Merci Handy was a hand cream that was included in the January birchbox. I dug it out recently as I had run out of hand cream and this baby is stealing all moisture!
The first thing you notice about this product is the smell. All three of the variations have a very sweet smell. New wave smells like sweets which is nice when you first open it.
The packaging is brightly coloured, handy is you lose things in your bag often. I do! It’s also small enough to carry around with you. Some hand creams are overly bulky in their packaging.
How did it do?
I had mixed reactions to this cream. The smell when you open it is a sweets smell as I mentioned earlier and sticks around for a while. Unfortunately, the smell doesn’t degrade well. Within 10 mins I felt like my hands smelled stale and a bit like cheap cream. That wasn’t nice.
I also felt that the application wasn’t as good in ‘soaking in’. I felt like it sat on my hands rather than went into the skin. They weren’t greasy, but they didn’t feel particularly amazingly hydrated. You know that feeling when you use a really good cream and your skin feels plump and lovely? That didn’t happen.
I’m not keen. It’s an ok backup and at under a fiver, it wouldn’t break the bank if you bought it and had the same reaction as me. For pharmacy price hand creams though – I think there are better out there.