As we get into the colder months our hands require more care, so having a good moisturizing cream at the ready is always a great idea. I’ve declared my love for the Soap & Glory Hand Food (here) on multiple occasions but a while ago I got a bit tired of the scent and I fancied a change, which naturally lured me into my local Lush store. One is never able to leave that place empty handed, am I right! I got a bunch of bath goodies and soaps as well as their Handy Gurugu Hand Cream (here). Long story short – it wasn’t what I was hoping for. Read on to hear why this lil’ pot and I will never become best friends.
It is very rare for me not to fall head over heels in love with a Lush product, I mean they are all absolutely delicious and work a treat on my skin but I guess every rule has an exception and this time the exception is in the form of Handy Gurugu. The reason why I am sending this stuff to the bench is threefold. First and foremost – the scent! I got the cream on a whim without sniffing it properly, thinking that all Lush products smell good enough to eat but oh how wrong I was. Handy Gurugu (weird name alert!) smells horrendous. I can’t exactly put my finger on it and say what it is but it kind of reminds me of a very cheap and well-expired shaving cream. The scent is heavy, makes me sick and unfortunately does linger for good few hours. I tried to get used to it but my sensitive nose just couldn’t agree with it.
The next reason Handy Gurugu doesn’t tick all the boxes is because of the formula. The cream is enriched with Shea, cashew, almond and pumpkin seed butters and really does a fab job at moisturizing and making the hands super soft and smooth. However, that happens after it’s fully absorbed, which usually takes about two hours post-application. Ain’t nobody got time to sit and wait with greasy hands for a product to sink in. If it doesn’t absorb within two minutes - in the bin it goes. The hand cream is really thick and rich and if you have *very* dry, sore skin, then maybe you’ll fall in love with the hydrating properties of Handy Gurugu, but I feel like there are loads of great moisturizers out there that will do a similar job without all the faff.
As if all the above wasn’t enough of a let down but when I found out that the cream has some bizarre black particles in it, which go straight on your hands I was amazed, an not in a good way. You can’t really avoid these bad boys and they just stick and hang around on your skin for the majority of the day. Not the cutest look if you’re having an important meeting, let’s put it that way! Handy Guguru definitely goes straight into my don’t-recommend-it list and if you have any suggestions for a nice hand cream, please do let me know.
Have you tried Handy Gurugu before? How do you like it?