17 Top Organic & Natural Hand Creams Reviewed By Experts

17 Top Organic & Natural Hand Creams Reviewed by Experts

LAST UPDATED: 03/07/2019

tamryn-burgess_3

WRITTEN BY: TAMRYN BURGESS
Licensed Aesthetician

This article may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure policy for more details. To learn more about how we selected the products featured on this list, check out our product review & research standards.

We use our hands all day, every day. They’re subjected to harsh elements, grimy work conditions, and all kinds of irritating substances. Combine that with the fact that most people rarely, if ever, apply SPF to their hands, and it’s no wonder that our hands are one of the first parts of our bodies to show signs of aging and skin damage. For this reason, they deserve a little extra TLC, and one great way to do this is to regularly use organic hand cream.

There are many factors that contribute to our hands becoming dry, damaged and irritated. This includes the use of harsh soaps, irritating cleaning products, chemical irritants in skin care, and environmental stressors. Even if you moisturize your hands in the morning, it’s likely that you wash your hands during the day without reapplying a hand cream. By keeping your hands moisturized, you’re giving your skin the best chance at repairing after repeated damage, whether from work or play.

To keep your hands looking young, plump, and moisturized, it’s important to use a hand cream that is formulated with high-quality ingredients.  Keep an eye out for beneficial oils and ingredients (1) like vegetable glycerin (a humectant that attracts and locks moisture into the skin), hyaluronic acid (another powerful humectant), shea butter (good source of vitamin A), coconut oil (packed with nourishing fatty acids), tea tree oil (a safe and natural antibacterial), aloe vera (soothes irritated skin), and zinc (a little SPF to protect against UV damage). If you spend a lot of time in the sun or work near windows, be sure to reapply an SPF hand cream throughout the day.

So, now that you know which ingredients you should look for, let’s take a look at the common ingredients you should avoid when choosing a daily hand cream (1). If you see ingredients such as parabens, phthalates (can cause contact dermatitis), and synthetic humectants (cheap ingredients that lock in moisture short term, but have drying long-term effects), listed on the hand cream, chances are you’re getting a watered-down product that provides few benefits. Additionally, many traditional or non-organic creams are heavily scented, which can irritate sensitive skin types.

Luckily, if you do your research and choose a truly natural and organic hand-cream, then you should be able to avoid all of these undesirable ingredients. Organic hand creams give you the “good stuff” without all of the added fillers, fragrances, and synthetics. New moms with young babies should be especially careful when choosing a hand cream because many of the ingredients can easily irritate their delicate skin. A well-formulated organic hand cream (look for one without a lot of essential oils) will be gentle on even baby skin.

You only get one pair of hands…so treat them well! Purchase a high-quality, organic hand cream and use it regularly. To help you on your journey, we’ve put together this helpful list of truly organic and natural hand creams. Each product was put through our rigorous research process which includes our own testing, researching each ingredient, and analyzing third party reviews and customer reviews online. You’ll never find ingredients like sulfates, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals + mineral oils, synthetic fragrances + dyes, PEG compounds, and any other ingredient on our prohibited list in any of the products below. We sincerely hope that you find the perfect organic hand cream that’s great for your whole family.

FILTER BY TYPE

Osmia Organics – Vanilla Shea Organic Hand Cream ($24)

This all-natural vanilla shea hand cream from Osmia is the perfect partner for the winter blues. It's made with 84% certified organic ingredients including aloe vera juice, shea butter, sweet almond oil, and vanilla extract. Designed for all skin types, but it can especially work wonders on dry, cracked hands. This nourishing formula has a mild vanilla scent and is not greasy after application. At just a under 2 oz, it's convenient and easy to carry this around in your purse or travel bag.

Juice Beauty – Green Apple Age Defy Organic Hand Cream ($12)

Nourish your hands with this all-natural, anti-aging hand cream from Juice Beauty. It's packed with certified organic ingredients like soothing aloe, jojoba and shea butters that hydrate and help reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Age-defying Vitamin C helps minimize the appearance of fine lines and brightens, while malic acid from organic green apples fades of dark spots & discoloration. All skin types (except very sensitive skin) can indulge in this luxurious cream for more youthful-looking hands.

Ox Box: Organic Beauty Subscription Box

Can't decide which yummy organic skin care products to try first? Then let us choose the best skin care products for your skin type with our quarterly organic beauty box! Choose from 3 different boxes (based on your skin type) and get a full skin care routine for 40-50% off retail. Limited quantities each season. Get your favorites while they last!

Nurture My Body – All Natural Hand Lotion

A lovely fragrance free, natural, and organic hand cream from Nurture My Body. Made with super rich ingredients like avocado oil, wheat germ oil, safflower oil, seaweed, and aloe vera gel, this hand cream can make even the driest hands feel moisturized. This lotion can also be used as a body lotion (and works great), so it’s a great all-in-one solution. It's 8oz, so it's not travel-sized; however, it works great as a bathroom or guest bathroom all around organic hand and body lotion.

Pai – Fragonia & Sea Buckthorn Instant Hand Therapy Cream ($30)

Pai's most awarded product, this Fragonia & Sea Buckthorn Hand Cream is a must have. Soothing for sensitive and eczema-prone skin, this nourishing formula hydrates and repairs dry hands. Made of 70% certified organic ingredients, it contains CO2 super-critically extracted Sea Buckthorn packed with Carotenoids and Omegas 3, 6 & 7, and Fragonia for a light, spicy citrus scent,. This cream contains a lovely medley of rich organic oils and water, and absorbs quickly with no greasy residue.

Alteya Organics – Age Defense Organic Hand Cream

This certified organic hand cream from Alteya is infused with their renowned Wild Bulgarian Rose Oil. This anti-aging formulation also contains organic shea butter, aloe and coconut oil, along with other natural, nourishing ingredients. Designed for all skin types (especially mature), this quick-absorbing, non-greasy formula moisturizes and repairs dry skin and leaves your hands feeling incredibly soft. It has a lovely, floral rose scent and comes in two travel-friendly sizes.

100% Pure – Natural Coconut Hand Cream ($12)

100% Pure's most highly-reviewed hand cream. It's 100% natural, and made of yummy anti-aging vitamins and antioxidants like certified organic coconut extract, avocado, shea butter, rosehip seed oil, green tea leaf, elderberry, and vitamin E. It has a coconut scent and rich, creamy texture that's perfect for moisturizing, softening, and nourishing dry hands. This is a very rich cream and can feel oily immediately after application, so just give it a little time to soak in and work its magic.

Odacite – Intensive All Natural Hand Therapy Cream ($39)

If you are looking for an organic hand cream that can handle hardcore dry hands, cracked heels, and rough patches, then this is may very well be your hand cream. The "intensity" of this organic hand cream comes from a blend of alpha-hydroxy fruit acids and sugars that are powerful enough to melt away dead skin while still being gentle and natural. it's also made from spearmint, grapefruit, and rosemary oils. Apply generously to your hands every night before bed and watch the years melt off.

Herbal Choice Mari – Organic Hand Lotion

A USDA Certified Organic hand cream designed for dry and sensitive skin. It's thick and slightly greasy, but that's just what the doctor ordered for extremely dry skin types. It comes unscented, as well as in a variety of natural scents including lavender, lemongrass and peppermint + ginger. The star ingredients are organic olive oil, rosehip oil, argan oil, and bilberry leaf--simple!

Osmia Organics – Linden Rose Organic Hand Cream ($24)

This natural hand cream is the rose-scented twin to Osmia's Vanilla Shea Hand Cream. It contains 84% certified organic ingredients including linden blossom CO2 extract, Bulgarian Rose Otto essential oil (one of the most precious, therapeutic, and expensive essential oils in the world), aloe vera juice and shea butter. Great for dry, cracked, moisture depleted hands. Another great travel-sized option for organic skincare on the go!

SW Basics – USDA Certified Organic Hand Cream ($20)

This organic hand cream may be the most beloved S.W. basics product. Made with just 3 organic ingredients: (Organic Fair Trade Shea Butter, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Olive Oil), this rich hand cream is saturated in nourishing fatty acids that work wonders on dry hands. It absorbs deeply into the skin and is incredibly hydrating. It comes in a recyclable metal tube and is available unscented, or in lavender and juniper for those that like a little fragrance.

Dr. Bronner – Organic Hand and Body Lotion

Dr. Bronner's lotions are USDA Certified Organic, packed with great ingredients, and won't break the bank. This super affordable organic lotion features coconut, jojoba, avocado, and hemp seed oil. It has more water than most non-filler organic products (hence the price), but that's not always a bad thing. It comes in three all-natural scents: lavender, citrus, and peppermint essential oils.

Kahina Giving Beauty – Organic Hand Balm ($48)

FEZ Hand and Body Balm is a rich hand cream filled with plant butters, oils, and beeswax to seal in moisture and protect skin. This luxurious balm features carrot seed oil, shea butter, coconut oil, olive oil, and mango nut butter for hydration, and a good dose of argan oil for elasticity and soothing redness. It's infused with Kahina’s signature Fez scent, inspired by its namesake city in Morocco. This nourishing salve is deal for repairing and softening even severely dry, chapped hands.

Olio E Osso – Natural Hand Cream ($25)

A luxurious, rich hand cream from Portland-based Olio E Osso that hydrates and leaves skin feeling velvety-soft. It's hand made in small batches with nourishing ingredients like moisturizing shea butter, as well as a medley of natural oils including olive and evening primrose. A little goes a long way, so smooth a little onto your hands and let it work its magic! As a note, the cream will be stiff when you first use it due to its nutrient dense quality.

Worker B – Natural Hand Cream ($22)

Worker B is a brand of passionate beekeepers and skincare formulators who have harnessed the potency of bee-created ingredients straight from the hive. A perfect example of their approach, this natural hand cream is made of just two ingredients: organic olive oil and beeswax. It's nourishing for sensitive skin and a perfect cream for all over body use – hands, body, feet, and face. It has a rich, creamy texture and is unscented.

Nurture My Body – Natural SPF Hand Cream

OK, so this is not a hand cream per se; however, applying a little SPF to your hands is never a bad idea. The same way we protect our face from the sun, we should also be protecting our hands! This SPF is fragrance free, essential oil free, and made with just 8 ingredients (25% non-nano zinc oxide, organic olive oil, organic jojoba oil, vegetable glycerin, organic shea butter, vegetable wax, and non-gmo vitamin E). This is a good product to mix with an existing hand cream or simply apply solo.

Luminance Skincare – Organic Hand Cream ($20)

This 100% natural, unscented cream from Luminance Skin Care is luxuriously rich, yet very absorbent. Carefully formulated with wildcrafted and organic ingredients like grapeseed, apricot, jojoba, avocado, sweet almond, and red radish root, it's designed to leave your hands incredibly soft and hydrated. It can also multi-task as a cuticle cream. A great product to stash in the car, at your desk, or on the night stand for a quick moisturizing pick-me-up!

100% Pure – Natural French Lavender Hand Cream ($12)

Another fabulous all natural hand cream from 100% Pure. This delicious lavender buttercream is a lovely floral treat for dry hands. It’s made of nourishing blend of anti-aging vitamins and antioxidants like certified organic lavender, avocado, shea butter, rosehip seed oil, rosemary, goji berry, elderberry, thyme, and vitamin E. It has a rich, creamy texture that's ideal for moisturizing, softening, and nourishing dry hands, and a calming, lavender fragrance that's worth raving about.

SOURCES & REFERENCES
  1. (2017) Clinical Medicine & Research: The Role of Moisturizers in Addressing Various Kinds of Dermatitis: A Review; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5849435/
  2. (2009) Breast Cancer Fund and Commonwealth: No More Toxic Tub; https://static.ewg.org/reports/2009/Campaign-for-Safe-Cosmetics-Report-No-More-Toxic-Tub.pdf?_ga=2.133272329.685569565.1550092586-480944583.1550092586
PRODUCT BADGES LEGEND
100% NATURAL

100% NATURAL

The product contains only natural ingredients (non-synthetic or lab created). It does not contain anything artificial or synthetic.

100% ORGANIC

100% ORGANIC

The product has been formulated with 100% organically sourced and/or certified organic ingredients.

GMO FREE

GMO FREE

This product does not contain ingredients which have been genetically modified.

GLUTEN FREE

GLUTEN FREE

All of the ingredients contained in the product are free from gluten, wheat, and ingredients which are commonly contaminated with gluten.

VEGAN

VEGAN

The product is made without animal products or byproducts such as beeswax, honey, milk, eggs, etc.

CERTIFIED ORGANIC

CERTIFIED ORGANIC

The product has received an official organic certification from a third party organization such as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA Certified Organic), ECOCERT, Australian Certified Organic, and others.

One Response

  1. skincareox March 8, 2019

Leave a Reply