Skin Care Review: LaSource Hand Therapy

When I saw a good size sample of Crabtree & Evelyn's La Source Hand Therapy inside my goody bag, I couldn't wait for the charity event to be over. Crabtree & Evelyn was a premium label and one that I have never tried before. The brand has been around since 1972 and has British roots. A lot of their packaging reflects a flowery design reminiscent of 17th century British drawings. Their products are expensive and their advertising blurb indicate a preference for natural ingredients but I really don't know how much of that is true. If you look at the ingredient list at the back of any of their products, there is enough chemical compound terms that tells me most of it seems to come from a laboratory. However, Crabtree & Evelyn would not be the first company that does that.

The LaSource line is different from most of Crabtree & Evelyn products in that its focus is more towards the marine rather than the botanical influence. The icon for this line is some sort of flat mollusk rather than a flower. The Hand Therapy comes in a tube so it's really more of a cream than a lotion. Their website describes the scent as "relaxing sea air fragrance" so I was expecting it to smell like kelp, but actually the scent was very subtle and not overpowering. The consistency of the cream is light but slightly greasy, probably because the base is shea butter. I'm thinking they called it Hand Therapy because it's supposed to provide more intense hydration for your hands than regular lotion. I squeezed out a half-inch squirt on my palm and rubbed it over my hands. Now my hands, if they are like yours, go through a lot of handwashing and are therefore somewhat dry. After applying the Hand Therapy I can see some of the fine lines of my hands was smoothed away. My hands felt soft and smooth to the touch and just a little bit greasy. It's not like my hands were going to slide away if i rested it on a table but there was definitely residue.

Overall I would recommend it because the effects of the Hand Therapy are immediately obvious. However, it is an expensive hand cream so I would consider it a luxurious treat when your hands need some pampering after a hard day's work.

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