I can't quite put my finger on why my hands have taken so well to Sparituals Instinctual Organic Moisturizing Lotion ($28). But something is working. The skin on my hands looks thicker and definitely firmer. I should mention soft and smooth and a sort of healthy glow as well.

Waving aside doubts - Sparituals has tendency to spout about chakra and it isn't quite as squeaky green as it likes to make out it is - I decided that I'd give this hand, foot and body lotion a go. It is a deceptively simple potion that at first glance seems to have the usual vegetable oils and coconut derivatives. High up the list, however, is sesame seed oil. This is a potent antioxidant that can actually prevent the formation of malignant melanoma. Sesame is also full of vitamin E and potassium and is a great moisturizer.  There is also anti-inflammatory aloe vera and antioxidant olive.

Perhaps the ingredients have been combined in perfect combination or proportions. Whatever, my hands are loving Sparituals. And my nose really likes the zingy perfume of ginger essence.

It is worth checking out Sparituals huge range of nail laquers ($9) that are free of phthalates. formaldemyde, toluene and other nasty chemicals.

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Aqua/Water/Eau, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin (plant derived), Cetearyl Olivate (Olive derived), Sorbitan Olivate (Olive derived), Cetearyl Alcohol & Ceteareth 20 (Coconut/Palm derived), Cetearyl Alcohol (Coconut/Palm derived), Zingiber Officinale (Indonesian Ginger) Root Essential Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Caprylic Capric Triglyceride (Coconut/Palm derived), Sorbitan Stearate (plant derived), Dimethicone, Tocopheryl (Vitamin E) Acetate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Retinyl (Vitamin A) Palmitate, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Hexylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum/Fragrance, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate.