Lotil Cream: A Cheap-As-Chips Handbag Essential For Over 100 Years


If you really had to scale back what was in your handbag, what essential products would you pick to carry around 24/7? Maybe a nourishing lip balm or a mini can of deodorant; possibly even an emergency red lipstick, eye drops or a touch of cuticle oil? For me it’s about choosing hard working and multi-tasking products that I can rely on to meet my needs without compromise, and without taking up essential room in my overflowing bag. (It’s becoming a real problem!) Lotil cream has been a tried and tested family favourite for decades, but it’s also a handbag essential that no beauty savvy man or woman should be without. This rather understated looking tube of cream is actually incredibly effective at nourishing dry hands, tackling eczema, soothing bites and even helping makeup to stay in place, so it’s no surprise that it’s been a trusted bathroom cabinet saviour for over 100 years. 

Originally launched as a soap bar designed to relieve skin irritation 1910, in 1950 it transformed into the cream formula that’s known and loved today. (And it’s not changed a huge amount since, proving how effective its simplicity truly is) Suitable for the whole family, the hydrating and soothing properties help to ease the effects of dry skin conditions (including psoriasis and eczema,) while helping to protect against the elements (wind, cold and sunburn) all year round. The creamy texture glides over skin and locks in moisture almost instantly, keeping skin hydrated and supple throughout the day; the formula also features antibacterial, antiseptic and anti fungal qualities, as well as being able to create a protective barrier that helps prevent infection – perfect if you’re prone to scratching a bit too hard or nibbling around the edges of your nails. As someone who works with her hands (be it typing, tweeting, swatching or snapping,) I always carry a hard working cream with me at all times: Lotil fits the bill not only because it’s a fab hand cream, but because I can use it for a tonne of other things too. Here are the four main benefits a little tube or tub of Lotil can bring…

Bursting with powerful emollients that rapidly rehydrate and soften chapped and cracked skin, a little amount of Lotil goes a long way. Use as a hand cream to soothe hardworking digits, apply to dry patches for instant relief, or use as a daily body moisturiser to prevent dryness from occurring in the first place.

Thanks to the antibacterial, antiseptic and anti fungal qualities Lotil offers, it’s a great product to turn to when you’ve been bitten or caught yourself on your GHDs. (Happens far too often!) It’s also a great holiday essential, as it will help to rehydrate parched skin and soothe away burn when you’ve caught the sun too.

The fast absorbing qualities of this cream make it perfect for use under makeup, but the super soft result it leaves on the surface also acts as a great primer. Your base will sit better on a hydrated and even surface, so when you don’t want to overload skin Lotil is pretty much all you need.

If you’re prone to post waxing or shaving irritation, Lotil can help hydrate and soothe the skin to leave it looking and feeling even more sooth. As we step into the summer season when our legs will be almost permanently on show, make sure you’ve got a tub of this in your bathroom post hair removal and pre tan!

With many other multi-tasking creams, balms and potions commanding a price point that can often make you wince, it’s incredibly refreshing to know a tube of Lotil will only set you back £3.59. At that price there’s no reason why you can’t pick up a few and pop them in every bag you own, so you’ll never be without. For larger areas (or more addicted Lotil lovers) there’s also a much bigger bathroom-appropriate sized pot available for only £6.29 – an absolute bargain. So the next time you’re in Boots, make sure you pick up a tube of Lotil and put it to the test; I’d love to know what other unique uses you discover for this timeless classic.

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Lotil is available in a cream, pot and lip balm format from pharmacies and Boots stores nationwide, priced from £3.59. Find out more about Lotil on their website: www.lotil.co.uk

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Lotil. However, all opinions are my own and it’s a product my partner and I genuinely use.

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  1. Pam Scalfi
    May 3, 2016 / 8:27 am

    so many uses! I have never tried this but with that price tag im definitely giving it a try!Pam xo/ Pam Scalfiā™„

    • Hayley Carr
      May 6, 2016 / 9:51 am

      It's well worth a cheeky purchase! So cheap and so versatile.

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