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You Need Hands: a product review March 2, 2010

My hands and feet have been really ragged lately. Nothing I’ve put on them has helped.

But BEHOLD the Fresh & Easy baby sleep time massage balm!

Fresh & Easy is a grocery store chain that specializes in small inventory and high quality stock. One opened up a few blocks away in the Fall. The store brand groceries are really nice and the location is convenient. It’s far cheaper than Trader Joe’s and on par with the other stores in the area (inner city shrinkage costs BITE). I never realized the store brand had skin care products until I picked up some laundry detergent yesterday.

My eyes wandered over to the baby products and there it was. Nestled in the middle of Fresh & Easy’s all natural baby products. The baby sleep time massage balm.

Ingredients? Olive oil, beeswax, shea butter, jojoba seed oil, oat kernel oil, safflower seed oil, aloe, aloe leaf extract, lavender, chamomile flower oil, ylang ylang flower oil, bitter orange flower oil. That’s it. It looks like a big slice of lip balm in the tub and smells faintly sweet.

Sadly, I have no baby to massage, but it’s great for hands, feet, lips, and elbows – anywhere that needs a bit of moisture. It’s fairly soft and sinks right in to my skin. It’s not heavy like many petroleum-based deep moisture products, but it still manages to pack a punch. My cuticles are mending after one day.

At $4 for 2.5oz, it’s a pretty good deal too. A little goes a long way and it should last me a while.

“You need hands to hold someone you care for
When you fear nobody wants to know you
You need hands to brush away the tears

When you hold a brand new baby
You need tender hands to guide them on their way
You need hands to thank the Lord for living
And forgiving us this day

You need hands to show the world you’re happy
And you need hands when you have to stop the bus
But the hands that we love so dear
Are the hands that we love to hear
Are the hands that You give to us
Everybody holds the hands that You give to us!”
– The Sex Pistols, “You Need Hands”

We all know Sid Vicious was seriously into his skin care products…

Total Metro, amirite?

[Yes, I know “You Need Hands” is sung by Malcolm McLaren, not Sid Vicious. I’m sure he’s a metro too.]