This Small-Batch Skincare Brand Has a Hand Cream for Every Mood

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Elvis+elvin Hand Cream ($19.50) is formulated with naturally derived ingredients in delightful, surprising combinations, like sea salt and sage or basil and neroli.

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The first thing you notice about elvis+elvin is the packaging. This naturally derived skin-care brand started with one esthetician-slash-mom’s journey to make beauty products for her sons, named (of course) Elvis and Elvin. Founder Victoria Leung is based in NYC, debuted her brand in Hong Kong, and recently started selling her products in a counter at the Macau Airport. The vibe of “luxury jetsetter” comes through in the sleek, minimalist white packaging which—added bonus—perfectly matched my desk setup. Once I stopped styling the 2.5 oz bottle among my collection and actually slathered the hand cream over my winterized skin, I was just as impressed.

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The package describes this hand cream as “super thick” lotion for “deep therapy,” so it’s best for hands (and feet and legs, if I’m being honest) in urgent need of nourishment. It slathers white and thick onto skin, a telltale sign of a product with natural ingredients. Still, after just a few rubs, it buffs into a silky moisturizer. My skin felt instantly softer, no easy feat at the tail end of winter.

That’s due in part to the active ingredient: honeysuckle extract, an antibacterial antioxidant that’s used to treat irritated skin. But the true joy of these creams is the variety of unique ingredient combinations, the moisturizing equivalent of a mood ring. There are 16 versions of elvis+elvin hand cream, from Unscented and Fresh Apple to Rose & Litchi. You could match one to your sun sign, moon and rising, and still have options to spare. For sensitive skin or midday application, go with unscented or something simple, like lavender. When you feel like really treating yourself, opt for the Ivy Basil Neroli, which smells like a wealthy grandmother with a diamond ring on each finger. I also enjoyed the Orchid Blooms & Nectar, which smelled clean and crisp, like a storybook meadow with a 24/7 gardener on duty.

At just $19.50, pick up one of elvis+elvin’s chic lotions to nourish your hands, or pick up more than one to sprinkle all the desks, bags, and rooms in your life with a hand cream that matches the vibe.

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