Back in November, I asked a particularly high-maintenance male friend if there were any new or notable products he was using. Expecting to hear about the latest miracle-promising cream from la Mer, which he tends to purchase following facials no matter the multi-hundred dollar price tag, I was surprised when he said I have to try Malin + Goetz B5 Hand Treatment.  And so, I did.

Considering my genetically endowded dry skin and my penchant for excessive hand-washing, I have resigned myself to a lifetime of hand moisturizers.  Constantly reaching for something to soothe my dehydrated hands, especially during the winter months, I never leave home without a mini bottle of hotel lotion at the very least.  I have now upgraded to the B5 Hand Treatment for a multitude of reasons.

What impressed me about this hand cream was not just its quickly absorbing and deeply hydrating technology, but moreover its commitment to quality ingredients.  Unlike traditionally greasy moisturizers with pore-clogging oils or waxes, the B5 Hand Treatment naturally nourishes and pH balances all skin types.  You won't find a strong presence of silicone fillers (besides dimenthicone), which give a slippery false sense of moisture, in this list of ingredients.  You also won't see artificial additives or ominous preservatives, as Malin + Goetz proudly went paraben-free with its entire line of products over the past year.

Its natural scent, derived from almond extracts, is quite powerful at first.  However, the aroma gradually evaporates as the thick cream sinks into your skin, leaving plenty of room for a personal fragrance on top. The formula synthesizes a wholesome dose of vitamin b5 (1%) and soothing botanical extracts, along with antioxidant-rich vitamins A, C, and E, to promote the health of the hand's careworn skin.  The plant-based preservative system is helped in part by honey, a natural antiseptic, which has the added benefit of attracting and retaining moisture.

Both oil-free and residue-free, the cream's combination of shea butter and other safe emollients, such as glycerin and sodium pca, lend a sense of comforting hydration without leaving a slimy reminder.  For several hours after applying, skin lightly glistens and feels well-nourished.  Malin + Goetz's blend of nourishing ingredients helps repair damage and soothe irritation afflicted by sun damage and other skin disorders.  Its other benefits include protecting dry skin from surface bacteria, smoothing over wrinkles, and strengthening nails.

My one complaint is that the tube is so small (at 1.7 oz.), that I initially thought it must be the company's complimentary sample size.  But no, Malin + Goetz has given its cream only one diminutive stature.  On the upside, you don't have to worry about taking it out of your carry-on bag to meet the TSA's regulations when traveling.  Though it is perfect for a moisture fix in the middle of the day, I have found it to be a very effective overnight treatment as well, since it absorbs instantly and doesn't stick to the sheets.  Considering the rate I've been rubbing it all over my hands, elbows, and feet before bed, I worry that my B5 Hand Treatment will be gone before I know it.  Hopefully Santa will take a hint and I'll find a new one in my stocking this year.

Ingredients:











Water (Aqua), C12 15 Alkyl Benzoate, Butylene Glycol, Tricaprylin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Polysorbate 60, Isohexadecane, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Dimethicone, PEG 40 Stearate, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Honey Extract (Mel), Carbomer, Cholesterol, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Santalum Album Extract (Sandalwood), Coriandrum Sativum Fruit Extract (Coriander), Prunus Amygdalus Amara Kernel Extract (Bitter Almond), Styrax Benzoin Gum, Amyris Balsamifera Bark Extract, Rose Flower Extract, 1, 2 Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Phenethyl Alcohol, Sodium PCA, Disodium EDTA, PPG 2 Methyl Ether, Avena Sativa Kernel Extract (Oat), Methylisothiazolinone, Tropolone