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Tiny Tin: Hand Salvation to Put in Your Little Party Purse(s) Now

Some wee evening purses are too small to carry keys, lipstick, credit card -- and a mini tube of hand cream. But most of them will accommodate tiny tins like these.
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Once or twice at a dinner shindig that required dressing up and carrying a wee evening clutch à la Renée Zellweger at the recent Fashion Group International Night of Stars gala in NYC, I caught myself eyeing pats of butter by the dinner rolls and thinking: hand cream.

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Few things about tiny-bag evenings upset me more than forgetting hand cream at home. Some restroom soaps are so harsh I call them serial-killer soap -- they practically strip skin of DNA. And if there isn't any hand cream in sight, butter starts to look really good as a moisturizer.

So far I've managed to avoid buttering my hands. (I have in fact made do with a few swipes of plain lip balm if I happen to have one with me. These days, though, I usually carry Maybelline New York Baby Lips in Cherry Me -- an unfortunate alternative as hand salve).

Forgetting hand cream is bad enough, but an evening bag too compact to hold a small tube of hand cream is worse. I found myself in just such a situation a few weeks ago; for a brief moment I contemplated switching back to my giant everyday bag so I could throw a tube in.

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Then my glance fell on a mini Nivea Creme tin I had parked on a table, and suddenly angels sang.

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Little tins like the mini Nivea and this Burt's Bees Hand Salve are genius for sliding neatly into itty-bitty bags.

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Shallow, flat, and and only a bit bigger around than a toonie, they take up less space in your minaudière (or TSA plastic baggie) than a travel-size tube of cream (including impossibly wee Weleda tubes).

Mini tins are also genius for slipping into a jeans or jacket pocket if you don't want to bother with a purse or bag at all. They'll hold up to being sat upon better than a tube will, too.

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Bonus: if you pick up this Essential Burt's Bees Kit ($14.99 via, you get travel-sized tubes of Deep Cleansing Cream, Milk & Honey Body Lotion, Beeswax Lip Balm and Coconut Foot Cream, as well as a Hand Salve. (Makes a great stocking stuffer, by the way.)

I'm in North Carolina right now, on a trip to visit the Burt's Bees Plant tomorrow actually. But when I get home, one of the first things I'll do is slip one of the many little tins of balm I already own into each evening bag I've got (only three; won't take long).

What's your small-purse hand-moisturizer solution?