Battle Of The Hand Creams: Which Is Best?

I have decided to do a new blog series where I test out different brands versions of the same product. This week I will be comparing hand creams, all of which have different price points- some are cheap, some are expensive. We’re made to believe that expensive means better, however, I personally think this isn’t always the case.


Superdrug Hand Rescue Balm

If you shop in Superdrug then you’ll be aware that they sell their own branded products. Their own products tend to sell for a lower price compared to popular brands, but are they any good? Well, from my experience some products are great, some not so great.

The price: £1.49 for a 75ml hand cream- bargain!

The Fragrance: It is scentless. I like hand creams that smell nice, but I’m not too worried about it.

The Formula: It’s a balm so it’s a bit thicker than a cream. I really like the formula because it sinks into the skin quickly and is non-greasy.

The Benefits: It is designed to soothe and nourish damaged hands. Its ingredients include pro-vitamin B5 and glycerine to hydrate dry hands. It is a cruelty-free product and is vegan- bonus!

Does it work? I have purchased this hand cream before, and yes, it does work! I haven’t got any complaints about it to be honest. Stars: *****


Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream

This is a very popular brand of hand cream, you can find it almost every shop. It is a trusted hand cream that doesn’t cost too much either.

The price: £3.85 for 50ml (I know this is a smaller tube compared to the others but this hand cream is concentrated.)

The Fragrance: You can get fragranced and non-fragranced variations of this hand cream. I have the fragranced one here, but I can hardly smell anything.

The Formula: The consistency and how it applies is similar to the Superdrug one. The only difference with this one is that you only need to apply a dab due to its concentrated formula.

The Benefits: This hand cream claims to instantly relieve dry and chapped hands. It is enriched with glycerine that does all the moisturizing.

Does it work? Yes, it does! I have purchased this hand cream many times before. It is just a little bit hard to rub in as it is very thick. Stars: ****

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Cowshed Moisturising Hand Cream: £8 (50ml)

This is the first time I have used this hand cream, I received it in a subscription box called Latest In Beauty. I haven’t heard of this brand before but I found out they sell lots of other products like hair and skin care products.

The price: £8 for 50ml

The Fragrance: There are lots of essential oils in this hand cream, so it smells very strong.

The Formula: It has quite a thin consistency and it sinks into the skin quickly. It is a little bit greasy but not too bad.

The Benefits: The essential oils are designed to tone and refresh your skin.

Does it work? This hand cream is NOT for me. I personally don’t like the smell because it’s too strong. On the packaging, it says to do a skin test due to the oils before using, so they must know it won’t suit everyone. It made my hands sting because I have dermatitis. Stars: *


L’Occitane Shea Vanilla Bouquet Hand Cream

L’Occitane is such a luxurious brand to me! If you buy any product from L’Occitane, you just know everything is going to excellent quality as they only use the best ingredients.

The price: I have the 30ml tube here, but the 75ml one costs £15.

The Fragrance: It has a sweet vanilla and floral fragrance which is very pleasant. If this fragrance isn’t for you, they have lots of other fragrances in their hand cream range.

The Formula: The cream itself is white and quite thick- even though it’s not concentrated, a little bit goes a long way. It rubs into the skin easily and isn’t greasy in the slightest.

The Benefits: This hand cream is 20% shea butter, so you just know it’s going to be moisturising! The ingredients will help protect, nourish and soften the hands.

Does it work? Yes, it does work! I love the fragrance as well, I keep sniffing my hands after I have used it. It does moisturise my hands immediately and the effects are long lasting. Stars: ****

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And the winner is…

1st place: Superdrug *****

2nd place: Neutrogena ****

3rd place: L’Occitane ****

4th place: Cowshed *

I picked the Superdrug Hand Rescue balm to win because I can’t fault it, and you can’t complain at the price. Even though the Neutrogena hand cream is similar, I knocked it down one star because it’s not quite as good. I love the L’Occitane hand cream, but I don’t love the price. The Cowshed hand cream came last for obvious reasons.

Have you tried these hand creams before? What is your favourite hand cream?

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37 thoughts on “Battle Of The Hand Creams: Which Is Best?

      1. Its the best in really bad weather!! Or if your really hands on. I remember a very painful weekend of sanding and this saved me a lot of heart ache!! YES!! Lip balms for chapped ones for the winter is a good shout for sure!! Nail varnish to, chip factor a must 🙂 xxx

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  1. At the moment, my two favourites are the Body Shop (mango or pink grapefruit), and the White Company (Seychelles).. I do like the L’Occitane one too though. I have a Cowpat one – I agree the scent is quite strong (though I don’t know if we have the same one as they do two – mine is Cowpat!) I use the Cowshed one before I go to sleep and I think it does a good job during the night, though it is quite thick for daytime use. I enjoyed reading your comparison 🙂

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  2. Perfect timing for a post like this! My hands during autumn and winter… they are a tragedy. I won’t be able to get my hands on the superdrug one because we don’t have that in Germany, but I’ll try and find the Neutrogena hand cream. I love the packaging as well ^_^ It’s great to read other’s opinions on stuff like that because I always seem to be looking for the right one but can’t quite find it! S. xx

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  3. Neutrogena hand cream is for my skin surely. Tried it out and loved it, sometimes when my hands need no or less moisture this actually then troubles me.

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  4. I am always, always looking for great handcreams! In my job I literally wash my hands a gazillion times a day, so my hands dry out terribly. I havent ever tried ny of the superdrug own products, but will pick this up when Im next there. If its got your number one spot, it must be ok! Thanks for sharing xx

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  5. It always surprises me how fabulous superdrug’s products are for such an affordable price – definitely going to try theirs out for winter. Always find myself trying loads of different hand creams in winter as my hands get extremely dry. Not surprised some of the more expensive ones are greasy – I often find this and that they have too much fragrance added.

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