Using an organic hand cream means that once the ingredients wash off your hands, the ingredients are safe to biodegrade. Using hand creams with artificial scent causes algae bloom, which chokes the oxygen out of water, and can harm marine wildlife. Avoid essential oils for pregnancy/nursing. Avoid shea butter for latex allergies
Bramble & Bee Orange Geranium Hand Cream is both organic and vegan, sold in a tin. Light in texture, it refreshes and moisturises tired dry skin with a beautiful fresh orange fragrance, and geranium to hydrate. Handmade in Lancashire.
Awake Organics Hands & Feet Balm is also good for rough elbows. It’s high in ceramides to reduce dryness from frequent hand-washing and also makes a great temple balm and muscle rub, to soothe headaaches and massage away tension. Contains oils of peppermint for freshness. Use code FRIENDSBZR3XXAD (15% first order over £20, excludes shipping and taxes).
The Ilex Wood Dandelion & Rosemary Salve is a natural vegan herbal balm for tired hands, feet and tired muscles. Made with dandelion-infused oil, it’s kind on dry skin and also can be used as a massage balm.
Gardener’s Hand Balm & Nail Pumice Duo is sold in amber glass jars, made with jojoba, almond and rosehip oil along with shea butter, jojoba wax, vitamin E and oils of sandalwood, geranium, patchouli and borage (keep away from pets). The pumice is a paste to clean and buff nails, just rinse with water after use.
Corinne Taylor Hand & Body Balm is sold in a glass jar; cocoa butter, candelilla wax and oils of hemp, jojoba and sunflower, with healing calendula and oils of lavender, frankincense, patchouli and chamomile. Jojoba oil comes from a shrub, and is the closest oil to human sebum, useful in beauty care. Avoid Restore version for high blood pressure, due to rosemary oil.