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Byredo Rinse-Free Hand Wash Review

byredo rinse-free hand wash


Hey all! Curious what the Byredo Rinse-Free Hand wash is like? I’ve got two of them to review in this post. I, for sure, have been wondering what this uber-luxurious hand product is like. How does it feel? Does it smell nice? Is it moisturizing?


The Byredo Rinse-Free Hand Wash is marketed as alcohol-based, moisturizing, and is different from the other Byredo Hand Wash that comes in large dispensers. This product is more of a luxurious hand sanitizer to me, even though it can’t really be qualified as such because its alcohol content is only 30%. Therefore, it cannot kill any viruses or bacteria. You can probably say that this could also be a hybrid between a hand wash and a hand sanitizer. Whatever its purpose is, I can see that this is definitely marketed as a luxury product for the hand.


I usually use this for when my hands may need to be sanitized but making sure that I did not completely touch any soiled objects. Since this product contains less alcohol, your hands won’t dry at all. It actually somewhat feels moisturizing and, yeah, total luxe. However, this will never be a good substitute for a typical hand sanitizer unless Byredo will reformulate this product.


byredo suede hand wash review



Suede – This doesn’t really smell like suede, but more of a fancy fresh soapy scent. I like the scent a lot, and it never seems to be boring. I kind of like this scent better than the rose one.


byredo rose rise free hand wash


Rose – This has a very distinctive scent that smells rosy and musky at first application. The muskiness seems to stay for a while and can get a little too much for my nose. There are times that I can tolerate the scent, and there are times that I can’t. Because of that, I seem to like the Suede scent more.


Bottom line, I’m definitely curious what the other Byredo hand wash smells like. But for now, I think I’m settling with my industrial-grade hand sanitizer while the vid is still around.


byredo rose rinse-free hand wash

Are you a fan of these? What are your current favorite hand sanitizers?







Hand Cream Favorites

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Hello there! Happy Winter! It’s that time of the year again where our hands tend to suffer from dryness and sensitivities. Such dryness can be caused by this weather and our constant use of hand sanitizers, which can strip our skin’s natural oil. It’s unavoidable because we have to protect ourselves from the vid, yet it’s also crucial to protect our hands. After all, our hands are so important.


When it comes to hand creams, I’ve been loving a few lately and will be talking about them in this post. I usually do not limit myself to what is considered a hand cream. I also look at hand and body balms that are thick and rich enough, and with a fantastic scent, suitable as a hand cream.


glossier hand cream review


Glossier – has a very faint floral scent. The texture is creamy and lightweight, which sinks into the skin quickly. Most of all, the packaging is so cute.


Diptyque Eau Rose – so luxurious and cozy, like the scent of Baies and Rose candles combined. The captivating scent lingers for hours, and this works well for Winter-dry hands.


diptyque eau rose hand cream


Chanel Le Lift La Crème Main – another fabulous and fancy egg-packaging of a hand cream from Chanel. The scent is a typical Chanel floral type, which may be a hit or miss for some. I like it, and it works in restoring moisture on my hands. But it’s the kind of hand cream that you would feel like using only on glamorous occasions due to its ultra-cool packaging and eyebrow-raising price tag.


Aesop Rind Concentrate Body Balm – this isn’t actually a hand cream, but I keep gravitating to this because this is just SO good in terms of scent (strong lemon rind) and texture (rich and creamy). Every time I use this, I feel like I’m being transported somewhere lovely and sunny :-). D’ya feel me?


chanel le lift la creme main hand cream


Eucerin Advanced Repair – is a good drugstore hand cream with no scent, yet the texture is really rich and can definitely moisturize the hands at a much lower price; the formula is suitable for sensitive skin.


Cucina Nourishing Hand Butter – my favorite discovery from Amazon, this hand cream is so thick that it’s perfect for those who suffer from extremely dry hands. Also, the price of this isn’t bad at all.


byredo bal d'afrique hand cream review


Byredo Bal d’Afrique – what can I say? This is my new favorite hand cream and might have been my most favorite of all if it wasn’t for the price tag and the size of the tube. The Bal d’Afrique scent is utterly elegant and luxurious to the point of being irresistible. The hand cream is no different and with a very rich creamy texture that quickly melts into the skin. The packaging may be inconvenient because you have to screw and unscrew the cap, but it’s worth it though. I just wish that it came with a larger tube.


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And there goes my favorite hand creams. I love them all, and they help prevent my hands from losing moisture in this cold and dreary Winter.


What are the hand creams you’re loving lately?






Battle of The Best Foot Creams; L’Occitane, O’Keeffe’s, Kenzoki, Caudalie & Sol de Janeiro.

best foot cream review


And the best foot cream goes to… well, not yet, that’s too soon. Hey Y’all, this post is dedicated to all those who loves their feet, obsessed about their feet, likes to google other’s feet (haha!), or are suffering from calluses and dry cracked heels. Also, even for those who have unsightly feet, foot fetishes, or just simply are foot crazies. This post is for you and for all of us.

Admit it, it’s not every day that we get to have gorgeous and well-conditioned feet. Our feet take a lot of beating for the most part of our lives and it’s hard to make it look pretty or presentable all the time. A few weeks ago, my feet had been looking like the Sahara Desert. My heels were dry, cracked, and they were starting to hurt. It was also starting look slightly discolored. Oh my, what a disaster! like it’s not enough to have elephant feet, now I have Sahara/Nevada desert feet? Oh no, this can’t go on, I immediately went into resuscitating my feet and grabbed the nearest hand cream I could find. I wore socks at night to keep the moisture on my feet, however, even though the hand creams somehow helped, I wanted something a lot thicker and even more moisturizing. I’ve tried the good ol’ Vaseline but it’s too greasy and wouldn’t be absorbed by my feet easily. So, I embarked on a few weeks’ journey of looking and trying for some good foot creams. The result has been fun and interesting and has helped my feet back to its normal state or ever better.


Here’s what I found out.


Caudalie Foot Beauty Cream

L’Occitane Shea Butter Foot Cream (5.2 oz $28) – This hefty foot cream has 15% Shea Butter and it smells like pure lavender. The tube looks similar to the popular L’Occitane Hand Cream, so be careful not to confuse the two. This is the first foot cream I purchased and it’s so creamy just like its hand cream cousin. It took a few minutes to be absorbed by my feet, but it felt good and it kept my feet hydrated which slowly healed my dry cracked heels. The lavender scent can be too much, even though it’s meant to be relaxing to the senses. Apart from that, I love that this tube is huge and that I can use it for a long time.

Caudalie Foot Beauty Cream (2.5 oz $15) – A cream that smells like sweet grapes or citrus, much similar to Aveda Hand Relief Cream. It smells really great at the beginning but it gets too sweet later on. This cream is tricky to use. The first time I used it, there was a lot of pilling, so much so that it was uncomfortable, annoying and messy. I realized that the trick to prevent pilling is to not put a lot of it. Just a little bit goes a long and this cream will work wonders. It’s creamy, it gets absorbed easily, and it makes the feet feel smooth the next day.


O'Keeffe's for Healthy Feet Foot Cream

O’Keeffe’s for Healthy Feet Foot Cream (3.2 oz $8.84) – A cute and cheap foot cream that you can find almost anywhere. I expected a lot from this popular foot cream. It’s marketed as a cream for extremely dry feet, however, in my experience, it’s actually quite the opposite. I can’t seem to love this cream because even though it’s creamy to the touch, it was actually just sitting and waiting to be absorbed by my skin. Somehow it felt thin and couldn’t penetrate into my dried alligator feet. So off this goes to a friend. Ciao!

Kenzoki Barefeet Fantasy Massage Balm (2.7 oz $26) – A luxuriously packaged foot and ankle cream that smells like fresh flowers and slightly cherryblossom-ish. The packaging is velvety and the cream has rice essence, Cupuaçu, and Shea Butter. It gets absorbed by my skin easily and it feels smooth and creamy. The scent is not overwhelming and you don’t need to use a lot of the product.


best foot cream Sol de Janeiro Samba 2-Step Foot Fetish Care

Sol de Janeiro Samba 2-Step Foot Fetish Care (3 oz $27) – This cream is supposed to come with a foot board so you can exfoliate the dry rough areas of your feet. Unfortunately, and I don’t know why, mine came without any foot board. Even the ones that are currently sold in store don’t seem to have any included foot boards anymore. But anyway, this cream felt slightly less creamy and somewhat thin, but my skin absorbed it easily. The scent is not like the Bum Bum Cream, but more like the Açai Body Power Cream.


So, Here are the awards:


Best in Scent: Kenzoki Barefeet Fantasy & Sol de Janeiro Foot Fetish Care


Most Creamy: L’Occitane Shea Butter Foot Cream


Runner Up for The Creamiest: Caudalie Foot Beauty Cream & Kenzoki Barefeet Fantasy


Best in Value: Caudalie Foot Beauty Cream & L’Occitane Shea Butter Foot Cream


Best Overall: Kenzoki Barefeet Fantasy Massage Balm (my most favorite of all)


So, there you have it! these are some of the best foot creams I’ve ever tried. Some are really good, while a few are somewhat meh. The good ones are what saved my feet from becoming a disaster. I’ve been using them regularly especially at night while rotating each brand from time to time.


The L’Occitane Shea Butter Foot Cream is available at Sephora, Dermstore, Nordstrom, and L’

The Caudalie Foot Beauty Cream can be found in Sephora

O’Keeffe’s Heathy Foot Cream is available here: Amazon, Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, & Walgreens.

Kenzoki Barefeet Fantasy Massage Balm is available only at Sephora

The Sol de Janeiro Samba 2-Step Foot Fetish Care is also available only at Sephora


Have a great day everyone!


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