I adore using my sense of smell. Yes, that might seem like an odd thing to say, but it’s true. I love burning deliciously scented candles, burying my face in a towel fresh from the dryer, spritzing my wrists with a delicate mist of fragrance, leaving the bedroom windows open on a cool summer night, and slathering on a layer of rich hand cream so I could smell it all day long.
Shortly after going gluten-free, my GI doctor recommended I go through all my beauty products to check if they contained gluten. This took me by surprise – I hadn’t even thought of it. Unfortunately, the list of ingredients for beauty products can be far more mysterious than food products. Unless it is marketed specifically to be so, it can take a lot of research to confirm whether or not a beauty product is gluten-free.
After lots of internet research and emails, I learned that the hand creams I used from Bath & Body Works contained gluten. For your information, according to my internet research, here are the ingredients in Bath & Body Works products that contain wheat and soy:
Wheat: Triticum Vulgare
Oat: Avena Sativa
Barley: Hordeum Distichon
Rye: Secale Cereale
Soy: Glycina soja
After I had to get rid of those hand creams, I was down to my last resort. A Christmas or two ago, a dear friend gave me some Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Ultra Moisturizing Hand Therapy hand cream. I fell in love with it immediately. Unfortunately, after I was diagnosed, a quick read of the package revealed wheat as an ingredient. Fortunately, I didn’t have to do any research to find out whether or not it was gluten-free – a rare moment where it was spelled out for me with no doubt. I was devastated that I could no longer use my beloved hand cream, but I had no choice. I gave what I had left of it to my mom and set out on a search for a new gluten-free hand cream.
I found quite a few gluten-free hand creams online; however, I was more interested in the scent than anything else, and nothing seemed to be up to snuff. Happily, I stumbled across the exquisite world of Lollia. The descriptions of their fragrances are beautiful and paint a lovely picture. I was enraptured. After reading some product reviews, I decided that these hand creams were definitely worth looking into further. I was ecstatic to receive a reply from their Customer Service department indicating that all of their lotions and hand creams are gluten-free. Yay! Now came the hard part: deciding which scents to get.
Of their eight available scents, I decided to try two. Because of my long-standing love affair with the smell of vanilla, my first choice had to be Wish.
After much deliberation, my second choice was Relax.
Upon receiving these hand creams, I carefully opened up the beautiful boxes they arrived in and tried Wish. I wasn’t as in love with it as I thought I would be. Frankly, I was a little disappointed. I decided to keep that one at work. I’ve had it for a few months now and I am happy to say that my opinion has certainly changed. I really love that lotion now and highly recommend it, especially if you like the Warm Vanilla Sugar scent from Bath & Body Works. The scent is certainly warm and rich and very sweet, like cookies.
Then I tried Relax. This one was love at first sniff. The scent is light, floral, and slightly sweet. It reminds me of a garden in the summertime. If you like floral scents, you’ll love this. I decided to keep this one at home and save it for special occasions.
Aside from their scents, the other important thing to consider when trying a new hand cream is the way it feels on your hands. (Duh.) I hate greasy lotions. The Lollia creams are not greasy at all. They leave your hands feeling wonderfully smooth and silky and certainly hydrated. I use hand cream frequently at work because the cheap hand soap in the bathroom dries out my hands quickly – especially in the dry winter months. Lollia creams really works to help keep my hands from drying out, and I’m more than happy to recommend them.
If you’re interested in trying Lollia hand cream out yourself, you can order it online through the Lollia website or through various other online retailers, such as Beauty.com; or you can enter your ZIP code into their store locator and see if it can be found at a store near you. I really hope you do try it!
Note: I am not affiliated with Lollia in any way, and I was not compensated in any way for this product review.