Hydration is very important, but in this hot and humid climate it’s hard to avoid your face becoming a greasy mess. Three EL readers put moisturising products from the Crabtree & Evelyn La Source range to the test.
Seeking non-greasy hand cream
Jo Furniss, UK, writer, broadcaster and mother of two
Finding the perfect hand cream has become something of a quest. I’ll know it when I feel it – creamy but not greasy, fragrant but not cloying, luxurious but not too expensive. Could the Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Hand Therapy ($20) rise to this challenge?
As I rapidly approach 40, the quest is more pressing. The skin on my hands has always been paper thin with visible veins. They get terribly dry, although less so with the humidity and soft water of Singapore than in Switzerland, where I lived for six wrinkle-forming years.
The La Source hand therapy provided instant relief for skin tightness – quickly absorbed into the backs of my hands, with only a slight clammy residue on my palms. I also didn’t need to reapply it often.
The fragrance is distinctive but light – if somewhat masculine – with a fresh maritime hint that’s perhaps due to the seaweed extract. The other ingredients are reassuringly stalwart moisturisers – macadamia nut and shea butter.
In fact, La Source Hand Therapy is a typical Crabtree & Evelyn product – classic, understated quality. At $20, the handbag-friendly metal tube makes a nice treat or a great present. I’m not sure it’s quite perfection, but I’m certainly continuing my quest with softer hands.
Looking for a lightweight moisturiser for a humid climate
Jenny Reynolds, South Africa, teaching facilitator
I have very dry skin that’s sensitive to dry climates, and I always look for extra-nourishing creams that promise to deliver hydration. Although Singapore does not have a dry climate, I still need to moisturise after every shower.
The Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Relaxing Body Lotion ($35) was everything it promised: creamy, lightweight and easily absorbed. For Singapore the hydration was sufficient. My skin felt supple and smooth and the soft creamy texture was great. Again, perfect for this climate as its not too thick. I would happily recommend this product to anyone with mildly dry skin, as it’s lightweight enough for this climate.
I regret to say that the only reason I wouldn’t buy this product for myself is that it contains preservatives and parabens, which I’m trying to exclude from my beauty regime. If La Source managed to eliminate them in the future, I would be a big fan.
Looking for fragrance-free products for sensitive skin
Dana Bradley, Australia, mother and swimming instructor
I have sensitive skin and look for products that do not contain fragrance and are organic or natural, so I was interested in trying Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Exfoliating Body Scrub ($45).
After the first use, I did notice my skin was softer. The texture is quite rubbery, which was not what I was expecting. I found that it was much easier to use and more effective when I mixed it with my current body wash. However, it does not work well with exfoliating gloves. The scent was extremely subtle and after a few uses, it seemed to be almost non-existent.
I would not use it again and do not think I would recommend it. When I applied it straight onto my body, it did not glide over my skin smoothly. I also felt that it dried out my legs after a few uses. Overall, it was an average product.
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