Thursday, February 20, 2014

Soft Hands, Soft Heart

The snow is still coming down and it doesn't look as if winter will be letting us out its grumpy grip anytime soon, but Spring will come, never fear! For now, I'll just enjoy the beauty of all of this snowfall. That's not to say I could do without some of the burdens of the season. For example, I've had it just about up to here with dry skin. Short of taking extravagant Maria Antoinette style almond milk baths every day (ooh, is that an option?), it's hard to know what to do. Luckily, there are some wonderful products out there for what takes the most damage- our poor little hands.

The Princess

$24 at Pickwick's Mercantile

 This is the perfect lightweight moisturizer for transitioning into Spring. With a fresh honeycomb scent and packed with cocoa, shea, and avocado butter, it looks pretty in your bag, smells lovely, and actually gets the job done. If you don't suffer too terribly from cactus-dermis, but do like to have soft paws, this is a light and lovely choice.

The Ranger

Murchison-Hume started off as the passion project of an engineer and fashion editor whose son developed allergies to common household cleaning products. They make a whole line of wonderful Australian White Grapefruit scented products that do everything from clean the mirrors to, well, clean your hands. Their Velvet Glove Hand Cream works really well, especially when paired with their Superlative Liquid Hand Soap. At $14 a bottle, it is something of a best kept secret sort of product. Also, it doesn't have a flowery scent, so the gentleman can use it without feeling guilty.

The Luxe

$50 at Pickwick's Mercantile

Okay, you know we're obsessed. Santa Maria Novella products are so amazing that we did a two-post expose on them, not long ago (see here and here). This almond paste is literally legendary, reputed to be the first product ever made by the Dominican monks, hundreds of years ago. Its magic combination of almond oil, grapeseed oil, egg yolk, and virgin beeswax has been saving asylum seekers from dry skin on hands and elbows for all of that time. 

The King

$25 at Pickwick's Mercantile

If I had the forethought to seek testimonials, they would have come pouring from the woodwork because this moisturizer is amazing. It is the first product we show anyone who mentions they're suffering from dry or cracking hands and once it goes home with someone, it will almost certainly go home with them again. 97% natural, made completely in the USA, and vegan, it also has a homey oatmeal, vetiver, vanilla scent that is soothing and won't distract from your perfume or cologne. This is most definitely customer's choice and mine, as well.

Valentine's Day has passed in a flurry of red and swooning and now all sights on State Street are set on waiting out the rest of the cold weather in style- cozy, chic, and well moisturized. Come on by, we'll make sure you're the same!


Can't come in to snag these treats for your special someones? 
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and we will make sure they arrive, wrapped and ready on your doorstep!

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