Chanel No 5 L’Eau: On Hand Cream

My office has temporarily relocated to a building off the Strand. I mention this as it means that I am in very close proximity of a lunch time to the many standalone beauty boutiques in Covent Garden. I’m loving it. My bank manager isn’t (ha ha ha) but the relocation is for a year so lets see how much damage I can do in that period of time.

Chanel No 5 L’Eau

Chanel Number 5 is an iconic scent, I don’t need to tell you that but it is not one that I am ready to add to my perfume collection. When No 5 L’Eau was released there was a bit of a collective grown among die hard fans that this was a product that had been created for Millennials. I don’t know if that is true but I can understand why that conclusion was reached. For the record, I quite like Chanel No 5 L’Eau as a fragrance but again, I won’t be purchasing a bottle. Having the scent in a hand cream however that is a different thing altogether. In all honestly I was drawn to the shape of it. The egg shaped packaging that fits in the hand perfectly is cute and very giftable.

The Packaging

The hand cream is dispensed by squeezing the oval planes of the egg. Fine when the product is new but harder to do as the product gets used up. A small rectangle of cream is dispensed unlike standard hand cream tubes which are dispensed in the round.

On The Skin

I find the scent to be subtle on the skin, not only because it is the L’Eau version of the scent but also because I have experienced hand creams with heavier scents. My sister on the other hand, despite wearing Poison during the 80s felt that the hand cream was heavily fragranced. Will all things fragrance, perception is key. On the skin this cream is very light. I have dry skin on my hands so I don’t find this formula nourishing at all. If the hand soap that I have been using is high is sulphates and really dries my skin out I don’t find it to be hydrating enough. This hand cream is perfect for on the go however. At the office the lightness means that I am not leaving greasy finger prints on my laptop or any papers that I am holding. I prefer to have a tube of hand cream in the care, especially if I am using it when stuck in traffic. Opening and closing the tube is not the most straightforward.

Final Thoughts

I love the egg design but it is highly impractical and at over £40 it is pretty expensive. Definitely form over function but lovely nonetheless. I wish the egg was available in a wider range of fragrances. As with Chanel No 5 L’Eau, the Chance fragrances are scents that I would happily wear in a hand cream but not as a fragrance on the skin. I am enjoying this product but when I finish it I doubt I will buy another one. If anyone wants to gift it to me though, I would be more than happy to receive it.

Read more of my hand cream reviews here and here.  Follow me on Instagram for more beauty news and reviews.


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