Nails | Dior Junon
Bracelet | VERY old, by Fallon
Gold ring | Catbird NYC
Pointer finger ring | by Elissa Soloman, from Catbird, several years old
Bag | Proenza Schouler PS1 in Dark Olive, purchased from Forzieri with credit I earn
It’s always a nice surprise when a product turns out to work like it’s “supposed” to, although it hardly ever happens. I’m more skeptical than not with regard to beauty products, and it takes a lot to convince me otherwise; I like to try new things, and over the years have been very easily swayed by blogs and “favorite” lists; most of the time just to be disappointed.
But as I was walking through Neiman Marcus a couple days ago to get a refill of my Amore Pacific CC cream (one of my holy grail products, I’ve repurchased three times), I was almost literally accosted by the Diptyque vendor wanting to fill my bag with samples.
Never one to turn down samples, I stopped and we chatted for a bit, and left with a few scents and skincare product samples to try. She was most excited to recommend their Luxurious Hand Balm and exclaimed that you can put it on and it will keep your hands soft and silky for hours, even after lots of hand washing. Yeah, right. I’d heard that one before.
But Whoa. For me, this was true. I got up yesterday around 5:30 and while I was puttering around emptying the dishwasher, putting on my sneakers and drinking my lemon water, I removed my nail polish, applied cuticle remover and shaped my nails a bit (it’s sort of my early morning routine lately – taking care of my nails/hands). When I was finished and ready to take Dagny out for a long walk, I washed my hands and immediately applied the Diptyque hand balm. Just a small amount.
First, I love the scent. I’m not very good at describing scents at all, but this one is really beautiful and soft. Of course when I first applied the balm, it felt nice and silky, etc., etc., – as you’d expect after first applying something. But that feeling actually never went away. Throughout the morning I washed my hands more time than I could count, then went to Pure Barre at 9:45, washed my hands again lots of times, and still never re-applied the balm, or any other lotion at all. And my hands STILL looked soft. Not dry, and wrinkly like they usually do an hour or so after I apply hand lotion.
I really loved looking at my hands all day yesterday. And I could smell the scent as well, subtly as time went on, but it was still there, which I enjoyed. My hands/nails are usually very frustrating to me, because they are SO DRY, no matter what I seem to do. I’ve been rather loyal to the Gold Bond hand cream the last few years, using Caudalie also, on occasion, because I like how it smells. And I use CND’s solar oil on my nails. But nothing has ever really made my hands/nails feel as soft and moisturized as I’d like. And I could see my hands looking older and older…
Anyway, I really love this stuff. And I’ve tried EVERY hand cream out there. It’s spendy though, and I can’t really justify the cost right now. But maybe as a special treat sometime? Or for my birthday? I think a tube would last quite some time, as you really only need a little bit, but I’m sure it will be worth the money, which is a lot more than I can say for a lot of other beauty products I’ve tried.
Have you found your holy grail hand cream? Or are you still searching?