I'm going to confess something a little silly here: I like organic hand lotion, but not for any serious important reason like paraben-free formulas comprised of natural, non-carcinogenic ingredients. No, I prefer them because they tend to smell less obnoxious and artificial than their conventional counterparts. Superficial? Perhaps. But you'd be picky about nice-smelling hand lotion too if you're constantly washing your hands with drying office bathroom soap. Trust me, when you reapply lotion as often as I do, you get choosy.
A couple months ago I was given a tube of Consonant Body's Intensive Therapy Organic Hand Cream ($20 for $125 ml; available on the Consonant Body website or at BeautyMark) and I've been hooked ever since. This rich cream moisturizes deeply and contains vitamin E, chamomile, rosemary, and ginseng extracts. It's unscented and gentle and feels positively luxurious when you massage a dab into parched hands.
If $20 is more than you're willing to spend on hand lotion, there's always Organic Surge Orange Blossom Hand Lotion ($7-8 at Shoppers Drug Mart). This affordable drugstore find comes from a British company and uses 90% naturally derived and/or certified organic ingredients. But the best part is that Organic Surge's lightweight, fast-absorbing lotion "smells like orange Creamsicles," as one former coworker put it. The scent is citrusy with a light creamy touch of vanilla. I had this on my work desk for a year and a half, and every time I put some on I thought of orange smoothies and smiled to myself.
What's your favourite hand lotion?