A Little TLC For Your Hands

The Rose Oil Nourishing Cuticle Oil from Tenoverten. Details and more hand and nail care products at une femme d'un certain age.

I don’t know about you, but all of this hand washing has been hell on my cuticles. I’ve gone through my last bit of cuticle cream, and have this Rose Oil Nourishing Cuticle Oil on order.

I had the chance to try it at our local Tenoverten salon (before they had to close due to the virus) and really liked both the light rose fragrance and texture. It’s not as sticky as a cream, and I like the non-messy applicator.

A few more of my hand and nail care faves:

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  1. Diane B
    April 14, 2020 / 4:43 am

    I like the sound of the light rose scent, as scents tend to be somewhat soothing lately. I ran out of cuticle oil, and tried an face oil that for some reason didn’t like on my face. It works great on the hands and nails. A great way to use up the ‘questionable’ stuff. Also tried some face creams on my feet instead of throwing out. My cupboard will be less cluttered coming out of this.

    • margiemi
      April 14, 2020 / 6:59 am

      What a GREAT idea about the face oils/creams that I don’t use and haven’t contributed to the local woman’s shelter. I’ve been using up those foundations/blushes/shadows that I’ve never used after the first trial…such a waste of money…but now I’m made up with colors I don’t like but I’m not seeing anyone so it doesn’t really matter. Agree…there’s more room in my drawers now. Thanks for the suggestion!

  2. Carol W Wayne
    April 14, 2020 / 6:23 am

    I love the Aesop hand wash…a true splurge but it is so nice to use, smells wonderful and doesn’t dry your hands out when you are constantly washing your hands. I am pretty frugal with it and the 16 oz bottle I bought the end of January still has about 1/8 left.

    By the by….I just read Elegant Defense by Matt Richtel…Non-fiction about all the amazing discoveries regarding our immune system…if you admire Dr Fauci now….you will be even more impressed….anyway we shouldn’t be using all these antibacterial soaps and so forth, just regular soap does the job . It was not an easy read but fascinating.

  3. Carolyn
    April 14, 2020 / 6:51 am

    Good morning and thank you! This was a much needed post.
    Great ideas to ponder with my newly acquired free time. Lavender and rose oils are both appealing to me especially at this time.
    Beautiful Spring day here. Hope you are having good weather.

  4. Nancy
    April 14, 2020 / 6:56 am


  5. Barb
    April 14, 2020 / 7:01 am

    My nails were dry and peeling for years, and I kept them polished to “glue” them together. Finally last fall I stopped the polish, and thus the nail polish remover. Even though I used the nonacetone formulas, I really think the remover was harming my nails. Since then, I’ve been moisturizing each night and applying the very inexpensive Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream to my nail surfaces and cuticles. I swear this was the game changer! My nails are no longer dry, are strong, and look the best they have in years. I keep them short and buffed and call it a day!

    • Lagatta de Montréal
      April 14, 2020 / 3:51 pm

      I also like Burt’s bees, especially their lippy that is mostly a protective cream but actually has real colour, even dark enough for my (dark) lips. I have a feeling the nail salon look (also with its deep exploitation of immigrant women) will be on the wane.

    • April 15, 2020 / 2:52 pm

      I’m with you, Barb. I’ve had the very same problem. My nails are very strong unless I use polish. A nail tech once told me that the remover is very drying and harmful to your nails and should be washed off with soap and water Immediately. I can use polish once or sometimes twice in a row without too much trouble. But any more than that, and they split, crack and peel until they grow all the way out. Then they’re fine until I get the urge to polish them again. Maybe we should try those fake nails from the drugstore. I wonder what you use to get those off??
      I’ve found some wonderful cuticle cream made by a company in Oregon called, Wild Carrot. It’s really helped to ward off hangnails. I get it at Whole Foods. They also make a very nice hand cream called, Lord, Why Are My Hands So Dry?

  6. Nancy mk
    April 14, 2020 / 8:28 am

    Burt’s Bees is so nice but in these times of turmoil I returned to the cuticle cream of my youth, Dior’s Creme Abricot, which is sticky at first but absorbs quickly and smells wonderful. It’s hard to find, perhaps discontinued, but I found it, as I do most things not available in small local stores, on ebay.

    Susan, I sometimes wish you did not have such a strong influence on me – I, also a spring or perhaps a springy autumn – have not put on a black garment in weeks but instead peach, turquoise, etc. which are so cheerful. Now this morning I bought the Aesop……

    • Lagatta de Montréal
      April 14, 2020 / 3:53 pm

      I’m in a black top and bottom, with a deep violet fleece hoodie atop. I’m not really a goth but feel happier in dark colours, with touches of reds and greens.

    • Lagatta de Montréal
      April 14, 2020 / 4:11 pm

      I’m in a black top and bottom, with a deep violet fleece hoodie atop. I’m not really a goth but feel happier in dark colours, with touches of reds and greens. I can’t abide pastels, but that is on me; certainly not telling other people how to dress. I am VERY happy to find deep, rich colours that aren’t black though!

    • Karin
      April 14, 2020 / 6:51 pm

      Nancy, I’m sorry to report Dior Creme Abricot has indeed been discontinued. I contacted Dior a month ago after being unable to find it anywhere. Was able to score two of them on EBay and am treating them like gold. This product was the only thing that ever actually worked on my raggedy cuticles, after decades of trying everything! I’m really sad it is gone.

    • Carol Wayne
      April 16, 2020 / 10:53 am

      You will not be disapointed…its a little spa visit everytime you wash your hands.

  7. April 14, 2020 / 9:09 am

    Love the Aesop products and they are so worth the money. Great post!

  8. April 14, 2020 / 10:04 am

    Unscented L’Occitane shea butter works as a cuticle cream *and* a lip balm. (You could probably fry an egg in it, too.) My tiny (10 ml) tin has lasted forever.

    • Lagatta de Montréal
      April 14, 2020 / 4:13 pm

      I use the African origin shea and argan products a lot. They have very much improved my skin and hair.

  9. Francoise
    April 14, 2020 / 10:27 am

    Nancy MK, I agree with you that Dior’s Creme Abricot is the best. I have tried literally every kind of creme, oil and lotion and nothing works like this. I’ve also noticed that the effects last hours. Something about the combination of ingredients and the consistency of this cream seems to promote healing and softening. I hope they never discontinue it!

  10. Carol
    April 14, 2020 / 5:49 pm

    Thank you for the timely post. I love Weleda Skin Food products. All of the washing with strong hand soaps has taken its toll on my hands. I went back to Trader Joe’s and bought Trader Jacques French Liquid Soap (Orange Blossom Honey), and it is ultra soothing and healing for my hands and can also be used on the body; this stuff is liquid gold for me. Another option for cuticle care is cuticle oil by Deborah Lippman. The cuticle oil can be purchased in a nail polish size container with a brush or dropper, and just recently I purchased a Deborah Lippman Cuticle Oil Pen. I’ve tried all kinds of creams for my hands. Right now, I’m using Eucerin Skin Calming Cream (8oz tube).

  11. Leslie
    April 14, 2020 / 8:31 pm

    I read an article online from GQ that said that soaking hands in warm water and castor oil was good for hangnails. I occasionally do a soak of my hands and feet with a small amount of castor oil, sans odor, but have since started using it as a cuticle oil. Inexpensive and all natural. Unfortunately, no rose scent. Desperate times…

  12. Sf-dre
    April 16, 2020 / 8:21 pm

    Not hands, has anyone tried the foot peel products like Baby Foot? Since Salons are closed, thinking now would be a time to try it.

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