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Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream + Bliss + Weleda: Hand Cream Aromatherapy

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grapefruit heaven_caudalie hand cream

If you're so freaking done with this wretched weather and you love the scent of grapefruit and you dig a nice hand lotion, scurry over to any place that carries Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream, pop the lid, put some on and inhale. Deeply.

A juicy, just-sliced grapefruit scent may be the reason Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream sells every two minutes in France. For anyone who adores a bright, fresh-peeled citrus burst of fragrance, it's a sensory pause button on a bone-chilling, overcast day. (If you've been to Paris in winter, you know that's a damp cold that makes bones ache.)

caudalie hand and nail cream: hand cream aromatherapy

bliss blood orange + white pepper hand cream_hand cream aromatherapy

This is Hand Cream Aromatherapy: the scent (and texture) of a lovely hand cream can pull you out of your crappy day for just a minute. And if you offer a dollop to nice, random stranger, you get omigod this smells amazing, what is it and where can i get it? exclamations that take you a smidge further away from whatever you were feeling before. I experienced just that with a tube of Bliss Blood Orange + White Pepper Hand Cream (30mL, $10 at at a dermatologist's office recently. The resulting beauty chat was so much fun. (See kids, it's good to share. Unless someone in the vicinity is sensitive to scent in a bad way... maybe you could ask first?)

Weleda Skin Food_hand cream aromatherapy

Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream ($19, at and is paraben-free and 98% natural, made with glycerin, grape-seed oil, organic shea butter, avocado oil and vitamin E. I'd characterize it more as a lotion than a hand cream; skin absorbs it quickly and within a minute or two feels soft and velvety, not sticky. (If you prefer a rich texture, Weleda Skin Food -- $18.99 at -- also smells wonderful although not of sparkling grapefruit.)

Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream_grapefruit heaven

Right now in Toronto, it's not terribly cold but ugh, it's snowing again and the sun's taken the day off. I found myself beelining for Caudalie hand cream because the scent immediately makes me feel much better. I've applied it twice since starting to type this and stopped about 47 or 63 times just to inhale.

Do you choose hand cream based on its scent as well as texture? Do you have a favourite that makes your mood happy as well as your skin?