Keeping our hands moisturised has never been so important! The pandemic has had a huge impact on all of our lives in so many ways, and protecting our hands has become more prevalent with an increase in daily handwashing. Consistent hand washing can result in dry, damaged and chapped skin if you aren’t careful. 

The Somerset Toiletry Company have championed hand care for years, and this year is no different. We’ve decided to put together a blog post featuring the main reasons why you should use hand cream regularly as part of your skincare routine.


What are the benefits of using hand cream?

The use of antiseptic gels along with the continual hand washing that we are all rightly doing at the moment wreak havoc on the sensitive skin on our hands. Studies have clearly shown, what most of us already know, that hands are rougher and drier when not using hand moisturiser. As we are all washing our hands more frequently this for some, can lead to irritant contact dermatitis. Using hand cream after washing can quite quickly give moisture back and help prevent dry, rough and damaged skin.

When should I use hand cream?

Our hands are one of the first places to show signs of ageing. Most of us understand the need for a healthy facial skincare routine to keep our youthful looks as long as we can, but if we don’t look after our hands they can easily give the game away. Using a moisturising hand cream lotion not only keeps our skin soft and smooth but also helps keep them looking younger for longer. 

How does hand cream work?

The skin on the back of our hands is decidedly different to the skin on our palms. The skin on the top of our hands is really quite thin and has less sebaceous glands, meaning it can become dry very quickly. Conversely, the skin on our palms is much thicker. Consequently, the moisture requirement to penetrate this area of the hands needs to be rich and full of moisture binding ingredients.  It is for this reason that we at The Somerset Toiletry Company have formulated hand creams that have been formulated to ensure the entirety of the hand is looked after.


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Shea Butter benefits

All of our hand creams have been developed using a range of ingredients, that are as natural as possible, to nourish and deeply moisturise.  When looking at the ingredients we use you will notice Shea Butter features in all of them.  It is our belief that Rich Shea Butter is the best moisturizing and protecting ingredient for the hands.  It is a skin superfood that comes from the seeds of the fruit of the Karite tree.

It contains a host of naturally occurring vitamins, minerals and compounds that form a protective barrier on the skin while it moisturises deeper into the dermis. It may offer mild UV protection and provides the skin with essential fatty acids and the nutrients necessary for collagen protection/production. The natural vitamins and fatty acids found in shea makes it extremely nourishing and moisturizing for skin. It contains cinnamic acid and other natural properties such as lupeol cinnamate which have been found to reduce skin inflammation. Shea helps in the skin’s natural collagen production and contains stearic, palmitic and linolenic acids that help in protecting  and nourishing the skin which helps prevent drying and chapping.

Shea has been described as forming a natural barrier that helps protect the adverse effects of water when we wash our hands.  It is able to feed the skin on the back of the hands as well as penetrate the thick layer of the palm.  Shea aids in the skin’s natural collagen production and contains oleic, stearic, palmitic, and linolenic acids that protect and nourish the skin to prevent drying, soften skin and anecdotally it is observed that it helps in keeping the signs of aging at bay.

Best luxury hand cream


We feel very proud of how our hand creams perform and we have had lots of terrific feedback over many years from people who, like us, believe they are quite fabulous and extol their virtues. 


Our tag line of exquisite goods at honest prices is evident in these products as they are very reasonably priced for the quality and care these products give. We have a range of gifting hand creams and no matter how inexpensive we still ensure each hand cream has rich shea in.  Please see the gift section below.  Each of our product ranges contains a hand cream with slightly differing properties and price points, but all are wonderful and well reviewed by ourselves and our customers.  Choose which one based on the fragrances you love and/or how rich you would like your hand cream to be. 

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Aromas Artesanales de Antigua


The lightest of our hand creams, each of our AAA hand creams offer a nourishing but quickly absorbing formulation great for using when on the go, or for those with a more youthful skin that don’t require such deep moisturising. Containing 10 % Shea butter these come in 6 gorgeous floral fragrances.  This is a very inexpensive hand cream that still works wonders.


Shop AAA hand cream here

Naturally European


If you are looking for a rich, deeply nourishing luxury hand cream that will work wonders at protecting your hands this is the hand cream for you. With a choice of seven natural fragrances each contains 20% shea butter. To further ensure their effectiveness they contain a deeply moisturing combination of avocado, coconut, rosehip, baobab and Vitamin E oils.


Shop Naturally European hand cream here

Beauty of Bath


Like Naturally European our Beauty of Bath hand creams contains 20% rich shea butter and our deeply moisturising combination of avocado, coconut, rosehip, baobab and vitamin E oils.

Available in three exquisitely luxurious fine fragrances along with essential oils to moisturise, protect and treat.  Divine!


Shop Beauty of Bath hand cream here

Hand Cream Gift Boxes

Our hand cream gift boxes are a wonderful present or stocking stuffer.   The perfect gift anytime but particularly well received by us all when hand washing and sanitising is de rigueur. 

Have a look at our mini hand care sets in different designs and different fragrances that contain a mini soap and 30g hand cream:

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Christmas Carols Mini Gift Set – Nordic Spruce
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Christmas Carols Mini Gift Set – Winter Berries
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Pink Pepper and Lotus Pod Mini Hand Care Set
Mini Hand Care Set Pink Pepper and Lotus Pod
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Fern and Moss Mini Hand Care Set
Mini Hand Care Set Fern and Moss
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Hand Cream Gift Sets

The Somerset Toiletry Company was founded in 1999 and has been developing beautiful body care and gifts ever since. Please read our about us page to find out more, or explore all our scented toiletries, home fragrances and more on our website.

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