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Delayed Grat: Crabtree & Evelyn Citron Honey & Coriander Hand Therapy

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Crabtree & Evelyn Citron Honey & Coriander Hand Therapy $18

Scent, texture, packaging -- Crabtree & Evelyn Citron Honey & Coriander Hand Therapy ($18; $10 for purse size) ranks in my beauty universe as worth archiving. And yes, by archiving (my friend Liza's clever term), I mean hoarding. Or saving, really.

I have a strange approach to beauty products sometimes. You might think I tear into my favourites immediately, eager to try them straightawaynow. But no. I have a collection of untouched Benefit shadows, glosses and palettes I can't bring myself to disturb. Same goes for a small stash of Chanel and YSL compacts, Shu Uemura limited editions, and still not even taken out of the bag in which I brought it home, the full set of Tom Ford's new lipsticks launching next month (beauty-editor friends are shocked that I haven't tried one yet).

For some reason, I often tuck away the special things, save them for later, delay the gratification. I do mean to use them, to enjoy them as they should be enjoyed, but when I think of them, I also think, "no, not yet." Weird.

I'm glad I finally cracked open this Citron Honey & Coriander Hand Therapy. Softening ingredients include macadamia nut oil, shea butter and honey as well as ceramides, hyaluronic acid and willow-bark extract. I particularly love the vintage-esque thin aluminium tube, the citrus-herb fragrance and velvety finish the cream leaves on my skin.

Now it's filed under "Worth Waiting For."

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