I know I often complain about getting hand creams in subscription boxes, but the truth is, there are often just so many of them and a lot of them are relatively indistinguishable.
I do use a lot of hand cream, more now than I used to because of all of the hand washing, so the complaints are mostly because I often feel as though I am stockpiling. I dislike feeling like a hoarder or the thought that product might go to waste because I just didn’t get to it in time.
However, the Library of Flowers Honeycomb hand cream is not only one I enjoy, it is one I often think of in much the same way as I think of a perfume. The tube of cream retails for $20 and while the cream itself is in a painterly metal tube, the tube comes in a lovely decorative box.
And yes I did buy a second tube for myself as you’ll see in the photo below. I also bought a couple as gifts at the same time and figured since I liked it so much I would go ahead and add a second one for me into the cart. It is a hand cream I enjoy enough that I know I will use it. And the pretty boxes made it ideal for quick gifting.
While I work alone, my darling dearest supervises a couple of people, two of whom are women in their fifties. Because they work with archival materials they were constantly washing and sterilizing hands even before the pandemic, so hand cream was always going to be a good gift. (There are often complains about the industrial type lotion they keep at the office). This was pretty enough to serve as a gift and appropriate (especially this year) as a small office gift. Especially since they both know me and knew I picked it out as well as it being a general theme in their office.
But now that I’ve told you I like it enough to repurchase and to gift, let’s look at the official description
Cast of Characters: Top: Sugared Fig, Middle: Ambrosia Honey, Bottom: Royal Bee Blossom
Divinely creamy. Sublimely scented & irresistibly soft: sweet, silky joy is at hand! Specially crafted to dissolve quickly into skin, generous amounts of Cocoa Butter & extra-conditioning Shea Butter deliver deep hydration to parched skin. A replenishing pick-me-up, restorative Macadamia Nut and healing Avocado Oil infuse this unique formula with superior soothing power.
Key Ingredients: Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Macadamia Nut Oil, Avocado Oil, Elderflower Extract.
Do you see what I mean? The description reads very much like a perfume. And to be honest when I use this cream, I specifically don’t wear perfume. Given the ingredients I would be surprised if it didn’t absorb well and make the skin silky smooth.
And it does absorb well and quickly. The cream has a light texture and isn’t heavy even though it performs like a heavy duty cream. I think the oils tend to lighten up the butters. Admittedly, that is just my theory and one gleaned more from baking rather than product production. Regardless, it is a lightweight texture.
It is really good on dry rough spots and overwashed hands. Even though it is fragranced, I had no irritation from the fragrance on my over washed hands. I have also found that I can apply this on my legs for a hit of moisture and if I start with the legs and then apply it on my hands and arms then I have no problem pulling on a pair of leggings because the cream will have completely absorbed.
That’s sort of my test for quick absorption. Sometimes leggings or tight jeans will stick if pulled on over just lotion-ed limbs. If I start with the legs, then moisturize the hands and arms there wasn’t a sticking problem.
The scent is lightly floral and slightly sweet with lightly earthy back notes. To be honest it smells like Royal Bee Blossom, Honey and Fig. Which shouldn’t surprise as it is exactly what is listed in the description.
Truth in advertising, what a concept!
The green scent of the fig actually balances out the flower and the honey so that the scent is sweet without being cloying.
While the scent comes on a bit strong when it is first applied. After a moment or two it fades back so that you really only smell it if you lift your hand to your nose. Basically, as the cream absorbs into the skin, the scent fades. It remains present throughout the day, but it is a close to the skin sort of scent.
Of the multitude of creams that have come my way recently this is definitely in the top five and currently one of only two that I have reordered (The Cake Milk Made is the second in case you are wondering). I am very happy to have this hand cream around.