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I happily received a 0.5 oz tube of Amala Rejuvenate cocoa bean hand cream ($42) from Marta after I wrote my “hand” article (click here, for those wanting to catch up). I’m always up for a new and potentially good hand cream. Amala goes all out in the packaging department, and it’s impressive. The hand cream tube is inside a cylinder-shaped cardboard tube with a cork top. The cork is exotically shaped itself! This packaging is so beautiful it only lacks a bow for gift giving. Amazing. I keep the hand cream inside this cylinder, as I can only imagine the cork keeps it more air tight and fresh.

Amala, as a company, is as fresh as a home grown peach. The founder, Ute Leube, is passionately involved in her skincare line which is founded on "unlocking nature's treasure chest" and formulating truly beneficial skincare that would heal, nurture and beatify the skin. The Rejuvenate series of potions revolves around cocoa which Amala ethically sources through a fair trade farm in Peru. It truly is worth a visit to her website to read her story. I was impressed and touched. Every aspect of the company has a fine touch: From the name itself “ama la” which has three meanings depending on language! Go, see!

At any rate, the fragrance … is phenomenal! I expected smelling hot chocolate hands. Not even close. Apply a dab of this delicate hand cream and I’m smelling outdoor dried linens with an under note of cocoa, perhaps, but you really have to try to find the cocoa. I smell the freshness, and I close my eyes for several seconds after every application and just inhale. It’s extremely soothing and has become something of an aroma therapy for me.

Amala’s hand cream performance doesn’t disappoint either. I am on record as wanting a good cosmetic active in my potions. Matrixyl 3000 at the very least. Syn Coll, please. Amala has nary a one. The ingredients are so pure, they made my teeth ache at one time. They say you can’t teach an old dog… but this horse has been led to water, baby, and I’ll drink this fountain of youth! This hand cream delights the senses and works to improves aged creped hands delightfully. Try to pick which ingredient out of the list below that leads the pack. It’s hard to do! Is it the cacao? Or the vanilla fruit. Perhaps the willow bark or the plantago leaf. There is rice hull, licorice, and acerola fruit as well.

Concluding my organic love fest, I’ll reveal I loved Amala’s Rejuvenating Hand Cream enough to buy the 1.7 oz size, and to my joy found that it, too, comes in the same packaging. I can wholeheartedly recommend this hand cream!



Water (Aqua), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Polyglyceryl-3 Stearate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil*, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Oil*, Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil*, Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter*, Tocopherol, [Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract*, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract*, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Hull Powder, Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Natural Fragrance (Parfum), Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract*, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil*, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil*, Citrus Auratium Bergamia (Bergamot) Peel Oil*, Xanthan Gum, Malpighia Punicifolia (Acerola) Fruit Extract*, Lactic Acid, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Hydrolized Lola Implexa Extract, Plantago Lanceolata Leaf Extract*, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract*, Silver Sulfate, Alcohol*, Citral, Coumarin, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool *Ingredient produced by organic farming