Gercuria Balm
Gercuria de Kameel Handcreme

I’d absolutely love to know the origins of this hand cream – was it made for camels, or even of camel fat or something? It’s nigh on impossible to find out any information on this one, other than that it’s to be found in independent pharmacies in France and Europe. Strangely enough, the smell doesn’t reflect the packaging at all – it’s a burst of roses!

Gercuria Balm
Gercuria Balm

The list of ingredients on the back is pretty straightforward: Vaseline, Lanoline, Alcohol, Rosa Olie. And that’s it, so as you can imagine you get a  hefty balm type texture, which in my opinion is probably not the best thing for hands during the day – maybe at night when you’re sleeping it would be fine. It doesn’t make your hands sticky, but there is definitely a barrier layer left which is very softening and I imagine, protective. I’d use this on persistent dry bits – such as elbows – it’s perfectly good for that, but on the whole it’s kind of a beauty curiosity that looks like it should live in the garden shed but smells like it lives in the perfume cabinet.

A small tin is £2.46 HERE so if your curiosity does get the better of you, it won’t cost a fortune.

 

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