Byredo Bal D’Afrique Hand Cream: A Review
So let’s just say it; Autumn is pretty much the best.
Between the stunning colours, cosy textures, and the promise of nights in binge watching box sets, Fall basically beats all the other seasons hands down.
There is a downside to all the festivities, though, and for anyone who suffers from dry skin this can take the shape of sensitive, dehydrated hands.
And while there are some great, reasonably-priced lotions out there (O’Keeffe’s Working Hands is a particular no-nonsense favourite), sometimes it’s nice just to have a little piece of chic in your bag.
Enter Byredo: the Scandinavian perfume brand known for their unique and complex fragrances.
Created by Swedish former basketball player (yes really) Ben Gorham- who started the brand in 2006 following a career change- Byredo is one now of the most-recognisable fragrance lines in the world.
Byredo Hand Cream
While their EDPs will set you back anything from £48 for a perfume brush pen to £170 for a full size spray bottle, Byredo’s travel sized hand creams add a touch of moisturising luxury for slightly less.
Still at £30 for 30 ml I pretty much reserve this for special occasions, but the unique and complex scent of cedarwood, musk, black amber, jasmine, violet, lemon and bergamot in Bal ‘dAfrique’s Hand Cream makes this a product I’m still pleased to have in my arsenal for days when I’m feeling a little chic.
The addition of shea butter and glycerin also soften and moisturise, leaving my hands surprisingly nourished. By nature of this being a perfumed product, though, it does contain artificial fragrance and alcohol- so I’m more likely to use this for light hydration rather than full-on hand repair.
The Full List of Ingredients
Aqua (Water), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Parfum (Fragrance), Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Xylitol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polyacrylamide, Ceteareth-22, c13-14 Isoparaffin, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Laureth-7, Limonene, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Disodium Edta, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Bht, Linalool, Coumarin, Sodium Hydroxide, Citral
While this is now definitely the most expensive hand product I own, the gorgeous warm, woody scent which lasts for quite a few hours, means serious fragrance enthusiasts (and lovers of anything chic) might find this a refreshing change from the usual lineup of hand cream scents.
Great for: A high quality scent and fans of chic packaging.
Not-so-great for: Sensitive skin, thanks to the alcohol here.