Gardening can be tough on the hands. Weeding, planting, pruning and digging in damp soil and in cold weather can really take its toll, even when you’re wearing gloves.
To help keep your hands in great shape we’ve put together a list of our favourite hand creams, ideal for keeping gardening hands nourished, soft and protected.
Whether you’re buying for yourself or searching for a great gardening gift idea, we’ve chosen a range of hand creams including scented and unscented options. There are simple, hydrating balms for those with sensitive skin, along with thicker shea butters and citrus-scented hand creams for a more luxurious feel.
What is the best hand cream for dry hands?
Gardening, especially in the colder months, can ask a lot from our hands and leave them feeling dry and cracked. But, the best hand cream for your hands will depend on your skin type and preferences when it comes to texture or scents.
Rich hand creams can often be perceived as being more soothing for dry hands but this formula does not suit everyone. If you do want this richness, the Elegance Famous Gardeners’ Honey Hand Cream is a good choice because it includes a natural antiseptic to help provide relief to any irritation.
If your skin is naturally sensitive or easily irritated, you may prefer to opt for a fragrance-free hand cream such as the Eucerin Advanced Repair Hand Creme.
12 of the best hand creams for gardeners
From organic creams scented with essential oil to nourishing balms that create a protective barrier on your skin, browse our pick of hand creams for gardeners, below.
Bower Collective Rosemary and Geranium Hand Cream
We love the sound of this hand cream because it’s made by the Bower Collective, whose products not only look and feel good, but are sustainable and their packaging – a combination of dispensers and refills – are designed to help reduce waste around the home. They also donate a percentage of each purchase to the Marine Conservation Society. Try their own-brand Rosemary & Geranium Hand Cream, which is kind to your skin, as it uses beeswax rather than palm-oil, to nourish your hands, and is free from chemicals like the preservative, paraben and foaming agent, SLS.
Price: £8.49 for 250ml
Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm
Keep hands nourished with this moisturising balm, formulated to help replenish natural oils lost from harsh weather, frequent hand washing and central heating. We like that this balm is meant to soak into the skin, rather than leaving it feeling greasy, so you can apply while you’re on the go.
Price: £21 for 75ml
Crabtree and Evelyn Gardeners Hand Cream
With a fresh, botanical fragrance this soft, buttery hand cream is rich in herbal extracts and contains macadamia and shea butter to help hydrate dry skin. Available in 25ml and 75ml tubes or a 250ml bottle.
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Price: £22.37 (75ml)
The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector
Recommended for ultra-dry hands this distinctively fragranced hand cream contains hemp seed oil to hydrate, soften and protect skin against further drying for 24 hours. Available in 30ml and 100ml aluminium tubes
Price: £6.50 (30ml)
Elegance Famous Gardeners' Honey Hand Cream
Helpful for sore, chapped and cracked skin the honey in this handmade cream has a natural antiseptic to soothe and moisturise. Available in 15g travel size and 100ml, 150ml and 250ml jars
Price: £13.90 (100ml)
Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Concentrated Hand Cream
Rich in glycerine just one dab of this concentrated formula will help relieve dry, chapped hands. Available in scented and unscented formulas and in 15ml, 50ml and 75ml tubes.
Price: £2.66 (50ml)
O’Keefe's Working Hands Hand Cream
America’s number one hand cream heals cracked, dry hands and creates a protective layer on the skin to keep them hydrated and moisturised. Available in 83g tubes and a 193g jar.
Price: £10.12 (193g jar)
Kiehl's Ultimate Strength Hand Salve
With avocado, eucalyptus, sesame and olive oils this thick, rich salve will protect, condition and hydrate dry skin. Comes in 75ml and 150ml tubes
Price: £16.00 (75ml)
Eucerin Advanced Repair Hand Creme
A specifically formulated, non greasy cream to both repair and moisturise dry, itchy, cracked active hands. Fragrance free, in 80ml and 500ml tubes.
L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream
Nourish dry hands and keep them soft and hydrated with this rich cream containing 20% shea butter and a blend of almond, honey and coconut oils. Scented with jasmine and ylang ylang.
Price: £21.50 (150ml)
Burt's Bees Almond and Milk Hand Cream
With community sourced beeswax to seal and protect and sweet Almond oil and Vitamin E to moisturise, this rich cream will keep your hands soft and nourished. Packaged in a glass jar, this product is free of parabens and phthalates.
Neal's Yard Remedies Citrus Hand Softener
Simply packaged in a blue glass jar this organic lemon, grapefruit and orange scented cream is rich and thick to help keep hard working hands nourished and smooth.Available in a 50g jar.
This Product Guide was last updated in December 2021 and we apologise if anything has changed in price or availability.