Tocca Crema de Mano hand cream is a nice hand cream. I have to admit that I only really like it because of the fragrance. The formula is nice but it isn’t heavy-duty or exceptional. The formula is pretty basic. It is moisturizing without being greasy. I do like that. I really dislike using a heavy-duty hand cream during the day. It can be so gross. You can have slippery computer keys, steering wheel, door knobs, smudging an iPhone, and you can find yourself unable to open anything. I like Tocca’s light weight hand cream. It’s practical for every day, day time use. It absorbs so quickly. But, what I really like is the Stella fragrance.

This hand cream is packed with fragrance. The Stella fragrance is an elegant interpretation of blood oranges. It’s a flirty citrus floral scent. It is loaded with cool, feminine lilies on top of a juicy blood oranges. I notice the feminine lilies over the juicy blood oranges. Together they work together wonderfully creating a beautiful dainty citrus-floral.

This cream is a bit expensive at $8 for 2 oz. but it is such a luxurious pick-me-up to use throughout the day. My job lacks glamor and using this product makes me feel a bit more glamorous. It is available at beautyhabit.com.

(Sorry about being behind on posts. My life has been very crazy lately. I promise I’ll get better about posting. I’ve been trying so many great new products and I can’t wait to share.)

L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream is a fairly simple product that does what it is intended to do: moisturize hands. The formula is very smooth and rubs in easily. It is a white balm that is smooth as butter.  It is smooth and spreads very easily, meaning that you don’t need too much to have soft hands. It is moisturizing and you can tell that it is on your hands. I wouldn’t call it greasy but you can tell that it is there. It isn’t sticky or slippery. The formula doesn’t get all over my steering wheel or on my paperback books. However, I do have super dry hands that go through hell in a work day. As a speech therapist, I wear latex gloves frequently and I use alcohol based hand sanitizers and I use harsh “institution” grade hand soaps so many times throughout the day. My hands are often tight feeling and ashy. I have been having a real problem with “ashiness” during the cold weather.

There is a scent but it is faint. I only smell it while I am rubbing in the cream. I would say that this scent lingers around for about 2-5 minutes on me. I get a super soft aroma of a tropical bouquet of ylang-ylang and jasmine. But, like I said, it doesn’t stay around. I do like this. I am a fragrance nut and I don’t really want my hand cream interfering with my choice of fragrance for the day. And I do love anything jasmine even it is there but only for a short amount of time. This provides a quick fragrance pick-me-up.

The packaging is cute but not very practical. I do wish that it had a flip cap so I could open and close it with one hand. It is no fun dropping that cap and having it roll under the bed.

The formula contains 20% shea butter, vitamin E, sweet almond oil extract and other nourishing ingredients.

It is a nice product but it is expensive at $26 for just over 5 ounces. I know I will buy it again but I won’t be purchasing a tube for my purse, my desk, my car, one for each bathroom, etc. I can’t afford that. Smaller sizes are available and throughout the year gift sets are offered. It is available at DERMAdoctor.

We all know that sun damage is no good. I’m not going there. If you are even reading this blog, you know that. When I lived in Tennessee and had a 4 hour commute to work daily, I was a huge fan of body lotions and hand creams that contained a SPF. I was getting tons of sun exposure just from driving, not to mention my other daily activities. I still experienced a change of color but never burned. I really hope that using a product with a SPF helped with any future damage as well. Now that I live in Washington, I only see the sun for 3 months out of the year. I no longer have a long commute. I only use these products during the summer here. The rest of the year I have a vitamin D deficiency. Docs here advise not to wear sunscreen during these “rainy” months. In the summer I’ll get my 15 minutes of sun exposure and use these moisturizers. I usually go for the cheaper ones with a SPF of 15 or lower. They do their jobs.

Bargain Body Lotions (under $20): If you want SPF, shimmer, and gradual self-tanner, try Avon Skin So Soft Satin Glow Ultimate Body Moisturizing Lotion SPF 15. It is a “do it all” product that retails for $12. Victoria’s Secret Bare Bronze Sheer Tinted Body Lotion with SPF 15 (not pictured) has a sexy bronze shimmer and warm, nutty scent. It goes for $18. Vaseline Aloe Fresh Protecting Body Lotion with SPF 15 retails for $8. It is light-weight and a bargain. I am a fan of Palmer’s products. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Body Lotion with SPF 15 has a rich cocoa scent and rich moisturizers. It retails for $8. I mainly use Eucerin Everyday Protection Body Lotion with SPF 15. It is light-weight and fragrance free. It goes for $10. I also like Nivea Body Natural Tone Body Lotion with SPF 4 (there is also a hand cream in this line). The fragrance does not interrupt with my fragrances. It goes for $7. Aubrey Organics Unscented Body Lotion with SPF 15 is nice. There is no odor but it does need to be rubbed in a little bit more. It retails for about $13. Alba Botanica Very Emollient Daily Shade Body Lotion with SPF 16 is rich and makes the skin look younger with alpha hydroxy acids. It’s a pretty awesome product and retails for $16.

More Expensive Body Lotions: Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Light-Weight SPF 30 body lotion is very nice for summer. It is light-weight and has a higher sun protection which means that you can stay out in that summer sun longer. It retails for $26.50. Juice Beauty Green Apple SPF 20 Body Moisturizer contains fruit acids to help skin look younger while protecting skin. It retails for $29. MD Skincare Firming Body Lotion with Vitamin C and SPF 8 (not pictured) is a nice fix and protect product that goes for $42. Glytone Body Lotion with SPF 15 exfoliates skin and moisturizes it with shea butter and glycolic acid. (Probably needs a SPF so you don’t get burned). It retails for $44, but it does come in a big bottle. Clarins Bright Plus Breezy Cool Body Lotion with SPF 30 helps skin feel cool/fresh, helps with discolorations and protects. The texture and feel is very nice for summer. It retails for $40. Duwop Revolution Body Moisturizer contains tint, shimmer, and a SPF of 15. This product looks great on legs. It retails for $25 and comes in a few shades.

Hand Cream: Borghese Radiant Lightening Hand Cream contains SPF 30. This product moisturizes, help fight discolorations, and help prevent any further damage. It goes for $15. Shiseido Benefiance Protective Hand Revitalizer with SPF is a rich cream perfect for daily use. It isn’t greasy and it retails for $37. Clarins Age Control Hand Lotion with SPF 15 is very moisturizing. It does have a strong scent and retails for $30. I really like Kiehl’s Unusually Rich But Not Greasy At All Hand Lotion with SPF 10. It is what the name implies and goes for $15.50. Studio Gear Handiwork Protective & Brightening Cream with SPF 25 retails for $22.50. It’s a rich cream that helps lighten discolorations on the hands. There is Erno Lazlo Intensive Hand Cream with SPF 25. I’ve used this one and it goes for $55. It’s lightweight, so I had to apply frequently. Natura Bliss Hand Silk Cream with SPF 15. This product claims to be waterproof which is really nice since we wash our hands throughout the day. It retails for $32. Lippman Collection Rich Girl Hand & Cuticle Cream with SPF 25 hydrates, protects, and brightens without bleaching. It goes for $24.

Just because a product has a higher number doesn’t mean it is better or more efficient. I really don’t think those high number products are necessary for daily wear or at least for my lifestyle. I only get about 30-60 minutes (that’s being very liberal) of direct sun exposure daily 3 months of the year. I burn at over 30 minutes of sun exposure with no SPF. If I am going to be out for a few hours I will use a longer wearing sunscreen product. With the hand creams, I apply those throughout the day due to frequent hand washing.

Oh, geez. Our brains are going to fry here in the Northwest today. We are experiencing temps in the three digits. I have no air conditioning and I have to be out of the rental home this Friday, so I’m moving all my stuff. Ughh, SPF is the least of my worries right now!

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Sometimes I just get in a rosy mood. I just want rose scented everything. Luckily, there are many options out there. These are just a few of my favorites. If I had to narrow it down to my top 5…I would have to choose the items I keep repurchasing: Smith’s Rosebud Salve, Benefit Benetint, Fresh Rose Face Mask, Dr. Hunter’s Hand Creme, and Thayer’s Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner. I love so many rose fragrances but I don’t run out of them too often since I can be embalmed in my current fragrance collection.

I don’t associate rose scent as grandmotherly. My grandmothers wear Estee Lauder Youth Dew and Chanel Coco Mademoiselle. Not very rosy items. I just love rose. I love to smell them when they first bloom. They really represent nice, mild weather to me. Which is nice because the roses outside of the window completely opened up this morning. Time to open up that window.


I’m not one to use hand creams too often. I like a few of Burt’s Bees and a few rosewater types. I did purchase this one. It appears to be a pretty basic hand cream. It has a soft “olive” fragrance that is often used in “natural” skincare items like Olivina. So, the scent isn’t offensive but it won’t compete with your other fragrances. It isn’t too greasy and in comparison to other hand creams, it actually absorbs pretty quickly. The difference: this is not a cream but a treatment. This means no more rough patches! It is like this hand cream eats it. It smooths the hands out. They feel really soft and almost like they have been “buffed”. So you are moisturized, sleek, but still really soft.  No greasy palms or scary stiff mannequin hands here. It contains amino acids and a bunch of other stuff. Unlike other creams you do not apply this throughout the day. Once in the morning and once at night is enough to have smooth hands. If you are really dry or if you have a job that is heavy on the handwashing, you will need to apply another cream or more of this throughout the day. The small bottle (not pictured) retails for $12 for 3.8 ounces. I have the large pump which is 8 ounces and it retails for $26. It lasts a long time since I only need to apply it twice daily. I know Ulta carries this line and it is available online from the company’s website. I will repurchase when I run out. And don’t get me started on how much I love the foot cream. Plus, they are a Washington based company, so I have to support them. And do you know that they do custom fragrance blending? I’m thinking something like Fresh Cut Grass and Lily of the Valley with a base note of Egyptian Musk for spring or something with the Fig Tree note.

First and foremost, this stuff smells good enough to eat and I wish they made a fragrance of it. I would love a body spray of this. It has a rich milky raw almond fragrance that is like a fine Italian dessert and smells like a lot of fine Italian soaps. Love it. The packaging is kind of cute because it looks vintage. It’s plain and simple with a cute cow.

The hand cream is enriched with lots of nourishing stuff like sweet almond oil (my fave moisturizer in the world because it contains lots of proteins and acids), aloe vera, vitamin E and it is all set in beeswax. The texture is thick but will absorb especially if your hands are as dry as mine. My job makes me wear latex/rubber gloves and plus wash my hands a lot. This stuff really keeps my hands from splitting open from my everyday wear and tear. Not to mention house cleaning, etc. I don’t use this stuff after every hand washing like the company suggests. My life doesn’t offer me that much luxury. I use it every night and it works wonders with just using it once a day.

It retails for $8 and is available at most drugstores, Target and online at burtsbees.com and drugstore.com.