By Debbie Steele
The word "cream" takes on another meaning with the
Hand Cream ($12.75), a solid lotion bar. It is small, round
and yellow, with a sunflower on the top. Its ingredients
include sunflower and almond oils. Lavender and lemon
give it a fresh smell.
the first solid lotion bar I've tried, and it took a little
getting used to. At first, I felt like I was trying to
moisturize with a bar of soap. But, following the
instructions, I let the bar warm up a few seconds in my palm,
then rubbed it into my hands and elbows. This does take
a little while to sink in, leaving your hands pretty greasy
and tacky for 15 minutes or so.
The great thing about a solid lotion bar, though, is its portability. Although
it does suggest keeping it away from heat, this little bar
could be very handy in a desk drawer or glove compartment.
And, as with all their products, the packaging is adorable.
Finally, I tried out the Trail Boss Bar ($14), an
body rub for sore muscles." Like the Ranch Hand Cream,
this bar is small, round and yellow, with beeswax, sunflower
oil and botanicals. It also contains "warming ginger and
analgesic white willow, along with anti-inflammatory
arnica...to ease even the most stubborn knots and calm sore
This bar has the fabulous, warm smell of
ginger and cloves. True to its promise, it does have a
warming effect that helps soothe achy muscles. This
solid bar is great for a massage without the oily mess (hey, I'm a pragmatist!).