I’ve recently stumbled upon a Gardeners 60 Second Fix hand scrub/hand cream duo, and as I’ve never tried Crabtree & Evelyn products before I’ve grabbed this set to give it a go. The packaging also helped my decision – how cute are the illustrations on it?
The names of their products were a bit confusing for me in the beginning (in case you are not familiar with their range, Hand Recovery stands for a hand scrub, while Hand Therapy refers to hand creams).
Gardeners Hand Recovery lists macadamia seed oil, oat, rosemary, sage, cucumber fruit extract, palm butter, shea butter and mineral salts among ingredients. Mineral salt is an exfoliating ingredient while emollient-rich ingredients condition the skin. The scrub should be applied to dry skin and massaged. I find that I need quite a lot of the product to use it this way and, as the texture is a bit dry and the salts are not densely packed, I need to be careful not to waste it. I prefer mixing it with a few drops of water and then applying it. It gives my hands an instant fix – they immediately feel smoother and softer. If your hands are not too dry, you might not even need a hand cream as the oils in the scrub make the hands feel soothed. It’s a nice product if you are looking for a scrub that is not too harsh, but personally this one is not amongst my favourites. I’m not crazy about the scent (I think it’s the macadamia and oat combination that bugs me) and I prefer scrubs that are a bit stronger. I wouldn’t repurchase this one.
The Hand Therapy on the other hand, has a semi-thick consistency, it’s not greasy, it applies with ease and sinks into the skin fast. It does leave a protective layer on the skin that needs about 10-15 minutes to completely absorb, but it’s not a sticky layer so it’s great for a daytime use. Due to the thicker texture I would use this one during the colder months, it might be too heavy for higher temperatures. The hand cream also contains macadamia seed oil, shea butter, rosemary, sage, cucumber fruit extract and it contains starch and urea. I much prefer the scent and the texture of the hand cream but, again, although it’s a nice product it didn’t completely win me over.
Hand Recovery: Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Calcium Stearate, Sodium Chloride, Maltodextrin, Pumice, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Emulsifying Wax NF, Isopropyl Myristate, Sodium Methyl, Cocoyl Taurate, Stearic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Caprylyl Methicone, Sucrose Distearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Potassium Stearate, Glycerin, Water (Aqua)(Eau) , 1,2-Hexanediol, Fragrance (Parfum), Linalool, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate
Hand Therapy: Water (Aqua)(Eau) , Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Emulsifying Wax NF, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Isopropyl Myristate, Saccharide Isomerate, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sucrose Distearate, Arginine, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Sucrose Stearate, Caprylyl Methicone, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Commiphora Myrrha Resin Extract, Ceramide 3, Cholesterol, Phytosphingosine, Ceramide 6 II, Hydrolyzed, Wheat Protein, Hyaluronic Acid, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Tocotrienols, Tocopherol, Squalane, Ceramide 1, Phytosterols, Fragrance (Parfum) , Disodium EDTA, Polysorbate 20, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Linalool, Coumarin, Evernia Furfuracea (Treemoss) Extract, Eugenol, Limonene, Methylisothiazolinone, Polyaminopropyl, Biguanide, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol