Gift Guide, Day 14

December 11, 2010

Jack Black Industrial Strength Hand Healer:

With the current craze for cleanliness, it’s hard to overestimate how much time your hands spend in water when you're cooking.  This time of year, between the washing and the cold, a cook’s hands are constantly cracked.  Nothing is more welcome than a really effective handcream.

There are lots of hand creams out there, but a cook’s concerns are different from those of ordinary people.  You don’t want something that is merely rich, soothing and nongreasy; you also want something that won't leave your hands smelling like cheap perfume. Finding a hand cream that is neither greasy nor smelly is not easy, and it seems like every time I find one, they take it off the market.  I’m hoping that my current favorite, Jack Black Industrial Strength Hand Healer, will stay around for a while.  But just in case, I’ve stocked up.

 I got mine at The Gardener in Berkeley, but it’s sold all over; you can buy this superb hand cream at Sephora and Amazon.

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