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@@liilak usually hand cream is thicker than body cream. Your hands just get so much more abuse than the rest of your skin (exposed to dry air and water more frequently) so they usually need something thicker. You can try using your hand creams on other parts of your body but may want to spot check things before slathering it over the place. There are areas on my arms and legs that break out in a rash if I use some heavily scented items but I have lots of allergies.

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Yep that was what I was wondering about as I have allergies as well. 

 

 

@@liilak usually hand cream is thicker than body cream. Your hands just get so much more abuse than the rest of your skin (exposed to dry air and water more frequently) so they usually need something thicker. You can try using your hand creams on other parts of your body but may want to spot check things before slathering it over the place. There are areas on my arms and legs that break out in a rash if I use some heavily scented items but I have lots of allergies.

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What are the differences between body lotions and hand creams, generally?  I feel like thanks to Birchbox I have a ton of nicely scented hand creams that I will never get through and was wondering if I could use them elsewhere. 

Yeah I agree with what others said, usually hand cream is just thicker and more heavily scented than lotion.

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not impressed by the curated boxes or sample choice :(

 

Same here. I cancelled one of mine for this month. The other I will leave up to BB gods. I already got two of the three items already in my boxes anyway.

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Yep that was what I was wondering about as I have allergies as well. 

If you have allergies I recommend Philosophy Hands of Hope.  I use it as a face cream because I am allergic to almost every other cream that I've tried and get really dry patches on my face.  It has no scent at all!  

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I find hand cream to be more moisturizing but easier to rub in and doesn't leave my hands greasy. At least thats what I look for, love the Caudalie one.

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I woke up this morning with the realization that having Briogeo masks in boxes means it will also be in the BB store and I can buy it with points.  No matter what, it will be mine!  Muahahahahaha.  

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Ugh, hand cream tends to be more heavily-fragranced than hand cream?  I never put that together before.  My concern isn't allergies as much as the fact that my hands are so dry and chapped (no matter how much lotion/cream/oil I use on my face/hands/legs and regardless of how much water I drink, the dryness of my office just sucks all moisture out of my body) that strongly-scented hand creams and lotions can BURN LIKE HELL on all of the itsy bitsy teensy weensy microscopic cuts I can't see.  Now I know I know why I have more success (as far as lack of stinging goes) with body creams/lotions/butters than ones designated for hands.

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Ugh, hand cream tends to be more heavily-fragranced than hand cream?  I never put that together before.  My concern isn't allergies as much as the fact that my hands are so dry and chapped (no matter how much lotion/cream/oil I use on my face/hands/legs and regardless of how much water I drink, the dryness of my office just sucks all moisture out of my body) that strongly-scented hand creams and lotions can BURN LIKE HELL on all of the itsy bitsy teensy weensy microscopic cuts I can't see.  Now I know I know why I have more success (as far as lack of stinging goes) with body creams/lotions/butters than ones designated for hands.

There are also body lotions that are strongly scented but if you check, most unscented/lightly scented lotions are body lotions in larger bottles.  Lightly scented or unscented lotions in smaller bottles are often just smaller sizes of the corresponding body lotions.

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I'm struggling to decide between the toccata and the rosemary lotion. I really loved the shower gel but I like tocca hand cream a lot (I have Bianca and love that scent). My worry about the tocca is the scent- grapefruit and cucumber sounds super appealing but I thought Stella being blood orange would appeal too. It was AWFUL. Too strong.

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R&R and the Tocca on my two accounts, then.  Man, PYS is always hard, I want it all and still be surprised with new stuff.

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i think i might pick a curated box this month. or i will let fate decide lol but i saw the curated boxes but def not making an early choice after last months mess but that relax and recharge box looks really nice!

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I got such a punishment box last month for picking the Mirenesse mascara (which isn't even very good and seems like it'll run out in about 2 weeks) that I'm going to leave it up to chance this month.  I like most of what's in that 6-item Relax box but I have so many lip products right now it's a joke.

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Man, I'm so "eh, whatever, not picking any of these" this month that I hadn't even realized the email hadn't gone out yet!

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I got such a punishment box last month for picking the Mirenesse mascara (which isn't even very good and seems like it'll run out in about 2 weeks) that I'm going to leave it up to chance this month.  I like most of what's in that 6-item Relax box but I have so many lip products right now it's a joke.

 

My mascara box seemed to have better stuff than my rose gold eyeliner box. Although I love Davines and would have cried buckets if I missed out on the plumping stuff. 

 

I have tons of lip products and was horribly tempted by Target's makeup section. Even though it's pre-Christmas Target just clearanced all the elf and nyx stocking stuffers and gift sets. Although I did end up getting myself the elf brush set, I managed to walk away from the giant bucket of lipsticks. 

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Even though it's pre-Christmas Target just clearanced all the elf and nyx stocking stuffers and gift sets. Although I did end up getting myself the elf brush set, I managed to walk away from the giant bucket of lipsticks.

 

I saw that today.  I was good and walked right past.  Guess I was still feeling the guilt from my impulse trip to Shoe Carnival (four pairs of pretty colored pumps for $87).

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I've gotten the tocca hand cream from either Ipsy or Birchbox before, and I really don't like it. I love hand creams in general - L'Occitane being my facorite. The Tocca is really sickly sweet smelling, and it's a weird consistency. It's almost watery, doesn't absorb well. 

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I think I'm going to let BB decide for me this month. I am really surprised the PYS was 3 of the same type of product. I guess they are still trying it figure out how best to do the PYS.

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I'm struggling to decide between the toccata and the rosemary lotion. I really loved the shower gel but I like tocca hand cream a lot (I have Bianca and love that scent). My worry about the tocca is the scent- grapefruit and cucumber sounds super appealing but I thought Stella being blood orange would appeal too. It was AWFUL. Too strong.

Tocca Cleopatra is kind of fruity floral, I don't think it's as strong as Stella but it is more floral than just a fresh grapefruit scent.

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Crap. I'm such a sucker for their cute boxes (literal boxes)

 

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That tends to be the thing that makes me get one of the monthly boxes instead of the curated ones.

 

I really need to be on a no-buy so I have a feeling the compromise is just quitting Birchbox for now ): sigh

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I got the R&R box on the one Aces account that got the email.  Hopefully there won't be any problems this month.

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