I wash my hands. A lot.
I do it to lessen my odds of catching colds and because I’m a little obsessive.
Perhaps my almost unnatural love of hand cleansing is what has me so stoked about the Essie Naturally Clean collection. The products in the release are 100% natural and contain essential oils like eucalyptus (a natural antiseptic), vitamins and antioxidants. Essie went au natural with Naturally Clean and shied away from harsh chemicals, yea!
The collection had me at hello.
I like the light lemon scent of these five products and their minimalist packaging. Of the five, I’ve tried three:
Purifying Nail Polish Remover ($6 for a 4-fl. oz. bottle; $16 for a 16-fl. oz. bottle)
Viva la FAST!
This stuff works like greased lightning! It removes nail polish faster than you can say the words, “Why, yes, Christian Bale, you may certainly massage my feet.”
I soaked a cotton pad in it, pressed it down on a polished nail and then wiped from cuticle to tip. It only took one swipe — amazing! Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A+
100% Purifying Hand Treatment with Nourishing Botanicals ($24 for a 8-fl. oz. bottle)
Essie loaded Purifying Hand Treatment with lots of good stuff: aloe and vegetable glycerin to moisturize skin, eucalyptus oil to sanitize and vitamin-enriched rice bran for antioxidant protection. It’s like an all-natural version of Purell with added moisturizers.
At $24 it’s hella expensive — certainly more expensive than Purell — but it’s natural, works well, feels good and, thankfully, a little goes a long way. A pea-sized amount thoroughly cleans and moisturizes both hands. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A
Purifying Hand Wash with Nourishing Botanicals ($14, 8-oz. bottle)
In winter, frequent hand washing can leave my paws feeling tight and looking ashy.
A moisturizing hand wash, like Purifying Hand Wash with Nourishing Botanicals, is a total winter must; otherwise … do you remember V, The Final Battle? — remember the scaly lizard people? Yeah, like that.
Purifying Hand Wash contains moisturizing coconut oil and aloe vera. It foams up into a soft, rich lather but doesn’t leave a film after I rinse it off.
I go through crazy amounts of hand soap, and $14 seems like a lot to pay for Purifying Hand Wash, but it may be a nice way to indulgence your hands when they’ve been good.
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B
Big things come in small packages: Essie Spring 2009 minis!
A few select colors from the Essie Spring 2009 collection are now available in an $18 four-pack of mini-bottles. The set includes One of a Kind, Mesmerize, Flawless and Status Symbol. Hello, awesomeness!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Congrats to the winners of the Essie Spring 2009 giveaway: Courtney L, Tammy, Ashely and Mimi!