Utilitarian-chic in snow white with neat black type. Recyclable aluminium foil, making it eco-conscious as well as easy to access every last (precious) drop. On a pleasingly practical note, Byredo hand cream features a flat, screwcap lid, meaning no slippery fumbling to secure it after use.
As a perfume house, both the quality and range of scents reflected in Byredo hand creams is fairly unparalleled. Not being a hugely floral girl, I plump for Gypsy Water. The last is excellent, so much so that you wouldn’t want to choose a perfume that clashed with it. For this reason, my preferred way of applying it is as a last thing before bed treat. Though the Byredo hand cream is a gorgeous and useful daytime way to reinvigorate your scent, if you happen to be a Byredo fragrance wearer.
Forget any thought of silky lotions or lightweight gels. The formula relies on classic ingredients like glycerin for hydration and shea butter for that comforting, tea-and-slippers, cosseted feel. In fact, the inclusion of shea butter as the ingredient of the second highest percentage in the formula makes the Byredo hand cream very much a ‘proper cream’, though one that sinks in without too much effort and doesn’t leave you greasy.
This is a luxe purchase in every sense, and ticks the boxes of feel and fragrance as you would expect. A necessity it is not, but then that’s not the point at this end of the price bracket, is it? It certainly is a serious investment, so use sparingly and share warily. Irritatingly enough, I came to find that my hand cream-stealing husband loves it too. For this reason, rather like chocolate, I find it is best enjoyed alone. And voilà, our Byredo hand cream review – are you tempted yet?
Review by Zoe Briggs.