To wit: even though I probably already have enough tubes of hand cream to last me through the next ice age (stashed in the car, on my nightstand, on my desk, in every purse…), I still couldn’t resist bringing home Burt’s Bees Thoroughly Therapeutic Honey & Grapeseed Oil Hand Creme ($10).
It’s been around for a while, but I’d been so enamored by another one of Burt’s products, his Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Creme (which I still love despite how long it takes to absorb), that it took me this long to branch out.
True to form, Burt’s bees kept Thoroughly Therapeutic 99% natural, incorporating honey and hydrating grapeseed oil, and they were kind enough not to test it on animals.
When I apply it to my hands, I can feel them say “Ahhh…” They love the moisture, and I love that I don’t have to spend forever obsessively massaging it in. The cream’s thin consistency might explain why it absorbs as quickly as it does.
Even though it leaves behind a somewhat heavy film, at least it isn’t greasy. My paws feel thoroughly moisturized when I use this and stay that way for hours. Or until the next time I wash my hands.
Ah, but the scent… The scent! “Strong” doesn’t do it justice. It’s Herculean, and to me doesn’t smell like honey at all. I don’t mind it, but I see it being a very polarizing scent, a cloying red berry with notes of Tupperware, that sniffers will either love or hate.
El Hub thinks it smells like bug spray (sorry, Burt) and runs away every time I use it on my hands.
Because I think it works so well as a hand cream and absorbs in a flash, I’m willing to overlook the scent, but I do think it’s probably a good idea to give this one a good sniff before you bring it home.
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