Review: Aveda Hand Relief

What it says on the website: Incredibly rich moisture therapy soothes dry, chapped hands—leaving them noticeably softer and smoother. Hydrating plant emollients, humectants, exfoliating fruit acids and anti-oxidants—including vitamins A and E—help diminish signs of ageing and provide optimal relief.

Increases moisture levels and elasticity in skin with continued use.

I remember when this hand cream was featured in every women's glossy going a few years ago. I guess the pun in the name was either too funny to ignore or Aveda spent a fortune on advertising their wonder product (probably both). As a result I've always been intrigued to find out whether it lives up to the hype.

Once the novelty of the product name wears off, what you're left with is a good hand cream that doesn't leave sticky residue. Containing Vitamin E, which is widely believed to slow the ageing process, it moisturised my hands well and I liked the texture of the cream which is neither too watery (one of my pet peeves) or too thick. I can't comment on its anti ageing qualities as my hands are fairly youthful due to my hand moisturising habits but I think mature skins would benefit from the rich formula of this hand cream which is just right in my opinion.

I'm not overly keen on the scent which is citrus-like but I've overcome that by not cupping my face in my hand (a habit of mine) until it wears off a few minutes later. The scent is a personal preference so don't let that cloud your view of the product itself. Even in this bitterly cold weather affecting us at the moment I haven't had to increase the no of times I use this. It sinks in well, retaining moisture first time round and I only reapply it after washing my hands.

There's only so much you can write about a hand cream - texture, smell and moisturising qualities aside, I don't think it warrants its price tag and I'm sure there are cheaper alternatives available. I am however pleased with its performance and would suggest it as a recommendation if asked for a hand cream.

I'll happily buy this again, but it'll be courtesy of bargain basement Ebay!

How much is it? £16.50
Where can I buy it from? Aveda, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges

7 beauty lovers have sumthin to say:

sabrina said...

I always use this, and loovveee it especially the smeell X

Scarie said...

I wasn't mad on this handcream, I prefer Clarins. But it says something about my hand cream habit that I got 3 hand creams for Christmas, this, A Roc one and a CLarins one!

DisGoBaby said...

I have tried this years back and remember thinking it was really good, which is unlikely for me as my hands get soo dry and chipped! I need to rebuy

Beauty Scribbler said...

Ouch £16.50 for a hand cream. I have really dry skin on my hands and have to moisturise them every time I come into contact with water because the water in London is so hard :-( so I go through tons of hand cream.

I find that the Dove and Nivea hand creams are really good... most of them don't have mineral oils in, and are really moisturising without being greasy or sticky. I think it's the Nivea Q10 one which is my fave.

Otherwise I just decant a good body lotion into a small bottle to put in my handbag... I never did see the point of a separate hand cream. Apart from the fact they come in handy-sized tubes!

I've tagged you on my blog by the way... but you've probably already been tagged many times for the same awards!

Lina said...

I've got this hand cream. Yep, it's good but doubt I'll repurchase. I agree there are just as good/better cheaper alternatives. xx

Small Town Gal said...

The price is shocking for a pretty regular handcream (imo) O_o I was given a tube of it when I had my son, and I definitely wouldn't buy it myself. Mind you I am on the search for the perfect handcream at the moment, LOL.

SB (New York City Pretty) said...

This is what I'm currently using for my hand cream. It's good but not exceptional. My HG hand cream is Lather Evening Primrose with AHA, but I'm making myself use up the Aveda before I repurchase the Lather.


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