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Winter is finally kicking in and taking its usual toll on our hands.
So I've been busy testing various natural and organic hand creams and other hand and nail care products over the last few weeks and my opinions are shown below.

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see previous bodycare features:
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Green People
Fruitful Nights from Green People Green people Aloe Vera Hand Lotion Green People Help at Hand Delivery £2.50 to UK (free for first time orders).

Aloe Vera Hand Lotion. Retail Price £10.99 for a 200ml tube.
Organic Food Federation certified 89% organic.
A rich lotion for chapped and dry hands. It has a subtle fragrance from oils of bergamot, ylang ylang and rose geranium and leaves skin feeling soft and soothed.
What I liked best: large 200ml tube is excellent value.

Help at Hand. Retail Price £8.99 for a 50ml tube. 92% organic.
A rich cream with a delicious floral fragrance of lavender and rose geranium. It leaves skin feeling soft and smooth.
What I liked best: gorgeous fragrance.

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Neal's Yard Rose & Almond Night Cream Neal's yard Elderflower Hand Softener Neal's Yard Melissa Hand Cream Neal's Yard Remedies
Delivery £4.00 to UK.

Organic Melissa Hand Cream. Retail price £10.00 for a 30ml tube.
A smooth, rich cream which leaves hands feeling soft and smooth. Initially it has a fresh citrus fragrance, but after a few minutes this changes to the more exotic fragrance of frankinsense and myrrh.
What I liked best: non-greasy.

Elderflower Hand Softener. Retail price £7.25 for a 40g jar.
A rich thick cream with a fresh herbal fragrance. It absorbs easily into dry hands leaving them feeling soft and smooth.
What I liked best: great for gardeners.

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Buy mother earth Avocado Organic Night Cream with Rose & frankincense Mother Earth Simply Relaxing Hand & Nail Cream Mother earth Raindrops & Roses Hand & Nail Cream Mother Earth Cloud Nine Hand & Nail Cream Mother Earth
Hand & Nail Creams.
Retail price £8.50 for each 120ml jar. Delivery £2.95 to UK.

All of the following handcreams have a rich buttery texture. For general everyday use you only need to use a tiny amount, so they're very economical. Use a little more if skin is extra dry or as an overnight treat.

Cloud Nine
This has a light fresh fragrance from neroli and tangarine essential oils. Mother Earth recommend it to help relieve anxiety and stress.
What I liked best: ideal as an overnight treat.

Raindrops & Roses
This has a sweet floral fragrance from rose absolute and geranium essential oils. Mother Earth recommend it to soothe and uplift the emotions.
What I liked best: great for very dry skin.

Simply Relaxing
This was my favourite fragrance out of the 3 creams - a fresh blend of lavender and chamomile essential oils. Mother Earth recommend it for soothing and treating inflamed, irritated skin, especially eczema.
What I liked best: smells delicious.

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Barefoot Botanicals
Barefoot Botanicals Skin Rescue CreamSOS Skin Rescue Cream.
Retail price £16.95 for a 100ml tube. Delivery £2.00 to UK.

A rich lotion for very dry, sensitive and itching skin. It has a fresh floral fragrance and leaves skin feeling soft, soothed and glowing. Barefoot Botanicals recommend it for those withdrawing from steroid creams.

What I liked best: smells delicious.

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Primavera
Primavera White Tea & Hemp Hand TreatmentWhite Tea & Hemp Hand Treatment
Retail price £8.55 for a 50g jar. Delivery £3.75 to UK.

A rich, easily absorbed cream for hands, nails and cuticles. It has a sweet refreshing fragrance and leaves skin feeling soft and nourished.

What I liked best: good for your cuticles too.

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Laughing Bird
Laughing Bird Shea & Cocoa Butter Hand CreamShea & Cocoa Butter Hand Cream
Retail price £6.95 for a 120ml jar. Delivery £1.50 to UK.

A rich thick cream for hard-working hands. It has a fresh fragrance from lemon and geranium essential oils and leaves dry skin feeling soft and silky.

What I liked best: uplifting fragrance.

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Spiezia night cream and night time extra Spiezia Organics
Hand Cream. Soil Association certified 100% organic.
Retail Price £23.40 for a 60ml jar. Delivery £5.00 to UK.

This rich cream contains no water, so a little goes a long way. It is similar to a balm in texture and has a fresh feminine fragrance. It absorbs easily into the skin leaving it feeling soft and nourished.

What I liked best: easily absorbed.

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Essential Care Hand & Body Lotion / Calendula Balm Essential Care
Rich Hand & Body Lotion. Soil Association certified 95% organic.
Retail price £8.95 for a 160ml bottle. Delivery £2.00 to UK.
A rich non-greasy lotion formulated to be kind to sensitive skin. It absorbs easily leaving skin feeling soft and nourished and has a delicate feminine fragrance from lavender, lemon, ylang ylang and patchouli essential oils.
What I liked best: you can use it all over your body.

Calendula Balm. Soil Association certified 100% organic.
Retail price £4.95 for a 20g jar. Delivery £2.00 to UK.
A light buttery balm with a delicate fresh fragrance. Great for moisturising cuticles and soothing areas of dry or chapped skin.
What I liked best: great for cuticles.

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Martina Gebhardt Natural Skin Care
Martina Gebhardt Rose Cream and LotionChamomile Hand Cream. Price £14.00 for a 100ml pot.
Delivery £3.00 to UK (free for orders over £30)

A rich thick cream to protect and soften dry and chapped hands. It has a fresh rose / citrus fragrance and leaves skin feeling soft and smooth.

What I liked best: rich and protective.

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Buy dr hauschka hand creamDr. Hauschka
Hand Cream.
Retail price £9.00 for a 50ml tube. Delivery £2.00 to UK.

A smooth, rich non-greasy cream with a delicate fresh fragrance. It absorbs easily leaving hands feeling soft and smooth.
Dr Hauschka say it can also help to relieve the pain and discomfort of eczema on the hands.

What I liked best: no oily residue.

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buy Circaroma Hand Creams Circaroma
Delivery free to UK.
Replenishing Hand Cream. Retail price £20.00 for a 60g jar.
A light easily absorbed cream with the delicate floral fragrance of rose, geranium and patchouli. Leaves hands feeling soft and smooth and smelling delicious.
What I liked best: no greasy residue.

Softening Hand & Foot Balm. Retail price £11.70 for a 50g jar
A rich, buttery balm with the delicious fragrance of lavender, geranium and frankinsense. Leaves dry skin feeling soft and smooth.
What I liked best: yummy fragrance.

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Elixirs of Life 'Gardeners Life' hand creamElixirs of Life
Gardeners Life.
Retail price £8.50 for a 60ml jar. Delivery £1.40 to UK.

A rich thick cream developed for chapped hands and split fingers. It has a delicate sweet fragrance from Benzoin, Lavender and Tea Tree essential oils and absorbs quickly into the skin leaving it feeling soft and silky, and not at all greasy.
What I liked best: hands feel silky soft.

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Green handsGreen Hands
Delivery £1.40 to UK.

Glass Nail File.
Retail price £7.50
This is much smoother than a regular emery board, and as its made of etched glass it won't wear out or blunt like an emery board.
What I liked best: hygenic, as you can sterilise it.

Suncoat Water-based Nail Polish
Retail price £9.95 for a 15ml bottle.
I tried shade 32 - Apricot. It applies easily and dries quickly, although you shouldn't put your hands in very hot water for at least 12 hours, so I applied it in the evening. Two coats gave an acceptable finish, but three is better. It has virtually no fragrance and doesn't dry out nails, although I found it a little thinner and more prone to chipping than traditional nail polish, and it also takes longer to remove.
What I liked best: no chemical smell.

Suncoat Natural Nail Polish Remover
Retail price £8.50 for a 60ml bottle.
Although this is designed to be used with the water-based nail polish it will also remove traditional nail polish very efficiently, and leaves nails beautifully conditioned.
What I liked best: doesn't dry out nails.

Cuticle Oil and Nail Strengthener
Retail price £6.95 for a 6ml bottle.
A blend of jojoba, almond, neroli and frankinsense oils, it smells delicious and is great for strengthening brittle or peeling nails and softening cuticles.
What I liked best: smells lovely.

Herbfarmacy Citrus Hand Cream (no picture)
Retail price £9.00 for a 125ml jar.
A light easily absorbed cream with a fresh citrus fragrance. It is ideal for everyday use as it leaves no greasy residue and hands feel soft and smooth.
What I liked best: hands feel silky soft.

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buy Weleda sea buckthorn hand cream from love lulaLove Lula
Weleda Sea Buckthorn Hand Cream.
Available in the UK from Love Lula
Retail price £4.35 for a 50ml tube. Delivery £1.75 to UK.

A light, easily absorbed with a lovely refreshing citrus fragrance. Ideal for general everyday use as it soaks into the skin without leaving any greasy residue.
What I liked best: light and non-greasy.

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Organic Botanics
Organic Botanics intensive hand treatmentDelivery free to UK.
Organic Intensive Daily Hand Treatment
Retail price £12.20 for a 60ml jar.

A rich easily absorbed hand cream with a light fresh fragrance of orange and lavender oils. Helps prevent chapping and irritation and leaves hands feeling really soft and smooth.
What I liked best: easily absorbed and non-sticky.

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Burt's Bees
Buy Burt's Bees hand salve from Mollycoddles of RochesterHand Salve.
Available in the UK from Mollycoddles of Rochester.
Retail price £8.00 for an 85g tin. Delivery £2.95 to UK.

A firm set salve with the refreshing fragrance of eucalyptus and rosemary oils. I found this a little too greasy for general everyday use, but it is ideal for gardeners and moisturising dry and chapped skin.
What I liked best: A little goes a long way.

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The Natural Spa Company
Buy Natural Spa Company hand creamsDelivery £2.95 to UK.

Orange & Lavender Hand Lotion.
Retail price £4.99 for a 50ml jar.

A rich easily absorbed lotion with the refreshing fragrance of orange and lavender oils. Leaves hands feeling soft and smooth.
What I liked best: easily absorbed.

Russian Rose & Lavender Hand Cream.
Retail price £6.99 for a 50ml jar.
This is richer than the lotion, but just as easily absorbed. It has a delicate fresh floral fragrance, and leaves dry wind-damaged hands feeling soft and moisturised.
What I liked best: skin feels beautifully soft.

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