Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Beauty/Home | Orla Kiely Bergamot Hand Lotion review

Dry hands are just awful! Who wants to hold hands / shake hands with someone with dry hands? Ew. Hence why I'm never far from some hand cream. It's in my handbag. It's in my make up drawer. And I apply some every morning after putting on my makeup. It's as important as brushing my teeth! :) Well, almost! 

Lately, I'm constantly washing my hands with a newborn around. I have anti bac gel all over the place for cleaning my hands before and after nappy changes, feeds, and of course the washing up and laundry seems to have doubled with this new little human in the house!! All this extra hand washing has left my hands feeling quite dry, so I've found myself reaching for some hand lotion throughout the day too.

When the Orla Kiely Bergamot Hand Lotion (£12.00* / John Lewis) dropped through my letterbox, it soon took place in my kitchen, next to the kitchen sink.

Orla Kiely is an Irish contemporary designer known for her quirky, unique retro prints. 
The Bergamot collection is the second collection of her bath and body ranges.

'Made with 100% essential oils including warm Cedarwood, Patchouli and refreshing notes of Grapefruit and Bergamot. All products within the collection are free from sulphates, parabens, petrochemicals and artificial colourings making them ideal for anyone with sensitive skin.'

First Impressions...
Yes, the floral, colourful packaging looks great. I almost wish my kitchen was orange, to match ;) It's definitely the kind you want to leave out on display. The collection would look stunning in a bathroom. 
I love that it is a huge 250ml bottle, so will last ages! But at £12.00 I'd expect nothing smaller!! It also comes complete with pump, for easy access, which is a huge plus! 
I'm a fan of the fact that it doesn't include any nasties, which is good to know for frequent use and the fact that I'm handling a new baby, so products good for sensitive skin are a big thumbs up!

The Product...
Now the smell, for me, is really quite over powering. It's not really my cup of tea [excuse the pun ;)] and not something that I think 'Ooh yum!' when I use it. I'm not a massive fan of Bergamot though, so it's probably just a personal thing. 
One whole pump dispenses quite a lot of product, which then takes quite a while to sink into the skin, so I've learnt that only a very small amount is needed. It isn't overly moisturising, but does the job for quick fixes after hand washes. I do like the consistency, providing you use the right amount [as too much means you end up a greasy mess!] it gives quite a waxy, luxurious creamy feel which sinks into the skin nicely.
My hands don't feel as dry as they do if I didn't use it but they aren't feeling as soft as with my usual hand creams.

Would I Recommend?
I personally don't think it's worth the money for a very simple hand lotion that doesn't work wonders, but it would make a lovely gift especially alongside others from the collection, they do look fab and would make a statement in any bathroom. If you aren't a fan of in-your-face scents, I'd stay clear. It's pretty strong!

Would I Repurchase?
I think this bottle will be lasting me a good while yet. But no, I don't think I'd personally be repurchasing the hand lotion. It has made me inquisitive about Orla Kiely's other products though, as I do love the retro prints!!

Orla Kiely Bergamot Hand Lotion, available at John Lewis and other leading department stores priced at £12.00.

Are you a fan of Bergamot? 
What do you think of the quirky retro print?

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*PR Sample - Sent to me for honest review


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