IF MEDIUM WAS MY DIARY

I cut my hand cream open

Thinking of all the things I can’t live without, in this first world problem filled life

Author’s own

Have you every stopped to wonder, how many things you throw
Without considering that many don’t even have access to scraps
If there’s only a little left, what’s the point in keeping you may ask
But here I come to you, with a little life changing task

If there’s one thing I can take from the last lock down, and confirm that I can’t live without, is hand cream and that is solely based on the level of my hand cream consumption.

After reading a book on the importance of keeping track of ones expenditures, I decided to count everything I have and use regularly, in order to budget for it properly and avoid overspending unnecessarily.

To my surprise one of my top regular expenditure is hand cream, something that started before we had to go through 1 litre of hand sanitiser per week, because washing ones hand simply is no longer enough.

I have hand cream tubes in my bags, on my desk, in the bathroom, in random drawers, always one close enough to try keep my hands hydrated.

I buy hand cream from Neutrogena, Garnier, Aveeno, Rituals, Burt’s Bees, but there’s one brand that I binge bought and even 2020 wasn’t crazy enough to finish my stash.

The winner? As you have already seen from the main picture, it is Laura Ashley.

My first handcream by Laura Ashley was the Royal Bloom, a hand cream with shea butter which promises to help you “Indulge your hand with this rich, moisturising hand & nail cream. Enriched with Shea Butter and delicately infused with natural rose, violet and jasmine oils, this beautiful formulation will leave your hands feeling soft and conditioned.”, 4 months and 130ml later, I was hooked. As I couldn’t find the Royal Bloom, I decided to invest in the Garden Bloom collection, a hand cream made from “geranium & neroli with shea butter” it was heavenly, and this is how my Laura Ashley hand cream addiction started around 2017.

The scent? Delicious. The texture? Creamy and dreamy. How long do the effects last? Longer than the average one hour between and post hand washes. The packaging? The right mix of colours and designs.

The products are designed and developed in the U.K. by SLG under a licence for Laura Ashley Ltd. I wonder if I will still be able to find the recipe even if the business stops producing or trading.

For me Christmas is the best time to stock up, at Boots I get 3 for 2, half prices, and sometimes random extra discounts which help reduce the prices for nearly less than 60% of what they market it for, which always motivates me to buy enough to last the year. And in 2019 I did just that. I bought so many, that I still have enough for 2021.

Author’s own stash

But here’s what I never do, I never use it until there’s nothing left, simply because I only squeeze until I feel like there’s nothing else to be squeezed out.

I love creams that smell good, especially when the smell lasts longer than body spray and / or perfume, and those that linger even after washing ones hands. That’s what got me buying from Laura Ashley again and again.

You can imagine how it felt when I read that the brand collapsed into administration due to the pandemic, and then learning that the retailer had closed half of their stores in the U.K..

Stress levels?

First world: level 100

With this in mind and after reading the “your money or your life” book, I did the best thing I ever did, before throwing away three of the ones I was using, I cut them open.

I did it to see if there was anything else to squeeze out, and because I wasn’t ready to let go of what could potentially be the beginning of the end of my hand cream collection.

But the main aim was to start controlling my expenditure, and make the most of what I already had.

The tubes I cut lasted for another week. That’s an extra week of not having to open a new one. A week of savings.

Not a seasoned writer, just a human doing this thing called life. *** My motto: Filling up my cup, so I can overflow into yours

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