including sensitive skins.
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