Mani Monday: My Mary Kay Satin Hands Fragrance-Free Hand Softener Magic

by Karen Falcon on 16 December 2013 · 12 comments

Mary Kay Pampering Set TrioI stick my hands in bad chemical things a lot. I wash my hands a lot. I play with acetone a lot. I do dishes without gloves, I go outside without mittens, and I’m just really hard on my hands. You’d never know it from all the nice manicure photos I show you, but it’s all true. How is it possible that my hands generally look well taken care of? It’s my Mary Kay Satin Hands Fragrance Free Hand Softener, and it is B.E.S.T. You can find it in a limited-edition Mary Kay Satin Hands Fragrance-Free Pampering trio.

What’s this hand-pampering set? Goodness, that’s what. First you get this:

1 Mary Kay Satin Hands Satin Smoothie Hand Scrub

Mary Kay Satin Hands Satin Smoothie Hand Scrub

It’s an exfoliant. With a pump. It’s the Satin Hands Satin Smoothie Hand Scrub and I keep mine in the shower because I’m efficient like that. I mean, we take care of the rest of our body parts in the shower so why should hands be any different?

2 Speed Railin-my-shower speed rail

(Yes, I installed a stainless steel speed rail on my shower wall – you’re impressed with my brilliance, I know). I don’t use the scrub daily, only when my hands are seriously dry. It helps lift off that top layer of dead, dry stuff so you can get to what’s underneath and treat it with kindness.

When I get out of the shower, I grab this next stuff.

3 Mary Kay Satin Hands Hand CreamMary Kay Satin Hands Hand Cream

This is the Satin hands Fragrance-Free Hand Cream. It’s light, it’s non-greasy, and non-smelly. It also absorbs nice and quick, leaving your hands feeling wonderfully soft and smooth.

And then there’s the real magic. It deserves its own little headline.

my mary kay satin hands fragrance-free hand softener magic

4 Mary Kay Satin Hands Hand SoftenerMary Kay Satin Hands Fragrance-Free Hand Softener

It is hands down (Ha! See what I did there? Hands down? Ha!) my 100% absolute for sure best hand thing ever in the whole world of hand things.

Here’s the stuff. The first ingredient in Mary Kay Satin Hands Fragrance-Free Hand Softener is petrolatum. You know what that is. It’s a sealant. It traps whatever moisture is in your skin in your skin. That’s why you gotta follow the directions. It says “for added hydration, dampen skin with water prior to applying.” Do it. It locks extra moisture against your skin. Wash your hands with mild soap ’n’ warm water, pat them not-totally dry, and apply a little blob of magic. Rub it all in there real good and be sure to smoosh it around your cuticle area.

5 Mary Kay Satin Hands Hand Softener BlobYes, it’s Vaseline-like. Yes, your hands will be a little shiny and you won’t be able to hold a glass or use your mouse until you wipe your palms off, but who cares! In five minutes, you’ll thank me.

I keep a tube of this in my purse. To me, the Mary Kay Satin Hands Fragrance-Free Hand Softener is like solid gold. The head BeautyGeek gave me a tube of it last winter and I used it and fell in love. I flat out refuse to share a whole blob at a time but if I’m at work and happen to put a little too much on my hands, I’ll use someone else’s hands to wipe the excess off on. Everyone who has been my accidental beneficiary has also fallen in love. It’s because it’s that good. I use the tube until it is D.E.A.D.

6 Mary Kay Satin Hands Hand Softener Dead TubeMary Kay Satin Hands Hand Softener Dead Tube

If your hands are in really rough shape, you put Mary Kay Satin Hands Fragrance-Free Hand Softener on and don’t use your hands for about half an hour or more. In front of the TV is good, before bed is good, and while you’re reading Beautygeeks is also good.

Mary Kay Satin Hands Fragrance-Free Hand Softener actually has a very light scent that is in NO way overwhelming or gross. It’s just light and pleasant and non-medicinal or perfumey-hand-creamy smelling. If you’re lookin’ for fragrance, try the Satin Hands Pampering set in peach.

7 Mary Kay Satin Hands PeachMary Kay Satin Hands Peach

By the way, Mary Kay, there are two things you can do to make this Satin Hands Pampering Set magic more magic:

1) Flip-top lid on the Softener. Please.
2) Sell ‘em all individually. Please.

You are going to love all this stuff. You’re going to use ’em all the way I use ’em and squeeze every last particle out of your tubes. I know it.

Mary Kay Satin Hands Pampering Sets are available from ($51/trio).

Photos by Karen Falcon (no, she won’t share her Pampering Set with you – get your own.) ©2013 BEAUTYGEEKS/

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Lisa 16 December 2013 at 1:48 pm

I LOVE the exfoliant; I keep it near the bathroom sink.


Karen Mani-Geek 16 December 2013 at 2:19 pm

Yes! Great spot for it!

I have a beautiful tub of pink grapefruit sugar scrub for hands but I can’t use the stuff before bed – I can’t handle the fragrance when I’m trying to fall asleep. I find the best time for the exfoliating and re-hydration is before bed so your hands get a nice chunk of time to recover from the hard day they’ve had. By the sink is good ’cause then you use it after you brush your teeth. Then you slap on some of that Fragrance Free MK Hand Softener, and wake up with brand new hands!


Alex 16 December 2013 at 2:12 pm

WANT all of this Mary Kay stuff!!! I think that I had the scrub combo many years ago, and it was amazing…so it can only have gotten better! I also do silly things with my hands and they suffer…Solution found! Thank you Karen!


Karen Mani-Geek 16 December 2013 at 2:14 pm

You’re most welcome, lovely Alex! This stuff is BEST. I’ve not found anything to beat it or even come close. Get some!


Paige 16 December 2013 at 3:21 pm

Alex, if you need a Mary Kay consultant… look no further! And if you have a consultant, good for you! I’m sure she will love to hear from you. Make it a great day! Paige


beachgal 16 December 2013 at 8:22 pm

It all used to be sold individually – I have used the hand system since the very early 80′s. The original you used their very petro laden old extra moist. night cream and their first foot scrub then follow with their hand cream that was their first they ever made. I keep mine in the kitchen since I have no dishwasher and I do my hands after I clean up from the big meal of the day and close down the kitchen. I have tried using what would be similar products to the MK ones for my hands and none quite match what the MK ones do.


Desirée 17 December 2013 at 2:15 pm

I’m just curious… have you ever tried Julep’s Glycolic Hand Scrub? I’d be interested in knowing how they compare. :)


Karen Mani-Geek 17 December 2013 at 5:37 pm

I haven’t – I’m kind of stuck on my Mary Kay because it’s THAT good. If the opportunity does arise, I’ll absolutely let you know!


Tina Sutherland 20 December 2013 at 7:14 am

Seriously LOVE this set! Couldn’t live without it!


Tania 9 January 2014 at 2:30 pm

I have found this year to be particularly rough on my hands too…..
I needed to do something fast and hadnt as of yet read this helpful post…..
Something else that works if your hands are cracked and bleeding, and chapped is a parrafin (sp) bath.
Bought one for the man, (cause he works outside) (hes never used it mind you) and it was bloody amazing, hands were back to normal in a week….
Hope you dont mind me sharing ??


Karen Mani-Geek 9 January 2014 at 3:08 pm

I love sharing! I love helpful new tips and tricks!

BUT, this Mary Kay Satin Hands Hand Softener works overnight. Seriously – before bed, wash hands with warm water, use your favourite hand cream that moisturizes, then slap on the Satin Hands and a miracle happens while you sleep. Seriously. Also, if you have a knob handle on your bathroom door, you might want to leave the door open so you can get out after slathering your hands.

I also get the same results with my fave Aveeno Daily + Vaseline (when I run out of my Mary Kay). Anything that has lots of petroleum to lock in your moisture is a wonder-cure so I can absolutely see where a paraffin bath would work because paraffin comes from petroleum just like Vaseline does!


Reenie 23 January 2014 at 1:06 pm

I used to be a MK consultant and the Satin Hands Set consisted of : 1) Satin Hands Buffing Cream, 2) Extra Emollient Night Cream, 3) Body Wash, and 4) Satin Hands Hand Cream. I believe you can still buy the Extra Emollient Night Cream individually. It used to be called “pink grease” back in the day…… The first ingredient listed is petrolatum, then mineral oil, paraffin, etc etc…It might be the same thing you are using now only without the “pink” in it. I absolutely love the smell of the “pink grease”. It kind of reminds me of baby powder smell.

If you put little soft cotton gloves on after you do the last step, it will be even more amazing, especially if you sleep in the gloves, or even if you only leave the gloves on for 30 minutes. The kind I use are made by Earth Therapeutics, but any kind of little cotton glove will work.


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