I feel like my eternally dry hands over the years have made me something of a hand cream connoisseur. I’ve tried so many, to varying levels of success. Some I’ve loved, some have worked short term, some I’ve been obsessed with and then fallen out of love with later on. It’s an ongoing quest. I actually have a skin type/condition that means I have very dry hands naturally so trying to find something that eases that tight dry feeling isn’t always that simple. I’m not a fan of really ‘waxy’ feeling cream options as I don’t really want to leave greasy hand prints all over the place. I want something that is effective but soaks in quickly and leaves hands with longer lasting moisture.
Mane ‘n Tail Hoofmaker Hand and Nail Therapy
The lastest cream I’ve been using is one from the Mane n’ Tail brand. The Mane n’ Tail Hoofmaker Hand and Nail Therapy cream promises an ‘intensive protein enriched moisturiser’. If you don’t know about the Mane n’ Tail brand as a whole, it’s all about horses. Yes really. They have shampoo and conditioners that were originally designed for horses manes… (and tails) and the Hoofmaker was apparently originally developed for horses to moisturise dry, cracked and brittle hooves. Because it was applied by hand, the horse owners realised it was working wonders on their own skin and nails and gradually… it developed into a human-friendly hoofmaker option from there.
Now in all honesty, there’s something about the idea of it being for horses that makes me feel a little bit… I don’t know. Uncomfortable? Am I going to smell like a stable? Is it ok for me to use or is that a bizarre concern?! Clearly, it’s not an issue. Maybe I’m just being funny – I’ve heard nothing but good things about it and would anyone have started using them if they didn’t do something ace to skin/hair?! Nope.
Fact is, this is a great hand cream. I love that it’s a really big tube (170g) – meaning you can slather it on without a care. The texture is quite unusual compared to most hand creams in that it’s a sort lotion but lighter? If that makes sense. A small amount goes a long way and just a dollop around a broad bean size covers my hands and soaks in almost immediately. It also doesn’t leave any residue at all which is perfect.
Packaging wise, I love how big it is but don’t necessarily love the overall design. As it still very much looks like something you would pick up as supplies for a horse rather than a pretty/dressing table worthy hand cream. But for a functional product like a hand cream, does that even matter? I’d probably have to concede that no it doesn’t.
I guess if it works for a horse’s hooves then it has to be good enough for even the driest hands?! No…?! A good cream if you need a heavy duty, big tube, does the trick hand-hydrating option.
Mane ‘n Tail Hoofmaker Hand and Nail Therapy * is available from Feelunique £8.99
*PR sample or gift