A few years ago, my friend was searching for a lotion for her mom’s birthday. Her mom’s only requirement was that the first ingredient not be water. Little did they know, this would be super difficult. She finally found success with the Barr Co. Oatmeal lotion, which my friend liked so much that she purchased one for herself. As is typical when you find a product you love, you share it with all of your friends. My friend did this with the lotion, and all of my other friends became obsessed with it. I wasn’t huge on the scent, but the quality of the product was really nice.
Fast forward a few years, and we’re having a super dry winter where there is absolutely nothing I can do to keep my hands hydrated. I own a bunch of travel size Bath and Body Works lotions, which I love, but found I had to constantly reapply them. I remembered at that moment in time how good the Barr Co lotion was, and I also remembered smelling a different scent at Anthropologie. I decided to search the internet to see if they sold the cream by itself, since in store it was only sold with a soap. I found success on Amazon ($24)!
I know that it’s now March, so we’re getting out of the horrible winters, but that doesn’t mean that your hands aren’t dry. This lotion is great (and does come in various scents in the hand cream), so I wanted to share it with you all!
Unfortunately, the hand cream does list water as the first ingredient, but as that isn’t something I was concerned about, it doesn’t bother me. The scent is a really clean almost oceany scent (hence the name marine) and is really nice. The scent is strong enough that you smell it when you apply, and it lingers a little, but it’s not overpowering. The only negative is that I think I liked the scent a little bit more when I first got it than I do now. It’s not one that I find I continue to love even a month or two later. It’s still a nice scent, but I think I’d look for a different one when I repurchase.
The lotion itself is white and is somewhere in consistency between a Bath and Body Works lotion and a body butter. It’s a really nice consistency in that it’s thicker than some lotions so it really seems to hydrate, but it’s not overly thick to the point where it doesn’t sink in or spread well.
The other great thing about this lotion is that it doesn’t leave your hand greasy. My biggest pet peeve with hand creams specifically is that they seem to be greasier than body lotions. That is completely not the case with this cream. Once you massage it all in, it leaves your hands hydrated without any residue. It also keeps my hands hydrated throughout the day. Since I work in a school, I wash my hands all the time. I find myself only having to apply this once, maybe twice (if I’ve been using both soap and antibacterial gel)!
While I was a little bit put off by the price initially, there is a lot of product and you don’t need much, maybe a dime’s worth (max). I also adore the packaging. It has that clinical look and feel and I really like it. For some reason it makes me feel extravagant to use it and I can’t figure out why.
If you live in a cold climate and find yourself with dry hands, I highly recommend checking out the Barr Co. hand lotions. They’re 100% worth the price, and is one of the best hand lotions I’ve ever used. I can’t even think of one that I would pick up instead of repurchasing this one.