Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream
Ok, so I'm determined to try and test all the products in Allure's Legend of the Mall article from November 2006. The first product I tried was Guerlain Meteorites and at about $65 was a pretty big gamble. Today's product is about fifteen times less money and at initial use seems to make about fifteen times more of an impact.
Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream is something that I've seen for years but have never tried. I'm not a lotion type of girl. In fact, I'm so bad to my skin that I usually shave my legs dry! Maybe kicking that will be my New Year's resolution. Anyway, Allure writes about the history of Norwegian Formula Hand Cream:
Faced with some of the harshest weather on earth, the [Norwegian] fishermen swore by a glycerin-based formula developed by a local chemist for preventing dryness and chapping...[it] became a staple for men working in the region and was still being used two decades later in the 1960s when the Norwegian company who owned the patent sent it to Neutrogena.
Norwegian fisherman from the 1940s loved it? You had me at 'Goddag.'
Now I know that most women who know anything about beauty regimens probably already know about this cream. But since this is a beauty blog by someone who's pretty clueless about, well, beauty regimens, it is totally new to me.
I have to say that with just one application, I love this stuff. Yes, the initial application was a bit sticky and both me and Ben (my faithful assistant tester) were a little grossed out. But after rubbing it into my hands, I was trying to find another dry part of my body to test. Luckily, I have one trouble area that is always dry -- my nose. I applied it and didn't feel overwhelmed by the heaviness of lotion or an overwhelming scent.
The feeling on my hands reminds me of a paraffin wax dip. There's a coating on my hands, but it feels smooth and comfortable. My hands weren't really dry at all to begin with, but I could see this stuff working miracles.