Hand creams are definitely the next “new normal” accessory, and here are some of the most beautifully packaged options.
With the rise of hand washing and sanitiser sprays, hand creams have become more of a necessity than ever before. Even if the rigorous washing and spraying hasn’t gotten your hands raw, dry, and sore (yet), it definitely does not hurt to make a habit of moisturising them. After all, the difference a good hand cream can make may surprise you, and we shouldn’t forget that over-washed, crusty hands are more susceptible to infection.
As we scoured the scene for the best, luxurious hand creams in the market, we decided to make a round-up of the prettiest options that are available. Whether it’s for the flatlay ‘gram, or just to give yourself that little bit of joy when you wake up and face your vanity every morning, here are the most beautifully packaged hand creams that’ll also work wonders on your skin.
The Byredo Rose Hand Cream
Known for highly-appealing, minimalist white packaging, Byredo is a classic staple to have if you’re looking for both aesthetics and quality. With notes of pink pepper, raspberry blossom, patchouli, and white mask, blended with a luxuriously-moisturising lathering of Turkish rose petals, the Byredo Rose hand cream is pretty much your hand day-spa on-the-go. Scented products are usually a hit or miss, but with this particular one, the elegant rosey fragrance is soothing and never overstated — it’s the kind that lingers, gently complementing whichever scent you’re wearing for the day. The formula is also surprisingly long-lasting — a tiny drop could keep your hands soft for hours.
The Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm
Whether it’s the T.S. Eliot quote that runs along the bottom of the tube — “genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood” — or the dusty pink packaging, there’s something about this balm that has made it a beauty cabinet staple for gurus worldwide. Iconic design aside, the balm is also highly deserving of praise. Softly scented, the Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm gives off the refreshing scent of mandarins, accentuated by woody cedar and rosemary for a calming fragrance.
The Glossier Hand Cream
Fans have been begging Glossier for a hand cream for years, and after two years spent working on the formula, the cult-favourite beauty brand has finally released one to much pomp and ardour. First things first — the packaging. The balm comes in a gleefully squishy pink squeeze bottle with a precise flip-top nozzle applicator that gives you the ideal amount of cream each time. Cute use of the Glossier-pink palette aside, we especially love that the packaging is fully recyclable, and fits perfectly into the size of your palm Formula-wise, the balm is quick to absorb, hitting that sweet spot between cream and lotion, and resulting in a natural, sheer finish that feels almost like your second skin. The scent draws from a reimagined version of the classic Glossier You fragrance, offering an adorable and sweet way to keep your hands hydrated during the day.
The Tom Ford Beauty Neroli Portofino Hand Cream
While the Scandinavian-inspired minimalist aesthetic reigns supreme, there are times you want an edgy burst of colour — and in this case, Tom Ford proves that colour can be just as classy. Packaged in a striking azure blue, there’s something about the Neroli Portofino Hand Cream that makes you feel like sun-kissed summers by the beach are just around the corner. As for the balm itself, the luxurious hand cream takes on the scent of cool breezes, sparkling clear water, and the lush greens of the Italian Riviera. The brand’s eau de cologne is reimagined, offered in a formula that is especially created for all-day moisture.
The Chanel Le Creme Main
A must for any beauty influencer, this egg-shaped Chanel Le Creme Main is so adorable and iconic, it’s practically asking to be photographed. The packaging itself is a white squeeze tube with a removable cap — one that snaps back, even when jiggled around in your bag. Aside from hands-down being the handbag accessory you need, the innovative tube design is also much more user friendly than your average tube. It’s light-weight, and the oval-form allows for air suction that prevents the formula from being over-applied, or flowing out when not in use. The cream itself is grease-free and light, near-instantly absorbed into your skin without leaving any of that moist, sticky residue some would find off-putting. There’s a soft, barely noticeable floral scent, and Chanel has also claimed that the formula can even help to strengthen your nails. All in all, a must-have for keeping your hands moisturised on-the-go — after all, it’s definitely too cute to just keep at home!
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