Neal's Yard's Remedy Bee Lovely Hand Cream review

I am so NOT lovely to my hands.

I type all day long. Clean my dishes without gloves. Wash my hands 50 times a day (I’m OCD like that).

Is it any wonder that my hands are always so dry? Heck, sometimes, they even crack. 🙁

A good hand cream is a must for me. It’s also hard to find. If it does the job, it’s usually too greasy. If it feels light and comfortable on, I need to reapply it every couple of hours. Argh!

Neal’s Yard’s Remedy Bee Lovely Hand Cream hits that sweet spot. It’s moisturizing without the greasy mess. Yay!

Here’s how it does its magic:

What’s In Neal’s Yard’s Remedy Bee Lovely Hand Cream?


Sunflowers are one of my fave flowers. Their big, yellow petals always put a smile on my face.

Sunflower oil is also incredibly moisturizing. It contains a whopping 60% of linoleic acid, a fatty acid that creates a barrier on the skin that slows down moisture loss. 

Linoleic acid also strengthens the skin’s protective barrier and repairs it when it’s damaged. Once your protective barrier is strong and whole again, it can better withstand the elements, detergents and all its other enemies.

In a nutshell, it’s a godsend for dry skin.

Related: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Sunflower Oil In Skincare

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Bees give us some of the best ingredients for our skin. Take honey. It speeds up wound healing, soothes irritations and kills nasty bacteria that have found their way on your face.

Plus, it hydrates skin. The “problem”? There isn’t much honey in this hand cream. *sighs*

P.S. 3% of sales goes to bee friendly-charities. The honey may not do much for you, but the cream helps pay it back to the bees and save them. That’s good enough for me. 🙂

Related: The Complete Guide To Honey In Skincare


Light cream that sinks immediately into the skin. It doesn’t leave a greasy residue behind unless you apply too much, like I’ve discovered the hard way. Ahem…


I know that citrus oils aren’t the best thing to put on your skin, but boy, do they smell delicious! Think orange wrapped in honey. Divine.

How To Use It

Massage it on your hands every time after washing them.

Performance & Personal Opinion

Because Neal’s Yard Remedy Bee Lovely Hand Cream does a good job at keeping your skin soft and smooth for a few hours. 

Of course, it doesn’t last all day. On me, it may last even less than usual because I feel this insane urge to wash my hands all the time.

But, I don’t feel the need to reapply this hand cream every 5 minutes. That’s a common problem I have with hand creams. Not. Moisturising. Enough. Not for dry skin anyway.

neal's yard remedies bee lovely hand cream

Who Is This For?

Normal to dry skin.

Who Is This NOT For?

  • Very dry skin
  • Sensitive skin (fragrance may irritate it)


A yellow and blue tube. It changed design since I’ve published this review, but the formula inside is still the same.

Does Neal’s Yard’s Remedy Bee Lovely Hand Cream Live Up To Its Claims?

Gentle enough for the whole family, aged 3 years and over.True, unless you’re allergic to one of the ingredients,
Moisturising and skin conditioning.True.

Price & Availability

£10.00 at Look Fantastic

Do You Need It?

Let’s put this way: if you’d like to try it, I think you’ll like this.

Dupes & Alternatives

What’s your fave hand cream at the moment? Share your picks in the comments below.


Aqua/Water, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Olivate, Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil*, Mel/ Honey*, Citrus Sinensis Peel Oil Expressed*, Alcohol*, Sorbitan Olivate, Tocopherol, Levulinic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Xanthan Gum, Glycerin, Sodium Levulinate, Propolis Extract*, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Limonene, Linalool, Citral, Farnesol, Geraniol.