Can’t Live Without: Garnier Hand Cocoon

by PJ on Thursday, November 15, 2007

in _Can't Live Without, -Garnier, bodycare, stash focus

(My favorite hand cream:
Garnier Hand Cocoon)

Today I launch another series, Can’t Live Without, where I share with you my own makeup and skincare must-haves.

I am starting with my favorite hand cream, Garnier Hand Cocoon.

My hands can get dry in whatever weather/climate I am in, so I have to have a hand cream next to me wherever I am. Unlike my facial skin, which is the very fussy oily-dry skin and requires many trials and errors in terms of finding the right moisturizers, my hands are relatively easy to care for. Basically, for me, a hand cream can never be too emollient.

The only thing is, many poorly formulated hand creams simply coat the hands with a layer of grease. They are not absorbed into the hands to really moisturize them.

Among all the hand creams I like, Garnier Hand Cocoon is the cheapest and the most moisturizing.

The texture is quite dense, but it sinks in very well and does not leave hands excessively greasy or slippery. (I can’t say it is completely grease-free, but it is far less greasy than most other (much less moisturizing) hand creams I have tried.) Overall I enjoy the texture and the moisturizing properties extremely well.

Apart from using it constantly throughout the day, I put a thicker layer on and massage it into the hands (followed by a cuticle moisturizer) just before bedtime. It really conditions the hands and gets me ready for the next day.

I have been using this for the last three years and this has been an indispensable item for my hands. I have been recommending this to some of my friends who need a heavy-duty hand cream, and the feedback is good!

Two great alternatives if Garnier Hand Cocoon is not available where you are:

-L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream
-Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream

More of my cosmetics must-haves to come later!

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Two of my favorite daytime moisturizers:

Olay Multi-Radiance Daily Illuminating UV Fluid SPF 15
Estee Lauder DayWear Plus SPF 15
(Both have ingredients protecting against the aging UVA.)

The exfoliator I have been enjoying using:

Boots No. 7 Gentle Renewing No Grains Exfoliator
(Indeed, it is gentle.)

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Tine Friday, November 16, 2007

Ooo I can’t believe I left mine in the UK when I came back to Malaysia for good. This is a great hand lotion, that’s for sure.


PJ Friday, November 16, 2007

Hello Tine,

Thank you very much for leaving your comment again!

This is a great hand cream indeed. It is inexpensive and it works beautifully. I am glad you agree with me! :)


karen, Friday, November 16, 2007

oh PJ! I *love* that stuff. I picked up a bottle at Boot’s randomly in the UK two years ago and when I ran out of it I nearly cried, because we don’t have that here in the US!

I totally forgot about it until now…*tears*


Andrew Friday, November 16, 2007

I’ve been using this for a few years now, and I love it!!

Many Thanks goes to PJ for making me aware of this great hand cocoon.



PJ Friday, November 16, 2007

Hello Andrew,

Thank you very much for leaving a comment!

You are among the people I recommend this hand cream to, and I am glad you have been enjoying using it!

And thank you for the brownie on my blog anniversary as well! Loved it! :)


PJ Friday, November 16, 2007

Hello Karen,

I am aware that some Garnier body products are not available in the US. In the UK, they are selling quite well. I have used one of their body lotions and I quite liked it.

I am glad you like this hand cream. Even though it is relatively inexpensive, I always cut the tube open towards the end and make sure I use the very last bit of it before I start a new tube…

Thank you for leaving your comment again! :)


Emma Friday, November 16, 2007

I can’t live without the Clarins Hand and Nail cream. I love that smell!


PJ Saturday, November 17, 2007

Hello Emma,

I agree with you. I didn’t mention this in my post, but among the three hand creams I mentioned, the Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream does smell the best in my opinion. I used to love putting it on just before bedtime because the smell is so warm and soothing.

Thank you for commenting again! :)


nilla cookie Sunday, November 25, 2007

Hi PJ –

I love that one of your favorite hand creams comes from such an affordable brand! From Karen’s note, it doesn’t look like we can get it here in the U.S. :(

I look forward to your upcoming favorites! I hope some of mine land on your list!


PJ Sunday, November 25, 2007

Hello Nilla Cookie,

Indeed, I am glad that this is an affordable hand cream. (It is priced at 3.69 pounds in Boots in the UK, about 7 USD).

I usually go through 3-4 tubes of hand creams a year. So being affordable is a good plus.

I plan to bring you one item that I Can’t Live Without every month. So do please check back from time to time. :)

Thank you for commenting again! :)


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