Candy Crush: La Crème Main by CHANEL

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I’m always crushing on something scented or other. My nose knows no limits. Candy Crush is where I showcase the beautifully scented things I’m crushing on right now so you can hopefully develop a crush too.

I’m pretty much obsessed with CHANEL body products. Their Bleu de Chanel shaving products are some of the best I’ve used and I fell massively hard for their Nº5 Body Oil, like really hard. So when CHANEL launch a scented something for the body I want it on my body, and I want it on my body right now. This is exactly how I felt when the press release for the brand’s exciting new hand cream ‘La Crème Main‘ landed in my inbox – I needed to have it. So now I have it and I want to share with you just why it’s my latest Candy Crush.

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La Crème Main was created with inspiration taken from a beautifying hand cream created by Mademoiselle Chanel in 1927. It’s an “on the go” and “complete care product” created to be thrown into a handbag (or man bag) and pulled out whenever one wishes to beautify their hands and nails. CHANEL promises a hand cream that “leaves skin moisturised, velvety and radiant”. To create La Crème Main, CHANEL studied a 1,000 photographs of women’s hands to identify exactly what makes a pair of hands beautiful  – firm, moisturised skin, a plum appearance, no dark spots, strong nails and soft cuticles. The tailor-made formula of La Crème Main seeks to make these beautiful hands and nails a reality.

What’s the secret? May rose wax from the CHANEL Pégomas gardens
in Grasse, obtained when the flowers are distilled. This precious and rich
balm smooths and softens skin while protecting it from environmental
aggressors. Not to mention iris pallida, another flower grown at Pegomas,
whose extract is renowned for its brightening properties. And for
maximum hydration and comfort, the formula is enriched with glycerin,
hyaluronic acid and shea butter.

Obviously this is a perfume blog so a big part of what we’re looking at here is what the product smells like, am I right? Right! Well, this is CHANEL we’re talking about here and I don’t think they’ve ever made a thing that has smelled bad. Not a one. So it’ll be no surprise that this silky hand cream smells absolutely lovely. The scent is delicate with the crisp, fresh scent of pale pink may roses wrapped in a soft, papery veil of iris pallida – two signature CHANEL materials that bring not only fragrance, but also smoothing & softening, and brightening properties respectively.

Le Crème Main is a truly lovely product. The hand cream really does smooth and moisturise skin, whilst also brightening it too. It’s texture is soft and a little goes a long way. The smell is lovely, very ‘CHANEL’ and completely unobtrusive. But the best part? That lovely pebble bottle that sits so ergonomically in the hand and is just so satisfying to squeeze. It’s a real technical marvel, with an inner pouch that allows one to squeeze out the perfect amount of La Crème Main, whilst protecting the “shingle on water stone design” ensuring it always retains its shape. All in all it’s a beautiful product and it’s definitely going to take pride of place in my man bag from now on.


La Crème Main is available in a 50ml size for £45.


Sample and quotes via CHANEL. Images are my own.