Crabtree and Evelyn’s Rosewater Hand TherapyWednesday, March 11, 2009
When I was about eight or nine years old, my sister and I would create our own beauty concoctions in our backyard sand box. Mostly this consisted of creating mud and pretending that it was shampoo or something. But, if we were feeling very adventuresome we would visit the rose bushes my mom had planted in the corner of the yard. We would carefully select a few flowers to experiment with in our creations. I’m not sure if she ever knew we were stealing the flowers, but we were careful to select the blooms that were already drooping. We would carefully crush them with our plastic shovels and put the petals into mud or water to scent our amazing new inventions. On more than one occasion I snuck the petals into the house and created my own rose water in the bathroom, carefully hoarding the scented water in travel sized shampoo bottles. Since we didn’t exactly have a home supply of preservatives the water did not last long, but the scent of the crushed fresh rose petals was pretty addicting and I loved it.
For years I looked in vain for a rose scented product that smelled just as good as those childhood memories. Most rose scents are not quite right, smelling too sweet, artificial or even a bit rancid. I eventually gave up the search for a great rose product, and focused on other scents. However, recently I tried out the Rosewater Hand Therapy lotion from Crabtree & Evelyn, which to my surprise is the exact scent that I’ve been searching for all of these years!
The most distinctive feature of this lotion is obviously the scent. It really does smell amazing, just like fresh Rosewater. It is a standout.
The lotion is otherwise pretty standard. It is not thick, but not thin. It is white and creamy, feels silky when you first apply it to your skin. It does sink in right away and feels pretty hydrating. While it is not the most hydrating lotion I’ve ever used, it does a pretty good job. There is a bit of residual greasiness to the lotion, it seems to leave a film of shea butter on my skin. I do think that this layer helps it to last through a few hand washings, though I find it distracting. If you apply too much lotion be prepared for a pretty thick later of this on your hands. Today it rubbed off on my pants and left the residue on the pants, not a good look for work. So, be warned and don’t go too crazy.
This is a decent hand lotion if your hands aren’t too dry, but the scent is what sets it apart. If you’re a rose lover, you’ll want to check this one out.
Crabtree and Evelyn’s Rosewater Hand Therapy