Handmade Soap and Nail Brush

Gardener’s Hand Care Routine

People are surprised that despite being a messy gardener who’s not afraid to get covered in soil by the end of a productive day, that my nails are white and well groomed and my cuticles and hands are soft. There are a few key things that I use to keep my hands from looking grungy:

1. Gardening Gloves. I have a number of different gloves that I use to garden, some are thin so I can feel tiny seeds, some are thick for muddy days, some are thick and rubbery for thorns, and some are fleece lined for winter gardening. The key here is to choose gloves that fit you. I fit a “Ladies Small” and can’t garden for even a minute in a floppy large pair of gloves. Take the time to buy a pair that fits your hands and your needs and it will cut down on the end of day scrubbing because you peeled them off so quickly.

2. Nail Brush. If you are putting in a solid day in the dirt, there is little chance that some of it didn’t end up under your nails. I use a super soft nail brush and have one at all my sinks. They do double duty as a soap dish and work well to clean up under your nails if you have been cooking too (nothing like raw meat or garlic under your nails!).

Handmade Soap and Nail Brush

3. All-Natural Soap. Soap can be very drying and if you wash your hands around 20 times a day like I do, then it’s important to have soap that is gentle on your skin. I make all my own soap and you can too! Check out How to Make Cold Process All-Natural Soap for instructions.

Now this is usually where I stop.

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Lady Soma who offered to send me an all-natural, organic, hand and nail treatment for post-gardening skin care. This really got me thinking about my skin and nail care routine as a gardener. (Psst. There is a giveaway at the end of this post!)

Lady Soma Skin and Nail Treatment

I thought my hands and cuticles were doing pretty well but when I received the Lady Soma Skin and Nail Treatment I decided to leave it by the sink and give it a try for a week. I really liked the light, non-greasy texture that absorbed in quickly. I did think that the fragrance is too strong for my taste though. Being very sensitive to all kinds of fragrance means I usually use unscented products or my homemade products lightly scented with essential oils. The fragrance was a pleasant sweet smell that reminds me of  vanilla and coconut, but was a tad too strong for me.

Lady Soma Skin and Nail Treatment review

I did notice that after using the Skin and Nail Treatment just a few times that my hands were much softer and my cuticles stopped having small splits. My nails are also growing long and strong, which is a plus that I didn’t expect.

Lady Soma promotes their products as organic and natural. Here is what is written about the products on their website:

“Lady Soma selects every raw ingredient that goes into our products. We require organic certification for our products which contain organic ingredients. We never use genetically modified produce/grains. We believe in full disclosure of listed ingredients used in each formulation.

Our ingredients are grown bio-dynamically and organically, or ethically wild-harvested. We only use natural botanical preservatives (without chemical additives) coupled with appropriate packaging to keep products fresh. No products, packaging or ingredients come from an organization involved in animal testing.

Lady Soma products do not include any chemical ingredients as identified by the Green Guide or chemicals listed as hazardous by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics or the European Union Cosmetics Directive.”

Since I make most of my skincare products, I know exactly what goes into them. I also know that they have a short shelf life and I have struggled to come up with a moisturizing lotion that is all natural, as they often require some preservatives. I read through the list of ingredients and there were many that I instantly recoginzed like organic herbs, aloe vera, shea butter, and cocoa butter. There were some ingredients that I was not familar with like POLYSORBATE-60, GLYCERYL STEARATE, and ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN.  I looked all of the ingredients up on the Skin Deep database to get a better understanding of them and any potential health risks. I was happy to see that while the ingredients are hard to pronounce and not easily identified, most pose no health risk and some have only low warnings for extended use. These ingredients are often included for emulsification, carrying fragrance, or as preservatives so they help to improve the overall quality of the product without causing harm.

My final verdict? I think that this is a good addition to a gardener’s hand and nail care routine and will improve the overall look and feel of hands. I would personally prefer an unscented version, but of all the people who I’ve had try it as well, they actually quite liked the aroma, so it could just be too much for those of us who are super sensitive.

Don’t take my word for it though. Lady Soma has graciously agreed to give away THREE gift sets containing one 120ml jar of Skin and Nail Treatment PLUS one tube of Lady Mint Tingle Lip Balm (which by the way I LOVE!).

Win a Lady Soma Gift Package

This contest is now closed. Congrats to all three of our winners!



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About the Author : StephanieAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie

  1. Tammy C
    Tammy CApril 8,13

    I’d love to win! Thank you!

  2. Liza
    LizaApril 8,13

    I’d love some! Thanks for the offer!

  3. Sharon F
    Sharon FApril 8,13

    Would love to win this package! Thanks…

  4. Anthony
    AnthonyApril 8,13

    A very impressive gift! Thank you :o)

  5. Kelly M
    Kelly MApril 8,13

    What a nice package that Lady Soma has offered for the giveaway.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  6. sarah cardin
    sarah cardinApril 8,13

    Shared on facebook! Would love to win this! My hands have been so dry all winter
    Want to start gardening season off the right way! Thank you

  7. Sarah Cardin
    Sarah CardinApril 8,13

    Shared on facebook! Would love to win this! My hands have been so dry all winter
    Want to start gardening season off the right way! Thank you!

  8. Morgan
    MorganApril 8,13

    Would love this! I habitually forget my gloves for gardening and washing dishes, with disastrous results for my hands.

  9. Joanne G.
    Joanne G.April 8,13

    I love the idea of all natural products for my dry skin. I love to garden and will put them to good use!

  10. jeanine
    jeanineApril 8,13

    Great giveaway, I have real dry hands, would love to win!

  11. jeanine
    jeanineApril 8,13

    I pinned the giveaway!

  12. jeanine
    jeanineApril 8,13

    I shared it on my Face Book!

  13. jeanine
    jeanineApril 8,13

    I tweeted about it!

  14. Tracy
    TracyApril 8,13

    This would be so sweet!!! I have pinned this and added to shared on facebook !!! :)

  15. Anne@DesignDreams
    Anne@DesignDreamsApril 8,13

    I’d love to win this! My cuticles are always dried out!!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  16. Nancy Blue Moon
    Nancy Blue MoonApril 8,13

    Lady Soma Skin & Nail Treatment sounds wonderful for my hands after gardening..and the Mint Tingle Lip Balm to use after being out in the sun and wind..I would so love to try them!

  17. Belinda
    BelindaApril 8,13

    Hello, is there some way to find these products down here in Australia?

  18. Sensible Gardening
    Sensible GardeningApril 8,13

    I try to use simple natural products as much as possible. Our neighbour has emus and her products are great.

  19. Nicki Lutostanski
    Nicki LutostanskiApril 8,13

    I also end up covered by dirt when I garden! I loved this post and would love to win some of these products.

  20. Jen S.
    Jen S.April 8,13

    I have to wash my hands a lot during the day too and I would be curious to see if it helps my cracking cuticles and brittle nails… Fingers crossed!

  21. Cindy
    CindyApril 8,13

    This stuff sounds wonderful!

  22. Cindy
    CindyApril 8,13

    Shared on Facebook

  23. Julie
    JulieApril 8,13

    Thank you for the giveaway opportunity and even more thanks for researching the products to let us know they are made with ingredients we don’t have to worry about putting on our skin.

  24. Kathy J
    Kathy JApril 8,13

    Sounds yummy! I’ll have to look for some.

  25. Lori jones
    Lori jonesApril 8,13

    I would love a chance to win! I love working out in the yard,my DH not so much.lol

  26. Lori jones
    Lori jonesApril 8,13

    Yep! I posted on Facebook!

  27. Lori jones
    Lori jonesApril 8,13

    And I pinned it!

  28. Judy D.
    Judy D.April 9,13

    Thanks for the chance to win.Great giveaway.

  29. Becky
    BeckyApril 9,13

    Good hand cream is a wonderful thing. Thank you for the giveaway.

  30. Marge
    MargeApril 9,13

    I try to always use natural products and this cream sounds great. Thanks for the chance to win.

  31. Dani
    DaniApril 9,13

    I would love to try that mint lip balm. Thanks for the giveaway chance!

  32. chey
    cheyApril 9,13

    Sounds great! My hands are always needing something after I’ve been working in the garden.

  33. Kira
    KiraApril 9,13

    Yes, please!

  34. kathy
    kathyApril 9,13

    Liked and Shared…. Thank You :)

  35. Rosa @ FLUTTER FLUTTER
    Rosa @ FLUTTER FLUTTERApril 9,13

    Yes PLEASE! I’d love a jar of that! :)

  36. Cherie Unsworth
    Cherie UnsworthApril 9,13

    I was just thinking this morning that I needed to find something really good for my dry hands and cuticles. Thanks for the opportunity! Shared on facebook, pinterest and tweeted.

  37. Shawn
    ShawnApril 9,13

    Hi, thanks for a chance at the giveaway would love to try it.

  38. Suellen Jennings
    Suellen JenningsApril 9,13

    I would love to win this! I work with my hands sewing all day so my hands are always dry.

  39. Suellen Jennings
    Suellen JenningsApril 9,13

    I would love to win this! I work with my hands sewing all day so my hands are always dry.

  40. Suellen Jennings
    Suellen JenningsApril 9,13

    I would love to win this! I work with my hands sewing all day so my hands are always dry.

  41. Suellen Jennings
    Suellen JenningsApril 9,13

    https://www.facebook.com/suellen.jennings/activity/4069322109806?og_perm_src=OPEN_GRAPH_SINGLE_STORY
    I shared it on facebook. Sorry my original comment is in here 3 times somehow…

  42. Christine Mandeville
    Christine MandevilleApril 9,13

    These products sound great!

  43. Christine Mandeville
    Christine MandevilleApril 9,13

    Shared in facebook

  44. Pam Bryant
    Pam BryantApril 9,13

    I am so excited to try this product! My hands need it!

  45. Carol Charles
    Carol CharlesApril 10,13

    This is what I need for my hands. I Love Vanilla and Coconut. I wholeheartedly believe in organic products and have used them for a many years. I am an avid organic gardener and appreciate the opportunity to win this perfect hand & lip combo. I posted to Facebook.

  46. Tina
    TinaApril 10,13

    My hands need all the help they can get! I seem to get skin reactions to the dirt in my yard. I have a stream in my yard that has flooded often, bringing up who knows what into the yard and my hands are worse for wear as a result!

  47. Catherine
    CatherineApril 10,13

    I would love to win one of these to help my rough, dry hands.

  48. Elisabeth Moss
    Elisabeth MossApril 11,13

    Hi Stephanie, I liked your post very much. I don’t know…I do all the things you do, but found my hands still rough. However, when visiting my dentist last, I “borrowed” some of the purple gloves they use. They actually fit my hands (which are basically child’s size.) Anyway, I put those on underneath my regular gardening rubber gloves, and it really helps to keep my hands clean, albeit sweaty. It never fails, my cell phone rings in my pocket as soon as I get ‘em on! Hope this little hint helps someone else! Thanks, Elisabeth Moss

  49. Elisabeth Moss
    Elisabeth MossApril 11,13

    Hello Stephanie, I liked your post very much. I do all the things you do, but found my hands still rough. However, when visiting my dentist last, I “borrowed” some of the purple gloves they use. They actually fit my hands (which are basically child’s size.) Anyway, I put those on underneath my regular gardening rubber gloves, and it really helps to keep my hands clean, albeit sweaty. It never fails, my cell phone rings in my pocket as soon as I get ‘em on! Hope this little hint helps someone else! I like to use the Crabtree and Evelyn Garner’s hand lotion, but it’s so expensive I can’t afford it. I would have to slather it on and put latex gloves o at night! I turned to Burt’s Bees Hand Salve, but the smell leaves something to be desired! I would love to try something that smells good, is affordable, and really works! Thanks for your article, Elisabeth Moss

  50. maxine
    maxineApril 11,13

    perfect timing for this — garden season is finally here.

  51. melanie brabant
    melanie brabantApril 14,13

    I struggle year round to protect my skin from the elements,i would ♥ to try these products :)

  52. Isabella Baumfree
    Isabella BaumfreeApril 15,13

    What a neat blog and product! I am getting ready to start my container garden so this product may come in handy in my future.

  53. barbara n
    barbara nApril 16,13

    My hands are always so dry after I am playing in my garden! I love the idea that they are all-natural and organic!

  54. Priscilla Bailey
    Priscilla BaileyApril 16,13

    I have been gardening indoors for just over a month and my hands could really use some attention. Love that this is an all natural product.

  55. Stevie
    StevieApril 16,13

    Hi Belinda, To answer the question – Lady Soma will ship everywhere and have customers all around the globe!

  56. Kathleen Morgan
    Kathleen MorganApril 17,13

    I am sratring to do outside cleanup and starting new seeds. My hands are starting to feel the effects. This is a great give away and I’m sure my hands would love this.

  57. Sheri
    SheriApril 19,13

    For years I had my nails done until I found out what horrible chemicals were in the products they use. I stopped getting them done after that but now I have struggled with finding a safe but effective product for strong nails and soft hands. This would be great to have if it really works!

  58. Mary Forrest
    Mary ForrestApril 19,13

    I am starting my gardening as well and I just cannot find a product that will help keep my hands and nails looking good.

  59. Caroline
    CarolineApril 25,13

    Nice post. It’s always such a struggle to keep your hands nice looking during gardening season. I have a light weight lotion by the sink (which goes on after every wash), a heavy moisturizer for over night and when things get really bad I whip up a half cup of salt or sugar, pour in olive oil until it’s slushy and maybe add a little honey if I have any glaring scrapes. It works well as a scrub – it’s also great on elbows etc., just be careful if you use it in the shower – slippery.

    Caroline
    extravagantgardens.com

  60. Linda
    LindaJune 10,13

    Glad I stumbled across your blog. I’m also a dig in the dirt girl. Love working in my gardens.
    I keep many gardening gloves in the shed as well. I’m here in Ontario Canada.
    I have never heard of Lady Soma. Where in Canada can I purchase this product to try?
    I’m now a following your blog. My daughter has made her own soap for years and that is all my hubby and I use. We are big on using all natural product.

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