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.
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: *****
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: ****
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 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: ****
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?