Like many lobbyists, I shake a lot of hands. A sickening amount when you consider the number of viruses and bacteria present on the human hand. As a result, I wash and Purell 15-20 times per day. (I wish I were exaggerating.) And all that scrub-a-dub-dubbing makes my hands painfully dry.
I wanted a lotion that could tackle my dry hands, but also wouldn’t spill all over the inside of my purse. Sounds simple enough, but my search proved more difficult than you might imagine.
L’Occitane Dry Skin and Hand Cream ($10). I purchased my first tube of L’Occitane last month during a windy cold-snap we had here in D.C. Within a day, my cracked aching hands were reborn as the soft hands usually present only in Palmolive commercials.
The formula of this cream is incredibly rich and emollient. It takes only a tiny amount to take the sting out of dry hands, heels or elbows. The lotion has the subtle hint of Jasmine, which frankly I could do without (I deplore most fragrances, esp. florals.), but that just means that when this tube runs out, I need to search for another scent.
Lastly, I like the thick formula and tube design because, as long as I screw the cap on tightly, I don’t need to worry about spills. Cleaning the inside of a handbag is next to impossible–like understanding a drunken man who speaks a foreign language.
EOS Travel Sized Hand Lotion ($4). The fine folks at Elle sent me a sample of the EOS lotion about a year ago. And like most consumers, I was taken with the clever and unique packaging. I threw the lotion into my desk drawer and reach for it from time to time after I Purell.
The light scent of cucumber and honeydew melon is nice. Reminds me of the early days of Bath and Body Works, but in a good way. The trouble is that the formulation is incredibly light, almost watery. It moisturizes, but it doesn’t do the kind of job that I need.
Also, the 1.5 fl oz in the EOS ran out in less than a month. Compare this to the 1 fl oz in the L’Occitane tube and it’s no contest, the L’Occitane lasted longer. This is probably because the EOS is runnier and thus, you need to use more to do the job.
The Verdict: L’Occitane all the way. It has attractive, spill-proof packaging and a rich formula that will keep even the driest hands soft and smooth. If you want to try out all their lovely scents before you choose one, head to their shop in Penn Quarter.