One of the items I always have in my bag, on my desk, next to my bed and by my kitchen sink (among other places) is hand cream. Living and working in London, getting on and off the tube every day, battling the elements, washing my hands every ten minutes and typing for 75% of my concious hours leaves me with dry and flaky hands. Not nice. I'm always on the hunt for hand creams with a bit of pzazz about them - I'm so over that runny 99p stuff you get from Superdrug. My favourites at the moment (and pretty much always) are Elizabeth Arden's Eight Hour and L'Occitane, so when a strange looking tub of Pai landed in my hands I wondered if it could live up to my high standards.
Pai is a new organic skincare range that I've seen praised by beauty journos and bloggers alike. All of their products are formulated with sensitive skin and the allergy-prone of us in mind, being certified by the Soil Association and having no irritating chemicals or alcohol in sight. The fragonia and sea blackthorn hand treatment is "rich in Pro-Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Omega 3, 6 & 7, aids cell renewal and smoothes the skin for beautiful hands. The exciting new ingredient, Fragonia, has anti-inflammatory properties, while Sea Buckthorn, Rosehip and Grape Seed extracts promote cell regeneration and skin restructure." All sounds pretty lovely, but does it work?
This is the nicest hand cream I've tried in ages. It's a surprisingly yellow colour which you soon forget as soon as you smell it - it kind of reminds me of Liz Earle products, that kind of fresh, essential oil, woody scent that lets you know it's got fab stuff inside. The formula glides over hands and absorbs really quickly - it's really not greasy like a lot of other hand creams and doesn't leave you with any residue at all, just beautifully soft skin. The result hangs around too, leaving you with soft hands for at least a couple of hours so you don't need to keep slapping it on. Although the packaging is strange and unusual for a hand cream, I love it... it means you only need one pump of product per application rather than squeezing twice as much as necessary from a stubby tube. At £16 for a 50ml tub it's pricey, but you get what you pay for - I'd definitely splurge on this again.
Available from Pai's website.