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Trib tested: Miss Oops Butter Hands

| Monday, April 26, 2010

I don't think I'm hard to please, and I don't think I'm that picky, but is it too much to ask for a hand lotion to moisturize well without leaving my hands so greasy that I leave oil marks all over the place?

Miss Oops Butter Hands did a wonderful job making my hands soft and smooth -- they even looked healthy and nourished and had a slight sheen. The scent of the cream was light, but I did detect a hint of suntan-lotion smell when my hands were near my face (likely because of the SPF protection in the lotion, but it wasn't strong enough to turn me off).

My issue with Miss Oops was that it really did feel like I had butter on my hands for about 3 to 5 minutes. That's not a problem if you don't plan on working or sliding your hand across a desk. It's really not a problem at all if you can take that 3 to 5 minutes to let your hands absorb the cream. I usually do not have the luxury to sit around like that, so I found myself cleaning up oily marks left behind on my work station -- yuck!

I will keep Miss Oops around for touchups on the go or for a before bed treatment but not as a moisturizing staple.

-- Melanie Wass

Very few things do I juxtapose; either I like it, or I don't. It's quite simple, really. The fact that I can't decide how I feel about Miss Oops Butter Hands overall literally is running me in circles. On one hand, I love how thick and rich and creamy it is, but on the other, I cannot stand the wait time in between using it and when I can touch anything other than a cookie pan that needs greasing.

The packaging is adorable -- butter stick measurements up the side! -- but as soon as I put it on my hands, the lotion buttered my TV remote, a glass beverage bottle and my cell phone. Using this gives my hands a shiny sheen, and I'm afraid to touch just about everything.

Fact: My keyboard now has SPF 30 protection. Except for the "z."

It has a light smell of sunscreen -- better than some sunscreens, actually -- but the directions are even more similar to those on sunscreen than on a bottle of lotion. I'll keep it around for those times when I need heavy-duty hand healing, but for daily use it's a bit too much.

-- Caroline Hirt

Miss Oops always has fun with its packaging. The 4-ounce tube of Butter Hands hand cream, for example, offers the kind of measurements you'd find on a stick of butter: 2 tbsp • 1/8 cup and 1 stick • heavenly hands. A little of this thickly luxurious cream goes a long way. With a single application, it immediately conditions the unsightly, shriveled skin on the back of my hands, giving them a younger, moisturized look.

Although the directions call for repeating the application after washing and drying hands, it held up against frequent hand washing throughout the day without additional treatments.

Butter Hands offers SPF 30 sun protection, which could aid in preventing additional damage of age spots. But I prefer using Butter Hands by moonlight. It works some powerful magic as an overnight moisturizer.

-- Sally Quinn

Additional Information:

Miss Oops Butter Hands

The claim: Nothing screams your age like wrinkled, sun-damaged hands. Miss Oops helps you fake it with Butter Hands, a nourishing hand cream that envelops skin in buttery moisture while shielding the delicate skin of the hands from damaging UV rays. Formulated with luxuriously creamy hydrators and SPF 30 protection, Butter Hands is your secret weapon in the fight against signs of aging.

Cost: $15

Where: Online and specialty beauty shops

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