Best Cruelty-Free Hand Creams for Knitters (*on a small budget)


As you’ll no doubt know, knitting can really dry out your hands. Constantly rubbing and touching yarns and knitting in the winter without gloves are the main offenders.

During a lengthly and stroppy transition from girl to lady I was always told, “a lady must take care of her hands”. I thought I was doing this pretty well, accounting for the fact that I had not lost any fingers. Now, I have a moisturisation station in every room and handbag!

Here are my findings for those on a modest budget with a moral conscience:

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Burt’s Bees Hand Salve. Perfect for just touching up the rough bits. It doesn’t go all oily and mark everything and has a really lovely subtly smell to it.



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Neal’s Yard Geranium & Orange Hand cream – I just love the smell. There’s something about Geranium that’s clean but also delicious. The cream itself is also fantastic quality and is what I consider quite a treat!





Cheap and just as good ( = cheerful)

 These are all high street hand creams, which are all under £5!

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Superdrug’s Strengthens Nails cream is very thin, light and refreshing. It’s perfect to apply frequently without that sore, suffocating feeling of a more intense formula.

And most importantly, dries quickly so you can KEEP KNITTING.


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Smells yummy. A little thick for my liking for frequent use if you have sensitive, thin skin. Ideal if you’ve just been outside for a few hours and need a heavy duty moisturiser to get to work ASAP.





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This feels quite similar to the Superdrug moisturiser, but has a creamier texture, rather than feeling like water. It also smells of Magnolia, which I think is a very uplifting smell.







Personal favourite: Vitamin E from Superdrug

This smells so pleasantly fresh that it also makes your hands feel ultra clean. The chocolate ones, although lovely and comforting on a winter’s day/if you’re hungry, are not ideal for all year round. And although the main time for dry hands is winter, I still use them throughout the year.



One thought on “Best Cruelty-Free Hand Creams for Knitters (*on a small budget)

  1. These look great – I get really dry hands from washing them all the time. Fancy trying the Neals yard one but I really a hopeless Superdrug addict atm! 😂
    Great blog – you’ve inspired me to get back into knitting!

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